Storm damage causes LA school closure Monday

October 8, 2017

Laurens Academy was damaged by Sunday afternoon’s storm, and school officials have cancelled classes on Monday as they further assess the extent of the damage to the school. Several families had already expressed a willingness to volunteer in cleaning up  downed trees and other needed work, but headmaster Todd Kirk explained it was still too soon to…

Chinese investment in Southeast topic Monday at PC

October 5, 2017

On Monday evening, Oct. 9, Presbyterian College Confucius Institute will host John Ling, formerly with the South Carolina Department of Commerce in Shanghai, China. Ling will speak about the increasing Chinese investment in the Southeastern United States. Set for Monday at 7:15 p.m. at the Harrington-Peachtree Amphitheater, Ling’s visit is sponsored by the Presbyterian College Confucius…

Specific tourism funds give Clinton unexpected visitor center

October 5, 2017

Clinton City Council approved recommendations by the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee to grant three requests that will help promote tourism in the City of Clinton. Although the city each year benefits from accommodations and hospitality tax funds for use in the city’s general fund, a portion of the funds had been held by TERC, the…

BBQ and much more at weekend fest

October 5, 2017

This weekend’s Squealin’ on the Square marks the 17th annual event which brings thousands into Laurens for a chance to savor beef brisket, barbecue chicken or ribs created by masters of the craft, but there are always those visitors who love the opportunity to try something different – or in the case of young children…

District 55’s Peters to return from leave Nov. 1

October 5, 2017

Laurens County District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters will return to the district following a leave of absence on Nov. 1. The District 55 Board of Trustees approved a leave of absence for Peters at its Sept. 25 meeting. Peters requested the leave to care for his ailing father. “The time the board has given…

State-funded facility to house LCSO satellite precinct

September 29, 2017

County workers got the go-ahead on a state-funded Emergency Services building for the Gray Court area at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Laurens County Council. The proposed building, which will sit on acreage donated to the county by ZF Transmissions, and will initially house a satellite precinct of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. In addition…

Batesburg man 25th road fatality in county

September 26, 2017

A single-car accident on S.C. Highway 56 south of Clinton claimed the life of a Batesburg man Monday afternoon. Samuel Luther Smith III, 58, of New Holland Road in Batesville, became the 25th traffic fatality in Laurens County this year. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 4…

Mother of Fountain Inn infant charged with murder

September 26, 2017

The mother of the infant whose decomposed body was found this past week at a Fountain Inn apartment complex has been charged with homicide by child abuse in the infant’s death. Jamie Melissa Wilson, 41, of Gray Court, is being held without bond in the Johnson Detention Center. The infant’s body was discovered in a…

Peters takes leave to care for father

September 26, 2017

Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters has taken an indefinite leave of absence to help care for his ailing father. District 55 Board of Trustees Chairman Susan Calhoun Ware announced the leave at Monday night’s regular meeting of the board. Edward Murray, District 55 director of administrative services, athletics and public relations,…

Fountain Inn man pleads guilty in child abuse case

September 20, 2017

A Fountain Inn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to abusing an infant. Carley Walls, 37, changed his plea just before his trial was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon before 8th Circuit Judge Frank R. Addy, Jr. Walls pleaded guilty to unlawful neglect of a helpless person and inflicting…