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home : news : lakelands & beyond April 23, 2019



Pro Towels donates to the Abbeville Promise Program

The Pro Towels Family of companies, including Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Company, Superior and Neet Feet, has donated $1,000 donation to the Abbeville Promise Program, a higher education scholarship program committed towards helping students in the local area.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 Living History Encampment at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
If you have ever been curious about how life was in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War or you are just looking for a fun way to spend a weekend then you need to come out to Musgrove Mill State Historic Site on the weekend of April 27 and 28 for our Annual Living History Encampment. 

There will be reenactors portraying both Patriot and Loyalist militiamen, British Regular and Provincial soldiers, Continental soldiers, and civilians representing a variety of backgrounds. Throughout both days there will be several historic weapons demonstrations, militia musters for children, historic craft demonstrations, and sutlers selling goods to the public. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Marsh Tacky Horses - a tradition to South Carolina

The Mount Ariel Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently hosted the Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm from Anderson, SC in a special meeting open to the public.  

A program was presented by Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm on the history of the Marsh Tacky horses to over 70 in attendance. Multiple DAR chapters from the Upstate were represented as pictured above with the Mount Ariel Regent, Caroline Whitmire.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Abbeville Opera House taking a brief hiatus this fall

The Board of Governors of the Abbeville Opera House has announced that they will be taking a brief hiatus from presenting productions during the 2019-2020 Winter Theatre Season.  The break will begin at the end of the upcoming Summer Theatre Season which will be under the direction of Executive Director Emeritus Michael Genevie. Kathy Genevie will continue as Business Manager for the summer season and will also be directing one of the shows, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  The Summer Theatre begins on Friday, June 7 with M*A*S*H by Tim Kelly, dramatized from the book by Richard Hooker. The last performance of the hit comedy Gilligan’s Island: The Musical will take place on Saturday, August 17 and that is when the hiatus will officially begin.

 

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Best Singer in the State

The Best Singer in the State in partnership with Ware Shoals School District and Ingles, presents “Best Singer In The Region”.

Who will win $1,000 for being named “Best Singer in the Region” and go on to compete for a $2,500 cash prize as “Best Singer in the State?”

The event takes place on May 17, 2019 at 6 pm at the Ware Shoals High Auditorium.  General admission is $10.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Laurens Sheriff investigating dead body found on I26

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death after finding a body on the side of I-26 near Newberry County.  According to Sheriff Don Reynolds, the body did have two gunshot wounds. They are working to identify the victim.



Monday, April 8, 2019

Stoll Industries contributes to The Abbeville Promise
Doug Stoll, Production Manager, Franklin Stoll, Production Manager, Jonathan Stoll, Project Manager, Gary Yoder, Sales and Marketing Manager, Weston Stoll, CAD Team, Darris Stoll, Operations Manager contributed a sizable donation to Andy Timmerman, Abbeville Promise Campaign Co-Chair and CEO of Abbeville First Bank. 
Friday, April 5, 2019

Ranger Guided Battlefield Hike at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, April 6, 2019

On Saturday April 6, 2019 Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will be offering a guided hike of the battlefield trail. The Battle of Musgrove's Mill, which occurred on August 19th, 1780, was a vital turning point in the Patriot's fight for independence on the South Carolina Backcountry. This Ranger-led hike will cover the 1.5-mile battlefield trail, during which you will learn about why the battle was fought at Musgrove Mill, who participated, and what occurred during the battle.

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

First Time a South Carolina company was featured in a Manufacturing Marvels video aired on Fox Business Network

Fukoku America, Inc., a manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive products and sealing solutions located in Laurens, South Carolina, since 2001, was featured in a Manufacturing Marvels® video aired on the Fox Business Network® (FBN) last February 28th during the "Lou Dobbs Tonight”.

Produced by award-winning producers Bob and Jerry May and directed by award-winning director Bryan McCullough, Manufacturing Marvels® is a series of educational and promotional videos highlighting the U.S. manufacturers and how their products and services contribute to many industry sectors, as well as the companies’ processes and customers.



Friday, March 22, 2019

Fatal vehicle accident in Abbeville

A fatal accident occurred last night around 11:45 in Abbeville County.  According to the SCHP, a vehicle traveling west on Abbeville Highway left the road and struck a tree near Old Landfill Road.  It was reported that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

The name of the driver has not been released as of this report.



Thursday, March 21, 2019

3M Company plans to invest $60 million in Greenville facility during the next five years

Greenville County will benefit from 3M’s planned capital investment over the next five years to increase its manufacturing capacity and enhance its infrastructure at its operations in Greenville.

The investment and expansion were facilitated by discretionary incentives approved by the Greenville County Council to encourage 3M to continue to grow and invest in the community, where it has been a model corporate citizen for more than four decades.

3M’s manufacturing facility at 1400 Perimeter Road in Greenville currently employs 500 people and has been a member of the Upstate business and manufacturing community for 45 years. 3M Greenville manufactures and distributes film, industrial adhesives and other materials and products used in electronics, packaging, health care and the automotive industry. Its employees are actively involved in the community, having contributed 1,300 volunteer hours in 2018.

For more information on the company, visit www.3m.com.



Monday, March 18, 2019

Repeat offender gets maximum sentence after shooting at Abbeville deputy

A repeat offender who shot at an Abbeville County deputy during a traffic stop will spend the next 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the incident Wednesday afternoon at the Abbeville County Courthouse, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced.

Mark Allen Simmons, 31, pleaded guilty as charged to attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime during the Wednesday afternoon plea proceeding. Circuit Judge R. Scott Sprouse then sentenced Simmons to 30 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence for attempted murder under state law.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ninety Six National Historic Site's 96 Crossroads Event Schedule Released

Ninety Six National Historic Site will host its annual 96 Crossroads, a free and family friendly event, on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019.  Scheduled activities will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. The Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Greenwood woman arrested for shooting man at Walmart Distribution Center

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Walmart Distribution Center on Sunday after receiving a call that someone had been shot.

Deborah Morgan, 56 of Greenwood was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and violation of a protective order.


Monday, March 11, 2019

WCTEL Donates to the McCormick Lions Club Family Christmas Fund

At the McCormick Lions Club Annual Meeting, WCTEL’s Board Member Tag Bussey and CFO Lance Tade presented a donation to Club President, Tom Westgate, and Club Treasurer, Catherine Merrills for the McCormick Lions Club’s Family Christmas Fund. WCTEL donated $2,500 to the fund, which helps underprivileged families during the Christmas season.

 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Study says no negative impact of equestrian activity at NS National Historic Site

Ninety Six National Historic Site Superintendent John Slaughter announced today the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Equestrian Management Plan (EMP) and Environmental Assessment (EA).  The FONSI was signed by National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert A. Vogel on February 27, 2019.

Over the last five years, there has been a steady increase in equestrian use within the park. This increase in equestrian use, combined with heavy rain events has resulted in an increase in erosion and other adverse resource impacts. Preventing erosion, effects on water quality, and damage to historic landscapes and trails while providing for a variety of recreational, inspirational, and educational uses are high priorities for park staff.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

UCW Logistics Continues to Grow with the Announcement of Several New Hires

UCW Logistics is once again expanding their team with the addition of two new members. The continued growth that UCW has been experiencing will help build new service offerings and expand on existing services including truck brokerage, managed freight solutions, and international freight management.

UCW Logistics is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider leveraging 90-years of operations to offer logistics services and truckload transportation by providing a competitive advantage to their customers’ supply chains. UCW proudly develops and implements best practices and cost-effective solutions for companies across North America.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lander Graduate Named New Executive Director of UHC

The United Housing Connections Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorain Crowl, CFRE, as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective immediately. Lorain’s appointment is a clear reflection of the organization’s vision for the future, as well as the organizational values of advocacy, compassion, and action. United Housing Connections continues to have a major positive impact on the homelessness issue in the Upstate, and UHC is excited at what Lorain’s unique experience in fundraising can contribute to the organization.

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

South Carolina Issuing March SNAP Benefits Early

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) will be issuing March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early in order to reduce the time between payments for recipients who received their February benefits early because of the federal government shutdown.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NS Residents victorious over proposed developments

During the Ninety Six Town Council meeting last night, residents spoke up against the proposed rezoning request for two parcels to develop low income housing in town.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Palmetto Promise Institute President to Lead Key Education Committee

Palmetto Promise Institute Founding President and CEO Ellen Weaver has been elected chairwoman of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), an independent, nonpartisan committee dedicated to continuously improving South Carolina’s education system. She replaces Neil Robinson, a respected attorney, communitarian and the EOC's longest-serving member as chair.

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Industrial hemp production bodes well in South Carolina for first year

FLORENCE – Industrial hemp production could be a viable crop alternative for South Carolina farmers, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension crop and agribusiness agents.

Clemson officials teamed with industrial hemp industry associates for a session at the 2019 S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo in Florence about the state’s hemp crop. David DeWitt, Clemson Extension agent and agronomic crops program team member in Lee County, said interest in industrial hemp is increasing in the agricultural community.

“The good news is, we can grow industrial hemp in South Carolina,” DeWitt said. “Our yields were where they needed to be in 2018 and we’re getting ready for 2019.”


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Child found this morning outside NS apartments is safe

A resident of Cypress Mill Apartments in Ninety Six found a 4-year-old child outside this morning around 4 a.m.

According to Ninety Six Police Chief Chris Porter, the child is now safe and in the care of his mother.  The child is from Greenville and was here spending the night with family friends. At some point early this morning the child slipped outside the apartment without anyone knowing it.  

Chief Porter said that they do not see any malicious intent at this point but they are still investigating this incident along with DSS.



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CPW working to repair water leak in Ninety Six

The Ninety Six CPW workers have their hands full as they repair a water leak on Draper Street.  Homes in the area may experience some changes in water pressure while repairs are being made.



Friday, January 25, 2019


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