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home : news : greenwood January 23, 2019 

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Lander readying for Black History Month

Students and public alike will have ample opportunity to explore the history of African American History culture during Lander University’s annual Black History Month.

Beginning on January 31 and lasting throughout February, the university will celebrate and educate students in many different ways.

“Some of the events are fun in nature and some are educational,” said Mike Rapay, director of Student Activities & Engagement. “But many of them are designed and executed by student organizations.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Two Calves Born at Piedmont Tech's Saluda Campus During Winter Holidays

As people around the globe observed the winter holidays with colorful decorations and candlelight, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) quietly welcomed two baby calves into the world at its Saluda County Campus. The births took place within a few days of one another ― right after Thanksgiving. And PTC’s diversified agriculture students got to witness it all.

“The whole class was involved, from insemination to birth,” said Diversified Agriculture (DA) Instructor Roger Estridge. “After exams on Monday, we got the students and told them the second labor was going on. … A grown cow labors for an average of 5-8 hours. While they are in labor, we try to watch them for at least an hour to make sure they are making progress and intervention is not needed. With these births, we were very fortunate. … We all watched her push the calf out. Within 10 minutes, the calf was up and trying to nurse, ready to go.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bradley man arrested for attempted murder

Greenwood County Sheriff arrested a man after receiving calls of a shooting that occurred on Brown Town Road on Tuesday, Jan 22 around 7 p.m.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Boil Water Notice for Stoney Point area

The Greenwood CPW advises the residents and businesses of Stoney Point Subdivision, Newport Subdivision and Stoney Point Rd, located in Greenwood County, to vigorously boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NSHS Marching Band Championship displayed roadside

Signs are now up and displaying the 2018 Class 1A State Marching Band Championship status for the Ninety Six Marching Band.  2018 is the latest of the 4 consecutive State Championships this Marching Band has achieved in recent years.

Be sure to look for these signs as you drive into Ninety Six and be proud of the NSHS Marching Band for representing this area so well.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Woman arrested after threatening boyfriend with butcher knife

Greenwood City Police arrested a woman after her boyfriend claims she threatened his life with a butcher’s knife.

Lisa Perniece Marshall, 44 of 945 Abney Street, Gwd SC was arrested and charged with domestic violence 1st degree and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

According to the police report, Marshall arrived home drunk and irate.  The boyfriend said he attempted to calm her down and told her he had her food in the kitchen.  When she came back from the kitchen she had a butcher knife and said to the boyfriend, “I’m going to kill you”.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Two killed in head-on collision on Hwy 34

Emergency workers responded to a head-on collision on Hwy 34 near Marshall Circle on Monday, Jan 21 around 1:50 that fatally injured both drivers.

According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, Valerie Davis, 55 and Wesley Clinkscales, 31 both from Ninety Six were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the SCHP, Clinkscales was attempting to pass a vehicle when he collided head-on into the vehicle Davis was driving.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Local BBQ team named Al Werts 2018 Tournament Points Champion
Hey Good Buddy Competition Barbecue Team, LLC of Laurens, SC was awarded the Al Werts 2018 Tournament Points Champion Team of the Year trophy during the annual Southern BBQ Network (SBN) General Membership Meeting held on Saturday, January 19, 2019. in Summerville, SC.  
Monday, January 21, 2019

Lander Student Finds Calling; Spearheads Growth in Environmental Organization

Shortly after enrolling at Lander University, Libby Bergmann changed her major from Biology to Environmental Science. “It clicked for me and just made sense. Environmental science encompasses everything I want to do,” the senior from Beaufort said.


Monday, January 21, 2019

South Carolina Issuing February SNAP Benefits Early

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) will be issuing February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early as a result of the federal government shutdown.

SNAP recipients who received a benefit in January and are eligible for ongoing benefits in February will have their February benefits available on their EBT card Jan. 17, 2019. This will affect an estimated 231,000 households.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lander Professor Gets PAL Award

Lander University Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Lee Vartanian recently received a PAL Award, recognizing him as a Professor for Affordable Learning.

    The award, conferred by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), is part of the South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) initiative, that seeks to reduce the cost of higher education by promoting the use of low-cost and no-cost learning materials.

    Vartanian said that he has “noticed an uptick in the past 10 years or so in textbook prices.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lander students and alumni readying for Homecoming Week

Whether it’s tailgating near the fountain, pulling for your favorite soapbox racer, enjoying an Uptown concert, or reconnecting with people you once used to know, Lander University students and alumni are gearing up for another high-spirited Homecoming Week.

“I look forward to it every year,” said Debbie Dill, '90, assistant director for Alumni Affairs. “Even more so this year because we’re going to have a reunion for six classes dating back 60 years.”

Set for Feb. 3-9, the 2019 Homecoming Week features a concert on Assembly Plaza, tailgating on the front lawn, a pre-Super Bowl pep rally and bonfire, and other new and long-time activities.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lander University Funding Requests Center Upon Student Safety and Building Renovations

As state legislators began their new session, Lander University President Richard Cosentino met with members of the Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to request state funding for several campus needs.

The requests center upon increasing measures for the safety and security of Lander students, faculty and staff; completing much-needed repairs to state-owned buildings; renovating a student center to accommodate a rapidly increasing student population; and expanding the infrastructure for a nursing degree program that has experienced steady growth for more than 20 years.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lander to host campus talk on NEW Leadership Conference

The community is invited to hear from Lander University students who attended the National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership conference on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Carnell Learning Center at Lander.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Town of Ninety Six Receives Community Change Grant from America Walks

The Town of Ninety Six is honored to receive one of the 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019.  This grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members.  Since its beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the US.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Hodges man arrested after high speed chase from Ninety Six

Hodges man led Ninety Six Police and other law enforcement on a nine mile, high speed chase before crashing into a Greenwood County Sheriff Deputy’s patrol car.

Gary Barker Plake III of 1322 Nation Road, Hodges SC was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, expired vehicle license, DUS, reckless driving, possession of heroin, possession of fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Presidential Ambassador from Ninety Six a Big Guy With Heart to Match

He doesn’t look like other students on the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) campus in Greenwood. The large, physically intimidating gentleman is a former Marine who has worked as a bodyguard, a bouncer and a security guard. At 51, he’s older than most of the students in his classes, but he is making fast friends right and left. However, at first, simply enrolling took courage.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood-Area Student Receives Countywide Award at PTC Winter Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent winter commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Lisa Terry (pictured at left), who graduated Magna Cum Laude with an associate in applied science, majoring in general technology with a concentration in photography and advertising design, was the honoree for Greenwood County. Congratulating Terry is PTC Area Commissioner George Cone.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

County targets Jan 15 for maximum draw down on Lake Greenwood

The Greenwood County Engineering Department would like to notify the public that it is the intention of the department to meet the lake level draw down goal of 434.5 ft-msl by the federally mandated deadline of January 15. It is also the intention of the department to maintain the lake level at 434.5 ft-msl for the federally mandated period from January 15 through January 31. While more rain is forecast over the next few weeks, the department will do what it can to stick to the schedules to allow residents to proceed with plans that they may have for the draw down.

The Engineering Department would like to thank the public for their patience in regard to the fluctuating lake levels over the last few months as the watershed has experienced extreme amounts of rain.

Any questions regarding the lake level can be directed to the Greenwood County Engineering Department at 864-942-8556.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Utility & Rental Assistance are now available
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) are federally-funded programs designed to assist eligible low-income households meet home heating, cooling, and housing needs.  Home energy is defined as residential heating and cooling, and to increase energy self-sufficiency; thereby reducing the vulnerability resulting from energy needs. 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood Promise Receives Support from Countybank Foundation

As Piedmont Technical College (PTC) students return from winter break, The Greenwood Promise scholarship program celebrates the impact it has already had on post-secondary education across Districts 50, 51, and 52. The Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital, donated $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Central Packaging and Crating, Inc. expanding Greenwood County operations

Central Packaging and Crating, Inc., a manufacturer of wooden, heat-treated pallets, is expanding its operations in Greenwood County. The company’s $6 million investment is projected to create 37 new jobs.  

“I would like to thank the community of Greenwood for supporting us now for the past 20 years”, said Kevin Neuman - president of Central Packaging and Crating, Inc. “We are proud of our continued growth, and look forward to being a partner for success in both Greenwood County and the state of South Carolina.”


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Clemson earns RESPECT, 2018 National Champs

With a dominating win over the #1 Ranked Alabama to become the 2018 National Champions, Clemson earns RESPECT.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Leath Correctional Institution donates to Hospice & Palliative Care

Leath Correctional Institution recently donated items for patients and families to the Hospice House. The generosity and compassion of our community make it possible for Hospice & Palliative Care to continue to meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Greenwood-Area Student Receives Countywide Award at PTC Winter Graduation
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent winter commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 
Friday, January 4, 2019

McCravy Attends Commander Gebauer's 100th Birthday Celebration

Representative McCravy had the honor of attending the 100th birthday celebration of Annie Sturkey Gebauer at Wesley Commons on Saturday, December 23rd, 2018.

McCravy presented Gebauer with a certificate on behalf of the South Carolina House of Representatives to show his appreciation for her services during World War II and to celebrate the privilege of living a long and full life.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Women's Home Community Club Donates to Hospice & Palliative Care

Women’s Home Community Club recently made a monetary donation to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont.  The generosity and compassion of our community help make it possible for Hospice & Palliative Care to continue to meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont is your community, non-profit network of care that provides expert, life-changing health care for those living with advanced illnesses.  The organization has served Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties since 1981. For more information, please call 227-9393 or visit our website,

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Burglar found asleep on couch

On Jan 1, 2019 around 7 a.m, a female homeowner found a man asleep on her couch after breaking into her home.

Saul Martinez Gonzalez, 33 and listed as homeless was arrested and charged with 1st degree burglary.

According to the report, the homeowner heard a noise sounding like someone kicking at her garage door.  She got out of bed to see what the noise was and initially did not see anything suspicious. As she was walking through the house she noticed a man covered with mud asleep on her couch.  The homeowner immediately went outside and called 911.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sheriff investigating recent gang related shootings

Over the holidays, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office has been busy responding to several shootings in Greenwood.  Some of the shootings are unrelated to each other but there are three in particular they believe are connected.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Need for Qualified Auto Technicians Continues to Grow

More than six months after it was launched into space, Elon Musk’s bright red Tesla Roadster with “Starman: at the wheel continued to zoom across the galaxy at an estimated 2,246 miles per hour. It had exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty more than 7,800 times over. And if the growing shortage of auto mechanics and technicians continues, earthbound customers seeking repairs and service for their increasingly high-tech vehicles could feel as lonely as Starman while they wait for service scheduling with a shrinking pool of qualified technicians.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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