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Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office – Shooting Investigation

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office – Shooting Investigation

*On 08/15/2018 at 11:03 PM our E911 Center received a call reporting multiple gunshots
at 104 Mimosa Court located in the Country Homes Subdivision in Greenwood County.
*Deputies from Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene at 11:14 PM.
The initial responding Deputy located a witness who stated that numerous individuals
were in the backyard having a gathering of family and friends (including children) to
mourn the death of a family member. Greenwood County EMS responded and began
administering medical attention to those injured still on the scene.

*Self Regional Healthcare reported the arrival of five gunshot wound victims shortly
after the incident. The gunshot victims arrived at Self Regional Healthcare Emergency
Room by personal vehicles.
*Members of the Investigations Division, Crime Scene Unit and the Bloodhound
Tracking Team responded to the scene for the follow up investigation.
*At this time four of the victims have been released from Self-Regional Healthcare and
none of the injuries are reported to be life threatening.
* A motive for the shooting is unknown at this time and the investigation remains
ongoing.

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Pilot Procedures for Major Events

Cruisin’ for a Cause Boat Run

Boaters Uniting to Help People with Special Needs

The Burton Center Foundation and the Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board are proud to announce the 5th Annual “Cruisin’ for a Cause Boat Run” will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 on beautiful Lake Greenwood. The purpose of the boat run is to bring awareness of people with disabilities and special needs in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties and funding to help them. The funds raised by this event will go towards providing for emergencies, financial hardships, food, clothing, dental care, medical equipment, personal care items, client events and outings.

There will be great prizes, food, entertainment and camaraderie. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at any of the five stops on Lake Greenwood. Last boat in at Camp Fellowship at 3:30 p.m. Live auction and prizes will be awarded at 4:00 p.m. Live entertainment featuring Dubie’s Brothers.

Registration: At any of the five stops day of event (Harris Landing; Break on the Lake; Lighthouse Marina; Skipper’s Landing or Camp Fellowship); or by contacting Burton Center, 2605 Hwy 72 221E, Greenwood, SC 29649 or Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, 1860 Hwy 14, Laurens, SC 29360.

For more information, please go to: www.connectlakegreenwood.com; www.burtoncenter.org; Laurens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board on Facebook or by calling (864) 942-8900; (864) 981-1926 or (864) 993-0012.

Pictured: Cruisin’ for a Cause Planning Committee: L to R: Andy Lyle, Mel Weaver, Monica Taylor, Sam Martin, Jimmy Burton (seated), Laurie Cordell and Ruple Harley III. Not pictured: David & Susie Burton, Frank & Rose Sells, Cheryl Bell, Jimmy Peden, Travis Dudley, Jeff May and Teresa Medlin.

Greenwood On-Deck Podcast Interviews Greenwood Calendar Founder

Greenwood On-Deck Podcast Interviews Greenwood Calendar Founder

Clay Sprouse founder of Greenwood On-Deck Podcasts interviews Dr. Robert Stevenson, whom he calls a social media guru.

 

Click the link below to hear Clay’s other episodes, including a podcast with:

  • Brandon Smith, local attorney, who is running unopposed for Greenwood mayor.
  • TJ Jenks of Montague’s Restaurant, and
  • Steven Galloway, local musician.

Visit Greenwood On-Deck Podcast

UPDATE: Active Shooters at Greenwood Mall

Shooter at Greenwood Mall

According to Officers Jonathan Link of the Greenwood City Police Department, several males apparently were chasing an individual inside Greenwood Mall and an unknown number of rounds were fired inside the mall. There is no evidence than anyone was hit. The mall was placed on lock down.

The suspects fled in a vehicle, and the police are following up leads to apprehend them. Police officers ask that people avoid the area. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Information will be added as it becomes available.

Vice President for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight to begin new chapter of service to Lander University

Vice President for Student Affairs Randy Bouknight to begin new chapter of service to Lander University

 

After 46 years of serving the students of Lander University, H. Randall ‘Randy’ Bouknight, Vice President for Student Affairs will soon assume a new role of service as a special ambassador for the university.

 

His new duties will incorporate a blend of community and alumni relations, cultivating new relationships and calling on longstanding friendships to increase support for Lander students. Lander President Richard Cosentino expects Bouknight’s new position to be a driving force in the development and success of the university.

 

“With over 40 years of service at Lander, Randy has extraordinary knowledge and insight into the university and surrounding community,” said President Cosentino. “Because of this unique perspective, he is the ideal person to assist us with alumni and community relations.”

Decades of Leadership

The year 1979 brings a promotion to a higher-level leadership position for the young Randy Bouknight. Appointed as Vice President for Student Affairs, Bouknight begins to oversee a comprehensive division that focuses on all areas that relate to the comfort, health and safety of Lander students. He remained in this position for nearly 40 years.
-Photo contributed by Jackson Library Archives

With a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Services from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Bouknight was fresh out of college when hired in 1972 by Don Herd, Jr., Lander’s eighth president.

 

At the youthful age of 24, Randy Bouknight began influencing the lives of students as the university’s Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Men. Two years later, the university’s new President, Larry Jackson, would promote the promising young man to become Dean of Students.

 

Bouknight was appointed as Dean of Student Affairs in 1977, and once again promoted to a higher-level leadership position as Vice President for Student Affairs in 1979 – where he has remained for nearly 40 years.

“I first met Randy when I was working in the President’s Office as a temporary employee back in 1979,” said longtime assistant Pam Bartley. “I had no idea that he would end up being my supervisor for over 38 years.”

Over the decades, Bouknight’s responsibilities expanded into overseeing a comprehensive division that focuses on all areas that relate to the comfort, health and safety of Lander students. His far-reaching network of departments includes the offices of Housing and Residence Life; Career Services; Student Activities; Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports; Student Health Services; Disabilities and Counseling Services; the Equestrian Center; Food Services; and the University Police.

 

He also oversees the university’s Behavioral Invention Team, the Office of Student Conduct, the Student Handbook, and is Advisor to the Student Government Association (SGA).

 

During the Spring 2018 Student Life Awards ceremony, Bouknight was recognized for his years of service and outstanding contribution to the university. Met by a standing ovation, the highly regarded Vice President for Student Affairs was honored by words of appreciation, admiration and respect by his team of professional staff members and President Cosentino.

During the Spring 2018 Student Life Awards ceremony, Randy Bouknight is recognized for his years of service and outstanding contribution to the university. Met by a standing ovation, the highly regarded Vice President for Student Affairs is honored by words of appreciation, admiration and respect by his team of professional staff members and Lander President Richard Cosentino.
-Photo by Deb Nygro

 

Cindy Dysart, Director of Housing and Residence Life, spoke to those attending. “Randy has played a significant role in who we are, what we stand for, and what makes us unique – and we are all the better for it,” she reflected.

Linda Dolny, chair of Lander’s Board of Trustees, first met Bouknight in 1993 and attributes him as being an important part of Lander’s success. “I am personally going to miss Randy in the role he has held for so long, but he will be assisting Lander in meeting new challenges” she said. “I am excited to work with him in this new opportunity.”

A New Chapter

“I have enjoyed the collegiate environment – and while I have had job offers at larger universities, as well as in the business sector, I always knew that Lander and Greenwood were where I belonged” reflected Bouknight.

 

A new office awaits Randy Bouknight to enter it’s doors and step into yet another successful chapter of his life of service to students of Lander University. When he’s not traveling across the region to reconnect with alumni in their hometowns, Bouknight will be meeting with community leaders and businesses to ignite a strong foundation of support for Lander students.

 

Lander just completed a nationwide search for a new Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Boyd Yarbrough, who comes to Lander from Cleveland State University, is expected to take the lead on August 1.

 

Bouknight can be found under the roof of the Lander Foundation and Alumni Center on 302 Hampton Ave, where he will be easily accessible to alumni and the Greenwood community.

During the Spring 2018 Student Life Awards ceremony, Randy Bouknight is recognized for his years of service and outstanding contribution to the university. Met by a standing ovation, the highly regarded Vice President for Student Affairs is honored by words of appreciation, admiration and respect by his team of professional staff members and Lander President Richard Cosentino.
-Photo by Deb Nygro

 

 

 

Guess who’s back: Old Navy is New Again

Guess who’s back: Old Navy is New AgainGuess who's back: Old Navy is New Again

Greenwood Calendar was notified via Facebook Messenger that Old Navy will be returning to Greenwood.

The Old Navy in Greenwood Common’s closed in the summer of 2015, but the store is set to reopen due to increased sales and an improvement in the economy,

District Manager Oscar Zahran has announced that applications area currently being accepted.

Visit Old Navy in the Greenwood Common’s on Facebook.

 

Breakfast and Lunch Program Available To All Enrolled Students

Breakfast and Lunch Program Available To All Enrolled Students

Greenwood School District 50 is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018/2019 school year.  Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternBreakfast and Lunch Program Available To All Enrolled Studentsative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.

You may contact your School Food Service (SFS) Director, Amy Stabler, for additional information.

Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with the Child Nutrition Department by calling 864-941-5400 on an informal basis.

 

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to –

Greenwood School District 50

Child Nutrition Department

1855 Calhoun Rd

PO Box 248

Greenwood, SC 29648

Senator Floyd Nicholson Named Legislator of the Year

Senator Floyd Nicholson Named Legislator of the Year

 

The South Carolina Human Service Providers Association named Senator Floyd Nicholson Legislator of the Year.  Each year the SCHSPA recognizes a member of the Senate and House of Representatives for their support of people with disabilities and special needs in South Carolina.

 

Members of the SCHSPA Upstate presented Senator Nicholson the award Monday.  Jimmy Burton, legislative committee member of the SCHSPA, stated, “Senator Nicholson’s relationship with people with disabilities and special needs goes back to the 70’s and he has been involved most of his life. He has clearly demonstrated his commitment to people with disabilities.  It is with sincere appreciation that we acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of this champion for South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens.  We appreciate all that he has done over the years to enhance the quality of life for these individuals in the State of South Carolina.”

 

The South Carolina Human Services Provider Association (SCHSPA) consists of a network of 45 providers who support individuals with intellectual, head and spinal cord injuries and autism throughout South Carolina. The SCHSPA represents over 25,000 individuals and their families who receive services and support through members of SCHSPA.  In addition, these providers employ 7,000 highly skilled and dedicated staff who are committed to improving the quality of life of each person receiving services.

 

Senator Nicholson, a native of Greenwood, has served in the South Carolina Senate representing District 10 (Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick and Saluda Counties) since 2008.  He serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Corrections & Penology Committee, the Education Committee, Invitations Committee, Medical Affairs Committee and Rules Committee.

 

Senator Nicholson is a retired educator and served as Mayor of Greenwood for 14 years. He is a graduate of South Carolina State College and did graduate work at Clemson University.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Government and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Lander University.

 

Senator Nicholson is a member and past Chairman of the Upper Savannah Council of Governments, a former member of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance Board, the Piedmont Technical College Foundation Board of Directors, Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, past president of the South Carolina Municipal Association and former board member, and past campaign chair for United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.  He is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Deacons.  He and his wife, Mamie, have three sons Antonio, Anthony and Floyd Michael and two daughters-in-law, Nancie and Tameka.

 

“Most of all I want to thank you for what you do for people with special needs.  As a community and nation we need to do everything we can to make sure they have the best quality of life.  They are our responsibility and I am happy they are here at Burton Center and other programs across the state.  I commend you all for what you have done in the past, what you are doing now and in the future,” stated Senator Nicholson.

 

 

Pictured:  L to R:  Jimmy Burton, Executive Director of Burton Center Board for Disabilities and Special Needs; Senator Nicholson; Elaine Thena, Executive Director of Pickens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board; Jerrel Lynn King, Executive Director of Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board; and Laurie Cordell, Deputy Director of Burton Center.

 

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Lander Foundation Holds 5th Annual Samuel Lander Golf Classic

Lander Foundation Holds 5th Annual Samuel Lander Golf Classic

 

GREENWOOD—Golfers from around the southeast teed off at the Greenwood Country Club for the Lander Foundation’s 5th Annual Samuel Lander Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 26. The tournament raised over $12,000 to benefit the Lander

University Scholarship Program, according to Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Denise Manley ‘89.

 

The foursome taking home the gold from Tuesday’s tournament was that of Kristin Manske, Cam Monda, Courtney Furman and Walter Roark.

First place winner

Second place went to Jeremy Caldwell ’06, Joseph Engram ’07, Chris Rogers ’09 and Bucky Caldwell.

2nd Place Winner

Finishing third was the foursome of Kevin Prater ’84, Russel Patterson, Andy Johnson and Tim Nation. Prater also took home the award for longest drive, while Michael Benjamin was awarded closest to the pin.

The Lander Foundation also extends its gratitude to Lonza, the title sponsor of the Samuel Lander Golf Classic, and all those who made the tournament possible. To learn more about the Lander University Scholarship Program, contact The Lander Foundation by calling (864) 888-8350.

 

FUJIFILM expanding its Greenwood County production operations

FUJIFILM expanding its Greenwood

FUJIFILM expanding its Greenwood County production operations
Dressed in white coveralls, booties and surgical masks, employees with Fujifilm Dimatix work to assemble print heads in a filtered clean room on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at the facility on Etna Road in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

production operations

Japanese firm creating 67 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc., one of the strategic manufacturing locations for Tokyo-based FUJIFILM Corporation, today announced plans to expand its existing operations in Greenwood County. The company’s $3.9 million investment is projected to create 67 new jobs.

 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in South Carolina this year, FUJIFILM is a manufacturer of industrial and commercial imaging products. The company operates five, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities on its 500-acre campus located at 211 Puckett Ferry Road near Lake Greenwood.

 

This expansion to FUJIFILM’s 2.5-million-square-foot manufacturing facility will allow for the assembly of electrical parts for inkjet printer heads for a sister company, FUJIFILM Dimatix. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late July or early August 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

QUOTES

 

“FUJIFILM Manufacturing is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Greenwood this year, and I cannot think of anything better for our associates, the community and the company than to announce this expansion, which demonstrates FUJIFILM’s continued commitment to Greenwood County. We appreciate the support from the state and local governments, as well as the Greenwood Partnership Alliance for facilitating investments in existing industries.” FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc. President Todd Croker

 

“Today, we’re proud to celebrate a longtime member of the South Carolina business community. Operating in Greenwood for three decades, FUJIFILM is a perfect testament to the pro-business environment we’ve worked hard to cultivate.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

 

“South Carolina’s manufacturing sector continues to grow, and this expansion announcement by FUJIFILM is another indication of that fact. Our state’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce continue to attract investment and help our existing businesses grow. We appreciate FUJIFILM’s decision to continue to do business in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 

“Greenwood County is pleased to work with FUJIFILMManufacturing USA, Inc. as they expand their existing operations in our community. FUJIFILM is a high-tech company that has a long and impressive history in Greenwood County, and we look forward to assisting the company as they continue to prosper for many more years.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown

 

“Today’s announcement shows that cutting-edge companies are finding success in Greenwood County. We celebrate FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA’s decision to increase its footprint here and create 67 new jobs.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

FUJIFILM is expanding its existing production operations in Greenwood County.
$3.9 million investment to create 67 new jobs.
FUJIFILM is a manufacturer of industrial and commercial imaging products.
This expansion to FUJIFILM’s 2.5-million-square-foot manufacturing facility will allow for the assembly of electrical parts for inkjet printer heads.
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in late July or early August 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online.

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognizedas Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Down Home Manufacturing opening new facility in Greenwood, SC

Down Home Manufacturing opening new facility in Greenwood, SC

Pillow and comforter business is investing $2.4 million and creating 50 new jobs

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Down Home Manufacturing announced today that it is establishing a new facility in Greenwood, SC. The company’s $2.4 million investment is projected to create 50 new jobs.

The facility will fill down, down alternative, and feather pillows and comforters for retail clients in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the facility will distribute these products as well as a range of imported finished products including blankets, sheets and fashion bedding ensembles to retail clients in the U.S.

Located at 402 Maxwell Avenue in Greenwood, S.C., Down Home Manufacturing will be opening a new facility in the 2nd quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should contact catrinamaloney@downhomeusa.com.

QUOTES

“Down Home Manufacturing is excited to open our plant for business in Greenwood, and we look forward to growing with the community and adding quality jobs to the city. This is an important strategic move for our company. This allows us to serve our customers better and improve our ability to grow our business here in the USA. We look forward to working with the community leaders as we become part of the Greenwood business community.” – Down Home President Rod Ghormley, Down Home USA

“As a member of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, we are excited to welcome Down Home Manufacturing to the City of Greenwood and look forward to having them join our community. We are strengthened by the capital investment and increase in opportunities for quality new jobs that a project like this brings to the city.” –Greenwood City Mayor Welborn Adams

“Greenwood County is a great location for warehousing and distribution, and we are excited about Down Home Manufacturing’s new ownership of the City Center Building. Their Investment and jobs within our community are greatly appreciated.” –Greenwood County Council Vice-Chairman Chuck Moates

“Down Home Manufacturing is a successful modern textile company, and we are proud that they choose Greenwood County to do business in.” – Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

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Lander University Announces Spring 2018 President’s List

 

Lander University Announces Spring 2018 President’s List

 

GREENWOOD, S.C.—Lander University announces the names of the undergraduates who are recognized with the honor of making the President’s List for their academic achievements during the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. To qualify for the President’s List, a student must earn a GPA of 4.0 over the course of the semester. Students and their hometowns are listed by county below.

 

Abbeville:

Kandice Blackwood, of Abbeville; Emily Brantly, of Abbeville; Samuelyn Brown, of Abbeville; Marva Burnside, of Abbeville; Regan Butler, of Abbeville; Cassidy Champoux, of Abbeville; Amanda Cleveland, of Honea Path;  Kathleen Davenport, of Abbeville; Tyler Delgado, of Abbeville; Jordan Drafts, of Abbeville; Brianna Haddon, of Abbeville; Khadijah Hatchell, of Abbeville; Caitlin Hill, of Abbeville; Savannah Lewis, of Calhoun Falls; Abigail Mudd, of Abbeville; Mark Myshkovskiy, of Due West; Andrea Poore, of Honea Path; and Eric Price, of Abbeville.

 

Aiken:

Tonya Bledsoe, of North Augusta; Rachel Branum, of North Augusta; Paige Fowler, of North Augusta; and Eden Weidman, of North Augusta.

 

Anderson:

Kristin Austin, of Belton; Megan Brown, of Anderson; Rebecca Bruce, of Honea Path; Meagan Bryant, of Anderson; Ashleigh Burton, of Iva; Kelsey Davis, of  Honea Path; Rachel Fox, of Easley; Catherine Garrett, of Anderson; Ashley Hampton, of Anderson; Nickolas Harper, of Iva; Marissa Hines, of Due West; Anna Jordan, of Honea Path; Lauren Kesler, of Anderson; Ashley Rice, of Iva; Absalon Richardson, of Anderson; Katherine Rumminger, of Liberty; MaryElizabeth Simmons, of Anderson; Destinee Simpson, of Anderson; Rebecca Snelgrove, of Anderson; and Hannah Stone, of Belton.

 

Bamberg:

Ajadae Williams, of Bamberg.

 

Beaufort:

Jordan Bates, of Beaufort; Mackenzie Carney, of Okatie; Jessica Elkins, of Beaufort; Savannah Malphrus, of Beaufort; and Caitlin Sackman, of Beaufort.

 

Berkeley:

Christine Fort, of Bonneau; Sara Horton, of Charleston; and Frances Weiland, of Goose Creek.

 

Charleston:

Shadaisha Altacho, of Bluffton; Amanda Finlayson, of North Charleston; Amina Khadr, of Hanahan; and Paige Snead, of Johns Island.

 

Cherokee:

Sarah Grigg, of Gaffney; Adara McClure, of Blacksburg; Emma Mullinax, of Gaffney; and Macie Smiley, of Gaffney.

 

Chester:

Brittany Gionakis, of Catawba; Hayden Hawkins, of Chester; and Kathryn Lancaster, of Chester.

 

Chesterfield:

Savannah Ange, of Cheraw; Taylor Freeman, of Cheraw; and Joseph Plyler, of Ruby.

 

Dorchester:

Danielle Corbin, of Summerville; Kara Dorrity, of Summerville; Ashley Giordano, of Summerville; and Jessica Grooms, of Summerville.

 

Edgefield:

Kadeidra Chandler, of Edgefield; and Kathryn Warnken, of North Augusta.

 

Georgetown:

Sabrina Sullivan, of Georgetown.

 

Greenville:

Camila Bedoya, of Taylors; Jordan Blackwell, of Taylors; Ashton Casey, of Mauldin; Ashleigh Christiano, of Mauldin; Estelle Cloete, of Taylors; Carly Davis, of Simpsonville; Justin Davis, of Mauldin; Elizabeth Dias, of Greer; Tiffany Gray, of Simpsonville; Melodie Greer, of Greenville; James Hawthorne, of Pelzer; Cheyenne Hubbard, of Taylors; Rikki Johnson, of Fountain Inn; Asa Kelley, of Simpsonville; Gemma Perez, of Simpsonville; Thomas Powell, of Greer; Joseph Rossi, of Landrum; Erin Stroud, of Taylors; and Alyssa Wilson, of Simpsonville.

 

Greenwood:

Amira Abdelwahab, of Greenwood; Adam Alberson, of Greenwood; Stephanie Arrington, of Greenwood; Amye Barnette, of Greenwood; Spencer Bautista, of Greenwood; Amber Bell, of Ninety Six; Tara Bell, of Ninety Six; Pierce Bijeau, of Greenwood; Jayde Brooks, of Ninety Six; Alexandra Butler, of Greenwood; Sunni Carwile, of Greenwood; Jacob Childress, of Greenwood; Jennifer Cooper, of Greenwood; Lauren Creswell, of Greenwood; Samantha Fair, of Greenwood; Sarah Floyd, of Troy; Cora Foshee, of Greenwood; Christina Franklin, of Greenwood; Dalis Giles, of Greenwood; Taylor Gingrich, of Greenwood; Lauren Haynes, of Greenwood; Hannah Horne, of Ware Shoals; Parker Hurst, of Greenwood; Turner Kirby, of Greenwood; Kevin Latham, of Greenwood; Amber Lee, of Greenwood; Hannah Leister, of Greenwood; Yang Liu, of Greenwood; Kaleb Lodge, of Troy; Alicia Loggins, of Greenwood; Tucker Mathews, of Greenwood; Joseph McClain, of Donalds; Jonathan Meredith, of Greenwood; Andrew Merritt, of Greenwood; Martavious Moates, of Greenwood; Maria Morales Moreno, of Greenwood; Thomas Newton, of Greenwood; Sovanroth Ou, of Ninety Six; Savannah Reinhardt, of Greenwood; Allison Roberson, of Greenwood; Ashley Rutherford, of Greenwood; Christopher Scott, of Greenwood; Dylan Scott, of Greenwood; Christopher Segaard, of Greenwood; Richard Shearer, of Greenwood; Lori Smith, of Greenwood; Lauren Strickland, of Greenwood; Blake Timmerman, of Greenwood; Cynthia Tucker, of Bradley; Sydney Wells, of  Greenwood; Matthew Woodyard, of Greenwood; and Michael Yang, of Greenwood.

 

Kershaw:

Jacob Buzzetti, of Elgin; and Alyssa Weems, of Elgin.

 

Lancaster:

Savannah Dover, of Lancaster; Morgan Johnston, of Fort Mill; Anslee McDow, of Lancaster; and Adrianna Ray, of Lancaster.

 

Laurens:

Blakely Abercrombie, of Laurens; Quinton Amick, of Clinton; Amber Anderson, of Laurens; Chelsea Beckett, of Gray Court; Olivia Bolt, of Gray Court; Arial Butler, of Clinton; Alexa Cowan, of Cross Hill; Megan Craine, of Laurens; Alexis Holloman, of Clinton; Nicholas Mann, of Clinton; Karen Santiago Guevara, of Cross Hill; Jessica Sherfield, of Laurens; Michaela Smith, of Waterloo; Amanda Stuart, of Fountain Inn; and Kendall Wakester, of Waterloo.

 

Lexington:

Hannah Amick, of Gilbert; Helena Burton, of Leesville; Mel Bussard, of Chapin; Kaitlyn Byrum, of Lexington; Landon Hornacek, of Lexington; Katelyn Jolley, of West Columbia; Karla Luevano-Santana, of West Columbia; Lillian Martin, of Chapin; Sara Owen, of West Columbia; Claire Stevens, of Lexington; Kristen Ward, of Lexington; and Alyssa Whittle, of Lexington.

 

Newberry:

Sherri Gentry, of Prosperity; and Mary Beth Kunkle, of Newberry.

 

Oconee:

Christopher Coppinger, of Walhalla;  Kennedy Hard, of Seneca; Emily Lowery, of Westminster; and Jennifer Thackham, of Walhalla.

 

Orangeburg:

Rebecca Strickland, of North.

 

Pickens:

Brookelyn Garner, of Easley; Courtney Johnston, of Pickens; Joshua Malek, of Easley; Mariah Mickens, of Pickens; Fiona Newell, of Clemson; Maggie Scruggs, of Pickens; and Rebecca Stephens, of Easley.

 

 

 

Richland:

Jahleesa Coatie, of Columbia; Kathryn Connell, of Elgin; Braden Cook, of Irmo; Mariah Gause, of Irmo; Daniel Hudson, of Irmo; Derrick Jackson, of Columbia; James Long, of Columbia; Alexandra Martin, of Columbia; Hannah Martin, of Irmo; Abigail McCullough, of Columbia; Caroline Powell, of Blythewood; Kaitlynn Strahl, of Elgin; and Amber Sutton, of Columbia.

 

Saluda:

Christopher Addy, of Ninety Six; Karedith Crouch, of Saluda; Emily Davis, of Saluda; Mary Drake, of Prosperity; and Blair Harmon, of Saluda.

 

Spartanburg:

Cody Barr, of Pauline; Sarah Brewer, of Spartanburg; Courtney Brink, of Spartanburg; Jordan Fowler, of Moore; Samantha Godfrey, of Woodruff; Grace Green, of Moore; Kirstyn Hedden, of Spartanburg; Patricia Henderson, of Spartanburg; Hayle Hudgins, of Moore; Mary King, of Campobello; Peyton Mennetti, of Boiling Springs; Daquan Mickens, of Spartanburg; Alissa Norton, of Spartanburg; Jadyn Quinn, of Boiling Springs; Meghin Taylor, of Spartanburg; and Brooke Trotter, of Boiling Springs.

 

York:

Breanna Driggers, of Rock Hill; Haley Giles, of Sharon; Randall Jackson, of Clover; Halie Philbeck, of York; and Carly Price, of York.

 

Out of State:

Zachary Barnard, of Warfordsburg, PA; Teresa Cearley, of Stamford, CT; Elizabeth Copeland, of Peachtree City, GA; Julia Ferreira-Alves, of Knoxville, TN; Michael Fitschen, of Margate, FL; Sydney Grimes, of Hoschton, GA; Sara Howe, of Elberton, GA; Robertson Hoyt, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Kelsey Johnson, of Elberton, GA; Alison Kirk, of Saint Simons Island, GA; Luke Narker, of Decatur, GA; Broderick Richey, of Westfield, IN; Macy Sinner, of Lake Wales, FL; Marshall Thompson, of Juliette, GA; Nicolas Weaver, of Charlotte, NC; Reyonia Whipple, of Brunswick, GA; and Megan Wiley, of Lilburn, GA.

 

International:

Gabriel Balestero, of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Braydon Evans, of Oakville, Canada; Roberto Garagorri Aldeanueva, of San Sebastián, Spain; Eirik Groner, of Oslo, Norway; Learnmore Jeremia, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Nicklas Jønsson, of Copenhagen, Denmark; David Korsten, of Bedburg, Germany;  Evidence Mushaninga, of Bindura, Zimbabwe; Beatrice Ndebele, of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Manasi Ramadani, of Brisbane, Australia; Jing Ren, of Qingdao, China; Juliette Vidal, of Carnac, France; Le Zhang, of Qingdao, China; and Yanru Zhang, of Qingdao, China.

 

About Lander University:

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, four-year university serving approximately 3,000 students.  Located in Uptown Greenwood, the university has a long-standing tradition of providing a challenging, enriching education that prepares graduates to lead lives of meaningful activity, of personal satisfaction and of service to others.

 

The institution offers more than 60 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, with professional programs in STEM, education, business and nursing. Graduate programs include the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, the Master of Education in Montessori Education, the Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader, and the Master of Science in Emergency Management.

 

 

 

Monti to expand Greenwood operations investing $2.7 million

Monti, Inc. expanding Greenwood County manufacturing operations

Electrical industry supplier investing $2.7 million in facility expansion

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. Monti, Inc., a leading industrial manufacturer, fabricator and specialized processor of electrical distribution components, today announced plans to expand its existing Greenwood County operations. The company’s $2.7 million investment is projected to create 19 new jobs.

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With more than 40 years of experience serving electrical distribution original equipment manufacturers and service providers, Monti produces a wide range of electrical industry components, including insulators, conductors and steel parts. In addition to its Greenwood County presence, the company, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, also has manufacturing facilities in Sumter, S.C. and Riverview, Mich.

Located at 104 Airport Industrial Park in Greenwood, S.C., the planned 20,000-square-foot facility expansion will include the installation of an automatic powder coating line and other specialized related equipment. Hiring should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

QUOTES

“Monti is excited for the opportunity to grow our operations in Greenwood. We believe that the teams we have in both of our South Carolina facilities have proven that they are capable and deserving of much more opportunity. We are proud to have South Carolina as our home for these two facilities and look forward to more investment and growth in the years to come.” –Monti, Inc. COO Jay Binder 

“We are extremely proud of all our employees at our Greenwood location. Their efforts and hard work are critical to successfully responding to our customers’ needs. Our commitment to growth in our internal capabilities, as well as our continual improvement of the Monti Quality System, puts us in a position to deliver the fastest turnaround times. This investment in a fully-automated powder coating line will provide our customers with one of the most advanced systems in our local area.” –Monti, Inc. Greenwood Plant Manager Nick LaVigne

“We’re proud to celebrate anytime a company decides to strengthen its commitment to our state and its people. This is a milestone for Monti, Inc. and Greenwood County, and I’m excited to see such a strong partnership continue to thrive moving forward.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s expansion announcement by Monti, Inc. is just the latest example of the success our state’s pro-business environment helps to foster. I congratulate this innovative company on their new investment and look forward to all they will achieve in the future.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“The expansion of Monti’s Greenwood County operations affirms the company’s vested interest in the county and the state. Congratulations to Monti, and we look forward to their continued success in the future.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown

“Monti has been an excellent example of Greenwood County manufacturing. With 25 percent of our county’s employment in manufacturing, it is always exciting to have that sector grow, especially as a reflection on our great local workforce.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

FIVE FAST FACTS

 

  • Monti, Inc. is expanding operations in Greenwood County.
  • $2.7 million investment to create 19 new jobs.
  • Monti, Inc. is a specialized manufacturer and fabricator of conductors, insulators and steel parts for the electrical industry.
  • The company is adding 20,000 square feet to its existing facility, located at 104 Airport Industrial Park in Greenwood, S.C.
  • Hiring should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online for more information.

 

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

 

 

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Republican Runoff

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For more information, contact :
Connie Moody, Director
Voter Registration & Elections
600 Monument Street, Suite 113
Park Plaza, Box P-117
Greenwood, SC 29646
cmoody@greenwoodsc.gov
Office – (864) 942-8521
Fax – (864) 942-5664

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Lander Ranked 3rd Best Public College in South Carolina and 15th Best Nationally for Veterans

Lander Ranked 3rd Best Public College in South Carolina and

15th Best Nationally for Veterans

 

GREENWOOD, S.C. – According to recent rankings by College Consensus, Lander University is the third best public college in South Carolina. Nationally, Lander ranks as the 33rd best public college and the 15th best in the country for veterans.

To identify the top colleges and universities, College Consensus merged data from respected college rankings like U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Times Higher Education with student reviews published online at sites such as Niche and Unigo.

LanderThe same criteria was used in ranking colleges for veterans, but was limited to institutions that are Yellow Ribbon Program participants; have dedicated support staff for veterans, service members and families; and have a recognized student veteran organization.

“There is a host of ranking services for college and universities, and College Consensus collects the data from all of them and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so that students and their parents can compare schools more efficiently,” said Lander President Dr. Richard Cosentino. “I am particularly excited and proud of the recognition of our efforts to serve veterans who have selflessly served this great nation. We work hard to maintain a pact to provide help to veterans and their families as they make the transition from soldier to student…and eventually to college graduate.”

The College Consensus rankings are the latest indication to show that Lander is riding a wave of momentum. For the Fall of 2017, applications for admission to Lander increased by 52 percent over the past year, and in August, Lander welcomed 768 freshman students – it’s largest-ever freshman class and a 26 percent increase over the previous year. As a whole, this year’s student body saw a 25 percent increase in enrollment of transfer students from public community and technical colleges, as well as a 96 percent increase in the number of ROTC cadets. For Fall of 2018, officials expect that the freshman class will be even stronger in number and in quality as the number of students who have applied for the upcoming semester are even greater than they were in Fall of 2017.

To read more about the rankings, visit www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-public-colleges/ and www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-veterans.

Highlights from Kidsfest at the SC Festival of Flowers

Highlights from Kidsfest at the SC Festival of Flowers

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