Duncan’s name on list carried by gunman

June 22, 2017

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) may have come face to face this past week with the man who wanted to kill him. Duncan’s name was among six on a list reportedly carried by James Hodgkinson, the gunman who fired on Republicans during a baseball practice this past week and wounded four people. Among those injured was…

Total arrests in car thefts grow, ring larger than expected

June 22, 2017

The month of May brought a rash of burglaries and other thefts to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. The ensuing investigation has netted a dozen arrests and broken up a car-theft ring and chop-shop operation. “Initially, back in the early part of May we noticed a big increase in burglaries and just larcenies and thefts…

Mill Street in Laurens temporarily closed Monday

June 19, 2017

Employees with Southern Tree Experts took down and mulched most of a huge leaning oak tree at the corner of Gordon and Mill streets in Laurens Monday. For the largest portions of the fallen trunk, though, Donnie Holtzclaw with the Laurens branch of the S.C. Department of Transportation had his crew load them into a…

Arrest tally grows to 9 in car-theft, chop-shop ring

June 16, 2017

Three more arrests were made earlier this week in a string of burglaries and car thefts, bringing the total number of arrests in the case to nine. Chad Dale Martin, Jr., of Simpsonville, Casey Brooke Misolek, of Fountain Inn, and William Elbert Blackwell, Jr., of Fountain Inn, were arrested earlier this week as the investigation…

Duncan won’t change interactions in 3rd District

June 16, 2017

The Wednesday morning shooting that left the House Majority Whip and three others wounded won’t change the way Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) conducts business when he is at home in the Upstate. Duncan, who left a Republican baseball team practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity just minutes before a gunman opened fire…

‘Thankful’ Duncan left practice before shooting, spoke with gunman

June 14, 2017

Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) left an early morning baseball practice just minutes before a gunman opened fire on Duncan’s Republican team Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va. Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), the third-ranking member in the U.S. House of Representatives, and several other people were wounded in the attack. “I am safe. I was at…

Gordon Street remains closed for DOT work

June 14, 2017

Gordon Street remains closed to traffic between the Laurens Post Office and the Little River Amphitheater as the South Carolina Department of Transportation works to repair a storm drain pipe. DOT crews responded to a report of a sinkhole in that area and, upon further investigation, found that the reinforced concrete pipe had separated at…

Hunley crew compartment becomes visible with more human remains found inside

June 7, 2017

Friends of the Hunley Press For Immediate Release: June 7th, 2017 Click here to watch a short You Tube video about the Hunley’s ongoing restoration process North Charleston, SC – It is no secret that the crew compartment of the H. L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine, was small. Conservators working to save…

Spots still open for first Saturday of farmers market

June 6, 2017

The Laurens Downtown Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. this Saturday, June 10, and Main Street Laurens, which hosts the market, is still welcoming vendors for any or all of the Saturday morning markets, which run from 8 a.m. to noon each week. “We still have plenty of space for farmers to come, as well…

Green sentenced to 45 years in Diaz murder

June 2, 2017

Fabian Green was found guilty in the 2016 slaying of Edwin Diaz-Chirinos Friday afternoon and sentenced to 45 years in prison. Green received 45 years for murder and 10 years for desecration of human remains to be served concurrently. The jury deliberated for about four hours before handing 8th Circuit Court Judge Donald B. Hocker…