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Lander volleyball announces summer camp dates

The Lander volleyball program will host its annual Bearcat Volleyball Camp on June 7-9 at Lander University. Both individual and team camps will be offered.

Individual players from grades 1-12 are welcome, as well as middle school and high school teams.

The Bearcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament four out of the last five seasons and have posted six consecutive winning seasons. Lander earned the program's highest seeding ever in the NCAA Tournament in 2019, making the Southeast Regional as the No. 5 seed.

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For more information, contact Coach Ashley White at

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont to Host 20th Annual Butterfly Celebration

On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, at 10:30am, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont will host the 20th Annual Butterfly Celebration.  This special occasion is a live butterfly release on the Hospice Center grounds and is sponsored by the Friends of Hospice Committee.

The event will be held in honor or in memory of special friends and family.  The live butterflies are available for purchase at the cost of $10 each. A lovely note card will be sent to the person that the purchaser honors on their form...or a card to the family of the person that is to be remembered.  All the forms must include complete addresses so that Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont may send the cards.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Springfest in Uptown Greenwood this Friday

Yes it’s time to celebrate Spring with no better way than listening to several local entertainers in Uptown Greenwood.  Come on out to Springfest at the Uptown Market this Friday from 5:30 - 9 pm and celebrate local music and art! Take a look at this lineup for music:

Opening Bands:

O'Doyle Rulz, Jackson Station, The Mez, Time to Live and Steven Galloway & the VIbe!

All these are playing before the headlining band Bad Weather States!

Come on out and enjoy great music, arts and food throughout Uptown Greenwood.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Piedmont Tech Board Approves Job-Ready Guarantee for all Graduates

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Area Commission approved a new “Job-Ready Guarantee” policy at its April 16th meeting. The guarantee pledges that graduates will enter the workforce fully able to perform job-related skills learned as a part of their programs of study.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Humane Society of Greenwood Announces Free Microchip Clinic

Losing a pet can be a stressful situation. The staff at The Humane Society of Greenwood will be holding a microchip clinic on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the animal shelter located at 2820 Airport Road. Professional staff will implant a microchip into your pet that will provide national registration with 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Service. The service is free of charge to the first sixty pets in line according to order of arrival, and owners will be issued a number between one and sixty to redeem for their free microchip. Pet owners with multiple pets may obtain one free microchip, and each additional pet will be $15.00.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lander University Announces Winners of Student Academic Symposium

Lander University recently wrapped up its 2019 Student Academic Symposium, featuring research presentations from Lander’s undergraduate students coming from a broad array of academic disciplines. Over 70 students participated in this year’s symposium.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fatal vehicle accident on Hwy 221

A woman from Troy SC was fatally injured when her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Hwy 221 at Center Road.  According to Greenwood Coroner Sonny Cox, the accident occurred this morning at 6:31 a.m. Judith F. Stover, 75 of Troy SC was fatally injured and suffered blunt force trauma from the accident.  Stover was traveling north on US 221 South when she collided with a logging truck pulling onto the road. Stover was the only one in the vehicle.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis to deliver keynote address at Lander's 159th Commencement

More than 300 graduates are expected to cross the stage and receive their degrees on Wednesday, May 15, during Lander University’s 159th commencement.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena. Delivering the keynote address will be third-term State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. Known as South Carolina’s “private banker,” Loftis manages, invests and retains custody of more than $40 billion in public funds.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lander University Invites Students to Wear Jeans

In an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence, Lander University will host “Denim Day,” on Wednesday, April 24, standing in solidarity against acts of sexual violence on college campuses and around the world.

The event is part of a larger international movement that began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices believed that, since the victim was wearing tight-fitting jeans, she must have helped the perpetrator by removing her jeans, thereby implying her consent.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Turning art into science - Lander student uses research to examine tattoo fascination

The art of human tattooing has existed since before the stone ages. But this spring, Lander University senior and Greenwood native Hannah Leister took on a scientific project to find out why people bother with tattoos – considering that they are painstaking to get and even more so to remove.

What Leister discovered was that the time, the patience, and even the cost to get a tattoo is worth it to most of the people who get this type of skin art because of one overpowering factor: a sense of having something that they want to last forever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Self-Defense Expert Speaks at Lander

‘Students Fight Back’ speaker Nicole Snell, a self-defense expert, spoke before a large audience of Lander University students last week, sharing tips about how to harness their inner strength and feel safe in any situation.

‘Students Fight Back’ is the gender neutral version of the ‘Girls Fight Back’ program, founded by women’s safety speaker Erin Weed in response to the 2001 murder of her friend, Eastern Illinois student Shannon McNamara. Snell’s visit was sponsored by Lander’s Office of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Countybank Foundation presents $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity. This donation is part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

33rd Annual Hope for Hospice Easter Service

Rev. Dr. Daniel Smyth of St. Mark United Methodist Church will give the Easter morning message at the 33rd Annual Hope for Hospice program, a sunrise service sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont.  Ryan Pitts will perform special music during the service.

Hope for Hospice Sunrise Service will be held on Easter Sunday, April 21st  at 7:00 a.m. at Oakbrook Memorial Park overlooking the beautiful pond and the special Hospice Cross.  In case of rain, the service will be held inside Oakbrook’s Chapel. Seating, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.  The community is invited to attend this very meaningful service.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lander's Call Me MISTER programs provides professional clothes for students

Lander University students in need of professional clothing for internships or job interviews had their pick of free attire on April 3, thanks to the university’s Call Me MISTER program.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Lander University police search for suspects in air compressor theft

Lander University police are looking for two individuals in connection with the theft of an air compressor from a campus building. Investigators say security cameras caught activity of two male suspects at 511 Willson Street on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:43 p.m.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.  If you recognize these individuals, or have information that can help identify those responsible, contact the Lander University Police Department at (864) 388-8222.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Women Among Welders Being Trained at Abbeville Career Center in Piedmont Tech Dual Enrollment Partnership

Unlike many high school girls, the last thing 17-year-old Ashlyn Gordon worries about in class is the condition of her manicure. No. This girl is not afraid to get her hands dirty, to sweat a bit under her welder’s mask. She is one of three young women pursuing welding diplomas as part of Piedmont Technical College’s Dual Enrollment partnership with the Abbeville County School District. In all, 12 high school students are enrolled in the welding certificate program.


Friday, April 12, 2019

The Charlie Foundation Launches Scholarship for Tuition-Free College at PTC

Representatives from The Charlie Foundation, school officials and high school students recently gathered at Saluda High School to celebrate the launch of The Charlie Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship is designed to make college more affordable for recent Saluda County high school graduates by covering the remaining tuition and required fees after state and federal financial aid—effectively making attendance at Piedmont Technical College tuition-free for qualifying students.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Tony Lawton joins Countybank as Commercial Relationship Manager

Countybank is pleased to welcome Tony Lawton as Commercial Relationship Manager in the Upstate area. Lawton comes to Countybank with more than 30 years of experience in commercial lending across the Upstate and along the South Carolina coast.


Friday, April 12, 2019

'One Book, One College' at Piedmont Tech Explores 'Good Food Revolution'

In some neighborhoods, filling up on empty calories is the easiest way to fill an empty stomach. That’s because some neighborhoods exist in “food deserts” where healthy, fresh ingredients are hard to come by in the absence of full-service grocery stores or farmers markets. Author Will Allen recognized this and established an urban farm within walking distance of Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. His book, “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities,” is the featured selection for “One Book, One College” at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) throughout the month of April.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Countybank Foundation presents donation to GALL

Wells Dunlap, Commercial Relationship Manager for Countybank, recently presented a check for $500 to Troy Cole, Greenwood Abbeville Little League President, and Tyler Davis, who serves on the organization’s board as information officer and scheduling coordinator. The donation was given on behalf of the Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office unveils a series of "Community Update" meetings

Sheriff Dennis Kelly and the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office are holding the first of a series of twelve meetings, dubbed “Community Update”. These meetings are to address the concerns of the community and get feedback from citizens about activity in their particular area of the county.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Former Superintendent of Education talks about need for new political party

Lander University hosted a presentation by former S.C. Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex to discuss the need for another political party in the U.S.


Friday, April 5, 2019

DSS System Will Be Down for Maintenance

The South Carolina Department of Social Services will be conducting scheduled maintenance of the online portal that allows clients to submit electronic SNAP and TANF applications starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019.

Work should be completed and the system should be back up at noon on Sat., April 6, 2019.

If you need assistance with your case today during normal business hours, you can call 1-800-616-1309.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Peach Belt Conference Esports Championships decided at Lander University

Lander University served as the host site for the Peach Belt Conference League of Legends Esports Championship March 29-30. The tournament was sponsored by Riot Games and ByteSpeed.

Hosting the Peach Belt Conference Esports Tournament was a coup of sorts for Lander, as the university is planning to build a facility for Lander Esports and other gamers on campus.


Friday, April 5, 2019

D50 student makes verbal threat

Greenwood High School investigated a verbal threat that occurred in a classroom Thursday afternoon.  A staff member reported the verbal threat to the administration who contacted their school’s resource officer immediately. The student who made the verbal threat was identified and charged by law enforcement. The student will also be disciplined in accordance to the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook.


Friday, April 5, 2019

GGC Co-Founder Honored with Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award

SEATTLE, WA – GGC co-founder and senior clinical geneticist, Roger E. Stevenson, MD, has been honored with ‘The ACMG Foundation David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics’ at the college’s annual meeting in Seattle.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Career drug dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison

A career drug dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of charges on the morning his trial was set to begin, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday.

Kevin Jermaine Wiggins, 42, of Greenwood, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to trafficking heroin, trafficking crack, trafficking cocaine, second degree assault and battery, two counts of failure to stop for blue light, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a violent felon.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Joe Franks receives prestigious Mary Frances Poole Alston Award

Joe Franks, director of Counseling Services and the CARE (Collaboration, Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team at Lander University, has received the Mary Frances Poole Alston Award for the impact she has made upon the campus community. The presentation was made on Tuesday, March 26.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Get Accepted on the Spot at PTC Instant Admission Day

It’s OK. You can cut in line without receiving dirty looks ― so long as you are participating in one of Piedmont Technical College’s “Instant Admission Days.” At these events, counselors are on hand to help students get accepted on the spot and quickly complete the enrollment process for the summer and fall 2019 semesters. Students will leave Instant Admission Day already enrolled and prepared to start classes.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Greenwood Fabricating and Plating expanding existing Greenwood County operations

Greenwood Fabricating and Plating today announced plans to expand its existing Greenwood County manufacturing operations. The company’s $17.1 million investment is projected to create an additional 31 new jobs.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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