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 https://www.facebook.com/GwdCSO/

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Greenwood, S.C. — As Piedmont Technical College (PTC) students return from winter break, The Greenwood Promise scholarship program celebrates the impact it has already had on post-secondary education across Districts 50, 51, and 52. The Countybank Foundation, which was established in 1971 and represents Countybank and Greenwood Capital, donated $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise as part of a five-year plan to donate a total of $100,000.
This year alone, PTC has seen a significant increase in its level of enrollment. “The recent success of The Greenwood Promise has been phenomenal, and I would like to thank those who make a financial investment in this organization,” said J. Ron Millender, Promise Committee Chairman. “It is those, like Countybank and Greenwood Capital, who support The Greenwood Promise that make the dream of a college education possible for so many in our community.”
Ron explains that the percentage of Greenwood County high school graduates enrolled in either a two- or four-year college exceeded the South Carolina state average for the first time in 2017. Previously, Greenwood County was more than 10% below the state average and has seen an increase of 28% in the number of high school graduates enrolled at PTC in the first two years of The Greenwood Promise in comparison to the four years prior.
“It has been inspiring to see the community in Greenwood County come together to ensure that the transformative power of a college education is available to every student,” said Josh Black, Vice President, Student Affairs and Communications, Piedmont Technical College. “By making the promise of a quality college education financially accessible for every K-12 student in the county, the program has already begun to change attitudes and behavior related to college attendance and educational attainment.”
The Greenwood Promise is dependent on funding from private and public donations, which makes support from the community essential. Countybank, a local community bank founded in Greenwood, and Greenwood Capital, an investment management firm, have been there from the beginning.
“We recognized the need for a program like The Greenwood Promise and the impact it would have on the Greenwood community,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. “Student debt is a real challenge for parents and young adults alike. We are honored to contribute to an organization that offers a solution to this problem and sets Greenwood students up for success,” said Walter Todd, III, President and CIO of Greenwood Capital.
Countybank’s President and CEO, R. Thornwell Dunlap, III is no stranger to foundation’s work and the important role programs like The Greenwood Promise play. The bank has firm roots in the Greenwood community, and Dunlap currently serves as a member of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance Foundation for a Greater Greenwood County board of directors.
“Service and community are an important part of our history, and Countybank and Greenwood Capital’s mission continues to center around these important pillars,” said Dunlap. “We are honored to support

this important initiative and look forward to seeing students thrive as a result of The Greenwood Promise.”
Tuition assistance for Greenwood students attending South Carolina technical colleges is just the first step in The Greenwood Promise’s phased plan. Ultimately, the program is intended to positively impact high school graduation rates, postsecondary education attainment, workforce development, and job creation.
For more information about The Greenwood Promise, visit https://www.greenwoodpromise.com/. ###

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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.

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.  


COUNTYBANK FOUNDATION SUPPORTS LAKELANDS FCA WITH $2,500 DONATION Greenwood, S.C. — The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and
Greenwood Capital, recently donated $2,500 to the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank, presented the check on behalf of the foundation during the FCA board meeting. “Countybank is proud to support the Lakelands FCA,” says Tompkins. “We look forward to seeing this organization continue to grow and develop.”
The donation will aid the Lakelands FCA in providing scholarships for middle and high school students to attend leadership camps and was given in honor of James R. Fowler, Jr., Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking and Strategic Initiatives of Countybank for his work with the local FCA. Athletics and spiritual wellness are cornerstones for the organization, which is built on developing coaches and athletes in both their sport and their faith.
“The Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes plays an important role in our community in developing our students as Christian leaders in their schools,” said Fowler, chairman and member of the Lakelands FCA board.
“We are extremely grateful and honored for the support of Countybank,” said Andy Rousey, Lakelands FCA Area Representative. “It is because of their heart for our community and this generous donation that students throughout the Lakelands area will have an opportunity to attend life changing leadership camps this summer.”
For more information about the Lakelands FCA, visit www.lakelandsscfca.org/. 

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 Countybanc Insurance Services, Inc., Countybanc Investment Services, Inc., Countybank Mortgage, Countybank Trust Services, and its affiliate, Greenwood Capital. Connect with Countybank on Facebook and LinkedIn @CountybankSC.

Arson Suspect Arrested

Stamp Prices To Rise

Stamp Prices To Rise- The United States Postal Service has announced a rate increase effective January 27, 2019. You may view the link below to see all applicable changes – but here is a quick synopsis of what may affect you most.

1.      Regular stamps will increase to $0.55

2.      The additional ounce charge (for heavier items) will decrease to $0.15/oz

3.      Postcards, large envelopes, and international letters will remain the same (also decreasing in price for additional ounces)

4.      Priority Mail flat rate increases to $6.95

5.      Priority Mail padded envelope flat rate increases to $7.55

6.      Regular Priority Mail will increase by an average of 5.9% – this cost is based on weight and destination

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.

Update: Death Investigation – Murder, Suicide

Greenwood Co. Sheriff Dennis Kelly said he believes the three people who were found shot dead at a home Friday morning is a murder-suicide. The sheriff said the man killed the woman and child before he shot and killed himself.

According to Sonny Cox, Greenwood County Coroner the names of the deceased are Natasha Dawn McDonald, 44, Michael Dante Frazier, 30 and the 8-year-old child who’s name is not being published.

Breaking News: Death Investigation is underway in Greenwood this morning as three people have been found dead at a home off Perch Street.

The Greenwood Sheriff’s office was notified shortly after 10:00 a.m.

According to Sheriff Dennis Kelly, investigators are waiting for a search warrant to enter the residence. Kelly said he could not say whether this is a homicide as investigators have not been able to collect evidence.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Media Release Update - Frazier - McDonald

Robbery at Greenwood Bank

Robbery at Greenwood Bank


We have arrested a suspect for the bank robbery this morning. William Bryan Alexander, 49, was arrested shortly after the incident this morning.

We are very grateful for the professional assistance of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending the suspect. Our investigators are still working to interview the suspect and complete their investigation; we will have more details at a later time.


Greenwood Police are investigating a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street at approximately 9:47 am today November 15.

Nobody was injured during the incident. The incident is under investigation. We will have furnish more details as they become available.


This Thanksgiving, Thank a Pollinator

This Thanksgiving, Thank a Pollinator

Thanksgiving press release 2018

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Win $50 Walmart Gift card from Synergy Counseling

Win $50 Walmart Gift card from Synergy Counseling

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Bad Weather States CD Release Party

Bad Weather States CD Release Party

Come out and support your local music scene by celebrating the release of our self-titled EP! We will have our good friends from Charleston, SC, The Travelin’ Kine, performing with us – so you know you can’t miss out. Tickets will be available in-advance at Howard’s on Main for $5. If any are left at the time of the show, they will be available at the door for $7 a head. Mark your calendars, because this is going to be a good one!


Greenwood County Earthquake

Greenwood County Earthquake – a small earthquake occurred in South Carolina this morning (Thursday, Sept. 13. 2018), according to the US Geological Survey. The 2.6 magnitude quake occurred just before 1:30 a.m. The epicenter was 1.6 miles southeast of McCormick and 21 miles southwest of Greenwood.

No damage has been reported.


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.




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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Sykes of Greenwood is closing

SYKES located in the Greenwood Mall has announced it is closing. SYKES, self-described as part of a global network of outsourced customer service providers for some of the world’s largest companies, will close on September 13. More than 200 workers will be affected.