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South Carolina Issuing February SNAP Benefits Early

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) will be issuing February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early as a result of the federal government shutdown.

SNAP recipients who received a benefit in January and are eligible for ongoing benefits in February will have their February benefits available on their EBT card Jan. 17, 2019. This will affect an estimated 231,000 households.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lander Professor Gets PAL Award

Lander University Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Lee Vartanian recently received a PAL Award, recognizing him as a Professor for Affordable Learning.

    The award, conferred by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), is part of the South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) initiative, that seeks to reduce the cost of higher education by promoting the use of low-cost and no-cost learning materials.

    Vartanian said that he has “noticed an uptick in the past 10 years or so in textbook prices.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lander students and alumni readying for Homecoming Week

Whether it’s tailgating near the fountain, pulling for your favorite soapbox racer, enjoying an Uptown concert, or reconnecting with people you once used to know, Lander University students and alumni are gearing up for another high-spirited Homecoming Week.

“I look forward to it every year,” said Debbie Dill, '90, assistant director for Alumni Affairs. “Even more so this year because we’re going to have a reunion for six classes dating back 60 years.”

Set for Feb. 3-9, the 2019 Homecoming Week features a concert on Assembly Plaza, tailgating on the front lawn, a pre-Super Bowl pep rally and bonfire, and other new and long-time activities.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lander University Funding Requests Center Upon Student Safety and Building Renovations

As state legislators began their new session, Lander University President Richard Cosentino met with members of the Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to request state funding for several campus needs.

The requests center upon increasing measures for the safety and security of Lander students, faculty and staff; completing much-needed repairs to state-owned buildings; renovating a student center to accommodate a rapidly increasing student population; and expanding the infrastructure for a nursing degree program that has experienced steady growth for more than 20 years.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lander to host campus talk on NEW Leadership Conference

The community is invited to hear from Lander University students who attended the National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership conference on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Carnell Learning Center at Lander.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Town of Ninety Six Receives Community Change Grant from America Walks

The Town of Ninety Six is honored to receive one of the 20 Community Change Micro Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2019.  This grant program supports local efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members.  Since its beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for a variety of projects demonstrating the creativity and passion of walking champions across the US.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Hodges man arrested after high speed chase from Ninety Six

Hodges man led Ninety Six Police and other law enforcement on a nine mile, high speed chase before crashing into a Greenwood County Sheriff Deputy’s patrol car.

Gary Barker Plake III of 1322 Nation Road, Hodges SC was arrested and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, expired vehicle license, DUS, reckless driving, possession of heroin, possession of fentanyl, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Presidential Ambassador from Ninety Six a Big Guy With Heart to Match

He doesn’t look like other students on the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) campus in Greenwood. The large, physically intimidating gentleman is a former Marine who has worked as a bodyguard, a bouncer and a security guard. At 51, he’s older than most of the students in his classes, but he is making fast friends right and left. However, at first, simply enrolling took courage.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood-Area Student Receives Countywide Award at PTC Winter Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent winter commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Lisa Terry (pictured at left), who graduated Magna Cum Laude with an associate in applied science, majoring in general technology with a concentration in photography and advertising design, was the honoree for Greenwood County. Congratulating Terry is PTC Area Commissioner George Cone.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

County targets Jan 15 for maximum draw down on Lake Greenwood

The Greenwood County Engineering Department would like to notify the public that it is the intention of the department to meet the lake level draw down goal of 434.5 ft-msl by the federally mandated deadline of January 15. It is also the intention of the department to maintain the lake level at 434.5 ft-msl for the federally mandated period from January 15 through January 31. While more rain is forecast over the next few weeks, the department will do what it can to stick to the schedules to allow residents to proceed with plans that they may have for the draw down.

The Engineering Department would like to thank the public for their patience in regard to the fluctuating lake levels over the last few months as the watershed has experienced extreme amounts of rain.

Any questions regarding the lake level can be directed to the Greenwood County Engineering Department at 864-942-8556.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Utility & Rental Assistance are now available
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) are federally-funded programs designed to assist eligible low-income households meet home heating, cooling, and housing needs.  Home energy is defined as residential heating and cooling, and to increase energy self-sufficiency; thereby reducing the vulnerability resulting from energy needs. 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood Promise Receives Support from Countybank Foundation

As Piedmont Technical College (PTC) students return from winter break, The Greenwood Promise scholarship program celebrates the impact it has already had on post-secondary education across Districts 50, 51, and 52. The Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital, donated $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Central Packaging and Crating, Inc. expanding Greenwood County operations

Central Packaging and Crating, Inc., a manufacturer of wooden, heat-treated pallets, is expanding its operations in Greenwood County. The company’s $6 million investment is projected to create 37 new jobs.  

“I would like to thank the community of Greenwood for supporting us now for the past 20 years”, said Kevin Neuman - president of Central Packaging and Crating, Inc. “We are proud of our continued growth, and look forward to being a partner for success in both Greenwood County and the state of South Carolina.”


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Clemson earns RESPECT, 2018 National Champs

With a dominating win over the #1 Ranked Alabama to become the 2018 National Champions, Clemson earns RESPECT.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Leath Correctional Institution donates to Hospice & Palliative Care

Leath Correctional Institution recently donated items for patients and families to the Hospice House. The generosity and compassion of our community make it possible for Hospice & Palliative Care to continue to meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Greenwood-Area Student Receives Countywide Award at PTC Winter Graduation
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent winter commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 
Friday, January 4, 2019

McCravy Attends Commander Gebauer's 100th Birthday Celebration

Representative McCravy had the honor of attending the 100th birthday celebration of Annie Sturkey Gebauer at Wesley Commons on Saturday, December 23rd, 2018.

McCravy presented Gebauer with a certificate on behalf of the South Carolina House of Representatives to show his appreciation for her services during World War II and to celebrate the privilege of living a long and full life.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Women's Home Community Club Donates to Hospice & Palliative Care

Women’s Home Community Club recently made a monetary donation to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont.  The generosity and compassion of our community help make it possible for Hospice & Palliative Care to continue to meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.

Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont is your community, non-profit network of care that provides expert, life-changing health care for those living with advanced illnesses.  The organization has served Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties since 1981. For more information, please call 227-9393 or visit our website,

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Burglar found asleep on couch

On Jan 1, 2019 around 7 a.m, a female homeowner found a man asleep on her couch after breaking into her home.

Saul Martinez Gonzalez, 33 and listed as homeless was arrested and charged with 1st degree burglary.

According to the report, the homeowner heard a noise sounding like someone kicking at her garage door.  She got out of bed to see what the noise was and initially did not see anything suspicious. As she was walking through the house she noticed a man covered with mud asleep on her couch.  The homeowner immediately went outside and called 911.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sheriff investigating recent gang related shootings

Over the holidays, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office has been busy responding to several shootings in Greenwood.  Some of the shootings are unrelated to each other but there are three in particular they believe are connected.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Need for Qualified Auto Technicians Continues to Grow

More than six months after it was launched into space, Elon Musk’s bright red Tesla Roadster with “Starman: at the wheel continued to zoom across the galaxy at an estimated 2,246 miles per hour. It had exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty more than 7,800 times over. And if the growing shortage of auto mechanics and technicians continues, earthbound customers seeking repairs and service for their increasingly high-tech vehicles could feel as lonely as Starman while they wait for service scheduling with a shrinking pool of qualified technicians.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fatal vehicle accident on Cokesbury Street

A fatal vehicle accident occurred in the area of 238 Cokesbury Street in Greenwood SC earlier this morning around 3:22 a.m.

According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, 37-year-old Jesse Edward Parker IV of Greenwood was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  Parker was traveling on Cokesbury when his vehicle left the left side of the road and struck a block wall.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Bradley man arrested on criminal sexual conduct with minor

Greenwood County Sheriff has arrested a man after two minors reported that he had sexual contact with them.

Clayton Getsinger, 48 of 1923 Five Notch Road, Bradley SC was arrested and charged with 1st degree criminal sexual conduct with minor.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Lander graduate takes top academic award

On Dec. 18, 2018, just before she was about to walk across the stage during fall commencement, Lander University senior Michaela Smith heard her name being called from the graduation podium far ahead of when she expected.

In the blur of the moment, Smith realized she had just won something called the Thayer Award – the university’s highest academic honor, reserved for the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA of the class.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Police investigating shooting , one victim shot

Greenwood City Police are investigating a shooting that occurred around 3 p.m. today at the corner of Cokesbury St and East Cambridge Ave in Greenwood.  According to the Police, one victim was struck by gunfire and was transported to Self Regional Healthcare for treatment.

Police are seeking anyone who has information that may help identify the shooter.  If you have any info please contact the Greenwood City Police via facebook or call (864) 942-8407.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Science on Tap Explores Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing

‘Science on Tap’ will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 6pm at Howard’s on Main in Uptown Greenwood. Science on Tap is a community lecture series designed to share some of the scientific work and expertise in the Greenwood area.

The January event will feature Lori Bassett, MS, CGC, Head of Communications and a genetic counselor with the Greenwood Genetic Center. She will present “Direct to Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing: What you should know before you spit.”

“Direct to consumer genetic testing is gaining popularity, and was one of this holiday season’s most popular gifts,” said Bassett. “But it’s important for consumers to know what they are and aren’t getting from these services.” Bassett plans to discuss the science behind this testing, as well as concerns about accuracy and privacy.


Friday, December 28, 2018

What to do with your live tree after the holidays

Christmas is over, and odds are that you’ll spend the rest of this week un-decorating your home, removing the tinsel, putting the ornaments in storage and removing the wreaths from the doors and windows.

As for the Christmas tree you hand-picked this year, whether it be a Virginia Pine or a Leyland cypress, there is a way to repurpose it instead of letting it take up space at a landfill.

Discarded trees can be put to good use for fish or wildlife, like for erosion control or as brush piles to provide resting and cover for small animals. In addition to benefiting small game such as quail and rabbits, brush piles constructed of Christmas trees can help birds such as sparrows, towhees and wrens.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Adding it all up - Student tutor shows others the wonder of math

It all started for Lander University senior Rebecca Strickland in seventh grade when a math teacher sought out her help.

The teacher was concerned about a student who was drowning in a struggle with algebra, and knew Strickland had a liking for numbers – Could she help this student avoid a D or an F?

Strickland agreed – and ever since that day, through high school and Lander, she has used her friendship with numbers to help many students navigate the hazards of Xs, Ys, hyperbolas and quadratics to keep their drowning math scores above “C” level.

“Rebecca’s the kind of senior and tutor I wish we could keep,” said Anissa Lawrence, tutoring and supplemental Instruction coordinator with the Academic Success Center. “She not only has a calming effect with students in need of tutoring, but several times has helped them reach the next level in their math.”

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Meals On Wheels seeks volunteers

Local seniors need your help! Meals on Wheels, a project of Piedmont Agency on Aging, is in need of weekly and substitute volunteers for Meals on Wheels in Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Greenwood, Ware Shoals, Promised Land, and Ninety Six. You will be directly helping homebound seniors in your community! Please call 864-223-2233 for how you can get involved.

Meals on Wheels…so no senior goes hungry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Shop With A Cop helps 13 families enjoy Christmas

On Friday, December 21, 2019, at 09:00 AM the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office conducted their annual Shop with a Cop Program with Walmart in Greenwood County. This year multiple agencies came together to help out 13 families enjoy a Christmas everyone deserves.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

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