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home : news : lakelands & beyond March 21, 2018

Congressman Jeff Duncan files for re-election for Third Congressional District

Laurens, SC--South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan filed for re-election on Friday, at the South Carolina Elections Commission Headquarters in Columbia:

"Over the past year, we have seen a dramatic turnaround in our country. Jobs are being created, tax reform is letting people keep more of their hard earned money and making the United States more competitive abroad, our military is being rebuilt, government regulations are being cut, and our immigration laws are finally being enforced. We've come a long way in a short period of time, but we still have a long way to go. It's important that we have representatives in Washington who will work with President Trump to Keep Making America Great! That is why I filed today to run for re-election to Congress."

"I have been humbled by the trust the people of the Third District have placed in me over the past several years to be their voice in Washington. I hope to continue to fight on their behalf for limited government, free markets, and individual liberties, and do everything possible to build on the progress we have made over the past year."

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ecomelida Launching Its First North American Operations in Orangeburg County
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ecomelida, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation, today announced plans to locate its first North American operations in Orangeburg County. The $52 million investment is projected to create 200 new jobs.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Scott Leads Bipartisan Effort to Curb Children's Identity Theft

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and a bipartisan group of cosponsors introduced the Protecting Children From Identity Theft Act, legislation that will help prevent children’s identity being stolen by a type of theft known as “synthetic ID fraud.” A recent study found that one in every ten children had their Social Security Number (SSN) used by someone else to fraudulently open bank accounts or credit card accounts, negatively impacting a child’s credit before they even become adults. Original cosponsors of the bill include Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Gary Peters (D-MI).


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Holy City Brewing Expanding Charleston County Operations

Holy City Brewing, a craft brewery based out of Charleston, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. The company is expected to create 15 new jobs.

Established in 2011, Holy City Brewing is a craft brewery that creates handcrafted ales and lagers with a 15-barrel (bbl) system. Featuring a full taproom, kitchen and state-of-the-art brewing operation, Holy City has become a staple in the South Carolina craft brewing industry.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Boil Water Advisory in Ware Shoals

A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the Town of Ware Shoals Water Customers who were affected by the main water line break that occurred today Monday, March 5, 2018.   You are asked to boil your water for 2-3 minutes before using it.

This includes the following areas: Pinehills Subdivision – (Audubon Rd., Aspiring Dr., & Austell Rd.), Green Acres Drive, Smith Street Ext. and Joe Oulla Road. 

This advisory is in effect until further notice.

Monday, March 5, 2018

SC Senator calling for tougher penalties for hit-&-run offenders

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senator Tom Corbin, R-Greenville, today introduced legislation to increase penalties on drivers who leave the scene of an accident, including the addition of mandatory minimum sentences for those whose actions resulted in an injury to the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Currently, there are no mandatory minimums for these sentences.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Laurens pedophile sentenced to 25 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Laurens man will spend the next 25 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls under the age of 12.

Tito Olan Marin, 42, entered guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon at the Laurens County Courthouse, after his case was called to trial by the State, on two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Summit of Law Enforcement, Educators, and School Crisis Experts to Discuss School Safety

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today announced that he will be hosting, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Law Center and the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, an open forum with representatives from the law enforcement community, educators, mental health experts, and experts in the field of school crisis prevention to discuss best practices for keeping South Carolina schools and children safe.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SC Gov signs order allowing State Guard to patrol prisons

In another effort to ensure the security of South Carolina’s correctional facilities by reducing contraband, Governor Henry McMaster today signed Executive Order 2018-10, which establishes a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the South Carolina State Guard and empowers the State Guard to assist SCDC with additional manpower in patrolling the exterior of correction facilities and fence towers.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NAACP Files Suit against Myrtle Beach for Racially Discriminatory Practices during Black Bike Week

February 27, 2018 – The National NAACP, the Myrtle Beach Branch of the NAACP and three individuals filed a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina alleging that the City of Myrtle Beach and the City of Myrtle Beach Police Department discriminate against African-American tourists.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Deadly crash in Laurens claims life of Lander student

A teenager and local college student was killed in a single vehicle accident that occurred last night around 11:30 p.m. at the William T. Jones III Bridge on Hwy 25 near Ware Shoals. 

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vicki Cheek said James Logan Lusk, 19 of Pickens did at the scene.  Lusk was also a student at Lander University.

According to SCHP, Lusk was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang when he lost control and struck a guardrail and the William T. Jones III monument.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Student arrested after posting social media threat toward Saluda Middle School

On Thursday evening, February 22nd at approximately 7:00pm the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office received a report from concerned citizens about a social media post.  


Friday, February 23, 2018

U.S. Army Veteran to Receive a Mortgage-Free Home in Boiling Springs

U.S. Bank, in conjunction with Freedom Alliance, is presenting the keys to a newly-renovated, mortgage-free home to medically retired Army Sgt. Aaron Hillis on Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. Located at 426 Portifino Court, this is the eleventh home donated jointly by U.S. Bank and Freedom Alliance, a charitable organization which provides support to injured service members and military families.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Leath's SCCA Chapter Delivers Valentine's Goodies
The Leath SCCA Chapter decided to spread a little love on Valentine's Day. Warden Patricia Yeldell and Major Carter delivered bags of goodies with a Valentine's Bear, candy, Paw Patrol Coloring book and crayons, and a paw patrol cup. 

Warden Yeldell and Major Carter delivered bags to the Pediatric floor of Self Regional Hospital, pediatric patients in the Emergency Room area of Self Regional Hospital, and Phoenix Place Housing Authority. 

The children were really excited to receive the gifts! One parent even said that she was not able to buy the child anything for Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. Expanding Its Aiken County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Aiken County. The company’s $15.7 million investment in Aiken County complements a $15.9 million expansion in Orangeburg County and $76 million expansion in Calhoun County, both of which were announced over the last several weeks. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 51 new jobs in Aiken, S.C.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Signs H.3653 into Law

Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by members of the business community and members of the General Assembly for a bill signing ceremony for H.3653, a bill protecting South Carolina companies from being found a public or private nuisance if they are following all pertinent laws, licensing regulations, and local ordinances. The bill is expected to spur economic growth, attract further investment in South Carolina’s communities, and create more jobs for the people of the state.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Davis & Floyd wins Engineering Excellence Award over bridge replacement in Aiken

During the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) Engineering Excellence Awards gala, Davis & Floyd, Inc. was named an ACEC Finalist and received an Engineering Excellence Award for their work on the S-31 (York Street) bridge replacement in Aiken, South Carolina.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Abbeville Opera House holds auditions for upcoming plays

The Abbeville Opera House will have auditions for the next production of the Winter Theatre Season, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, directed by Michael Genevie.  The Wind in the Willows is one of the most celebrated works of classic literature.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

SC Counties boldly sue drug companies over opioid crises

Several SC Counties are charting new territory as they file suit against pharmaceutical companies and physicians over the opioid crises.  According to the, this is a first of its kind in South Carolina as counties are trying to get a handle on the opioid crisis.  Click here to see their article on this situation.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mr. Rogers to be featured on Forever Stamps

Mr. Rogers fans will be excited to see the US Postal Service honor him soon on Forever Stamps.  They will dedicate the new stamp on Friday, March 23.

Fred Rogers, born 1928 became the beloved television neighbor to generations of children.  His groundbreaking public television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. Expanding its Orangeburg County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C.  Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), Inc., a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The company’s $15.9 million investment in Orangeburg complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 20 new jobs in Orangeburg.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Newberry Sheriff issues warning on facebook video depicting child pornography
The Newberry County Sheriff’s has received reports of a video being shared through “Facebook” that depicts what appears to be child pornography with a very young child engaged in a sexual act with an adult male. This video surfaced and has gone viral in a short period of time. 
Monday, February 5, 2018

Newberry Sheriff rounding up suspects for drugs & weapon charges
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry Police Department, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, State Law Enforcement, Probation, Pardon, and Parole, and ATF began a drug round up of suspects sought for selling illegal drugs, possessing illegal drugs, and possessing weapons Tuesday afternoon.
Monday, February 5, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Reappoints SLED Chief Mark Keel

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today announced his decision to reappoint South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel. Having first been appointed to the position by Governor Nikki Haley in June of 2011, Chief Keel’s distinguished law enforcement career spans over 40 years.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

FOMAS, Inc. Growing Existing York County Operations
COLUMBIA, S.C. – FOMAS, Inc., a custom manufacturer of seamless rolled rings, is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in York County. The $2.5 million investment is expected to create more than 10 new jobs in the coming years.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

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