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October 21, 2014

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VOL. 96, NO. 145 www.indexjournal.com 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Sunny and pleasant. High in the 70s. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B n COMICS 5B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n MARKETS 4B n OBITUARIES 4A n SPORTS 1B-3B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or rwhiting@indexjournal.com. Greeson, left, laughs with special guest District 11 state Rep. Craig Gagnon during Greeson's morning radio show on WZLA-FM in Abbeville. The Southern Fried Morning Show is the first local morning show at the station in three years. Rather than having a set of questions, Greeson lets the words flow naturally and allows a good conversation to unfold. "People would rather text and Facebook message; The art of conversation has gone," he said. The sun is still well below the horizon, but Greeson can be seen under florescent lights through the window at WZLA's home on Main Street in Abbeville. Waking up at 4:30 a.m, he gets to the station at 5:30 to get ready for the start of his show at 6. SOUTHERN FRIED BROADCASTER A DAY IN THE LIFE Greeson, an Abbeville native, is the host of the Southern Fried Morning Show on WZLA 92.9, a classic country station in Abbeville and the only radio station that can call Abbeville County its home. In addition to playing classic country tunes, Greeson interweaves friendly and funny banter with call-ins, has giveaways and a special guest every day. The small-town radio station will celebrate its 25th anniversary Jan. 1, but it was not until last July that the station switched from playing oldies to classic country. WZLA co-owner Oscar Reid said they made the switch to fill a gap in the market. "There's no other like it in the area," Reid said. "We've had such an overwhelming positive response to this change and to the morning show. Benji's doing an incredibly good job." The Southern Fried Morning Show is the first local morning show at the station in three years. Greeson is still new to the job, having started the show on Sept. 29. For Greeson, the best part of the show is connecting with the community. "I like to bring serious issues to light, have a little fun and help out those who are less fortunate," he said. The show is on 6-10 a.m. Monday through Friday, and has a Facebook page for information and updates. Meet Benji Greeson — the person behind the smooth, enunciated voice we hear in our cars while we eat breakfast, at work and those few seconds before we slap the snooze button. PHOTOS AND STORY BY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL More photos inside, 5A n NEW LOCATION n DISTRICT 50 This year's Boo Bash in Uptown Greenwood will be scaring up tricks and treats at a new location on Thursday. Still in Uptown Greenwood, Boo Bash, which traditionally has been on Main Street, moves to the jury parking lot on Edgefield Street. Uptown G r e e n w o o d manager Laura Ackerman said she is pleased with the change, following a move last year that had Boo Bash on Oregon Avenue in Uptown Greenwood. "Last year, the area we had it, it seemed to work better," Ackerman said. By JOSEPH SITARZ jsitarz@indexjournal.com Boo Bash moving to Edgefield St. Boo Bash n When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday n Where: Jury parking lot on Edgefield St. See BOO, page 4A Teens charged with having guns in Emerald High School parking lot Two teens have been charged in con- nection with an incident last Tuesday that saw Emerald High School admin- istration and law enforcement officers uncover four weapons inside two vehi- cles during school dismissal. Kolby William Gantt, 18, of Green- wood, and James Elton Rodgers, 17, of Bradley, were charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol on property of a From staff reports Two amendments on this year's ballot There will be two amendments up for a vote on Election Day. The first is an amendment to Section 7, Article XVII to allow certain nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles, and use the pro- ceeds for charitable, religious or educational purposes. The current law considers a raffle to be a lottery, and is pro- hibited. The amendment states, "Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle is not a lottery prohib- ited by this section, if the raffle is conducted by a nonprofit orga- nization for charitable, religious, By COLIN RIDDLE criddle@indexjournal.com See CHARGED, page 4A Board continues with tech rollout Durant runs to another Player of Week honor Sports, 1B Greenwood School District 50 will soon be implementing another part of its technology plan, with dis- trict leadership set to receive Dell Chromebooks in November. Instructional technology spe- cialist Debbie Leonard told board members and district administra- tion at its regularly scheduled meet- ing Monday evening that the dis- trict was on track implementing its technology plan, approved as a component of the district's capital project plan in June. Dell Chromebooks will be given to leadership and subsequently teachers in December. Students will have access to Lenovo Chrome- books beginning in the fall of 2015, though Leonard said the district would pilot the Chromebooks with STEMS students this school year. Assistant superintendent for business David Loadholt said the district also might be able to add $1.2M to its fund balance at the end of this school year. In other business, the board voted rebid of its food services but voted to keep employees on the dis- trict payroll. Rebidding for these services is a process required by the state every five years. District administration recommended the district continue with contracted food service. By KATE HRUBY khruby@indexjournal.com See ROLLOUT, page 4A Change in the air See CHANGE, page 4A

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