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home : news : lakelands & beyond March 20, 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

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

Spring Art Gala Artist Registration Begins

The Ware Shoals Community Library has opened registration for the 2019 Spring Art Gala.  In our 6th year, the event displays original artwork in a variety of styles and media.  The event offers a platform for artists to display their work while developing increased art appreciation.  It is also a chance for patrons to experience and meet the local talent within our community. Art is in the eye of the beholder and goes beyond a canvas and an easel.


Thursday, February 14, 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

Special Olympics holds special place in SCDNR officer's heart

This past Wednesday, officers from different law enforcement agencies around the state gathered at the State House for a photo op, which kicked off the 2019 S.C. Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics--an event that happens nationwide to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics.

Representing the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in the run are Cpt. Karen Swink, Sgt. Raquel Salter and 1st Sgt. Earl Pope.

Swink said, for her, this is another way to spread positivity.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Future apartment complexes have Ninety Six residents talking

Soon after one new apartment complex is completed, residents of Ninety Six become aware of plans to build two more inside the town, and it's creating concerns.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Donation to Due West Robotics Club Honors FCCF Board Member
The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF) donated $1,000 to the Due West Robotics Club in Honor of Lee W. Logan. The funds came from the WCTEL Abbeville County Donor Advised Funds as a way of thanking Lee for his work assisting FCCF. Lee said “I really appreciate the gift in my honor especially knowing it came from the WCTEL Donor Advised Fund account. 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Two killed in moped accident in Laurens

According to SC Highway Patrol, two people died after their moped struck a car on Torrington Road in Laurens County yesterday around 6:30 p.m.

Troopers reported that the two on the moped were not wearing helmets and were ejected.  Names have not been released from the Coroner's office.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

WS man arrested for smoking pot with teen

On Jan 15, 2019 Ware Shoals Police arrested a man after receiving a tip that he was inside a residence doing drugs with someone underage.

Jeremy Allen Fleming, 36 of 38 Dairy St, Ware Shoals, SC was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Newberry man arrested for murder

Jonathan Conrad Dawkins, 31, of 2322 Eleanor Street in Newberry has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for a homicide that took place on Monday, January 7, 2019.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Town of Ninety Six Receives Community Change Grant from America Walks

The Town of Ninety Six is honored to receive one of the 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019.  This grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members.  Since its beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the US.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Ninety Six Police investigates school threat on social media

The Ninety Six Police received a call this morning around 7:30 a.m. concerning a threat posted on social media concerning the Ninety Six Schools.  The Ninety Six Police along with Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate the threat immediately. As a result, they determined that there was no threat to any of the students attending Ninety Six Schools.

However this incident does involve students but the names will not be released as they are juveniles.  The School will follow their protocol for the situation.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hodges man arrested after high speed chase from Ninety Six

Hodges man led Ninety Six Police and other law enforcement on a nine mile, high speed chase before crashing into a Greenwood County Sheriff Deputy’s patrol car.

Gary Barker Plake III of 1322 Nation Road, Hodges SC was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, expired vehicle license, DUS, reckless driving, possession of heroin, possession of fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Newberry Police investigating shooting incident
The Newberry Police Department responded to an incident at the corner of Glenn and Adelaide Streets this afternoon. One victim sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso and was transported to Parkridge Trauma Center in Columbia. 

The Newberry Police Department, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are working the scene at this time. Updates to follow. This is believed to be an isolated event and law enforcement does not feel the community is in danger at this time.

Monday, January 7, 2019

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