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Greenwood School District Hosting Recruitment Fair Jan 25

On Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 Greenwood School District 50 will be hosting a Recruitment Fair featuring job opportunities for Certified Teachers, Substitutes (Food Services, Classrom & Custodial) and Instructional Assistants, Bus Drivers and Custodians.

The fair will be held at the Emerald High School from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Countybank's Paul Pickhardt named Coleman SBA 7(A) Lender of the Year

Paul Pickhardt was recently nominated and awarded SBA 7(a) Lender of the Year as part of Coleman's 2019 SBA Lender Professional Awards.

Individuals are selected for their positive impact on SBA lending and the small business lending community. Pickhardt has served as Senior Vice President, SBA Lending Manager at Countybank for nearly three years. Under his leadership, Countybank achieved Preferred Lender (PLP) status in 2017 and ranked number 1 in South Carolina for SBA 7(a) loan volume in 2019. Pickhardt has also been ranked the top SBA 7(a) loan producer in the state for several years.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

'Exciting Weekend' Planned for Lander Homecoming

Lander University alumni, students, families and friends are invited to participate in this year’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration.

The fun starts Thursday, Feb. 20, with the Alumni and Friends Golf Outing at The Links at Stoney Point, on Lake Greenwood. The $55 fee includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart rental and a Lander gift bag. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30, with golfers teeing off at 1 p.m. Participants asking to be paired with specific individuals should email

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pets of the Week: Greenwood Humane Society
Check out the Pets of the Week from the Greenwood Humane Society.  

She might not be as colorful as the Northern Lights, but Aurora is still quite the beauty. And those who love the sharp contrast of black and white will surely be attracted to this fabulous Border Collie-Labrador mix, as her markings are very eye-catching. But it’s her personality that will win you over in the end. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Relay For Life Seeks Local Sponsors to Lead the Fight

The American Cancer Society volunteers urges local companies to help support the fight against cancer in their communities by becoming sponsors of Relay For Life®. Cancer touches everyone, and involvement in Relay For Life is a great way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Many options for corporate sponsorship are available, including forming a team at one or more local events, providing in-kind donations of goods or underwriting certain areas of the event. Encouraging employees to volunteer at events and collecting Relay donations.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"South Carolina Retail Industry Update" Topic of Morning Blend

Carolina Health Centers, Inc. and the Greenwood SC Chamber will co-host the January 24th Morning Blend program, which will feature Rebecca Leach, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Retail Association.  


Monday, January 20, 2020

Check out "See How They Run" at Laurens Community Theatre starting Jan 30
The Laurens County Community Theatre will perform “See How They Run,” a British farce by Philip King.

The production will run one weekend only at the Gillam Center for the Performing Arts on the Thornwell campus. 7:30 p.m. curtains are scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 30), Friday (Jan. 31), and Saturday (Feb. 1). The production will also feature a 3:00 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Fountain Inn man sentenced to 27 years for stabbing girlfriend in domestic incident

A Fountain Inn man will spend the next 27 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a charge stemming from a 2018 incident in which he nearly killed his then-girlfriend with a box cutter, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Tuesday.

Quientin Eugene Spearman, 53, of Fountain Inn pleaded guilty Monday at the Laurens County Courthouse to one count of attempted murder. Circuit Judge Mark Hayes then sentenced Spearman to 27 years in prison. Spearman must serve a minimum of 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Greenwood Corvette Club Donates $500 to PTC Foundation for Scholarships

Officials from the Greenwood Corvette Club recently presented a check for $500 to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation to be applied toward the Greenwood Corvette Club Automotive Scholarship, the second scholarship the group has funded to date.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Meals on Wheels Bags of Love Project

Piedmont Agency on Aging is currently collecting items for the Bags of Love Project they are participating in this year. Over 500 Meals on Wheels clients will receive a gift bag of items in the four county serving area… Greenwood, Abbeville, Saluda and Laurens Counties.  

The deadline for items needed is Friday, February 7th.

Click on the title to see types of items you can donate and where a drop off location is nearest you.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Piedmont Tech Administrator First in SC to Earn Coveted CFAA Certification

With Congress preparing to overhaul the federal Higher Education Act for the ninth time since 1965, you can bet student financial aid policies and regulations will change ― again. Keeping up with such rules is a dizzying prospect, but Missy Perry, director of financial aid at Piedmont Technical College (PTC), has a number of tools to ensure she easily keeps abreast of all developments in the rapidly changing world of college financial aid. One of them is her newly earned national status as a Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA).


Friday, January 17, 2020

Dr. Wicker Receives Distinguished Award

Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont (HPCP) is excited to announce that our Medical Director, Nancy Hart Wicker, is Hospice Medical Director Certified.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Fatal vehicle accident on Chinquapin Road

A fatal, single vehicle accident occurred early this morning around 5:30 a.m. on Chinquapin Road. 

According to SCHP, a Ford SUV was traveling west on Chinquapin Road when the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. 

Greenwood County Coroner said that the driver was Gary Hudson Smith, Jr, 81 of W. Creek Road, Greenwood SC. 

Coroner said that Smith succumbed to his injuries at the accident.  Smith died of blunt force trauma.  Smith was the only occupant.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Two arrested on arson and conspiracy charges

On 01-10-2020 the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals on charges stemming from a reported incident of theft by Thomas Broome Chandler regarding his 2012 Ford F650, 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, and a 2019 Coachmen Camper from the Epworth Community of Greenwood County, SC on the morning of Jan 3, 2020.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Teen arrested after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend

On Jan 12, 2020, deputies with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office arrested a teenage boy from Donalds after apparently kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from her friend’s home.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Greenwood County Public Works Holiday Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed)

Jan. 20th (Monday) - County Offices will be CLOSED.

Jan. 17th (Friday) - Curbside Recycle Make-Up Day for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Holiday

Jan. 20th (Monday) - No Curbside Recycle Pickup

Jan. 20th - Landfill and Convenience Centers will be OPEN.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Greenwood man arrested for robbery, had over 40 warrants

Greenwood City Police have arrested a man wanted in the robbery of Papa T’s Liquor store and an individual at a United Community Bank AMT in December.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Community invited to free concerts at Lander University

The community is invited to visit the campus of Lander University and experience the musical talents of guest artists and students from the university’s Department of Music.

Make plans to join us for a musical adventure on show nights in the auditorium of the Abney Cultural Center.  Performances begin at 8 p.m., are free and open to the public.

January 27 - Student Honors Recital

February 14 - Choral Festival (all day)

February 25 - Keyboard Festival

February 27 - Wind Ensemble concert

April 9 - Chamber Strings concert

April 14 - University Singers concert

April 16 - Wind Ensemble concert

April 21 - Jazz Ensemble concert

For more information, visit Lander online at or call Lander’s College of Arts & Humanities at (864) 388-8323 during normal business hours.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Early Registration Deadline for Chamber's annual Run Your Ice Off 5K and 8K Races is January 17th

Adult and youth runners alike are urged to register now for “Run Your Ice Off,” the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce’s annual 5K and 8K races, set for Saturday, February 1, 2020. In an effort to promote community wellness and health, the Chamber along with the presenting sponsor, Self Regional Healthcare, co-host this annual sporting event.


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Science on Tap Explores Genomics of Cancer

The first ‘Science on Tap’ of 2020 will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 6pm at Howard’s On Main in Uptown Greenwood.  The January event will feature Austin Shull, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at Presbyterian College. He will present “The War on Cancer: A Battle with Many Fronts.”

Dr. Shull’s research aims to identify novel cancer therapies by studying genomic signatures within specific cancer subgroups. Dr. Shull’s current work of studying DNA methylation in breast cancer cells is funded through the NIH-sponsored SC-INBRE program.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Four arrested on gun and drug charges
Greenwood County Sheriff Officers arrested four suspects after hearing what they recognized as several gunshots in the area of Pearl Street on Jan 1, 2020. Officers and deputies were nearby and in the neighborhood within seconds. 
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Cordell retires as American Termapest celebrates new location
The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce recently joined American Termapest ribbon cutting December 20th celebrating the Grand Opening of their new location at 503 Old Abbeville Hwy and retirement of Jim Cordell their longstanding President.  

Cordell was also recognized by Greenwood County Council with a proclamation for his 40+ years of leadership at American Termapest.  American Termapest is a locally owned small business that has been serving Greenwood and the surrounding communities for over 60 years. 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Greenwood student receives award for highest GPA at Lander

In addition to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Lander University, Greenwood native Amber Lee was also presented with the Thayer Award for having the highest grade-point average (GPA) among her fellow graduating seniors.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Lander Exercise Science Program Ranked Highly

Lander University’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science has been ranked the 24th best program of its kind in the nation by the website Best Value Schools.

In addition to the cost of attendance, Best Value Schools considers a degree’s investment return; the academic success and graduation rate of students in the program; and how the program is evaluated by students and alumni.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Intoxicated driver sentenced to 16 years for fatal crash

A Clinton woman will spend the next 16 years behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a fatal 2018 crash near the Dance South studio on Highway 76 between Clinton and Joanna, 8th Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Saturday.

Khelsy Chanta Rice, 40, of Clinton, pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon at the Greenwood County Courthouse to two counts of felony DUI resulting in death and two counts of felony DUI with great bodily injury. With her case scheduled for trial during the next term of court for Laurens county, Rice chose to change her plea to guilty “straight up,” meaning there were no negotiations or recommendations on sentencing by the State.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Local professionals recognized during Greenwood Under 40 Stars event

Connect Young Professionals, an initiative of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, hosted its 10th annual Greenwood Under 40 Stars awards program and celebrated seven young professionals who are making an impact in the greater Greenwood area. 


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Johnson recognized for her support with CrossRoads Pregnancy Center

Jasmine Johnson was presented with a certificate of commendation for her two years of loyally volunteering with CrossRoads Pregnancy Center on Monday morning. Johnson was honored at an emotional farewell recognition on her last day as a CrossRoads volunteer. Brenda Feece, CEO, Lyndia Belcher, Director of Operations, and Kerstin Hering, Director of Client Services, recognized her and wished her well.


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Greenwood BBQ Event Raises Over $3,000 for Salvation Army

Joey Hudson of The Morning Answer and Fat Daddy’s BBQ teamed up to raise over $3000 for the Salvation Army last Friday.

Joey Hudson hosted his live radio show at Greenwood’s Fat Daddy’s BBQ on Friday morning. This 3-hour show, coupled with Fat Daddy’s Southern breakfast, was a fundraising effort for the Salvation Army. A crowd of listeners enjoyed a homestyle breakfast and asked questions live on the air. Instead of paying for breakfast, they were asked to donate to the Salvation Army. Fat Daddy’s and Rep. John McCravy sponsored the breakfast. Together, Hudson, McCravy, and Fat Daddy’s raised over $3000 for the Salvation Army.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Gardening In Tune With Nature

On January 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. the Lakelands Master Gardeners will host Marian St. Clair, a nationally recognized, award winning garden writer at their January event.  Marian will present: Gardening in Tune with Nature at Harris Baptist Church, 300 Center Street, Greenwood.  This event is free and open to the public.

Marian St. Clair is a Master Gardener and Master who nurtures an earth-friendly landscape in Greenville, South Carolina. She worked as a freelance writer and photographer for the Greenville News for 17 years, contributing both feature articles and weekly columns until August 2018, and leads tours to gardens across the United States and Europe. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

D50 Choice & Magnet 2020-2021 Applications Now Available

Choice and Magnet 2020-2021 Applications for Greenwood School District 50 are now available online! Please visit the district website at to apply. Applications are due by January 24, 2020! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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