New roof, HVAC system on horizon for Hillcrest

The Laurens County Council voted Tuesday night at its regular meeting to begin the bidding process for  a new roof and HVAC system for the county’s Judicial Complex at Hillcrest. Council members voted previously to approve the new roof and was asked to fund it Tuesday night, but council members decided to replace some 27…

Church safety class draws crowd, others planned

Some 125 people attended a safety course Saturday offered to local church congregations that might face an active-shooter situation in Laurens County. The number of attendees, which represented more than 40 local churches, was about double what was expected for the four-hour training session at the Laurens County Judicial Complex at Hillcrest. “We were prepared…

Free for the community, ‘Santa and a Movie’ this Friday in downtown Laurens

Laurens, SC – The Laurens County Museum at 116 West Main Street, on the Historic Square in Laurens, is hosting an evening of Christmas this Friday, Dec. 8, and the events are free of charge. The evening includes visits with Santa from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and then families can stay for Christmas classic movies…

LCSO introduces military truck at parade

Some Laurens County residents got their first look at one of the latest additions to the Lauren County Sheriff’s Office Saturday during the Laurens Christmas Parade. The LCSO’s new LMTV (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle), a military-surplus armored truck, was outfitted with Christmas lights and chugged through the parade, but is expected to do more serious…

LCSO to conduct church safety class Saturday

Representatives from about 25 local churches will participate in a safety class presented by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Saturday at the Laurens County Judicial Complex at Hillcrest Square. “We think that’s a pretty good number,” LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said. “People are still calling about it.” LCSO Lt. Don Evans will conduct the…

EMS unit involved in Gray Court traffic accident

A Laurens County EMS unit was involved in a mult-vehicle accident late Monday night in Gray Court. According to Laurens County EMS Director Matt Pennington, a vehicle yielding to the ambulance in the oncoming lane was struck from behind and one of those vehicles caromed into the path of the ambulance. S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl.…

Clinton todder dies in tragic accident

A 2-year-old from Clinton died tragically Wednesday in Seneca when a window on his father’s work truck closed on his neck. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said McCarson Allen Porter died of asphyxiation due to external neck compression. Addis ruled the death an accident. According to Addis, the victim’s father was at a worksite on…

Weekend calendar full of Christmas events

The weekend calendar is filled with events officially kicking off the Christmas season in Laurens County. After months of rehearsals, the Presbyterian College School of Music will present “Christmas at PC: And to All the Earth” with performances Saturday and Sunday at Belk Auditorium. Saturday’s performance is set for 7 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3…

Guilty pleas accepted in Diaz murder

  Galarza, 19, faced murder charges in the death of Diaz, but the 8th Circuit Solictor’s Office chose to offer the plea deal at the behest of the victim’s family, said Assistant Solicitor Warren Mowry. “We were fully prepared to go to trial for murder today,” Mowry told the court, explaining that the family had…

Thompson Road Fire Station will serve as pilot program

Laurens County Fire Services Director Greg Lindley presented a plan to the Laurens County Council this past week for the Thompson Road Fire Station in the Fountain Inn that will call for six full-time firefighters who are also certified emergency medical-technicians (EMTs). “We’re going to use Thompson Road as a pilot and see how this…