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Tennessee Earthquake Shakes Greenwood

A 4.4 earthquake occurred early Wednesday and could be felt across the Upstate.

The epicenter was near Decatur, Tennessee, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 4:15 a.m.

A magnitude 3.3 aftershock struck 13 minutes later.

Greenwood residents have reported minor shaking at businesses and homes.

There are no reports of damage in the Upstate.

Meet Jays eMarket

Meet Jays eMarket

Check this out  – a new shopping experience in Greenwood designed to save you money.

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DECEMBER EVENTS in Greenwood and throughout SC

DECEMBER EVENTS in Greenwood and throughout SC

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Greenwood Restaurant Struck by Bullets

Greenwood Restaurant Struck by Bullets –  Greenwood County deputies are investigating after a Greenwood restaurant was hit by bullets Saturday evening.

According to Greenwood Sheriff Dennis Kelly, shots were reportedly fired near the Fuji Express on Montague Avenue outside nearby restaurant The Venezuelan Spot. Investigators found shell casings in the parking lot of the Fuji Express.

Deputies say a group of people were having a party at The Venezuelan Spot, but details surrounding what started the gunfire were unavailable.

Kelly says no injuries are reported at this time.


Lander, Knights of Columbus partner for Youth Free Throw Championship

Lander, Knights of Columbus partner for Youth Free Throw Championship

All boys and girls, ages 9-14, are invited to participate in the local level competition of the 2018-19 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local competition will be held on December 1 ,2018. Registration and competition are between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Greenwood, S.C., Family YMCA. Members and non-members of the YMCA may participate.

The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually, with winners having the choice to progress to district, and jurisdictional competitions. All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are eligible to participate and will compete in their respective age divisions. Participants will receive a free family passes to both the Lander University women’s and men’s basketball games on January 5, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Finis Horne Arena. Winners of each gender and age group will be recognized at halftime of the Lander men’s basketball game on January 5, 2019, and presented on the court with a basketball and championship certificate.

Participants are required to furnish proof of age and/or signed approval from their parent or guardian for the competitor to participate. Entry forms are available in advance at the Greenwood Family YMCA or contact Richard Senatore at The Knights of Columbus will also have a registration table at each Lander basketball game prior to the December 1 competition.

Trash Time with Tara

Trash Time with Tara

Meet Tara Smith, Greenwood Mayor Brandon Smith’s wife, as she discusses her new project: Trash Time with Tara.

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Robbery at Greenwood Bank

Robbery at Greenwood Bank


We have arrested a suspect for the bank robbery this morning. William Bryan Alexander, 49, was arrested shortly after the incident this morning.

We are very grateful for the professional assistance of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending the suspect. Our investigators are still working to interview the suspect and complete their investigation; we will have more details at a later time.


Greenwood Police are investigating a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street at approximately 9:47 am today November 15.

Nobody was injured during the incident. The incident is under investigation. We will have furnish more details as they become available.


Enviva to Increase Production in Greenwood

Enviva to Increase Production in Greenwood… According to an article in today’s Biomass magazine: A joint venture between affiliates of Enviva’s sponsor and John Hancock is also continuing to invest in its wood pellet facility in Greenwood, South Carolina. The facility is expected to expand its capacity from 500,000 metric tons per year to 600,000 metric tons per year, subject to receiving necessary permits.

Greenwood Enviva Plant

Enviva Partners said it expects to have the opportunity to acquire these assets from its sponsor and its joint ventures with John Hancock.

During an investor call, John Keppler, chairman and CEO of Enviva discussed the impact of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael on its operations. He said Enviva builds its production plants and terminals to withstand these types of storms and noted the company’s facilities sustained only limited damage. The company, however, did lose production due to downtime at its Sampson County, North Carolina, and Cottondale, Florida, plants. The Greenwood plant was also impacted. According to Keppler, disruption in terminal operations during mandated closures of the Port of Wilmington and Port of Panama City required the company to reschedule several shipments. However, he said despite these events, the company believes it will be able to achieve its previously forecasted 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $118 million to $122 million.

Five hurt in Greenwood Apartment Explosion

Five hurt in Greenwood Apartment Explosion.

Five hurt in Greenwood Apartment explosionThe Greenwood Fire Department said three adults and two children were hurt in the blast just after 2 a.m. Sunday. One man was taken by helicopter to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia.

According to Greenwood Public Information Officer Jonathan Link, “It happened at 0215 in the morning. Units 130 and 132 Independence Way were totally destroyed.” He added, “Four families were displaced by this fire. One infant was transported to Greenville Hospital yesterday afternoon with a head injury, one adult was transported to Augusta Burn Center early yesterday morning.

Investigators say the explosion destroyed two apartments and damaged a third unit. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The Greenwood Fire Department posted pictures of a massive fire engulfing the building and the aftermath of the explosion and blaze. See Video.

According to Officer Link there has been no determination on the cause of the explosion at this time.

The Independence Way apartment complex, pictured below prior to the explosion, is located off of East Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood.Independence Way, Greenwood


SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble ‎Wycliffe Gordon Swings!

SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble ‎Wycliffe Gordon Swings!  – Join the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble as they perform with Wycliffe Gordon, an internationally acclaimed trombonist and jazz music ambassador, on November 17th at the Newberry Opera House.

Wycliffe has 21 solo recordings and is a former longtime member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Wycliffe will be performing big band classics and swinging originals accompanied by the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble under the direction of Lander University’s Dr. Robert Gardiner.

The North Pole Express Comes to Greenwood

Experience the magic of the North Pole Express with an adventure to The Railroad Historical Center!  Children will hear the beloved story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, visit with Santa, delight in special entertainment, make a holiday craft, and enjoy yummy North Pole snacks in the dining car while Santa’s elves dance up and down the aisles.  Adults will enjoy hot cocoa and delicious snacks while the children delight in the wonderland of the North Pole Express.  Tickets are $25 for children and $10 for adults.  Call 864-229-7093 to reserve your tickets for Friday, November 30, or Saturday, December 1.

Final Minute with the Mayor

Final Minute with the Mayor

Omni Fitness of Greenwood

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Bearcat Halloween


Bearcat Halloween

Come join the Lander Athletic Department for good, clean Halloween fun on Sunday night at the 7th Annual Bearcat Monster Bash and Halloween walk, sponsored by the Lander Student-Athlete Advisory Committee!

Children and their parents will get to meet Lander athletes and coaches from 16 varsity sports and the Spirit Team! There will also be lots of candy, prizes and music!

This event is designed for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., the first 150 children will be given a commemorative T-shirt.

Boo Bash is Back

Boo Bash is Back

Co-Hosted by Cornerstone Cares
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Uptown Market
5:30 -7:30 pm
Maxwell Avenue
Co-Hosted by Cornerstone
Games, Prizes, Candy, Costume Contest & More
Costume Contest begins at 6:00 pm
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BIG NEWS: CAT’s Coming to Greenwood

BIG NEWS: CAT’s Coming to Greenwood

Reprinted with permission

by Paul Cuenin on October 04, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. Caterpillar Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives, will locate a casting facility in Greenwood County. The company’s $13.5 million investment is projected to create 85 new jobs.

To establish this facility, Caterpillar has purchased an existing 103,000-square-foot building located at 108 Corporate Court in Hodges, S.C. Slated to come online in early 2019, the facility will produce specialty castings used in a variety of engines and transmissions within the Caterpillar product line and will supplement the production of existing castings elsewhere in the Caterpillar production network.

Hiring is expected to begin immediately, and interested applicants can visit for more information.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.


“We are excited to have the Hodges facility join our global manufacturing footprint. Hodges will provide Caterpillar with a cost-effective source for supply for many of our specialty iron castings. We want to thank Greenwood County community leaders and representatives from the state of South Carolina for their support throughout our evaluation of this opportunity. We look forward to our continued partnership.” –Caterpillar Large Power Systems Division Vice President Tana Utley

“Globally-renowned industry leaders, such as Caterpillar, continue to invest in South Carolina’s world-class workforce. The 85 new jobs that this facility will create will make a major impact on Greenwood and our entire Upstate community.” –Gov. Henry McMaster 

“Between our transportation infrastructure, world-renowned workforce development programs and business-friendly climate, it’s no wonder that an industry leader like Caterpillar has decided to locate its new operations in the Palmetto State. I congratulate Greenwood County on this great new addition to their business community, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this partnership.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“This announcement is proof that Greenwood means business. We are committed to doing all we can to make Greenwood County a place where families and the next generation can not only live, but work.” –Greenwood County Councilman Theo Lane

“To have such an iconic brand as Caterpillar call Greenwood home is an amazing achievement. For more than 90 years, Caterpillar has been driving positive change, and we look forward to them joining the Greenwood County community.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske


  • Caterpillar is locating its new casting facility in Greenwood County.
  • $13.5 million investment to create 85 new jobs.
  • Caterpillar is a leading global manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.
  • Caterpillar has purchased an existing 103,000-square-foot building at 108 Corporate Court in Hodges, S.C.
  • Operations are slated to come online in early 2019.

Harvestfest 2018

HarvestFest 2018 is this Saturday, October 6th at Connie Maxwell Farm, 50 Jenkins Springs Rd, Greenwood.

Gate Opens at 5pm.  Food will be served from 5:15 – 6:45 followed by the Summersalt Band and Guest Jody Jennings… Huge fireworks display to follow.

* Free * Food * Fun *  Fellowship * HUGE Fireworks show to follow! *

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket!

Fire Prevention Open House Fun Saturday

Fire Prevention Open House Fun Saturday

Hosted by Greenwood, South Carolina Official City Government and Greenwood City Fire Department

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COUNTYBANK ADDS NEW HIRE TO TCB CORPORATE SERVICES Jamie Underwood joins Countybank as Communications Director
Greenwood, S.C. – Countybank is pleased to welcome Jamie Underwood as Communications Director in Greenwood. Underwood comes to Countybank with a variety of experience in marketing and communications across South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and the Washington DC metro area.
Underwood is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Master’s degree in Mass Communications. Her most recent position was with American Tire Distributors in the Charlotte, NC area as Communications Manager. She previously served as Senior Director of Communications with Child Care Aware of America in Arlington, VA where she strategically directed the organization’s communications efforts, including national campaigns, brand management, messaging, and outreach. Underwood has also worked with CFA Institute, a global association for investment management professionals, managing promotional campaigns for thought leadership publications and reports.
“We are pleased to welcome Jamie to Countybank in this very important role and position of leadership,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. “The combination of her enthusiasm, education, and broad marketing experience will serve her well with respect to her internal and external marketing and communication responsibilities.”
As Communications Director, Jamie is responsible for leading Countybank’s corporate communications, brand development, internal marketing, community and social media presence, and public relations. She will be instrumental in enhancing Countybank’s presence in the upstate markets and communities.

Eaton Charitable Contribution Grant

During the spring of 2018, Greenwood School District 50 was once again given the opportunity to apply for the Eaton Charitable Contribution Grant. Eaton and District 50 began a collaborative partnership in 2009. Since that time, District 50 has received more than $170,000 in grants to support STEM initiatives.

At the September Board of Trustees meeting, District 50 received a check for $25,000 from Eaton representatives. Proceeds from the grant will provide virtual-reality learning and teaching tools, Google Expedition kits, for our K4-12th grade students and teachers.  Google Expedition kits will allow teachers to supplement and enhance their current curriculum through virtual-reality experiences. Students will be able to experience swimming with sharks, visit outer space, or walk through a museum with more than 500 expeditions without leaving the classroom. Many career expeditions are included in the Google Expedition kits. Students will engage virtually in career paths that they are interested in pursuing. Our Instructional Technology Coaches will work with our students and teachers to bring this technology into the classrooms.


Board members and Eaton representatives were provided the opportunity to experience the Google Expedition kits first hand at the September Board meeting.


In the picture above (right to left), Board Chairman Shell Dula stands with Eaton Representatives Electrical HR Manager Jenesa Salmond, Hydraulics Plant Manager Brent Parris, and Electrical Plant Manager Glenn McLean.