Family, LCSO searching for missing Joanna man

The family of a Joanna man has been using social media in an attempt to find news of his whereabouts, and now the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is involved in a missing persons case. Gregory McSwain Morgan, 38, was last heard from two weeks ago, and his sister, Beverly Morgan, said for him to leave…

Clinton hosts ‘National Night Out’ tonight

In celebration of National Night Out, the City of Clinton is holding an event tonight, Tuesday evening, Aug. 1, designed to bring the community and emergency personnel out together for an evening of food and fun, according to special projects coordinator Mary-Wallace Riley. The event will take place tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. at…

Body of missing man found in Clinton

UPDATE: A body found on Imperial Drive in Clinton has been identified as Mitchell Edward Scott. Scott, 59, had been last seen by family members on July 15. According to Laurens County Coroner Nick Nicholls, the cause of death is undetermined after autopsy, but foul play is not suspected. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office had…

Afternoon blood drive at county library today

The Laurens County Library will host a community blood drive with the Greenville Blood Connection today, Thursday, July 20, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the main branch location at 1017 West Main Street in Laurens. For more information or to make an appointment, call 864-681-7323. “Hosting a blood drive coincides with Laurens Library’s core…

Sweet Tea, gospel and yard sales fill weekend in Laurens

The Square will be the locale for plenty of music and refreshments as Main Street Laurens holds an additional Finally Friday! event this week, followed Saturday morning by a Community Yard Sale and Downtown Farmers Market. The Singing Tornadoes, an Upstate Gospel group, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday night and many of…

Hall of Heroes to induct 13 on Sept. 9

The Laurens County Veterans Affairs Office firmed up its plans for this year’s Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at a recent meeting. The Hall of Heroes ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Clinton High School. About 15 veterans are to be inducted this year and featured at the Hall of…

Cross Hill chase leads to drug arrest

A man carrying more than 40 grams of crystal meth attempted to escape arrest by hiding in the Cross Hill Fire Department Monday afternoon. According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, LCSO Deputy Darrin Boyd chased down Bryan Lee Roeker and arrested him as Roeker attempted to flee the fire department on foot. Roeker, of…

Sheriff denounces actions of Laurens Hospital staff after sexual assault

  Staff at the Laurens County Memorial Hospital raised the ire of Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds after doctors and nurses failed to collect evidence from a rape victim this past Thursday. According to a release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) was not on duty to perform the…

Former District 56 employee faces charges for ‘pornographic’ message

  A former employee of Laurens County District 56 has been charged by Clinton Public Safety with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly sending pornographic images to a 16-year-old student’s cell phone. Roddy Tykee King, 22, a former substitute teacher at Clinton High School and special-education teacher’s aid at Eastside Elementary, was…

Laurens man charged with attempted murder

A Laurens man is in the Johnson Detention Center charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to run down someone with his vehicle. Eddie Gene Bagwell, 46, of Laurens, was arrested Friday afternoon by Laurens Police officers and charged with attempted murder and breach of peace aggravated in nature. According to the incident report, witnesses and the…