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home : news : lakelands April 16, 2014



Upper Savannah Job Fair has 50-plus employers registered, still welcomes more

Organizers of the Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair have announced that 50-plus employers have already signed up for this month’s event but are encouraging more employers to participate.

The bi-annual Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair will be held at Greenwood Mall April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to participate.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SC Hospitals create Initiant Healthcare Collaborative to reduce costs

The boards of five of South Carolina’s largest health systems have approved the formation of a healthcare collaborative to drive down healthcare costs. The founding members of Initiant Healthcare Collaborative include:

  • Greenville Health System, Greenville
  • McLeod Health, Florence
  • MUSC Health, Charleston
  • Palmetto Health, Columbia
  • Self Regional Healthcare, Greenwood
CEOs of these leading healthcare systems wanted to find ways to create synergies among the organizations while remaining independent.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Experts to use high tech science to preserve mine at 96 National Historic Site
High tech is coming to Ninety Six National Historic Site as a way to preserve our nation’s heritage and provide digital access to an area of the park that lies beneath the ground and is inaccessible.  This is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the National Park Service, the University of South Florida- Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies and South Carolina ETV.   The public is invited to attend Archeology Day, Saturday April 19, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm at the park.  During Archeology Day, visitors will have the chance to see high tech equipment in use and learn about the science and technology involved. 
Monday, April 14, 2014

Is your chronic pain Fibromyalgia?

Many people today are dealing with a mysterious illness called Fibromyalgia.  What is Fibromyalgia and how do you know if you may have it is certainly a couple upfront questions you may have. 

Here is a great Questions & Answer article you may find very helpful by Dr. Janie “Kaki” Bruce, board-certified physician at Lexington Rheumatology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice:
Coping with Fibromyalgia


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Piedmont Tech to dedicate new county campus in Abbeville

Piedmont Technical College will be celebrating the opening of its new facility in Abbeville with a dedication ceremony Monday, April 21. The public is invited to attend beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“The faculty and staff at the Abbeville campus are very excited to have this new facility,” said Jennifer Wilbanks, interim vice president for academic affairs. “I think this will be something the citizens of Abbeville will be proud of.”


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One dead following shooting in Waterloo

***UPDATE***

The name of the victim in Tuesday’s fatal shooting in Waterloo has been released.

WATERLOO― One man is dead following a shooting that deputies say was a dispute between neighbors.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Man facing charges after allegedly pulling gun on sister
A Ware Shoals man is facing a multitude of charges after police say he pulled a gun on his sister following a dispute over a tax return.
Friday, April 4, 2014

Murder suspects captured in Newberry County

***UPDATE 3:45 p.m.***

All four Tennessee murder suspects on the run in Newberry County have been apprehended.

***UPDATE***

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has released photographs of the four suspects wanted in connection with a murder in Greenville, Tenn. The suspects ran into a wooded area off S.C. Thursday morning.

NEWBERRY― Four suspects in a Tennessee murder are on the loose in Newberry County as state and local law enforcement officials search the area.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Major Hudson presides over 2014 South Carolina Jail Administrator's Conference

Major Chris Hudson of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and President of the SCJAA presided over the 2014 South Carolina Jail Administrator’s  Association (SCJAA) Conference Training and Trade Show that began Sunday, March 24th and concluded Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  The event was hosted in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Five injured in single vehicle wreck

Five people were injured in a single vehicle wreck Friday night along S.C. 702, about one mile inside Saluda County.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Pair arrested after deputies locate stolen property

A man and woman were arrested last Friday and are facing multiple charges, including violation of the chop shop act, after deputies located a number of stolen four-wheelers and other stolen items.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

LCSO: Skeletal remains found near firing range

***UPDATE***

 The skeletal remains found in Laurens County Tuesday have been identified.



CLINTON ― Officials with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office say they have discovered the skeletal remains of a person near the Clinton Public Safety firing range.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

State Superintendent addresses districts spending more money on operations than teacher salaries

COLUMBIA – Dr. Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education, issued the following statement after releasing a chart showing nine districts spent more money on district operations than on teacher salaries.  Within the Greenwood and Lakelands area the only school listed as one of the eight is McCormick School District.

“I am very disappointed to see that nearly 11 percent of districts in our state spent more money on district operations than on teacher salaries,” said Zais. “These data give taxpayers insight into where their money goes.  I hope parents and the press in these districts start asking some tough questions,” stated Zais.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deer Creek Golf opens under new management

This past Saturday the Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce assisted Golf Commanders, LLC with the Ribbon Cutting at Deer Creek Golf located on Highway 246.  Deer Creek Golf opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.  

Effective April 1st, they will be open until 9:00 p.m. daily. Deer Creek Golf is a great place to sharpen up your skills getting ready to hit the local courses.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Abbeville Native, City Attorney Tombo Hite to run for State House

Abbeville, SC - Abbeville City Attorney Thomas E. "Tombo" Hite officially filed for the South Carolina House of Representatives on Friday. 

Hite, 33, will seek the Democratic nomination and focus his campaign on improving public schools, keeping taxes low, cutting spending, and investing in the children of our State.


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Monday, March 24, 2014

South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives hosted 2014 Spring Academy
North Myrtle Beach, SC – Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols and Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain attended the 2014 annual South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives (SCACEE) Spring Academy in North Myrtle Beach, SC from Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21, 2014. Over 50 countywide elected executives comprised of auditors, clerks of court, coroners, probate judges, registers of deeds, treasurers and sheriffs from across the state attended the three-day event.
Monday, March 24, 2014

Rose named Principal at John de la Howe

Jonathan Rose, currently the assistant principal at North Charleston High School, has accepted the position of principal of John de la Howe’s L.S. Brice School.

The Goose Creek resident has been an educator for 16 years, including eight years as a special education LD resource teacher and the past five as an assistant principal. He also has eight years of experience as a high school football coach, having been both head coach and assistant coach at schools in the Charleston area.  “I am very excited about the opportunity to help students at John de la Howe School achieve their dreams,” Rose said.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

One injured in single vehicle wreck

One person was injured in a single vehicle wreck on S.C. 34 Thursday morning.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Employers encouraged to attend Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair

Area employers who are hiring or expect to hire in the next four months are encouraged to participate in a job fair sponsored by the Upper Savannah Workforce System and Greenwood Mall.

The bi-annual Upper Savannah Regional Job Fair will be held at Greenwood Mall April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to participate. However, available space is limited and must be reserved by April 18.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Upper Savannah Land Trust has banner 2013 year

The Upper Savannah Land Trust announced today that the group conserved 1,958 acres during 2013, making the year one of its most successful to date. 

“The results are in and our organization has worked with the area’s land owners to conserve almost 2,000 acres in one year,” Upper Savannah Land Trust President Andy Robinson said. "This is great success and we applaud the eight landowners who have ensured their property will remain as a farm or forest in the future.”


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Car catches fire

A car caught on fire while traveling down S.C. 34 in Ninety Six Tuesday night.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Man dies in house fire

***UPDATE***

The man who died in the fire on Brickyard Road Tuesday has been identified.



One man is dead following a house fire on Brickyard Road Tuesday afternoon.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

John de la Howe students enjoy Night at the Opera

McCormick - Seven students from John de la Howe School in McCormick were recently treated to a performance at the Palmetto Opera.

The students, all middle school and high school girls, saw an international cast and full orchestra representing the Teatro Lirico D’Europa present the classic “Carmen” at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fannie Kate's Inn set to open for its 1st dinner, Friday, April 4

McCormick’s First Friday Art Trot events are always good, but the next one scheduled for April 4 will be a special one for a new business, Fannie Kate’s Country Inn, Bistro and Coffee Shop.  “We’re going to join forces with the MACK (McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah) and the Red Rooster and open that evening,” said Pam Chavous, the new proprietress of the McCormick landmark. 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Greenwood Genetic Center Receives $2.75 million grant from The Duke Endowment through the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), which comprises the Department of Medical Genetics at Self Regional Healthcare, has been awarded a 3-year grant totaling $2.75 million from The Duke Endowment to fund an expansion of the Center’s treatment initiatives.

With their focus on treating genetic disorders, GGC will use the funding from The Endowment to strengthen the infrastructure for the Center’s Treatment Program. The grant will complement the $5.6 million gift from Self Regional Healthcare announced last month, as the Center moves forward with the research and treatment collaborative with the hospital and Clemson University.


Sunday, March 16, 2014


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