Gray Court woman dies in single-vehicle crash

A Gray Court woman became the third person to die in a collision on Laurens County roads in less than two weeks late Wednesday night, after her car went into a culvert about a mile from her home. Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols said Jacqueline Hudgens, 46, of Sawmill Road in Gray Court was pronounced…

LCSO K9s get body armor thanks to national nonprofit

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K9 officers Annie and Rice will be a little bit safer now, thanks to a generous donation from an organization that donated bulletproof vests at no cost to the county. The donations came courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a nonprofit charity in East Taunton, Mass. established in 2009 to…

Clinton man dies of heart attack after crashing into building

A Clinton man who crashed his truck into a building on Torrington Road didn’t die from injuries he received in the wreck, but instead from a massive heart attack that caused him to crash. Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek said Joe Nathan Taylor, 73, of Summit Street in Clinton, died from a heart attack…

LCSO hosting blood drive today

After a long weekend of Christmas shopping, local residents have the opportunity to give the most important gift of all today when The Blood Connection sets up at the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office for the last blood drive of the year. Blood Connection busses arrived at the LCSO on West Main Street in Laurens at 8:15 this morning,…

Crime Stoppers rewards waiting at the bank

The Laurens County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors announced this week that it has paid out two rewards for tips that led to the arrest of three people on multiple charges. Capt. Mickey Coats of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office said the first arrest came on Nov. 8, when a tip led narcotics agents to…

Laurens County firefighters head to Pinnacle Mountain

Laurens County firefighters traveled to Pickens County this week, joining crews from both North and South Carolina in an attempt to contain the wildfire at Pinnacle Mountain. Fire Coordinator Greg Lindley said nine Laurens County firefighters were deployed this week, including two from Durbin Creek, three from Gray Court, three from Youngs and one from…

SLED to conduct audit on LCSO

In January, there will be a new Sheriff in town and outgoing Sheriff Ricky Chastain is doing what he can to ensure the transition is a smooth one. As part of the transition, Chastain has requested that the State Law Enforcement Division perform an audit of all evidence and funds in the Sheriff’s Office. Administrative…

Air Quality Alert posted for Upstate

LAURENS – Wildfires in the North Carolina mountains, and the resulting smoke that has been carried by the wind over the Upstate, led to an Air Quality Alert Monday. It is in effect until midnight Tuesday. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control declared an Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates related…

Forestry Commission issues burning ban for Upstate

COLUMBIA—The South Carolina Forestry Commission has expanded its State Forester’s Burning Ban from five Upstate counties to all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m. The counties covered by the ban include Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York. State Forester Gene Kodama…

Rural precincts carry Reynolds to victory

By Cory Engle cengle@lcadvertiser.com With all precincts reporting in about two hours after polls closed, Don Reynolds won the race to be the next sheriff of Laurens County, beating petition candidate Stephane Williams by almost 3,000 votes. Turnout was good on Tuesday, with over two thirds of registered voters in the county casting ballots. Of…