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home : news : lakelands & beyond December 12, 2017

WCTEL Receives Rising Star Award

West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (WCTEL) has supported Relay for Life for over 25 years. Each year, WCTEL works hard to raise money and support for the fight against cancer. WCTEL has raised over $10,000 for Relay for Life for the past five years. This year, WCTEL received the Rising Star Award for raising over $11,000.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Dustin Green Named Greenville Market Executive Countybank Promotes Green to Senior Vice President in Greenville

Countybank is happy to announce Dustin Green’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Greenville Marketing Executive. Green’s 15 years of experience in retail banking, wealth management, commercial banking and credit analysis leave him well-equipped to serve and lead in this capacity.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation Expanding Lexington County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Nephron), a manufacturer of sterile inhalation and 503B outsourcing medications, today announced a $12.5 million expansion to add 36,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The new investment is expected to create 125 new jobs.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Donalds man arrested on sex charges with minor

Ware Shoals police arrested a man after talking sexually to a minor on the Whisper App.

Tyson Lee Otts, 38 of 610 Old Shoals Junction Road, Donalds SC was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor 1st degree and disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Man arrested after sending nude picture to teen

Ware Shoals Police have arrested a man after he started communicating with a teenager on an app called Whisper and after he sent a nude picture of himself to the teen.

Karl William Becker, 46 of 1667 Table Rock Road, Pickens SC was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ted Turner Pledges to Charitably Transfer 4,680-Acre Island to State of South Carolina in Bargain Sale

In what is considered to be the rarest of opportunities in the history of South Carolina, environmentalist and philanthropist Ted Turner intends to charitably transfer to the State his 4,680-acre St. Phillips Island near Beaufort via a bargain sale. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

Laurens man sentenced to max prison time for threatening to rape, kill officers, families

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Laurens man will be spending the next several years in prison after he threatened to kill two Laurens police officers and rape one of the officers’ infant daughter.

Henry Kevin Grant, 42, was convicted by a Laurens County jury on Tuesday evening of two counts of threatening the life of a public official stemming from an incident in June of this year.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rep. Jeff Duncan Congratulates Mick Mulvaney on CFPB Post

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement congratulating Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney on his temporary post as the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

“President Trump made an excellent choice in having my friend Mick Mulvaney temporarily lead the CFPB. The General Counsel for the CFPB agrees that President Trump has legal authority under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to designate Mick as the Acting Director, and I believe all officials at the agency should act accordingly. The American people have questioned the constitutionality of CFPB actions for a long time, and I know Mick will bring much needed trust and transparency to the agency. I look forward to supporting Mick as he serves our nation in this new capacity.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Newberry Sheriff warns of scammers
Scammers are calling residents stating they are a Newberry County Sheriff's Deputy/Investigator demanding the resident to get money orders and/or gift cards. They leave a local number to call with a threat to follow instructions or face legal actions.
Friday, November 24, 2017

One shot in drive-by shooting in Ware Shoals

Ware Shoals Police responded to a shooting incident on East Katherine Street on Nov 20, 2017.  As the officer arrived, several people came out of a residence and one of them had been shot in the arm.

The victim states that he was sitting in his car when another vehicle pulled beside him and shot him.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Palmetto Energy Coalition Forms to Advocate for Solutions to SC Energy Challenges

Columbia, S.C. – As South Carolina continues to grapple with the energy debacle caused by two of the state’s largest utilities, former U.S. Representative and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives Gresham Barrett announced today that the Palmetto Energy Coalition (PEC) has formed to bring diverse constituencies together to seek a long-term, economically viable solution to the future energy challenges faced by South Carolina residents and businesses.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SCHP conducts special texting & driving enforcement during Thanksgiving travel

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety will be conducting a special enforcement effort to curb distracted driving this week as traffic volume increases for Thanksgiving travel. Community Relations Officers will also be distributing safety materials and talking with motorists about safe holiday travel at rest areas and welcome centers around the state on Wednesday.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DSS helping make families happy during holiday

Members of the Edgefield Department of Social Services showing off some of the turkeys the church donated to families in need that are served by their office. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 85 turkeys and ingredients for sides were distributed continuing an at least 20 year Thanksgiving tradition.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ninety Six NHS to Commemorate First Southern Land Battle of the American Revolution
Ninety Six National Historic Site will host “The Battle of 96: Defense of the Home Front”, a special event on Saturday, November 18th, 2017, to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Ninety Six in 1775 and explore civilian life at the start of the Revolutionary War. 
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lakeland Counties Added to Presidential Disaster Declaration

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved three additional counties for the Public Assistance Program following Hurricane Irma. Governments and certain nonprofits in Abbeville, Newberry and Saluda counties are now able to receive federal reimbursement for eligible costs related to the storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for certain expenses they have incurred during large-scale emergencies. Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Decision to Implement Innovative Communications Network for S.C. First Responders

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by law enforcement personnel and first responders from around the state to announce a new, innovative communications network for South Carolina’s first responders.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate, and maintain a secure wireless broadband communications network for South Carolina’s public safety community at no cost to the state.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Local Agency to observe World AIDS Day

McCORMICK – World AIDS Day will be observed on Dec.16th at Light of Life Community Church at 6300 Highway 28 South, in McCormick SC. It is set to begin at 4:00pm.  The event, sponsored by Upper Savannah Care Services, is an internationally observed day of awareness and remembrance.  The theme of this event is “The Epidemic of HIV/AIDS In The Aging Population; Unspoken But Not Forgotten”.  “Public awareness is also an important component of what we do”, says Jason L. Williams, Executive Director. “We have consistently served around 300 clients in our services area each year, so this is an issue that is quite relevant to Greenwood and surrounding areas,” Williams adds.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Coast Brewing, LLC is Expanding its Operations in Charleston County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Coast Brewing, LLC, a family-owned craft brewery based in Charleston, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. With a capital investment of $1.7 million, the company is expected to create 29 new jobs.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Saluda Native serves in Navy aboard aircraft carrier dubbed "Strength from the Sea"

SAN DIEGO – A 2009 W. Wyman King Academy graduate and Saluda, South Carolina native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, USS Carl Vinson.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Kurtis Hatcher is a mass communication specialist aboard the San-Diego based ship, the third Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 11 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Rep. McCravy recognizes Promised Land VFD members
Rep. McCravy recently commended five members of the Promised Land Volunteer Fire Department. 
Monday, October 30, 2017

North Carolina man convicted of DUI after driving wrong direction on I-385

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Thursday that a North Carolina man was found guilty Thursday morning on charges connected to an incident in which the man was driving the wrong direction on Interstate 385 in Laurens County.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Student arrested after bringing gun to school
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that on Thursday, October 26, the school resource officer and administrator at Newberry High School secured and safely removed a firearm that was brought to the school by a student Sheriff Foster said that the weapon was located in the student’s backpack and was not displayed and no threats were made to anyone with the weapon. The weapon was discovered as part of an unrelated investigation. The weapon was a 9mm pistol. There were bullets in the clip but no round was in the chamber.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Stolen bike leads to three arrested on assault charges

Three man were arrested on assault by mob charges after the assault a man whom they believe was involved in stealing a motorcycle.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Abbeville meth dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Tuesday morning that an Abbeville County man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Abbeville arrest man for criminal sexual conduct with minor

The Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on September 15, 2017 about a criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  After an investigation deputies arrested and charged James Andrew Lee II, 21 of 933 Old Hodges Road, Abbeville SC with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (victim under the age of 16). 

Lee turned himself in at the Abbeville County Law Enforcement Center on October 18, 2017.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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