Laurens County’s Own Hospice Applauded

Jay Wilson, Linda Brown, Mayor Bob McLean

Jay Wilson, Linda Gault, Mayor Bob McLean

Clinton City Council approved several proclamations at their Monday night meeting.  They proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Diabetes Awareness Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and Saturday, November 28th as Small Business Saturday in the city of Clinton.

Council also named November as Hospice of Laurens County month.  Hospice officials Linda Gault and Jay Wilson were on hand and received a framed copy of the city resolution unanimously approved by council from Mayor Bob McLean.

Mayor McLean praised the work of Hospice of Laurens County and the invaluable service provided to Laurens County families by their staff and volunteers.

Hospice of Laurens County was established in May of 1987 by a group of Laurens County residents who recognized a need for a Hospice owned by and serving local people.  They formed Hospice of Laurens County as a not for profit organization which would care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay.  Laurens County’s own hospice has served thousands of patients and their families since its beginning.

In 2008 they opened the Hospice House located on Springdale Avenue in Clinton.  The Hospice House provides in patient facilities providing hospice care as a home away from home.


Early Effects of Monday’s Rain

A popular activity for many residents in the City of Laurens after heavy rain is to check out the Little River and Reedy Fork Creek, especially near the point they merge. With the Flood Warning from the National Weather Service scaled back to a Flood Watch, Katie Mattison ventured out around 5:30pm to share these pictures of the Little River Park and Amphitheater on WLBG.COM. She encountered other residents out in the rain snapping pics of the water overflowing the banks of the Little River Monday afternoon. As you can see from the pics below, as of 5:30, the flood level wasn’t as high as the previous event in mid October. IMG_2032 IMG_2031 IMG_2029 IMG_2037As of this posting, Reedy Fork Creek has not caused any flooding of businesses, Caroline, or Church Streets. This is due, largely, to the efforts nearly 40 years ago by then mayor, Bob Dominick. Prior to that flood control project, rains experienced in mid October and the event today would have likely flooded homes and businesses and shut down both Caroline Street, Church Street and Anderson Drive.


Schools Closing Early – Potential Flooding

Laurens County School District 55 closing 3 hours early due to concerns about flooding.

Laurens County School District 56 will close all schools at 1pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood WARNING (flooding already occurring) for Laurens County until 1:30pm.  Laurens County remains under a Flood Watch until 7pm.

According to the National Weather Service flooding is now occurring in the southern and western portions of Laurens County.

A Message From Jimbo



Woo HOOOO!! Hello from the shelter at Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. It’s not so bad here……the people are nice. I just wish I could get my dog friends to occasionally be quiet. It gets kinda hard to get a nap with all this constant barking.

I wasn’t picked up as a stray. The folks who owned me brought me here. I’m still trying to figure why. I’m a good dog……even the folks here say so. I get along with other dogs, I love people…..I’m not mean at all. You know, the funny thing is……I miss my owners. I did love them.

Could someone help me? I said it’s not that bad here and it’s not but………I do know that I can’t stay here. Dogs that are here too long……….well…….something bad happens. And the problem is I don’t know how long too long is. So, I do need help and the quicker the better.

If you have any questions about me just call (864)682-4935. Tell them you want all the skinny on Jimbo. That’s me.

And please, please SHARE my picture. Tell all your friends to spread the word about me. I just want to hear somebody say “Good Boy!” and let me be their dog.

Let’s Go Home Boy





RESCUE!!  Pete has a home.  Thanks to all who helped.

Pete home

It’s always the eyes that get to me. A little fella like this should have happy eyes. Pete’s eyes are sad.

He’s about 2 years old and was picked up as a stray by Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. Pete has been there a long time and the shelter is full. Maybe he knows what that means. No wonder he looks sad.

Pete could use a hero…….someone to say what he’s been listening for………….”let’s go home boy”.

If you want more information about Pete call Animal Control – (864)682-4935. Maybe you’re just the hero Pete’s been waiting for. I bet those eyes look different when he sees you.

And please SHARE his photo. Spread the word. Pete needs to hear those magic words as soon as possible.

Stay Where You Are

Message from SC Emergency Management:

If you are currently safe where you are – stay there. Flash flooding is occurring in Upstate South Carolina. People are in peril. Emergency crews are fully engaged. Please stay where you are.

Sunday Cancellations

Due to record rainfall and dangerous driving conditions authorities have asked that residents of Upstate South Carolina not drive for the duration of this storm.

WLBG has received the following cancellations for Sunday morning events:

Laurens First Assembly of God – Laurens

Beaverdam Baptist Church – Enoree

New Bethel AME Church – Clinton

Cedar Grove Baptist Church – Cold Point

Full Gospel Assembly – Clinton

Saint Paul First Baptist Church – Laurens

Lydia Mill Church of God – Clinton – Homecoming will be rescheduled





Squealing On The Square – UPDATE

WLBG has received the following from Jonathan Irick, Director of Main Street Laurens.

“All performance have been cancelled for today.  The BBQ competition will still happen.  Awards will probably be moved up to 4pm and will be held on the third floor of Laurens City Hall.”

Craft booths that had been set up indoors at the future home of the Laurens County Museum and in the former Mens’ Shop location on the south side of the Laurens Public Square are open.  Virtually all over entertainment and events associated with Squealing will not occur.  Some will be rescheduled for a later date.

A few of the food vendors do have food that has been prepared and is ready.  If you have a taste for barbecue it might be worth a trip to the Square to see what is available.  And stay tuned to REAL Radi0 860 WLBG and for any future updates.

Hurt. No, Really, That’s His Name




Hurt. That’s what they call him at Laurens County Animal Control. I don’t know why. But let me tell you what I do know.

Hurt has been in the shelter for more than two months. He was actually scheduled to be put down last Friday but several dogs were adopted and they sorta squeaked by without killing any.

But now…….well, let’s not dwell on that. Hurt is 3 years old. He’s a boy dog and he gets along well with people and with other dogs. I even think he could learn to love a cat. He’s just a good dog.

He’s a mountain dog mix. That means he’s a natural herd dog and a protector. He’d be great with little ones.

Want to save a good dog. Adoption scholarship is available if someone can give him a family of his own. Call Animal Control (864)682-4935.

And please SHARE his picture. Help spread the word. A good dog’s life depends on finding that someone who wants a loyal friend who will never walk away.

Polly Wants A……………Uh………….Family!



Our WLBG Pet of the Week was adopted just a few hours after posting so……….we asked Laurens County (SC) Animal Control if we could try to save just one more this week. We asked them to pick out a good dog. They picked Polly.

Polly is two year old shepherd mix. She’s a happy little girl. She gets along with humans and with furry friends. She’d be a great family dog either by herself or with others………she might even get along with a cat but don’t tell anyone. She’s kind of embarrassed about that.

If you’d like to know more about Polly call (864)682-4935.

And please SHARE Polly’s pic. Let’s see if we can save another good dog.

Three Presented with “Henry Laurens Award”


Laurens County Council last night presented its prestigious “Henry Laurens Award” to three longtime county residents. Honored were County Administrator Ernest B. “Ernie” Segars, Laurens County Development Corporation Executive Director Marvin Moss and Community Volunteer Dianne Culbertson.

Ernie Segars was recognized for serving over 27 years as County Administrator, starting in 1988 with a title “Administrative Assistant to County Council.” Segars told WLBG that he is contemplating and looking forward to retirement; but as of yet, no retirement date has been set.

Former Laurens County Council Chairman, Jim Coleman spoke during the public comment time, telling of his admiration and respect for the recipients and their service to the county. Coleman especially thanked Segars for his support and service provided during Coleman’s time on council. Council Chairman Joe Wood said of Segars, “Before I was even on county council, I was always bugging Ernie on fire department issues, and he always took the time to respond and help in any way he could.”

Marvin Moss is a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer and a longtime member of the South Carolina Economic Development Association. He has more than 25 years of experience in industry, as well as 16 years specializing in economic development in the Upstate of South Carolina. In 2011 he was named the South Carolina Economic Development Association Local Developer of the Year.

One of the highlights he cited from his career with the LCDC was his work in bringing ZF Transmissions to the county. During his time as Executive Director of the LCDC, Moss has seen $2.2 billion dollars in investments, and 8,800 new jobs brought to Laurens County.

Dianne Culbertson has, for the past decade, been heavily involved in historic preservation and conservation. She is Founder and President of the Gray Court – Owings Historical Society which works to preserve the history and historic structures of the area. She is State Vice Regent of the SC Daughters of the American Revolution, Chair of the Tamassee DAR School Board of Trustees and State Regent of the South Carolina Society National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. She has served on the boards of Laurens County Community Foundation, Laurens County First Steps, Laurens County Museum, Rosemont Preservation Society, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, and the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Foundation.

Youth Did Something About It


It isn’t often that a 10-year-0ld thinks of something other than a new video game, a new bicycle or some other new something for himself. Last week, though, a story came to WLBG about a 10-year-old boy named Jordan who wanted to do something to help families through a tragedy. Jordan had the idea to hold a yard sale and send the proceeds to the families of four Marines and one Sailor who were murdered in July in Chattanooga. He had set a goal of $100. WLBG listeners began to donate items for his yard sale and some also donated money for his cause. The yard sale was held on Saturday. Jordan’s total, with some money still outstanding, was a bit over $500.

A United States Marine in dress uniform was there and pinned a medal on Jordan. Laurens Chief of Police Sonny Ledda stopped by and presented Jordan with a badge making him an honorary member of the Laurens Police Department.

In a world of bad news, once in a while good news really does come along.


Here’s a quick overview of Friday night football scores. Mike’s sports report Monday will have more details on the Laurens/Clinton game. Don’t forget to join WLBG at Whiteford’s Giant Burger for the LIVE Chris Liner Show Tuesday night!

Laurens  35          Clinton   6

Woodruff 41         Blacksburg 14

Ware Shoals 20   Woodruff 0

Spartanburg 42  Greenwood 7

BHP   44              Palmetto  9

Greer 39             Emerald  20

Whitmire 30      Wagener-Salley  8

Spanky Says………..’Let’s Go For A Stroll’





He was picked up by Laurens County (SC) Animal Control as a stray. I’m calling him Spanky. He just looks like a Spanky to me.

Spanky’s right around a year old and he’s a lab/pit mix. He’s leash trained and he’s a sweetheart. We need to find a home for him and get him out of the shelter.

Can you see yourself strolling through the neighborhood on some nice evening with this fine young man on a leash? Looks like an excellent walking partner to me.

Skeletal Remains Mystery Solved

In November of last year an off duty Laurens County Sheriff’s Deputy was hunting on property off Warrior Creek Church Road north of Laurens when he discovered a human skull.  A thorough search of nearly 24 hours yielded other human bones and a wallet with identification.  ( see previous story:  )

But, as it turns out, there’s more to the story.  To get the full picture we need to go back to another discovery in the same area on July 28th, 2009.  On that date a Deputy found what appeared to be an abandoned vehicle near the intersection of Warrior Creek Church Road and Bluff Road.  When checking the vehicle he discovered the vehicle was reported as stolen in Greenville County.  Further, the vehicle had been reportedly used in an armed robbery at a CVS Pharmacy in Mauldin just a few days before.

In November 2014, the discovery of the wallet with a Driver’s License surprisingly indicated that the wallet belonged to the chief suspect in that robbery.  In fact, a warrant for armed robbery had been issued for Jeffrey Jones Harrison of Greenville County.  Officials from the Laurens County Coroner’s Office, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and SLED believed that the remains found were those of Mr. Harrison but they wanted to be sure.

Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols told WLBG that they located a brother of Mr. Harrison at a correctional facility in the lower part of the state and obtained a DNA sample from him.  That sample along with the skull that had been found were sent to a forensics laboratory in Texas.  Yesterday, a positive identification was made.

The skeletal remains were, in fact, those of Jeffrey Jones Harrison.  The cause of death is listed as Undetermined.  Coroner Nichols stated that there were no signs of violent trauma on any of the bones.  He also said that several bottles of controlled substance medications (possibly stolen during the CVS Pharmacy robbery) were found near the remains.

Coroner Nick Nichols thanked Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain, Investigator Ben Blackman and the other Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office as well as SLED’s forensics team for months of diligence and patience.  The mystery, it seems, has finally been solved.

School Supply Giveaway a Success Again This Year

20150815_102700The annual Anthony J. Sims Ministries School Drive was held Saturday morning at 10:00 am at the WLBG broadcast studios on Hillcrest Drive in Laurens. Children from throughout the county came by for free supplies to help them start the new year. 20150815_101040Deputy Scott Patterson was on hand to share safety information with the children and Sheriff Ricky Chastain stopped by to help us kick things off. WLBG’s Levardis Payne and “Aunt” Dianne prepared delicious hot dogs for everyone as they do every year. Although we didn’t keep an exact count, around 100 backpacks were given to students and at least twice as many bags of supplies were passed out.20150815_102828 120 hot dogs were 20150815_102724consumed and Deputy Patterson gave away 250 coloring books. This giveaway, now in it’s 6th year, would not be a success if it wasn’t for all those with giving hearts willing to donate items for these children. Without you, we couldn’t do this every year. A special thanks to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and all of the volunteers involved in this event.

“There are children that will go to school next week that don’t have any of the things they need to succeed and we are so thankful for the giving people in Laurens County that have helped some of those children to be better prepared to learn” said Rev. Anthony Sims, event organizer.20150815_102603


Rev. Anthony Sims, Deputy Scott Patterson, Rev. Richard Aiken & Wyatt Mattison on air in WLBG studios Saturday morning

“To all the churches, civic organizations, social clubs, and individuals that gave money and supplies WLBG personally thanks you. The smiles on these kid’s faces says it all. Days like this remind me of why I’m proud to live here and work for  Laurens County’s radio station.” Wyatt Mattison, General Manager WLBG


Bro. Nod Payne cookin’ them dawgs

Arrest Made by Two Agencies on Domestic Violence Charges

We reported yesterday about a domestic violence incident that occurred earlier this week. Wednesday at 4:19 pm Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Clinton Public Safety in reference to a complaint about an incident that occurred in the county just outside Clinton City limits. The deputies spoke with the victim at the Clinton Department of Public Safety. At that same time The Clinton Public Safety reported on the separate incident. On Wednesday at 4:25 pm, Officer Duckett interviewed the victim. She stated that around 11 am The subject was walking with her from a gas station to the area where they were residing after getting coffee. An argument insued and the subject allegedly struck the coffee out of her hands and struck her in the chest with a closed fist. The victim sustained an injury to her left breast area. The victim said the subject had her cell phone in his pocket during the incident and would not give it to her. She stated that she turned around walked to a food mart and attempted to ask the clerk to call law enforcement but as soon as she got to the counter the subject was behind her. She said she was in fear of what the subject might do to her so she asked the clerk to use the bathroom. At that point the clerk advised her she was bleeding from her chest. The victim stated she then moved into the restroom started crying and cleaned up her chest. When she came out the subject was waiting by a nearby cooler. The victim said she purchased a coke and then they left the store. She said the subject kept her cellphone on his person until a few hours later when he had to retrieve pallets from a pile of shavings. Once he handed her the cellphone she was able to contact her sister through text messages to get the sister to call 911. Deputy Taylor of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a mote for a welfare check because the victim’s sister thought she was staying there but the deputy didn’t find the victim at the motel. At The CDPS botht the deputy and Officer Duckett took the victim’s information.

funderburk jerry 0000029921(5)Jerry Michael Funderburk, Age 38, with no current address was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with Domestic Violence. The warrant from the City of Clinton states that on August 12th he did strike the victim’s left breast area with closed hand inflicting a laceration. The incident is enhanced due to the fact that Funderburk did block the victim’s access to a cellphone with the purpose of preventing her from contacting law enforcement. This offense occurred within the city limits of Clinton. The second warrant, issued by the Sheriff’s Office, states that on August 9th Funderburk did inflict moderate bodily injury or actions were accomplished by means likely to result in moderate bodily injury by punching the victim in the face and kicking her about the head and stomach. he remains in the Johnson Detention Center on a combined $17,500 bond.


More Information On Man Arrested For Attempted Murder

We reported yesterday on the arrest of Keshawn Jamal Keith age 18 of 112 Sumter St. Laurens charged by the Laurens Police Department with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Warrants stated that Keith did attempt to murder a victim by discharging a firearm at him at close range on Spring Street in Laurens and did posses a .380 caliber weapon while attempting to murder a victim.keith keshawn 0000088724

We now have more details on the case. Sergeant Nolen of the Laurens Police Department was dispatched to a Spring Street Laurens residence Tuesday at 8:29 pm in reference to a subject pointing a gun through a door. The victim advised he had arrived at his residence around 8 pm and was in his bedroom when he thought he heard something outside his residence. He then heard someone knocking on his side door. He alleged that he walked to his kitchen door and asked “Who is it” but got no response. He said after he asked the fourth time the subject responded “Keith”. The victim said he opened the door but not all the way and saw a black male with a red bandana on his head at the door reach behind his back and pull out a dark colored pistol. The victim said he then began to shut the door but before he could shut the door the subject discharged at least one shot at him at his head. He advised that at least two other shots came through his window just after he shut the door. He said he stepped away from the door to call 911. The victim said he did not recognize the subject but the incident happened very quickly and he did not get a good look at the subject. Officers processed the scene and located three bullet holes in the kitchen, two bullet holes in the bathroom, two spent lead bullets and one spent casing. The officer located a tool in the driveway and the victim stated it was not his and may have been dropped by the subject. After further investigations Keshawn Keith was arrested and charged. He remains in the detention center as of this posting.

Two Arrested For Falsifying Prescriptions

57 year old Thomas Earl Parker of 5 Lora Court Greenville was booked into the Johnson Detention Center Thursday by the Sheriff’s office charged with violation of drug distribution laws. parker thomas 0000108719The warrant states that on Wednesday July 12th at Walmart Pharmacy, Parker did unlawfully obtain a quantity of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance by fraud. When the alleged practicioner was asked if the prescription was authorized by him he confirmed that it was not. Affiant’s belief is based on positive I.D. of the defendant picking up prescriptions, the practitioner statement, and video of the event. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond

In a related arrest:

Erica Marie Stone, age 31 of 108 Enchanted Circle Greenville was booked into the detention center on Thursday charged with violation of drug distribution laws. stone erica 0000108724The warrant states that on or about July 28th at Drug-Lo Stone did unlawfully obtain a quantity of oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance by fraud. When the alleged practitioner was asked if the prescription was authorized by him he confirmed that it was not. Affiant’s belief is based on positive I.D. of the defendant picking up prescriptions, the practitioner statement, and video of the event. Stone remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond.


Follow Up On Drug & Stolen Firearm Arrest

We reported yesterday of the arrest of Tavish Antwan McDowell, age 22 of 106 Pleasant Drive Laurens booked by Laurens City on Wednesday charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carry of a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol. Warrants stated that on Tuesday McDowell did commit the crime of possession with intent to distribute marijuana by having in his possession two bags of marijuana weighing approximately 21.7 grams. This incident occurred on Turner Street after a violation leading to a lawful traffic stop in the city of Laurens. mcdowell tavish 0000075681(6)A further warrant states that McDowell did commit the crime of unlawful carry of a pistol by concealing a stolen Bersa 9mm handgun on his person inside a motor vehicle during a lawful traffic stop leading officers to the discovery of the pistol. A third warrant states that McDowell did have a stolen Bersa 9mm on his person during a lawful traffic stop. The incident report states that Officer Kanipe observed a car with a broken tail light and initiated a traffic stop on Turner Street. During the stop he noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The driver stated marijuana had been smoked in the car about 30 minutes prior to the stop. After being asked twice the passenger gave his name, recognized by officers as a man who has admitted gang affiliations. After both occupants exited the car the officers began a terry frisk on the subjects. The male passenger broke free and began running. The subject lost his balance and fell into the roadway on North Harper Street. During the fall Officer Kanipe observed a handgun fall into the roadway as well.  The subject was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. TRhe subject stated that marijuana located in a backpack in the car was his. Two bags of marijuana were found in a blue backpack in the car. After running the firearm in possession of the subject it was found to be stolen.

McDowell remains in the Johnson Detention Center on $40,000 bond