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home : news : lakelands & beyond January 20, 2017

Ninety Six School District hosting Meet & Greet Superintendent Finalist

Ninety Six School District residents are invited to upcoming community drop-ins to meet the three finalist for school district’s Superintendent position.

The three finalist are: Rex Ward - Principal at the Ninety Six High School, Julie Fowler Ph.D. – Deputy State Superintendent for College and Career Readiness and David Pitts Ph.D, - Assistant Superintendent of Laurens County School District 56.

The community drop-in will be held at the Edgewood Middle School from 5 to 6 pm with Fowler Jan 23, Pitts Jan 24 and Ward on Jan 25.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Self Regional Healthcare Home Health Services Expanding to Newberry County

Self Regional Healthcare is extending its Home Health services into Newberry County. Self Regional applied for and was awarded a Certificate of Need by the state of South Carolina due to a desire and need for its home care services in this particular county. Referrals will be accepted starting Monday, January 23.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Newberry Sheriff seeks help identifying burglary & assault suspect
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in identifying and locating a man wanted for burglary and assault on the homeowner. 

On January 12, 2017, at around 1:30pm, the homeowner returned home and entered his residence on Green Meadows Drive. When he entered his home, a suspect, who was hiding behind door inside the home, assaulted the victim as he entered the residence. The suspect grabbed the victim’s cell phone and fled the residence. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Newberry man sentenced to life without parole in connection to murder, robbery

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Tuesday that a Newberry man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in a 2015 armed robbery that led to the shooting death of a local business owner.  Kenny Octavious Ruff was found guilty of murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in connection to the incident. A Newberry County jury deliberated for about two hours before returning the guilty verdicts around 7 p.m. Friday evening.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

USFibers Expanding Edgefield County Manufacturing Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – USFibers, a manufacturer of recycled polyester fiber, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Edgefield County. The company intends to create more than 20 jobs to accommodate its continued growth and expand its product offerings.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gov. Nikki Haley Honors Clemson University National Football Champions
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley ordered a Clemson University flag be flown over the Statehouse on Tuesday, January 10, in honor of the Tigers' national football championship.

"I'm a proud Clemson alum, I'm a proud governor, and I'm a proud South Carolinian," the governor said. "Clemson showed their heart and humility throughout the entire season, and in an unforgettable national championship victory, they reminded us that, with faith and hard work, anything is possible. That's what defines South Carolina."

Previous national championship teams honored with flags flown over the Statehouse include: Clemson University football (1981), University of South Carolina baseball (2010, 2011) and Coastal Carolina University baseball (2016).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Police chase ends after car crashes through ballfield

A car chase started this morning around 10 a.m. after Greenwood County Sheriff Deputy saw a vehicle run a stop sign at West Main and Johnston Road.  As the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, the suspect refused to stop. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Building On Change

Thomas Earl McClinton, a senior at Ninety Six High School, aims to do just that with his senior project this year.

McClinton would like to give back to a program that has thought him so much. He has been an active member of the 4-H since 2006. Through this program he has not only shown Market Swine, goats and chickens, he has gained confidence, leadership skills and the importance of giving back.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Residents Should Prepare for Winter Weather

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain for much of the state beginning Friday evening and lasting through Saturday.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Saluda man arrested for assaulting family member
A man from Saluda was arrested by Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office on reports that he had visited a relative’s house, got into an argument, then slapped and choked the female victim. 
Friday, December 30, 2016

Clemson study focuses on improving facemasks to help reduce football brain injuries
Can research on facemask of football helmets help reduce head injuries?  One local University is testing this theory in hopes to helping future athletes reduce the potential of brain injuries.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fatal accident on Island Ford Road in Ninety Six

A fatal accident has occurred on Island Ford Road in Ninety Six.  According to reports, a vehicle struck a pedestrian last Friday night.  Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox and the SCHP are investigating the accident.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Abbeville's first still yields fine "Likker"

There’s some new excitement on the Abbeville square thanks to the dream and initiative of one man and his love for shine or “likker” as he says.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ridge Spring man arrested in connection to Lott murder case in Saluda

After six month long murder investigation Saluda County investigators along with SLED makes an arrest.  Back in June of this year it was reported that Nancy Caughman Lott was missing.  It was not until two months later that her remains were recovered in the Edgefield County landfill. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Iva man arrested for assaulting wife

On December 14, 2016 the Abbeville County Sheriff’s office responded the Abbeville Area Medical Center to investigate a possible assault.  A female victim claimed she had been assaulted by her husband on Dec 12.  Deputies reported seeing visible signs of injuries all over her body.


Monday, December 19, 2016

Newberry College announces two senior leadership appointments
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Dr. Sandra Rouse has been named Dean of Students and Ralph Patterson has been named Director of Athletics effective immediately. 
Monday, December 19, 2016

Laurens County Sheriff's Office K9's Annie & Rice to get body armor

Laurens County Sheriff’s Office K9’s Annie & Rice will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Annie & Rice’s vests will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Jethro - Canton, OH Police Department”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Students at John de la Howe learning golf
One dozen male students at John de la Howe School learned the basics of golf from a group of area volunteers this fall. 
Friday, December 16, 2016

Laurens County heroin dealer tied to numerous overdoses sentenced to 25 years in prison
Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Thursday that a Laurens County heroin dealer whose product was linked to numerous overdoses in early 2015 was sentenced to 25 years in prison following a two-day trial.
Friday, December 16, 2016

MM Technics to Construct First North American Plant in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MM Technics, a newly formed American subsidiary of Muhr Metalltechnik, Gmbh + Co. KG, is constructing a metal stamping facility in Newberry County. The company is expected to invest at least $12.6 million and create 65 jobs over the next five years.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pearl Harbor bombing left Lake Greenwood Park unfinished

Many may not be aware how the bombing of Pearl Harbor created a shortfall at the Greenwood State Park.  According to the South Carolina State Park, workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began working on a stone wall at the entrance of the park in the fall of 1941.  A part of that wall is still visible today.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

McCormick escapee captured

Update: 11:15 a.m.:  Columbia SC Police Department has announced that Williamson has been captured around 10:30 a.m. this morning.  Williamson was captured in the city of Lexington SC.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Magna International Constructing Fourth Manufacturing Plant In South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is constructing a new seat manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. Representing its fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the company is projected to invest $29 million in the facility, creating 480 new jobs over the next five years.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Belton man arrested over alleged rape

A 19 year old victim contacted the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office claiming she was raped and threatened with a gun by a person she knew from high school.

Christopher Michael Davenport, 21 of Broadway School Road, Belton SC has been arrested and charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ortec Expanding Anderson County Operations

Ortec, a leading biomaterial and polymer technology company, is expanding its existing operations in Anderson County. Complementing recent growth at its facilities in both Pickens and Greenville Counties, the company intends to invest $20 million and create 60 new jobs in Anderson County. 


Friday, December 2, 2016

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