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.
Piedmont Agency on Aging is also in need of volunteers to help package the items on Monday, February 10th at 9:00 a.m. at the Greenwood Executive offices located at 808 South Emerald Road. You can also volunteer to deliver these wonderful bags in your local community on Tuesday, February 11th – Friday, February 14th.
Drop your items off at any of the Piedmont Agency on Aging locations:
> 808 South Emerald Road (behind Piedmont Tech) in Greenwood 223-0164
> Center Street Café, Center Street in Abbeville 366-9666
> Ninety Six Depot in Ninety Six 543-4999
> 512 Professional Park in Clinton 938-0572
> West Butler Ave., Saluda, SC 554-5499
For more information on how your family, club or organization can get involved, please call Tracey Bedenbaugh at 223-0164 ext. 231 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Piedmont Agency on Aging
Piedmont Agency on Aging is a private, non-profit, 501© 3 organization serving Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Saluda counties in upstate South Carolina. Our mission is to enable seniors to remain independent and in their homes for as long as possible through services like Meals on Wheels, Congregate Meals and Transportation. We also operate Lifetime Discoveries, a commercial child care center. Lifetime Discoveries is an intergenerational daycare, housed in one wing of the Greenwood Senior Center. The center provides commercial child-care services to infants through after school age children. Piedmont Agency on Aging also offers an adult daycare center in Laurens County called "The Nest." Located at 512 Professional Park Rd in Clinton, SC, The Nest offers quality care for individuals ages 18 years and older who would benefit from supervised group activities and therapies.
Please join everyone in supporting the 47th Annual Faith Home BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 18, 2019. They will be serving some of this area's finest Ribs, Hash, BBQ and Chicken along with all the trimmings.
This is an annual fundraising event to help support Faith home Programs aimed to help alcoholics and addicts.
Call in orders for Chipped BBQ and Hash ready by 8 am. To order, call 864-223-0694.
Lunch will be available on campus beginning at 11 am. Eat in or carry it with you!
Delivery is available, call for details.
Faith Home is located at 144 Faith Home Road in Greenwood SC.
The Burton Center Foundation invites you to join in "Ridin for Miracle League" on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The purpose of the ride is raise funding to help replace the soft surface field that has deteriorated after many years of use.
All riders are asked to arrive at the Miracle League field by 9:30 a.m. and to park their motorcycles or vehicles around the outside of the Miracle League fence. This will provide the opportunity for the baseball players to see the bikes and/or vehicles. Baseball game begins at 10:00 a.m. After the game, there will be a ride - $20 per person or $30 per couple, which cover t-shirts and the ride. If you would like to serve as a buddy during the game, please contact Joel Smart at 992-1360.
BBQ plates (prepared by Mike Louden) will be available for sale as well as popcorn, candy, sodas and water.
The Greenwood Miracle League provides the opportunity for children ages 5 to 19 with disabilities and special needs in surrounding counties to play baseball on a soft surface field located at Burton Center. Miracle League motto "Every child deserves a chance to play baseball".
"The Greenwood Miracle League is grateful to Greenwood and surrounding communities for helping us to almost be there. Partnering with the Burton Center Foundation is an outstanding opportunity. We are optimistic this event will help us reach our goal. Look forward to seeing everyone at this great event with an even greater cause," stated Brandon Strickland, Chair of Greenwood Miracle League.
For more information, please call 942-8902.
Having persuaded two large Japanese multinationals to establish operations in the community, Greenwood County in South Carolina has strengthened its case as an ideal investment location, whether they be from Japan or elsewhere....
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"Poverty Simulation drives home challenges for all to see" - Simulation organized by the Chamber's Non-Profit Council
On Friday, 80 business, nonprofit, and community leaders gathered at Greenwood Presbyterian Church's gymnasium to participate in a Poverty Simulation Experience.
Participants were given an identity far from their own and placed into families that encountered the day-to-day realities of life in poverty. With shortages of money and an abundance of stress, the simulation took participants though a "month in the life." Roles varied from single parents caring for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. Each family’s task was to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities while navigating complex systems low-income families interact with daily. This experience developed a multi-dimensional understanding of poverty through experiential learning.
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The Greenwood SC Chamber was proud to facilitate the Sunday Alcohol Sales issue for many of our local Chamber Member Retailers. Our objective was to provide the voters of Greenwood County with an opportunity to express their opinions.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
With the start of the new year, Duke Energy is building on the success of popular solar power programs to help more customers go solar across the Carolinas.
"Combined with constructive legislation, our programs have solar energy growing in both North Carolina and South Carolina," said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. "The response from customers has been strong. We expect demand and adoption to grow further as we roll out additional solar programs."
The company's $62 million solar rebate program for residential, commercial and nonprofit customers in North Carolina helped 1,700 North Carolina customers go solar last year, hitting capacity limits for both residential and nonresidential customers.
Demand has been so strong from residential customers that the rebate allotment has already been met for 2019. The company will continue offering these rebates over the next three years.
"The rebate program was a great incentive for us to install a 32-kilowatt solar system on our church in 2018," said Rev. Stephanie Allen of Church of the Nativity in Raleigh. "As a faith community, we seek to be good stewards of our resources – both financial and environmental. Duke Energy's rebate program helped us with both."
In South Carolina, the company is in the latter stages of a $50 million solar rebate program that was launched in October 2015. Since that time, the company has added nearly 7,000 private solar customers in the state. South Carolina now ranks No. 2 in the Southeast for rooftop solar connected.
Large solar projects
In 2018, Duke Energy connected more than 500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity to the Carolinas' system. Over the past four years, Duke Energy has connected more than 2,500 MW to its grid in the Carolinas, enough to power about half million homes at peak output. This has made North Carolina No. 2 in the nation for overall solar power capacity.
Recently, Duke Energy brought online the Woodleaf Solar Facility in Rowan County, N.C. The 6-MW facility is comprised of 30,000 solar panels on a 116-acre site. The solar plant has an innovative tracking system that allows the panels to pivot throughout the day to capture the maximum amount of sunshine. At peak output, the solar plant can power more than 1,000 homes.
The future looks bright for other large-scale solar projects. Duke Energy launched a competitive bidding process for new solar capacity last year. The process, being overseen by an independent administrator, seeks to add 680 MW of new solar capacity in 2019 – enough to power about 125,000 homes at peak output. This will ensure the best and most cost-effective projects are built to benefit customers in the Carolinas.
A total of 78 projects bid 3,900 MW of solar capacity in the first tranche – with all projects offering energy prices below the company's avoided cost. Projects can be built in both states. Winners will be selected later this year.
Other solar programs
In 2018, Duke Energy became one of the few companies in the Carolinas to offer solar leasing to commercial customers. A subsidiary of Duke Energy will build, own and operate onsite solar facilities that will allow customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to access renewable energy without paying a large upfront investment.
The company also launched its Shared Solar program, with a 7-MW solar facility in Dillon County, SC. Customers who subscribe to solar energy through the Shared Solar program, will receive a monthly bill credit for the value of the energy produced by their subscription size in the facility. The program also has a component for low-income customers.
For industrial customers, the company is waiting on approval for its Green Source Advantage program in both states, which will allow customers to secure renewable energy to meet sustainability and renewable energy goals. This "green tariff" provides customers the flexibility to negotiate directly with solar developers to add more renewable energy to the grid, with no cost to other customer classes.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
United Community Banks, Inc. was recently recognized as one of America’s best performing banks by Forbes magazine for the sixth consecutive year.
“America’s Best Banks 2019,” an article written by Kurt Badenhausen, ranked 100 of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts nationwide. United Community Bank was again included in this prestigious list.
“We are honored to once again be named to this highly respected list of top-performing banks,” said Lynn Harton, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to repeated recognition for our dedication to exceptional customer service, we continue to implement strategies geared toward also strengthening our financial stability, and I am proud to see our teams consistently recognized for both service and performance.”
For nine consecutive years, Forbes has ranked the nation’s 100 largest publicly- traded banks on ten metrics including return on average tangible equity, return on average assets, net interest margin, efficiency ratio and net charge-offs as a percent of total loans. The magazine also factored in nonperforming assets as a percent of assets, risk-based capital ratio and reserves as a percent of nonperforming assets. The final component, according to the magazine, is operating revenue growth.
Data for the ranking was provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence based on regulatory filings through September 30.