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home : news : lakelands & beyond February 22, 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

Countybank Welcomes New Leader to Anderson market

Countybank is pleased to welcome Michael Wooles as Anderson Market Executive in Anderson SC.  Wooles comes to Countybank having served in a bank leadership capacity in Anderson for the past 17 years.

Wooles’ prior banking experience includes work with community, regional, and national financial institutions.  He continues to hold the position of Vice Chairman of Innovate Anderson. Wooles most recently held the position of Senior Commercial Relationship manager with Countybank.  Previously, Wooles served as well as market Executive for First Citizens Bank in Anderson. Wooles is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

County Councilman and Local Business Owner, Stewart Jones, Files for SC House District 14 Open Seat

Laurens, SC – Laurens County Councilman Stewart Jones filed today as a Republican to represent District 14 in the seat vacated by the retirement of Mike Pitts.  

Jones, an eighth generation South Carolinian and lifelong resident of Laurens County is a successful business owner.  His company, Greenwood I.T. was started over ten years ago and serves clients in the Upstate and Lakelands region.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Solicitor's Office distributes toys to local children in need

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo on Thursday distributed toys to several local organizations to help needy children have a special Christmas in what has become one of the most beloved traditions in the 8th Judicial Circuit for both program participants and office staff, as well as the local partner nonprofit agencies who distribute the toys to families in need.

The annual tradition that began nearly two decades ago allows participants in diversion programs – such as Pretrial Intervention, Traffic Education Program, and Alcohol Education Program – to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in lieu of a portion of their community service hours.

Friday, December 21, 2018

WCTEL Supports the Angel Tree

Each year WCTEL collects money donated by WCTEL employees, retirees, and board members to support the Christmas Angel Tree. Since starting this tradition of giving in 1993, WCTEL has gone from donating hundreds of dollars to now donating thousands of dollars with this year being the largest donation yet, with a donation of $7,500! Jeff Wilson, CEO of WCTEL, stated “I am thankful to our board members and current and past employees for their dedicated support of the Angel Tree and other impactful programs in the communities we serve.”


Thursday, December 20, 2018

WCTEL and the Lions Club Support the Angel Tree

Each year during the Christmas season, local Lions Clubs raise money for various community projects. This year, the Lions Clubs of Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, and Due West decided to donate towards the Angel Tree project. WCTEL partners with the Lions Clubs each year by matching the money raised towards the community projects. This year $2,576 was raised by the joint contributions from the Lions Clubs and WCTEL.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

NS Town announces Christmas Prade winners

After a couple weather delays, Ninety Six finally got a break in the weather only hours before their 2018 Christmas Parade kicked off.  

Here are the winners:

Best Adaptation to the Theme:  96 Cub Scouts Tractor & Float

Best Industry/Commercial:  Triangle Hardware Float

Best Performing Group: The Slay Bells ATV Group

Best Christmas Entry:  Pine Pleasant Baptist Church Singing Float

Most Creative & Unique:  JC’s Auto Baby Blue Rustic Truck with dog

Most Festive Costume:  Elf Franklin

Secret Santa’s Choice:  Triangle Hardware Float

Visit GwdToday’s Facebook page to see all the photos from this year’s parade.


Monday, December 17, 2018

First Day Hikes at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, January 1, 2019

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will be bringing in the New Year by offering three First Day Hikes throughout the day of January 1, 2019. The first hike of the day will be from 10:00am-12:00pm along our 1.5 mile Battlefield Trail. This will be an approximately two hour ranger led hike where the participants will learn about the Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry and the Battle of Musgrove Mill. Please meet at the Visitor Center between 9:45am-10:00am and we will then drive over to the trail head.


Monday, December 17, 2018

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