SWAT Team called in Gray Court arrest

A traffic stop Thursday in Gray Court led to a chase and stand off with Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies as well as activation of the county’s SWAT team. Jonathan Mark Fuller, 60, of Gray Court was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a blue light, felon in possession of a fire arm…

LDHS coach Liner to take Greenwood reins

Laurens District High School head football coach Chris Liner is leaving the helm of the Raiders after six seasons. Liner, a former Greenwood High assistant, is returning to the Eagles’ program as head coach. Former Eagles head coach Dan Pippin retired as football coach after the 2018 season. Greenwood finished 6-5 overall this past season…

Clinton petitions governor to vote against business license act

At its regular Monday night meeting, Clinton City Council voted to sign a petition joining other cities requesting that the governor vote against what is being called the South Carolina Business License Tax Reform Act. Mayor Bob McLean said that, as he understood, every mayor was sent a copy of the petition because if it…

Clinton rewards Christmas spirit

Clinton City Council named winners Monday night for its Spirit of Christmas contests, which included awards for parade winners and for business and residential Christmas light displays. Parade winners included Bellview Baptist for non-profits, Deerfield Farm for commercial, Clinton High School Cheerleaders for educational, CHS Jr. ROTC for performance and CHS chapter of FFA was the…

LCSO seeking stolen classic car

Investigators from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to locate a missing car and two suspects accused of fraudulently obtaining the 1976 Chevy Corvette from a seller in Honea Path. According to the LCSO, two black males driving a maroon sedan took the red Corvette on Jan. 1 around 4 p.m. after using a…

Dixon appointed to UofSC board

King Dixon is headed back to school. Dixon, a Laurens civic leader, has been appointed to the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “It’s amazing when you get a call out of the blue – or I should say out of the garnet and black in this case…

JDC inmate found dead identified by coroner’s office

An inmate at the Johnson Detention Center found dead in his cell early Friday morning was identified Monday by the Laurens County Coroner’s Office. The inmate was identified as Aaron Hewitt, 42, of Simpsonville. He was arrested on Oct. 30 and charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, Aqua Barksdale, 29, of Fountain Inn. Hewitt was being…

Four from Greenville arrested after shooting

Four people from Greenville were arrested Thursday after allegedly shooting into a Hickory Tavern residence that was occupied by five people, including three children. All four people arrested each face five counts of attempted murder as well as counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during the commission of…

LCSO needs info on Destination Powersports break-in

LCSO investigators are seeking information on an early morning break-in Monday at Destination Powersports on Highway 76 in Clinton. Four unknown subjects broke into the dealership around 3:30 a.m. Monday. They arrived in a white panel van. Here is a link to the surveillance video. After breaking into the showroom, the suspects left with three…

Fire safety tips in focus for New Year

The Christmas holidays are done, but cold weather and New Year’s celebrations can lead to fire and safety hazards as can the remnants of Christmas past. Clinton Fire Chief Phillip Russell said live Christmas trees and leftover boxes and wrapping paper can  become dangerous if they aren’t taken away. “Now is the time to get…