Pitts to stay with District 56

Laurens School District 56 Assistant Superintendent David Pitts will remain at his current post after becoming a finalist for the top job at Greenwood District 52. Pitts, who also serves on the Laurens County Council, was among three finalists for the position, which went to Ninety Six High School Principal Rex Ward Monday night. Ward…

Weekend accidents claim two lives

A pair of weekend accidents brought the total number of traffic fatalities in Laurens County to six since the beginning of 2017. Derrick Cofield, 38, of 110 Benson Place Drive in Newberry, was in a single-car accident Friday and died Sunday afternoon at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Cofield was travelling on East Jerry Road on his birthday,…

Dr. Peters addresses bond referendum at forum

Dr. Peters lays out case for District 55’s $109 million bond referendum, fields questions Next forum scheduled for Monday By Daniel J. Lauer For the Advertiser Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters faced a capacity crowd Tuesday evening in the Hickory Tavern School auditorium during the first of four scheduled community forums…

District 55 addresses fights at LDHS

A substantial portion of the Laurens District 55 High School student body stayed home Friday after three incidents of violence at LDHS on Tuesday and Thursday with rumors of more to come circulating on social media and in the community. District 55 officials addressed the incidents at a Friday morning press conference, saying an increased…

LCSO Blood Drive set for Monday

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13 at the Sheriff’s Office at 216 West Main St., in Laurens. The drive will run from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. All donors will receive a sweatshirt and 200 reward points from The Blood Connection.

LDHS student in fight to face charges as adult

A Laurens District 55 High School student who allegedly injured another with a knife during an early morning incident Tuesday in the school gym will be charged as an adult, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The student who instigated the incident has been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated…

Mountville woman, 91, dies in crash

A Mountville woman was killed early Friday morning when the car in which she was a passenger ran off the road and crashed into a tree on Lisbon Road. Helen Coates, 91, of 289 Breazeale Creek Drive in Mountville was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Her husband, James Coates, 93, was driving a…

Early morning fire destroys Waterloo home

WATERLOO – Firefighters responded to an early morning call that destroyed a residence at 312 Cochise Drive in Waterloo. According to reports, two residents were asleep when smoke detectors woke them, and they discovered the rear of the home on fire. The call went out at 3:04 a.m. Thursday, and the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department…

Clinton burglar sentenced to 20 years

  A Clinton man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of charges stemming from 2012 Clinton home break-in. Keaston Kinard, 23, was convicted of first-degree burglary, safecracking and grand larceny after a two-day trial in Eighth Circuit Court at the Laurens County Courthouse. “A family should be able to…

District 55 to host forums on bond issue

The Laurens County District 55 Board and administration will host a series of four public forums concerning a proposed bond referendum to build a new Laurens District High School. The first of those four forums will be held Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Hickory Tavern. “We want to have a question-and-answer period with out…