Motorcyclist Killed Sunday Identified

The Laurens County Coroner’s Office has identified the name of the name of the motorcyclist killed in a crash Sunday evening. 60-year-old Anthony E Booker of Greenwood died at the scene. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 5:45 p.m. on Highway 39 near M A Bryson Road, Hwy 39 3 Miles East of Cross Hill. Troopers said a 2008 Honda motorcycle was traveling south on Highway 39 when it traveled off the right side of the road, hit a tree, and was ejected from the bike.

LCPW Approves For New Data Acquisition System

At last night’s Laurens Commission of Public Works Meeting, the commission unanimously approved Resolution 6-22, which approves the accepting of a $241,340.00 bid from QEI Inc. of New Jersey, for a new data acquisition system for the electronic division.

The resolution also  authorizes General Manager John Young to execute the necessary documents to complete the purchase.

Lander University, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Partner to Advance Education

Lander University and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) have established a series of articulation agreements, the two institutions announced Monday, Aug. 8. These agreements will enhance the transfer of students from OCtech to Lander for specified majors.


“Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is a greatly valued community partner of Lander University,” said Dr. Scott Jones, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Lander. “This partnership will help our institutions honor our shared commitment to South Carolina to develop a strong and able workforce through high-quality education, as well as empower our students to lead satisfying and productive lives.”


These agreements allow OCtech students to easily transfer their credits to Lander, entering as juniors. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be guaranteed admission to Lander and will receive priority acceptance in their degree program.


“OCtech is a comprehensive technical college, which means that we provide students the opportunity to transition directly into the workforce or transfer seamlessly to a four-year college or university,” said Dr. Walt Tobin, president of OCtech. “I am excited about these new opportunities now available to OCtech students. Our relationship with Lander University continues to strengthen as we both work collectively to educate the citizens of the great state of South Carolina.”


The agreements apply to the following majors:

  • OCtech’s A.A.S. in Criminal Justice to Lander’s B.S. in Criminology
  • OCtech’s A.A.S. in Business Administration to Lander’s B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis
  • OCtech’s A.A.S. in Business Administration to Lander’s B.S. in Business Administration, Management/Marketing Emphasis


Officials at Lander University extended their welcome to OCtech students interested in transferring to Lander. “We know that OCtech graduates are well-prepared for success at Lander,” said Dr. Lucas McMillan, dean of Lander’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. “Lander’s criminology program takes advantage of the credentials and experience that full-time and part-time faculty members bring to the classroom. Our curriculum prepares students with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers and contribute to society.”


Dr. Mick Fekula, dean of the College of Business at Lander, added, “OCtech students will immediately be part of the Lander University family. OCtech’s business programs provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills they need for the workforce, and we are proud to offer OCtech students a path to seamlessly turn their two-year degree into a four-year degree.”


The faculty of OCtech commented that they are equally excited to provide this additional pathway to a four-year degree to their students. “This is such a great opportunity for our students to expand the skills they gain at OCtech,” said Billy Ethridge, dean of Business, Computer Technology, Education and Public Service at OCtech, and coordinator of the institution’s criminal justice program. “The additional knowledge they’ll receive at Lander coupled with the hands-on training they get from OCtech will serve them well as they enter the field.”


“Moving from a community college to a four-year college or university can be challenging,” added Debra Jones, coordinator of OCtech’s business program. “Articulation agreements are a great way for our students to pursue a bachelor’s degree without having to repeat classes at Lander. I am a graduate of Lander’s business program, and I wish that I could have had this opportunity to move seamlessly from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.”



Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is a comprehensive two-year college in Orangeburg, S.C., that provides relevant training and education to students while fostering economic development in the region. OCtech offers more than 80 programs of study, as well as transfer opportunities to many four-year colleges and universities in South Carolina. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about OCtech, call 803.535.1234 or visit

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Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, four-year university serving over 3,800 students and offering more than 90 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences.  Located in Uptown Greenwood, the University has a long-standing tradition of providing a challenging, enriching education that prepares graduates to lead lives of meaningful activity, of personal satisfaction and of service to others. Learn more at, or call toll free 1-800-4-LANDER.

Laurens Man Arrested For Drugs Manufacturing

Drugs Manufacturing is alleged for a Laurens Man. Friday the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested  21-year-old Ke’Vazea Ja’Kez Pitts of 127 Bypass for the alleged charge. According to the arrest warrant on August 26th of last year Mr. Pitts allegedly was found in the possession of 3 separate packages containing marijuana with the intent to distribute. This was discovered during the execution of a search warrant. Ke-Vazea Pitts has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond.

Clinton Woman Accused Of Disruption At The Waffle House

Disorderly Conduct is alleged for a Clinton Woman. Saturday the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Kimberly Sue Shuman of Jefferson Street for the alleged charge. On April 28th of this year Ms. Shuman was Allegedly throwing chairs and using profanity in the dining area at the waffle house, such conduct being observed and heard by others. This incident happened at the Waffle House on  12528 Hwy 56 North Clinton. Kimberly Shuman has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Waterloo Woman Accused Of Hitting Victim With A Bottle

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Waterloo Woman Sunday for alleged Domestic Violence 1st Degree. 35-year-old Christina Marie Green of Riverfork Road was arrested for the alleged charge. On Saturday M.s Green allegedly struck the victim in the head with a plastic bottle and then threatened to shoot the victim with a .38 caliber handgun that was within reach of Ms Green at the time the incident. Christina Green remains in the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Unlawful Carrying Of Pistol and Possession Of Marijuana Alleged For Mountville Man

Unlawful carrying of a pistol and Drug Possession is alleged for a Mountville Man.
Saturday the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 20-year-old Ja’Kavious Antwan Anderson of Ron Mcnair Road for the alleged charge. According to the arrest warrant , Mr. Anderson was accused of carrying a 9mm handgun , not being authorized by law to do so. He also allegedly had in his possession 28grams or less of Marijuana. Ja’Kavious Anderson has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Truck Possibly Connected To Mail Thefts

This vehicle has been seen in various areas throughout Laurens County and is possibly connected with recent mail thefts. If you recognize this truck or have any information regarding this, you can contact us at 8649844967, through our website or through CrimeStoppers (864-68-CRIME).

Driver Dies On Motorcycle After Hitting A Tree

One Person is dead after a motorcycle crashed into a tree , according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. According to Master trooper Brandon Bolt , the Accident happened Sunday around 5:45pm on Highway 39 near Moth Bryson Road 3 miles east of Cross Hill.  Trooper Bolt states that the Driver of the 2008 Honda Motorcycle  was traveling south on Highway 39 when the driver traveled of the right side of the road and struck a tree.  The driver was deceased on scene. The Laurens county coroner’s office has yet to released the name of the deceased. This accident is still an ongoing investigation with the highway patrol.

41st Annual Shrine Race

shrine race

The Laurens County Shrine Club and the Laurens County Speedway will be hosting the annual Shrine Race on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the Speedway.  Each year the Shrine Race is the largest fundraiser in Laurens County for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.  This race will be the 41st annual event and has raised over $1 million of support.  In 2021 the Laurens County Shrine Club donated over $100,000 to the Greenville Shriners’ Hospital.  The pit gates open at 4:00 pm and the grand stand gates open at 5:00 pm. Racing starts at 7:30 pm.  General admission is $20 and $35 for the pits.  All proceeds will go to benefit Shriners’ Hospitals.


The Laurens County Shrine Club is a Form 501(C)10 charitable organization and is a unit of the Hejaz Shrine Temple and part of Shriners International.  Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.  Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.


If you are interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor for the event please contact Randy Hillmann, Laurens County Shrine Club President.

2 Pets Exposed To Rabid Raccoon In Simpsonville Area

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a raccoon found near Georgia Road and Bethany Road in Simpsonville, SC has tested positive for rabies. No people are known to have been exposed at this time. Two dogs were exposed and will be quarantined as required in the South Carolina Rabies Control Act.

The raccoon was submitted to DHEC’s laboratory for testing on August 3, 2022, and was confirmed to have rabies on August 4, 2022. It is important to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination, as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against the disease. 

Greenville Woman Behind Bars For Alleged Possession Of Cocaine and Weapons During Violent Crime

A Greenville woman is in Custody for alleged Drugs/Possession of Cocaine, 2nd Offense and Possession of weapon during violent crime, if not also sentenced to life without parole or death. 30-year-old Ashley Ann Gonsell of Orr Street Greenville was arrested for the alleged charges on August 2nd By the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office. According to the arrest warrants  Ms. Gonsell was allegedly found to be in possession of .6 grams of white powdery substance that did filed test positive as Cocaine. She has at least once prior conviction for cocaine possession. According to another arrest warrant on June 22nd of this year She allegedly possessed and displayed what appeared to be a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The violent crime being domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Ms Gosnell also has a Bench Warrant for failure to appear for general sessions court for a Unlawful carrying of pistol. This Bench Warrant dates back to February 16th, 2022. Ashely Gonsell remains in the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Tax Free Weekend In South Carolina

This weekend is Sales Tax Holiday. During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from the state’s 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax Free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. As long as an item is eligible, it is tax free whether purchased in store or online.

Refuge Of Worship Back To School 2022 Free Hair Cuts and Free Hairstyles For Kids

The Refuge Of Worship In Clinton Will have Back To School Free Haircuts and Free Hairstyles For Kids In Need. This event will be Held on Thursday August 11th 5pm Until and Friday August 12th 9am Until.

Refuge of Worship will provide Basic braiding patterns and twist, Feed ins/ Cornrows. They will also provide basic mani and pedi’s for the girls. There are limited spots and it’s appointment only. To make an appointment contact Tysheika Boyd at 864-981-5519 or Lizia Garlington at 864-684-9661

Greenwood Man Convicted Of Meth Trafficking Skips Last Day Of Trial


A Greenwood man failed to show up for the final day of his trial and was found guilty in his absence of trafficking methamphetamine, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday.

Phillip Franklin Derrick, 40, appeared for the first two days of his trial on Monday and Tuesday, but failed to show up for the third and final day on Wednesday. The trial continued in his absence and a Greenwood County jury on Wednesday afternoon found Derrick guilty of trafficking methamphetamine, more than 28 grams but less than 100 grams.

Circuit Judge Donald Hocker issued a sentence and then sealed the sentence until Derrick can be caught and brought back before the court to have the sentence unsealed. Derrick’s criminal history includes a prior drug conviction and he faces a prison sentence of seven to 30 years when the sentence is unsealed.

In April 2018, agents with the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit went to Derrick’s residence to serve a search warrant. Agents attempted to detain Derrick and he actively resisted having his hands cuffed. Agents were finally able to get Derrick cuffed, but he continued to resist a search of his person. After finding multiple small bags containing meth and numerous other items used to distribute narcotics inside a camper, agents placed Derrick under arrest and located a bag with nearly 25 grams of meth in his pants pocket.

Deputy Solicitor Yates Brown and Assistant Solicitor Madison Hoffman handled the case for the state, with assistance from 8th Circuit Investigator Blake Moore. Derrick was represented by William Yarbrough III of the Greenville County Bar.

Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of his staff along with agents of the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit, particularly former lead investigator Bryan Louis, in securing the conviction.

“Drug dealers like Phillip Derrick push their poison on the streets, and the ripple effect of destruction in its wake is horrific,” Solicitor Stumbo said. “We will spare no effort to make sure Derrick is found and locked up to serve his long sentence as soon as possible.”If you have any information of the whereabouts of Phillip Derrick, or if you see him, please call 911 immediately

Clinton Woman Accused Of Moving And Leaving Her Dog Behind

Abandonment of Animals is alleged for A Clinton Woman. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Samantha Zoey Thompson of Helen Street on Wednesday for the alleged charge. On April 1st of this year Ms. Thompson allegedly moved from the residence taking all her personal belongings except for the dog, failing to provide proper care, basic necessities to sustain life and securing a new owner. Samantha Thompson has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Clinton Woman Accused Of Giving False Info To Cops

Giving false information to law enforcement is alleged for a Clinton Woman. Wednesday the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Jessica Kelley Byrd of College Park Drive for the alleged charge. On Tuesday Ms Byrd was accused of lying to deputies about a subject that law enforcement was actively searching for, being inside her residence. This incident occurred on College Park Drive in Clinton. Jessica Byrd has since been released from the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center on personal recognizance bond.

Bond Denied For Clinton Man Accused Of Domestic Violence, Burglary, Unlawful Conduct Towards Child

Bond is denied for a Joanna Man arrested on multiple charges. Wednesday the Clinton Police Department arrested 33-year-old Christopher Jarques Counts of Carver Street. Christopher is being charged with alleged two counts of Domestic Violence 1st Degree, two counts of Unlawful Conduct towards a Child, Burglary First Degree, and Malicious Injury to personal Property. According to the arrest warrant, on August 6th of last year Mr. Counts allegedly entered a dwelling at night time without permission, and with the intent to commit the crime of Domestic Violence. Mr. Counts allegedly struck the victim in the face and placed both hands on her neck impeding air flow. He pushed the victim on top of the child placing the child at risk. Another Domestic Violence occurred on November 6th of last year. This incident Mr. Counts allegedly grabbed the back of the victims neck and forced her to the ground. This offense occurred in the presences of two minor children. Threats were made to a child during the incident. The victim suffered from redness and minor laceration to the inside of her lip. Mr. Counts is also accused of damaging the victim’s iphone 12 in an attempt to prevent her from calling law enforcement. Christopher Counts remains in the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

Possession Of Meth, Marijuana, And Violation Of Probation Alleged For Clinton Man

The Clinton  Police Department arrested a Clinton Man for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd offense, simple possession of Marijuana, and violation of conditions of probation supervision. 55-year-old Harrison Daniel Vance of East Ferguson Street was arrested for the alleged charges. On Wednesday Mr. Vance allegedly had in his possession a quantity of a crystal rock type substance believed to be crystal methamphetamine. He has had at least two prior related drug convictions. He also had a small quantity of marijuana. These incidents occurred on Gordon Street located in the city limits of Clinton.
One of Mr. Vance’s arrest warrant which dates back to September of last year, also states that he allegedly had been failing to report or make contact with the Laurens County Probation office. Harrison Vance remains in the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center this morning.

Laurens NHC Employee Accused Of Assaulting A Vulnerable Adult

On 07/17/2022 the Laurens Police Department was made aware of an assault on a 79-year-old vulnerable adult at NHC of Laurens by an employee at that location. #LPD Detectives immediately launched an investigation and due to the serious nature of the offense, detectives called for assistance from the Attorney General’s Office for this investigation.


As a result of that investigation, an arrest has been made in this case.  On 08/02/2022 Ursula Marie Davis of Clinton has been arrested and charged with alleged Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult (43-35-0085B). Ms. Davis was booked into the Johnson Detention Center late afternoon on this date. The victim, who is in good condition, has been removed from NHC and is currently in the care of family members.


Be assured that your Laurens Police Department aggressively and thoroughly investigates every case that we receive. They believe however, that cases such as this, where a vulnerable person who cannot fend for themselves and is in the care of others is the victim of an assault, we will leave no stone unturned to assure that the victim is served and that the perpetrator of an offense as egregious as this, is prosecuted to the full extent. Although an arrest has been made, this case is ongoing and is still an active investigation.