CHS and LDHS seniors, schools prepare for tonight’s commencements

While school administrators are always excited about the commencement exercises that will mark their seniors’ graduation from high school, the sheer numbers expected to attend can prove daunting for those overseeing the details and logistics, but both Laurens and Clinton staff said the systems in place last year are expected to work well again this…

Trial begins in murder of LDHS student

The prosecution began laying out its case for jurors Tuesday, May 30, in the murder of Edwin Diaz-Chirinos, saying that the Laurens District 55 High School senior was set upon by three other Laurens teenagers. Fabian Lamichael-Rashad Green, 19, faces charges of murder and desecration of a body. Eighth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Warren Mowry said…

Man sought in connection with break-in, indecent exposure, vehicle theft

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man believed to have broken into a Clinton residence, exposing himself, and then stealing a vehicle from another residence. Thomas Andrew Pate, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound white male with blue eyes, is wanted in connection with both incidents, which happened on the 5000 block of S.C. Highway…

Berry pleads to manslaughter, sentenced to 30 years

Angela Nicole Berry was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter. Berry was charged with murder in the 2015 death of William David Corteville, 53, of Laurens, but accepted a last-minute plea deal before her trial was set to begin this week. Berry is believed by investigators to have…

More arrests made in double murder, suspect kills self

A suspect in a double murder that occurred during a block party Saturday night in Laurens committed suicide Monday afternoon just before deputies from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrived to arrest him. Deputies were attempting to serve Johnny Lee Pyles, Jr. with a warrant for murder Monday in the weekend murders of Sidney Speaks,…

LCSO investigating double homicide in Laurens

A double homicide that occurred Saturday night in Laurens is still under investigation by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Two men were shot and killed during a block party on the 200 block of Winette Street in Laurens. The victims were identified as Roydrecilous Irby, 26, and Sidney Speaks, 43. Irby and Speaks were transported…

Munyan tapped to lead Chamber as first woman CEO

Amanda Munyan is heading back to the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce in a few weeks, but when she returns July 10, she’ll be in a new role as CEO and president, and the first woman to hold that position in the chamber’s history. “We have a new CEO, Amanda,” said board chair Marilyn Easter,…

Crash causes power outage in Waterloo

Power was restored by 9:20 a.m. Thursday after the crash of a box truck on U.S. 221 near Waterloo disrupted service. The crash downed power lines and caused a power outage in the area, including at Waterloo Elementary School. Laurens School District 55 officials said Waterloo Elementary began school without power, but Duke Energy crews…

CHS ‘Hairspray JR.’ production ends this weekend

Some 400 people have already experienced the Clinton High School’s production of the Broadway musical “Hairspray” adaptation and more will have the chance this weekend as “Hairspray JR.” returns to the CHS Auditorium for its second and final week with three shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “It went really, really well,” said director Valerie Wiltberger,…

Rhythm on the Rails set for this weekend in Clinton

This weekend’s railroad-themed festival won’t begin until 4 p.m. Friday, but the day will start really early for Clinton city employees when WSPA sets up to broadcast live at 4:30 a.m. “We will be out here Friday morning from 4:30 to 9 a.m. because WSPA will be here doing ‘Daybreak’ from The Depot,” said Mary-Wallace…