A Sad Story – Lucy



This is a sad story.

Lucy is 12 years old. She lived her whole life on a chain until 4 weeks ago when her owners turned her over to Laurens County (SC) Animal Control.

While on that chain, kids would throw rocks at Lucy. Guess what? Lucy became mean. Maybe that’s why her owners didn’t want her anymore. Lucy arrived at Animal Control and everyone there knew that Lucy would be put down and maybe………well, maybe that was for the best.

Then something strange began to happen. Lucy began to change. She wags her tail now. She craves human contact now. Nobody is throwing rocks at her. The people at Animal Control talk softly to her. They feed her, even scratch her behind the ears. Now, Lucy wants to live.

But, she’s been there 4 weeks and her time is up. This will be a tall order but our Animal Control officers want us to try. It would break their hearts to have to put Lucy down now.

Lucy has been an outside dog all her life so that’s fine but……….no chain. And Lucy will end up a gentle, loving soul but just 4 weeks ago she was a mean dog so……no small children. And she’s 12 years old.

So, we have to find someone who loves old dogs, wants to see an old girl finally learn to smile and has a fenced yard and no small kids. Impossible?…………maybe……….but we’re going to try. We just a few days. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday near the Laurens County Airport. The phone number there is (864)682-4935.

And please SHARE far and wide. Maybe there is that special someone out there who will let Lucy know that humans can love………can love even an old dog who has only known chains. Good luck Lucy. We’re all pulling for you.

Free Clyde!



This is Clyde. If Clyde looks sad and a bit confused……..he is.

You see, Clyde had a home but then his owner’s landlord said that Clyde looked like he had some pit bull in him and Clyde had to go. He ended up at Laurens County Animal Control. They’re nice folks there but the shelter is full. Clyde says he needs a home.

I hope Clyde’s luck gets better. He’s about 8 months old and he’s a very good boy. Would you like a full blooded Clyde? Call Animal Control for more information….(864) 682-4935l

And please SHARE. Like I said…….the shelter if full. We gotta get Clyde outta there and quick.

Good luck Clyde.

Closings and Delays – Friday, January 22nd

All listed are closed or cancelled for today unless noted as a Delay.


Laurens County School District 55

Laurens County School District 56

Laurens County Offices – 2 Hour Delay

Blood Connection Blood Drive in Clinton

Laurens First Baptist Church Kindergarten

Laurens Family Medicine – Parkview Dr. Laurens

Thomas Mechanical – will answer heat emergencies 681-4247

Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board


Daisy – A Life Worth Saving



I’m gonna call her Daisy. She’s a sweetheart. She’s mostly German Shepherd and about 18 months old. She has just been spayed and will soon have the stitches out.

Because she’s up to date on shots has been fixed there is NO adoption fee. Daisy is a sweetheart but she doesn’t like cats and she kinda gets freaked by small dogs…….gets along well with dogs more her size.

And Daisy is a life worth saving. The shelter is full. In just 2 and 1/2 days NINE dogs have been taken to Animal Control and left there by their owners. That puppy that was a Christmas gift? Reality has set in and they don’t want the responsibility of pet ownership so……….off to the shelter. And by the way, this is NOT a no kill facility. With the shelter full…….well, you get the picture.

If you’d like to know more about Daisy or discuss adoption, call Laurens County (SC) Animal Control. (864)682-4935.

Spread the word. She’s a life worth saving.

Trash Collection Changes – Clinton

A change of schedule and routes for city of Clinton sanitation services goes into effect on Monday, January 4th.

clinton scheduleIn an effort to improve efficiency, the pick up of garbage as well as leaves and other debris will operate under a new schedule beginning on January 4th. The day for your garbage collection has probably changed so take a look at the chart and find your street.

Keep in mind that collection of leaves, limb and large man made debris (washers, dryers, etc) will ALWAYS be on the day following garbage collection.   Anything to be picked up must be at the curb no later than 6AM on the scheduled day for collection.

View chart HERE:  http://www.cityofclintonsc.com/vertical/Sites/%7B55F7B4D2-DDA3-4E24-B36B-2DCD490E9E5E%7D/uploads/1-2_page_chronicle_ad.jpg

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 WLBG.com 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:  http://wlbg.com/2014/11/09/human-remains-found/  )

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.