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Greenwood Rocks is a hit!

“Greenwood Rocks” is only two days old, and it’s already a BIG hit with nearly 1,000

Greenwood Rocks
I watched the FB Live video earlier.. took my autistic son and let him find his first rock. We will re-hide it. Going to buy supplies tomorrow, so we can join the fun. I think he will love it! Submitted by Angie Duran

members. The fun is contagious and everyone can participate. This Rock Party is sweeping the country, and because Greenwood Calendar keeps you Plugged In to what’s GREAT about Greenwood, we’re happy to bring “Greenwood Rocks” to Greenwood.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Join the Facebook Group: Greenwood Rocks
  2. Get some rocks (either buy them or find them). Group member have tips about this step.
  3. Paint them with any design you choose (with acrylic paint)
  4. Seal them with spray paint sealer.
  5. Hide them anywhere in Greenwood (including all of Greenwood County). But remember to keep it safe.
  6. Print directions on the back, something like, “Post me on Greenwood Rocks FB group”
  7. Then go out and find some painted rocks.
  8. When you find one, you can keep it or rehide it, but be sure to take a picture of your find.
  9. You may choose to leave clues on the Greenwood Rocks group page as to where you hid your rock.
  10. You should add your friends to the group! The more people the more fun.



Leaving our first baby to be found #greenwoodrocks! Submitted by Elba Sharpe



Greenwood Rocks
My wife and I hid this last night


Greenwood Rocks
Janie Lindley found a rock!


Greenwood Rocks
My grands are on the search! Found one! Submitted by Karen Wilson


Greenwood Rocks
Good luck finding this one!


Any questions? We have lots of answers on the group page. It is a private group to ensure the group is fun and safe for everyone. Everyone is welcome. Just be sure to read the rules at the top of the Group Page. Here’s the link:



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Deadly Dog Flu: Get the Facts from Dr. Walden

Deadly Dog Flu: Get the Facts from Dr. Michael Walden, Greenwood Veterinary Hospital

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Greenwood Performing Arts to hold antiques show and sale benefit

Greenwood Performing Arts to hold antiques show and sale benefit

​GREENWOOD—Collectors of antiques and other valuable items are invited to attend a gala three-day showcase, sanctioned by the South Carolina Festival of Flowers, to benefit Greenwood Performing Arts (GPA), which recently concluded its 70th season. The Antiques Vintage and Design Show and Sale, will be held in the Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College, Friday through Sunday, June 9-11.
​GPA executive director Cecily Ferguson, said the event has been months in the planning. “This will be a unique opportunity to view and purchase fine antiques from 30 national dealers from 13 states, stretching from Vermont to Florida, and Panama.” She added, “Sale items will include art, furniture, home décor, jewelry, rugs and collectibles.” On Friday and Saturday, there will be opportunities for attendees to have items appraised, and there will be free presentations by specialist exhibitors each day.
​The event will open with a Champagne Soirée preview party on Thursday, June 8, featuring entertainment, and heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages catered by Seasons by the Lake, in Ninety Six. Tickets for the soirée are $75 each and include admission to all three days of the show. Purchasers will also be able to buy antiques and other items before they are offered to the general public.
Tickets for all three days of the show are priced at $10 each. The fee for appraisals is $10 per item or $25 for three. Food and beverages from Seasons by the Lake will be available Friday and Saturday.
​Ferguson said there are many sponsorship and advertising opportunities available, the funds from which will also be directed to GPA to help the organization continue to offer enriching and educational entertainment in the Lakelands.
She characterized the show and sale as GPA’s most ambitious fundraiser and she expects it to become annual event.
She expressed her gratitude to show manager Charlie Miller of Miller, Hamilton, and Co.; co-chairs Kellar Rogers and Aaron Taylor, who are members of the GPA board of directors; and honorary chair Holly Bracknell, an adviser at Wells Fargo in Greenwood. Ferguson described Bracknell as a collector who attends antiques shows throughout the country.
Information about sponsorships, advertising and ticketing is available by calling the Greenwood Performing Arts office at (864) 227-8744, or by visiting the website

Lake Greenwood Drowning Victim Found

Lake Greenwood Drowning Victim Found. The body of a man who drowned at Lake Greenwood on Saturday was recovered this evening, according to thLake Greenwood Drowning Victim Founde coroner.

44-year-old Steve Roger Grigg, II of Blacksburg was found around 9:15pm.

The coroner says Grigg jumped off of a boat to swim and shortly after went under the water and did not surface.

Grigg’s body was recovered from the lake near the club house on Pucketts Ferry, according to the Greenwood County Coroner.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

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Monique Bagwell: Voice Over

Monique Bagwell: Voice Over Talent.

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Fat Daddy’s BBQ and Hash House Coming to the Shoppes at Hampton Plaza

Fat Daddy's BBQ and Hash House Coming to the Shoppes at Hampton PlazaFat Daddy’s BBQ Coming to the Shoppes at Hampton Plaza.

The Shoppes of Hampton Plaza officially became part of Uptown Greenwood in March of this year, and NOW the shopping center is getting ready to welcome a new restaurant. Fat Daddy’s BBQ of CFat Daddy's BBQ and Hash House Coming to the Shoppes at Hampton Plazaross Hill will be moving into the location formerly occupied by Stokie’s of Greenwood.

Fat Daddy’s BBQ and Hash House is already a legend around the Cross Hill area. Fat Daddy’s is a family-run restaurant located in the country living of Cross Hill, South Carolina. Voted “Best Hash” in Greenwood, Fat Daddy's BBQ and Hash House Coming to the Shoppes at Hampton PlazaSC, Fat Daddy’s continuously delivers the best BBQ in town. We specialize in pork, but also serve up tasty helpings of chicken as well. Bring your appetite and prepare to leave satisfied.

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See video of the Shoppes of Hampton Plaza as it is now.

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Greenwood Habitat Restore

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Puf n Prater: Memorial Day

Festival of Flowers turns 50

The SC Festival of Flowers turns 50 this year.  And we’re all ready for a blooming good time. Named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in June for 8 years running, the SC Festival of Flowers offers a month long schedule of activities the whole family can enjoy. The festival’s main weekend is June 2 – 4.


Plan your activities and mark your calendars:    Schedule of Events


There will be flowers in bloom everywhere, including home and garden tours, handcrafted, local art, local music, the new Uptown Market and splash pad, and so much more. There is something for everyone this year. See More

GHS, EHS Graduation Exercises – Revised

Information Below is for next week’s Emerald and Greenwood High School graduation ceremonies.


Live Stream will be available for both ceremonies at


Emerald High School – 9am


Greenwood High School – Noon


A live stream will also be available on the district website at


Commencement exercises for Greenwood School District 50 will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017, in the Finis Horne Arena on the Lander University Campus. The Emerald High School graduation ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the Greenwood High School ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m.


Guests at the Emerald and Greenwood High School ceremonies are required to have a ticket to attend.  Graduating seniors will receive tickets for their guests during practice.


Graduation is a memorable occasion for high school seniors. Whether the memories from the graduation ceremony are favorable or unfavorable depends in part upon the conduct of the spectators. Sometimes, guests will engage in conduct during the ceremony that is distracting and inappropriate. This can interfere with the enjoyment of those who have come to celebrate an important occasion with their children, relatives, friends, and neighbors. In order to provide the best graduation possible for the graduating class of 2017, the administrations from the two high schools request that guests do the following.


  1. Dress as you would for any other coat and tie affair.


  1. Do not bring babies and young children to the ceremony. It is unfair to expect an infant or small child to be quiet during a lengthy program and it is equally unfair to the graduates and their guests to have crying children disrupt the ceremony.


  1. The graduating students should arrive in their designated areas forty-five minutes prior to the ceremony. Traffic will be heavy and it may be difficult to get a parking place.


  1. No one, including children, will be admitted to the Emerald or Greenwood High School ceremonies without a ticket, even if the child will be sitting on their parent’s lap.


  1. Guests should remain at their seats throughout the entire graduation exercise and during the recessional. Guests are not allowed on the arena floor and should not exit the arena until all graduates have marched out.


  1. Guests must refrain from yelling or causing any disturbances. Those people who do create a disturbance will be asked to leave the arena and not allowed to return. Charges may be filed for any disturbances.


  1. While diplomas are being received by graduates, we ask that guests hold any applause or comments until all the graduates have received their diplomas.


  1. Seating for handicapped guests in wheelchairs will be available on both sides of the arena on the entry level. Handicapped guests may be dropped off at the main entrance to the Horne Arena.


  1. Cell phones and any electronic devices should be turned off and not used during the ceremony.


  • A photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate, so guests should not leave their seats to take pictures.


The graduates, administrations, and faculties of Emerald and Greenwood High Schools thank you in advance for your cooperation. 


Minute with Mayor: Win with Welborn

 Minute with Mayor: Win with Welborn or Poll with a Prize. To Yell or Not to Yell; that is the question. Watch this video, then enter the contest for a $50 giftcard to Main and Maxwell by leaving your answer below. A winner will be chosen this Friday, May 26.

If you’ve ever been to a graduation, you’ve heard folks yelling when their child, friend, or relative’s name is called. You’ve also likely heard an announcement to hold loud noise down to a low, polite applause.

Particpate in the poll, then share!

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Gimme Shelter – Shelter Scoop that is

Gimme Shelter – Shelter Scoop is a video series all about the Humane Society of Greenwood. Sponsored by our friends at T.W. Boon’s, Shelter Scoop host Michael McCarthy talks today about Furry Tales at the Greenwood Library and Camp Good Dog.

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Lander University named to the most affordable schools for an online Master’s in Homeland Security

Lander University named to the most affordable schools for an online Master’s in Homeland Security for  2017-2018.

The ranking was created by consulting the NCES College Navigator database to find accredited institutions with programs in areas related directly to homeland security. We reviewed them for accreditation, availability of online coursework, highly educated and experienced staff, and affordability.

Lander University was ranked 30th.

Top Criminal Justice Schools’ mission is to share our expert knowledge on the highest quality criminal justice degree programs offered at the nation’s top schools to ensure students receive the training needed to open professional job opportunities within the increasingly competitive criminal justice field.



Deadline to Participate in Lander Summer Science and Math Program Draws Near

Deadline to Participate in Lander Summer Science and Math Program Draws Near

Registration to take part in Lander University’s summer Science and Math program for students in grades five through 12 is available through May 31.

The application form can be found online at A letter of recommendation from the student’s science or math teacher or guidance counselor is also required. The fee, $125 per session, covers all supplies and snacks and lunch in the Lander Dining Hall.

Sessions run Monday through Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4:45 p.m.

Kicking off the program, made possible by a grant from Duke Energy, will be a forensics class, taught by Lander Professor of Biology Dr. T.D. Maze, who will demonstrate how DNA technology and other techniques are used to solve crimes. Students in the June 5-8 class will take part in a crime scene investigation and collect evidence to be presented in a mock trial.

From June 12-15, Dr. Farha Ali, Julie Henderson and Gina Dunn, professors of computing and mathematics at Lander, will examine the inner workings of computers in the session entitled, “Cybercamp: What’s Under the Hood? Computers Demystified.”

Students will make bottle rockets, soap, super balls, nylon rope, glue and other products in “The Magic of Chemistry,” taught by Dr. Ralph Layland and Jack Burton. The chemistry of familiar consumer products found in the kitchen, grocery store and pharmacy is another topic that will be covered in the June 19-22 class.

In “2D Animation and Game Programming Using ‘Scratch,’” offered June 26-29, Associate Professor of Computing Dr. Gilliean Lee will introduce an easy to use programming environment that enables participants to write computer programs for interactive 2D animation and computer games.

Professor of Physics Dr. David Slimmer will conduct a tour of some everyday phenomena, using hands-on demonstrations as the primary method of exploration, in the session entitled “Physics,” which runs from July 10-13. Topics will include areas of chemistry and biology as well as several different areas of physics.

Participants will learn how to grow and study microbes, like bacteria and yeast, and explore how they can be both harmful and helpful, in “Microbes and Outbreaks,” taught by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Pilgrim. Students in the July 17-20 class will collect specimens from a variety of places, including their own bodies, and also participate in a simulated disease outbreak.

Each of the programs is limited to 20 participants, with preference given to those who have not participated in the past.


Cutline for DSC 8561[3].JPG: Lander University Professor of Biology Dr. T.D. Maze works with two young participants in last year’s forensics class. The class returns this year as part of Lander’s summer Science and Math program, made possible by a grant from Duke Energy.













Aldipalooza. If you didn’t know better you’d think Aldi of Greenwood had a Megaconcert going on today. But, no – today was the Grand     Reopening of the new and improved Aldi of Greenwood. And in celebration, the following was submitted by Lema Sudik of Greenwood. Lema braved the lines to bring us this first-hand account.

“We are so happy that Aldi reopens today! I saw hundreds of people in the parking lot. Some people camped out at 3 a.m. to be among the first in line. I was the 9th in line. After a little ceremony at 9 am, the renovated Aldi opened the doors and the first 100 shoppers received an envelope containing Aldi’s Gift Certificate of various amounts. The Aldi staffers handed out Recycled Green Shopping Bags and an entry for a chance to win Fresh Produce for a whole year!

The store looks great and clean with and more room and more goods on the shelves. The staff were so helpful, courteous and wonderful! AND the prices are still the same –  THANK YOU ALDI!”

Thank you Lema. Feel free to share your thought below as well.

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On This Day: Cameron Dorn became Guinness World Record Holder

On This Day: Cameron Dorn became Guinness World Record Holder

Three Years Ago Today . . . in Greenwood, SC

On May 17, 2014 Cameron Dorn commanded the world’s attention by breaking the Guinness World Record for consecutive Burpees, making him the only South Carolinian World Record Holder for an athletic event. (scroll to bottom to see what Cameron is doing now)

Cameron Dorn Guinness Record

Cameron Dorn asked Greenwood Calendar to help out by recording and broadcasting 24 consecutive hours for Guinness World Record.


Cameron Dorn is the World Record Holder for Burpees. At 2:31 on May 17, 2014 –  Cameron completed his 10,105 burpee in 24 hours.

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World’s Highest Burpee?

Minute with the Mayor on Burpee Record Attempt









Greenwood Calendar: May 17, 2017 – So what’s next”

Cameron Dorn: Man, it’s not finalized yet but we want to do another world record. Involving a car and lots of miles 🙂
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Cameron Dorn

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Railroad Historical Center Season Opening

Railroad Historical Center Season Opening. Bring you whole Family.

Railroad Historical CenterSee the newly-restored passenger and sleeper cars plus last season’s restored dining and executive cars at The Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood. The RRHC opens for the season this Saturday, May 20, from 10:00-4:00. The RRHC will be open Saturdays through September from 10:00-4:00. Admission is $5 in the Visitor’s Center at the RRHC at 908 South Main Street (next door to South Main Baptist Church).

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Shelter Scoop – Woofstock and Run to the Rescue

Shelter Scoop – Woofstock and Run to the Rescue

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Lander helps habitat

Lander helps habitat. Greek orgs put last touches on second Lander Habitat house

Lander University’s second Habitat home is almost ready – thanks in part to some ‘sweat equity’ this spring by the school’s Greek organizations.

About 40 members of all seven Greek chapters showed up April 12 during a campus-wide picnic-build event to help complete the last phase of home construction.

“I’m not very good with tools, but Habitat is such a good organization,” said junior English major Caitlin Lancaster, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. “We have about 47 members and we all thought this would be a good thing to take part in.”

Sophomore Taylor Rounds of Phi Mu sorority added, “This was my first time working on a Habitat home, and I think it’s a good way to give back to the Greenwood community, because Greenwood gives so much to us here at Lander.”

Lander helps habitatBased on the turnout, the aroma of the hotdogs and hamburgers wafting across the build site, and the smiles that seemed to emanate from the rotating teams of student constructors, the picnic/build could become a new Lander tradition for all future Habitat homes.

“All of our Greek organizations have some type of community service that they are required to complete each semester,” said Jill Franklin, assistant director of Student Activities and director of Fraternity & Sorority Life. “Participating in this kind of build is a very easy way for them to get involved, especially since all the Lander Habitat homes are constructed right here on campus.”

Work on the home was completed in time for the official dedication April 19 during Lander’s annual Alumni Week.

“We’re planning to move the house this May to its permanent location in the Kirksey Park area of southern Greenwood,” said Chad Charles, executive director for Greenwood Habitat for Humanity. “The excitement, optimism and energy brought by all involved has been unbelievable, and we look forward to continuing this partnership with Lander next year and for many years to come.”

The Lander Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity broke ground on the new 1,100-square-foot home in February.

Counting the Greek organizations, more than 100 students helped build the walls, floors and roof for what will soon become home to Kathy Ouzts.

“I’m a single mom with four kids,” Ouzts said, “and this home is a huge blessing for us.”

The Lander Habitat home is an ongoing initiative, begun in 2015 with support from Lander First Lady Jessie Cosentino, to serve as “a positive impact on both our students and our community.”

Including Lander, Habitat for Humanity lists more than 500 campus chapters in the U.S.

Plans are underway to begin the third home on the Lander campus next February, and sophomore Mary King of Gamma Phi Beta said she has already earmarked her calendar for the next build.

“It’s fun and it makes me feel like I’m helping,” said King, an early childhood education major. “And I would love to get all of our members in Gamma Phi Beta involved in building the next Habitat home.”

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Path of Totality – Minute with the Mayor

Path of Totality – Minute with the Mayor . . . Welborn discusses the biggest event to happen in Greenwood in 99 years.

A Minute with the Mayor is sponsored by The Mill House

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