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Solicitor seeks death penalty for accused child molester, murderer

8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo along with Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds filed official notice of their intent to seek the death penalty against William Ryan Looper for the murder of 2-year-old Brantley Justin Smith.



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Abbeville rapist sentenced to 25 years in prison

An Abbeville man will spend the next 25 years in prison after being convicted Thursday afternoon of a violent 2017 sexual assault, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Friday.

Lawrence Alando Postell, 35, was found guilty by an Abbeville County jury of first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree assault and battery, and kidnapping following a three-day trial at the Abbeville County Courthouse. The jury deliberated about two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces 2018 Governor's Opioid Summit

As part of South Carolina’s continued efforts in combatting the opioid epidemic, healthcare professionals, state and local agencies, concerned citizens and law enforcement will once again come together for the S.C. Governor’s Opioid Summit, which will be held tomorrow, September 6 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

SCDPS honors fallen Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr

Columbia, SC - The SC Department of Public Safety today held a highway dedication in honor of fallen Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr. who lost his life in the line-of-duty on October 24, 2017, in Greenville County. The ceremony was held at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville.

SCDPS was joined by the Rebman family and friends, Sen. Karl Allen, District 7/Greenville County, Senator Ross Turner, District 8/Greenville County and law enforcement and first responders.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

JTEKT North America expands Greenville County headquarters

GREENVILLE, S.C. – September 5, 2018 – JTEKT North America (JTEKT), a subsidiary of global automotive and industrial supplier JTEKT Corporation, has completed a $5.8 million expansion of its headquarters on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The expansion project began in 2017 to accommodate the new jobs JTEKT has and will continue to create in Greenville, totaling 100 positions, all of which will be filled by 2020.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WCTEL Sponsors Due West Robotics Club
The Due West Robotics club recently met employees at the WCTEL Abbeville office and presented their projects from the previous seasons and their plans for the upcoming season. 
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Erskine Bringing Back Football for 2020 Season

DUE WEST, SC - Erskine College announced Friday afternoon the reinstatement of intercollegiate football to the campus effective immediately. The program was discontinued after the 1951 season. 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Auction to Raise Funds for SC Charities
Laurens, SC – U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-District 3) announced the names of the two charities that will benefit from the charity auction held at his 8th Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ at 6pm on Monday, August 27th at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center in Anderson, SC.  
Friday, August 24, 2018

Former Laurens Detention Officer arrested for sexual misconduct with inmate
On today’s date the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has charged Stephanie Nelson with First Degree Sexual Misconduct with an Inmate. 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Newberry Police Department receives donation for bulletproof vests
The Newberry Police Department received a donation check in the amount $1,100.00 on Monday from Janice Meeks on behalf of the Reedy River Association allowing them to purchase more equipment for their officers.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Laurens County Shrine Club Presents Check to Shriners Hospitals

The Laurens County Shrine Club recently presented a check for $35,936.90 to the Greenville Shriners Hospital.  The check presented was from the money raised by the Laurens County Shrine Club's 37th Annual Race to benefit Shriners Hospitals for burned and crippled children.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Letter from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone to the Faithful of the Diocese of Charleston

(CHARLESTON, SC) - Below is a letter from Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone to the people of the Diocese of Charleston, which encompasses the entire state of South Carolina. In it, he addresses the failures of the Church to appropriately respond to allegations of child sexual abuse.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Driver dies after crashing into tree

A fatal vehicle accident occurred early this morning in Laurens County.  According to the SCHP, a driver of a Toyota SUV lost control and ran off the road striking a tree.  The accident occurred around 3:40 am on Fairview Road near Swallow Road.

The name of the driver has not been released at this time.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Materials Sciences Corporation Expanding Upstate Operations with Addition of Second Facility

GREENVILLE, SC  – Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC), a technology-driven designer and advanced manufacturer of composite materials and structures for government and industry, will expand its presence in Greenville County with the addition of a second facility. The company’s $2.7 million capital investment is projected to create 23 new jobs over the next five years.

Yet the company’s impact is felt over far larger an area than their new 32,000 square foot location located at 101 Pelham Davis Circle in Greenville might suggest. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Two women arrested for trafficking cocaine
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office arrested 2 people early Tuesday morning for Trafficking Cocaine while investigating a suspicious vehicle.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Three arrested, meth and marijuana seized from home in Whitmire
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said that an ongoing drug investigation in the Whitmire community culminated with the arrest of three people and the seizure of meth and marijuana from a residence in the Whitmire community.

On Friday morning, August 10, deputies and investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Whitmire Police Department served a search warrant on the residence at 75 Emory Street in Whitmire. Once inside they located approximately more than 1 gram of meth and a small amount of marijuana.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Prosperity killer sentenced to life in prison for domestic homicide

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Friday that a Prosperity man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of the 2017 killing of his estranged girlfriend.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Man arrested for sexually exploiting minor online

Ware Shoals Police arrested a man for sexually exploiting a female minor online using the Whisper app between May 15 and May 16, 2017.

William Edward Butler, 39 of 548 Springdale Drive, Royston GA was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Man arrested for sexually exploiting minor online

Ware Shoals Police arrested a man for sexually exploiting a female minor online using the Whisper app between June 2 and June 24, 2017.

Joel William Rolston, 25 of 92 Meadow Drive, Royston GA was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Commemoration of Anniversary of the Battle at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

CLINTON – Musgrove Mill State Historic Site protects, preserves, and interprets the American Revolutionary War battle that occurred on August 19, 1780 near the home of Edward Musgrove, a colonial settler to the backcountry of South Carolina. 

A formal Revolutionary War Battle Commemoration Ceremony will take place at the Visitor Center location at 10 AM on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Presented by local chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution, the ceremony will honor the participants of the Battle at Musgrove’s Mill.  Dianne Culbertson, Vice President General, NSDAR will lead a special program entitled “Heroines of the Revolution”. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Child molester sentenced to 40 years in prison
Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Friday that a child molester will spend the next 40 years behind bars after being convicted Friday afternoon by a Laurens County jury.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Man murdered in Myrtle Beach from Laurens
One of the two men found shot, stabbed and burned inside a vehicle in Myrtle Beach has been identified and was originally from Laurens SC.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Missing elderly man found safe

The missing 83-year-old man in Laurens County has been found safe.  Laurens County Sheriff Office issued a missing person’s report earlier this morning.  Paul Patterson walked away from his home around 8 p.m. Tuesday.  His family had reported that Patterson suffers from Alzheimer’s.

A search crew found Patterson in the woods near the home around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.  He is safe.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Abbeville Promise Campaign Advances on $1.2 Million Goal

The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation’s Abbeville Promise capital campaign has achieved a pledge total of $883,500.00. That amount equals seventy-four percent of the campaign’s $1.2 million goal. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will give students from Abbeville County the opportunity to attend Piedmont Technical College for two years tuition and required fees.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hodges man arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor

A Hodges man was been arrested after being accused of touching a minor inappropriately.

James Alvin Elrod Jr., 58 of 4519 Highway 246 North, Hodges SC was arrested and charged with 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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