Theft Of Bass Boat & Other Charges Alleged

avinger-tallie-0000076604346 year old Tallie Dewayne Avinger of 740 Union Highway Cross Anchor was booked Thursday into the Johnson Detention Center, charged by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with DUS, Grand larceny and failure to stop for blue light. Warants allege that on August 23rd, Avenger operated a motor vehicle while his privilege to drive was under suspension, that on July 22nd in the county of Laurens he did take and carry away a Ranger Bass Boat with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property which is valued at more than $2000 and is the property of the victim and on August 23rd did fail to stop when signaled by means of siren or flashing light on a law enforcement vehicle. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond as of this posting.

Sheriff Candidates Answer Questions on WLBG

Thursday morning Good Morning Upcountry had both candidates for Sheriff of Laurens County in studio to answer questions from callers. One question asked of both candidates was why they want to be Sheriff.

Don Reynolds, Republican candidate said:


And Stephane Williams, petition candidate told us:


One of the listener’s questions concerned changes they would make in the Sheriff’s office if elected.

Stephane Williams, Petition candidate told us:


Don Reynolds, Republican candidate told us:

Both interviews complete and unedited are available for listening at your leisure as podcasts posted on Thursday here:

Sheriff’s Candidates Interviews from Good Morning Upcountry

Dirt Bike Robbery

eubanks-michael-00000207058Michael Shane Eubanks, 45 of 128 Miss Joye Circle Clinton was booked Thursday by the Sheriff’s Office, charged with Strong Arm robbery and petit larceny $2000 or less

Warrants state that on October 15th it is alleged that Eubanks did  commit the crime of Larceny $2k or less in that he did force the victim to give him a Honda CR80 dirtbike and on October 15th allegedly took a 1985 Honda CR80 Dirtbike from the victim with intent to deprive by means of force or intimidation.

Eubanks remains in the Johnson Detention Center awaiting bond.

Hole Torn Into Outbuilding To Gain Entry

Thursday at 1:26 pm, Deputy Hall of the sheriffs office was dispatched to a Neptune Rd. Waterloo residence concerning a break in. Upon arrival the complainant stated he did not live at the residence but comes by to check on things from time to time. He said he was at the house a few days prior and noticed that there was an arrow shot and stuck into one of his buildings as well as one of his windows on the house being shot twice with a bb gun. He stated that on Thursday he opened one of his buildings and saw a hole the had been broken into the back wall and called law enforcement. The complainant said he wasn’t worried so much about the arrow and window at the time because he figured it was kids and planned to find them and contact their parents but when he noticed the hole in the building he decided to report the issue. Deputy Hall observed the hole in the building as well as an empty can of beer and an empty bottle of alcohol on the ground that the complainant stated were not his . The complainant looked inside the building and was able to determine that nothing was missing but did want the report on file.

Stolen Remington Rifle

Thursday, just before 3:00pm, Deputy Boyd met with a complainant at the Sheriff’s Office concerning the theft of a gun. The complainant stated that  his Remington Model 710 .270 caliber rifle had been taken from his vehicle. He said the last time he saw the rifle was on Wednesday in the morning and noticed that it was missing on Wednesday evening. The complainant said he leaves the vehicle unlocked while he is working cutting wood and the only time he drove it was to Cross Hill to eat lunch Wednesday. He said while eating lunch the vehicle was locked and there was no sign of forced entry. He said he believed the rifle was taken while he was in the woods at his work site. The rifle was entered into NCIC as stolen.


Debit Card Fraud

At 12:16pm Thursday Deputy Hall of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Country Lane Clinton residence in reference to fraud. The complainant told the deputy that the day before he was made aware of transactions using his wife’s debit card number being drafted from their bank account. The complainant noted that in the past his grand daughter took money from him but he decided to drop the charges. He had gone to his bank and had his transaction history printed out. The print out showed several charges through facebook with the granddaughter’s name. The total of the several withdrawls was $675. The complainant stated he had not talked to his grand daughter about the issue. The report will pass to investigations to follow up.

Home Burglarized in Gray Court

Deputy Crosby of the Sherif’s Office was dispatched to a Todd Road Gray Court residence Thursday at 9:36 am in reference to a burglary. The complainant stated that he arrived home from work in the morning and observed his air conditioner that was in his front window was pushed in and the window completely open. Deputy Crosby discovered a black glove beneath the open window.  The deputy went inside and observed where a Samsung 50 inch flat screen tv had been prior to being stolen. The complainant stated a Mossberg T225 .22 caliber rifle had been taken from his closet as well.  Investigations will follow up on this burglary report.

Laurens Raiders Regional Champs!!!! Football Replay and Local Scores

The Laurens Raiders are the 5A Division II Regional Champs!!! With their 20-10 win over Greenwood last night at KC Hanna Stadium and Mauldin’s loss to Hillcrest, The Raiders are Region II-AAAAA Champions… They will host a first round playoff game on Friday, November 18th… Their opponent will most likely be Woodmont High School… To see the complete stat package on the game, click on the following:greenwood-at-laurens-stats

Laurens Academy lost to Northside Academy 46-20 at Todd Kirk Field… I hope to have more details Monday morning.

Ware Sholas lost to Dixie 23-21… Again I hope to have more details on Monday.

Clinton HS will host Woodruff Friday, November 4th.

Listen to the broadcast of the Greenwood at Laurens game below:

Doug Holliday- Play-by-Play

King Dixon- Color Commentary

Mike Hughes- Sideline Reports/On-site Producer

Local Scores and Laurens Raiders Football Replay 10-21-16

Local Scores from 10-21-16

Mauldin 29 – Laurens 22

Clinton 28 – Broome 21

WW King 46 – Laurens Academy 20

Ware Shoals 39 – Calhoun Falls 8

Be sure to see Mike’s Sports Report on Monday for more details on these games


Mauldin at Laurens Football Replay 10-21-16 (Homecoming)

Doug Holliday: Play-by-Play

King Dixon: Color Commentary

Mike Hughes: Sideline Reports/On-Site Producer

8th Graders Consider Careers

What do you want to be when you grow up? 8th grade students at Laurens Middle School are given the opportunity to learn about many different career fields by attending Career Lunch & Learn events. At a Lunch and Learn this week, 8th Circuit Solicitor, David Stumbo provided students with information about careers in the solicitor’s office. He also explained to students which counties, in addition to Laurens, make up the Eighth Circuit within our state judicial system, as well as his responsibilities as Solicitor.

dsc_0473Pictured at one of the L&L sessions are (l to r) Nick Smith, David Stumbo, and Braedon Smith. Young Mr. Smith said of the visit: “It was very interesting.”


Laurens Raiders Football Replay 10-13-16

Laurens at Riverside 10-13-16

Doug Holliday: Play-by-Play

King Dixon: Color Commentary

Mike Hughes: Sideline Reports/On-site Producer

Laurens Raider Football Replay 10-07-16

Laurens Raiders at Wade Hampton Generals Podcast

Friday, October 7th 2016

Doug Holliday, Play-by-play

King Dixon, Color Commentary

Mike Hughes, Sideline reports/On-site Producer

Laurens Raiders Football Replay 9-30

Laurens Raiders at Hillcrest Rams 09-30-16 Replay

Doug Holliday – Play by Play

King Dixon – Color Commentary

Mike Hughes – Sideline Reports/On-site Producer

Laurens Raiders Football Replay Friday 9-23

Dorman at Laurens Varsity Football Friday 9-23-16

Doug Holliday, play-by-play

King Dixon, color commentary

Mike Hughes, sideline reports/producer

Laurens Raider Football Replay September 16th

Laurens Raiders at Boiling Springs Football September 16th 2016

Doug Holliday, Play-by-Play

King Dixon, Color Commentary

Mike Hughes, Sideline Reports/On-site Producer

Irmo @ Laurens Raiders Football Replay

Friday Night Football Week 3

Doug Holliday: Play by Play Announcer

King Dixon: Color Commentary

Mike Hughes: Sideline Reports/Producer

Chapman @ Laurens Raiders Football Replay

Chapman at Laurens Podcast

Friday Night Football Week 2

Doug Holliday: Play by Play Announcer

King Dixon: Color Commentary

Mike Hughes: Sideline Reports/Producer

Laurens Raiders @ Clinton Red Devils Football Replay

Laurens @ Clinton Game Podcast

Originally Broadcast 8-26-16 on WLBG

Whooping Cough Confirmed at Dist 56 School

A case of whooping cough (pertussis) has been confirmed at a school in Laurens County School District 56.

District 56 Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields tells WLBG that the school nurse at Clinton Elementary received a call on Monday from officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) alerting the school that one student who had attended Clinton Elementary last week had tested positive for whooping cough over the weekend.  District 56 sent information about the disease home with students on Monday and used their telephone alert system to notify parents to check the handout.

According to the web site of the Mayo Clinic, pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease which is contracted by airborne contact.  The disease usually begins with symptoms similar to the common cold (runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, fever, cough).  The disease can progress to include thick mucus collecting in the lungs, difficulty in breathing and very severe coughing.

The most effective means to avoid whooping cough is the DTaP vaccine.  If the disease is contracted after vaccination symptoms are usually much less severe.

There is currently no known ongoing exposure to whooping cough at Clinton Elementary.  If exposure did occur it happened last week.  Symptoms of the disease usually appear in 7 to 10 days.

1st GED Graduation from Johnson Detention Center

GED Grad     Last night was a special evening for Laurens County Adult Education and the Johnson Detention Center, as inmate De’Andre Jamal Reed received his GED Diploma. He’s the first inmate-graduate of Laurens County’s newly formed GED mobile test center, a first such location in the state.

Dr. Joe Makla , director of the Laurens County Adult Education, spoke on how this program began. About 18 months ago Makla, along with the detention center staff, begain the Work Keys Program in the detention center. This is a certificate program for employers to refer to in finding suitable employees.

Dr. Makla said “We heard from those in the program that they wanted to take their GED test, but there are only two fixed GED test centers located in jails in South Carolina, only in larger correctional facilities such as Charleston and Spartanburg. (locally)The only fixed testing site around was at Piedmont Tech, which was impossible for those incarcerated to attend. Then I heard about the possibility of having a mobile test center here at Johnson.” Makla immediately went to work to institute such a program in Laurens County.

Dr. Makla continued “This could not have been possible without Major Tyson, Scott Weeks and the staff at the detention center, who made room for us to bring in and take back out all the materials necessary. And, of course, his teacher Janet Thompson.”

Johnson Detention Center Administrator, Major Joe Tyson, gave the opening remarks at last night’s ceremony, saying “Tonight is a picture- perfect example of why I chose this profession. We now have 15 inmates enrolled in the GED Program, and 125 in the Work Unit Program.”

Addressing inmate Reed, Sheriff Ricky Chastain said “You, DJ, are a shining example. We are depending on you. You are now a leader and it is up to you to let others know what can be accomplished. We are watching you as our diamond.”

On hand for the 1st GED Graduation at the Johnson Detention Center last night was retired Laurens County Administrator Ernie Segars, who was given special recognition for his help in instituting the Work Keys program in Laurens County. Also on hand were former County Council Chair, now County Auditor Jim Coleman, Representative Mike Pitts and Laurens City Police Chief Sonny Ledda.