COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reminds motorists that children have begun returning to school all over the state and cautions drivers to operate with extra care in and around school zones and bus routes.
Countybank’s CFO Scott Begins Term as S.C. Bankers School Chair COLUMBIA, S.C. – Annette L. Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, of Greenwood headquartered Countybank began a one-year term as chair of the South Carolina Bankers School on July 15.
On Wednesday, GCSO received numerous messages from citizens concerning a message going around social media about a potential shooting threat at Wal-Mart locations in the area. The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenwood City Police Department have met with the Management of both Wal-Mart Locations in the area. “Our local law enforcement is aware, but at this time everything leads to this being false.” Sheriff Dennis Kelly said. The following message has been circulating nationwide on social media and individuals are altering the names of the locations.
On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, law enforcement and district officials were alerted to a threat made on social media by an Emerald High School student. The EHS student posted pictures of Westview Middle School and a toy gun with a threatening message on Instagram. Law enforcement and district officials worked together to investigate the situation.
On Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 at approximately 6:15 p.m. two vehicles with several passengers in each collided on Locust Hill Road near Greer, SC.
According to the SCHP, Jacob Thomas Witt, 20 of Abbeville SC was traveling East on Locust Hill Road in a 2012 Chevrolet Pickup. Also, in the truck were passengers Sawyer Evans, 20 of Greenwood and Jacob Hines, 21 of Gaffney SC. SCHP Trooper reported that Witt attempted to avoid hitting a parked vehicle in the road and crossed over the center lane colliding with an oncoming 2011 Cadillac.
Economist Klaus Schwab in 2016 described the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” as a fusing of technologies, “blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.” It is the inevitable result of the previous three industrial revolutions characterized by the use of: 1) steam and water to power production; 2) the progression to electricity and assembly line manufacturing for mass production; and 3) the now-familiar computerization of manufacturing production. Along this trajectory, the machine tool trade has evolved, and the latest revolution has brought a renaissance of sorts to the discipline that in recent years was considered a dying art.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the machine trade is alive and thriving,” said Phillip Calhoun, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) interim program director for machine tool technology. “A lot of companies we work with say their older workforce is starting to reach retirement age. It’s now actually a growing trade,” with an estimated 1 in 4 U.S. machinists preparing to retire.
Even so, there are challenges to recruiting and retaining skilled machinists. While the demand continues to rise, the pace of technology nearly eclipses that. Staying current with the tools that run the machines, more than the machines themselves, is a continual challenge.
“The advancements in technology with the tooling, it’s like light speed. It’s revolutionized the machine trade,” Calhoun said. “We teach advanced methods in theory and focus our curriculum around the tooling that we have. … We currently implemented using the MasterCAM software, and we have the HAAS ST-20Y lathe, which allows us to reach into multi-axis training.” (“Axis” refers to the number of directions a cutting tool can move.)
The machines generally have a long period of usefulness, with the tools being the variables in the longevity equation. It is the tools that give machining its versatility because tools can be replaced or modified to perform an updated range of operations as needed.
“There is a big difference between replacing a desktop computer and replacing a $100,000 machine,” Calhoun explained. “There are machines that have been in service for 10-20 years and are still producing. They will continue to be used until it is time to purchase a new machine.”
In a tragic head-on collision, Abbeville County School District Superintendent Betty Jo Hall was fatally injured and her husband Wally Hall, Assistant Superintendent of Greenwood School District 52 also injured and transported to an upstate hospital. The accident occurred around 6pm Thursday evening.
Fudge is just as sweet and delightful as his name suggests. His beaming smile and wiggly greeting are the first things you’ll come to love, but once you get to know him, there’s nothing about this wonderful pup that won’t bring you joy. He’s a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix with a white and brindle coat, light brown eyes, and enough personality for 10 dogs. He loves everyone he meets, and he’s looking for someone who will let him run off his considerable amount of energy, then crash on the couch with a movie and popcorn. Fudge truly is a treat not to be missed.
To say Heather is a love bug would be an understatement. This fabulous feline is all about the cuddles. And she’s not one of those cats that’s choosy about when she gets attention either. She basically wants to be the center of attention all day, every day. So if you’re looking for a lap cat, look no further than this 7-month-old sweetie. Heather is truly gorgeous as well, with her soft gray coat and huge yellow-green eyes. Swing by today to meet the new love of your life.
SC Rep. John McCravy presented Sgt. Benjamin Baker of the Greenwood Police Department a certificate from the SC House of Representatives on July 17th, honoring him for saving the life of an injured person.
Sgt. Baker saved a person from bleeding to death on May 5th 2019. He arrived first on the scene of a major injury, applied a tourniquet to an arterial hemorrhage, and held it until EMS arrived. Greenwood Police Chief Gerald Brooks said there "can't be any doubt" Baker saved this person's life in a Greenwood City Council meeting at which Baker was awarded a medal for lifesaving.
Teresa Wheeler has been promoted to Human Resources Director of Burton Center. Wheeler has served in the Human Resources Department for 7 years, having served that last three years as Benefits Coordinator.
Wheeler has been employed with Burton Center for 30 years and has served in various positions to include: Human Resources Coordinator (Recruiter), CTH II Coordinator, Business Operations Administrative Assistant, Operation Administrative Assistant, and Receptionist.
The Humane Society is down to a ten-day supply of adult dry dog food. They are reaching out to the community for donations of Purina or Pedigree adult dry dog food. Any brands of lesser quality can upset the dogs' digestive systems, which creates a whole other host of serious problems. Thursday, August 8, 2019
Students from Josh Buchanan's Aerospace class, comprised of both Greenwood High School and Emerald High School students, scored highest in the country on the SREB Advanced Aerospace End of Course Exam for the second year in a row. A total of twenty four students in the country passed the exam. Eleven of those students were from Greenwood 50. Eight students scored in the advanced category across the country. Three of those were Greenwood 50 Aerospace students. The national pass rate was 30% and Mr. Buchanan's class has a pass rate of 92%. Congratulations to Mr. Buchanan and his Aerospace class for another excellent year! Wednesday, August 7, 2019
On Wednesday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m the Connect Young Professionals will host an event at the Mill House. The upcoming opportunity is to meet new people, catch up with friends, and learn about upcoming events. Please RSVP to reserve your spot. Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Lander men's soccer is ranked No. 5 in the country according to the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll. The ranking marks the second consecutive season the Bearcats have opened the year nationally-ranked after beginning the 2018 campaign at No. 12. Lander shares the No. 5 spot with Young Harris and Adelphi.
The Bearcats, winners of last season's Southeast Region championship, return three all-Southeast Region performers in junior midfielder Thibault Chretien, senior defender Kyle Ferguson, and sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Withers.
The Boat Run, Cruisin’ For a Cause will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. The Cruisin’ For A Cause is allowing Boaters to Unite for People with Disabilities and Special Needs. The Last Boat in will be at 3:30 p.m. and ending at Camp Fellowship. There will be an auction and prizes awarded at 5:00 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and beverages. The five stops on Lake Greenwood will be the Break on the Lake, Harris Landing, Moon Landing RV Park and Marina, or Skipper’s Marina and Resort. The registration will be at any of the five stops. Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Collaboration and Information Sharing on the Minds of Local Non-Profits
The Greenwood SC Chamber’s NonProfit Council invites representatives of area non-profit organizations and agencies to attend an upcoming meeting of the NonProfit Council’s Resource Connection on Wed., August 7.
The Council hosts these bi-monthly gatherings so representatives can share resources and discuss ways in which to collaborate. “The objective is for staff and volunteers of local agencies to share information that will not only benefit their agencies, but the clients they serve and the community,” stated Jeff Smith, CEO of the Greenwood County Community Foundation and Chair of the NonProfit Council.
Fatz Cafe Thanks Teachers by Offering Half Price Meals to Educators in August Students to receive $1 kids meals, as well.
Fatz Cafe is once again offering teachers a 50% discount from now until August 31st to thank educators during the back-to-school season.
Any teacher that dines in-restaurant with Fatz for either lunch or dinner will receive 50% off of his or her meal. To redeem, teachers need only mention the offer to their server and present their school identification, such as a school I.D. badge.
Sheriff Dennis Kelly is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy. This class is designed to acquaint citizens of Greenwood County with the personnel, services, investigative techniques, and “day to day” operations of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. Topics covered include Narcotics Investigations, Criminal Investigations, School Resource Officer functions, Special Operations, Uniform Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Crime Scene and a general overview of the structure and function of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.
SC Chamber of Commerce executive, Ted Pitts, will be in Greenwood on Thursday to speak at the SC Chamber’s Grassroots Regional Meeting.
Local business and community leaders are invited to participate and express their opinions regarding the state’s most pressing issues of concern to citizens, employers and industry. Sponsored by Whole Dental Life, this is one of several meetings being held across the state to obtain feedback to begin developing the S.C. Chamber’s “2020 Competitiveness Agenda.”
Calling all Lion King fans. Meet Pumbaa, the kind hearted goofball. And with his lovely fawn color and big, prominent ears, he even looks a bit like his namesake. But it’s this pup’s personality that will win you over. At just under 2 years old, he’s loaded with energy, so he needs a yard in which to run or plenty of nice long walks. He loves spending time with people, but he’s capable of entertaining himself, as well, and best of all, he’s polite and never pushy. Pumbaa adores treats, but he takes any offerings very gently. Overall, he’s just a great dog.
Don’t let Dipstick’s name fool you – he’s no dummy. In fact, he got his name because his black tail looks like it was dipped in oil. You’ll love this four-year-old’s other markings as well. His white coat is adorned with a black heart on his back and the most adorable black spot on his nose that looks like it was painted on. He’s a loving, affectionate kitty who craves attention. He is FIV positive, but that’s no big deal. It basically just means he needs to stay inside, so he has less chance of getting any illnesses. But guess what? Inside is exactly where he likes to be.
For the month of August, The Blood Connection (TBC) and Outback Steakhouse are teaming up to encourage blood donation in their shared communities. Outback Steakhouse’s enthusiasm to partner with TBC will allow the community blood center to reach new donors and save more lives. This partnership between the local non-profit and popular steakhouse is one of the first like it in TBC history; an example of the dedicated collaboration it takes to support the community’s blood supply.
“TBC is very appreciative that Outback has hopped on board with us. To have a well-known brand embrace what we do is monumental to the communities that TBC serves. Outback is helping us spread the word about our life-giving mission locally, which means we can positively impact local patients’ lives together,” said TBC President & CEO, Delisa K. English. “Caring for our communities takes teamwork.”
The Outback Give Back Promotion starts Thursday, August 1st and ends Thursday, August 29th. Donors who give blood at any TBC Center on a Thursday in August will receive an Outback gift card and a free Bloomin’ Onion® coupon. On Thursday, August 29th, in addition to the TBC centers, blood mobiles will be at eighteen Outback Steakhouse locations in the Carolinas for a collective blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Participating Outback locations can be found at thebloodconnection.org/outback.
Donors can visit any TBC center in the Upstate of South Carolina, and Raleigh and Asheville in North Carolina: 435 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC; 341 Old Abbeville Highway, Greenwood, SC; 5116 Calhoun Memorial Hwy, Easley, SC; 1308 Sandifer Boulevard, Seneca, SC; 270 North Grove Medical Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC; 225 Airport Road, Arden, NC; 5925 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC. Centers are open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Greenwood Capital is pleased to announce the addition of Quintin Pile to its Wealth Management Team as a Private Client Advisor in the Downtown Greenville office, located at 201 W. McBee Ave. In this role, Quintin provides a holistic approach to wealth management, nurturing and cultivating relationships with high-net worth individuals, foundations and endowments.
Being more efficient and organized at the workplace is a common objective for workers and employers. The Greenwood SC Chamber is offering a business seminar on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to further this objective.
A popular speaker at previous chamber-sponsored conferences, the seminar will be presented by Meredith Brown, CEO, of Rethink, Reframe, Relax, LLC. She is also a psychology professor at Piedmont Technical College and is married with three daughters. As a stress reduction coach with unique life experiences, passion for people, and emotional strength, she uses motivating facts, humor, real stories, and open discussions to educate participants.
Longtime Greenwood attorney, Billy Garrett Jr., is seriously considering running as a Republican for State Senate District 10 in 2020. His initial campaign finance report shows a $50,000 loan to the campaign effort. Garrett is the only Republican candidate to have filed initial campaign disclosure documents. Filing for the Senate race opens noon March 16, 2020 and closes noon March 30, 2020.
Julian Gale, Director of Professional Development, has been named as the new Director of Choice/Magnet Programs and Professional Development.
“I am excited about this new opportunity in my professional career,” Mr. Gale said. “I have high expectations for all of our staff and maintain the belief that guiding our staff towards continuous improvement will cultivate a culture of success district-wide.”
Gale has worked in District 50 for the last 19 years. Gale began his career in District 50 as a classroom teacher at Oakland Elementary School. He has also served as an Academic Coach and Instructional Specialist at Pinecrest Elementary School. Gale was named Oakland’s Teacher of the Year in 2009 and the school’s First Year Teacher of the Year in 2000.
Greenwood is Growing Again! Join us for Two Ribbon Cutting Celebrations!
The Pathway Thrift Store of 1444 Main Street South, Greenwood will have their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:00 a.m on Thursday, August 8th. The Pathway House opened their full time crisis shelter on July 21, 2014 and in five years it has helped 1,116 people by providing 40,094 nights of shelter. They started with an 8 bed Shelter for Men in July 2014, expanded to a 30 bed Shelter for Men in May 2016 and added an 18 bed Shelter for Women and Mothers with Children in April 2017. Greenwood Pathway House thanks the community for providing homeless men, women and children a safe place to stay where they can focus on rebuilding their lives. Monday, July 29, 2019
The Mathews community Yard of the Month winners for June were Michael, Brock and Edna Adams of 422 Stevens Avenue. They received a Walmart gift card, and will display the yard of the month sign for 30 days. Monday, July 29, 2019
Before you start planning your shopping list, it’s best to see what is and isn’t included. Check out this list to see what items are exempt during tax-free weekend. Tax free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. Shoppers will also find tax free items for the home and dorm room. Monday, July 29, 2019
This Lemonade might not cool you off, but she’s sure to make you smile. That’s right. This precious pup’s name is Lemonade, and she’s just as sweet and irresistible as that refreshing drink we all know and love. She’s a one-year-old brindle and white Plott Hound mix with a wonderful disposition, seeming to accept everyone she meets with the same good grace and loving smile, and that includes dogs and cats as well as humans. There’s a good chance the one thing you’ve been missing in life is the perfect Lemonade.
Jessie has a message for anyone looking for a new furry family member: she’s more than ready to be a morning playmate, an afternoon nap partner, or a nighttime snuggle buddy. She’s a gorgeous 2-year-old dilute tortoiseshell with a coat that’s the loveliest combination of light grays and creams, almost a blue sprinkled with yellow. Jessie truly is one beautiful feline. And her personality is equally attractive. She loves attention and will let you know quite quickly that she wants to be involved in whatever you are doing. Come meet Jessie today.
Local businesses can introduce themselves to Lander students during CommUniversity on August 21, 2019.
Lander University is inviting businesses and non-profit organizations in Greenwood and the surrounding areas to take part in its annual CommUniversity event on Wednesday, Aug. 21. For a swelling student population hailing from throughout the region, nation and the world, CommUniversity routinely attracts hundreds of Lander students who want to see what their new community has to offer.