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Dancing with the Greenwood Stars 2019

Emerald Ink & Stiches – The Drop

Lander Athletics is excited to announce plans for the 2nd annual “Emerald Ink & Stitches – The Drop” to be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at Dolny Stadium. 

The event will feature live music by The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. The night will also have food, beverages, and other exciting entertainment, capped off by the ball drop at 7:30 pm. Numbered golf balls will be sold for $100 each, which will include one ticket to the event.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $50 each. $15,100 in prizes will be awarded as follows:
$5,000 – closest to the pin
$3,000 – 2nd closest to the pin
$1,000 – 3rd-9th closest to the pin
$100 – farthest from the pin
Prize money will be awarded through funds raised via ball sales.  Individual and corporate winners will not need to be present at the event to claim their prize.  All prizes must be claimed by Friday, May 10, 2019.
You can purchase tickets or corporate sponsorships here

About Emerald Ink and Stitches – The Drop
Emerald Ink and Stitches – The Drop is conducted by the Lander Foundation to enhance athletic scholarships and operating budgets.  Over 650 balls were sold for last year’s inaugural event, which successfully raised over $70,000 and directly impacted Lander student-athletes and athletic programs.  Gaining the support of individuals and businesses connected to Lander University and Lander Athletics will be vital to the success of this year’s fundraiser.  

Shooting Investigation

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Dennis D. Kelly

528 Edgefield Street, Greenwood, SC 29646 / (864) 942-8600 / Fax (864) 8589

News Release – For Immediate Release

Shooting Investigation/Greenwood County

Time of Press Release – Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, @09:50 AM

On Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 at approximately 6:32 pm GCSO Deputies responded to a 911 call at Wisewood Apartments located off of Florida Avenue in reference to the report of a female being shot.

It was reported at about 6:30 p.m. individuals were standing in the parking lot of the apartment complex when two unknown men, one wearing a dark hoodie and the other wearing a light hoodie, walked up and tried to rob them. A female was shot during the incident.

The shot struck the woman in the abdomen area of her body, and the would be robbers fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.

The woman was transported to Self Regional Healthcare by Greenwood County EMS for treatment.

The scene was secured and GCSO Investigators responded to continue the investigation.

GCSO Investigators are still sorting of the details of the case. As of the time of this press release GCSO Investigators are still interviewing people in the case and looking into several leads.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office 864-942-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC.

Shooting Investigation

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Dennis D. Kelly
528 Edgefield Street, Greenwood, SC 29646 / (864) 942-8600 / Fax (864) 8589
News Release – For Immediate Release
Shooting Investigation/Greenwood County

Time of Press Release – Friday, February 8th, 2019, @02:30 PM
On Friday, February 8th, 2019 at approximately 7:20 am GCSO Deputies responded to a 911 call on Old Laurens Road near Kelli Drive in reference to multiple gunshots being fired at a neighbor’s residence.
Once GCSO Deputies arrived in the area they located evidence that a shooting had occurred at 2005 Old Laurens Road. Deputies recovered evidence to include not limited to bullet casings from the scene which are being processed at this time.
Due to this call being in the vicinity of Rice Elementary School the School was placed on lockdown pending the scene being secured.
While Deputies were still on scene they were notified that a person suffering from a gunshot wound had just arrived at the Self Regional Healthcare Emergency Room via a personal vehicle.
The scene was secured and GCSO Investigators responded to continue the investigation.
GCSO Investigators said they believe the shooting to be gang-related.
Investigators are now asking for anyone with information on this incident to come forward.
If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office
864-942-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC.

Countybank and Greenwood Capital Present Donation to United Way

COUNTYBANK AND GREENWOOD CAPITAL PRESENT DONATION TO UNITED WAY Countybank and Greenwood Capital recently donated $3,625 to United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. This donation continues a long-standing relationship between Countybank, Greenwood Capital, and United Way. “Countybank is honored to continue its support for United Way,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. “As leaders in the community, partnering with United Way is one way we can affect positive change across our community.” Countybank and Greenwood Capital associates are involved in fundraising and volunteer opportunities throughout the year to support United Way. This includes “Casual for a Cause,” an opportunity for Countybank and Greenwood Capital associates to dress business casual the first Friday of each month in exchange for a donation to United Way. “Associates are actively invested in fundraising and volunteer efforts throughout the year,” said John Cooper, Private Client Investor for Greenwood Capital who also heads up associate volunteer opportunities. “This is just one way we are able to give back to and support our community on a regular basis.” Annual donations go toward Countybank and Greenwood Capital’s Pacesetter Campaign. Funds will be used to assist United Way’s partner organizations and projects that support the community, including Camp Soar, Stuff the Bus, and others. “A heartfelt thank you from United Way Board and Staff to Countybank and Greenwood Capital for your continued, faithful support of our community reinvestments. Your generous contribution demonstrates your corporate commitment to move the needle on education, health, and financial stability for the children and families of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.” United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties serves the community and raises funds to support more than 30 programs in 20 community benefit organizations. It also provides struggling families with financial assistance in addition to supporting programs that address food insecurity, childhood literacy, and healthcare access. For more information about United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties, visit # # # 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 premier 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

Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman attempting to introduce contraband into Greenwood County Detention Center during visitation.

On 01/29/2019 the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman attempting to introduce contraband into Greenwood County Detention Center during visitation.

Kathleen Barbett Walters, 41 of Waterloo, SC was reportedly attempting to introduce tobacco, narcotics and other contraband, according to GCDC.

According to an arrest report, 41-year-old Kathleen Barbett Walterswas in at GCDC to see an inmate at the Facility on Tuesday when a GCDC Personnel thwarted the attempt using facility failsafe’s.

The report says that detention center personnel searched Walters and recovered the following contraband:  a brown leafy substance believed to be tobacco, several bars of Xanax medication and matches contained in plastic drinking straws. Detention Officers also recovered a pair of cutting pliers from Walters a according to the report.

Walters is facing charges of furnishing or possessing contraband in county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility.

A person violating this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

Greenwood County Sheriff Dennis Kelly said his Detention Officers and Investigator did an excellent job at keeping the contraband out of our Detention Center. Sheriff Kelly warned “If you attempt to introduce contraband into our facility, you will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”.

If you have any knowledge of crimes being committed, or tips, please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 864-942-8600. You may also contact us anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 888-CRIMESC or by messaging our facebook page at

GGC Scientists Receive ‘Million Dollar Bike Ride’ Grant

GGC Scientists Receive ‘Million Dollar Bike Ride’ Grant

Scientists from the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC) have received a one-year grant of $54,000 for rare disease research from the Million Dollar Bike Ride program managed through the University of Pennsylvania.

The Million Dollar Bike Ride (MDBR) brings together cyclists, volunteers and rare disease advocates to raise funds through pledges and corporate donations. The Penn Medicine Orphan Disease Center disperses that funding to deserving scientists who are studying diseases for which money has been designated. In the first five years of the program, over 25 rare disease teams have raised over eight million dollars to fund research on the diseases they represent.

GGC’s Tim Wood, PhD and Rich Steet, PhD are co-investigators on the GGC project titled “Expanding the Breadth of Metabolite Analysis for Snyder-Robinson Syndrome.” The project will build upon GGC’s history and interest in this rare disorder by using novel technologies to identify biomarkers of the disease.

GGC researchers led by Charles Schwartz, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at GGC, identified the gene causing Snyder-Robinson syndrome (SRS) in 2003. SRS is a rare genetic disorder affecting only males. It causes intellectual disability, muscle and bone abnormalities, distinctive facial features, and occasionally seizures and kidney issues.

Since discovering the gene, GGC researchers have been working to understand how the syndrome impacts patients and how it can be better diagnosed and treated. Schwartz has been recognized by the Snyder-Robinson Foundation for his commitment to improving the lives of these patients. He also led a rare disease workshop in 2017 to bring together stakeholders including scientists, clinicians, families, and pharmaceutical companies, to discuss how to advance treatment.

“Rare diseases can often be very difficult to diagnose, leaving the families struggling for an answer and unsure how to best manage and care for their loved one,” said Wood, Director of GGC’s Biochemical Laboratory and the principal investigator on the grant. “This project will allow us to develop an analytical pipeline to study patient samples, as well as a novel technology, metabolomics, to try and find unique biomarkers for Snyder-Robinson syndrome that will allow us to speed the diagnosis and find potential targets for treatment.”

“The Snyder-Robinson Foundation is thrilled that GGC has received a 2018 MDBR SRS research grant award,” said Katia Luedtke, Legal Counsel and Secretary of the SRS Foundation, and mother of Connor who was diagnosed with SRS at age 5.  “We are impressed by their dedication to SRS research and look forward to their further contributions to the understanding of SRS.”


Photo Captions

·         MDBR group photo: Members of the Snyder Robinson Syndrome Foundation team at the Million Dollar Bike Ride in Philadelphia in June 2018.

·         TimWood: Tim Wood, PhD

·         Steet_Rich2: Rich Steet, PhD

About Greenwood Genetic Center 

The Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC), founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization advancing the field of medical genetics and caring for families impacted by genetic disease and birth defects.  At its home campus in Greenwood, South Carolina, a talented team of physicians and scientists provides clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, educational programs and resources, and research in the field of medical genetics.  GGC’s faculty and staff are committed to the goal of developing preventive and curative therapies for the individuals and families they serve.  GGC extends its reach as a resource to all residents of South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville. The GGC Foundation provides philanthropic financial support for the mission of the Center. For more information about GGC or the GGC Foundation please

Talking Greenwood with Mayor Bee – The Index-Journal

New Seafood Restaurant and Bakery

The owners of Big Apple Bakery and Restaurant are working hard to open their doors in Greenwood this February. Lots of preparations are underway including major renovations as well as fine tuning their menu. Among other fare, the Big Apple specializes in Baked Goods, Seafood, Gourmet Burgers, and Philly Cheesesteak. Big Apple is located in the building formerly occupied by the Dawg House at 1222 Reynold Avenue, across from Bojangles.

Be sure to visit Big Apple on Facebook to keep up with their progress. Click to Visit!

Alignable nominated three for Greenwood Small Businessperson of 2018

🍾 It’s time to pop the champagne! 🍾

Now that the New Year is upon us, we thought it’d be nice to look back at 2018 and recognize some of the outstanding businesses in Greenwood this past year.

We’ve nominated three members that we think have been a great asset to the community based on the recommendations they’ve received and their activity on Alignable.

Please take a moment to click “like” below on any or all of the nominees for 🏆Greenwood Small Businessperson of 2018🏆.

From the 3 nominees with the most “likes,” the Greenwood Alignable community will vote to select Greenwood’s Small Businessperson of 2018 in the next community newsletter.

Stay tuned and feel free to share your thoughts on social media. Please include #alignable, so that we can repost your nominations and spread the word.

We nominate Highly Recommended member Monique Bagwell of Monique Bagwell Voiceover.

Here’s what fellow member Jeanne’s Travel Adventures had to say about Monique Bagwell Voiceover:

Monique is very professional. Her delivery is precise and clear. I would definitely recommend her for any voice over work.

Click Link To Vote

We nominate Highly Recommended member Kristi Rush of Rush Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Here’s what fellow member Vines to Wine Academy, mobile Wine School, Tastings, Events, Tours, Presentations had to say about Rush Heating & Cooling, Inc:

We have had various installations and service work done by Rush Heating and Air, and not only are the emlpyees curious and helpful, the owners have made personal follow up visits to check on small issues and on our progress. All our 5 projects are in good hands with Kristi and Chip Rush and their team. Dependable, honest, diligent, friendly, clean, and reasonable!

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We nominate Highly Recommended member Robert Stevenson of Robert Sells Greenwood.

Here’s what fellow member Piedmont Technical College had to say about Robert Sells Greenwood:

Robert is a trooper. I have a limited budget and want a lot of bang for it! He’s walked through many houses with me and, hopefully, in the next week or so, I’ll own a mill house in Ninety Six! He has a sense of humor and is extremely enthusiastic about the Greenwood area. If there is a Greenwood Ambassador, he’s it!

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Trash Time with Tara: January Episode

Has U-Haul Answered Our Question?

Since AMERICO purchased Greenwood, SC’s vacant K-mart building in October 2018, the question has filled local social media: “What will they put there?” AMERICO is a property development firm that supports U-Haul by creating additional storage space.

Still, no announcement had been made confirming what AMERICO intends to do with their more than $6 million purchase.

Pictures of the vacant K-mart location seem to answer the question.

Here’s a view just inside the former K-Mart building on the corner of 72 bypass and Montague Avenue.

More Than 200 Students Receive Degrees at Lander University’s 158th Commencement

More Than 200 Students Receive Degrees at Lander University’s 158th Commencement

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Family, friends, and supporters packed Finis Horne Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to see 218 graduates receive degrees during Lander University’s 158th commencement.

The Fall 2018 class was represented by students from China, France, South Korea and various U.S. states including South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Maryland and Alabama.

The event was a milestone for nursing student Jatrese A. Brownlee, of Hodges and graduate of Ware Shoals High School, who also gave the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony. “I transferred from another university to Lander because I had heard so much about its reputation for preparing students for their careers or to begin graduate school, and it definitely lived up to the hype,” she said. Brownlee leaves Lander with a job offer in-hand from AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson.

Students Recognized
Lander President Dr. Richard Cosentino announced Michaela Smith, an Elementary Education major from Greenwood, as the winner of the 2018 Thayer Award, the university’s highest academic recognition. The award was established by the family of Dr. Henry Thayer and is presented each semester to the Lander student who earns at least 60 credit hours and graduates with the highest grade point average.

Dr. Cosentino also recognized Daisy Dantes, of Laurens, and Dale Fleming, of Greenwood, who both graduated as commissioned officers for the U.S. Army.

Keynote Speaker
Providing the commencement address was Dr. Sean Barnette, associate professor of English at Lander and winner of the university’s 2018 Distinguished Professor Award. Barnette, who joined the Lander faculty in 2005, lived up to his self-description as having an expertise in linguistics.

During his address, he directed graduates to the Latin words “puritas et scientia,” which are prominently displayed in the official Lander seal. “Those words mean ‘purity and knowledge,’” explained Dr. Barnette. “When Lander decorates itself with these words, its saying ‘This is our one wish for you: purity and knowledge.’ Purity is what we need, and what you need, though perhaps not in the way you may be thinking.”

Harkening the teachings of philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, Dr. Barnette explained that “purity means you know your one wish and you’re committing yourself to it – despite whatever difficulties or disappointments may come along. This kind of purity is active, not passive; fierce, not fearful.”

Photo Caption: Nursing major Jatrese A. Brownlee, of Hodges and graduate of Ware Shoals High School, graduated from Lander University on Tuesday, Dec. 18, during its 158th commencement ceremony. Brownlee, a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, was also selected to provide the invocation for the event. She leaves Lander with a job offer in-hand from AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson. Photo by Deb Nygro.

Ascend Performance Materials growing Greenwood County operations

Ascend Performance Materials growing Greenwood County operations

Chemical provider investing $35.2 million to accommodate continued growth

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Ascend Performance Materials(Ascend), a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals and plastics, is expanding its Greenwood County operations once again. To accommodate the company’s continued growth, Ascend is investing $35.2 million, creating 30 new jobs.

With six manufacturing plants in the southeastern United States and Europe and more than 3,200 employees and contractors around the world, Ascend is a global leader in the production of nylon 6/6 fibers, resins and compounds. The company supplies a wide range of industries and applications, from apparel to airbags, cable ties to circuit boards and carpets to car parts.

Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, S.C., Ascend plans to upgrade several lines in early 2019 to increase capacity of nylon polymer production. Last year, the company added 24 million pounds of staple fiber production capacity at the facility. Those interested in joining the Ascend Performance Materials team should visit the company’s careers page online.  


“The polymer we make at Ascend in Greenwood forms the building blocks for things we use every day, from air bags to high-end carpet to tennis balls. Thanks to the hard work of our employees and the support of leaders in Greenwood County and South Carolina, this expansion will allow us to increase our polymer production by 50 percent, creating more jobs for local residents.” –Ascend Performance Materials Senior Site Director Hal McCord

“Today, we’re proud to celebrate another win for one of South Carolina’s existing firms. Ascend Performance Materials’ decision to double down on its commitment to Greenwood County is proof that South Carolina’s economic development strategy is working, and we look forward to continued success for this great company across our state and beyond.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“I congratulate Ascend Performance Materials on this wonderful news out of Greenwood County. This expansion reaffirms the company’s commitment to our state and serves as another indication that South Carolina’s business-friendly climate and strong workforce are helping our existing businesses grow.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are excited that Ascend Performance Materials is once again expanding in Greenwood County.  Ascend Performance Materials has been an exemplary member of our manufacturing community for the past 58 years, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come. Thanks for your commitment.” –Greenwood County Council Chairman Steve Brown

“Greenwood, S.C. has a long history in advanced materials manufacturing, and it is gratifying to see Ascend Performance Materials’ expansion as a validation of our skilled workforce.” –Greenwood Partnership Alliance Chair Dr. Kristin Manske

FIVE FAST FACTS• Ascend Performance Materials is expanding its Greenwood County operations.• $35.2 million investment to create 30 new jobs.• Ascend Performance Materials is a global provider of high-quality fibers, chemicals and plastics for a variety of markets.• Located at 1515 Highway 246 South in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be upgrading several existing chemical production lines in early 2019 to increase capacity.• Those interested in joining the Ascend Performance Materials team can visit the company’s careers page online.  

Greenwood School District 50 Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire

Greenwood School District 50 Superintendent Announces Plans to Retire at the End of 2018-2019 School Year
Greenwood School District 50 Superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson has announced plans to retire.
Dr. Johnson, who has served as Superintendent for the past 12 years, announced his plans at District 50’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 17th.
Johnson’s career in education spans nearly 32 years, having worked previously in Clover and Rock Hill School District as an assistant superintendent, director, principal, teacher, and school custodian.
“It has been a blessing working in Greenwood School District 50,” Dr. Johnson stated. “I am so appreciative of the Board of Trustees for taking a chance on a first-time Superintendent. I appreciate the support of our students, teachers, administrators, and community working together to create so many wonderful memories.”
During his career in District 50, the district’s accomplishments include:
o Completion of $200 million building program which produced: o Three new elementary schools
o One new middle school
o State-of-the-art high school gymnasium
o Additions and expansions at all existing district facilities

 Creation of Magnet/Choice Options
o Arts, Communication, & Theatre School (ACTS)
o Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics School (STEMS) o Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
o Greenwood School of Inquiry (GSI)
o Montessori
o Academic Arts Academy (A3)
o Aerospace Engineering Curriculum
o Accelerate Engineering Program
o Implementation of a 1:1 Technology Initiative
o Part of Steering Team that unveiled the Greenwood Promise, a $5 million public-
private venture aimed at a tuition-free path to a college education
o Named the Career/Technology Division’s State Superintendent of the Year in

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

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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.