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Republican Runoff

Republican Runoff

NOTICE: If a voter cast their ballot in the Republican Primary, they may vote in the Republican Runoff.    If they cast their ballot in the Democratic Primary, they may not vote in the Republican Runoff.  If the voter did not cast a ballot in either Primary, they may vote in the Republican Runoff.

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

Thanks to SC Festival Chairman Richard Thomason for supplying the Kidsfest videos.

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Robert Stevenson Joins Weichert Realtors Bradshaw Group

Robert Stevenson Joins Weichert Realtors Bradshaw Group. Robert Stevenson: a local name you can trust

 

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Lonza expanding in Greenwood: $46 million investment and 30 new jobs

Lonza (formerly known as Capsugel) expanding operations in Greenwood County
$46 million investment expected to create 30 new jobs

Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets, today announced plans to expand operations in Greenwood County. The company is investing $46 million over the next five years and is expected to generate 30 new jobs as a result.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Lonza harnesses science and technology to create products that enhance the overall quality of life for patients and consumers around the world. Through its acquisition of Capsugel in July 2017, Lonza now offers products and services from the custom development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients to innovative dosage forms.

Lonza expanding in Greenwood: $46 million investment and 30 new jobsLonza’s Greenwood County operations, which are located at 535 North Emerald Road in Greenwood, S.C., produce empty capsules and finished dosage forms for the global biopharma and consumer health and nutrition markets. To expand, the company is adding approximately 50,000 square feet of new manufacturing space, which will enable the firm to produce key nutritional ingredients, among other projects.
With construction expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019, hiring for the new positions will take place starting in mid-2018. Those interested in joining the Lonza team should visit the company’s careers page online.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $300,000 Set Aside grant to Greenwood County to assist with the costs of site work and infrastructure improvements.

“Lonza is making a significant investment in our operations in Greenwood, further demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality products and services to our customers worldwide. Greenwood County is rich with talented, skilled individuals who will enhance our global and regional footprint, particularly in the area of consumer health and nutrition.” –Lonza Specialty Ingredients COO Sven Abend

“South Carolina’s workforce continues to demonstrate unmatched excellence; and, as a result, global companies like Lonza are growing and thriving here. I look forward to seeing all that these new positions will be able to produce and achieve in the years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“The Palmetto State’s life sciences industry continues to expand, showcasing South Carolina’s ability to produce a variety of advanced products. We congratulate Lonza and look forward to their continued success in Greenwood County.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Lonza has been an excellent job provider and a source of economic prosperity for Greenwood County. Their new
expansion is exciting and encouraging, as it means their good work will continue to produce positive results for people locally and globally.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown

“We congratulate our friends at Lonza on today’s expansion announcement. Lonza’s continued growth within
Greenwood County speaks to the company’s dedication and commitment to the area and the future of life sciences in South Carolina.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

FIVE FAST FACTS
• Lonza is expanding operations in Greenwood County.
•$46 million investment to create 30 new jobs.
• Lonza designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of innovative dosage forms for the biopharmaceutical
and consumer health and nutrition industries.
•The company is adding 50,000 square feet to its Greenwood County facility, which is located at 535 North
Emerald Road in Greenwood, S.C.
• Those looking to join the Lonza team 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 recognized as Business Facilities; State of the Year. For more information, visit
www.SCcommerce.com.

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Jim Still Named New Principal at Northside Middle School

Jim Still Named New Principal at Northside Middle School

Northside Middle School will have a new face as principal.
Jim Still has been named as the new Principal at Northside Middle School.
“I’m honored to be selected to lead a school such as Northside,” Still said. “I look forward
to working with the students, staff, and school community at Northside. Our goal is to
continue building upon the tremendous tradition of excellence that has been set in
academics, arts, and athletics. I’m confident that our collective efforts as a school will
have a positive impact on the learning and the lives of our students.”
Still graduated from Clemson University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Secondary Education. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership
from Grand Canyon University.

During his 14 years in District 50, Still has served as an administrator, teacher, and
athletic coach. He also served as an Assistant Principal at Clinton High School in
Laurens School District 56 before returning to District 50 as an Assistant Principal at
Northside.

“During his career in Greenwood 50, Mr. Still has shown a passion for teaching and
learning,” according to Director of Secondary Education Beth Taylor. “Northside will
benefit from his innovation, enthusiasm, and leadership.”
“Mr. Still is an outstanding educator,” Superintendent Darrell Johnson stated. “He has a
proven track record of achieving success in our district and is enthusiastic about seeing
our middle students become college and career ready. His rapport with teachers and
familiarity with our district is an added bonus.”

Team Carolina-Demarini Wins 12 And Under Open

Team Carolina-Demarini Wins 12 And Under Open- King Of Swing travel baseball tournament held in Spartanburg, SC March 17th & 18th.

Pictured Bottom left to right:

Jaedon Goodwin(Laurens), Bennett Edwards(Laurens), Kole Brown(Boiling Springs), Tripp Cook(West Union), Maddox Floyd(Chapin), Top left to right: Jackson Martin(Laurens), Brody Linker(Anderson), Evan Avery(Greenwood), Lane Mcgaha(Honea Path), Alex LaCoste(Simpsonville),Jack Luthren(Chapin)

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Enviva Completes Acquisition of Greenwood Plant

Enviva Completes Acquisition of Greenwood County Pellet Plant
Investment of $20 million to increase local biomass capacity

Enviva Completes Acquisition of Greenwood Plant

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Enviva Holdings, LP (“Enviva” “the Company”), the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, has announced that through its joint venture, Enviva JV Development Company, LLC, it has completed the acquisition of Colombo Energy’s wood pellet production plant in Greenwood County from The Navigator Company. The company will maintain 80 jobs as part of the new investment. The acquisition will result in a new capital investment of $20 million.

Enviva owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals across five states – Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. Their wood pellets are currently exported to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by 74 to 85 percent. Enviva plans to enter the Asian market in the very near future and have already announced that shipments are scheduled for customers in Japan later this year.

Located at 200 Colombo Drive in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be growing the facility in partnership with the Greenwood community and their sustainable supply chain that includes forest landowners.

QUOTES

“Enviva is very excited to welcome the Greenwood team to the Enviva family. Together, we look forward to growing this facility in partnership with the Greenwood community and our sustainable supply chain that includes forest landowners, loggers, truckers and the mechanical, and other service providers essential to keeping a world-class manufacturing operation running smoothly.” – Royal Smith, Enviva’s Executive Vice President of Operations.

“The Greenwood plant is an ideal addition to our portfolio of manufacturing and export terminal facilities, and we are excited to welcome the Greenwood team to the Enviva family. This latest investment is a testament to the strength of the global biomass market and will ensure Enviva is well positioned to meet its long-term contracted demand from customers seeking renewable energy alternatives to coal in Europe and Asia.” –- John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva.

“Greenwood County is a great location for wood product manufacturing, and we are excited about Enviva’s new ownership of the Greenwood Wood Pellet Plant. Their Investment and jobs within our community are greatly appreciated.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown

“Enviva is a successful alternative energy producer, and we are proud that Greenwood County is home to such an innovative company.” – Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

 

FIVE FAST FACTS

● Enviva has completed the acquisition of the Greenwood County pellet plant.
● Enviva will make investments in the Greenwood plant to improve its operational efficiency and add additional emissions control equipment.
● Enviva exports pellets primarily to power plants in the United Kingdom and Europe that previously were fueled by coal. Asian expansion scheduled for 2018.
● Enviva is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets.
● Located at 200 Colombo Drive in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be growing this facility in partnership with the Greenwood community.

About The Greenwood Partnership Alliance

The Greenwood Partnership Alliance is a non-profit organization established to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenwood County. Since 1994, GPA efforts have resulted in the announcement of more than 3,451 new jobs and more than $1.6 billion in capital investment in Greenwood County, SC. To learn more, call (864) 388-1250 or visit www.PartnershipAlliance.com.

Very sad news: Lander student killed in accident

Very sad news: a Lander University student died in a single-vehicle crash on Thursday night.

The accident occurred at 10 p.m. on Hwy 29 near Ware Shoals.  The driver of a Ford Mustang ran off the road and hit a guardrail and monument, according to police.

Very sad news: a lander student
Logan Lusk with his family at Lander                                                                         (family photo)

James Logan Lusk, 19 years old, was a student at Lander University.

According to reports, Lusk was wearing a seat belt. Death was ruled as blunt force trauma, according to Cheek.

Lusk was studying at Lander with a goad of becoming a doctor. According to friend Lindsey Loparo, mass communications student and Vice President of Lander’s University Program Council,  Logan worked in Enrollment, and he was always really friendly to everyone. He was an Orientation Leader last year, and he won People’s Choice for Mr. Lander last year. He loved Lander.”
Another friend and classmate, Presidential Ambassador Santos Pagan, added, “When you have a brotherly relationship with someone – you get upset with each other, and you’re happy with each other – that’s how it was with Logan and me.”

“We were like two brothers who would look after each other. There were times I would help him out, and he would listen to me whenever I was going through something.” Santos added, “He was truly a great man. His traits made him likable to all, and he was easy to work with. We were orientation leaders together last year for 2017, and that’s where I really got to know him. He will be missed very much by me and many more.”

Lander University released the following statement:

Dear Lander community,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the loss of one of our students, James Logan Lusk, who died overnight as a result of an automobile accident in Laurens County. Logan was a sophomore chemistry major from Pickens, S.C. During his two years at Lander, he was a resident student, an orientation leader and a student assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management.

Information on funeral arrangements has not yet been released, but those details will be shared with the campus as they become available. Grief counseling and support services will be available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.
“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young and promising life,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino. “On behalf of Lander University, we offer our deepest sympathies, prayers and comfort to Mr. Lusk’s family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

Grief counseling and support services are available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.

Please continue to keep Logan’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Funeral arrangements for Logan Lusk have been announced. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, S.C. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the funeral home chapel, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. To view Logan’s full obituary, or to offer condolences to the Lusk family, please click here.

Second Bomb Threat at Westview

Second Bomb Threat at Westview Middle School in Greenwood, SC.

Second Bomb Threat at Westview

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Greenwood Middle School: Bomb Threat

Westview Middle School placed on lockdown due to a bomb threat. After a thorough search of the building, law enforcement declared Westview safe to lift the lockdown.

Greenwood Middle School: Bomb Threat

Code Red

Code Red – Greenwood, SC’s emergency preparedness plan.

CodeRED® is a new service by which government officials’ county-wide can notify residents by telephone about emergency situations or general information. The system is capable of sending messages only to people affected by a particular situation, such as an evacuation and missing child, or to the County’s entire population.

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CodeRED® is a new service by which government officials’ county-wide can notify residents by telephone about emergency situations or general information. The system is capable of sending messages only to people affected by a particular situation, such as an evacuation and missing child, or to the County’s entire population.

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Cameron Dorn Greenwood’s Guinness Record Holder Back In The Spotlight

Cameron Dorn Greenwood’s Guinness Record Holder Back In The Spotlight

 

In a new book titled “Flowers for the Dead,” Author Barbara Copperthwaite pits her fictional protagonist “Adam” against our very own Cameron Dorn.

Cameron DornCameron Dorn, Lander Alum and Waterloo, SC native, broke the world record for burpees back in May 2014. Cameron Dorn, president of Suitcase of Courage, said at the time that he was motivated by a need. Not his, but the needs of school children – in Ware Shoals and Peru. Dorn said he became determined to raise $10,000 to help the children in need. His plan: he would do 10,000 burpees. This was a daunting challenge. Each burpee burns three calories. In fact, after 10,105, Cameron lost over 10 pounds in 24 hours. Cameron broke the burpee world record on May 17, 2014. And he raised over the $10,000 he sought to raise. Greenwood Calendar recorded the 24-hour video for Guinness World Records.

 

Author Barbara Copperthwaite has a little fun with Cameron Dorn. Check out this page from her book Flowers for the Dead.  Cameron was notified about this by a friend, and he and some of his friends had some fun with it on Cameron’s facebook page. Cameron’s friend Bob Chambers wrote, “If a serial killer breaks your Guinness world burpee record in complete silence and at home, did it really happen? I think not.”

 

 

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