National Public Schools Week

Laurens County School District 55 has announced it’s joining with national education groups in celebrating Public Schools Week, starting yesterday, March 12th and running through Friday, the 16th of March. The week is to celebrate achievements public schools are making in the United States and the critical roles they play in developing future generations of successful students.

As part of Public Schools Week, 50 national organizations are to jointly introduce a statement in support of public education this Thursday, to promote the positive impact public schools have on our nation’s young people and the communities in which they live. To maintain this momentum, Members of Congress supporting this movement will share success stories about the schools and students from their respective districts. District 55 Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said, “We believe in public education and its role in securing the future of our community and our great nation.” He added, “Without public schools, most Americans would not have had the opportunities for success that have helped them fulfill their American dream.”

Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of the American Superintendents Association, said, “Communities are stronger, and schools are better when we work in unison to support them and the axis of that support is public education. There is no better time than now to speak out about the outstanding contributions made by our public schools. With the mounting changes in the education landscape, Public Schools Week creates a platform for Americans to express their feelings toward public school systems and why their success is a key determinant when it comes to our country’s future.”

Fishing a Team Sport at PC

The sport of Fishing is now becoming a part of the offerings at Presbyterian College. PC has formed a new Bass Fishing team. Senior Anastasia Patterson said, “Nothing beats doing what you love, especially when you’re surrounded by so many like-minded individuals who share the same passion as you.”  That’s exactly what Patterson and several other students have found with the college’s new bass fishing team. PC students find like-minded individuals in more than 60 clubs and organizations on campus.

It all started when Matthew Rhodes, a junior business administration major, transferred from Clemson to PC. He had been on the bass fishing team there and wanted to keep fishing in college tournaments through PC. The college didn’t have a team at the time, but Rhodes changed that.

“He contacted the appropriate people and raised enough interest to get the ball rolling,” said senior Thomas Broome. “It is due to his initiative that we have a fishing team.”

Broome, Patterson, and Rhodes are three of several Blue Hose competitive anglers. They pair up and compete against other colleges in tournaments throughout the school year, hosted on weekends on lakes in the region and across the country.

PC also has new club sports for students interested in archery and tennis.

Postponements Due To Weather


  • Tonight’s varsity baseball game @ BHP has been rescheduled for Monday, March 26.
  • Today’s tennis match vs. Chapman has been moved to Wed., March 14, at 5:00.
  • Today’s C-team softball game vs. Jonesville has been postponed.      



  • The JV game at home against Emerald scheduled for tonight will now be March 19th at 6:00.
  • The varsity baseball game will be on Saturday March 31st at 2:00  pm.


Assault, 3 Kidnapping Charges

A 1st Degree Assault on one person and Kidnapping three people yesterday was alleged with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Sunday arrest of 40-year-old Michael LeQuincy Walker of 1133 Cheeks’ Circle, Gray Court. A warrant charging him with 1st Degree Assault and Battery states that he assaulted a victim at a Cheeks Circle residence Sunday by holding a kitchen knife on her and threatening bodily harm, while having present ability to accomplish that.

Mr. Walker is also accused of preventing this victim from leaving the residence on Cheeks Circle yesterday, preventing her from fleeing and from contacting law enforcement. He is also accused of unlawfully confining two others in the residence, juveniles, and preventing them from leaving or contacting law enforcement by taking all cell phones and disconnecting the house phone. A 5th warrant alleging Possession of a Weapon in a Violent Crime accuses him of possessing and displaying what appeared to be a knife during the commission of a 1st Degree Assault and three Kidnappings on Sunday.

Michael LeQuincy Walker remained in custody overnight, awaiting a bond hearing on his charges.

Assault on Police

Charges of assaulting Laurens Police Officers last Friday were served on a man Saturday. Laurens City Police charged 32-year-old Terrence Jerrell Williams of 1220 Bull Hill Road, Gray Court with Resisting & Assault, Injury to an Officer as well as three firearms violations. He’s accused of Possessing a Stolen Pistol, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Officer Gallo states that while answering a call for service Friday at 529 Church Street, Mr. Williams was found to be in possession of a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol, and that his criminal history indicates he is not permitted to possess a firearm. A second warrant notes that the pistol was otherwise unlawfully being carried. A third warrant states that the pistol was stolen. A 4th warrant charges Mr. Williams with Assault on an Officer. It states that Mr. Williams resisted numerous officers Friday during the service of a Mental Health Evaluation at the Laurens Police Office at 250 West Laurens Street, and that this caused minor injury.

A Municipal Court Judge Saturday set cash or surety bonds on the five charges totaling $125,000. Terrence Jerrell Williams remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Assault Alleged on Pregnant Girlfriend

An assault on a pregnant woman was alleged with a Clinton Public Safety Sunday arrest. 21-year-old Thomas Lee Jarnagin of 304 Davidson Street, Clinton was charged with Domestic Violence 2nd Degree. He is accused of a grabbing the victim’s purse strap and slamming her to the ground yesterday on Oak Street. Sgt. Metz adds that Mr. Jarnagin and the victim are in a romantic relationship and that she is pregnant with his child. Thomas Lee Jarnagin remained in custody overnight, awaiting a bond hearing.

Conspiracy Re: Auto Theft

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Friday arrested a man in connection with and alleged Auto Theft the day before. 31-year-old Adrian Daniel Brown of 207 North Woodrow Street, Clinton was charged with Criminal Conspiracy. A warrant citing the investigation of Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Byrd states that on March 8th Mr. Brown conspired with another man to accomplish a Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. The warrant states that Brown had knowledge before the crime and assisted in the theft.

With a cash or surety bond set at $10,000, Adrian Daniel Brown remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

Unlawful Substance Possession

Unlawful Substance Possession was charged on a man arrested by the Highway Patrol early Saturday. 24-year-old Ahmed Mahmoud Alnobani was booked listing an address as 2189 North Highway 101, Gray Court. Tickets and Warrants show an address on Plum Hill Way, Simpsonville.

Trooper Ravan issued tickets charging Mr. Alnobani with Driving under the Influence and Simple Possession of Marijuana at 7:20 Saturday morning on Mahon Road.

Two warrants served later Saturday state that Alnobani was in unlawful possession of two Controlled Substances Saturday, that being Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Alprazolam.

Bonds were set on the four charges totaling $9,607. Ahmed Alnobani remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.


Clinton Pubic Safety made an arrest yesterday alleging stalking of a Clinton area woman. 26-year-old Charles Ricky Wilson of 2733 Collingswood Drive, Newberry was charged with Stalking the victim between February 16th and Saturday, March 10th.  A warrant alleges that in that time frame he called the victim 39 times with no legitimate reason, after being informed by the victim to stop calling her. He also allegedly told her in a phone call “I’m going to get you back one way or another, if I have to kill you and everybody in Lydia Mill.” He is also accused of going by the victim’s residence on three occasions, causing her to fear for her safety.

Charles Ricky Wilson was being held in the Laurens County Detention Center, pending a bond hearing.


A Laurens Man remained in custody this morning with a Family Court Bench Warrant following his arrest early yesterday.  Deputy Sheriff Brandon Howard issued a ticket charging 35-year-old Christopher Lamont Henderson of 747 Sullivan Street, Laurens with an Open Container violation at 3:57 Sunday morning on A.B. Jacks Road.

Henderson was then served with a Family Court Bench Warrant citing him with Failure to Pay support. He is ordered to be held until he is brought before the court or otherwise discharged by due course of law.

A $257 PR bond was set on the Open Container charge. Christopher Henderson remained in custody this morning, pending disposition of the Family Court matter.

Meth Possession

Laurens City Police arrested a man Saturday and held him for a drug charge. 37-year-old Willie James Watts of 143 Gordon Street, Laurens was later served with a warrant charging Possession of Less than One Gram of Meth. In it, Officer Gallo states that Watts had in his possession Saturday a clear plastic baggie containing .22 gram of methamphetamine, concealed in his wallet, at 1140 Church Street. With a $5,000 cash or surety bond set Saturday, Willie James Watts remained in custody this morning.

Clinton Planning Commission Appointments

Clinton City Council made two appointments to the Clinton Planning Commission at their March meeting. The Planning Commission is tasked with planning for the physical, social and economic growth within Clinton.  By ordinance, it is to have 7 members who serve three-year terms. The members can serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms. With two seats on the commission open, city staff recommended that Mr. Frank Boland of South Woodrow Street and Mr. Willie Prickett of Calvert Avenue be appointed to the commission. By unanimous vote of City Council last week, both were appointed to three-year terms.

Council Member Shirley Jenkins asked if it were not city policy for the Planning Commission to have one member appointed from each council district. She was advised that there is no such requirement.

Assault Alleged

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Saturday from an alleged assault last Thursday. 26-year-old Dante Zachius Wheeler of 1841 Park Road, Fountain Inn was charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. Sgt. Edwards states that on March 8th Wheeler committed battery upon a victim by smacking her in the face, causing an injury that bled.

With a cash or surety bond set at $1,087, Dante Wheeler remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning.

No Russian Involvement Here!

The President had to dissolve his cabinet due to “The Pettycoat Affair.” This had nothing to do with Russian Meddling in the 21st Century; but with a scandal under President Andrew Jackson that kept John C. Calhoun from later becoming President. A presentation of this Washington, DC affair in a previous century is to be presented next month at the April meeting of the Laurens District Genealogy Society. That’s April 12th at 7:30 pm at the Library on West Main in Laurens.

31 Grams of Meth, 37 Firearms

31 grams of methamphetamine and 37 firearms were reportedly discovered with execution of a search warrant by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office this week. As a result, Deputies arrested 36-year-old Shane Frick Taylor of 21024 Highway 76 East, Laurens on Wednesday. Yesterday, he was served with nine warrants.

Four drug charges include Trafficking in Meth, two warrants charge Possession of a Controlled Substance and one charges Simple Possession of Marijuana. Each is listed as a 3rd or subsequent offense.

Weapons charges served were Possession of a Weapon During a Crime and Possession of a Weapon by a Person Convicted of a Violent Crime. Taylor was also served with three warrants alleging he Received Stolen Goods. All warrants cite the investigation of Investigator Nations.

On March 7th Taylor was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 31 grams of methamphetamine. Warrants state he has prior narcotics-related convictions. He also allegedly was found in possession of Alprazolam along with Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone and 28 ounces or less of marijuana.

Shane Taylor was also allegedly found in possession of 37 firearms, during the commission of the violent crime of Trafficking in Methamphetamine. One warrant states he is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition because of having been previously convicted of a violent felony.

The Receiving Stolen Goods warrants state that on March 7th Taylor was found to be in possessions of a Mossberg Rifle that had been stolen from one victim and a Hi-Point 9mm firearm stolen from another victim.

Shane Frick Taylor was being held overnight, awaiting arraignment on the nine charges.

Women’s Day – at Rotary

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. While some women around the world focused in the #MeToo movement at their observance, the men and women of the Laurens Rotary Club used the occasion to reflect on Women in Rotary.

Rotarian King Dixon, who was District Governor as Rotary International as nearing a change in the all-male policy in the late ‘80’s, recalled the twin themes of his year in office focused on the Polio Plus effort to eradicate polio from the earth and the concept of women in Rotary. He recalled that clubs in the urban areas like Greenville and Spartanburg welcomed women , while clubs in some of the more rural areas were slower to warm to the idea.

Timelines in the history of Women in Rotary highlighted yesterday included noting a US Supreme Court ruling in 1987 finally led to abandoning an “all-male” policy.

The first female president of Laurens Rotary was Patricia “Patty” Craine, who served her one-year term in 1999-2000. The current 2017-2018 Rotary year marks the first year an African-American Female has holds the office. President Jaselyn Jennings noted that International Women’s Day this year fell on Thursday, when the club meets each week.

All Women Rotarians present yesterday were presented pins recognizing their efforts in the service club. These included two women members visiting from the Clinton Rotary Club, and Laurens Rotary’s newest member. Kelly Holdway of Pet Commander Kennells in Gray Court was officially inducted yesterday.

District 56 Arts Festival Saturday

“Join the Mix in Laurens 56” is the invitation announcing a Visual and Performing Arts Festival tomorrow at Clinton Middle School, starting at 10:00 am.  There will be band and choral performances along with a display of artwork by District 56 students and art activities for children during the four-hour event. Music will be performed by the CHS Band and Chorus, The Clinton Middle School band and chorus and “elementary music.” The Clinton Elementary Pan Jammers are also scheduled to perform. Art displays feature District 56 artists as well, during the event at Clinton Middle School from 10:00 am until 1:00 tomorrow afternoon.

Fix for Water Pressure in Western Clinton Mill Area  

During the March meeting of Clinton City Council held week, Council was asked to give the green light to a Public Works project known as the “Richloom Connection Project.” The goal of this is to improve water pressure in the western portion of the Clinton Mill area. Currently, when fire hydrants are being used, water pressure drops in the community.  City Council was advised Monday that a pressure drop could cause DHEC violations, hamper firefighting capabilities and cause inadequate service for the city’s water customers in the area.

Two bids were received for the project.  The low bid of $247,750 from GAR-CON of Pickens was less than half the cost of the only competing bid.  City staff recommended that council authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with GAR-CON and proceed with the project.  The funding for the water upgrade would come from the 2017 utility bond. City Council voted unanimously to approve moving forward with the “Richloom Connection Project.”

Terror of the People – Multiple Houses Shot

Clinton Public Safety yesterday served charges from an alleged shooting in town last month.19-year-old Quinten Ross Ellis Jr. of Unit 2 at 1404 South Bell Street was charged with Breach of Peace, Aggravated in Nature and with Malicious Damage. Sgt. Shane Prather states that on February 17th Ellis disturbed the peace by going – armed offensively – to the terror of the people, discharging a firearm into multiple dwellings. This allegedly occurred at multiple locations in the Bailey Street area of Clinton. Victims included two Bailey Street addresses and one on Beauregard Street Extension. A Malicious Damage warrant lists damage to a shed on Beauregard Street Extension. Quinten Ross Ellis Jr. was held overnight in the Laurens County Detention Center, awaiting arraignment on the charges.

Thefts & Possession of Stolen Property

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday made another arrest of a man accused of thefts and possession of stolen property last month. 32-year-old Daniel Stephen Elrod of 221 McKittrick Road, Greenville is charged with two counts of Grand Larceny and five counts of Receiving Stolen Goods.

Mr. Elrod is accused of taking an enclosed 8×14 trailer holding construction equipment, valued at $20,000, on February 17th. He’s further accused of taking a 2005 red Suzuki, a yellow Honda EX 4-wheeler and a black 5×10 flat-bed steel-mesh trailer from a victim on February 19th.

Five warrants accuse Elrod of having property that he knew, or had reason to know, was stolen. These allege possession of a stolen 7×12 trailer valued at $2,600 on February 19th and Other property valued at $2,175 on February 20th. The other Receiving Stolen Goods warrants each allege having property valued at less than $2,000 on February 20th.

The defendant reportedly has two or more prior convictions of property crimes. Daniel Stephen Elrod remained in the Laurens County Detention Center overnight, awaiting a bond hearing on his seven charges.