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home : news : lakelands & beyond November 17, 2017

Ninety Six NHS to Commemorate First Southern Land Battle of the American Revolution
Ninety Six National Historic Site will host “The Battle of 96: Defense of the Home Front”, a special event on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Ninety Six in 1775 and explore civilian life at the start of the Revolutionary War. 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lakeland Counties Added to Presidential Disaster Declaration

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved three additional counties for the Public Assistance Program following Hurricane Irma. Governments and certain nonprofits in Abbeville, Newberry and Saluda counties are now able to receive federal reimbursement for eligible costs related to the storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for certain expenses they have incurred during large-scale emergencies. Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Decision to Implement Innovative Communications Network for S.C. First Responders

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by law enforcement personnel and first responders from around the state to announce a new, innovative communications network for South Carolina’s first responders.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate, and maintain a secure wireless broadband communications network for South Carolina’s public safety community at no cost to the state.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Local Agency to observe World AIDS Day

McCORMICK – World AIDS Day will be observed on Dec.16th at Light of Life Community Church at 6300 Highway 28 South, in McCormick SC. It is set to begin at 4:00pm.  The event, sponsored by Upper Savannah Care Services, is an internationally observed day of awareness and remembrance.  The theme of this event is “The Epidemic of HIV/AIDS In The Aging Population; Unspoken But Not Forgotten”.  “Public awareness is also an important component of what we do”, says Jason L. Williams, Executive Director. “We have consistently served around 300 clients in our services area each year, so this is an issue that is quite relevant to Greenwood and surrounding areas,” Williams adds.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Coast Brewing, LLC is Expanding its Operations in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Coast Brewing, LLC, a family-owned craft brewery based in Charleston, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. With a capital investment of $1.7 million, the company is expected to create 29 new jobs.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saluda Native serves in Navy aboard aircraft carrier dubbed "Strength from the Sea"

SAN DIEGO – A 2009 W. Wyman King Academy graduate and Saluda, South Carolina native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, USS Carl Vinson.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kurtis Hatcher is a mass communication specialist aboard the San-Diego based ship, the third Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 11 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rep. McCravy recognizes Promised Land VFD members
Rep. McCravy recently commended five members of the Promised Land Volunteer Fire Department. 
Monday, October 30, 2017

North Carolina man convicted of DUI after driving wrong direction on I-385

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday that a North Carolina man was found guilty Thursday morning on charges connected to an incident in which the man was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 385 in Laurens County.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Student arrested after bringing gun to school
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that on Thursday, October 26, the school resource officer and administrator at Newberry High School secured and safely removed a firearm that was brought to the school by a student Sheriff Foster said that the weapon was located in the student’s backpack and was not displayed and no threats were made to anyone with the weapon. The weapon was discovered as part of an unrelated investigation. The weapon was a 9mm pistol. There were bullets in the clip but no round was in the chamber.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Stolen bike leads to three arrested on assault charges

Three man were arrested on assault by mob charges after the assault a man whom they believe was involved in stealing a motorcycle.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Abbeville meth dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Tuesday morning that an Abbeville County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abbeville arrest man for criminal sexual conduct with minor

The Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on September 15, 2017 about a criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  After an investigation deputies arrested and charged James Andrew Lee II, 21 of 933 Old Hodges Road, Abbeville SC with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (victim under the age of 16). 

Lee turned himself in at the Abbeville County Law Enforcement Center on October 18, 2017.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Effort To Ban Sanctuary Cities In South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by members of the General Assembly to announce a new law enforcement initiative to ensure that no South Carolina municipalities become “sanctuary cities” and to establish, in state law, a mechanism through which local officials must annually prove compliance with existing immigration law.

Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Bannister, the proposed legislation would supplement existing law that requires reasonable efforts be made to determine whether a person in custody and charged with a criminal offense is an unlawful alien.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Teen arrested on sex charges involving minor

Police arrest a teen after investigating a case where he used the Whisper app to contact a minor which ends with an arrest and several sex charges.

Nicholas Lee Duvall II, 19 of 388 Triangle Road, Lexington SC was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor 1st degree and criminal sexual conduct with minor.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Rep John McCravy recognizes dedicated firemen of Ware Shoals
Representative John McCravy commended six long-time firefighters from Ware Shoals Volunteer Fire Department at the Ware Shoals Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 17th
Monday, October 23, 2017

Iva man arrested for domestic abuse

Deputies with the Abbeville Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic abuse complaint at Crawford’s Country Store on Hwy 28 N., in Iva SC.  As they arrive they spoke with a victim who stated she had been physically assaulted and held against her will from leaving or calling 911 by her boyfriend, Ricky Grubbs.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

President Declares Disaster For State Of South Carolina And 16 Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In response to Governor Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in the state of South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 16 counties affected by Hurricane Irma.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Long-time Clinton menace sentenced to 15 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Monday that a Clinton man with a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 1998 was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a drug charge at the Laurens County Courthouse.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Arthrex, Inc. Creating More Than 1,000 New Jobs In Anderson County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arthrex, Inc., a global orthopedic medical device company, headquartered in Naples, Fla., is launching new manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $69 million capital investment is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next several years. 


Monday, October 16, 2017

Captured escapee sentenced to prison

Nathaniel Tyler Wideman, 22 entered the Greenwood County Court room today and plead guilty to and array of charges including escaping from jail.


Friday, October 13, 2017

DHEC recommends mosquito spraying in Ware Shoals and surrounding areas

The Town of Ware Shoals informs their residents that they will begin conducting precautionary spraying for mosquitos in a small area of the county at the recommendations of DHEC.  This will also include areas within both Greenwood and Laurens counties.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Duke Energy supports CLG

Duke Energy’s gift of $9,500 was presented to Connect Lake Greenwood (CLG) to develop the walking/biking trail at the Lake Greenwood State Park. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Prysmian Group North America Expanding Lexington County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Prysmian Group, a world leader in the telecom cables and systems industry, today announced a planned expansion of the company’s North American headquarters in Lexington County. The expansion will exceed $15 million of capital investment and is projected to create 30 jobs over the next five years. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WCTEL Service Area Receives National Recognition as Smart Rural Community

ABBEVILLE, SC - West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (WCTEL) is one of 13 rural communications firms nationwide to be honored with the title Smart Rural Community by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, which cited WCTEL’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, public safety and education as keys to its success.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Southeast Dairy Presents Grant Check on Behalf of Fuel Up to Play 60

On behalf of the Fuel Up to Play 60 and Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) presented Hodges Elementary with a $4,000 Fuel Up to Play 60 grant award. The funds will assist Hodges Elementary in adding dairy based smoothies to their school meal programs, serve chocolate milk after physical education, and refresh recess equipment.


Monday, October 9, 2017

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