Laurens County SC

County’s first 2021 rabies exposure north of Clinton

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a raccoon found near Highway 56 North in Clinton, SC between Countryside Circle and Springdale Drive has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed and has been referred to their healthcare provider. Two weeks ago DHEC announced a rabid raccoon in Greenwood County, and…

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Thursday afternoon storms take down trees, cause outages

March 25, 2021 Laurens, S.C. – A strong and quick moving thunderstorm, part of a tornado warning for the area, caused downed trees and power outages. Crews from Laurens Commission of Public Works and Laurens Electric Cooperative are currently out working to restore power. “We had 180 out around Wattsville and Church Street,” said John…

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Gary Jacks still sought by Clinton police regarding last week’s park shooting

March 17, 2021 Clinton, South Carolina – Warrants were obtained on Monday regarding a shooting which took place last Wednesday afternoon in Oak Street Park, Clinton, and the suspect, Gary Lee Jacks, is currently considered a wanted person in connection with the shooting. Jacks, 35, is wanted for attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and…

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Caime placed on leave, council to hold called meeting

* UPDATE: Council to hold called meeting March 18 Laurens County, S.C. – Laurens County Administrator Jon Caime was put on leave Tuesday night March 9 following an executive session. “We sent a memo to department heads Wednesday morning to let them know that Dale Satterfield has been named Acting County Administrator,” said Laurens County…

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Churches partner to bring about home after 2020 storm

A partnership between Upstate church congregations and the love and assistance of friends and family culminated in a prayerful dedication service last week for a new home for Bill Stephens. “It’s perfect,” Stephens said following the time of prayer. “It’s all I need.” Stephens had not been as confident on April 13 when he was…

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Some precincts adjusted for March 2 municipal elections

The last day for absentee voting in the March 2 Municipal Elections is Monday, March 1, and the office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open through 5 p.m. for that purpose. Several council seats are up for grabs, and particularly in Clinton and Laurens incumbents face opposition. Several precincts have been adjusted, but most…

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Cadaver dogs, historians search for the dead at Hayes’ Station in Laurens County

Laurens County, South Carolina – Searchers with metal detectors and handlers of cadaver search dogs trained in historical human decay searches were in eastern Laurens County Saturday afternoon, searching for evidence of two mass graves which hold the bodies of militia members slaughtered in 1781 by the notorious “Bloody Bill” Cunningham. A monument donated in…

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PC students, Prisma join up on first phase of Swamp Rabbit Trail

More than 20 Presbyterian College students braved chilly temperatures on a recent Saturday morning to haul branches and small trees out of the rough-hewn section of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which had been partially cleared by the Laurens County Parks and Recreation Department. “We had to change our Martin Luther King Day of Service so…

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