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home : news : school & college May 27, 2018 

NS Student brings toy gun onto school bus

School District 52 issued out a recorded phone message today informing parents of an incident that occurred Wednesday on a school bus.  The message said a younger student brought a toy gun onto a school bus.  When the driver was made aware, he took possession of the toy gun. 

At no time was any students in danger.  No message was distributed on Wednesday due to the low threat but after several phone calls, the district issued a district wide phone message informing parents of the situation.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Three Assistant Principals Promoted to New Principals in District 50

Westview Middle School, Merrywood Elementary, and Hodges Elementary will have new faces as principals next year.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Piedmont Tech Students Awarded Greenwood Rotary Club Scholarship

Two Piedmont Technical College students received the Greenwood Rotary Club Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon.

Pictured, from left: Heaven Lee, a mechanical engineering technology student from Greenwood; Dr. Jack Bagwell, PTC vice president for academic affairs; and De’Varius Harrison, a mechatronics technology student from Hodges.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and financial need, is awarded annually to a second-year industrial technology student and a second-year engineering technology student.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ninety Six Elementary Junior Nursing Club Students Honored

Students from Ninety Six Elementary School’s Junior Nursing Club were recognized during the Piedmont Technical College Nursing Department’s Pinning and Awards Ceremony in May at the Lex Walters campus in Greenwood.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

D50 Teachers of the Year Honored at Annual Luncheon
On May 16th, District 50 Teachers of the Year were honored at an annual luncheon held at Genesis Education Center.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Lander University announces spring 2018 graduates
Lander University conferred bachelor and master degrees upon over 300 students during the university’s 157th commencement ceremony on May 12. Gina Dunn, associate professor of mathematics and Lander’s 2017 distinguished professor, delivered the keynote address during the formal program held inside Finis Horne Arena.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PTC Student Awarded the Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College mechatronics technology student and Greenwood resident Thomas Jones received the Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon.

Congratulating Jones are donor representatives Houston Matthews, left, and Sandra Johnson, right. Awarded annually to second-year students from Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick or Saluda County, the scholarship is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

D50 Support Employees of the Year honored at Annual Luncheon

On May 17, Greenwood School District 50 Support Employees of the Year were honored at an annual luncheon held at Genesis Education Center.  It was a special day for each employee as they were recognized by Board Chairman Shell Dula and Superintendent Darrell Johnson.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Two Greenwood-Area Students Receive Countywide Awards at PTC Graduation
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent spring commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lander makes 2018 10 Best RN Programs in South Carolina

Registered Nursing just released their 2018 Best RN Programs in South Carolina and Lander lands at #9!  According to, a great way to measure programs is through the NCLEX-RN “pass rates” which they analyzed a total of 28 RN programs in the state.  Programs reviewed included schools that offered an Associate in Nursing (AND/ASN), BSN or Direct-Entry MSN Degree.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Annual breakfast recognizes Lander's top employees

More than 200 Lander University employees were on hand May 15 for the school’s 18th annual Staff Excellence Awards breakfast.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Assistant Principal Named at Northside Middle School

Northside Middle School will add a new face to their administrative team for the 2018- 2019 school year. Sally Moore has been named as Assistant Principal at Northside.

Moore has served as a Math teacher at Greenwood High School for the last 13 years. She has worked as Greenwood High School’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Coordinator since 20011. Moore graduated from Anderson College in 2005 and went on to earn a Master’s of Education degree in Integrating Technology in the Classroom from Walden University.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Clemson University's new FACE to help sustain natural resources

CLEMSON — With an economic impact of $33.4 billion, natural resources are major contributors to South Carolina economy and quality of life. To train people to help sustain these resources, Clemson University is establishing a Fisheries and Aquatic Center of Excellence.

The center, also known as FACE, will be located in the forestry and environmental conservation department. Troy Farmer and Brandon Peoples, assistant professors of fisheries ecology, are leading the center’s establishment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More than 300 students receive degrees at Lander University's 157th commencement

Nearly 2,500 people packed Finis Horne Arena on May 12, 2018, to see 321 graduates receive degrees at Lander University’s 157th commencement.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Pinecrest Administration Discover 3rd Grader with Two Airsoft Pellet Guns

This afternoon, it was reported to Pinecrest administration that a 3rd grade student was playing with a suspicious object. While investigating, school administration discovered two airsoft pellet guns in the 3rd grade student’s book-bag.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Lander Students Honored for Co-Curricular Service

GREENWOOD — Lander University recently recognized numerous students for their co-curricular service during the 2017-2018 school year at the university’s annual Student Life Awards ceremony, held at the Finis Horne Arena.

“Participation in student organizations, campus activities, Greek life, leadership programs, recreational and community service programs are just a few examples of how our students are gaining important skills that add to their employability after they graduate,” Lander Vice President for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight said.

Monday, May 7, 2018

PTC Students Awarded the Healing Hands Scholarship

Three Piedmont Technical College massage therapy students were awarded the Healing Hands Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. The scholarship is awarded annually to massage therapy majors based on academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Westview lockdown over bomb threat

This morning at 10 a.m., Westview school administration received a report regarding a bomb threat written on a girls bathroom wall.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Lander to hold Adjunct Faculty Networking & Hiring Fair

If you have a passion for developing minds and shaping the future, you are encouraged to attend a special networking and hiring fair for adjunct faculty positions at Lander University.

Hosted by the university’s Office of Academic Affairs, the event will take place Monday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m. in the Grier Student Center.

Friday, May 4, 2018

GLENAS's Girls help homeless through RealLife Ministries
Ms. Pendergrass girls group, the GLENAS’s Girls, from Brewer Middle School collected items and put together over 80 bags for the homeless.  These bags were distributed by REALife Ministries, Outreach Minister Rodger Smith and other church members to people they would see throughout the community in need.  

These bags included items such as: bottle water, crackers, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, Chap Stick, tooth brush and tooth paste and other items that they may need.  This group of girls and their leader Ms. Pendergrass continue to find ways to serve the needs of our community.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

PTC Students Awarded the Derrick Scholarship

Nine Piedmont Technical College students received the Derrick Endowed Scholarship at the college’s annual scholarship luncheon. The scholarship, named for the late Congressman Butler Derrick, is awarded annually to associate degree students in high academic standing.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

District 50 Announces 2018-2019 Support Employees of theYear
The Support Employee of the Year Program is designed to honor those individuals who represent District 50’s many exceptional support employees. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, 19 support employees have been selected as their school/department’s 2018-2019 Support Employee of the Year. 

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Piedmont Technical College Students Honored for Excellence

As the days grow warmer and students prepare for graduation or ascension, the presentation of formal accolades commences. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently honored the achievements of more than 40 conscientious student leaders at its 44th Annual Student Awards and Recognition Program.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ninety Six High School Girl's State Participants 2018

The following students were chosen to attend The American Legion Auxiliary Girl's State.  The goals of The American Legion Women's Auxiliary is to provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in Government. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lander University Academic Awards Ceremony

Lander’s thriving academic community showed great promise Thursday when over 100 distinguished Lander students were honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony. The Lander faculty, robed in colorful regalia, attended, along with students, families, and friends of the recognized.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Partnership Expands Options for Lakelands-Region Degree-Seekers

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and South Carolina State University (SC State) signed an articulation agreement today that will create more options for students who would like to begin their studies at Piedmont Tech and then complete a bachelor’s degree program at SC State.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

EHS Student takes helm of D50 for the day

On Monday, April 30th, Greenwood School District 50 had a new face as Superintendent. As winner of the Mr. Viking Night contest in March, Emerald High School 12th grader Tatravion Burton was provided the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as Superintendent for a Day.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Piedmont Tech student overcomes devastating loss on journey to degree, will speak at graduation on May 3

After the house has grown quiet and her family is asleep, Kayce Porterfield pores over numbers and balance sheets in preparation for classes at Piedmont Technical College. She’ll be up at dawn with her husband and two young daughters to start another long day juggling parenting, housework, child care and studying all over again with the same solitary, lamp-lit conclusion.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NSHS Boy's State Participants for 2018

Congratulations to the following young men for being chosen to attend The Palmetto Boy’s State. The American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. 

Pictured: Back Row:  Adam Ellenberg, sponsored by Post 103, Justin Alford, sponsored by Post 103, Ethan Jordan, Sponsored by Post 103.  Kneeling, Tre' King, sponsored by Post 224, & Brayden Stevens, sponsored by Post 103.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Piedmont Technical College Graduation Set for May 3

Piedmont Technical College will hold two spring commencement exercises on Thursday, May 3. An afternoon ceremony for Arts & Science, Health Science and Nursing graduates will take place at 3 p.m. An evening ceremony for Agriculture, Business, Computer Technology, Engineering/Industrial Technology and Public Service will be held at 7 p.m. Both commencements will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus in Greenwood.


Friday, April 27, 2018

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