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Piedmont Tech Educators Describe Funeral Services as 'Ministry'

Funerals these days can be traditional or eccentric. They are as diverse as the people who have passed. Often the obituary sets the tone. For example, the family of a California man wanted the world to know the funny, irreverent man he had been. Their humorous tribute was shared worldwide:  “Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies' man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday.”


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Newberry man sentenced to 10 years for church thefts

A string of church break-ins that spanned two counties landed a Newberry man a 10-year sentence after he entered a guilty plea Monday afternoon to charges stemming from the incident, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday

Terrance Lenard Chisolm, 38, changed his plea to guilty on the day of his scheduled trial Monday on to five counts of second-degree burglary.  Circuit Judge R. Scott Sprouse sentenced Chisolm to 10 years in prison on each of the charges, with the sentences to run concurrently. Chisolm has two prior convictions for burglary.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Countybank Foundation Presents $5,000 to Community Initiatives

Wells Dunlap, Commercial Relationship Manager for Countybank; Lynn Turner, Credit Officer for Countybank; and David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank recently presented a check for $5,000 to Community Initiatives. The donation was given on behalf of the Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

McCravy Forms Working Group to Solve County/DMV Communication

House bill 3050 was pre-filed by Representative McCravy this session and is now up for debate in the Motor Vehicles Subcommittee.  The bill would require the DMV to register and collect County taxes at the same time it issues a license tag for a newly acquired vehicle.  This bill is designed to prevent car buyers from waiting in county office lines and then the DMV line when a private sale of a vehicle occurs.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lander Athletics hosts 2nd annual "Emerald Ink & Stitches - The Drop" Friday night

Lander Athletics will host the 2nd annual "Emerald Ink & Stitches – The Drop" on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Dolny Stadium.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lander's Bocchino earns Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honor

Lander senior Peter Bocchino claimed Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors as the Bearcats secured their second straight conference Player of the Week award, the league office announced on Monday.

Bocchino, a native of Saugus, Mass., batted .500 (4-for-8) with three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. Making his second start of the season, Bocchino gave Lander a 4-0 lead on No. 1-ranked North Greenville on Wednesday night with a second inning grand slam, his first homer of the season and first hit since Feb. 16.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

TyLa'Jha Robinson to Take Part in Envision's 2019 National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM

This summer, TyLa’Jha Robinson (daughter of Janeshia and Tyler Robinson) from Greenwood, SC will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM, taking place in Spartanburg, SC at Converse College.

NYLF Pathways to STEM is one of the Envision family of programs ( that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GCSO National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the “National DEA Take Back (Pill Drop)” on Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 09:00 am until 1:00 pm. Our drop off location will be in the "Jury Parking Lot" beside the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office on the corner of Edgefield Street and Oak Avenue. Just look for a "RED TENT" manned by the Greenwood County Sheriff Office Deputies.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Lander volleyball announces summer camp dates

The Lander volleyball program will host its annual Bearcat Volleyball Camp on June 7-9 at Lander University. Both individual and team camps will be offered.

Individual players from grades 1-12 are welcome, as well as middle school and high school teams.

The Bearcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament four out of the last five seasons and have posted six consecutive winning seasons. Lander earned the program's highest seeding ever in the NCAA Tournament in 2019, making the Southeast Regional as the No. 5 seed.

(Registration Forms)

For more information, contact Coach Ashley White at

Monday, April 22, 2019

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont to Host 20th Annual Butterfly Celebration

On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, at 10:30am, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont will host the 20th Annual Butterfly Celebration.  This special occasion is a live butterfly release on the Hospice Center grounds and is sponsored by the Friends of Hospice Committee.

The event will be held in honor or in memory of special friends and family.  The live butterflies are available for purchase at the cost of $10 each. A lovely note card will be sent to the person that the purchaser honors on their form...or a card to the family of the person that is to be remembered.  All the forms must include complete addresses so that Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont may send the cards.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Springfest in Uptown Greenwood this Friday

Yes it’s time to celebrate Spring with no better way than listening to several local entertainers in Uptown Greenwood.  Come on out to Springfest at the Uptown Market this Friday from 5:30 - 9 pm and celebrate local music and art! Take a look at this lineup for music:

Opening Bands:

O'Doyle Rulz, Jackson Station, The Mez, Time to Live and Steven Galloway & the VIbe!

All these are playing before the headlining band Bad Weather States!

Come on out and enjoy great music, arts and food throughout Uptown Greenwood.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Piedmont Tech Board Approves Job-Ready Guarantee for all Graduates

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Area Commission approved a new “Job-Ready Guarantee” policy at its April 16th meeting. The guarantee pledges that graduates will enter the workforce fully able to perform job-related skills learned as a part of their programs of study.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Humane Society of Greenwood Announces Free Microchip Clinic

Losing a pet can be a stressful situation. The staff at The Humane Society of Greenwood will be holding a microchip clinic on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the animal shelter located at 2820 Airport Road. Professional staff will implant a microchip into your pet that will provide national registration with 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery Service. The service is free of charge to the first sixty pets in line according to order of arrival, and owners will be issued a number between one and sixty to redeem for their free microchip. Pet owners with multiple pets may obtain one free microchip, and each additional pet will be $15.00.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lander University Announces Winners of Student Academic Symposium

Lander University recently wrapped up its 2019 Student Academic Symposium, featuring research presentations from Lander’s undergraduate students coming from a broad array of academic disciplines. Over 70 students participated in this year’s symposium.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fatal vehicle accident on Hwy 221

A woman from Troy SC was fatally injured when her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Hwy 221 at Center Road.  According to Greenwood Coroner Sonny Cox, the accident occurred this morning at 6:31 a.m. Judith F. Stover, 75 of Troy SC was fatally injured and suffered blunt force trauma from the accident.  Stover was traveling north on US 221 South when she collided with a logging truck pulling onto the road. Stover was the only one in the vehicle.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis to deliver keynote address at Lander's 159th Commencement

More than 300 graduates are expected to cross the stage and receive their degrees on Wednesday, May 15, during Lander University’s 159th commencement.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena. Delivering the keynote address will be third-term State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. Known as South Carolina’s “private banker,” Loftis manages, invests and retains custody of more than $40 billion in public funds.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lander University Invites Students to Wear Jeans

In an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence, Lander University will host “Denim Day,” on Wednesday, April 24, standing in solidarity against acts of sexual violence on college campuses and around the world.

The event is part of a larger international movement that began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices believed that, since the victim was wearing tight-fitting jeans, she must have helped the perpetrator by removing her jeans, thereby implying her consent.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Turning art into science - Lander student uses research to examine tattoo fascination

The art of human tattooing has existed since before the stone ages. But this spring, Lander University senior and Greenwood native Hannah Leister took on a scientific project to find out why people bother with tattoos – considering that they are painstaking to get and even more so to remove.

What Leister discovered was that the time, the patience, and even the cost to get a tattoo is worth it to most of the people who get this type of skin art because of one overpowering factor: a sense of having something that they want to last forever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Self-Defense Expert Speaks at Lander

‘Students Fight Back’ speaker Nicole Snell, a self-defense expert, spoke before a large audience of Lander University students last week, sharing tips about how to harness their inner strength and feel safe in any situation.

‘Students Fight Back’ is the gender neutral version of the ‘Girls Fight Back’ program, founded by women’s safety speaker Erin Weed in response to the 2001 murder of her friend, Eastern Illinois student Shannon McNamara. Snell’s visit was sponsored by Lander’s Office of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Countybank Foundation presents $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, recently donated $20,000 to Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity. This donation is part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

33rd Annual Hope for Hospice Easter Service

Rev. Dr. Daniel Smyth of St. Mark United Methodist Church will give the Easter morning message at the 33rd Annual Hope for Hospice program, a sunrise service sponsored by Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont.  Ryan Pitts will perform special music during the service.

Hope for Hospice Sunrise Service will be held on Easter Sunday, April 21st  at 7:00 a.m. at Oakbrook Memorial Park overlooking the beautiful pond and the special Hospice Cross.  In case of rain, the service will be held inside Oakbrook’s Chapel. Seating, coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.  The community is invited to attend this very meaningful service.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lander's Call Me MISTER programs provides professional clothes for students

Lander University students in need of professional clothing for internships or job interviews had their pick of free attire on April 3, thanks to the university’s Call Me MISTER program.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Lander University police search for suspects in air compressor theft

Lander University police are looking for two individuals in connection with the theft of an air compressor from a campus building. Investigators say security cameras caught activity of two male suspects at 511 Willson Street on Wednesday, April 10 at 11:43 p.m.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.  If you recognize these individuals, or have information that can help identify those responsible, contact the Lander University Police Department at (864) 388-8222.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Women Among Welders Being Trained at Abbeville Career Center in Piedmont Tech Dual Enrollment Partnership

Unlike many high school girls, the last thing 17-year-old Ashlyn Gordon worries about in class is the condition of her manicure. No. This girl is not afraid to get her hands dirty, to sweat a bit under her welder’s mask. She is one of three young women pursuing welding diplomas as part of Piedmont Technical College’s Dual Enrollment partnership with the Abbeville County School District. In all, 12 high school students are enrolled in the welding certificate program.


Friday, April 12, 2019

The Charlie Foundation Launches Scholarship for Tuition-Free College at PTC

Representatives from The Charlie Foundation, school officials and high school students recently gathered at Saluda High School to celebrate the launch of The Charlie Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship is designed to make college more affordable for recent Saluda County high school graduates by covering the remaining tuition and required fees after state and federal financial aid—effectively making attendance at Piedmont Technical College tuition-free for qualifying students.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Tony Lawton joins Countybank as Commercial Relationship Manager

Countybank is pleased to welcome Tony Lawton as Commercial Relationship Manager in the Upstate area. Lawton comes to Countybank with more than 30 years of experience in commercial lending across the Upstate and along the South Carolina coast.


Friday, April 12, 2019

'One Book, One College' at Piedmont Tech Explores 'Good Food Revolution'

In some neighborhoods, filling up on empty calories is the easiest way to fill an empty stomach. That’s because some neighborhoods exist in “food deserts” where healthy, fresh ingredients are hard to come by in the absence of full-service grocery stores or farmers markets. Author Will Allen recognized this and established an urban farm within walking distance of Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. His book, “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities,” is the featured selection for “One Book, One College” at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) throughout the month of April.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Countybank Foundation presents donation to GALL

Wells Dunlap, Commercial Relationship Manager for Countybank, recently presented a check for $500 to Troy Cole, Greenwood Abbeville Little League President, and Tyler Davis, who serves on the organization’s board as information officer and scheduling coordinator. The donation was given on behalf of the Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office unveils a series of "Community Update" meetings

Sheriff Dennis Kelly and the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office are holding the first of a series of twelve meetings, dubbed “Community Update”. These meetings are to address the concerns of the community and get feedback from citizens about activity in their particular area of the county.


Monday, April 8, 2019

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