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Man working on moped, hit by oncoming vehicle dies

On August 24, 2019 emergency personnel responded to an accident around 2 p.m. on Hwy 221 about 2 miles South of Greenwood.  According to SCHP Trooper Joe Hovis, a vehicle traveling north on Hwy 221 ran into a vehicle stopped just before a broke down moped, causing the parked car to strike the rider of the moped.  At that time the rider was off working on his moped.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Self Regional Healthcare Part of Regional System Award Recognizing Care for Heart Attacks

Self Regional Healthcare, a participant in the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Regional Reports, has received the Mission: Lifeline® Regional STEMI Trailblazer Achievement Award as a part of the South Carolina Region. The award is presented for implementing specific quality improvement measures at a regional level as outlined by the Association for treating patients who suffer severe heart attacks.  This is the first year the Association has recognized regional achievement as part of its awards program for quality patient care 


Monday, September 16, 2019

DAR To Register Voters at Greenwood County Library September 18th and 20th


The Daughters of The American Revolution’s Mt. Ariel Chapter, chartered in Hodges, SC, will be registering voters at the Greenwood County Library during Constitution Week. Representatives of the women’s organization will be at the library to answer questions and help with registering voters Wednesday, September 18 from 3:00 PM -7:00PM and Friday, September 20 from 10:00 AM -1:00PM in the Veterans Auditorium on the first floor. All residents age 18 years old and older who have not yet registered to vote in Greenwood County are urged to attend. The first election related to the 2020 presidential primary race will be in February 2020, and voters must have been registered at least 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote. 


This year, 2019, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote. 2020 will mark the one hundredth anniversary of women casting the first vote, and DAR’s Mt. Ariel Chapter believes that registering voters is one of the best ways to meet the organization's goals of Education and Patriotism. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

WCTEL announces internet speed increases

West Carolina Tel, the area’s technology cooperative and gigabit service provider, has increased its internet speeds and in some cases, even lowered internet prices for customers. New prices and speed tiers are as follows:

Plan                                                                            Monthly Rate

200 x 200 Mbps                                                           $40

500 x 500 Mbps                                                           $60

1000 x 1000 Mbps (1 Gigabit per second)                      $80

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BBQ and Golf benefit for The Museum & Railroad Historical Center

Two favorite pastimes of Greenwood area residents – eating BBQ and playing golf - will be combined into one weekend to benefit The Museum and Railroad Historical Center. Come down to the Railroad Historical Center on Friday, September 27, at 6:00 pm, for a BBQ Bash featuring entertainment by the incomparable THREE ON A STRING from Birmingham, Alabama. Stumps BBQ is catering the event, and Howards on Main is providing a cash bar. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music and comedy of Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton, Brad Ryan, and Andy Meginnis of Three on a String.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2019 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2019 Summer Term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

 Click on the title to see the full list!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Greenwood Genetic Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) welcomes two new board members to its leadership team. Holisa Wharton, PhD of Lander University has been named to the Center’s Board of Directors, and Lonza’s Christen Davis joins the GGC Foundation Board of Trustees.


Monday, September 9, 2019

McCravy Recognizes Piedmont Technical College Campus Police and Security

SC Rep. John McCravy recognized Piedmont Technical College Campus Police and Security officers for over 20 years of service on August 29, 2019.

The PTC Campus Police and Security are dedicated to ensuring that all of the students, faculty, staff, and guests are kept safe. Those who have served more than 20 years are: Chief Terry Ledford, 44 years, Officer William Jones, Jr., 33 years, Officer Michael D. Brown, 32 years, and Officer Curtis G. Killian, 20 years. McCravy awarded each of these officers with a certificate of commendation from the SC House of Representatives.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Don't Get Caught With Your Plants Down This Fall

On September 26 the SC Master Gardener group will host “Don’t Get Caught With Your Plants Down This Fall” event with a series of guest speakers.  The event will be held at Wyatt Farms Village at 103 Wyatt Court (Off Center St.), in Greenwood starting at 6:30 p.m. Just prior to this there will be a members meeting beginning at 6 pm.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Greenwood woman fatally injured in vehicle accident in Fairfield County

A Greenwood woman died in a fatal car accident that occurred last night around 11:27 p.m. in Fairfield County.

According to SC Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis, the single vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 99 just about 8 miles from Carlisle.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Countybank Unveils Refreshed Company Website
Countybank is proud to launch its new website, providing a more comprehensive and user-friendly experience for online visitors. To experience Countybank’s revamped website, visit

“Our new website better represents who we are as a financial organization in many aspects,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office of Countybank. “It is an updated and easy to navigate resource that enables us to put customers and communities first through intuitive, innovative, and informative resources.”

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Premier Properties Real Estate contributes to The Abbeville Promise

Premier Properties Broker in Charge & President Joan Timmerman and Realtors Steve Turner, Josee Young, Cheryl Dobbins, Casey Willis, and Deborah Powell present a check for $5,000 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Humane Society of Greenwood celebrates Selection as a BI-LO Community Bag Program Beneficiary

The Humane Society of Greenwood has been selected as a beneficiary of the Community Bag Program for the month of September.

The BI-LO Community Bag Program, which launched in February 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Clay creations at Monsanto Art Gallery exhibit

A new exhibit, known as "Interpretations in Clay," is now on display at Lander University's Monsanto Art Gallery until October 4.

The community is invited to explore the exhibit during normal gallery hours and join other art lovers for a special Artist Talk on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the art gallery. The display showcases a collection of ceramic artwork by 15 prominent artists from around the region who use clay to create unique works of art.

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 Suicide Prevention 5K

#Here4AReason – 2019 Suicide Prevention 5k will be held in the memory of Tad Justensen on Sunday, September 22 at the Greenwood Genetics Center beginning at 2 p.m.

Click here to register.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Teijin Contributes $25,000 Toward O'Dell Center Construction
Dan Martins, plant general manager for Teijin Carbon Fibers (third from left), the Teijin Group’s carbon fiber business company in the United States, recently presented a check for $25,000 to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation in support of construction of the William H. “Billy” O’Dell Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence. Crews broke ground on the center last November, and construction is currently underway in Greenwood. 
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Countybank & Greenwood Capital pledge over $30,000 for United Way

Countybank and Greenwood Capital pledged $30,814 in their annual Pacesetter Campaign to the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties earlier this month. Associates from both organizations pledged to contribute $20,814, while Countybank Foundation gave $10,000 to the campaign. These contributions further community capabilities within the Upstate and the long-standing relationship between the companies and the nonprofit organization.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Career criminal sentenced to 20 years in prison

A Newberry man with a criminal history spanning nearly 30 years was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 20 years in prison after being convicted of multiple theft offenses, announced 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo.

Sterling Maybin, 49, was found guilty by a Newberry County jury of three counts of petit larceny and two counts of second-degree burglary, violent. The petit larceny charges were enhanced due to the numerous property crimes on Maybin’s criminal record, which dates back to 1991.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

From Tech to Trojan: Transfer Agreement Expands Opportunities for Area College Students

The presidents of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and Anderson University (AU) signed a transfer agreement today that will provide prospective transfer students who meet eligibility requirements a seamless transition from PTC to AU and its nine colleges and schools supporting 36 baccalaureate degree programs. The agreement became effective upon its signing.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Police investigating Burger King robbery

Greenwood City Police responded to Burger King on the bypass near New Spring Church last night around 10:30 p.m. for a robbery.

According to the report, the suspect entered through a back door that was open because employees were taking out trash.  An employee noticed a black male suspect in the office getting the bank bag from the safe.  The employee confronted the suspect as he was attempting to leave out the back door and a physical altercation began.  The suspect punched the employee in the face and elbowed her in the side and ran out.  The employee told police that the suspect did have a handgun but could not provide any details.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

First Citizens Bank Endows PTC Foundation with $30,000
Officials from First Citizens Bank in Greenwood visited the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) campus on August 20, 2019, and presented the PTC Foundation with a donation check for $30,000 to be applied toward the construction of the William H. “Billy” O’Dell Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence. 

Pictured from left:  PTC President Dr. Ray Brooks; Associate Vice President for Development, PTC Foundation, Fran Wiley; First Citizens Senior Vice President and Market Executive Jerry Stevens; First Citizens Senior Vice President Lisa Sanders; First Citizens Mortgage Banker Lynne Elliott, and First Citizens Vice President and Business Banker Matt Howard.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lander, Uptown Greenwood partner to provide community with musical entertainment

While inclement weather forced the community concert planned by Lander University and Uptown Greenwood to relocate from Lander’s front lawn to the Grier Student Center, it didn’t stop the hefty crowd of students and members of the community from attending the event on Friday, Aug. 23.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Employee arrested for stealing lottery tickets

Greenwood County Sheriff Deputies responded to the Hotspot convenience store on Hwy 25 over the weekend to investigate a claim of stolen lottery tickets.

The store manager told Deputies they found a discrepancy on the register receipt on Sunday, Aug 4, 2019.  After reviewing camera footage they noticed an employee taking lottery tickets and scratching them behind the register and pocketing the winning money from the tickets.  At no time did they see the employee pay for any tickets.

Lanecia Lynetta Williams, 29 of Parkway Court Apartments, Greenwood was arrested and charged with Intent to Defraud Lottery and Breach of Trust with Fraud Intent.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Man arrested after threatening to kill with a knife

Greenwood City Police responded to a call on Monday after 911 received a call stating a man was threatening two female victims with a knife and to burn their house down.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

WCTEL Acquires IT Firm Etron

West Carolina Tel (WCTEL) recently acquired Etron Solutions, a Greenwood-based technology company that offers computer networking, cyber security, computer repair and other IT services for businesses.

Etron CEO John Lawrence joins WCTEL as its Enterprise Architect. His vast knowledge and experience, particularly in managed services, networking, cyber security, HIPAA compliance and IT services for the medical field, will allow WCTEL to expand its in-house expertise in these critical areas for local businesses.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Piedmont Tech Producing New Generation of Truck Drivers

Some millennials may be as familiar with operating a rotary phone as they are with driving a manual transmission vehicle. After all, those things are so last century. But it is exactly the millennials (and now Gen Z’ers) who are needed in the coming years to keep vital economic supply lines moving, and that means providing ground transportation ― trucking, if you will. A nationwide shortage of qualified truckers demands it.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Greenwood man fatally injured in train accident

On August 18, 2019 a Greenwood man was struck by a train near North Hospital & Cokesbury Road in Greenwood around 4:25 a.m.  The man was transported to Greenville Memorial and later died from his injuries.

Travis Terrell Turner of White Oak Lane in Greenwood was pronounced dead at Greenville Memorial Hospital according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox.  The cause of death was blunt force trauma and accidental.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Pets of the Week - August 26, 2019

Layla’s ever-present smile is just as big as her personality. She’s very in sync with people and their emotions, whether that means spending a fun, energetic day at the park or a lazy day on the couch. Layla is a medium-to-large-sized mixed breed with a lovely gray and white coat. She’s only about 2 ½ years old, so still quite young. She has an extremely expressive face and ears that stand tall and proud whenever she’s excited, which is basically ALL the time. Layla likes her two-legged companions better than the four-legged kind, however, as she seems to think she deserves all the loves. She is longing for her forever home. Won’t you let it be yours?

Have you been seeking a feline friend who’s as smart as you are, with a sense of adventure and a desire to explore? Here she is: Adeline. This cat is irresistible, not only because of her playful, fun personality, but also because she is nothing short of gorgeous. She’s quite unique – a black and white tabby with lovely yellow-green eyes. She’s one of those cats that you simply must meet in order to fully appreciate. Come by today to meet this gorgeous 18-month-old kitty. You’re bound to be enthralled.

Friday, August 23, 2019

McCravy Commends Greenwood Fire Department Firefighters

Rep. John McCravy recognized 6 members of the Greenwood Fire Department who have served as firefighters for over 20 years.

Tanner Hall, Jeremy Watts, Scott Cervenka, Ben Partain, Tim Warner, and Russell Hughes received certificates of commendation from the SC House of Representatives last week at Greenwood Fire Department Station 1. Each firefighter has honorably dedicated 20 years of his life serving various people in the community.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Final Music on the Lake event this Saturday

Connect Lake Greenwood and Northland Communications will co-host the final Music on the Lake Concert on Saturday, August 24.

Gather friends and family and come on over by boat!  Lake and music lovers alike will enjoy this outdoor concert featuring the band, “3 and Twenty.”

The concert is from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the Skipper’s Landing, along with event sponsor Gunnells Marine.  Admission is free; please note that space is limited on land.

For more information, visit

Friday, August 23, 2019

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