Sgt. Carter of the Sheriff’s Office responded wednesday to a Highway 25 Princeton business where a victim reported that two 55 gallon drums, old vehicle brake pads, old vehicle rotors and other misc. scrap metal were taken. Some metal from a 55 gallon drum left on scene was missing as well. The scrap metal was estimated to be worth between 3 and 4 hundred dollars. The items were taken from the business between approx.. 730p on monday and 8a on tuesday. The case will be turned over to investigations for further review.
Upstate Alliance is an economic development organization promoting the Upstate of South Carolina in attracting new companies and new jobs to the 10 counties in the northwestern corner of South Carolina. The alliance is funded by investors in both the public and private sectors, which includes the city of Clinton. At their March meeting Monday night, the Mayor and Council received an update on a new initiative now planned to attract international business to our area.
Clay Andrews, Director of Investor and Public Relations for Upstate Alliance, said the new initiate is all about international business. Andrews explained that business analysis has shown that industries involved in exporting either products or services are stronger and are not as negatively impacted when the economy experiences a recession. Recognizing this, Upstate Alliance is about to announce their involvement in the Global Cities Initiative.
The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase. The five year project aims to help leaders in US cities reorient their economies toward greater engagement in world markets. That will mean assisting in attracting international investment in South Carolina but it will also mean assisting South Carolina companies that wish to enter the international market and begin exporting goods and services.
Mr. Andrews explained that 95% of the world’s population lives outside the United States and a tremendous amount of the world’s purchasing power is not American. He said it’s just good business to engage those markets.
The presentation about the Global Cities Initiative required no action from Clinton
March has arrived. It’s the month that spring officially arrives…and it’s also when political hopefuls file for their party’s nomination in the Primary Election. Laurens County Elections and Registrations Director Lynne West states that partisan candidates for this year’s November General Election must first file for their party’s primary. The filing period opens at noon Sunday, March 16th and closes at Noon on Sunday, March 30th. The primaries will be held on Tuesday, June 10th. The filing fees for various positions are available online at SCVotes.org.
Mrs. West states that candidates will file with the Laurens County Registration and Elections Commission at their offices on the ground floor of the Historic Laurens County Courthouse. Candidate requirements vary between various election positions, but details are available on-line at SCVotes.org. Candidates must pay the filing fee at the time of filing. They must be paid by check. Cash, debit and credit cards are not acceptable.
The Laurens County Elections Office is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. It will be open special hours the final two days to register, from 8am until noon on Saturday and Sunday, March 29th and 30th.
Elections were disrupted two years ago in LaurensCounty and across the state due to court rulings on technical violations in filing by many candidates. Elections Director Lynne West listed documents required for filing.
These include three copies of a completed and signed statement of Intention of Candidacy / Party Pledge Form, the SICPP. These forms are at SCVotes.org and also may be obtained at the County Registration & Elections office.
Mrs. West stated that Candidate names and filing documents will be posted to SCVotes.org in real time. Users may search candidates online using a variety of criteria. Search results can be viewed on screen and users may download a detailed spreadsheet. Interested persons will also be able to view the scanned SICPP and Filing Fee receipt.
Questions and concerns about filing for the upcoming election cycle by LaurensCounty residents may be directed to Lynne West, Laurens County Director of Elections. The office number is 864-871-2937. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Long-time Community Volunteer Glenn Blocker was invited to a board meeting at the Joe Adair Outdoor Education Center last night. As the program began, he leaned that the real purpose of the meeting was to dedicate the new lab downstairs as “The Glenn Blocker Lab.” Center Director Debbie Bishop told everyone gathered for the occasion how Glenn Blocker comes to the center daily, doing a lot of work maintaining and developing the buildings and property, and leading children on field trips at the center. Pictures were shown on-screen showing him doing tasks from cutting down trees with a chain saw to teachings adults and children in the heritage garden and guiding field trips. Mrs. Bishop gave a recent example of how the children love the way Glenn teaches them: “The children left this past Thursday, and every time that Mr. Glenn has been here, I hear this, undeniably every time, that ‘by far that was the best field trip I’ve ever been on.” Debbie Bishop added “…and its all because of Mr. Glenn.”
Bishop told of watching Glenn Blocker and Melvin Boyd working with a chain saw.
Melvin Boyd told WLBG that Blocker has been a big inspiration for him, teaching him a lot about the trees in the woods at the center, and about gardening. He said work with Glenn is so much fun that the time passes quickly. He spoke of how they worked together preparing the downstairs area for the new lab that was installed to help local students with their study of the natural environment.
Current and former board members were on hand for last night’s surprise dedication of the Glenn Blocker Lab at the Adair Center, including the center’s first Director, Laura Blind.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested a Greenwood County man on charges of stealing a tractor from Laurens County earlier this year. 54-year-old Stephen Ray Kelley “Steve” of 503 Miller Road, Hodges was charged with Grand Larceny. Lt. Ben Blackmon states that on January 19th Steve Kelley took a tractor and other items valued at $10,000 or more from a location on Miller Road, Waterloo. A Surety bond of $30,000 was set yesterday on the Grand Larceny charge. Stephen “Steve” Kelley of Hodges remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
A Rare Tumor Center in the Upstate designed to treat patients with rare cancers was announced yesterday. GHS states that patients with rare cancers – and limited treatments – now have significantly expanded options. Greenville Health System has opened a Rare Tumor Center that is the nation’s first center dedicated exclusively to the treatment and research of rare cancers.
The ambitious initiative, expected to attract patients from throughout the U.S., has already received a $1 million gift as well as a strategic alliance with national molecular-medicine leader, Foundation Medicine. Molecular profiling allows physicians to more precisely target cancer based on each cancer’s unique genomic signature and is at the leading edge of personalized medicine.
The $1 million gift was from Jerry and Harriet Dempsey and marks the largest individual gift ever given to the GHS Cancer Institute. Dempsey, former CEO and president of several Fortune 500 companies, is also a former chairman of the GHS board of trustees. Jerry Dempsey said “This translational research will incorporate cancer genomics and rare tumor molecular profiling to a level of sophistication and precision available only here.” he added “Harriet and I are proud to be a part of it – and hope that it will be a catalyst that helps patients and attracts additional world-class physician-scientists to Greenville as well as additional investment.”
Greenville Health System (GHS) operates Greenville Memorial Hospital and smaller community hospitals in the upstate, including Laurens County Memorial Hospital.
A Greenwood man was arrested yesterday for an alleged break-in just outside Laurens two Friday’s ago. 31-year-old Kenneth Lee “Kenny” Shaffner of 115 Freeway Road, Greenwood was charged with 1st Degree Burglary and with Criminal Domestic Violence 2nd Offense. Warrants from the Laurens County Sheriff’s office allege that on February 21st Kenny Shaffner entered an apartment dwelling on Reedy Fork Road, Laurens in the night-time without consent and with intent to commit a crime inside. He is accused of threatening a victim inside the apartment and causing her to fear for her safety. The Criminal Domestic Violence warrant states his actions created fear of imminent peril in the victim, and that he had a prior conviction for Criminal Domestic Violence. Kenneth Lee Shaffner was being held in the Johnson Detention Center overnight, pending arraignment on the Burglary and Domestic Violence charges today.
A night of disputes reportedly led to the arrest of a Laurens woman. Laurens City Police responded to Park Street at 4:34 yesterday morning after a call from her husband. Officer Patrick Craven talked with the husband and wife and another person who reportedly witnessed events. It seems the husband had accused the wife of taking his liquor and hiding it in the woods. That argument eventually calmed down and they went to sleep. The wife later reportedly woke up and accused the husband of stealing her pills. Both went back to sleep, but the wife woke again and this time allegedly pushed her husband in the chest with a crutch, and allegedly scratched his face with her fingernails.
After investigating the situation, Officer Craven arrested 54-year-old Deborah Elaine Deyton of 114 Park Street, Laurens, issuing a ticket charging her with Criminal Domestic Violence. Later in the day, a Surety bond was set at $2,150. Ms. Deyton remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.
Clinton Public Safety responded to a trailer at 107 Oakland Street at 40 minutes after midnight yesterday morning on a call about a dispute outside a residence. A subject had reportedly been loud enough during the incident to cause people to come outside their homes to see what was going on. Lt. Jones and Officer Lawton reportedly located the subject hiding in a closet in one of the residences. He was not directly observed, but clothing he was hiding behind was moving. When Lt. Casey Jones advised the subject to show his hands, he reportedly stuck only his hands outside the closet briefly, then quickly retreated back into the closet out of officer’s sight. Officer Stephen Lawton then reportedly seized the subject and pulled him from the closet, placing him into investigative detention. 23-year-old Christopher Lee Couey of Unit 37 at 520 North Broad, Clinton was issued tickets charging him with Trespassing and with Disorderly Conduct. Surety bonds were set at $262 on each charge during arraignment yesterday. He was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.
The State Probation and Parole Office yesterday arrested 49-year-old Louis Elroy Mims of 417 North Bell Street Extension, Clinton on a Violation of Probation charge. A warrant alleges he was in violation of the conditions for his release because of testing positive for cocaine yesterday and for allegedly failing to pay on accounts and fees and failing to follow advice and instructions of his supervising agent. A Surety bond was set at $10,000 during arraignment yesterday. Louis Mims remained in the Johnson Detention Center earlier this morning.