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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 http://www.caterpillar.com/careers/ for more information.

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

QUOTES

“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

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • 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

See Event Page

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COUNTYBANK ADDS NEW HIRE TO TCB CORPORATE SERVICES

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.

 

Getting to know Synergy Counseling

Getting to know Synergy Counseling

Visit Synergy Counseling on Facebook

Get Ready for Gene Week at GCT

Get Ready for Gene Week at GCT

Countybank Awarded Preferred Lender Status

Countybank Awarded Preferred Lender Status
SBA Lending Division at Countybank Recognized for Outstanding Loan Program
Greenville, S.C. – Countybank is proud to announce their designation as a Preferred Lender (PLP) by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SBA Preferred Lender status is awarded to a select number of banks that have demonstrated excellence in serving their market and consistency in the processing of their loans. Earning this accolade showcases the lender’s ability to understand the policies and procedures of SBA Lending and maintaining a successful record in their program.
“We are honored to receive this acknowledgement to be classified as a best in class SBA lender,” said Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. “The Countybank team takes pride in the refinement of our practices and looks forward to streamlining the process for future entrepreneurs.”
“It is due to the dedicated support of local business from our team and unwavering trust of our customers that we have achieved this status,” said Paul Pickhardt, Senior Vice President and SBA Lending Manager at Countybank. “I am excited to see how this distinction through the SBA will stimulate growth opportunities in small businesses across the Upstate.”
As an SBA Preferred Lender, Countybank will have access to offer customers a full range in SBA loan products as well as an expedited approval process. Specific benefits for customers include low cost down payments and extended repayment periods to ensure businesses spend less time in debt and more time in operation.
To learn more about Countybank, visit www.ecountybank.com. ## #
ABOUT COUNTYBANK: Founded in 1933, Countybank is a community-oriented financial services provider with locations across Upstate South Carolina in the Greenwood, Greenville, Greer, and Anderson communities. The combination of trusted, professional financial management experience with a community-first approach has made Countybank the premiere community bank in Upstate South Carolina. In addition to a full array of traditional deposit and loan products, which include worldwide access via mobile and online banking, Countybank also provides products and services through Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc., Countybanc Investment Services, Inc., Countybank Mortgage, Countybank Trust Services, and its affiliate, Greenwood Capital Associates, LLC. Connect with Countybank on Facebook and LinkedIn @Countybank.

Getting ready for Hurricane Florence

Getting ready for Hurricane Florence. See Florence before she gets here – Frying Pan Tower, 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear. 

New hotline set up for Hurricane Florence assistance: 800-451-1954

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is poised to strike along the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina late Thursday or Friday:

800-451-1954

This hotline is part of an effort by volunteer organizations statewide – including the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church – to coordinate response to those who need help after the storm.

UMCSC Disaster Response teams will coordinate their efforts solely through this hotline.

Pastors and churches are encouraged to share this information with their congregations and communities to ensure people who need help after the storm will get it in a timely manner.

******* The information above is for after the storm. This storm is changing rapidly and we hope to have a better update for you tomorrow sometime around noon. Thank you again.*******
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This is literally the calm before the storm. 

There’s still plenty of time to stock up on milk, bread, and water; charge batteries, get gasoline, and be prepared to secure your pets. Expect power outages, high winds with falling trees, flash flooding, and keep away from downed lines. Check on shut-ins and the elderly. 

We here at Greenwood Calendar wish you and your family an uneventful meeting with Florence.  And as always, God be with you.

Abbeville Opera House Fundraiser with Grainger Hines

Abbeville Opera House Fundraiser with Grainger Hines

Clarence Darrow

Abbeville Opera House

Grainger Hines

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Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza – 60 prizes

Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza – 60 prizes

Hey Greenwood (and surrounding areas)!!!   Many of your favorite businesses in Greenwood are participating in the HUGE Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza Event.

On Sept. 8, 2018, we’re going to give away over 60 prizes (now up to 65) valued at over $1,800.

ONE PRIZE PER FAMILY.

POST YOUR WINNING ROCK ON HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GREENWOODCALENDAR.

YOU THEN HAVE A WEEK TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE….

More than 35 Greenwood businesses and agencies painted rocks which will be hidden throughout the city (see businesses and their websites below). On September 8, we will be going LIVE throughout the day on Greenwood Calendar’s Facebook Page to give you clues where to find these hidden treasures.

When you find one of these Greenwood Extravaganza Rocks, post your picture with it on the Greenwood Rocks SC FB site then bring the rock to the sponsoring business the following week to trade for your prize. (If you’re not already a member, just go to the site and ask, and we will approve you). There will be only one prize allowed per family.

To kick things off – share this post, and Greenwood Calendar will enter you into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Premiere Cinemas of Greenwood. A winner will be announced on Sept. 8.

 

For more information about the Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza Event, contact Robert Stevenson at gwdcal@gmail.com

Greenwood Rocks and the Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza are sponsored by Greenwood Calendar….

Greenwood Rocks is a private club that everyone in Greenwood and surrounding areas is invited to join. As members, you paint rocks, hide rocks, find rocks, and post about it in our group. With over 6,500 members, there have been hundreds of rocks hidden at any given time. All the rules for Greenwood Rocks are Right Here.

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The following businesses are participating in the Greenwood Rocks Extravaganza.

 

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Greenwood Celebrates International Overdose Awareness Day

Greenwood Celebrates International Overdose Awareness Day

In 2017, 200 people died each day from a drug overdose in the US. Watch this video for local statistics, as well as what we can do to combat this epidemic.

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

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