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home : news : lakelands & beyond May 21, 2019

Voters elect Chapman & Green to District 52 Board

Of the five running for Ninety Six School Board of Trustees, Jeff Chapman and Bryan Green were the two elected to the School Board on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Green received 443 votes and Chapman 266.  

Others that ran were Richard Jones 173, Rickey Werts 161 and DeMarco Williams 30.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Repeat domestic abuser sentenced to 20 years for violent assault

An Abbeville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday morning after changing his plea to guilty on the day his trial was to begin in connection to a 2018 incident in which he attacked a woman with a box cutter, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Tuesday.

Robert Lamont Bryant, 41, pleaded guilty to a charge of domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Jury selection in the trial was set to begin Tuesday.

Circuit Judge Roger M. Young Sr. then handed down a 20-year prison sentence to Bryant, which is the maximum sentence under state law for the offense.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

JUUL Labs, Inc. Investing Over $125 Million in Lexington County Operations

JUUL Labs, Inc. today announced plans to invest more than $125 million in a new assembly facility in Lexington County. This investment is expected to help create more than 500 new jobs to support the assembly operations.

JUUL Labs was established to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes. Since launching in 2015, the company has maintained a commitment to keeping all tobacco products, including JUUL products, out of the hands of youth. The company stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULpods to all of its traditional retail store partners in 2018.

The Lexington County operations will assemble and package JUUL products using advanced production techniques. Operations are expected to come online this summer, and those interested in job opportunities should contact Randstad or Aerotek.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Four NSHS Students chosen to attend Boys State

Congratulations to the following young men for being chosen to attend The American Legion Boys State. Young men who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community are considered. These young men will attend sessions June 9 –June 15 @ Anderson University.  These young men were sponsored by American Legion Post 103, The Ninety Six Lion’s Club and The Masonic Lodge 47 of Ninety Six.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary
John G. Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary on May 4, 2019, in it's 182 year history.  Christian Stewardship. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I Am Redeemed visits Abbeville Nursing Home

I am Redeemed, Inc, “a Ministry for ALL  people” visited Abbeville Nursing Home on Saturday, April 20, 2019 spreading joy and love by furnishing  gift bags for every resident.

It's always a special treat when residents at the nursing home have special guest.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Abbeville County Contributes to The Abbeville Promise

Abbeville County Director David Garner, Chairman Harold Prince, Vice Chairman Kristi Smith, and Councilmembers Charles Goodwin, John Calhoun, Rick Campbell, Jason Bonds, and Drew Simpson present a check for $25,000 to Abbeville Promise co-chair Andy Timmerman of Abbeville First Bank.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

'God is good in all circumstances,' Andrew Brunson tells Erskine graduates

Erskine College and Theological Seminary honored graduating students May 4 during a morning celebration under the towers of the Erskine Building. A highlight of the ceremony was an address by Erskine Seminary graduate Dr. Andrew Brunson, a pastor and missionary who came to the attention of the media when he was imprisoned in Turkey for two years beginning in 2016.

Brunson began by honoring the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination in which he was brought up and expressing thanks for the prayer support he received during his incarceration. “It was a wave of prayer that brought me out of Turkey,” he said.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Billy and Kathy Bauman contribute to The Abbeville Promise

Billy and Kathy Bauman of Abbeville present a check for $10,000 to Abbeville Promise campaign 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.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Motorcyclist fatally injured in Laurens

According to the SCHP, a motorcyclist was was fatally injured in Laurens County after being struck by another vehicle.  The accident occured off a private road as the motorcyclist was entering Harris Springs Road. SCHP continues to investigate the accident

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NSHS supports American Cancer Society
Ninety Six High School is a proud sponsor of Relay for Life, supporting The American Cancer Society. Way to go Ninety Six High School they raised $2,371.76. They want to everyone who supported the cause.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Mumford Industries Upgrades Increase Plastic Recycling / Reprocessing Capacity

Mumford Industries Inc. a recycler and reprocessor of industrial plastic scrap recently completed phase 2 of their 2019 upgrades by installing an enhanced metal detection system to further improve their ability to remove metals from plastics processed in the facility.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

NS Historical Society invites everyone to their events

The Ninety Six Historical Society will be hosting the following events. All events are free to the public and will be held on the 4th Sunday at 3 pm at the Ninety Six Visitor Center, 97 Main Street (next to the fountain), Ninety Six, SC 29666. Light refreshments will be served.

The society is a non-profit 501 3 (c). Photos are attached to the email.

May 26th- 3 pm  Ninety Six and Greenwood Cotton Mill Looines (Mill Money)

The society will host guest speaker Tony Chibbaro, a coin dealer from Columbia,SC. Mr Chibbaro will present a video on looines from both mills and answer questions.The presentation is free and the public is welcome. Light refreshments served.

June 23rd- 3 pm- Ninety Six Picture Video Show

The society will present a video compilation of various town photos from throughout the years. The presentation is free and the public welcome. Light refreshments served.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

HopeSouth Credit Union contributes to The Abbeville Promise
HopeSouth Credit Union CEO Faye Crocker and Board Members Mark Hall (President), Shannon Sears (Vice President), Deborah Ayers (Secretary), and Fran Anderson (Treasurer) present a check for $100,000 to Abbeville Promise Campaign 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. 

Tuesday, 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

Monday, March 18, 2019

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