Finally Friday Beach Bash Tonight on the Public Square

For the second summer, Main Street Laurens is having a “Finally Friday” celebration each final Friday of the month. Main Street Director Jonathan Irick said tonight’s theme focuses on the Beach.

tropical island players “We’re excited! Tonight is our ‘Beach Bash’ and we’re going to be featuring the Caribbean sounds of The Tropical Island Players from 7:00 to 9:00. The total event ‘Finally Friday on the Square’ will be happening from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight and we’re going to be doing Ice Cream Floats for $6, with a commemorative mug you get to take home. The businesses will be open late. We’ve got some activities for the kids. We’ll be doing some …what’s we’re calling ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ where you can win some prizes. ….and a lot of fun going on tonight.”

Irick said there will be concessions, including beer and wine.

Group Study on Population Decline in Laurens County

Laurens County is the largest county in South Carolina……that’s losing population!

It’s one of 12 counties in the state where the population is declining. And one of four here in the Upstate, Neighboring Union and Abbeville are also in that group.

On the other hand, neighboring Greenwood and Newberry counties have positive growth, along with the bigger Greenville and Spartanburg.

kingWhy is this? King Dixon spoke to Laurens Rotary Thursday about a grassroots group that has been looking to see what needs to change here. He explained it like your doctor, when you go for an annual checkup. King said the doctor doesn’t spend time going over all that’s right about your health, but focuses on what’s wrong, so you get healthier. Citing his love for Laurens County, he said that’s what this group has been doing – looking to see what needs fixing. And now they’re making the tour, meeting with local groups and governmental entities, explaining what they found.

Of several areas their study revealed, he focused on the need for planning. He said the county needs to plan for positive growth, where the value of our land increases, and where others can’t come in next to our property with something that decreases our value while also making our life less enjoyable.

Noting that the state requires a new comprehensive plan to be submitted every ten years, King Dixon suggested the group wants to have a through plan prepared for 2020. He noted that County Council has just approved funding a part-time planner to work on planning, at the suggestion of the new County Administrator; and that a grad student from Clemson is being brought on board in a part-time capacity for that purpose

Dixon said that good planning will help increase the tax base so that the county can afford to provide services without raising taxes.

Clinton Man Arrested on Multiple Warrants

Officer Yelton of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to the area of the Home Store in Lydia Mill concerning an assault. The complainant stated that he arrived at a Pechtree Street Residence and knocked on the door. He stated he was invited in and upon entering was grabbed by a male suspect. He said a female then pulled a gun out and pointed it at him. He said it was dark and he couldn’t see what kind of gun was pointed at him. Other officers spoke with a resident of the home, who stated the victim was inside the home but was not assaulted. The resident stated that she requested the complainant leave the home and he did so without incident. While speaking to the complainant further he was asked if he wished to prosecute and he said no. Te officer offered the complainant a ride to his cousin’s residence and he declined. He then identified the subject that allegedly grabbed him. Officers then found the subject had warrants for his arrest. While confirming the warrants, the complainant left the location with no further issue. taylor rodriquez 0000080721(3)Rodriquez Dakim Quamane Taylor age 24 of  590 Phillips St. M1 Clinton was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with multiple previous warrants:

DUS 2nd, Warrant states on May 14th 2016, did operate a motor vehicle on a public highway while license was suspended with one prior conviction of dus within last 5 years, Offence occurred within the city limits of Clinton.  $26,903 surety bond

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia warrant states on May 14, 2016 did have in his possession one electronic scale with reidue

Possesion of a stolen handgun: Warrant states on May 14th did knowingly posses a stolen handgun a Taurus 38 special revolver.

Weapons / Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol warrant states did knowingly carry a handgun about his person without authority to do so

Breach of Peace, Aggravated in Nature warrant states may 14th did go armed offensively to the terror of the people by acting in concert with two other defendants and offensively brandishing and waiving a revolver about a convenience store parking lot open to the public. The defendant taunted other patrons of the establishment in a pervasive and aggravated nature.

Failure to Stop for Blue Light warrant states did fail to stop a motor vehicle when signaled by a city of Clinton officer by means of a flashing blue light. the defendant did accelerate his vehicle and disregard a stop sign in an attempt to avoid the persuing law enforecement vehicle. The defendant then fled on foot after abruptly stopping his vehicle behind a residence in Clinton.

Rodriquez Dakim Quamane Taylor remains in the detention center on $26,903 surety bond

Two Rotarians Honored for 50 Years of Service

The Laurens Rotary Club honored two members for 50 Years of Service through the Rotary Clubat Thursday’s meeting. Recognized for meeting the Rotary International standard for good citizenship and solid reputation were Rotarians Herbert Adams and Bland Roper. In making the presentations, Rotarian Joe Babb said Adams and Roper have been “doing good in the world for 50 years.”


Two Cross Hill Residents Charged With Grand Larceny

burnett tyler 0000112428Tyler David Burnett age 25 of 146 Hannah Drive  Cross Hill was booked Wednesday into the Johnson Detention Center by the Sheriff’s Office, charged with burglary and grand larceny. Warrants state that on July 1st, it is alleged that  Burnett did enter a dwelling in Laurens County without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein and did take and carry away tools and money with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property valued at $2,025 and is the property of the victim. Burnett remains in the detention center on $8000 bond.


harris tina 0000092843(1)His alleged accomplis, Tina Ann Marie Harris was also charged with burglary and Grand Larceny and released on $6000 bond.


Reckless Driver Arrested in Gray Court

Thursday at 4:30pm, Corporal Edwards of the Sheriff’s Office was traveling on Highway 14 headed towards the interstate when a white in color Dodge Dart was traveling in the same lane as the officer. The vehicle in front of the patrol car had to slam on brakes and swerve because the Dart came close to striking it. Corporal Edwards spun the marked patrol car around and intitiated a traffic stop. The driver, 31 year old Nicholas Robert Sommerfield of 5202 Lucerne Ave. Kalamazoo Michigan was arrested, charged with reckless driving and transported to the Johnson detention center. He was later released on bond.

Young Man Charged With Multiple Traffic Violations

herbert killijah 000011242919 year old Killijah Deva Herbert of 178 John Rushton Rd. Saluda was ticketed thursday for Driving Vehicle at Speed Greater than is reasonable under conditions, Violation of Beginner’s Permit and Leaving the scene of accident,vehicle unattended. He was later released on $5,310 bond


Handgun Stolen From Clinton Residence

At 1:12 Thursday afternoon Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriff’s Office met with a Lake Rd. Clinton resident concerning a stolen revolver. The complainant said she saw it on July 7th when a person that no longer lives at the residence had it in his hand and was walking toward a truck still on the property. She said that she believed the weapon was put back in the shed on the property and on July 8th she noticed the gun missing because someone was interested in buying it. The complainant said she would have the info on the gun when investigators follow up so it can be entered into NCIC.

Suspicious Card Activity

Sergeant Johnson of the Sheriffs Office met with a complainant Thursday at 4:49. The complainant stated that he had gone to the beach and was looking at his banking information online and discovered someone had made 2 atm withdrawals on July 21st in Las Vegas. He said he had contacted his bank to freeze the card and that he had this happen on July 5th from the same location and had a separate incident report for that occurrence. Investigations will continue with this case.


Alleged Burglary In Gray Court

Deputy Edwards of the Sheriffs Office was dispatched Thursday at 10:22am to an Epperly Lane Gray Court residence in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, Corporal Edwards spoke with the complainant who stated his wife had been gone for around 2 weeks to visit family and when she returned she noticed some of her jewelry missing. Te complainant said that he had two subjects come over to his residence to clean his home on July 15th while his wife was gone. He stated that another subject was with them. e stated that on July 17th he noticed two of his rings were missing from his dresser drawer. He said he walked outside and confronted these same subjects telling them he was going to stay outside and for them to go in and make his rings reappear. He said they came out and said they had found the rings. He said since his wife had returned she found a vacuum cleaner and two necklaces missing. He said a witness had told him he saw his stolen items in on eof the subject’s house. Te incident will be turned over to investigations.

Stolen Spray Gun

Lieutenant Richards of the Sheriffs Office responded to a Terry’s Park Drive Laurens residence Thursday at 8:53 am concerning a theft from a motor vehicle. The complainant stated a commercial spray gun had been stolen for the back of a truck at the residence. She said an alleged subject had been in the park late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning knocking on resident’s doors. The Sheriff’s Office was notified and Sergeant Johnson responded and found no one in the park at that time. The incident will be forwarded to investigations.

Missing Person Sought – Newberry County

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The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Robert Lester Jones, 32, (pictured above), was last seen on Sunday, July 24th around 7pm on Evans Street in Newberry.

Jones is described as a white male, 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighing approximately 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a blue striped shirt, blue jeans and a multi-colored welder’s cap.

Anyone with any information abut the location of Robert Lester Jones is asked to contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office (803)321-2211.  Their email address:

Slim Wants To Be Your Best Friend



I call him Slim. I suppose it’s sorta obvious why.
And you’re seeing him after several weeks of regular feedings at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. Before that he was skinny.
When a dog is abandoned on the side of the road some think they can hunt and survive on their own. Nope…..dogs are pack animals. A dog by himself cannot survive. And if they do find other dogs to run with a pack they become a threat to livestock, other pets even people in the area.
Most of the time they either are rescued in emaciated condition or they die of starvation. That’s what almost happened to Slim here. He’s recovering and he’s a loving dog but he really needs a home.
If you want more information on Slim call Animal Control at (864)984-6812.
And please SHARE. Slim has been there a while. Time is limited.

Good Time Charlie


I like this dog. He looks like he’s saying “Come on! Let’s GO!”
His name is Charlie and he’s available for adoption at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control.

Charlie is a boy dog a little over one year old. He’s a good dog and he loves peoples. And I just love his look. Charlie’s a classic, you might say.

If you’d like more information on Charlie call Animal Control at (864)984-6812.

And please SHARE. Charlie would really like to have his very own family and I think he deserves that.

Fatal Accident – Highway 14

A two car collision at 3:45 Thursday afternoon on SC Highway 14 between Laurens and Gray Court claimed the life of a Laurens man.

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Sharp, 52, of Laurens was driving a 2005 Pontiac east on Hwy 14 when it appears he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway. A 2000 Jaguar travelling west on Hwy 14 struck the right side of the Pontiac according to LCpl David Jones of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Mr. Sharp was transported by Laurens County EMS to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Jaguar was also injured. He was transported to GHS Laurens County Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Need Somebody To Love


This pretty girl is named Holly. She’s about 7 years old and she is NOT at Laurens County Animal Control…………Holly can be found at the Laurens County Humane Society.

Holly was originally surrendered to Animal Control due to the death of her owner. The Humane Society took her in when her time was up to prevent…………well………you know what.

So, Holly is not in danger of being put down. She’s in a ‘no kill’ facility. But Holly needs a home. She has spent her whole life loving humans. She still does. She just needs a human of her very own.

Now, Holly does not play well with other dogs. She has to be an one and only dog. She was heart worm positive but she has successfully completed treatments and she’s now free of that concern.

If you would like more information on Holly for yourself or for a rescue group, call the Humane Society (864)833-9060.

And please SHARE Holly’s picture. She just needs somebody to love.

Ware Shoals Accident – One Dead

A Simpsonville man died in a fatal accident near Ware Shoals in Laurens County this morning.

According to LCpl Tony Keller with the South Carolina Highway Patrol a 2015 Ford pickup truck crashed on US 25 about a half mile south of Ware Shoals. The vehicle went off the left side of the road striking a guard rail and a tree. The driver was restrained by a safety belt and was not ejected or entrapped.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek identified the victim as 48 year old John Daryl Masters of 105 Annas Place, Simpsonville. Cause of death is pending completion of an autopsy to be conducted on Saturday in Greenville.

Stay tuned to WLBG and for further developments on this story.

Subject Arrested After Foot Chase

On Tuesday, Sargent’s Brewington and Cook were investigating a burglary and to locate a subject allegedly involved . During this investigation, they interviewed the subject’s sister at a Thimble Drive Gray Court residence. She stated that on the previous Friday, the subject and others came to the residence with several items that the subject referenced as stolen. Another witness stated that on that Friday evening he was approached by the subject who attempted to sell him an air compressor but he didn’t purchase it so the subject left. The subject was located at a Morgan Street Enoree home where he had been staying with his juvenile girlfriend. While officers knocked on the front door the subject jumped out of a window and ran on foot. He was persued but was lost in the woods behind the home. A passing motorist flagged down the officers and reported a white male had run into a house a few doors down. The owners of the house opened the door for the officers and said a man had run in their house. The subject was located and restrained. Outside, another white male approached the subject and an argument ensued. The argument was diffused by officers and other man was escorted to his vehicle and left. It was found that the other male was the subject’s girlfriend’s grandfather. It was alleged that the juvenile girlfriend had been letting the subject sneak in and out of her window when her grandparents were away or sleeping.

strange zachary 0000111097Zachary Hunter Strange, age 18 of 50 Thimble Drive Gray Court was booked into the Johnson Detention Center on June 14th, charged with receiving stolen goods. The warrant states that on June 10th, he did receive one television, one pressure washer, and miscellaneous tools of the victim’s valued at $800 knowing at the time that the property was stolen or having reason to believe the property to be stolen. He remains in the jdc on $2000 bond The case continues to be investigated to determine the involvement of other suspects in the case.


School District 56 Announces Mrs. Brenda Schrantz as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Laurens County School District 56 is pleased to announce that Mrs. Brenda Schrantz will be joining the district as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction on July 1. Mrs. Schrantz began her career in Laurens 56 and taught at both Clinton Elementary and the Martha Dendy 6th Grade Center. She was the Martha Dendy Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year. From 2005-2008, she served under Dr. Bill Alexander as the Assistant Principal at Martha Dendy. For 6 years she was the Coordinator of Special Programs and Accountability for Laurens 56, working with curriculum and instruction for special education students and the gifted and talented program, as well as District Test Coordinator for all state and national assessments. Since 2014, Mrs. Schrantz has been the Coordinator of Special Populations and Accountability at Laurens School District 55, planning staff development and curriculum for special area teachers. Throughout her career, Mrs. Schrantz has been awarded multiple grants that have benefited students in all of Laurens County. In her position with Laurens 56, Mrs. Schrantz will provide leadership in developing curriculum and managing the day-to-day operations of the instructional programs in the district. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Lander University with additional certifications in middle level math and science, and a master’s degree in elementary administration and supervision from Clemson University. The current Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Instruction, Dr. Laura Koskela, is retiring after 20 years of dedicated service to Laurens 56.


Attempted Break In At Church

Corporal Edwards of the Sheriffs Office received a call from dispatch at 10:53 Thursday morning in reference to an alarm activation on one of the front doors of  Beaverdam Baptist Church. Upon arrival the officer checked the perimeter of the church and found no one. The deputy checked the church and found the front door to the far right of the church had damage on it. A partial portion of the wooden door was broken off and missing. Corporal Edwards also saw damage on the door frame but the door was still dead bolted and locked. The door beside it had the same mark on the door frame but the deadbolt was halfway out. The officer turned the door knob and the door was unlocked. Lieutenant Richards arrived and the church was searched but nobody was found inside. A member of the church arrived to contact other church members. The incident will be on file at the Sheriff’s Office.