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home : news : lakelands & beyond June 25, 2017



Two men arrested in connection to Roche Pharmacy burglary in Whitmire
Two men are in custody and will be charged later today with the burglary that occurred at Roche Pharmacy in Whitmire. 

The two men became suspects when deputies and the owners reviewed video footage from the pharmacy from the earlier in the day on the day of the burglary and saw them in the store acting suspiciously. Investigators have been attempting to locate them since Tuesday. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lights on the Lake to feature fireworks & The Jake Bartley Band

On Saturday, July 1st, the region’s largest patriotic fireworks display will ring, thunder and boom over Lake Greenwood, SC as the Connect Lake Greenwood’s 4th Annual Lights on the Lake Independence Day Celebration, comes to life from Fellowship Camp & Conference Center.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Greenwood Students Receive Countybank Scholarship at Lander University

Lander University business administration majors Emily Rodgers, left, of Ninety Six, and Cora Foshee, right, of Greenwood, have been awarded the Countybank Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Renovated pool facility dedicated in honor of Winnie Phillips

Erskine’s renovated pool facility was dedicated in honor of Winnie Morrison Phillips, Erskine alumna and former alumni director, in an outdoor ceremony Saturday, June 10. Phillips, who graduated in 1941, and a number of her family members and friends were present for the occasion.

Vice President for Alumni and Advancement Buddy Ferguson said Phillips was delighted.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Softbox Systems Launching U.S. And Canadian Headquarters In Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Softbox Systems, an international temperature-control packaging provider, today announced it is expanding its Greenville County operations to house its U.S. and Canadian headquarters. To accommodate its rapid growth, the company is projected to create 70 new jobs. 

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ivan Parker Concert

Gospel award winning artist Ivan Parker will be in a love offering concert on Sunday, July 2 at 7:30pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Ware Shoals. Ivan has made numerous appearances on Bill Gaither's Homecoming videos and has been named soloist of the year 14 times by the Singing News fan awards.  

Come enjoy an evening of great gospel music. The church is located on Hwy 252 between Ware Shoals and Honea Path.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Suspects sought in burglary of pharmacy in Whitmire
The Whitmire Police Department and Newberry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary to Roche Pharmacy in Whitmire.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Country Star Aaron Tippin to headline Festival of Stars

Widely known for major hits like “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio”, “You’ve Got To Stand For Something” and “Kiss This”; Aaron Tippin is set to take to the stage as the main entertainment during the 2017 Festival of Stars in Ninety Six SC.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

SC Highway Patrol Graduates 39 Troopers

The South Carolina Highway Patrol recently held graduation ceremonies for 39 troopers from its Highway Patrol Basic Class 101.  

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke to graduates on behalf of Gov. Henry McMaster and read a letter to the graduates from the Governor.

“Leadership is not about the perks and privileges that come with it. It is about service,” Wilson told the graduates. “It is about serving those who are subordinate to you. You are public servants now … I appreciate the level of commitment you have gone through to be in this room today. I am here today to tell you thank you.”


Friday, June 16, 2017

DSS Names New Laurens County Director

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) named Avery Martin as Director of Laurens County DSS on May 18, 2017.  Martin replaces Kenneth McBride, Newberry County Director, who served as interim for Laurens from May 2016 until May 17, 2017.

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

282nd Brass Band to Play Patriotic and Period Music

Ninety Six National Historic Site will host a free, family friendly “Military Life: Living History” event followed by the 282nd Brass Band from Fort Jackson this Saturday, June 17.  These events remember the siege of Ninety Six that took place from May 22 to June 18, 1781.

During the longest field siege of the Revolutionary War the Patriot troops under the command of Major General Nathanael Greene attempted to capture the Star Fort and the town of Ninety Six.  At the end of the siege on June 18, fifty Patriot volunteers, known as the Forlorn Hope, charged the Star Fort.  After less than an hour of fighting Greene called off the attack, the losses had been devastating as thirty of the men were dead or wounded.


Friday, June 16, 2017

John de la Howe President Retires
Following nine years of service at John de la Howe School—the past three as President—Dr. Danny R. Webb (center) marked his retirement during ceremonies held Friday afternoon at the 220-year-old school. 
Monday, June 12, 2017

SC Law Enforcement Officers participated in Justice Department's Officer Safety Training
More than one hundred officers from federal, state, county, local and tribal law enforcement agencies from across the state participated in the Department of Justice’s VALOR Training this week. The VALOR Training program, which is provided by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is designed for frontline law enforcement to promote officer safety and to help prevent the injuries and deaths of law enforcement officers and the people they serve. 
Friday, June 9, 2017

Davis & Floyd welcomes six engineering students for cooperative and internship summer program

Davis & Floyd Inc. is pleased to welcome six engineering students to the firm’s summer 2017 co-op and internship program. The program, for civil engineering majors, provides students the opportunity to gain educational hands-on experience while exposing them to various engineering disciplines.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Laurens man sentenced to 45 years in prison for 2016 murder of Laurens High School student

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Monday that a Laurens man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the brutal 2016 killing of 17-year-old Edwin Diaz.

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

SC Festival of Flowers Arts & Crafts Show This Weekend!
One of the most celebrated summer festivals in South Carolina, Greenwood’s SC Festival of Flowers, will host the Arts & Crafts Show at the Greenwood Uptown Market at 220 Maxwell Street on June 2 and 3. 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

March of Dimes Welcomes Ashley Wendt as Maternal Child Health Director for South Carolina
The March of Dimes is pleased to announce that Ashley Wendt will serve as Maternal Child Health Director for South Carolina. Most recently Ms. Wendt was the Chief Strategy and Analytics Officer at MHP Salud, a small national nonprofit. Previous experience includes supporting community health programming in the states and abroad; serving as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, evaluating HIV/AIDS programs with the United Nations Development Programme in Belize, and managing MCH programs across multiple states.  
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hodges Elementary wins 2017 Wellness Award

Greenwood School District 50 has a district full of healthy schools, but on Monday, May 22nd, Hodges Elementary School was named as the healthiest.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Piedmont Tech Students Win Writing Award

Piedmont Technical College has announced the winners of the English department’s annual writing contest.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Deanna Wilbanks named the 2016 Deacon Livingston Award Recipient
The Deacon Livingston Award is presented to an employee from any division, whether commissioned or civilian, who goes the extra mile and exemplifies humanitarian qualities and assistance to the public. This nominee does extra to assist others in their jobs, making others’ jobs easier, and making the public more at ease. When considered for this award, extra effort placed in one’s job, in addition to the help offered to other employees, was a major factor. A good positive attitude was also considered when being nominated for this award. Finally, service to the community and performance outside the Sheriff’s Office was also considered. 
Friday, May 26, 2017

Ninety Six High School supports Greenwood Soup Kitchen

The library club encourages current members of the club to choose a local organization to support in the community.

Pictured from left to right: Jacqueline Arnold Rapp- Library Club Advisor, Norm Fawcett- Greenwood Soup Kitchen Representative and Marissa Floyd- Library Club President


Thursday, May 25, 2017

NAACP to monitor Myrtle Beach for discriminatory practices during Black Bike Week

The NAACP will conduct Operation Bike Week Justice to monitor discriminatory practices in Myrtle Beach during Black Bike Week—the annual Memorial Day weekend gathering of African-American motorcycle enthusiasts. Throughout the weekend, the NAACP South Carolina State Conference, local branch leadership, and NAACP member volunteers will be observing police activity and treatment of black tourists, and the practices of local businesses, watching traffic patterns and fielding calls.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lander ready for full day of eclipse activities

Greenwood is one of many U.S. cities in the path of a rare coast-to-coast solar eclipse coming on August 21 – and Lander University will be a prime place to witness it.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dollar General now open in Abbeville

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – May 22, 2017 – Dollar General’s newest store at 5827 Highway 28 N in Abbeville is now open!  In its new location, Dollar General will offer area residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.

Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening on Saturday, May 27 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals.  Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples, among other giveaways.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rhodes receives Epsilon Gamma Gamma scholarship

Ninety Six High School senior Lauren Rhodes received a $1,000 scholarship from the Epsilon Gamma Gamma Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 

Pictured is Laurens Rhodes along with Willie Forest (left) – Basileus Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Rev. Leshown Goodwin – Team Captain for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity of Greenwood County.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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