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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.

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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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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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Distrcit 50 Teachers of the Year Announced

District 50 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year Announced

In honor of their hard work, dedication and commitment to education, sixteen teachers from District 50 have been selected as their school’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.   The teachers are:

Leslie Burden ~ Brewer Middle School

Charlotte Anthony ~ Early Childhood Center

Ted Jenks ~ Emerald High School


Kim Purcell ~ G. Frank Russell Technology Center

Jason Bushnell ~ Genesis Education Center


Congratulations to All!

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Food Bank partners with Uptown Market

Food Bank partners with Uptown Market

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New FEMA Grants Help Make Greenwood Firefighters Healthier

New FEMA Grants Help Make Greenwood Firefighters Healthier. See how.

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Diana Pet Food Now Calls Greenwood Home

Diana Pet Food Now Calls Greenwood Home Diana Pet Food


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Red Nose Day comes to Greenwood

Red Nose Day comes to GreenwoodRed Nose Day comes to Greenwood. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world. Get ready—Red Nose Day returns May 25. Walgreens makes it easy to celebrate Red Nose Day.   Red Nose Day volunteers greet you as you enter Walgreens. Pictured are volunteers at the Greenwood Walgreen’s on Hwy 72.  They informed me that through the Red Nose Day fundraiser,  a $1 donation feeds 11 children.

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Hollywood comes to Lander

Hollywood comes to Lander – Young filmmakers workshop. Veteran Hollywood writer, producer, director Chris Parrish leads a Young Filmmaker’s Workshop at Lander University on Friday, April 21. The workshop is a component of Lander’s 8th Annual Film Festival. High school students from Anderson Districts I & II Career and Technology Center in Williamston, and Heyward Career & Technology Center in Columbia attended.

An instructor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts (Chicago), Parish has written for popular television shows, including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The King of Queens.” He makes his directorial debut in the upcoming theatrical release “Thrill Ride.”

In the workshop, Parrish shared with students his own experiences about writing, filming and directing.

Joining Parrish in the workshop was Craig Titley, writer and producer for “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”; and Chris White, writer and producer for “Cinema Purgatorio,” “Get Better” and “Taken In”; and Jon Baty of ProAm USA, a camera and equipment supply company based in Greenville.

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Greenwood welcomes back LPGA Symetra Tour

Share to Win! Greenwood welcomes the Symetra Tour back with the Stoney Point Classic, the largest purse in the Symetra Tour.  This includes a week filled with lots of festivities  – watch the video for details.

Share this video to be eligible to WIN 2 Tickets to the MEET THE PROs Reception.

We also have 10 tickets to give away to the Stoney Point Classic Tournament. Simply share this video, then come back and let us know you shared, and we’ll enter your name in the drawing.

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PAWS – Meet Sophocles

PAWS – Meet Sophocles. Bonnie Brown with PAWS introduces us to her friend and helper.

Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. (PAWS) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization focusing on wildlife education, rescue and rehabilitation. We operate out of South Carolina and carry rehabilitation permits from the state and federal government, as well as USDA and USFWS permits for legal public display of resident animals in wildlife education programs. Our organization is entirely volunteer-based; with no paid staff, 100% of donations go directly toward animal care. We are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), so all donations are tax deductible.

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96 Drumline to compete in World Finals

96 Drumline to compete in World Finals. From a small school district in a small town, a very special group of music students have come together. Playing a wide variety of percussion instruments, these students learn and perfect their performance to compete all over the Southeastern United States.

These students are together every day from July until April, rehearsing 2-4 hours a day, and are now ready to compete at the highest level!

Coming from a high-risk school with a high poverty rate, it is unbelievable the achievements and accomplishments these students have made over the past few seasons.

After winning their first WGI Regional Championship, first CWEA Championship, and back-to-back State Championships, The Ninety Six High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble is ready to take on WGI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! 

If you are able, consider donating to the 96 Drumline.

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