NAACP speaker stresses need for ‘street view’ of injustice

Laurens, S.C. – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a clear view of injustice because he lived among the people who experienced it, and former Ohio Senator Nina Turner said that same vantage point is required to ever bring about change. Turner served as the keynote speaker Saturday night, Jan. 18, as the Laurens County…

LCSO investigating apparent homicide in Laurens

UPDATE: Victim identified as Rasham Walker, 32, of Laurens. Investigators from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred early Thursday morning in Laurens. According to the LCSO, deputies responded around 3 a.m. to a residence on Walker Avenue in Laurens where they found the victim dead of apparent gunshot wounds.…

PC’s Spangler signs contract extension

Presbyterian College Head Football Coach Tommy Spangler has signed a multi-year contract extension that will keep him with the Blue Hose through its beginnings in the Pioneer League in 2021. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue to build on our program here at Presbyterian,” said Spangler. “I have seen a ton of progress by…

Enoree man facing multiple charges

An Enoree man is facing an array of charges after being arrested Friday by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. Thomas Edward Whitehead, Jr., 46, of Enoree remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday on drug, stolen property and firearms charges. The LCSO was part of an inter-agency investigation that included the activation of the Laurens…

Day of Service proclaimed as NAACP honors community workers

Laurens, S.C.  – Among the many greetings at the 43rd NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday night was an announcement that Monday, Jan. 20, had been proclaimed as a Day of Service in Laurens as a way to further honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Laurens County Chapter of the NAACP held its annual…

CPW sets short power outage this morning

Laurens CPW electric customers in the Lynn Avenue, Spring Street, Hillcrest Drive, Laurens Glen and Watts Mill areas will experience a brief outage at approximately 11:30 this morning. The reason for the outage is a mechanical issue with a piece of equipment at the Caroline Street Substation. If all goes according to plan, the outage…

Layoffs at Prisma Health announced Thursday ‘to streamline operations, position for future growth’

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Prisma Health officials announced today that they are taking additional measures to improve operating efficiencies and streamline the organization.  “The health-care environment in which we operate is becoming increasingly challenging for a variety of reasons, including lower reimbursements and increasing numbers of patients who are underinsured or uninsured,” said Mark O’Halla, president and…

Nearby robbery causes SMS, GLEAMNS lockdown

UPDATE: According to the Sanders Middle School Facebook page, the lockdown has been reinstated and will be in effect until law enforcement gives the all clear for students to be dismissed. Sanders Middle School and the GLEAMNS Prep Academy were both placed on lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon following an off-campus incident. The lockdown…

Puppy mill shut down, two arrested

Two people have been arrested on charges of animal cruelty by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office after a puppy mill was shut down Wednesday on Indian Mound Road in rural Ware Shoals. A puppy in poor health purchased from the suspects led to the investigation that began Tuesday and concluded with the last animals being…

Person killed in Highway 14 wreck

UPDATE: Victim identified as Patricia Black Wootton, 76, of Laurens. A head-on collision on Highway 14 Tuesday morning in Gray Court claimed one life. It was the first traffic fatality of 2020 in Laurens County. The accident occurred on Highway 14 at Equinox Road, according to the South Carolna Highway Patrol. A gold Chevrolet sedan…