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ACL Airshop Announces New Greenville County Operations
COLUMBIA, S.C. – ACL Airshop, a global leader in custom unit load device (ULD) solutions, today announced plans to construct a new air cargo products factory in Greenville, S.C. Through a $7.2 million investment, the company is projected to create approximately 32 new jobs. 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mauldin High graduate finalist in Stuck at Prom contest, needs your votes

Charlie Hyman of Simpsonville, SC has been selected at a top 5 finalist in the STUCK AT PROM tuxedo contest.  Hyman is a recent graduate of Mauldin High School and The Fine Arts Center.  He is looking to attend the University of Texas and a win in this contest would give him a $10,000 boost.

In the contest students have to make their entire tux from duct tape.  Hyman constructed a two color, modern version of the timeless black tuxedo. 

Click on the link below to vote for Hyman and help him win this unique scholarship contest. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Harris Funeral Home contributes to the Abbeville Promise

Brad Evans of Harris Funeral Home presents a check for $25,000 to Abbeville Promise campaign co-chair Andy Timmerman of Abbeville First Bank.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Coroner investigating swimming related fatality on Lake Greenwood
Laurens County Coroner’s Office along with Laurens County Sheriff and SC DNR are investigating a fatality that occurred on Lake Greenwood around 6 p.m.  According to the reports, a man started having some trouble after jumping off a pontoon into Lake Greenwood. 
Sunday, June 17, 2018

SC Gov McMaster responds to latest unemployment rate

Governor Henry McMaster today released the following statement in response to the May 2018 unemployment rate dropping to 4.0 percent from 4.2 percent in April. May's unemployment rate marks the lowest seasonally adjusted rate since December of 2000.

"South Carolina just keeps winning. We have more South Carolinians working than ever before, a nearly 18-year low unemployment rate, and we have announced over 20,000 new jobs across the state in a year and a half. Those jobs, and the low unemployment rate that comes with them, mean more opportunities for South Carolinians, bigger paychecks, and more of them. We are going to continue to work tirelessly in the area of workforce development to make sure our people are willing and able to fill the jobs created by these companies investing in our state, and we will not stop fighting to lower taxes so South Carolinians can keep more of their hard-earned money." 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lieutenant Larry Young Remembered at the 2018 Annual Conference of the South Carolina DARE and School Resource Officers Associations.

The South Carolina DARE and School Resource Officers Associations held their annual conference this week in Myrtle Beach at which time they recognized and paid tribute to Laurens County Deputy Lt. Larry Young who passed away unexpectedly in 2016.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Man driving farm tractor fatally injured in vehicle accident

A man driving a farm tractor on SC 308 was hit by a vehicle causing the tractor to overturn, killing the driver.

According to Laurens County Coroner’s Office, Wesley Chad Robinson, 29 died at the scene from blunt force trauma.  The accident occurred around 2:15 on Hwy 308 at Fleming Mill Road in Laurens SC.

Robinson was driving his tractor when a Mercury sedan hit him from behind.  The driver, Tara Mahan was charged with felony DUI resulting in death, driving under suspension and possession of marijuana according to the SCHP.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lawson Family Dental Care contributes to the Abbeville Promise
Dr. Carter Lawson of Lawson Family Dental Care presents a check for $50,000 to Abbeville Promise campaign co-chairs Jeff Wilson of WCTEL and Andy Timmerman of Abbeville First Bank. 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fatal accident Hwy 39 Laurens

A fatal accident occurred Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m. on Hwy 39 in Laurens County. 


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Two arrested in connection to attempted murder on Lake Murray
After an intense manhunt, Newberry Sheriff's Office captured suspect wanted on Attempted Murder charges and arrested his mother.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Laurens Law Enforcement capture man with large marijuana crop

A man was arrested after SLED aviation enforcement discovered a marijuana crop from the air.  Then Laurens County narcotic agents searched the property and found a large indoor marijuana growing operation on the property with around 200 marijuana plants.  Agents also discovered over 40 firearms and over $1,000.

James Edwin Ollis, 42 of Ware Shoals was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana and cultivating marijuana.

In a statement, Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said there may be people making negative comments on such drug bust with so many arguing for legal marijuana, but he said as long as its illegal in our state, he will continue such efforts.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

WCTEL's Donation to Iva Recreation Association
WCTEL donated $1,000 to the Iva Recreation Association for the installment of their community sign. This sign will be used to display upcoming events for the community and the surrounding area; and the registration dates and events sponsored by the Iva Rec Association. 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Southern Current Launching New Solar Project in Aiken County

Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with a new facility in Aiken County. The company is investing $20 million in this latest project. 


Monday, June 4, 2018

Mother who reported baby abducted, arrested
Mother arrested after law enforcement find's her 1-year-old baby deceased in a box about 1000 yeads from her home.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Man arrested for church break-ins
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster has announced that a suspect in custody for the break in to several churches in Newberry County.  Sheriff Foster said that investigators were able to locate physical evidence from one of scenes in Newberry County and discovered a positive match of the suspect’s DNA from the crime scene. 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Top 15 finalists announced for second season of Laurens Sings

After two weeks of auditions, the Top 15 finalists have been chosen for the second season of Laurens Sings.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Abbeville Nursing Home celebrated National Skilled Nursing Care Week

The Abbeville Nursing Home kicked off it’s National Skilled Nursing Care Week on Mother’s Day with an invitation to the public for Open House. Visitors were greeted by the Nursing Home’s residents and student greeters.  There were over 50 guest in attendance and they were treated to refreshments and a special balloon release in Honor of all of the resident’s mothers. 

Pictured, front row: Judy McColmbs, Celeste Grindstaff (student) and Juanita Clamp.  Back row: Emily Bishop (student), Activity Director Renee Bledsoe and students Gabriella White and Eli Bledsoe.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Two killed in vehicle crash in Abbeville

Two died in a single vehicle accident that occurred Friday, May 25 around 7 p.m. on Hwy 178 near Rock Springs Church Road in Abbeville, SC.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

West Hodges Elementary School Reunion

As a cool breeze came through the front door of the Hodges-Cokesbury Fire Department on Sunday, April 29, students from the West Hodges Elementary School greeted each other with warm handshakes and long hugs.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fatal vehicle accident claims life of Ninety Six man

A fatal accident occurred this morning on Siloam Church Road around 5:44 a.m. this morning. Daryl Luke McCarthy, 29 of 201 Pinelake Drive, Ninety Six SC died at the scene according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox. 

Report says McCarthy was traveling on Siloam Church Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple objects before coming to a stop.  McCarthy was the only person in the vehicle.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Newberry Sheriff seeks public's help investigating 3 church burglaries in the Pomaria community

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance to solve three burglaries to churches located in the Pomaria section of Newberry County.

Sometime between 8pm Tuesday night and 8am Wednesday morning, someone entered and burglarized three churches. The suspect(s) entered the churches by forcing their way into the church. Once inside the church, the suspects took electronic equipment, food, and a small amount of money. Law enforcement is still working with the victims to place a dollar amount on the items taken
“This is a heinous crime,” said Sheriff Foster. “I was raised and still believe that churches are both sacred and Holy and to break into and steal from them is to steal directly from God. We will make every effort to apprehend and prosecute the person(s) responsible for this crime and I stand convinced that the God who never slumbers or sleeps has seen and is at work as well.” 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gov. Henry McMaster Designates the Month of May as Military Spouse Appreciation Month

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by S.C. Adjutant General Robert Livingston and South Carolina military families to designate the month of May as Military Spouse Appreciation Month.

“South Carolina has a rich military tradition that we are proud of, but those brave men and women who choose to serve don’t serve alone - they leave behind families and spouses that truly serve as the backbone of our military forces,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We thank these spouses and their families for their support they provide our men and women in uniform because, without them, our country and our state would not be as strong as it is today.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fatal accident on Hwy 25 Hodges
A fatal accident occurred on Hwy 25 in Hodges SC today around 12:44 p.m.  A passenger of a vehicle involved died at the scene. 
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Suspect in vehicle theft arrested, vehicle located
The man who stole a truck from a convenience store in Newberry County yesterday morning is in custody and the truck has been located. 

Johnathan Wade McAbee, 32, of 526 Woodruff Street, Woodruff SC was taken into custody in North, South Carolina by the North Police Department overnight. He was still driving the stolen truck from Newberry County when he was arrested. The truck was recovered and he was taken into custody without incident.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Suspect sought in vehicle theft string in Newberry
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your assistance in locating a suspect involved in a string of crimes starting in the upstate, who stole a truck from a convenience store located on Highway 121 at the intersection of I-26 in Newberry County.

The suspect went into the convenience store at about 3am and remained for some time. At around 5am, the suspect went out to a vehicle, whose owner had left the keys in the vehicle, and stole it. This vehicle is a 1988 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck with South Carolina license plate DHT139. The suspect left in an unknown direction of travel.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

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