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home : news : lakelands & beyond August 23, 2017

Laughlin takes first place in NWTF Turkey Shoot

Ean Laughlin of Abbeville SC takes first place during the NWTF Turkey Shoot held Aug 19-20 at The Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield SC. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GwdToday Solar Eclipse Selfie Contest

Enter GwdToday’s Solar Eclipse “Selfie” Contest by sending us your best, funniest or coolest looking selfie pictures.

To Enter: 

Email pictures to

Twitter hashtag #GwdEclipse!

Please do not send pictures of the eclipse, this is to highlight everyone having fun today!

GwdToday staff will choose one picture to win our awesome GwdToday tumbler etched by the one and only Opie One Customs along with a $25 gift card to get your own custom product.

So send in those selfie pics and remember to be safe, wear proper eclipse glasses and let’s have an awesome 2017 Solar Eclipse Day!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Prosperity man arrested for trafficking drugs & child neglect
Complaints from the community and a several month long criminal investigation have landed a Prosperity man in jail facing his third offense drug charges after his arrest for Trafficking Crack Cocaine and other charges. 

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints from the community about drug activity, high traffic volume, and other illegal activity around a South Main Street address in Prosperity. Based on those complaints, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into the residence.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MADD South Carolina Encourages Everyone to Eclipse Drunk Driving on August 21st and Beyond

On Monday, August 21, when South Carolina and other states will witness an amazing and rare total solar eclipse, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) South Carolina wants to remind everyone to designate a non-drinking driver if their plans to enjoy the occasion include alcohol. This will ensure that eclipse celebrations across the state are amazing and don’t end in tragedy.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

A University of Maine balloon will provide a 110,000-foot view of eclipse at Clemson

CLEMSON — The best view of the Eclipse Over Clemson just might be from the stratosphere, 110,000 feet above campus, where two weather balloons from the University of Maine will float overhead and livestream the eclipse back to Earth.

The University of Maine contingent, including engineering professor Rick Eason and a dozen students, is part of the NASA-sponsored project “Great American Eclipse.” Students from 55 teams nationwide will share the aerial footage on NASA’s website.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Man dies after vehicle strikes tree

A fatal accident occurred today around 3pm in Laurens County.  According to Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols, Jose Joaquin Alvarez, 75 of Gray Court died from blunt force trauma.  Alvarez was driving a 2006 Dodge pickup on Hwy 101 in Laurens when he left the road, overcorrected and struck a tree. 

Alvarez was wearing a seatbelt according to the SCHP. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hickory Hill Milk Farm burglars identified
Thanks to GwdToday's fans, all three suspects in the Hickory Hill Milk Farm break-in have been identified.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Police need help identifying suspects in break-in at Hickory Hill

On Aug 13, several suspects broke into Hickory Hill milk farm in Edgefield SC.  The incident occurred around 11:44 p.m.  A total of three males were involved in the break-in according to Edgefield Sheriff’s Office. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lexington Roundabout Project Recognized by America's Best Transportation Projects

NORFOLK, VA – State department of transportation projects that swiftly addressed a spike in wrong-way driving fatalities and that used safety improvements to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel were winners in the southern regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Newberry implements Rave Panic Button
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, School District of Newberry County, Newberry County Memorial Hospital, and Newberry County Public Safety Department announced a major step forward in the use of technology for school and hospital safety.

Today, they revealed a first in the State of South Carolina, technology called the Rave Panic Button.

The Rave Panic Button allows teachers and staff at a facility to use an app to notify 911, everyone on campus, and first responders immediately when there is an active threat or other emergency on that campus. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bonafide Kayaks launching manufacturing operations in Greenville County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bonafide Kayaks, a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks, is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $2 million to create 76 new jobs over the next three years.  


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

"Comin' Home to Cross Hill" Festival this Labor Day Weekend

The Comin’ Home to Cross Hill Festival Committee has been working hard to make sure the 28th Annual Festival is the biggest and best yet for your enjoyment.  The festivities in the Town of Cross Hill will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1st when Cross Hill and Battle Zone Wrestling tag team up to present a mega-main event wrestling show for your entertainment pleasure.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Newberry deputy used new training and issued tourniquet to save injured boater's life
The quick reaction by a Newberry County Deputy Sheriff and advanced law enforcement equipment and training are being credited with saving a boater’s life on July 22 in Newberry County.

At about 7:30pm on July 22, the Newberry County 911 center received a call about a boating accident on Lake Murray. The deputy was in the area and told dispatch to tell the boater to pull up to the boat ramp so they could easily board the board.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dearly Beloved last show of the summer at the historic Abbeville Opera House

Bringing the 39th Summer Season to a close at the historic Abbeville Opera House will be a brilliantly written southern comedy by the authors of many of the Opera House’s wildly popular productions of seasons pastJessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.  Dearly Beloved is a story centering around the zany Futrelle Sisters and their plans for a wedding in the little town of Fayro, Texas. 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ritrama Investing In Spartanburg County Facility Expansion

Ritrama is expanding its existing Spartanburg County manufacturing facility. The company is investing an additional $15 million to accommodate its continued growth, bringing Ritrama’s total investment in South Carolina to $100 million. 


Monday, July 31, 2017

SCHP announces new Community Relations Officer for lakelands area

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces a new Community Relations Officer for Highway Patrol Troop Two, which includes Greenwood, Abbeville, Saluda, Edgefield, McCormick, Laurens and Newberry counties.

L/Cpl. B. Justin Sutherland began this new assignment on July 17, transferring from SCHP Troop Three. He will serve primarily as the SCHP spokesperson for Troop Two but will take media call for other areas of the state as well.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Three Students Awarded FRS & WCTEL Scholarships

West Carolina Tel is a strong advocate for higher education and the economic, cultural and social well-being of the communities in our service area. To further that mission, West Carolina Tel offers an annual $2,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional, consecutive years.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Prysmian Group North America announces new Abbeville County expansion

Prysmian Group North America, a leading manufacturer of low, medium and extra-high voltage electrical cables, is once again expanding its existing operations in Abbeville County. The expansion will result in an additional $14 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of 10 new jobs.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rudolph Logistics Group Launching Development In Spartanburg County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Rudolph Logistics Group, an international logistics service provider, is launching a new warehousing operation in Spartanburg County. The Germany-based company is projected to bring more than $18 million of capital investment and create at least 150 new jobs.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spartanburg Sheriff says missing kids found safe

According to WSPA news, the Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wight has announced that the three missing kids have been found safe in Rutherford County.  The grandmother who took off with the kids has been arrested.

According to Sheriff Wright, on Wendnesday Connie Sanders (grandmother) drove her daughter along with the three grandkids to Virginia College campus so her daughter could apply for school.  While the mother of the kids was inside the grandmother took off with the three kids in the van.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SCDPS joins regional speed enforcement campaign, "Operation Southern Shield"

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety kicked off a new speed enforcement campaign, Operation Southern Shield, at the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, July 17, joining its counterparts across four other Southeastern states.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Man arrested for having sex with underage female

A man was arrested for having sex with a female under the age of 16.  Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Peter Mentis, 20 of 473 Highway 71, Abbeville SC.

According to the police report, the father of the underage female reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.  After investigating, it was determined that Mentis did have sexual intercourse with a female juvenile under the age of 16. 

Mentis was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor 2nd degree.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Man arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping

On July 17, 2017 Deputies with the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic dispute call at 260 Suttles Landing Road in Iva SC.  The victim told police that her husband threatened kill them. 

Kevin Jason Williams, 48 was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and kidnapping.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ann Hunter of Greenwood joins Clemson University Foundation board

Ann Hunter of Greenwood joined the Clemson University Foundation board of directors for a four-year term beginning July 1.

Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science (1980) and Master of Science (1982) in chemical engineering from Clemson. She previously worked for Union Carbide in Greenville and became a homemaker and full-time volunteer after the birth of her daughter, Rebecca, who also is a Clemson alumna. She met her husband, Wilson G. Hunter, while they were chemical engineering students at Clemson.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Electro-Spec, Inc. Launching New Operations In Lexington County

Electro-Spec, Inc., a specialty plating manufacturer, is locating new production operations in Lexington County. The new development is projected to bring $3.1 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs.

With a customer base in North America, Asia and Europe, Electro-Spec is an industry-leading provider of gold, silver, nickel, copper and Tri-M3™ (tri-alloy) electroplating. Serving the aerospace, medical, telecommunications and automotive industries, the company also provides heat treating and passivating services, which removes impurities from parts and provides resistance to oxidation and corrosion.

Monday, July 17, 2017

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