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home : news : lakelands & beyond May 22, 2018



West Hodges Elementary School Reunion

As a cool breeze came through the front door of the Hodges-Cokesbury Fire Department on Sunday, April 29, students from the West Hodges Elementary School greeted each other with warm handshakes and long hugs.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Fatal vehicle accident claims life of Ninety Six man

A fatal accident occurred this morning on Siloam Church Road around 5:44 a.m. this morning. Daryl Luke McCarthy, 29 of 201 Pinelake Drive, Ninety Six SC died at the scene according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox. 

Report says McCarthy was traveling on Siloam Church Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple objects before coming to a stop.  McCarthy was the only person in the vehicle.

 


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Newberry Sheriff seeks public's help investigating 3 church burglaries in the Pomaria community

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance to solve three burglaries to churches located in the Pomaria section of Newberry County.

Sometime between 8pm Tuesday night and 8am Wednesday morning, someone entered and burglarized three churches. The suspect(s) entered the churches by forcing their way into the church. Once inside the church, the suspects took electronic equipment, food, and a small amount of money. Law enforcement is still working with the victims to place a dollar amount on the items taken
“This is a heinous crime,” said Sheriff Foster. “I was raised and still believe that churches are both sacred and Holy and to break into and steal from them is to steal directly from God. We will make every effort to apprehend and prosecute the person(s) responsible for this crime and I stand convinced that the God who never slumbers or sleeps has seen and is at work as well.” 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Designates the Month of May as Military Spouse Appreciation Month

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by S.C. Adjutant General Robert Livingston and South Carolina military families to designate the month of May as Military Spouse Appreciation Month.

“South Carolina has a rich military tradition that we are proud of, but those brave men and women who choose to serve don’t serve alone - they leave behind families and spouses that truly serve as the backbone of our military forces,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We thank these spouses and their families for their support they provide our men and women in uniform because, without them, our country and our state would not be as strong as it is today.”


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fatal accident on Hwy 25 Hodges
A fatal accident occurred on Hwy 25 in Hodges SC today around 12:44 p.m.  A passenger of a vehicle involved died at the scene. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Suspect in vehicle theft arrested, vehicle located
The man who stole a truck from a convenience store in Newberry County yesterday morning is in custody and the truck has been located. 

Johnathan Wade McAbee, 32, of 526 Woodruff Street, Woodruff SC was taken into custody in North, South Carolina by the North Police Department overnight. He was still driving the stolen truck from Newberry County when he was arrested. The truck was recovered and he was taken into custody without incident.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Suspect sought in vehicle theft string in Newberry
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating a suspect involved in a string of crimes starting in the upstate, who stole a truck from a convenience store located on Highway 121 at the intersection of I-26 in Newberry County.

The suspect went into the convenience store at about 3am and remained for some time. At around 5am, the suspect went out to a vehicle, whose owner had left the keys in the vehicle, and stole it. This vehicle is a 1988 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck with South Carolina license plate DHT139. The suspect left in an unknown direction of travel.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Laurens Sings 2018 kicks off their 2nd season

Laurens, SC - The City of Laurens Parks and Recreation Dept. announced last week the second season of Laurens Sings to be held during the summer of 2018.

Laurens Sings is a singing competition, open to ages 8 and up.

Laurens Sings will include the top 15 finalists after auditions are completed. Open auditions will be held on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm and Saturday, May 12 at 10am. All auditions will be held at The Ridge at Laurens.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Breezy Quarters Receives National Recognition as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE
Breezy Quarters earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application describing what makes their business one of the best small businesses in their community.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Murrells Inlet man sentenced to 50 years in prison for VFW murder

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday that a 15-year journey for justice in the brutal killing of 76-year-old James Bolt at the Laurens County Veterans of Foreign Wars building came to and when the killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison following a trial at the Laurens County Judicial Complex.

 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Koon graduates SC Criminal Justice Academy
Congratulations to their most recent graduate of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Deputy Sheriff Kayla M. Koon, of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.

Kayla recently completed and graduated from a 12 Week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program term at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy as a member of Class #679, and is now a commissioned Class I Certified S.C. Law Enforcement Officer.
A lifetime resident of Newberry County, Kayla began working with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer with the Newberry County Detention Center in 2017.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gov McMaster suspends Greenville County Sheriff Lewis, appoints former Sheriff

Immediately following the indictment of Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis, Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2018-15, suspending Lewis from office and appointing former Greenville County Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown to serve as interim sheriff until Lewis is acquitted, convicted, the indictment is otherwise disposed of, or until a sheriff is elected and qualifies in the next general election for county sheriffs.

Brown, who served as Greenville County Sheriff for six terms beginning in 1972, most recently served as South Carolina’s U.S. marshal when he was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Solicitor's Office seeking Juvenile Arbitration volunteers

The Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office is seeking officers for its Community Juvenile Arbitration Program, a program aimed at helping first-time juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions and avoid the juvenile justice system.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Two die in motorcycle crash

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, two people were killed in a single motorcycle accident in Newberry County early this morning around 2 a.m.

 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ware Shoals Community Library Spring Art Gala
Calling All Artists and Photographers:
Submission Deadline is Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Ware Shoals Community Library will be taking registration for the Annual Art Gala from April 24-27. If you paint, draw, enjoy photography or other craft, come share your work with other local artists. You may register by calling the Ware Shoals Community Library at (864) 456-2813.

Spring Art Gala:
Tuesday, April 24, 6:00 - 7:00PM
Featuring work of local artists and some very talented students. Light refreshments will be served.

Spring Art Displays:
Wednesday, April 25 through Friday, April 27, 2018
Creative work from the Art Gala will be on display in the Ware Shoals Community Library April 25-27.  Stop by anytime during regular Library hours and enjoy viewing the work from local artists

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Region Two (Lakelands) named State Transport Police District of the Year on DUI Efforts

COLUMBIA – The SC Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) recognized law enforcement officers and agencies today for their efforts in 2017 to enforce the state’s DUI laws and remove impaired drivers from South Carolina roadways.

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Region Transportation Leaders Discuss Highway Safety, Other Topics in Meeting at USCOG

Making local highways safer and saving some road construction costs were topics Tuesday when regional transportation leaders met at the Upper Savannah Council of Governments office.

“The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all the regional players involved in improving the transportation systems in the Upper Savannah Council of Governments (USCOG) region,” said USCOG Government Services Director Rick Green.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lonza Opens World's Largest Dedicated Cell-and-Gene-Therapy Manufacturing Facility in Pearland, Greater Houston, TX (USA)
Pearland, Greater Houston, TX (USA), 10 April 2018 – Lonza today is opening the world’s largest dedicated cell-and-gene-therapy facility, which was built in anticipation of the rising demand from developers of cell and gene therapies – the next era in medicine – and with the mission of enabling them to deliver these types of treatments to patients around the world more quickly and efficiently.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Long-time crack dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Monday that a Cherokee County crack dealer was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison following a trial at the Newberry County Courthouse.

Reginald Rodezere Scurry, 42, of Gaffney, was found guilty Thursday of trafficking crack cocaine, 28-100 grams, third offense, and failure to stop for blue light following the trial. A Newberry County jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning the guilty verdicts.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Deputy fatally injured in vehicle accident while responding to a call

Saluda County Sheriff’s Office lost one of their decorated deputies early this morning in a vehicle accident while responding to a serious call.

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

SC DSS Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each April, the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) joins Children’s Trust of South Carolina, the state’s affiliate organization for Prevent Child Abuse America, and other statewide and local leaders in acknowledging Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

WCTEL's donation to John De La Howe school allows for further improvement
For the third year in a row, WCTEL has matched the sum of the Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Due West, and McCormick Lions Club contribution to John De La Howe School Foundation.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tracy Lawrence to headline SC Festival of Stars
Just announced, Tracy Lawrence will headline this years SC Festival of Stars in Ninety Six, SC.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Shooting in Ninety Six, one person injured

Multiple law enforcement officers responded to a shooting in Ninety Six where one person was shot and transported to Self Regional Healthcare.         

 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Several locations evacuated after receiving bomb threats

Several locations in Laurens and Newberry investigated bomb threats including Laurens County Hospital, Palmetto Bone and Joint, Laurens County Courthouse and the Self Medical Center in Newberry.

Each location was evacuated and local law agencies along with SLED investigated each location and finally gave the all clear after not finding any devices.


Thursday, March 29, 2018


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