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home : news : lakelands & beyond September 17, 2019



WCTEL announces internet speed increases

West Carolina Tel, the area’s technology cooperative and gigabit service provider, has increased its internet speeds and in some cases, even lowered internet prices for customers. New prices and speed tiers are as follows:




Plan                                                                            Monthly Rate

200 x 200 Mbps                                                           $40

500 x 500 Mbps                                                           $60

1000 x 1000 Mbps (1 Gigabit per second)                      $80


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Operation Impact Contributes to The Abbeville Promise

Operation Impact Chairman Wallace McClinton Jr. and Chairman of Education Albert Woods present a check for $500 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees. The goal for the campaign to endow the Abbeville Promise scholarship program is $1.2 million.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recent Artifacts from Fort Lindley

Friends of the Laurens County Museum and the public are invited to a meeting Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at 5:00 pm, to view artifacts recently brought to light at Fort Lindley.  The artifacts were discovered by the Backcountry Diggers, a superb metal detecting club. This meeting will be at the new Laurens County Museum Witherspoon Building located at 116 S Public Square, Laurens, 29360.

 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Evacuation Orders Lifted for Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton Counties at 3:00 PM Today
In coordination with local officials, Governor Henry McMaster has lifted the evacuation orders for all residents in Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton counties, effective at 3:00 PM today, Thursday, September 5. 

At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry counties remain in effect as Hurricane Dorian continues to pose a threat to those areas. As the storm progresses, the governor will lift evacuation orders in coordination with local law enforcement and emergency management officials. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Town of Ninety Six to hold election Nov 5

On November 5, 2019 there will be an election held to fill one seat for each of the following offices; Mayor, Town Council Wards 2, 4, and 6, and CPW Commissioner.  The filing opened on August 23rd at noon and will close on September 6th at noon.   

Voters who are registered and reside within the Town of Ninety Six may file as a candidate for the office of Mayor or CPW.   Voters who reside within wards 2, 4, or 6 may file as a candidate for their respective ward.  


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Big Gun Robotics LLC Expanding Operations in Newberry County

Big Gun Robotics LLC, a robotic welding company that supplies heavy equipment manufacturers, is expanding its operations in Newberry County. The more than $3.6 million investment is creating 16 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 2014, Big Gun Robotics LLC services the business-to-business market in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. The company manufactures large steel assemblies for mining and heavy construction equipment like front loaders and excavators. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ranger Guided Battlefield Hike at Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, September 7, 2019

On Saturday September 7, 2019 Battle of 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.

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Flexible Technologies contributes to The Abbeville Promise
Flexible Technologies General Manager Jay Schlageter and HR Director Kristi Burriss present a check for $50,000 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The American Legion Family of Post 2 to celebrate 100th Anniversary

The American Legion Family of Post 2 is celebrating its 100th anniversary with two events. The events include a monument dedication honoring the founders of Post 2 on September 13th at 6pm. The American Legion state commander, Walt Richardson will join us in dedicating this centennial monument. This will be an event open to the public and we will have light refreshments afterwards in the Abbeville Veterans Foundation Building 200 Long Branch St in Abbeville (same locale).

 

Monday, August 26, 2019

WCFIBER brings faster internet to Newberry with construction of fiber-based network

Already known as one of the most charming small towns in the country, Newberry is poised to become one of its most connected, also, thanks to a fiber construction project currently underway by WCFIBER. When completed, the fiber network will provide unprecedented Internet speeds and reliability, dramatically improving the online experience for Newberry’s residents, businesses, and visitors.

 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hodges Hoedown & Fall Festival Sept 20 & 21

Come on out to a major fun time at this year’s Hodges Hoedown & Fall Festival on Friday, Sept 20 and Saturday, Sept 21 at the Hodges-Cokesbury Fire Department located at 4410 Main Street, Hodges SC.

Lots of activities this year including Live Music, Classic Car Cruise-In, Vendors, Carnival Rides and plenty of BBQ and other foods.

Click on the title for all the details and event schedule...


Friday, August 23, 2019

Multiple injured, one fatal vehicle accident

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.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Manley Garvin Contributes to the Abbeville Promise
Manley Garvin Representatives present a check for $5,000 to Abbeville Promise Gift Coordinator Lee Logan. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees. The goal for the campaign to endow the Abbeville Promise scholarship program is $1.2 million.

For more information about the Abbeville Promise or to donate contact the Freshwater Coast Foundation at 864-446-2773 or 
abbevillepromise@wctel.net.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Denver Downs Farm Nominated for USA Today's 10 Best Corn Mazes In The US

Voting is taking place until August 26th 

 

For the third year in a row, the corn maze at Denver Downs Farms in Anderson, SC has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. The family-owned and operated farms was selected from an expert panel as a Top 20 Corn Maze and contender for the 10 Best Corn Mazes, beating out 500 other mazes in the country. 


Voting takes place until August 26th at this link: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-corn-maze/

 

“We are thrilled to be selected again as one of the top mazes in the country and hope readers push us to the top of the list for 2019,” said Catherine Garrison Davis, Marketing Manager/ Co-Owner of Denver Downs. “This year’s theme of a moon walk is especially engaging and we can’t wait to open our farm up in the fall for families and people of all ages to enjoy the maze and farm activities and music.”

 

The 10-acre maze has a design theme every year and this season, the theme is “Celebrates 50 Years of the Moon Walk.”  Visitors will have fun finding their way through this labyrinth, while learning facts about the Moon Walk with information posted throughout the maze.  

 

Denver Downs Farms is no stranger to the 10 Best Corn Mazes in the country list. They have made the list twice - in 2016 and 2018 - and are only one of two corn mazes in the Southeast to be featured.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jeffery Tolbert Promoted at Burton Center
Jeffery Tolbert has been promoted to Director of Ware Shoals/Due West Operations for Burton Center.  Tolbert has been employed with Burton Center for 19 years. He has served as Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, Coordinator of the Supervised Living Program and Community Training Home II’s for 13 years.  He has served as Residential Recreator for six years. He is currently a MANDT Instructor, Internal Investigator, and Active Treatment Instructor.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Brad Cantrell joins Countybank as VP, SBA Business Development Officer

Countybank is pleased to welcome Brad Cantrell as Vice President, SBA Business Development Officer in Greenville. Cantrell comes to Countybank with extensive experience in banking, credit, and business development across the Upstate. 

Cantrell most recently served as Senior Credit Advisor with Oconee Federal where he developed and implemented a commercial lending platform and managed commercial and mortgage credit administration. He also served in executive-level credit roles during his 14 years with Greer State Bank. Cantrell holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Clemson University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Business Economics from Francis Marion University. He is also a South Carolina Bankers School graduate and holds a diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wally and Betty Jo Hall Contribute to the Abbeville Promise
Wally and Betty Jo Hall present a check for $2,500 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Andy Timmerman of Abbeville First Bank. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees. The goal for the campaign to endow the Abbeville Promise scholarship program is $1.2 million. For more information about the Abbeville Promise or to donate contact the Freshwater Coast Foundation at 864-446-2773 or  abbevillepromise@wctel.net.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Deputy Roger Rice Memorial Ride

The Deputy Roger Rice Ride-on Fund is excited to announce the 8th Annual Deputy Roger Rice Memorial Ride to honor fallen officers. The 8th Annual Deputy Roger Rice Memorial Ride will be hosted on September 15th, 2019 at Destination Powersports located at 23165 Hwy 76 E. Clinton, SC 29325 starting at 12:00 p.m.

There will be live music by Steele Justice, food, refreshments, raffles, vendors, auction, shirts, and so much more! Check-in starts at 12:00 p.m and bikes will leave at 2:00 p.m. It is $15.00 per bike. 

They are requesting coverage by representatives of newspaper companies, TV shows, radio stations, and free-lance journalists to give the 8th Annual Deputy Roger Rice Memorial Ride the needed exposure.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Anniversary of the Battle of Musgrove Mill Hike
Come out and join early in the morning on Monday, August 19 on the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Musgrove Mill for a special Ranger Guided Battlefield Hike. 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, August 5, 2019

Sisters In Action Ministry Annual Event
The Sisters In Action Ministry of Good Hope Baptist Church at 6516 Highway 25 North, Hodges, SC will have their annual program on Sunday, August 18th at 3pm. Dr. Regina Campbell from House of Reconciliation in Hodges, SC will be the guest speaker. Shawny Wright Davidson and Mad Music of Spartanburg, SC will be guest praise and worship leaders. 
Monday, August 5, 2019

1st Annual Revolutionary War Symposium
The American Revolution established The United States of America as a nation like no other.  The causes, personalities, and relationships impact our governance, perceptions, and attitudes still today.  This 1st Annual American Revolutionary War Symposium will focus on the American Revolution in South Carolina, a major, if not pivotal, site of war activities.  While directed to those with an existing interest the Revolution it will capture the interest of both the novice and the expert. On Saturday, October 5, Keynote Speaker John Buchanan, author of The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution , Dr. Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, along with John Beakes, Mrs. Peggy Picket, Dr. Jim Piecuch, and John Allison will participate in a day-long program providing insight on South Carolina and the American Revolution.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Battle of Musgrove Mill Anniversary Commemoration
On Saturday, August 17, 2019 the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will be hosting a commemoration of the 239th Anniversary of the August 19, 1780 Revolutionary War battle of Musgrove Mill. The commemoration will begin at 10:00 am and will be led by local chapters of the Children of the American Revolution with the support of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution. Following the commemoration there will be ice cream and light refreshments available. 
Friday, August 2, 2019

Love Letters at the Abbeville Opera House

The Final Production of the 40th Summer Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House!

The Abbeville Opera House is falling head over heels in love with A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa  and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew. This production will be the final play of the 40th Summer Theatre Season in Abbeville and the last production staged by long time Opera House director Michael Genevie.  

Genevie actually retired last year, but came out of retirement to helm his 40th Summer Season.  Given Genevie’s track record at the state theatre of South Carolina, it Is not surprising that he has decided to do something a little different with this production.  

Thanks to its simple staging, Gurney’s play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been performed in theater spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to Carnegie Hall and back again.  Genevie’s production will actually feature a different cast for each performance of the play.

“We are doing a limited run for this show,” says Genevie, and I wanted to involve some of the actors who have been instrumental in the development of the Opera House during my tenure.  For that reason, I have invited couples that our audiences have come to know and love from past productions over the years.”

The show opens on Friday, August 9 at 8pm with two veteran Opera House actors starring as Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd.  MaryAnne Campbell and Shelley Reid will be playing the roles for the opening night performance. Both are local veteran actors who have appeared on the Opera House stage many times. 

The Saturday performances at 3pm and 8pm on August 10 will be played by Betsy and Kenny Sanders. Now living in the New York City area, Kenny and Betsy have made a real impact on the Opera House, both on stage and backstage.  Both have appeared in many shows on the one hundred and eleven year old stage. Betsy has also served in the past as the Director of the Opera House Youth Theatre, and Kenny has designed and installed many technical improvements to the theatre over the years. They most recently appeared together in last summer’s production of Dearly Departed.  


Friday, August 2, 2019

Due West Lions Club Contributes To The Abbeville Promise
Due West Lions Club President Sandra Gettys along with Lions Dr. Jo Ann Griffith, Dr. Jim Gettys, Eleanor Logan, and Lee Logan present a check for $5,000 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ugly Produce is Coming to SC

So excited to share that Misfits Market – the ugly produce brand that’s leading the charge to create a waste-free world by rescuing “ugly” fruits and vegetables and delivering directly them to consumers’ homes is coming to every zip code in South Carolina!

Misfits Market is officially taking over the East Coast by expanding to DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina! With over $1 trillion of food is wasted each year due to not meeting “beauty” standards, Misfits is helping to make fresh, organic produce more accessible and affordable for consumers. Boxes are sent weekly or bi-weekly and sizes can be customized based on your household size!


Monday, July 29, 2019


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