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home : news : lakelands & beyond September 23, 2017

Newberry Sheriff arrest three for drugs and more than $13,000 cash
Three men have been arrested for Possession with Intent To Distribute Marijuana and other charges after being found in possession of more than 22 grams of marijuana and more than $13,000 in cash.

Deputies in Newberry County stopped a vehicle on Reid Street in Newberry Thursday night at about 6PM for a traffic violation. Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver’s license was found to be suspended and there was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The deputy called for assistance and then along with an officer from the Newberry Police Department, searched the three suspects in the vehicle as well as the vehicle itself. They located more than 22 grams of marijuana and just over $13,000 in cash wrapped in rubber bands in separate stacks.

Friday, September 22, 2017

SC Bar offers free legal clinic in Abbeville

The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor a free legal clinic in Abbeville on Powers of Attorney on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The clinic, presented by Heather H. Stone and Thomas E. Hite, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church (300 North Main St., Abbeville 29620).


Thursday, September 21, 2017

More than 1 Million traveled in South Carolina to view the eclipse; leaving $269 million impact

Columbia -- Roughly 1.6 million people traveled to or within South Carolina to view the total solar eclipse last month, according to research released today by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.  Their hotel bookings and other travel expenditures left an estimated $269 million economic impact across the state, making the eclipse the largest single tourist event on record in South Carolina.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rep John McCravy recognizes members of Hodges-Cokesbury Volunteer FD

HODGES, SC – This Tuesday, Rep. McCravy commended members of the Hodges-Cokesbury Volunteer Fire Department for a combined 200 years of service to the town of Hodges.

Among those recognized were two of the fire department’s founding members: Hubert Minor and Johnny Reeves, each with 41 years of experience. Both are founding members of the Hodges-Cokesbury Volunteer Fire Dept. “That’s the longest service record I’ve seen at any volunteer fire department yet!” Rep. McCravy announced.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Paramedic arrested for obscene conversation with minor

Ware Shoals Police arrested a man after they found obscene conversations between him and a minor. 

Joshua Walton Vaughn, 26 of 1564 Farmer Road, Starr SC was arrested and charged with disseminating obscene material to a minor.

According to the police report, Vaughn engaged in a conversations with a 16-year-old female that included obscene gestures.  The two were having conversation with an app called “Whisper” between June 3 and June 5, 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Irma winds take aim on trees throughout Greenwood County
Greenwood was extremely lucky as we only received a hint of Irma’s wrath that was felt from the Florida Keys through several southern states.  With occasional gust of winds up to 30 to 50 mph in areas, Greenwood largest issues was with the dozens of trees falling.  
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Man killed by falling limb

A Calhoun Falls man was fatally injured after a limb fell on him according to Abbeville County Coroner’s Office. 

Charles Robert Saxon, 57 was fatally injured when he was clearing limbs in his yard and was struck by another fallen limb. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday but it’s been ruled an accidental death.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Closings & Delays for Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017

The following schools, business and organizations have announced closures or delays in their normal operating schedules for Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017 due to inclement weather conditions as a result from Hurricane Irma.

McCormick Schools - Closed Tuesday

Northside Baptist Church - Closed Tuesday

GLEAMNS – 2 hour delay for Greenwood Administrative and CSBG Office, Greenwood, North Hodges, Abbeville, McCormick, Sanders and Edgefield Head Start Centers.

Piedmont Technical College will open at 10 a.m.  Any changes will be announced. 

Lander University will open at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Any changes will be announced.

Greenwood Schools D50 – Closed Tuesday

Ware Shoals Schools D51 – 2 hour delay

Ninety Six Schools D52 – Closed Tuesday

Cambridge Academy - 2 hour delay


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ninety Six Primary Students enjoy reading

Students at Ninety Six Primary earned a special reading medal for reading 20 hours over the past summer.  Congratulations to all of them for their dedicated effort.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fatal accident on Flatwoods Road, Abbeville

A man was fatally injured in a single vehicle accident that occurred in Abbeville County on Flatwoods Road around 1 p.m.

According to the Abbeville County Coroner Office, Joshua Vaughn, 38 of Starr SC was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital by helicopter where he died of blunt force trauma.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Family Caucus Intends to "Be A Light"

NEWBERRY, SC – Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives met from across the state yesterday afternoon, discussing a plan to renew their stand for pro-life and traditional moral values at the inaugural meeting of the Family Caucus.    


Friday, September 1, 2017

Abbeville man receives maximum prison sentence for 2016 fondling of a child

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Thursday that an Abbeville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 10 in 2016.

George Anthony Clark, 44, of Abbeville, was found guilty of third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor Wednesday afternoon by an Abbeville County jury.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

United Way responds to Hurricane Harvey

The United Way system worldwide and its corporate partners are responding with immediate efforts and preparing for recovery and long-term rebuilding.

Locally, monetary donations may be made at the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties’ office at 929 Phoenix Street, Greenwood, SC  29646 and may be given on line at through the Give link. All funds will be given to appropriate United Ways in Texas directly assisting with relief efforts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Multi-county drug dealer sentenced to 12 years in prison

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Tuesday that a multi-county drug dealer was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday afternoon in connection to five arrests spanning three counties over a 7-month period.

Brandon Curtis Horne, 37, of Cross Hill, pleaded guilty Monday in Abbeville County to charges of trafficking methamphetamines 10-28 grams, trafficking methamphetamines 28-100 grams, unlawful carrying of a pistol, and unlawful neglect of a child.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Breezy Quarters adds an extra beat for Abbeville High School Band

Paige Bowser, an alumni of the Abbeville High School Band and owner of Breezy Quarters, has designed a fundraising program now going on to help raise monies to offset extra expense of the upcoming school year.

Working together with Band Director Rena Rhodes and band students themselves, Paige has formulated six uniquely will offer six uniquely fragranced 100-hour candles and in fragrances selected by the students themselves. These limited edition candles will only be available by purchase through the AHS.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rep. McCravy Recognizes Hero from Ninety Six
Representative John McCravy presented a certificate of commendation from the South Carolina House of Representatives to firefighter Robert “Bobby” Brown from the Station 80, Ninety Six Volunteer Fire Department. 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tags now required for all deer hunting

Effective for the 2017 deer season, all harvested deer in South Carolina are required to be tagged. 

According to Charles Ruth, Big Game Project Leader for the SC DNR, there are really 2 main points all hunters should know.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Orders That State Agencies Cease Payments To Medical Practices Affiliated With Abortion Clinics

COLUMBIA, S.C. – By executive order, Governor McMaster has directed state agencies to cease providing state or local funds, whether via grant, contract, state-administered federal funds, or any other form, to any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with - and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as - an abortion clinic.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Prosperity couple arrested on drug charges
A Prosperity man is in custody charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin after being found in possession of more than a 1.5 grams of Heroin.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was conducting a public safety check point on August 25 at about 1230am in the Prosperity section of Newberry County when a vehicle approached the checkpoint with a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Gov. Henry McMaster Announces 2017 S.C. Governor's Opioid Summit

As part of the state’s response to issues related to prescription opioids and heroin in South Carolina, the 2017 S.C. Governor’s Opioid Summit will be held September 6-7 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


Thursday, August 24, 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

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