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home : news : lakelands & beyond February 19, 2017

BB&T Expanding Its Greenville County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – BB&T, one of the largest financial services holding companies in the United States, today announced the construction of a new facility in Greenville County. The development represents a capital investment of $30 million. 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Woman killed in accident involving deer

A woman was killed after another vehicle struck a deer knocking it into the windshield of a truck she was riding in.

According to Saluda County Coroner Keith Turner, 46-year-old Jennifer Fisher Wertz of Saluda died at the scene.  The accident occurred around 9:35 p.m. on Fruit Hill Road in Saluda.  Wertz was the passenger inside a truck along with two other family members when the accident occurred.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Donalds man died in wreck on Dixie Drive

A man died after his vehicle struck a tree around midnight on Dixie Drive in Greenwood County.  According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, 24 year old Marcus Anthony Harris of 288 Haddon Road, Donalds SC was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Officials say Harris ran off the side of the road into a ditch, overturned and struck a tree.  Harris was not wearing a seat belt.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Verizon Wireless Expanding Greenville County Operations

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest provider of telecommunications products and services, is expanding its existing operations in Greenville County. To accommodate its continued growth, the company is investing $3.5 million and creating 260 new jobs.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Police find missing teen with older woman with drugs and guns

On Feb 15, 2017 deputies with the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Abbeville SC while investigating a missing juvenile case.  When deputies arrived the homeowner invited them inside and deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

8 Facts You Should Know About the 2017 Solar Eclipse
1- Lander University is one of five official sites for South Carolina to be selected as an observation point for the eclipse, through a national research experiment known as Citizen CATE (Continental America Telescopic Eclipse). "This means that Lander will receive a set of observation/photography equipment to keep, valued at around $2,500," said Kelly Hughes, Technical Services Manager with Lander's Information Technology Services and Chair of the Solar Eclipse Planning Committee. "Training will be scheduled in April at South Carolina State University."
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Key role changes at Ninety Six Schools - Ward named Superintendent

In a 3-1 vote last night during the School District 52 board meeting, Rex Ward was selected to become the next Superintendent of Greenwood School District 52 (Ninety Six).



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lake Greenwood Cleanup Blitz set for March 11
The 9th annual Lake Greenwood Cleanup Blitz will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Lake Greenwood State Park. 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sheriff searching for burglary suspect in Newberry

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a burglary suspect who fled from investigators after they stopped a vehicle who was driving.

 Updated: 10:22 PM Feb 9, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Former Ninety Six graduate selected for Program Manager

Angela Watson-Hubbard formerly of Greenwood, South Carolina has accepted the position of Program Manager for Graduation Initiatives and School Counseling.  Angela brings a wealth of experiences to this role.  She is currently director of counseling at East Forsyth High School and has previously been director at Atkins and R.J. Reynolds as well as lead counselor at Flat Rock Middle School.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ninety Six Head Football Coach and AD looking to leave

According to sources, Mike Doolittle has submitted his notice and request to leave Ninety Six High School.  These request must be presented to the School Board for approval.  The School Board will be having their next meeting on Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 

Another anticipated announcement that may come during this meeting is who will be named the next School District Superintendent.  The final three candidates are Rex Ward, Julie Fowler and David Pitts.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gov. McMaster Asks President For $5.18 Billion For SC Infrastructure Needs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In a letter to President Donald Trump, Governor Henry McMaster requested that the president include two South Carolina projects in his national infrastructure plan.

Emphasizing South Carolina’s unique position as an economic driver in the region, the governor asked for the president’s inclusion of a $180 million allotment to fulfill the federal share for the deepening of the Charleston port to 52 feet.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Duncan Reintroduces Terrorist Deportation Act

On Friday, Feb 3, 2017 Congressman Jeff Duncan re-filed legislation to kick suspected terrorists out of the country.  H.R. 844, the Terrorist Deportation Act, would make anyone that law enforcement officials have placed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) who isn’t a citizen or a permanent resident eligible for immediate and mandatory deportation proceedings. The legislation is very similar to legislation Duncan filed in September 2016.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Edgefield DSS receives Acts of Kindness donations

Marietta Epps-Williams, left, Acts of Kindness Club adviser with Strom Thurmond High School, presents care packages to Moronda Talley, second from left, Edgefield County DSS director, and from left, case managers Alexis Logan, Juwhana Holloway and Sholanda Tabb.

Each bag contains common necessities such as soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothbrush holder, toothpaste, washcloth, socks, blanket, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, a light snack, tissue, wet wipes and sanitizers. To find out ways you can help, visit

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Burglar sentenced to 20 years in 2012 burglary

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Clinton man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for breaking into a home in 2012.

Keaston Kinard, 23, was found guilty Wednesday afternoon of first degree burglary, safecracking and grand larceny following a two-day trial at the Laurens County Courthouse.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Congressman Jeff Duncan Issues Statement on Judge Neil Gorsuch's Nomination to the US Supreme Court

In response to President Trump’s selection of Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:

“Once again, President Trump has gotten it right. Choosing a nominee of the stature of Judge Gorsuch shows a continued commitment to originalist and textualist principles that served our country well with Justice Scalia, and will continue to serve us well in the future.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SCDPS begins enforcement, education to "Stop Aggressive Driving"

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety began an effort today focused on aggressive driving behaviors that are causing deadly collisions on state roadways. The effort kicked off in the Upstate with a three-day wave of enforcement running from January 31-February 2. Enforcement will focus on aggressive driving behaviors such as speed, changing lanes unlawfully and following too closely.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Man arrested after receiving nearly a pound of marijuana through the mail
An Irmo man was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after her received a delivery of illegal drugs through the mail.

On November 21, 2016, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office conducted surveillance on a residence located on South Main Street in Prosperity after receiving information from the U.S. Postal Service that a suspicious package believed to containing illegal drugs would be delivered to that residence. The package was sent from California. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NSHS Honor Roll Students for the second quarter of 2016-2017

12th Grade:

A Honor Roll

Zach Allison, Olivia Ashley, Tajea Barr, Kelli Beach, Virginia Cannon, Amanda Carson, Hope DeLoach, Lauren Dorn, Dillon Harter, Michael Hilley, Sarah Jonda, Carla Keeler, Powers Lucas, Dakota Matthews, Dylan McCary, Mary Moore, Jaclyn Myers, Destiny Rabon, Lauren Rhodes, Jewel Rogers, Mariah Rogers, Lexis Sanders, Amberlea Smith, Camryn Sprowl, Olivia Ulmer, Matthew Vail, Kaley Whitcomb, Ella Whitfield.

Click on the title to see the full list of Honor Roll Students...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rep. McCravy aims to maintain quality judicial selection process
COLUMBIA, SC – When legislators vote this week for judicial candidates, they may want to consider a proposed bill that is pending in the House.  
Monday, January 30, 2017

Ware Shoals man arrested on kidnapping and criminal domestic violence charges

A Ware Shoals man was arrested by his girlfriend says he choked her, broke her phone and knocked holes in the walls.

William Darelle Suber, 26 of 55-B E. Cork Street, Ware Shoals SC was arrested and charged with domestic violence 1st degree, kidnapping and malicious damage to personal property.

Monday, January 30, 2017

A large quantity of counterfeit $100 bills has been recovered by law enforcement

Newberry County Sheriff's School Resource Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, and Newberry Police Officers have recovered a large sum of counterfeit $100 bills from several students. Approximately $4,500 was recovered during an investigation into the use of the bills. Investigators believe more bills are in circulation.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Humane Society of Greenwood offers February Spay/Neuter Special

To help you show your commitment to your pet, the Humane Society of Greenwood is offering a $15 discount on spay/neuter services for the month of February.

Neutering your pets is the truest love you can show them.  Neutering can help them live longer, healthier lives, reduce the need for male pets to roam, and lower their risk of getting lost or injured. Preventing unwanted litters reduces overpopulation, decreases shelter euthanasia and helps our community by controlling the cost of caring for strays.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lear Corporation Expanding Operations In Spartanburg County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating, is expanding its existing operations in Spartanburg County to accommodate its continued growth. The company will be adding equipment and upgrading existing infrastructure, bringing more than $7.7 million in new capital investment.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Local SCHP F/Sgt. J.T. Morf graduates from Northwestern Center for Public Safety

Columbia – The South Carolina Highway Patrol announces the graduation of First Sergeant J.T. Morf from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University.

F/Sgt. Morf successfully completed the 10-week Staff and Command program held in Nashville, Tennessee. This prestigious program has graduated more than 16,000 students both nationally and internationally. F/Sgt. Morf was a student in SPSC Class #403 which accommodated a total of 32 students for the 10-week period. He earned straight A’s in his classes.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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