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home : news : lakelands August 20, 2014

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Local Artist Creating A "Moonshine" Buzz

Sometimes in life you just get a shock and that’s what just happened to local singer/songwriter Prevo Rodgers from Saluda, SC. This past Monday morning Prevo was awaken to the news that a song he just released was not just playing on the radio in Nashville but to his surprise, he was contacted by THE ICEMAN himself, Bobby Golomboski.  Prevo was made aware that the song, Moonshine, was now on The Iceman’s Cavern song rotation out of Nashville and going to be eligible for the top 40 live countdown. But the biggest surprise of all was finding out that he also held the distinguished spot for the featured artist of the week. The Iceman delivers you the best new country artists 24/7/365.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

SC Bar to sponsor Law School for Non-Lawyers in Greenwood

Do you know what your rights and responsibilities are under the law? While you may not be an attorney, it’s important to know the law and how it affects your everyday life. The SC Bar Pro Bono Program is sponsoring Law School for Non-Lawyers, a seven-week program designed to give the public an overview of the South Carolina legal system and insight into common legal problems people face.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bikers Hit the Road for Special Olympics

On April 12th bikers helped raise $7,000.00 to help Special Olympics Athletes. The Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club hosted the event which started at BiLo and ended at Carolina Tavern. This event had over 90 riders from the surrounding area.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Solicitor makes deliveries to School Districts as part of Annual School Supply Drive

This past week Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo, along with staff members Jami Steifle and Dale Allen, hand-delivered school supplies to the local school districts of the Eighth Judicial Circuit: Abbeville District 60; Greenwood Districts 50, 51 (Ware Shoals), and 52 (Ninety Six); Laurens Districts 55 and 56 (Clinton); Newberry District 1; and Calhoun Falls Charter School.  The Laurens County Safe Home also received supplies to assist families that are served by the organization.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lions Club donates to Humane Society

When the McCormick Lions Club heard about the Humane Society of McCormick County’s urgent need for a cat “safe zone,” the “big cat” did not hesitate to lend a “paw.”

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Savannah Valley Trail group receives grant to complete Mill Creek trestle

Savannah Valley Trail volunteer workers are making significant progress on the project, one of McCormick’s most ambitious projects in recent years. 

The Brown Trailhead is near McCormick Country Club on Barksdale Ferry Road, and the trail goes west parallel to Huguenot Road before turning north parallel to SR 7. The major project of the trail up route 7 is a new trestle over Mill Creek, and the volunteer group has applied for and received a grant for that trestle.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Commencement at Piedmont Technical College Honors Graduates

The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College welcomed more than 325 Piedmont Technical College graduates for two commencement ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments.

Dr. Ray Brooks, president, welcomed graduates, family and guests to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates.

 “To each of the graduates, you had a dream and you fulfilled it. Now, what’s your next dream?” Brooks said. “I encourage you to dream, dream big and don’t give up.”

Saturday, August 16, 2014

United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties announces a showing of the South Carolina documentary When the Bough Breaks
United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties is hosting a free showing of the short documentary When the Bough Breaks.  The film addresses child literacy in South Carolina and its far-reaching impact when kids become teens and adults.  One of United Way’s three major impact areas is education.  Their goal is to reach a graduation rate of 87 percent by 2018.
Friday, August 15, 2014

Over 60 help with clean-up at John de la Howe School

McCormick, SC - Armed with hedge trimmers, rakes, chain saws, mowers and other lawn equipment, more than 60 volunteers showed up Saturday, Aug. 9 at John de la Howe School to assist with a campus clean-up.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Benefit program for Min. Otis McKie to be held Sept. 7
The McCormick High School Class of 1987 will sponsor a benefit program for their classmate Otis McKie who suffered a stroke in 2011 and a second stroke in January of 2012. His kidneys failed in 2013 and he is currently on dialysis daily. He is also on the kidney donor list.
Monday, August 11, 2014

SCHP urges drivers to know bus traffic rules
The South Carolina Highway Patrol offers information on school buss traffic rules so drivers can be aware of the rules.  All drivers should be aware of the traffic rules involving school busses.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Workshops scheduled in honor of Jane Lanser, daughter

Safe Home and Sistercare are conducting domestic violence awareness workshops in Abbeville, Saluda and Newberry counties this month in memory of Jane Lanser and her daughter Allison Cross.

On Aug. 2, 2011, Lanser and her daughter were victims of a double murder in Jane’s home in Simpsonville.

Monday, August 11, 2014

West End Café host Ambassadors

West End Cafe celebrated their two year anniversary by hosting the July Ambassador's breakfast. The cafe offers fresh breakfast and lunch daily. Visit this great locally owned and operated restaurant at 108 Old Abbeville Highway.   Owners Robert and Lesley Cavanaugh are pictured here with the Chamber's Ambassadors.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Group aims to help individuals deal with spinal cord injury

The Greenwood Area Breeze Group is a new support group for individuals living with a spinal cord injury. The meetings will serve as a place for individuals and their family members to connect with other people with like injuries to share information, ideas, and resources while enjoying fellowship. Join them on the 4th Monday of each month beginning August 25, 2014 at 6-pm in the Veteran’s Auditorium at the Greenwood Library.  For more information, contact: Kervin Searles at (864) 554 - 2398 or

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prysmian Group to build new compounding facility at Abbeville plant

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, will invest in a new state of the art Compounding facility for Medium Voltage cable insulation as well as adding a second Vertical Continuous Vulcanization line (VCV). Company officials say they plan to  start construction in the second half of 2014 and production will begin the second half of 2015. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leath announces Rookie of The Year
Officer MacKenzie Chastain has been awarded Rookie of the Year for 2014. She has enthusiastically demonstrated the qualities of leadership, dependability and responsibility.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Local Businesses sponsor fundraiser event for March of Dimes

Local businesses recently sponsored a wonderful fundraiser event in Greenville for the March of Dimes.  Those businesses include Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Emerald Ink & Stitches, The Southern Community Foundation and Corley’s Market.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Donalds man arrested on mistreatment of animal charge

Deputies responded to 616 Williamson Hill Road, Donalds, SC in reference to a complaint on dogs running at large and in poor physical and living conditions.  Deputies found multiple dogs in poor physical condition and found others that were inside the residence and no one around. The owner of the residence arrived on the scene and admitted he was the owner of the animals and there was no power at the residence.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One killed in single vehicle crash

One man is dead after a single vehicle crash Tuesday night in Laurens County.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tourism to Ninety Six National Historic Site creates 3.8 million dollars in Economic Benefit

NINETY SIX, SC – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 69,624 visitors to Ninety Six National Historic Site in 2013 spent $3,837,600 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 57 jobs in the local area.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Motorcyclist dies after striking deer

A motorcyclist was killed in Laurens County after he struck a deer Sunday night along Sunset Boulevard.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Piedmont Middle College Produces First Graduates

As the Class of 2014 celebrated their graduation from high school, 10 students from Ninety Six High School and McCormick High School were also earning an Associate in Arts degree from Piedmont Technical College. The students – five from Ninety Six and five from McCormick – were enrolled in the Piedmont Middle College.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Humane Society reaches major goal by completing permanent dog shelter

The Humane Society of McCormick County more than doubled the size of its animal shelter space when it dedicated a new dog shelter last Thursday evening. 

“We’ve got about 2,500 square feet under the roof of the new dog shelter,” said Humane Society President Dave Rollison. “It took more than six months to build, but we were within budget.”

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Authorities capture escaped inmate

An inmate from Laurens County who had escaped from a litter work crew yesterday has been captured. 

According to officials with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Kimberly Jane Collins, 46, escaped from a litter work crew on I-26 near mile marker 52 in Clinton around noon Thursday.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clinton man arrested on burglary charges
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30 year old Randall Thomas Heaton of 514 Lake Drive, Clinton SC.  According to reports, deputies responded to the incident location also on Lake Drive in Clinton where Heaton was knocking on several residents doors in the community and also had taken items from two of those homes.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

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