Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Car

   A Laurens man was instantly killed around 9:20 Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car on Torrington Road just east of Laurens.

  Lance Corporal Brent Kelly of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that a 2001 Toyota being driven by 70-year-old Charles Scott of Laurens was headed south on Torrington Road when the driver attempted to make a left turn onto Rocky Springs Church Road, apparently pulling in front of a north-bound motorcycle. The 2002 Honda Motorcycle then struck theToyota, with its driver dying at the scene.

  Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols said the motorcyclist was 32-year-old James B. Hanks of 602 Hanks Road, Laurens. He pronounced James Hanks dead as of 9:17 am Saturday morning.

  Hanks was reportedly not wearing a helmet. Meanwhile, Lance Corporal Kelly said that Mr. Scott was taken to the Laurens County Hospital for treatment following the wreck. As of Sunday afternoon, Kelly indicated that charges were still pending from the fatal car vs motorcycle wreck.

  If you pay the city of Clinton with a credit or debit card, you’re about to experience a slight increase. Clinton City Council approved changes in the way the city processes card transactions at their Friday meeting.  A part of those changes will result in customers being charged a card transaction fee of 1.7% of the payment amount plus one dollar.  The fees will apply to payments for utility bills and to municipal court.

  The result to the city’s bottom line is the elimination of card transaction fees which last year totaled $22,000.