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GHS Administration Receives Report of Bomb Threat Written on Boys Bathroom Wall

This afternoon, GHS school administration received a report regarding a bomb threat written on a boys bathroom wall. School administration immediately contacted law enforcement and district officials and the school was placed on HOLD. After investigating the situation, law enforcement deemed the situation a low level threat.

As a precaution, law enforcement and school administration worked together to complete a thorough search of the building. Nothing out of the ordinary was found.

“We appreciate the swift response of law enforcement and school administration in handling this situation,” Community Services Coordinator Johnathan L. Graves stated. “We take these matters very seriously. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and staff.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Boil Water Advisory for Grand Harbor & surrounding areas

The Greenwood CPW advises the residents and businesses on Frazier Rd to include All of Frazier Rd, Grand Harbor Subdivision, Summer Point Subdivision, and Frazier Point Subdivision located in Greenwood County, to vigorously boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Erskine Grad Joins Chamber Staff

Austin Hough, recent graduate of Erskine College joins the Greenwood SC Chamber as their new Programs & Festival Coordinator.  Hough earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Biology and Psychology from Erskine College earlier this December.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Burton Center Foundation Donates to Greenwood Miracle League
On behalf of the Burton Center Foundation, Mary Margaret Jackson presented a check for $10,000 to Greenwood Miracle League's Director, Brandon Strickland.  "We are grateful for the Burton Center Foundation's support.  This donation will be used to help replace the Miracle League field which has started to deteriorate after many years of use," stated Strickland.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lander Names Greg Allen Police Chief

Since becoming a Lander University police officer in 2007, Greg Allen has held about every position possible within the police department, serving as an investigative sergeant, investigative lieutenant, support service captain and uniform patrol service captain.

Now he can add another title to the list — chief of police.

“I really don’t know the words for it,” he said about being picked to succeed Eddie Briggs, who retired this summer. “It’s a blessing,” he said.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Piedmont Tech Ready to Help Displaced Virginia College Students

Like many in the higher education community, officials at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) heard the news about Virginia College closing and expressed concern for the students who were impacted. Students affected by the closures are invited to inquire about opportunities to continue their education at Piedmont Technical College. Spring Classes begin at PTC on January 9, and registration is open now.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winter Weather Closings & Delays

The following are reported Closing & Delays throughout the Lakelands area.  If your business, organization or school is changing their hours of operation, click on the banner above and GwdToday will help inform everyone know about it.  

Abbeville School District - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff

Greenwood School District 50 - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff.

Greenwood School District 52 - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff.

McCormick Schools - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff

Piedmont Technical College - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff.

Saluda School District - 2 hour delay Tuesday for students and staff.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Man arrested after exposing himself in Walmart parking lot

The Greenwood City Police arrested a man after someone reported that he was masterbating in the parking lot of Walmart on the Bypass 72 NE in Greenwood SC.


Monday, December 10, 2018

"(Furever) Homes For The Holidays!" - A special pet adoption offer

From December 11 through 22, adoption fees for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens are $12.  The “Homes for the Holidays” special will enable more pets to be adopted and enjoy their “forever” homes.  All adopted pets are vaccinated, heartworm or leukemia/FIV tested, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. Regular adoption processes apply.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Fatal vehicle accident on Cokesbury Road

A fatal vehicle accident occurred early this morning in the area of 4014 - 3906 Cokesbury Road in Hodges SC.  According to the Greenwood County Coroner’s Office, the vehicle left the roadway and stuck multiple trees before coming to a stop.

Xavier Cherkun Zelig Harris, 37 of 3405 Cokesbury Road, Hodges SC was driving and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  The cause of death was determined to be from blunt force trauma.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Greenwood man killed crossing highway

A fatal accident occurred on December 7, 2018 around 6:18 p.m. on Hwy 25 at Wilbanks Circle where a man was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road.  

According to Greenwood County Coroner’s Office, Gregory Carl Norman, 52 of 207 Coleman Street, Greenwood SC was fatally injured and died due to blunt force trauma.

Norman was crossing Hwy 25 in the northbound lane when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.  Norman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dr. Scott Jones Announced as Lander University Provost, VPAA
Lander University has announced the appointment of Dr. Scott L. Jones as the university’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Jones, who comes to Lander from Indiana University Kokomo, will begin his duties at Lander on January 7. “In addition to being a well-respected academician, Dr. Scott Jones has been a key driver in the development of new academic programs and strategies, including online and graduate programs, which are two areas of priority at Lander,” said Lander University President Richard Cosentino. “His accomplishments in higher education are impressive, and I am excited to see how Dr. Jones will apply his expertise and experience to successfully lead our academic team at Lander University.”
Friday, December 7, 2018

Greenwood man arrested after robbing two by gunpoint

Greenwood Police arrested a man after robbing two individuals who admitted they were meeting him to purchase drugs.

Elijah Ty Rez Head, 18 of 623 Giles St, Greenwood SC was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during commission of a crime.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Piedmont Tech Fall Graduation Set for Dec. 13

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will conduct its fall commencement on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the James Medford Family Event Center on the college’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sheriff seeks help identifying suspect in Walmart arson

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in identifying the subject in the picture.  This individual entered the Walmart located at 508 Bypass 72 NE in Greenwood SC on Dec 5, 2018 at approximately midnight or shortly after.  


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Walmart Fire Possible Arson

A small fire was ignited inside Walmart located on the 72 Bypass earlier this morning.  Employees inside the store were able to extinguish the fire before any major damage was done.  

According to Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly, the fire is being investigated as a possible arson.  They are in the process of reviewing video camera footage but at this time there is no named suspect.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

United Housing Connections is collecting donations for the 2019 PIT Count

On behalf of the Upstate Continuum of Care, Meg’s House is collecting donations for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count (PIT Count) which takes place from January 23-29, 2019.

Donations of unused backpacks, blankets, handwarmers, pen and notepads are needed. UHC has a goal of packing and distributing 600 bags of supplies to persons experiencing homelessness during the PIT count. Please consider donating to help those in need of shelter. Donations can be dropped off at  the United Center for Community Care through Monday, January 4, 2019.

The PIT Count is an annual nationwide effort that takes place each January. It provides an unduplicated census of people experiencing homelessness – sheltered or not – on a given night and helps communities better understand the magnitude and characteristics of its homeless population.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Piedmont Tech Lauds Partnership to Expand Mechatronics Training Opportunities

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The Heritage Classic Foundation is partnering with the SC Technical College System to invest $100,000 in a grant to expand training opportunities for skilled mechatronic workers across the state. The grant will be used to support Siemens Mechatronic System Certification Programs for faculty at South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges. This certification will allow for training and preparing much-needed, skilled maintenance technicians for South Carolina’s growing manufacturing sector.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Man arrested after threatening woman's life with gun

On November 20, 2018 Greenwood Sheriff Deputies met with a woman who reported that her boyfriend pointed a 9mm handgun at her and threatened to kill her.

Jason Allen Bailey, 41 of 3413 Highway 25 South, Greenwood SC was arrested and charged with domestic violence 1st degree.

The victim said Bailey arrived home around 1:10 p.m. and retrieved a black briefcase that he carries his drugs in (meth and marijuana).  The two began to argue over Bailey selling drugs out of the house. Then Bailey became irate and approached the victim from behind and began strangling her.  She got loose and started to run out but decided not to and just went into the living room and sat down.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

LONZA named Best of Show at Greenwood Christmas Parade

The weather allowed spirits to shine during this year’s Christmas Parade held Sunday in Uptown Greenwood on Sunday.  Lots of joyful people crowded the streets through Uptown Greenwood to watch all those participating in the parade to finally get a glance at Santa Clause at the end.  


Monday, December 3, 2018

Woman arrested after beating boyfriend with bat

Greenwood City Police arrested a woman after a victim said that she beat him with a baseball bat after telling her he wanted to break up.

Tina Diane Perrin, 45 of 612 Oak Ave, Greenwood SC was arrested and charged with 1st degree assault and battery.

According to the police report, the victim said his girlfriend invited him over to her house.  They began a conversation where the victim said he no longer wished to continue their relationship.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Man arrested for sexually touching a minor

Greenwood City Police have arrested a man after a minor states that he touch him sexually and made him take pictures of his privates.

Daniel Lee Johnson, 24 of 108 Brentwood Drive was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor 2nd degree and criminal sexual conduct with a minor 2nd degree.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Greenwood gang member sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Friday that a member of Greenwood’s Eastside Gang was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2017 killing of a 23-year-old Greenwood man.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Man arrested for stealing a vehicle

A man was arrested after a victim noticed his Toyota truck was stolen from his home.  On Nov 30, 2018 Greenwood City Police responded to a home on Hatchers Pass where a man said his truck was just stolen.  He said he heard the dog barking and went outside and that’s when he noticed his vehicle going do the road. Within minutes, other officers had the vehicle located on the bypass.

Elijah Kentravious Sanders, 18 of 100 Highland Forest Drive, Greenwood was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and bench warrant.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Pet Spotlight: Grito & Emmette
This handsome, fun-loving fellow has charmed his way into the hearts of everyone he’s met. Grito’s huge, goofy grin is a perfect example of his sweet, silly, irresistible personality. He desires nothing more than to find a family that will return the affection he so readily gives. Although, it must be admitted that his love for tennis balls comes in a close second to his love for humans. 
Friday, November 30, 2018

Lander Tree Lighting Gets High Marks

Lander University’s fourth annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony was “an outstanding event,” according to Lander President Richard Cosentino.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Nosing for the bigtime - Lander graduate hopes to turn love of children's books into fulltime career

Shortly after graduating from Lander University five years ago, Allistar Banks started seeing red – all due to two curious friends named Nosy Nicole and wide-eyed Ashton.

Far from making her angry, however, Nicole and Ashton have led Banks into some snooping adventures involving submarines, boots, balloons, and magical airplanes.

Though Nicole and Ashton are make-believe, Banks considers them two of her best friends – and no matter where she follows them in the near future, Banks hopes they will eventually lead her to becoming a fulltime writer of children’s books.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Piedmont Tech Seminar Prepares HVAC 'Super-Sleuths'

HVAC technicians must be super-sleuths in troubleshooting compressor problems. With so many components, just one malfunctioning part can throw the whole system off. Sherlock Holmes would be proud of the detective work demonstrated when the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) HVAC Department recently hosted a Semi-Hermetic Compressor Tear-Down Seminar at its HVAC lab facility in Greenwood.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

PTC Horticulture Program to Hold Sale of Poinsettias, a Traditional Christmas Plant with SC Roots

Long before children began writing this year’s enthusiastic holiday letters to Santa, the Horticulture Club students at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) were busy cultivating and growing more than 1,000 poinsettia plants in their campus greenhouse. This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will be selling the colorful results of their labors at the Horticulture Building and Greenhouse on the Greenwood campus.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Lander student takes first place - again - for short film

It wasn’t quite enough for Chaz Giles to win twice for the same entry in Lander University’s 2018 spring Film Festival.


Monday, November 26, 2018

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