Electric heater, extension cord cause Clinton home fire

January 3, 2018

  Leslie Eubanks awoke Tuesday morning to find her car battery dead, but the worst was yet to come. An early morning fire severely damaged the interior of her residence on Little Acres Road in Clinton, but Eubanks said she walked outside about 7:30 a.m. to discover the dead battery in her vehicle. A few…

Laurens NAACP Banquet set for Sat., Jan. 13

December 26, 2017

The Laurens County NAACP is set to host its 41st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Springfield Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m. The NAACP banquet will share the date with the Sanders High School Alumni Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, which is set to begin at 10 a.m.…

Enoree’s Beagle promoted to U.S. Army Brigadier General

December 26, 2017

  Enoree native and U.S. Army career officer Milford H. Beagle, Jr. was promoted to Brigadier General on Monday, Dec. 18 during a ceremony in his honor at Fort Drum, N.Y. With the promotion, Beagle becomes the Deputy Commander General for Support for the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum. “It was pretty surreal,” Beagle…

ALDI issues recall of Jack Brown brand apples

December 20, 2017

ALDI stores in the Carolinas, Georgia and Indiana and Jack Brown Produce, Inc. have voluntarily recalled an assortment of apples that were available for purchase in stores starting on Dec. 13, 2017 due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The grocery chain issued a press release earlier today that said ALDI stores immediately removed the affected…

Gambrell to head Greenville probation department

December 20, 2017

Chad Gambrell has been appointed as Agent-in-Charge of the Greenville County office of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Gambrell, a Clinton resident, had served in the same capacity in Laurens County since 2010. He began his new duties in Greenville Monday. “This promotion is truly a bittersweet opportunity for me,” Gambrell…

Ham, former hospital leader, dies at 84

December 20, 2017

Clem Patterson Ham, who played a vital role in the construction of Laurens Memorial Hospital, died Saturday after a long illness at his home in Marion, S.C. He was 84. Ham took over as Chief Executive Officer of the Laurens County Health Care System in 1979. He was also then administrator of Bailey Memorial Hospital…

3 arrested on drug charges, woman charged with attempted murder

December 13, 2017

Three local men remained in the Johnson Detention Center Tuesday morning after being arrested a week earlier by Laurens County Sheriff’s Office deputies on drug and burglary charges. Christopher Kevin Boggs, 27, William Alexander Kellett, 31, and Joshua Allen Knight, 30, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of meth waste. Kellett also faces…

New roof, HVAC system on horizon for Hillcrest

December 13, 2017

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

December 13, 2017

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

December 6, 2017

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…