Man Accused Of Throwing Cereal At Victim’s Face

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Ware Shoals Man for Domestic Violence, 2nd Degree. Deputies arrested 32-year-old, Lucas Wayne Davis, of S Greenwood Ave for the alleged charge. According to the arrest warrant, on December 1st, Davis allegedly assaulted the victim by throwing cereal from a bowl into her face, grabbing her neck and forcing her to the ground. This incident allegedly occurred at Riverfork Road in Waterloo in the presence of a minor child. Lucas Davis has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Joanna Man Arrested For Malicious Injury To Personal Property And Domestic/Violation Of Permanent Restraining Order

Saturday Deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Joanna Man for Malicious injury to personal property and Domestic/Violation of permanent restraining order. 30-year-old, Samuel Jahlil Leake, of North Marion Street, was arrested for the alleged charges. Leake is accused of violating a restraining order by approaching the victims doorway of her residence. He is also accused of cutting the wall of a temporary carport which resulted in a hole in the shelter by use of a large sword. The damage to the shelter is estimated at a value of $1,100 and is the result of a verbal argument between Leake and the victim. The alleged incidents occurred Saturday December 3rd. Samuel Leake remains in the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Clinton Woman Arrested For Criminal Conspiracy And Obtaining Money Under False Prestense

The Clinton Police Department arrested a Clinton woman over the weekend for Criminal Conspiracy and Obtaining Money Under False Pretense. 25-year-old, Deanna Shianne Wright, of Milton Road, was arrested for the alleged charges. Wright was accused of planning and conspiring to commit the crime of obtaining goods by false pretense. This was allegedly accomplished by her selling 2013 dodge charger for $250 which she presented to be her own personal property when the car did not belong to her . This offense allegedly occurred at Pruitt Park. Deann Shianne Wright has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center. Her cash or surety bond was $6,000.

Christmas Decoration Contest In Clinton

Do you like to decorate? City of Clinton will be hosting a Christmas Decoration Contest.

One resident winner out of each ward ($50 Credit on Power Bill)

& One winner from all businesses. ($200 Credit on Power Bill)

Winners will be determined by December 15th

Lander University, Self Regional Healthcare Expand Partnerships with New Programs for Nursing Students

Lander University and Self Regional Healthcare have announced the establishment of two new practice-partnerships between the University and the health care provider that will further enhance the educational experience for Lander’s nursing students and assist Self Regional in their mission to provide quality care to local residents.


“We are proud to partner with Lander University to support the nursing program there,” said Dr. Matt Logan, president and CEO of Self Regional Healthcare. “For years, Lander has had a very strong nursing program, and this new cooperative venture between our organizations will make that program even stronger. It’s vital to the health and wellbeing of our community that we have a pipeline of well-trained and high-quality nursing talent right here in the Lakelands, and we are so grateful for partners like Lander University working hard to see that this need is met.”


The Clinical Accelerated Readiness Experience (CARE) Program at Self Regional Healthcare is a new co-curricular program available to Lander’s nursing students during their senior year. As part of the program, students will be hired as paid patient care technicians at Self Regional. After successful completion of each semester, students will receive a $4,000 stipend from Self Regional—a total of $8,000 for their senior year. In return, students agree to work at Self Regional for one year after graduation. Each year, 50 percent of Lander’s senior nursing cohort will be eligible for participation in this program.


Meanwhile, the health care provider has also established a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) to provide Lander students with additional preceptor-led clinical instruction. The DEU will expose students to a diverse work environment, helping them to develop their resourcefulness, versatility, communication and compassion for patient care as they complete their nursing education. Dr. Holisa Wharton, dean of the School of Nursing at Lander, noted that this model of clinical instruction was recommended by the National Academy of Medicine as it ensures that clinical agencies, like Self Regional, are involved in the educational experience of nursing.


“Nursing is a profession that is all about service,” said Wharton. “These new partnerships allow the School of Nursing to expose students to service in our community, and at the same time help the community gain access to health care through their encounters with our nursing students.”


Carol Stefaniak, vice president and chief nursing officer at Self Regional, said, “Not only is nursing an incredibly rewarding career, it is a vital role to our health care system. The entire Self Regional organization is excited to see this partnership with Lander University evolve, because we know the positive impact it will have on our hospital, on the University, on nurses who participate, and ultimately on the patients we serve.”


These new programs are only the latest developments in a series of collaborations between Lander and Self Regional. In February, the two institutions formed the Self Regional Scholars Program for junior nursing students at Lander, after a monumental endowed gift from Self Regional to help address the growing need for highly trained nurses in the health care industry. The scholarship is awarded annually to up to 15 students, with preference given to students from Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. In exchange, Self Scholars agree to one year of employment at Self Regional after graduation from Lander. These students are also given priority acceptance into the CARE Program their senior year.


The two institutions also recently held a grand opening ceremony for Lander’s Self Regional Healthcare Nursing Skills Simulation Center (NSSC). This new facility features some of the most advanced resources in nursing education, with four teaching-learning labs that can accommodate up to 80 students per session each. The NSSC also includes three practice labs for group practice sessions and clinical skills remediation, and bedside computers that simulate virtual patient encounters and electronic health records.


“People may remember that the initial nursing program at Lander University was named the Self Memorial Nursing Department of Lander College” Wharton said. That precursor to the present-day School of Nursing was first established in 1955, and admitted its first students in 1957. “This relationship has been here since the inception of nursing education at Lander, and we’ve never lost that relationship. These programs are part of the next evolution of that strong partnership between Self and Lander.”


“Lander University and Self Regional Healthcare have a shared commitment to providing our region with quality health care and health care professionals,” added Dr. Cosentino, president of Lander University. “The CARE Program and the Dedicated Education Unit at Self Regional are just the latest steps our two institutions have taken to advance that common mission.”


An Arkansas Woman was arrested Friday and charged with Public Disorderly conduct and Unlawful carrying of pistol. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Nicole Koster, of Buck Mountain Road, Dover, Arkansas for the alleged charges. According to reports, Koster was allegedly causing a disturbance among community members by conducting herself in a disorderly boisterous manner while on a public roadways. She was allegedly jumping in and out of ditches, going onto multiple properties and was intoxicated on a public roadway of Harmony Road, Ware Shoals.  She showed signs of intoxication and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage that could be smelled coming from her. She allegedly had a .38 special revolver which was concealed in her bra without lawful authority to do so and without a concealed weapons permit from this or another recognized state. Nicole Koster has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.


Deputies with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Laurens Man Thursday December 1st for two counts of Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. 36-year-old, Brain Frank Duckett, Jr, of Holmes Street, was arrested for the alleged charges. According to the arrest warrants, Duckett allegedly struck a female victim causing her to fall and injure her right hand during an altercation at her residence. Duckett also allegedly struck a male victim in his face and body multiple times during an incident at the victim’s residence. The two incident allegedly occurred November 15th. Brain Duckett, Jr was released Friday from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.


A Gray Court Man was arrested Friday for Presenting false claim for insurance payment, value $10,000 or more and Giving false information to law enforcement. 28-year-old, Traquavious Demonte Huff, of Georgia Road, was arrested for the alleged charges. Huff is accused of telling Laurens County Sheriff’s Office that his vehicle had been stolen, when it in fact was not stolen. He allegedly gave a false claim for payment to his insurance company in an attempt to defraud the insurer.  This incident happened June 15, 2022.  Traquavious Huff has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Laurens Man Accused Of Domestic Violence, 3rd Degree and Assault And Battery, 3rd Degree

Deputies With the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Laurens Man Tuesday November 29th for Domestic Violence, 3rd Degree and Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. 26-year-old, Jordan Austin Locklear, of Boyd Road, was arrested for the alleged charges. According to the arrest warrant, Locklear was accused of assaulting the victim by striking her and dragging her outside of the residence to the ground. He was also accused of striking a victim and grabbing her throat leaving marks on her neck. This incident allegedly occurred on Boyd Road in Laurens. Jordan Locklear has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.


Gov. McMaster Blocking TikTok From Government Devices

Governor Henry McMaster today took action to block access to the social media platform TikTok from all state government electronic devices managed by the South Carolina Department of Administration. The governor made the request in a letter to South Carolina Department of Administration Executive Director Marcia Adams.

Protecting our State’s critical cyber infrastructure from foreign and domestic threats is key to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens and businesses,” Governor McMaster wrote in the letter. “Federal law enforcement and national security officials have warned that TikTok poses a clear and present danger to its users, and a growing bi-partisan coalition in Congress is pushing to ban access to TikTok in the United States.”

The Department of Administration, a cabinet agency, utilizes shared services and centralization to help agencies efficiently and securely carry out common government functions. Those efforts include, but are not limited to, internet services, managing mobile devices, computers, and other online devices at state agencies, with a focus on cybersecurity. 

The governor has long encouraged state agencies to partner with the Department of Administration to allow the state’s cyber infrastructure to be maintained and managed in a comprehensive and cohesive fashion. 

In his letter to Executive Director Adams, the governor requests an accounting of agencies not currently utilizing the shared services: “Unfortunately, there are a number of state agencies who continue to operate in a silo. I ask that you provide my office with a listing of state agencies for whom the department is unable to permanently block access to TikTok.” 

Ft Inn Man Accused Of Forgery


The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fountain Inn Man last Wednesday for alleged Forgery Value less than 10,000. 51-year-old, Dean Bryon Dalenko, of Lashae Drive was arrested for the alleged charge. According to the arrest warrant, on September 15, 2021 Dalenko allegedly forged the signature of the victim on a motor vehicle title with the intent to defraud the victim of the value of the vehicle which is $2,800. He also had a bench warrant of Open Container of beer or wine in motor vehicle. This alleged incident occurred in 2017. Dean Dalenko has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center. 


Clinton, SC, December 11, 2022: The City of Clinton Department of Public Works Sanitation Division will revise their garbage collection schedule for the weeks of December 18 and 25, 2022 due to observation of the Christmas holidays on Friday, December 23rd AND Monday December 26th. No residential garbage will be collected on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th.

Collection schedule for the week of December 18th will be as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday routes WILL NOT CHANGE

Friday’s route will be collected on Thursday.



The collection schedule for the week of December 25th will be as follows:


Monday’s route will be collected on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes WILL NOT CHANGE


The Department of Public Works reminds all customers to have their garbage carts on the curb by midnight prior to your collection day.


For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works by calling (864) 833-7520.

Randy Randall Announces Run for Mayor of Clinton

Former Clinton Mayor Randy Randall announced this week he will run once again to serve as the city’s mayor.

Randall previously served in local government for a total of 17 years, including serving as mayor from 2002-2013.

The city took significant steps forward under his leadership. The Clinton Challenge 007 and Clinton Focus 2013 strategic plans were both started and completed under his leadership. These plans were catalysts for new economic development, jobs, recreation and the marketing of the city. During his tenure, Clinton saw the addition of Sterilite, the development of ClintonPark Corporate Center, and the acquisition of more than $7 million in grants for everything from economic development to city beautification.

Under his leadership, the frontage road connecting exits 52 and 54 on I-26 was completed. The city also received an $800,000 grant from the State of South Carolina to expand the sewer system at the I-26 and Hwy 72 exit. This was the spark needed for what turned into the Hampton Inn, Fatz Café and all of the development taking place in that area today.

“Even in challenging economic times, our city council and three different city managers worked very hard to move our city forward,” Randall said. “The vision of these public servants, along with the leadership of the Clinton Economic Development Corporation and our outstanding city employees, gave our city momentum to build for the future., including much of the development happening now.”

Randall has worked tirelessly to promote Clinton in our state, region, and nationally. He served as the chair of the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority. He was president of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s board of directors. He served as chairman of the board of directors of Piedmont Municipal Power Agency. From 2013-20, he served on the South Carolina Public Service Commission with a two-year term as chairman, regulating all investor-owned electric, natural gas, and water utilities operating in South Carolina.

Randall was employed at Presbyterian College for 34 years. He has been the public address announcer for PC football for more than 40 years. He has a B.S. degree from PC and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. In addition to his work in government, he is very active in the community and is ordained as an elder at First Presbyterian. He has been married for 43 years to the former Kim Byers, who is employed at Arthur State Bank. They have two daughters, Dr. Kelley R. Castaneda, who is a registered pharmacist at Sadler Hughes Apothecary in Clinton and Taylor Randall Marlatt, who is the director of the annual fund at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville. He and Kim have five grandchildren.

“Every day is a great day in the City of Clinton,” he said “It was an honor to work for our citizens in the past, and I hope to continue serving them for the next four years. We have come a long way in challenging times, and I am very excited about Clinton’s future. My promise is to always try to do what is right for all the people of Clinton. I will use positive leadership and all my experience at the local, state, and national level to move our great city forward. I will work hard to listen, to gain your trust and to conduct the business of our city in an open and forward-thinking way.”

The city’s municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Greer Man Accused Of Assault And Battery 3rd Degree

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Greer Man for alleged Assault and Battery 3rd Degree. 45-year-old, Arien Gangwer, of  Kentmont Lane was arrested for the alleged charge. According to the arrest warrant, he allegedly struck the victim in her face twice. The victim did have a small laceration on her lip. This incident allegedly occurred November 12h. Arien Gangewer was released Wednesday from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center. His Cash Or Surety Bond Total Was $1,087.50. 

US Marshal’s Service Arrest Man Wanted For Attempted Murder

Yesterday an arrest was made in an attempted murder that occurred earlier this year, according to the Laurens Police Department  Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Davoris Tanyata Smiley for Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime resulting from a shooting incident that occurred in October of this year in Laurens City. #LPD Investigators have been aggressively working on locating Smiley with the assistance of the Marshal’s Service and as a result of their efforts officers were able to apprehend Smiley today at a location in Greenville where he was arrested without incident. Smiley is currently awaiting a bond hearing while being held at the Johnson Detention Center. When speaking about today’s arrest Chief Keith Grounsell stated  “I am proud of my Detectives for their endless pursuit of this dangerous individual and grateful for the assistance of the US Marahal’s Fugitive Task Force. Working jointly with our federal partners means that nobody is beyond our reach and the strong arm of the law.”

Laurens County School District 55 Fire Science Program

Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) continues to pave the path in giving its
students unique learning opportunities that make them college and career-ready. Dr.
Ameca C. Thomas, LCSD 55 Superintendent, believes in the importance of providing
students options for finishing high school with specialized skills and certifications.

“The Fire Science Program is poised to be a win for the community. It is a proactive
approach to increasing the workforce pipeline,” Dr. Thomas said. “The program will
produce empowered students who are certified as Fire Science Technicians and qualified
to apply as firefighters right out of high school. Students who get certified as Fire Science
Technicians can help fill the shortage of firefighters.”

Feedback from the students and the community regarding the need for a Fire Science
Program led Superintendent Thomas to pursue another partnership with Piedmont
Technical College (PTC). The Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) Program is already
in place at Laurens District 55 High School. Now, beginning next semester, students can
earn a Fire Science Technician (FST) Certificate via the Dual Enrollment Program.
“It’s critical that students of all ages have access to professional training in career areas
that have experienced profound workforce needs, including the Fire Science field. We are
grateful for our growing partnership with Laurens School District 55,” said PTC President
Dr. Hope E. Rivers. “Marketable work skills are the mainstay of what PTC delivers to
students under its Job-Ready Guarantee, which is our promise that program graduates
will be job-ready upon completion or we will retrain them for free. We are excited to
continue these important workforce training collaborations with Dr. Thomas and Laurens

PTC is a reputable post-secondary institution accredited by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. PTC seeks to transform lives and
strengthen communities by providing opportunities for intellectual and economic growth.
According to PTC, Fire Science is “the study of all aspects of fire, including fire behavior
to fire investigation.” The PTC Fire Science program prepares students for entry-level and
career-level advancement in the fire service. It is a two-semester program totaling 20
credit hours.

Students will be educated in the fundamental concepts of professionalism,
communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and hands-on training for a successful
career in the fire service. Specific courses include Firefighter I Basic, Firefighter I
Advanced, Firefighter II, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Medical Care I & II. PTC
instructors will be teaching on-site at Laurens District 55 High School beginning in Spring
2022. A Fire Science Parent Night will be held at the high school on Tuesday, December
6, 2022, starting at 6:00 PM.

Roy Wilkie, a volunteer at the Gray Court Fire Department and a firefighter with over 30
years of experience said, “I am ecstatic about it! We need firefighters.” He sees the
program as an opportunity to reach out to the younger generation at a time when
community volunteers have dwindled.
Mr. Wilkie confirms the state and national shortage of firefighters. As a supporter of this
new program, he sat down with Dr. Jody Penland, LCSD 55 Assistant Superintendent for
Pupil Services, made a list of equipment needed for the Fire Science Program, and
helped gather donations from Gray Court Fire Department, Laurens County Fire
Department, City of Laurens Fire Department, and Boiling Springs Fire Department in
Dr. Thomas is truly appreciative of this partnership with PTC and said, “This is such a
wonderful opportunity that fits our district’s mission and vision. We plan to continue to
work with Piedmont Technical College in adding more programs that will benefit the
students and the community.”

Finances Discussed At LCD56 Board Meeting

During the November meeting of the Laurens County School District 56 Board of Trustees Monday evening Finance Director Lynn Lawson provided the board with a snapshot of district finances as of November 21st.

Year to date revenue as of that date stood at $7,874,684.00 while expenditures so far during the fiscal year totaled $10,244,532.00. Currently, the district shows a negative operating result of $2,369,848.00.

Mr. Lawson explained that because the district paid their monthly payroll for November a bit early so as to make payroll prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, this month’s finance report showed two monthly payroll payments instead of the normal one. That explained about $2 million of the expenses showing on the report.

Mr. Lawson also informed the board that they were about to enter a period when revenue would begin to exceed expenditures. That is because the majority of local property taxes are received during the months of December and January. While the district expects to receive $5.6 million total in property taxes only about $290,000 has been received. He said he expects to see a dramatic difference in the financial picture in the next two months.

The board does not hold a monthly meeting in December so at their next meeting on January 23rd he expects to show them a much more positive financial picture.

The board accepted the report as information with no action required.

Lander Commencement Set For December 14

Commencement exercises for Lander University’s fall graduating class of 2022 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Finis Horne Arena.

10 a.m. ceremony

Graduates of the College of Business, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the College of Education will be awarded their degrees during a 10 a.m. ceremony. Arena doors will open for guests at 9 a.m. and close 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

2 p.m. ceremony

Graduates of the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Nursing, and Interdisciplinary Studies will be awarded their degrees during a 2 p.m. ceremony. Arena doors will open for guests at 1 p.m. and close 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker for both ceremonies will be Lander’s 2022 Distinguished Professor of the Year Elizabeth Snipes, a professor with the Department of Art + Design. Originally from Pickens, she received a B.A. in Studio Art from Furman University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Florence, Italy.  From there, she earned her M.F.A. from Clemson University and began teaching as an assistant professor of art at Missouri State University. In 2011, her career path led back to South Carolina, where she began teaching studio art at Lander University.  She has exhibited her original works regionally and nationally.


Tickets are required to enter Horne Arena. Latecomers and those without tickets will be directed to the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, where the ceremony will be broadcast via closed circuit television. Official graduation tickets are provided free of charge to graduates by the Registrar’s Office. The University does not sell tickets, and any virtual tickets purchased online are not valid.


To accommodate those unable to attend in person, the University will livestream both ceremonies through the Lander website at


Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests with limited mobility or physical disabilities may be dropped off at the Willson Street entrance.


The University’s clear bag policy will be enforced in both Finis Horne Arena and the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Metal detectors will be used at entrances and all items are subject to search. Guests are encouraged to arrive early in order to allow time for parking, security screening and seating.

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Clinton Woman Arrested For Alleged Stolen Property And Uninsured Vehicle

Possession of Stolen Property and Operating Uninsured Vehicle is alleged for a Clinton Woman. Monday the Clinton Police Department arrested 54-year-old, Amy C Tucker, of Bailey Street, for the alleged charges. According to arrest warrants, Tucker allegedly had in her possession a vehicle plate that had been reported stolen by the victim. She’s also accused of driving a 2000 ford explorer without insurance coverage on the vehicle. Amy C Tucker has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Nine Varieties of Poinsettia Available at PTC Fundraising Sale

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Horticulture Program’s annual Poinsettia Sale is planned for Dec. 2-3, 2022.This year, there are nine breathtaking varieties of poinsettia to choose from. All plants are grown on campus by the college’s horticulture students and come with a decorative pot cover and festive snowflake transport sleeve.

Prices range from $8-$20, with discounts for purchase of 15 or more plants.All proceeds from this sale will support educational opportunities for PTC horticulture students.


Event Details

Who PTC Horticulture Program
What Annual Poinsettia Fundraiser Sale
When Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Where PTC Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood

720 South Emerald Road

Greenwood, SC  29646


Why To support educational opportunities for PTC horticulture students.