Alleged Break In in Clinton

Wednesday afternoon just before 1pm, Sgt. Wicker of the Clinton Department of Public Safety responded to a report of burglary. Upon arrival, he spoke with the female complainant, who stated that she had left her residence the previous day and returned later to find that her side door was open and some of her property stolen. She claimed to be missing a 36” Samsung TV, a 32” Roku TV, a 19” Vizio Tv, and a Playstation 3 and its controllers. She stated that a pillow case was misplaced and was laying in her floor; inside the pillow case were PS3 games, a controller, and various jewelry. She also claimed that in her bedroom were two plastic spoons, an orange t-shirt, and three Cigarette butts that did not belong to her. Officer Wicker collected these items for evidence and dusted the residence for fingerprints. The officer advised the woman that this situation would be investigated further. The monetary value for stolen items was $600. The case remains active.



Relay For Life Saturday at Laurens 55 High School

Don’t forget the American Cancer Society Laurens County Relay For Life is tomorrow, Saturday at the Laurens District 55 High School football stadium from 4-10pm. Go out and support the great teams there like PRTC, LCWSC, Founders FCU, Laurel Hill Baptist, Duncan Creek Baptist, White Plains Baptist, Springfield Baptist, Mount Zion Baptist, School District 55, Walmart Distribution, Renfro, Ceramtec, and many more.

Meat Product Recall That Affects South Carolina

Marcho Farms, Inc., a Souderton, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, and ground veal, beef and pork products that may be adulterated withnon-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O111, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The veal, beef and pork products were produced on April 11 and April 14, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 60-lb.cases of “VEAL BONELESS TRIMMINGS HALAL” with case code “5398” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/2017.”
  • 60-lb. cases of “VEAL TRIMMINGS USDA CHOICE” with case code “98” and “MANFU. DATE” of “04/11/17.”
  • 9-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF” with case code “3122” and “Sell By” date “05/05/17.”
  • 10-lb. cases of “VEAL, BEEF, PORK GROUND FOR MEATLOAF BULK PACK” with case code “3125.”

These items were distributed to retail stores and food service locations in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Drug And Alcohol Charges Alleged Against Laurens Woman

26 year old Lakella Shari Robinson of 255 East Main Street #7 Laurens was booked Wednesday into the Johnson Detention Center by the Laurens Police Department ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia, for transporting alcohol in a motor vehicle, and open container. She was also charged with possession of cocaine. The warrant alleges that she did commit the crime of possession of crack cocaine, did knowingly and willfully possess approximately less than one gram of a cocaine based substance which did field test positive as cocaine. The incident occurring on West Farley within the city limits of Laurens during a lawful traffic stop. She remains in the detention center on $11,014 bond as of this posting.

Clinton Man Booked For Alleged Assault

Deshavione Marquez Browning, age 26 of 123 Harolds Park Rd. Clinton was booked Wednesday into the Johnson Detention Center by the Sheriff’s Office charged with Assault and Battery 3rd degree.

The warrant alleges that upon investigation by the Sheriff’s Office on August 10th of 2016 Browning did knowingly commit battery upon a victim by striking the victim on the head. He remains in the detention center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Laurens PD Tickets Waterloo Man for Drugs

27 year old Randall Sherodrick Moore of 5312 Todd Quarter Rd Waterloo was booked by the Laurens Police Department Wednesday into the Johnson Detention Center ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana. Moore remains in the detention center awaiting bond as of this post.

25th Annual United Way Golf Tournament is Friday

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Dont forget that tomorrow, Friday is the United Way of Laurens County Cinco De Mayo Golf Tournament at Lakeside Country Club. It’s the 25th anniversary of the United Way of Laurens County Golf Tournament. It’s Sponsored by The Greenville Health System, Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission, The Laurens Electric Co-op and PRTC.

Laurens High Coach named Region 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year

Coach Andrew Chavarria was recently named the Region 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year in Soccer. Chavarria took over the soccer program at Laurens District High School (LDHS) in 2016 and he has been working to increase the number of student-athletes participating in the program. According to Ed Murray, District Athletic Director, “Coach Chavarria has clearly generated increased interest in the program and we are working with him to provide the resources necessary to build a successful program.”

Chavarria has been playing soccer since he was 3 years old. Throughout his life he has competed at some of the highest levels of soccer in the country. Chavarria was a player for the South Carolina Olympic Development Program for 5 years, played on the Lexington County Soccer Club (LCSC) for 9 years where he was part of a state championship in 2007. The team also won the Region III Premier League and earned the right to compete in Regional and National tournaments.

In the fall of 2015, Chavarria took on his first teaching job working with the strings program at LDHS. Chavarria is proving to be as successful in the classroom as he is on the soccer field, with 2 of his students recently receiving superlative ratings. But, teaching did not quell Chavarria’s love for soccer. He initially volunteered to work with the varsity soccer team under Denis Balanta; but, he soon took over as the Raiders Head Coach. While victories were hard to come by in 2017, the Raiders showed marked improvement in their overall performance (especially on defense). This caught the attention of the other coaches in the region and led to Chavarria’s selection as Region Coach of the Year. Chavarria’s only comment was simply, “I am working to build a reputable program.”

First Auditions For “Laurens Sings” is this Saturday

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The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Department has announced a new singing competition to be held during the summer of 2017.

Laurens Sings will take the place of Laurens Idol, which entertained audiences for nine seasons. The competition is open to ages 8 and up.

Laurens Sings will include the top 15 finalists after auditions are completed. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10am and Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm. All auditions will be held at The Ridge at Laurens.

All audition participants will be asked to sing a one-minute a cappella version of a song of their choice. Auditions are open to individuals, groups and bands. Judges will select 15 finalists for the Laurens Sings competition. The finalists will be announced on Monday, May 15.

Laurens Sings will offer participants a chance to sing each week during the three-week preliminaries beginning June 8. Preliminaries will be held on June 8, 15 and 22. The top 15 will perform each week and then online voting will be combined with judges voting to determine the rankings after each week of performances.

After each week of performances, the top 15 will be ranked 1 through 15. The No. 1 ranked performer after the June 8 and June 15 performances will receive $50. The No. 1 ranked performer after the June 22 performances will receive $100.


The top 15 will perform in the finale on June 29. The winner will be announced at the Riverfront Freedom Festival on July 3. The winner of Laurens Sings will receive $1,000.

Laurens Sings is sponsored by the Laurens Parks and Recreation Department and

More information on Laurens Sings is available from Laurens Recreation Director Jason Pridgen at 864-6817275

Piedmont Tech Holds 43rd Annual Student Awards

At Piedmont Technical College’s 43rd annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 40 student leaders. The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Kenneth McDaniel of Whitmire, a building construction technology student. McDaniel was also named outstanding graduate in the engineering and industrial technologies division and in his curriculum.

Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to McDaniel, winners included Kathryn Kratz of Ware Shoals, business, information technologies and public service;

Outstanding graduates in each of the college’s academic programs also received special recognition.

Outstanding graduates in the business, information technologies and public service division included Katheryn Kratz, criminal justice; and Pamela Williams of Donalds, early care and education.

In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners included Ashley Shepheard of Laurens, horticulture; Taylor Barnett of Hodges, machine tool technology; Thomas Whelan of Ware Shoals, mechanical engineering technology; and Dillon Qualls of Waterloo, mechatronics technology

Outstanding graduates in the health science division included Erica Lewis of Kinards, pharmacy technician.


Chamber of Commerce Red Carpet Breakfast Coming Up

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The Laurens County Chamber of commerce invites Chamber members and business people in the community to purchase tickets for the May 12th Red Carpet Breakfast with keynote speaker Fred Cartwright. Tickets are $15 per person, or $100 for a reserved table of 8.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
There is limited seating so register now while space is still available!

Call Diane Wyatt at 833-2716 for more information.

South Carolina Teacher of the Year Announced

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced last that the 2018 South Carolina Teacher of the Year is Erin Fox, an English teacher at Gaffney Senior High School in the Cherokee County School District.

“Erin truly embodies the qualities and characteristics of a great educator,” said Superintendent Spearman. “She is so deserving of this honor and I look forward to working with her over the next year to continue to lift up the teaching profession and empower educators across our state.”

Fox pulls from her dramatic, dance and musical background to create dynamic lessons and units for her students.  In her roles as a teacher and cross country coach, she ensures that her students are challenged everyday.   As part of the state Teacher of the Year awards program, Fox receives $25,000 and gets to drive a brand new BMW for one year.

The Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence and strengthens the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on a district, state, and national level.. These awards not only assist in retention efforts but serve as a powerful recruitment tool.

Graduation Ceremony Held at Johnson Detention Center

The second Laurens County Adult Education Graduation Ceremony at the Johnson Detention Center was held yesterday, Monday afternoon.Dr. R. Joseph Makla, Director of Adult Education, presented the graduate, Aaron Devain Brown his high school G.E.D certificate, and told those in attendance, that the graduate also earned a silver cord, which represented his silver WorkKeys Career Readiness achievement.After the invocation and the pledge, opening remarks were given by Captain Kathy Tucker, who quoted a line for the movie, “The Blind Side,” where Michael Oher said, “Don’t ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices, and that you are a unique person created for a specific purpose, and you matter.”Special thanks were given to Janet Thompson, the classroom teacher, Sheriff Don Reynolds, Sergeant Scott Weeks and the staff at the detention center who made this graduation happen, and Jostens for their generous donation of the cap and gown. We salute this young man for furthering his education and preparing for his future.

Clinton Man Charged With CDV 2nd Degree

Sunday night at 12:06 am Clinton Public Safety received a disturbing phone call in which a woman was arguing with a man and physical damage seemed to be heard through the phone. Clinton units were dispatched to the incident location on Brandy Lane in Clinton, and upon arrival they made contact with the caller, an adult woman, and the man with whom she was arguing, also an adult. The woman alleged that the man came to her residence for no specific reason and manipulated a minor child  to gain entry. Once he was inside, he and the woman began arguing. Things got even more tangled from there, as the man allegedly pulled on the woman’s glued-on wig hard enough to separate it from her head. A witness in the residence claimed that the man was choking the woman. The man was reportedly angry because he wanted his swimming pool back.

26 year old Dashua Terrell Reeder of 100 Houser Circle 5C Clinton was booked on Monday morning by the Clinton Depratment of Public Safety into the Johnson Detention Center charged with Domestic violence second degree. The warrant alleges that on May 1st he did commit the offence of domestic violence second degree and did cause physical harm to the victim in the presence of a minor and impeded the victims airflow by placing his hands around the area of the victims neck.

He remains in the detention center on $5k bond as of this posting.


Multiple Drug Charges Alleged Against Joanna Woman

39 year old Michelle N Strong of 404 Pickens Street Joanna was booked into the Johnson Detention Cneter Tuesday charged with drug distribution, possession of controlled substance, narcotics possession, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Warrants state that on April 27th she did knowingly possess with intent to distribute marijuana, did possess with intent to distribute marijuana within one half mile of Joanna Woodson elementary school , did knowingly possess xanax, a schedule 4 controlled substance without authority to do so, and did knowingly aid, assist, promote and/or abet the distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, hydrocodone,  in that she was present and did allow another subject to distribute from her residence. Strong remains in the detention center awaiting bond as of this posting.


Charge of Assault and Battery On a Minor

24 year old Phillip Michael Kemph of 54 Poulson Place Laurens was booked Tuesday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with assault and battery 1st degree. The warrant alleges that between January 1st and March 23rd he did intentionally commit battery upon a juvenile victim on three separate occasions by touching her breast and vaginal area above her clothes with lewd intent. This happened when the victim was between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. Kemph remains in the detention center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Drug Sentencing of Clinton Man

18 year old Markevious Oneal Carter of 306 Florence Street Clinton booked Tuesday into the Johnson Detention Center charged with drug possesion and drug manufacture. He was sentenced to

$110 or 5 days for possession of drug paraphernalia and $415 or 30 days for possession of marijuana. He remains in the detention center as of this post.

Pat Brewster Named District 55 Employee of the Month

If you have called the Laurens County School District 55 Administrative Office during the past three decades, you have probably spoken with district receptionist Patricia Brewster.  In our family we call her Aunt Pat. My cousin Travis began calling her Aunt Pat over 30 years ago so on behalf of my family and the staff here at WLBG it’s an honour to present this press release from the school district. In a presentation held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Brewster was named the LCSD 55 District Office Employee of the Month for April 2017.

Since 1980, Brewster has been the voice at the other end of the phone when calls are answered at the district office.  With 48 total years of service in District 55, she has also served as school secretary at Pleasant View Primary, Laurens District 55 High, and Sanders Middle Schools.  “The Golden Rule inspires me each day.  Each day is as different as the people who come to the administrative office,” notes Brewster.  “They all have concerns and my job is to help them or direct them to other personnel for assistance.”  A native of the New Prospect Community in northern Spartanburg County, Brewster met her husband, Adolphus, who has served as a member of Gray Court Town Council, Mayor Pro tem of Gray Court and President of the Laurens County NAACP, in college.  After the couple married, they made their home in Laurens County.  Mother of a son and daughter, and five grandchildren (all girls), the Brewsters have been active in the community for many years.  “Mrs. Brewster is a dedicated employee.  She has given many years of service to the district.  It is a joy to see her smile when you walk into the district office,” notes George Ward, Assistant Superintendent for Laurens 55.

The LCSD55 Administrative Office provides support for all schools in the district.  The office is located at 301 Hillcrest Drive in Laurens.

National Day of Prayer Program Thursday in Clinton

National Day of Prayer is this Thursday. (May 4th) An Annual National Day of Prayer is being held in Clinton Thursday at Noon, on the lawn of the Clinton Museum on North Broad.

Participants include Mayor Bob McLean with an official Welcome and leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Presentation of Colors form the Clinton High JROTC, and the National Anthem sung by CHS student Zahdriq Graves.

Local ministers will have prayers for various components of the country.

Steven Evans of Friendship AME will lead prayer for the Government, Broad Street United Methodist Minister will pray for the Military and 1st Presbyterian Pastor Jeri Parris Perkins will pray for Business.

A prayer for Education will be led by Chris Sullivan of Community Baptist and Deryk Morgan of Elizabeth Street Church of God will lead prayer for our Churches.

For the benediction, Zahdriq Graves will lead all who are on hand for the National Day of Prayer event in singing “God Bless America.

The program starts at Noon Thursday on the lawn at the Clinton Museum.


Laurens Rotary Donates AED’s To High School

Michael Seymour, President of Laurens Rotary Club, along with Terri
Cvetko present Principal Sonya Bryant and Kayla Price, Associate
Athletic Director, at Laurens District 55 High School with two
Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) for placement in the Athletic
Laurens Rotary “Does Good In The World”, both locally and globally.
Along with donating the AEDs, ongoing projects include feeding local
underprivileged children weekly, giving gift cards to several first year
teachers for supplies, placing books in local schools, donating funds
toward a sustainable water project in Honduras, and purchasing Shelter
Boxes for use during natural disasters overseas.
Laurens Rotary meets every Thursday at 1pm on the third floor of City
Hall. Please contact Michael Seymour or come to a meeting if you are
interested in joining.