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Smith Named New Director at the Greenwood Early Childhood Center

The Greenwood Early Childhood Center will have a new face next school year. Dr. Molly Smith has been named as the new Director of the Early Childhood Center. Dr. Smith replaces Mrs. Ginny Metts who recently announced her retirement. 

Dr. Smith is currently the Principal at Lakeview Elementary, a position she has held for the past seven years. Prior to becoming Principal at Lakeview, Dr. Smith served as an Instructional Specialist in District 50 at Lakeview, Rice Elementary, and Merrywood Elementary. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Evans Selected as Director of Evaluation

Chad Evans has been named as the new Director of Evaluation in Greenwood School District 50. Evans is currently the Principal at Greenwood High School, a position he has held for the last six years. Prior to becoming Principal at Greenwood High, Evans was the Principal of Brewer Middle School for five years. During his 23 years in District 50, Evans has served as an administrator, teacher, and athletic coach. 


Friday, February 21, 2020

Piedmont Tech Unveils New Logo

This month, Piedmont Technical College’s (PTC) award-winning marketing department is unveiling a redesigned logo. The new logo reflects the modern, vibrant organization the college has grown into over its more than five-decade history.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

#JustAChicken lesson at NSHS

On February 12, 2020, Ninety Six High School Gymnasium was filled with students for the #JustAChicken presentation. Authors, Preston Thorne, and Langston Moore gave a powerful message to Ninety Six High School students, faculty and staff. The message was clear to take responsibility for your own actions. Life is not fair and no one cares about how great you think you are.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Lander supporters donate $40,000 in honor of university's 148th birthday

Friends and donors of Lander University celebrated its 148th birthday in a big way this week by raising $40,000 during the university’s inaugural Day of Giving.   
From noon on Feb. 11 to noon Feb. 12, nearly 160 donors from 10 states expressed their generosity for how their Lander experience prepared them for their lives and careers.

“We’re overwhelmed and thankful to the generous supporters of Lander,” said Mike Worley, vice president for University Advancement. “Our Day of Giving clearly united all of our friends and supporters. Each gift will be used effectively as we continue to transform the lives of our students.”

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lander University Campus Dining will soon include Chick-Fil-A

Lander University officials have announced that Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-Fil-A will be opening a location on Lander’s campus.

While an official timeline is still being worked out, the university and Chick-Fil-A hope the campus store will be fully operational by the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. The location will be a full-service restaurant, initially serving lunch and dinner only, before transitioning into serving breakfast.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Piedmont Tech Offers Manufacturing Certificate in McCormick

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) is springing forward in March when it makes the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) available for the first time in McCormick County. Just as a mechanical spring can potentially store and release energy when pressure is applied, this certification allows those who experience stress from being unemployed or underemployed to potentially gain skills and deploy them immediately in the workforce. Even better? It’s free for those who qualify.


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Piedmont Tech Benefactor Says Giving Is an Easy Decision
Retired businessman and philanthropist Bil Heath prides himself on making good decisions, and so far, they’ve served him well. Take his wife, Susan, for example.“In 15 minutes, I knew I was going to marry her,” he said. “It took me three years to wear her down, but we’ve been married for 30 years. She is my best friend.”

The couple are longtime supporters of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and members of the PTC Foundation Cornerstone Society, whose benefactors make significant pledges to the college through estate planning. Their enduring decisions to donate to PTC have been as steadfast as their marriage. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Lander encourages supporters to celebrate Day of Giving in honor of its 148th birthday

Lander University’s 148th birthday is fast approaching, and donors are encouraged to join in the celebration by taking part in a Day of Giving.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Lander will celebrate Founder’s Day and mark its 148th birthday – that’s nearly a century and a half since the university first opened its doors in 1872.

From noon on Feb. 11 to noon Feb. 12, friends and donors are encouraged to galvanize their support of the university by donating in support of it and its students during Lander’s 24-hour Day of Giving campaign.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sanger Speaks at Lander

With the advent of the internet, warfare has taken on a whole new dimension, according to David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of the book, “The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age.”


Monday, February 3, 2020

Lander University receives "transformational" gift for its College of Business

George Starnes, a 1981 Lander University graduate and Trustee Emeritus of its Board of Trustees, has generously established an endowed professorship for the university’s College of Business.


Friday, January 31, 2020

New Partnership Facilitates Smooth Transfer of Qualified PTC Pharmacy Tech Students to MUSC College of Pharmacy

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have announced a new partnership in which highly qualified students at PTC will be able to transfer after two years to the MUSC College of Pharmacy to earn their doctor of pharmacy degree.


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Moorer's big second half helps Lander stay in first place with 76-70 win

The Lander men's basketball team got 19 points from DaJuan Moorer and shot 59 percent from the floor in the second half as the Bearcats stayed atop the Peach Belt Conference standings with a 76-70 victory over Georgia College Wednesday night at Horne Arena.

Lander improved to 15-4 overall and 9-2 in the PBC. The Bearcats, who extended their winning streak to five, began the night tied for first with USC Aiken and UNC Pembroke.

The Bobcats fell to 9-10, 6-5.

Lander, which made 17 of 29 shots in the second half, stayed undefeated at Horne Arena this season at 8-0.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Risinger Selected as the New Director of Professional Development/Induction
Virginia Risinger has been named as the new Director of Professional Development/Induction. Risinger has been employed with Greenwood School District 50 for 22 years.

In June, Risinger was selected as the Interim Director of Evaluation. Prior to her selection as Interim Director, Risinger served as a science teacher for several years, and became the district science instructional coach in 2013. Risinger also previously taught at the collegiate level at Lander University and Erskine College.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

D50 Names Jamie Blount Principal at Emerald
Jamie Blount has been named as the Principal at Emerald High School. Blount was selected as the Interim Principal at Emerald in December. Blount is currently in her 3rd year and served as the Assistant Principal at the school prior to becoming Principal. Before working in District 50, Blount worked five years at Southside High School and seven years at Mauldin High School in Greenville as an English teacher. Along with her duties as an English teacher, Blount also served as a mentor to new teachers in the building and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2014.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Greenwood Students Receive Awards for Academic Achievement at PTC Fall Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent fall commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement.

Honorees for Greenwood County are, from left: Noel Johnson, associate in applied science, business administration/accounting major; Joseph Ellinger, associate in applied science, criminal justice major; PTC Area Commissioner Y.J. Ahn; and Corey Boyter, associate in applied science, mechatronics technology major. Award recipient Daniel Johnson, who received a degree in automotive technology, is not pictured.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

She Said Yes ― and Other Recent Graduation Stories from Piedmont Tech

As she walked off campus way back on her first day of classes at Piedmont Technical College, graduation speaker Noel Johnson of Greenwood, pondered this question: “What could I accomplish if I took every opportunity I was given ― even if I failed?” she said. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be the best student I could be.”


Monday, January 27, 2020

Lander president elected chair of regional advisory board

Lander University President Richard Cosentino has been elected chair of the Peer Review Advisory Board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The Peer Review Advisory Board provides assistance to SACSCOC and its staff on a wide range of topics bearing upon the evaluation process by keeping the commission apprised of issues raised and constructive suggestions offered by member institutions.

This position is only the latest addition to the president’s extensive resume of professional development. Cosentino is also a member of the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Coordinating Council for Workforce Development, and serves as the Vice President of the Peach Belt Conference.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Greenwood School District Hosting Recruitment Fair Jan 25

On Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 Greenwood School District 50 will be hosting a Recruitment Fair featuring job opportunities for Certified Teachers, Substitutes (Food Services, Classrom & Custodial) and Instructional Assistants, Bus Drivers and Custodians.

The fair will be held at the Emerald High School from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

'Exciting Weekend' Planned for Lander Homecoming

Lander University alumni, students, families and friends are invited to participate in this year’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration.

The fun starts Thursday, Feb. 20, with the Alumni and Friends Golf Outing at The Links at Stoney Point, on Lake Greenwood. The $55 fee includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart rental and a Lander gift bag. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30, with golfers teeing off at 1 p.m. Participants asking to be paired with specific individuals should email

Thursday, January 23, 2020

December Terrific Kids

The following students of Greenwood School District have made their Terrific Kid list for December.  First listed below as well as pictured are those from Mathews.


Front Row: Melody Ross, Katherine Richey, Alyssa Coyle, Reagan Freeman, Brenden Thomas, Ayriel Morton, and Alexa Villena

Middle Row: Kiwanis Club Representative, Debbie Price, Natalia Nunez, Amir Kinard, Julia Puac, Cazarious Price, Caleb Pickering, Freddy Fajardo, and Hayden Bailey

Back Row: Alana Rolon, Zoey Smith, Kaden Pace, Kysen Robertson, Alexis Jimenez Luna, Aaliyah Cornelius, Ja'Mila Childs, Blayne Styron, Trinity Wagler, and Kiwanis Representative, Brian Conyers

Last Row: Connor Pollard assisted by his teacher Amanda Whittle

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lander University welcomes back students for Spring Semester
Lander University students returned from their holiday break for their first day of classes of the Spring 2020 semester. Classes for on-campus courses as well as for Lander’s growing online classes began Monday, Jan. 13. The week has been filled with navigating new course schedules, meeting professors and reuniting with friends. 
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chris Liner Named as New GHS Head Football Coach

Chris Liner has been named as Head Football Coach at Greenwood High School. Liner has served since 2014 in the same role at Laurens High School in Laurens, SC. Prior to moving to Laurens, Liner served as Head Football Coach at Ninety Six High School from 2008-2014.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Thomas DuBose Named as New EHS Head Football Coach

Thomas DuBose has been named as Head Football Coach at Emerald High School. DuBose has served as the defensive coordinator for Abbeville High School’s Varsity Football team since 2004. In 2007, DuBose was named Abbeville High School’s Athletic Director.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Lander to celebrate Day of Giving in honor of its 148th birthday

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Lander University will celebrate its 148th birthday. That milestone will represent nearly a century and a half since the university first opened its doors in 1872.

In the hours leading up to the special day, Lander will celebrate a Day of Giving. During that 24-hour window, the Lander community, its friends and supporters are encouraged to galvanize their support of the university by donating in support of the university and its students.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Seven D50 students pass programming exam
Seven Greenwood 50 students passed the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE 8 Programmer I exam in 2019.  The OCA exam is designed for people with technical backgrounds who have been working in a professional capacity.  
Thursday, January 9, 2020

NSHS Academic team take 1st place

Western Piedmont Education Consortium held its high school academic team tournament on December 2 & 3.  Ninety Six High won for the small high schools.  They will be competing in the state tournament at Lander University on March 6, 2020.  

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lander University nursing graduates receive their pins in honor of graduation
Lander University nursing graduate Brianna Nicole Byers, of Lexington, receives her nursing pin from Julie Crawford, assistant professor in Lander’s William Preston Turner School of Nursing. 
Friday, January 3, 2020

Lander Exercise Science Program Ranked Highly

Lander University’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science has been ranked the 24th best program of its kind in the nation by the website Best Value Schools.

In addition to the cost of attendance, Best Value Schools considers a degree’s investment return; the academic success and graduation rate of students in the program; and how the program is evaluated by students and alumni.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Lander University readies for fall commencement on Wednesday, Dec. 18
Nearly 200 graduates are expected to receive their degrees on Wednesday, Dec. 18, during Lander University’s 160th Commencement Exercises, beginning at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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