‘Meth cook’ sentenced to 15 years

A Waterloo man identified by prosecutors as a “longtime meth cook” was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday after being found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamines. Roy Ellis Smith, 51, of Waterloo, was convicted for a third time of narcotics-related crimes by the Eighth Circuit Court. The jury took only an hour to return the…

LCSO deputies involved in chase

A deputy from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office avoided injury Wednesday when suspects in a Gray Court break-in attempted to run the deputy over. The deputy fired two shots into the wheel well of the silver sedan driven by the suspects to disable the vehicle and arrested its occupants. According to the LCSO, deputies responded to…

Fatal crash near Hickory Tavern

An adult and two children are dead following a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Neely Ferry Road near Covenant Drive in Laurens County near Hickory Tavern. A fourth victim was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the three deceased victims were from Clinton and none were wearing seat belts while traveling…

County council approves pipeline letter

The Laurens County Council approved the content of a letter concerning the Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission pipeline that will run through the county. The letter urges Dominion to use existing rights-of-way “without disturbing or encroaching upon additional private lands.” Council also said the proposed route for the pipeline will “disrupt long-standing forestry programs as well…

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…