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home : news : lakelands & beyond January 19, 2018

Man faces attempted murder charges after striking officers with vehicle
The Newberry County Sheriff’s has arrested a man they say drug a deputy to the ground and struck another officer with a car after they discovered marijuana in the vehicle.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Zylö Therapeutics Locating New Operations in Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Zylö Therapeutics, a developer of state-of-the-art technology for the pharmaceutical industry, is locating new operations in Greenville County. The company is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Zylö Therapeutics has developed an innovative sustained-release drug-delivery system that delivers traditionally hard-to-deliver therapeutic agents through topical administration. With more than 10 years of research and development, the second generation of this technology continues to improve, providing 24-hour sustained release of a variety of agents, including nitric oxide, curcumin, lidocaine and more. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Reiterates Support for H.3643, Calls for its Immediate Passage in S.C. Senate

Governor Henry McMaster today called on the S.C. Senate to immediately pass H. 3643, an important bill ensuring protection from anti-Semitic hate crimes, in time for signing on International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Deadly mobile home fire claims father, three kids and pet

A mobile home fire in McCormick claims the life of a father, three children and a pet dog.  According to the article on WYFF4, The Sandy Branch Fire Chief said it appeared that the father was attempting to get the children out but was unable to.  The father was in his mid 20’s and the children were 1, 3 and 4 years old.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Couple arrested in NY after stealing vehicle from local dealership
The suspect involved in the fraudulent theft of a motor vehicle from Cromley Ford in Newberry, SC. has been taken in custody.
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Eliminating State Income Taxes for Retirees Who Served in Uniform
Governor Henry McMaster today announced a bold tax reform proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tidewater Boats Growing Its Lexington County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tidewater Boats, a designer and manufacturer of premier saltwater boats, is growing its Lexington County operations. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs.

Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats uses state-of-the-art marine craftsmanship to design and build some of the most popular saltwater boats in the industry. The company has grown from a modest five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes range from 17 to 32 feet, with more models currently in the design process. Tidewater Boats accommodates a variety of customers by offering plush amenities for the whole family and the tools for the serious fisherman.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

SC Manufacturers Alliance Names Sara Hazzard President and CEO

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) announced that Sara Hazzard has been named President and CEO of the organization effective January 1, 2018.

“We are excited to welcome Sara Hazzard as the new President and CEO of the SCMA,” said Kurt Dallas, Executive Vice President of AFL and SCMA Chairman. “Her extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, and business will serve our organization well as we continue to advance pro-manufacturing issues.”

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Saluda Sheriff seeks help locating scam artist

Saluda Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking this person for felony breach of trust.  The subject has a long history of using counterfeit checks and often obtains information by playing that he has a large estate that is tied up in probate court. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

WCTEL Supports the Angel Tree

Abbeville, SC – Each year WCTEL collects money donated by WCTEL employees, retirees, and board members to support the Christmas Angel Tree. Since starting this tradition of giving in 1993, WCTEL has gone from donating hundreds of dollars to now donating thousands of dollars with this year being the largest donation yet, with a donation of $7,000! Jeff Wilson, CEO of WCTEL, stated “I am thankful to our board members and current and past employees for their dedicated support of the Angel Tree and other impactful programs in the communities we serve.”


Friday, December 29, 2017

Newberry Sheriff seeking help locating man purchasing vehicle with false information
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating Todd Miller Willingham and a Breach of Trust Vehicle likely occupied by Willingham.

On December 27, Willingham went to Cromley Ford located on Wilson Road in Newberry and used deception about a trust fund and fraudulent account information to obtain a 2017 Ford Edge. The dealership learned the account information was fraudulent after Willingham left the dealership with the vehicle.

Friday, December 29, 2017

PG Aerospace Locating Its New Facility In Pickens County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – PG Aerospace, a manufacturer of precision parts for the automotive and aerospace industries, is locating its new facility in Pickens County. Through this project, the company is bringing 22 new jobs. 


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Families received decorated Christmas Trees from Edgefield County DSS
The trees decorated by Edgefield County Department of Social Services staff and donated by Wright’s Christmas Tree Farm have been picked up! 

One went to a Kinship Care family who continued to thank employees saying “the children were going to be so excited,” said County Director Moronda Talley. Another tree went to a single mom who “was happy to be able to have a tree for her child.” 

Two went to older couples “who were thankful that they would be able to have a tree in their home” and said “it really put them in the Christmas spirit.” Talley said: “It was an exciting event, and we are so thankful that we were able to do it again this year.”

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Firefly Distillery, LLC Expanding and Moving Operations in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Firefly Distillery, LLC, a South Carolina-based beverage provider, is expanding its Charleston County operations by constructing a new distillery in North Charleston, S.C. The $7.3 million investment is expected to create 20 new jobs. 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Declares Public Health Emergency for Opioid Epidemic

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by members of the General Assembly, cabinet agency officials, and members of the state’s law enforcement community to declare a statewide public health emergency for the opioid epidemic and to announce a comprehensive, statewide response to the ongoing crisis. The governor's emergency declaration allows state officials, private partners, and law enforcement to utilize the emergency management infrastructure to combat the growing epidemic or opioid deaths, addiction, and abuse.


Monday, December 18, 2017

S.C. Chief Justice Announces December Adoption Day

Supreme Court of South Carolina Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty has declared December 20, 2017, as Adoption Day in South Carolina, authorizing specially scheduled terms of court to hear adoption cases.

On that day, judges in four counties are expected to hold final adoption hearings for 48 children from the state’s foster care system.

Friday, December 15, 2017

First Day Hikes to be Held at State Parks on New Year's Day

Columbia, SC - Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events on Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.

The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.

Friday, December 15, 2017

WCTEL Receives Rising Star Award

West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (WCTEL) has supported Relay for Life for over 25 years. Each year, WCTEL works hard to raise money and support for the fight against cancer. WCTEL has raised over $10,000 for Relay for Life for the past five years. This year, WCTEL received the Rising Star Award for raising over $11,000.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Dustin Green Named Greenville Market Executive Countybank Promotes Green to Senior Vice President in Greenville

Countybank is happy to announce Dustin Green’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Greenville Marketing Executive. Green’s 15 years of experience in retail banking, wealth management, commercial banking and credit analysis leave him well-equipped to serve and lead in this capacity.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation Expanding Lexington County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nephron), a manufacturer of sterile inhalation and 503B outsourcing medications, today announced a $12.5 million expansion to add 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The new investment is expected to create 125 new jobs.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Donalds man arrested on sex charges with minor

Ware Shoals police arrested a man after talking sexually to a minor on the Whisper App.

Tyson Lee Otts, 38 of 610 Old Shoals Junction Road, Donalds SC was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor 1st degree and disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Man arrested after sending nude picture to teen

Ware Shoals Police have arrested a man after he started communicating with a teenager on an app called Whisper and after he sent a nude picture of himself to the teen.

Karl William Becker, 46 of 1667 Table Rock Road, Pickens SC was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ted Turner Pledges to Charitably Transfer 4,680-Acre Island to State of South Carolina in Bargain Sale

In what is considered to be the rarest of opportunities in the history of South Carolina, environmentalist and philanthropist Ted Turner intends to charitably transfer to the State his 4,680-acre St. Phillips Island near Beaufort via a bargain sale. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Laurens man sentenced to max prison time for threatening to rape, kill officers, families

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Laurens man will be spending the next several years in prison after he threatened to kill two Laurens police officers and rape one of the officers’ infant daughter.

Henry Kevin Grant, 42, was convicted by a Laurens County jury on Tuesday evening of two counts of threatening the life of a public official stemming from an incident in June of this year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rep. Jeff Duncan Congratulates Mick Mulvaney on CFPB Post

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement congratulating Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney on his temporary post as the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

“President Trump made an excellent choice in having my friend Mick Mulvaney temporarily lead the CFPB. The General Counsel for the CFPB agrees that President Trump has legal authority under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to designate Mick as the Acting Director, and I believe all officials at the agency should act accordingly. The American people have questioned the constitutionality of CFPB actions for a long time, and I know Mick will bring much needed trust and transparency to the agency. I look forward to supporting Mick as he serves our nation in this new capacity.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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