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Maria Cervantes, Mid-Carolina High School, took first place honors at the Prosperity's Hoppin' High School Art Show on April 12. 
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

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Prosperity's Hoppin' High School Art Show was held on April 12. About 45 people attended the reception at the Prosperity Depot. 
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

WKDK Loyal Listener Cindy Schumpert at the Rock Fore! Dough performance by A Thousand Horses, "the band with Newberry connections!" 
Photo courtesy of Cindy Schumpert

Baby Jesus being placed in the manger at
Whitaker Funeral Home on Christmas morning. 
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

Lt. Burt Mohler recently received the Newberry Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year Award! 
Photo courtesy of Keith Minick

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"Welcome to the Hotel California..." A shot of The Beverly Hills Hotel taken at near sundown during
a recent trip to Los Angeles. 
Photo courtesy of Carole Murray

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The signs for the Newberry High School State Championship in basketball are now up on Main Street as you approach NHS from both directions.  
Photo courtesy of Foster Senn

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Newberry baseball legend Billy O'Dell prepares to throw the first pitch at Friday's Chapin-Newberry American Legion Post 24 game.
Photo courtesy of Ken Minasian

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Tyla Bowers at Southern Art & Outdoors explaining the
Frog Scavenger Hunt to her first group.
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

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Lauren Keener, Whitmire Community School, accepting check for first place student Amanda J. Crisp and for the Whitmire art program.
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

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Belle has a new passion...
Paddleboarding and Sidewalk Surfing
Photo courtesy of Sally Lowman

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Spring seems to have finally arrived in Newberry!
Photo courtesy of Jane Robertson

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Sledding is hard work but Rebekah Rendelman was determined on this beautiful snow day.
Photo courtesy of Jane Robertson

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First Grade Teacher, Janie Kitchens, and daughter Eleanor celebrate one of their favorite authors,
Dr. Snow-Seuss
Photo courtesy of Sue Summer

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The folks at Munson Music built a snow-guitar and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. The big surprise?
No bucket.
Photo courtesy of Sue Summer

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Snow measured at Enoree River Vineyards
Photo courtesy of Richard and Laura LaBarre

Newberry College snowman at the Reid's!
Photo courtesy of Zeb Reid

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The Mid-Carolina High School Varsity Cheerleaders were recognized at the December 18 meeting of the Newberry County School Board. The squad members were AA Region II Champions and AA State Runners Up.
Photo courtesy of Tammy Kitchen/WKDK

WKDK's Margaret Brackett (center), a long-time advocate for tobacco prevention measures, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Media Advocacy. The presentation was by Louis Eubank, Executive Director, SC Cancer Alliance and SC Tobacco-Free Collaboration, and Sharon Biggers, SC Director of Tobacco Prevention and Control.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Turner
of Turner Photography

The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer recently celebrated its 160th Anniversary. Pictured are the church's oldest and youngest members.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

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A scene at the recent Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Newberry.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

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Some of the attendees enjoying the Veterans Day Parade on November 9.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

Another scene at the recent Veterans Day Parade in downtown Newberry. Some of the Vietnam War Veterans of American Legion Post #24 wave to the crowd.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

Legend country singer Willie Nelson takes a break during his show at the Opera House on Monday to sign Theresa Halfacre's jacket.
Photo courtesy of Theresa Halfacre

Happy Halloween from the Banks' girls!
Photo courtesy of "Grandma" Donna Lominack

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Mr. Bill Greenbacks & Miss Millie Homestead created by the Auditor's and
Treasurer's staff.
Photo courtesy of Donna Lominack

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Miss Clover, the 4H-er, just won a blue ribbon at the Jr. Dairy Show.
Photo courtesy of Alana West

Scarecrow exhibit for Linda Renwick Realty.
Photo courtesy of Kim Sligh

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The Master Gardeners' entry for the
Scarecrow Convention: "Making It Crow!"
Photo courtesy of Rose Marie Favors

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City of Newberry Fire Department
in remembrance of 9/11.
Photo courtesy of Ben Bowers

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Representative Walt McLeod waves to the onlookers at the Chapin Labor Day Parade.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

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Some of the Chapin Labor Day attendees' park at Whitaker Funeral Home for the day's festivities.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

We have Loyal Listeners and we also have Loyal Deer at our studios on 3000 Hazel Street!
Photo courtesy of WKDK

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Charles Weathers is presented a resolution by Mayor Foster Senn for his efforts in facilitating the "Cultivating Community" efforts over the past year in Newberry County.
Photo courtesy of WKDK

Harold and Anne Folk enjoy the evening at the annual Welcome Back Party for Newberry College at Dave Waldrop's place on Spearman Road.
Photo courtesy of Wilson Senn

Lightning strike at Enoree River Winery
Photo courtesy of Laura Labarre

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Parade goers get set for a fun Harper Street Bike Parade on July 4!
Photo courtesy of Cindy Pitts

Another scene at the Harper Street Bike Parade on Thursday.
Photo courtesy of Cindy Pitts

Camdyn Dahman with her four-legged friend at "Taste of Newberry" on Friday evening.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Dahman

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A recent rehearsal for the Newberry Community Players production of "Patsy Cline."
Photo courtesy of Ronney Hunter/Newberry Digital

Doris Coggins of Newberry Elementary and Marie Robinson of Boundary Street Elementary at Tuesday's WLTX luncheon honoring all of the 2012/2013 Golden Apple Award winners.
Photo courtesy of WKDK

Ashley Robertson was awarded her law degree, magna cum laude, from USC School of Law on Friday, May 10, 2013. In August, Ashley will begin work in a Judge Clerkship for SC Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal.
Photo courtesy of Jane Robertson

Vidal and Bucket Brigade at Prosperity's Hoppin' with Arts & Antiques
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

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Franklin Miller from Newberry was the winner in Division One (photos/paintings) at Prosperity's Hoppin' recently. He is standing by Aw,Shucks, one of three pastel paintings he entered. This particular painting was the favorite of our judge and artist Clay Burnette, from the SC Arts Commission.
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

Some of the residents at Springfield Place enjoyed wearing sunglasses during the Coffee Hour Show on Thursday with Sue Summer.
Photo courtesy of WKDK

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Members of the Newberry High School Junior Varsity Soccer team. They had a good season wrapping up last week with a 7-nil defeat of neighboring Union County. They are coached by Leslie McDuffie and Joseph Foster.
Photo courtesy of Lee Foster

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A runner carries the Special Olympics torch down Main Street in downtown Newberry on Thursday afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Ted B. Williams/
Special to WKDK

The Newberry Community Players present "Flash Gordon" again this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Heather Hawkins

A scene from the fire yesterday at the business off of College Street yesterday across from Fast Track.
Photo courtesy of Jimmie Coggins

"On The Move With Margaret" on April 8 featured a LifePoint discussion, as April is Organ Month. Pictured are Roger Charette, Ronald Charette, Mark Johnson, and Margaret Brackett.
Photo courtesy of April Marks



UPDATED: Current Newberry County Road Closings (SCDOT)
Posted: October 6, 6:58 PM

Grace Christian Preschool Opens at 9 am on Wednesday
(No early dropoffs available)

Newberry County Schools On 2-Hour Delay on Wednesday
Posted: October 6, 5:26 PM

All Newberry County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Wednesday, October 7.

School District Officials have worked long hours to create new school bus routes that avoid road closures throughout the county. In an effort to prepare for the return to school, bus drivers were sent out today to drive their new routes so that they could become familiar with the routes and have an opportunity to foresee any potential issues before the students were on the buses.

In many cases buses have been re-routed which could cause some delay in pick-up and drop-off times. Please do not leave your children unsupervised in the event that buses are delayed or prohibited in making their normal stops. We ask your patience as we work through transportation issues. Please note that pre-kindergarten classes which meet only in the morning will not be held. All employees are to report at their regular time if conditions permit. Safety is of the utmost importance, so please take all necessary precautions.

Parents and others driving their children to school are encouraged to leave early to prepare for any unusual delays or road closures. An interactive map of the road closures can be found on the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office website. It should be noted that these and all lists of road closures are continually updated to remove or add roads as necessary.

In addition, a listing of roads closed in Newberry County or statewide can be found at the South Carolina Department of Transportation website.

There has been a number of reports of citizens going or removing barricades. Barricades should only be removed by appropriate personnel who are trained and/or certified to inspect and approve roads. In South Carolina, it is a 4 point driver’s license violation to disregard a traffic control device including barricades and road closed signs. Additionally, It is a felony for an unauthorized person to remove a traffic control device including barricades. It carries a penalty of at least $1000 and up to five years in jail and a driver’s license suspension of up to 5 years. The penalty increases to up to 10 years in jail if someone is injured because of the removal of the traffic control device and up to 30 years in prison if someone is killed because of the removal of the traffic control device.

Food and Supplies Being Collected At Sheriff's Office
Posted: October 6, 5:25 PM

The Newberry Sheriff's Office parking lot at 550 Wilson Road will be a drop-off location for canned goods and supplies for flood victims. West Electric has parked a large truck in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office. Donations will be taken at the truck until the truck is full and items will be taken to Harvest Hope Food Bank and other charities for distribution to the needy.

Newberry County was spared the devastating destruction that residents of the Columbia area faced and there are many in need.
There is plenty of water available at this time but canned meats and vegetables are needed along with cleaning supplies, paper goods, dental hygiene items, soap, wash cloths.

Rescue Station 14 will also accept items Thursday from 7am-7pm.

The collection station at the Sheriff's Office will be open until 7pm daily until the truck is full. If no one is available at the truck, items can be left by ringing the doorbell at the EOC in the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office.

All Newberry County Schools Closed On Tuesday; Year-Round Employees To Report at 9 AM
Posted: October 5, 4:35 PM

All Newberry County schools are closed on Tuesday with the exception of year-long employees. Year-long employees should report to their stations at 9:00 AM.

Due to concerns for the integrity of roads/bridges and due to the isolation of Pomaria Garmany School, the School District of Newberry has decided to close for Tuesday. The decision was based on road evaluations of SCDOT, Newberry County Emergency Management, Newberry County Sheriff's Office and the SC State Guard.

Bridges that were closed due to damage or from water inundation will require evaluation by engineers.

The School District of Newberry County is working with the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, 911 addressing and Emergency Management to determine a route to all area schools that will be safe for bus traffic.

UPDATE: Newberry Road Closures
Posted: October 4, 6:16 PM

As of this hour, there are 47 road closures in Newberry County. The closures are primarily due to questions of structural integrity of bridges, approaches to bridges, water or downed trees. Water will continue to rise on the Saluda River due to high volumes of rain water compounded by the release of water from Lake Greenwood upstream.

DO NOT cross roads that have standing or moving water
DO NOT go into an area that is barricaded. If there are barricades there is a concern for safety. Bridges may appear to be solid, but foundation or approaches may be compromised.
DO NOT get out of a vehicle if there is a downed power line.
DO NOT wade or play in flooded areas. Although the water may be calm there are hazards in the water and it could have an undercurrent.
Newberry County IS NOT under a curfew. However, we ask that unless it is absolutely necessary to remain home and off the roads. There could be dangers hidden by water and darkness. The road you left on may not be the same road when you return. Do not go around barricades and do not attempt to drive through water. Turn around and don't drown.

Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, SCDOT, power crews and public works crews have worked very hard and under extreme conditions to attempt to get the area back to normalcy.

For information about the road closures and a real time map of the event go to and look for the online crime mapping tab.

All Newberry County Schools/District Offices CLOSED on Monday
Posted: October 4, 3:08 PM





State Of Emergency Declared For Newberry County
Posted: October 4, 12:33 PM

A State of Emergency for Newberry County has been declared. by Newberry County Council Chairman Buddy Livingston. Due to the conditions of bridges, roads and rising waters from the storm, Newberry County has declared a state of emergency. For persons displaced and having no where to go, Newberry High School has been opened as an emergency shelter.

Rain has subsided in the area for the moment. However, water remains high in low lying areas. Several bridges have been compromised. Travel in Newberry County, especially in the Pomaria area is extremely hazardous. Residents are encouraged to remain at home unless absolutely necessary.

DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADED ROADS. Your life will be in danger if you choose to avoid traffic warning devices.

High Water Emergency Declared For Lake Greenwood
Posted: October 4, 12:11 PM

A high water emergency has been declared for Lake Greenwood. The flood gates at Buzzard's Roost will be opened causing an already high level of water on the Saluda River to rise dramatically. Residents at Saluda River Resort are directed to evacuate as soon as possible. Law enforcement and fire/rescue personnel will be assisting. Displaced people that do not have an alternate location may use Newberry High School as a shelter.

cannons creekNewberry Sheriff's Department/SCDOT: Stay Off Roads!
Posted: October 4, 11:30 AM

UPDATE: Bridge atCannon's Creek (Highway 176; photo at right) in Newberry County collapses.
Photo courtesy of
Sheriff Lee Foster

As rain continues (but some rain breakups), many bridges' integrity are in question. Watch for missing or detached sewage manhole covers. Caution and care should be taken in traveling even though water may be receding. If the next round comes as predicted, water will rise rapidly. People should not wade or play in flood waters unless it is absolutely necessary due to sewage and bacteria present. Travel remains very hazardous even though the rain has diminished.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) urges motorists to stay off roads as at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges are closed due to historic flooding in South Carolina.

Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The average vehicle can be swept away in as a little as 12 inches of moving water and stalled out in as little as two feet of water.”

The public can find travel information such as road conditions on the SCDOT web site Note that due to rapidly changing conditions, additional state roads and bridges may be closed and not listed on the web site.

UPDATE: Murder Victim Identified
Posted: August 27, 6:01 PM

In reports you homicidemay have heard earlier today on WKDK and, Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton released the identity of a hair salon owner that was shot and killed early afternoon Wednesday.

Roberto Facio-Ledesma, 41, died of a single gunshot wound to the head in his business at 2509 Main Street, Newberry at approximately 1:30 pm Wednesday. An autopsy was performed Thursday morning and the official cause of death is a laceration to the brain. Newton has classified the death as a homicide. The decedent leaves behind a wife and daughter, both of Newberry. According to Coroner Newton, Facio-Ledesma was well known and respected among the Hispanic community and the downtown merchants. Newberry City and County Police, SLED, and the Newberry Coroner's Office continue to investigate the incident.

The murder suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday evening by authorities.

satterwhiteFourth Suspect Arrested In Little Mountain Murder Case
Posted: August 26, 7:58 AM

A fourth suspect in the Ponderosa Lane/Little Mountain Murder Investigation has been located and apprehended.

Through tireless investigative work, DeCarlos Tramaine Satterwhite, 21, of 7403 Patricia Drive, Columbia, S.C., was arrested today. Satterwhite was taken into custody and charged with “Murder”, “Attempted Murder” (3 counts), “Armed Robbery” (4 counts), “Burglary-1st Degree”, “Kidnapping” (2 counts), “Criminal Conspiracy”, and “Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime” in connection with the murder from 1086 Ponderosa Lane in Little Mountain, S.C. from July 29, 2015.

“It was the invaluable assistance and partnership of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the Columbia Police Department, and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department that has ensured the execution of superb investigative work," said Sheriff Foster.

Sheriff Foster also stated, “Working with these agencies, their department heads, and having these kinds of resources available to you at your request, makes doing the job worthwhile.”

As of this press release, warrants have been signed and served on Satterwhite and he is in custody at the Newberry County Detention Center, awaiting bonding.

Additional charges and suspects may be detained as the investigation continues.

School Board Meets; Profile of the SC Graduate Standards
Posted: August 25, 7:30 AM

Monday night was the first School Board meeting since the start of the 2015-2016 school year. After the Board accepted the new hires from their executive session, discussing and accepting the contractual agreements for maintenance improvements, the Board discussed the new Board Policies. There was supposed to be a first read of the very very long list of new and old polices, but the Board felt that they needed more time to review each one personally before having a group discussion about each one. So they all accepted the motion to table the first reading until the next School Board meeting.

The newest thing that the Board has been given is the new standards for the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. This is a new standard for the expectation for what a South Carolina Graduate should be. Things like world class skills, life and career characteristics, and world class knowledge are included. Certain ideals will be taught to students at certain levels of the schooling, such a work ethic, self-direction, knowing how to learn, and perseverance.

Superintendent Mr. Bennett then spoke of how the school year kicked off and was pleased to report it has all gone very smoothly. He said he has heard great things about how some schools have adjusted to the later start times. Even a few teachers spoke about parents enjoyment of the extra few minutes they have to get their child to school.

So far the student count is at 6,161 for the Newberry County area. The next School Board meeting will be on September 28 at 7:30 pm.

trophyChapin-Newberry Takes It ALL!
Posted: August 18, 10:32 PM

Chapin-Newberry beat the NewOrleans, Louisiana team 9-2 Tuesday night to win the 2015 American Legion World Series in Shelby, NC!

Stay tuned for more information about the game on Wednesday on AM 1240 WKDK (streaming audio on and our mobile app).

Congrats to our community team, Chapin-Newberry, on a championship season from start to finish!




newberry collegeNewberry College Reaches Fundraising Milestone
Posted: August 16, 3:40 PM

Newberry College achieved its second consecutive year of record-breaking fundraising, bringing in$4,223,237 in gifts and pledges for fiscal year 2015, which ended June 30, 2015. The total surpassed the previous fundraising high water mark of $4,058,000 achieved last year.

The infographic provides a visual overview of fundraising results and progress on the College’s capital campaign, Scaling the Summit.

“Our continued fundraising success underscores that our alumni and friends see exciting things happening here and want to be a part of shaping our future,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens.

Individual giving increased by 18 percent over last year with gifts received from 2,601 individuals. The number of alumni donors also increased with gifts received from 1,101 alumni – an increase over last year’s gifts received from 1,058 alumni. Additionally, more than three-fourths of Newberry College faculty and staff also demonstrated their passion for the mission of the College, with an impressive 78 percent of employees making financial gifts.

Progress on the Capital Campaign

Newberry College has made significant strides in its comprehensive capital campaign, Scaling the Summit. As of July 15, 2015, the College has raised $10.5 million against its $35 million campaign goal.

With gifts of $6 million in cash and $4.5 million in pledges, the College was able to break ground on the construction and remodeling of the Speers Street School property, which it purchased in 2012 to house the Department of Teacher Education.

The College also is within striking distance of its fundraising target for expansion of the Science, Math, Art and Nursing building. With just $2 million in cash left to raise before construction can begin, College officials are optimistic about reaching that fundraising target by the end of fall semester 2015.

“We are pleased that so many donors have chosen to invest in the future of Newberry College and its students,” said Scott Joyner, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “We have made significant and tangible gains in so many areas of the institution. Great things are happening at Newberry College.”

chapin nbyChapin-Newberry Still Undefeated! Southeast Regional Champs!
Posted: August 9, 8:33 PM

In a game broadcast on WKDK earlier this evening, our Chapin-Newberry American Legion Baseball Team won the Southeast Regional Championship. They beat Randolph County, NC to advance to the World Series in Shelby, NC! More on WKDK on Monday morning.

Two Murder Suspects Arrested, One Takes Own Life After Standoff
Posted: August 6, 5:52 PM

Investigators in Newberry County have identified the suspects responsible the murder of a man on July 29 in the Little Mountain section of Newberry County.

suspectsThe men are also responsible for robbing the murder victim, another person in the home, and two others who arrived later at the residence. The suspects shot at two of the victims as they fled the scene in a vehicle.

Investigators say that it was information from the public and tireless investigative efforts that led to the identification of the suspects.

Thus far two suspects have been taken into custody. One additional suspect was being sought in Richland County today. The suspect barricaded himself inside a residence and eventually took his own life.

Those arrested this far were identified as:
Jermaz James Dreher, 16, of 520 Westwoods Dr, Chapin SC. (Dreher was charged on Wednesday and is being held in a juvenile detention facility. His information is being released because he is charged as an adult.)

Tyler Mckenzie Elkins, 21, 1609 Saint Michaels Rd, Columbia, SC (Elkins was charged today and is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center.)

Both are charged with Murder, Conspiracy, Armed Robbery (4 counts), Kidnapping (4 Counts), Attempted Murder (3 counts), and Possession of a Weapon During a Violent Crime. The murder charge must be arraigned by a Circuit Court Judge. No bond hearing date has been set at this time.

The identification of the deceased suspect will be made by the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

fortuneFortune Named New Opera House Executive Director
Posted: August 5, 7:22 PM

Molly Fortune, a former director on the executive staff of the Fox Theater in Atlantawas named executive director of the Newberry Opera House, after an extensive national search.  She will be only the second executive director in the NOH’s stellar history.

Molly previously served as the Restoration and Operations Director for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia for 15 years.  In her tenure with the Fox she was instrumental in developing and implementing strategies focused on the guest experience through authentic preservation of the historic landmark. 

Building on the marriage between Operations and Preservation, she was the co-founder of the Fox Theatre Institute; an outreach program that assists historic theatres in Georgia with preservation expertise as well as operational/booking knowledge.  Through this program she was able to further develop and hone the guest experience for all who walk through the doors of the Fox, staff, performers and ticket buyers through lessons learned from other venues. 

She has been active in many national organizations including the board of the League of Historic American Theaters, on which she currently serves.

Molly commented “The Fox and The Newberry Opera House are more similar than first glance would allow.  They are vibrant economic engines, repositories for memories, launching grounds for dreams and empowerment tools to change the world.  They both think beyond their four walls and strive to touch, cultivate and challenge the character of those who walk the halls.”

Molly is married to LTC Christopher Kemper and has two daughters age 9 and 6 and one co-dependent golden retriever, Teddy.

Phil Spotts, chairman of the board of the Newberry Opera House commented “Molly is the perfect visionary leader for this new phase of the Opera House and for Newberry.”

UPDATE: Search For Missing Man Ends With Body Recovery
Posted: August 4, 8:25 PM

After two days of a search and rescue mission, the body of Henry Lee Brooks was recovered this afternoon from the waters in the proximity of Black’s Bridge.

Brooks’ vehicle was left on Black’s Bridge located on S.C. Highway 391 at the Newberry/Saluda County line early Monday morning. He had not been heard from since Saturday afternoon, which was unusual. Deputies searched areas where he was known to frequent and interviewed family and friends.

During the search, the Newberry County Water Rescue Team and DNR were called in to perform a diving operation around the bridge. Public Safety officials from Newberry County, Saluda County, DNR, Lexington County Lake Patrol, and the State Law Enforcement Division all worked throughout both days during the search.

“It is always tragic to have a situation end like this,” said Sheriff Foster. “I join all public safety and the community in offering our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family.

“I would also like to take a moment to commend all of the public safety personnel who worked so long and hard during this search,” said Foster. “We certainly prayed that this situation would end differently, but we would all be remiss if we did not acknowledge the efforts of those who worked so hard.”

Sheriff Foster said that no foul play was suspected in the death, but that an autopsy would be performed as a matter of protocol.

Free Workforce Workshop To Help Those With Disablities
Posted: August 3, 6:19 PM

On August 4, 2015, state and private organizations will be available to assist individuals with disabilities interested in returning to work or increasing their earnings. This free workshop will focus on dispelling myths about disability benefits and work. After the workshop a resource fair will be held for individuals to connect directly with community organizations.

"Unfortunately, there is much misinformation given to individuals with disabilities regarding disability benefits and going to work. This workshop is one facet of a statewide initiative looking to break the employment barriers of people with disabilities in South Carolina," says Lynne Bosma, Director of Employment Programs with Able South Carolina. "Employment rates for people with disabilities in South Carolina remain far lower than individuals without disabilities (33.9% versus 77.6%). Individuals that attend the workshop will leave with the tools to help them gain employment, which will ultimately invigorate the local and state economy."

Disability Benefits & Employment: Make it Work for You! is brought to you by the SC Employment Works Taskforce, a coalition of over twenty employers, state, and private agencies working to address the employment barriers of people with disabilities in South Carolina. The Taskforce is made possible with funding from the Southeast ADA Center and the SC Developmental Disabilities Council.

Disability Benefits & Employment: Make it Work for You! will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., on August 4, 2015 at the SC Works Upper Savannah office, 833 Main St. Newberry, SC 29108. Interested participants may register online at, call 1.800.681.6805, or email

karley youngMuller Center Announces Inaugural Research Fellowship
Posted: July 31,
7:54 AM

The newly established Muller Center atNewberry College has selected Karley Young, a rising junior from Kinards, as its first ever Muller Student Research Fellow.

A Middle-Level Education major, Young plans to use the fellowship to establish a campus-based hunger abatement program targeting Newberry County school children. In addition to investigating food policy in South Carolina, she will spend fall semester meeting with community and school leaders, investigating program possibilities and mobilizing a student volunteer corps. 

The Muller Student Research Fellowship is a highly selective program intended to equip Newberry College students to explore the intersection of academic research and community need. The Fellowships are a key initiative of the Muller Center, which seeks to promote the core values of ethics, vocation and civic engagement.

Muller Center Director Krista E. Hughes said she and the members of Muller Center’s advisory board were impressed by the clarity of Young’s proposal as well as its potential for sustainability and growth.

“Karley’s project is a perfect example of the type of civic engagement we want to foster at Newberry College,” Hughes said. “It seeks to address a community need by collaborating with the community and drawing on the unique resources of the College. We can’t imagine a more worthy project to launch our Student Fellowship program.”

Young is active on campus in various capacities. She is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Teacher Education and serves as vice president of community service for Kappa Delta sorority. She also is a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and will serve as an alpha leader during the College’s freshman/transfer orientation weekends throughout the summer.

Sea Pro Boats Returns With Manufacturing Facility in Whitmire

One Dead in Home Invasion in Little Mountain
Posted: July 29, 4:33 PM

An early morning home invasion has led to the death of one person.
Deputies were called to Ponderosa Lane Little Mountain near the Lexington County line for a home invasion at 12:15am Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, deputies found one person down inside the mobile home.

Subsequent investigation revealed that two individuals were inside the home when they heard a knock at the door. When one of the residents pulled back the curtain over the door window, he was shot through the glass. The second resident fled to the rear of the house and secreted himself between the mattress and the wall. That resident could hear additional shots being fired and ransacking of the home.

As the subjects were leaving two other residents were approaching the house from a trip to Chapin. Unbeknownst to those residents, the suspects blocked them in on Ponderosa Lane and began assaulting them. Those residents took evasive action in their car and fled to a nearby residence, while the suspects were firing at them. The suspect and the vehicles left on Ponderosa Lane toward Lexington County.

The suspects were described as four black males dressed in dark colored clothing. One of the suspects had a camouflage scarf type cloth over his face. The suspects were believed to be armed with a handgun and a long gun. They left the scene in dark colored four doored vehicle.
At the time of the release, investigators were conducting an inventory to determine what may have been stolen. SLED Crime Scene unit was called in to assist the Sheriff’s Office forensic team at the crime scene.
Sheriff Lee Foster is asking the public to assist in the investigation.

Anyone who has any information, or who may have seen or heard anything, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC, Text "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). You will always remain anonymous. You can also call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222. A sizeable reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspects.

Coroner Craig Newton has identified the deceased as Ronnion Danyell Barron, 32, of Ponderosa Lane in Little Mountain, SC. Coroner Newton stated that the victim died of a single gunshot wound to the head and the death is classified as a homicide.

Sea Pro Boats Returns With Manufacturing Facility in Whitmire
Posted: July 29, 3:20 PM

Sea Pro Boats, a renowned brand in the boating industry, is returning to the market with 'The Next Wave' - an all new line of bay boats and center console offshore fishing boats. The company is investing $5.5 million in a new Newberry County manufacturing facility, generating 238 new jobs in Whitmire.

Originally founded in 1987, Sea Pro Boats, a Midlands-based company, was purchased by Brunswick Corporation in 2005. Recently, Jimmy Hancock, one of the original owners of Sea Pro, along with Tidewater Boats' founder Preston Wrenn, decided to relaunch the company, planning an all-new incarnation of the Sea Pro brand - 'The Next Wave.' The line will feature seven new models, which are expected to be introduced by the end of this summer.

Sea Pro's new Newberry County facility, a 200,000-square-foot building to be located at 25214 Highway 121 in Whitmire, will house the company's headquarters, as well as its manufacturing operations.

Expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2015, hiring is anticipated to begin in early fall 2015. At that time, those interested in joining the Sea Pro Boats' team should contact SC Works. For more information on the company, visit

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Newberry County to assist with costs of acquisition and real property improvements. The Council also approved job development credits related to the project.

clarkwilliamsMissing Children Found Safe, Approximately Three Miles From Home
Posted: July 26, 2:20 PM

City of Newberry Police were searching for two missing children in the Mollohon Section of the City early Sunday. The children left their home together on 48 Player Street around 10:00 AM Sunday, but were found safe early Sunday afternoon about three miles from their home.

They had left on their own and were believed to either be lost in the area or wandering. One child was described as 11 years of age, 5 feet, 170 lbs. wearing a black and white sun dress and gold sandals. She was also known to be a special needs child. The second child was described as three years of age, 3 feet, 40 lbs. and no known clothing description. City police were using a tracking dog and bloodhounds.

Foul play was not suspected. However, concerns were offered over the ages and the special needs of the 11-year-old.

gibbsSuspect Arrested in Whitmire Shooting Incident
Posted: July 23, 5:52 PM

A man who shot into several apartments and a man sitting on the porch of one of the apartments in the Whitmire area has been taken into custody.

On July 9 just after 10pm, the suspect rode by a set of apartments on Duckett Avenue in Whitmire. The suspect opened fire into the apartments striking two of the four apartments. One of the rounds also struck the victim, who was sitting on the front porch of one of the apartments. The victim was struck in his upper torso and hands. He was air lifted to an area trauma hospital, investigators would not name the facility because he is still receiving in patient treatment for his injuries. The injuries do not appear life threatening at this point.

Joshua Stroud Gibbs, 30, 3258 Renno Road, Clinton, SC was arrested this morning and charged with Attempted Murder and two counts of Discharging a Firearm Into A Dwelling.

The suspect was arrested after an intensive investigation by law enforcement. While investigators says that the motivation is not clear, there is a clear theme of illegal drug sale and use throughout the investigation.

“We simply will not tolerate our streets being turning into war zones,” said Sheriff Foster. “Our commitment is to actively and aggressively investigate and prosecute these crimes.”

“I have long said that there is a clear connection between property crimes and violent crimes to illegal drugs,” said Foster. “Contrary to what many say, I see the faces of the indirect victims of drug use every day and we vow to be a part of the solution in our communities.”

City Council Meeting; Two Employees Retire, Gallman Park Updates, New Firefighters Grant
Posted: July 15, 8:00 AM

Tuesday night's City Council meeting was bitter sweet. Council approved new beginnings but said goodbye to a few good men! Mayor Foster Senn and Assistant City Manager Matt Dewitt congratulated two men on their long awaited retirement. Mr. Frank floydburnsideBurnside began his employment with the city in 1999 and held the position of heavy equipment operator. He was such a value to the city and to his job, that even a resident of Newberry asked the city to give him a gift for all his hard work. Mr. Yank Floyd who started his employment with the city of Newberry back in 1978, and has served this city well for the past 37 years as the PRT Service Supervisor.

As for new beginnings: The city has approved the construction of the new updates to Gallman Park. Updates include, new roof to the existing shelter and a brand new shelter with updated restroom facilities, basketball court, asphalt walking trails, and much more! Also, thanks to the generosity of CAT/ Caterpillar donated vinyl covered
steel park benches and picnic tables! With all the additions and upgrades they were able to keep it under budget with a total cost of $349,824.32. Construction and demolition will begin by the end of July with a time limit of completion by mid-November.

The City Fire Chief spoke about the new grant that they were recently received from FEMA. The AFG or Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant was an award of $183,200.00. The Fire Department will be using this grant money for new SCBA/ Self-contained breathing apparatus and six sets of bunker gear. The department is still waiting on two other grants the Safer Grant and Fire Prevention Grant.

mc allstarsMid-Carolina Little League All-Stars Take State,Advance To Region
Posted: July 12, 10:58 PM

The Mid-Carolina Little League Intermediate All-Star Team won the State Tournament this weekend at Lindler Field in LittleMountain. The team advances to the Region Tournament, which begins July 24, in Florida. Team members include Kaleb Boland, AJ Millis, Houston Farr, Colby Haralson, Jonathan Meetze, Jacob Caulder, PJ Jacobs, Michael Fulmer, Ryan Stewart, Alex Lake, Blake Mueller, CC Boyd, Cole Boozer. Coaches are Chris Metts (Head), Paul Moore and Art Boozer.

Rutherford Graduates From SC Criminal Justice Academy
Posted: July 9, 7:22 AM

Congratulations to a recent graduate of the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Deputy Sheriff Janet Rutherford of the NewberryCounty Sheriff’s Office.

Janet recently completed a three-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program term at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy and is now a Class III Certified S.C. Law Enforcement Officer.

On Friday, April 28, 2015, Janet graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy as a Commissioned Class III Law Enforcement Officer.

A lifetime resident of Newberry County, Janet began working with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer with the Newberry County Detention Center in September 2011. Janet is a 1996 graduate of Mid-Carolina High School. She joined the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer and was then selected to become a Deputy (Class III), a venture she now begins after completion of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
Janet is the oldest of three children to Eddie and Mary Rutherford of Newberry. She has two younger brothers, Eddie and Jeffery Rutherford, and she is the mother of 2 children, Jack and Jill Edwards, all of Newberry.

harper streetAnother Successful Harper Street Parade
Posted: July 4, 7:33 PM

The 14th annual Harper StreetParade was held this morning, with a large turnout and fun for everyone. The children experienced more fun, as usual, at the end of the parade as they got "watered down" by the fire trucks on hand.
Photo couretsy of Cindy Pitts/Special to

Newberry County July 4 Events-Parade and Fireworks
Posted: July 1, 8:21 AM

Again this year the Newberry County Law Enforcement Officers' Association will be sponsoring the free 4th of July Festival at Mike Ware Field on the campus of Newberry High School. The event will have blow up rides for the kids, music and a variety of foods.

A special treat will be a concert by the 208th Army Band under the direction of Chief Timothy Lyden, also principal at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School. The band will play traditional patriotic songs along with some pops music. Between band sets, DJ Nick Brown will be providing popular dance music for the entertainment.

Gates open at 6:00 pm with fireworks beginning at dark thirty (around 9:00 pm). The fireworks can be viewed from a number of places around Newberry, but it is best seen in the stadium with patriotic themed music accompanying. And as always the event is held on July 4. In the event of rain, an alternate date will be provided.

With the exception of the food, all venues are free.

In addition to the fireworks, the young and young at heart are invited to the annual Harper Street Bicycle Parade. Participants will proceed down Harper and conclude at Walnut Street. There the Newberry Fire Department will be stationed to allow people to play in the water from one of their fire apparatus in the street.

Line up will begin at the Corner of Harper and Hunt Street near the Offices of Lisa Senn and Dr. Erwin Baker and the Newberry Council on Aging at 9:00am. The parade will get underway at 9:30am.

The public is invited to attend these free, safe, family oriented events.

pray for charlestonCommunity Prayer Vigil For Charleston
Posted: June 22,
7:52 AM

Mayor Foster Senn of the City of Newberry has announced a community prayer/candlelight vigilMonday night at 7pm on Memorial Square across from the Opera House. Local ministers will offer prayers for healing and Peace and to show support for the Emanuel AME Church and the people of Charleston. This is an interfaith/interdenominational event and will be conducted by members of the local ministry and all are welcome. Citizens of Newberry County are asked to come downtown and join in this event for healing and Peace for Charleston, our State and our Nation.

petersWinnsboro Man Convicted Of Shooting At Newberry Deputies During Domestic Standoff
Posted: June 17,
4:55 PM

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Wednesday afternoon the conviction of a Winnsboro man for the home invasion of a former girlfriend's residence which resulted in a standoff and shots being fired at deputies from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.

A Newberry County jury found Morris Ray Peters, 50, guilty of first degree assault and battery, but acquitted Peters on charges of first degree burglary and kidnapping involving the former girlfriend. Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy, Jr. sentenced Peters to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed by the law, following the verdict.

The charges stemmed from an October 2013 incident in the Chaplin Park neighborhood off of Highway 34 in eastern Newberry County. The Newberry County Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Team responded to a call of a domestic disturbance where Peters was armed with a .22 caliber rifle and still in the home with the victim, a former girlfriend who had broken up with several months prior to the incident. Peters had a prior criminal history involving domestic violence with the victim and was on trespass notice from the victim's
residence at the time of the incident. CIRT negotiators entered the home and were able to extract the victim before beginning negotiations with Peters.

After more than an hour of attempting to have Peters lay down his weapon and turn himself over peacefully, CIRT discharged a non-lethal bean bag round from the doorway of the residence into Peters' chest and moved toward Peters. Peters regained his balance and fired a shot directly at Lt. Garrett Lominack, which deflected off Lominack's bullet-proof tactical shield. Before Peters could chamber another round into the rifle, members of CIRT reached Peters and took him into custody without further incident.

Solicitor Stumbo noted the outstanding trial work of Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel, who prosecuted the case for the State. Stumbo also praised the work of Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster's deputies, who put themselves in the line of fire to diffuse the situation and insure that everyone involved walked away from the volatile standoff without harm, in particular Capt. Robert Dennis, Lt. Lominack, Sgt. Michael Claytor, Sgt. Brad Epps, Sgt. Shawn Carnes, Capt. Wesley Boland and Lt. Ben Chapman.

"The level of commitment and professionalism shown by our law enforcement officers never ceases to amaze me," Solicitor Stumbo stated following the sentencing. "Facing a situation that could have ended in absolute disaster, our boys in blue showed incredible strength and grace under fire. I couldn't be more proud of the work my prosecutors are doing alongside law enforcement to keep our communities safe here in the Eighth Circuit."

dennis brownPolice Chief No Longer Employed By The City
of Newberry
Posted: June 16,
9:25 PM

WKDK has learned that Newberry City PoliceChief Dennis Brown is no longer employed by the City of Newberry.

City Manager Al Harvey confirmed this information late Tuesday to WKDK.

More information as it becomes available. file photo


rebeccaSchool Board Meeting
June 16,
7:07 AM

The Newberry County SchoolBoard met Monday night, and the Board recognized Rebecca Glymph (at right, with Board member Jody Hamm and Superintendent Bennett) for her achievements in technology. She was awarded the prestigious Technology Champion Award from the WPEC Consortium, which consisted of all twelve school districts. The selection criteria included; awards/honors, attendance, community service, leadership, GPA, part-time employment and much more. She will be recognized along with four other regional winner at the State Business Summit that will be held in Greenville on June 21, 2015.

There was a concerned citizen who requested to speak during the Public Forum part of the session. John Frampton spoke to the Board about is concerns for the Pre-K Program offer by the County. His concerns were about the waiting/delay in education of the waitlisted four year olds who were put on a on hold for the start to their education. He spoke of how currently there are total of 40 slots in the pre-K program, with only 34 registered and 17, (including his own four year old son) who have been put on a waiting list, either for test score issues or financial reasons. His main concern was for the time that the wait listed will have to wait. He told the board that from his understanding that it would take between 8-9 weeks at the start of the program before these wait listed student might get the chance to start school. That is a little over two months of education missed for these waitlisted children. He spoke of the Ready to Succeed Act 284, and requested for the board to look into fixing these troubling issues.

After almost no response from the Board to Mr. Frampton, they moved onto the second final reading of the 2015-2016 General Budget Fund, and Susan Dowd reported that the totals for proposed expenditures were just over $50,000,000 (the revenue is at the same amount).

Also, Jim Suber spoke of a few changes to the School Wellness programs. Changes include the restrictions on what the requirements are for food and beverages served in schools, the use of physical activity as a punishment ( push-ups, laps, etc. ), what can be sold in vending machines, school stores and school activities. Many of the new policies are following a good health model to make sure all students are following healthy choices.

Superintendent Bennie Bennett gave his report and talked about how, even after school is out, that there are still many teachers still working (some working extra hours) so that they are properly prepared and ready for the next school year. And that He commented that he is very proud of all the teachers and staff!

Sweeping Drug Roundup In Newberry County; 72 Suspects Sought
Posted: June 11, 6:52 PM

An investigation that has taken more than a year to conduct culminated today in a sweeping round up throughout Newberry County.

More than 100 law enforcement officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry Police Department, Whitmire Police Department, Prosperity Police Department, State Law Enforcement Division, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Newberry Haz-Mat Team, and other agencies all united this morning seeking 72 suspects on numerous warrants.

The charges included Distribution of Crack Cocaine, Distribution of Marijuana, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Distribution of Heroin, Attempt to Possess A Controlled Substance, and Distribution of Methamphetamine.

“Drugs are the root cause of much of the crime we experience,” said Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. “Those addicted to these drugs will do anything to get more drugs. They steal from their family, destroy their family, and the move into theft, burglary, and robbery to satisfy their desire for more drugs.”

“Anyone who would like to say drugs are a victimless crime should spend some time with law enforcement,” Foster said. “Let us show you shattered families, victims who no longer feel safe in their home, and people afraid to go back out into public because they were victimized by someone ultimately seeking drugs, and then tell us it is a victimless crime.”

“Newberry County is a safer place tonight thanks to the hard work and dedication of the many area law enforcement officers who participated in today’s roundup, said Newberry Police Chief Dennis Brown. “I am very proud of the exceptional effort by all officers. Illegal narcotics can often be the root of many different criminal activities and causes pain in the lives of so many. Those of us who work in law enforcement need every resident to help stop this activity by taking back your streets through neighborhood watches and calling in tips.”

Authorities say that many of these investigations are launched from complaints within the community. Citizens see suspicious activity, crowds, or gunshots or experience theft from drug us and complain. “These complaints are vital to us, said Sheriff Foster. “Concerned citizens are additional sets of eyes and ears in the community and our cooperation are what makes Newberry County both safe and a great place.”

“We have worked very hard to identify and catch people who use or sell illegal drugs,” said Whitmire Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair. “Sometimes people do not see anything happening and they think we are not working but it just takes time to make a good drug case that will be prosecutable in court. The level of evidence needed in today’s courts is extremely high, and we want to make sure not to just get an arrest, but a conviction.”

Those charged with Attempting Possess a Controlled Substance are those attempting to obtain Sudafed or other items used in the making of Meth. Not only is meth a terrible drug, but these labs are extremely volatile and environmentally dangerous to those in the immediate area.

Thus far 42 of the suspects are in custody. Those in custody will show a red arrested in the notes section of the suspect sheet. More arrests are expected as this operation continues throughout the day and weekend.

For a complete list of suspects, click on the following link:

clarkNewberry College Professor Selected To Participate In AP Reading In Biology
Posted: June 5, 7:26 AM

Bret Clark, Professor of Biology at Newberry College, was selected to participate in the College Board’s annual Advanced Placement (AP) Reading in Biology. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. During the 2015 scoring sessions, more than 13,500 AP Readers evaluated more than 4.5 million AP Exams.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world’s leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.

“The AP Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Clark.”

The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 36 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

County Council Report
Posted: June 4, 8:05 AM

After the readings of four ordinances, in which all were approved with ease, item number 6, ordinance 6-12-15: requesting the rezoning of a residential property to a commercial property by private land owner Kenny Livingston. Ann Peters spoke of the land and area around it. This land in question is requesting the rezoning so that land owner can put in storage units for boats, RVs, campers and etc. Councilman Stockman was worried about the residential surrounding areas and how the residents were taking the idea of possible change. Out of the surrounding areas only on landowner questioned the possibility, but "did not seemed too worried" says, Ann Peters. This was the first reading of this ordinance and Peters said the surrounding residence will be notified again about the second reading 15 days before the next reading.

Crystal Waldrop, Purchasing Director, approached the council about a consideration for the purchasing of a new building for the Transfer Station Scale House. With a Bid from Cannon Associates for $47, 800.00 for the new mobile building, Councilman Waldrop was not too quick to approve. He asked many questions regarding the old building and what the issues were as to why they needed such a pricey replacement. After much debate and questions the council decided to postpone the decision for this purchase till they can hear more information about the options.

Tommy Long the Emergency Services Coordinator reported on the Public Safety meeting. They are looking into more incentive programs for all safety services volunteers, working on the new bids for the new radio systems and are approving new training programs for current and new safety service members.
Next meeting will be on June 17, 2015 at 7 PM.boat

Person Of Interest Sought In Larceny From Boat Dock
Posted: June 3, 10:40 AM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in locating a person of interest in a theft from a dock at a residence located on Peninsula Drive on Lake Murray.

On Saturday, May 30, around 11PM, the suspect(s) went on to the dock and stole gasoline and rummaged through the items on a boat that was tied there.

If you can identify this person or have any information about this case, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222.

Fire At Local Business
Posted: June 1, 7:05 AM

The Newberry Fire Department has been on scene at By Essence Beauty on Wilson Road this morning. The call came in around midnight for fire coming from the building. Power was secured to the structure, with Food Lion being reenergized.

The Newberry Fire Department will be on scene throughout Monday morning checking hot spots and investigating. The fire was contained to the By Essence building, but there was smoke damage in adjacent buildings. Several stations assisted with the fire, as well as Joanna's ladder truck response.

Criminal Sexual Conduct Report Prompts Responseof CIRT
Posted: May 31, 5:57 PM

At approximately 1:00 am Sunday, a motorist traveling on US 76 west of Newberry near Jalapa called 911 to report finding a female that was extremely upset and alleging that she had been sexually assaulted.

The victim stated that she had gone to Lake Murray with the suspect, a co-worker, and spent the afternoon. Upon returning to the home of the suspect, he began to demand sex. The victim declined, which prompted the suspect to grab the victim and begin choking her. The suspect threatened her with choking her to unconsciousness if she did not consent. Again she rebuffed the suspect, but she was overpowered. The sexual assault continued until the victim advised the suspect that she was becoming sick. The victim went to a bathroom and was able to jump out of the bathroom, running to the nearby highway where she flagged down the motorist.

Responding deputies attempted to contact the suspect at his residence. Although the deputies determined the suspect was in the house, he would not respond to their calls to meet them outside.

Due to the violent nature of the crime and the lack of cooperation from the suspect, the Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) was called. Investigators obtained search warrants and arrest warrants on the suspect based on interviews with the victim and physical evidence obtained.

CIRT members made efforts to hail the suspect but were unable to get a response. CIRT members made forced entry, finding the suspect in the den area in the rear of the house. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Gino Rocco Pecori, 31, will be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree and Kidnapping/Abduction. Bond hearings have not been scheduled at this time.

peedeeRibbon Cutting forPee Dee
Posted: May 14, 6:56 PM

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday for Newberry's new Pee Dee Outfitters. The new store is located in the Heritage Square Shopping Center on Wilson Road.

UPDATE: Missing Teens Found Safe in San Diego on Tuesday
Posted: May 13, 6:30 PM

dennismissingUpdated information regarding the Newberry missing teens, Jonathan Dale Dennis and Alysia Margaret Skipper.

On Tuesday, the San Diego Police Department responded to a call involving two juveniles panhandling in front of a Home Depot. Upon arrival, he located Skipper and Dennis in front of the store. As part of his investigation, he ran the tag on their vehicle, which came back wanted in South Carolina and that the two occupants were runaways. Based upon his investigation, Dennis and Skipper were taken into police custody and the vehicle impounded.

At present, authorities from South Carolina and California are coordinating the return of the juveniles to South Carolina, which will occur within the next five days. Authorities will also be working together and with the families to determine the best course of action once the two are returned to South Carolina.

“I am so relieved for the families,” said Sheriff Foster. “As a parent I cannot imagine what they were going through, and their safety and concern for the parents was always paramount to this investigation.”

“We were so blessed to see a tremendous about of support and prayers for these juveniles and their families during this difficult time,” said Foster. “There was a powerful prayer vigil and many people kept both families wrapped in their thoughts and prayers.”

“We used every resource within our means to locate these two juveniles and return them home,” said Foster. “I wish it were like television where everything got solved in an hour, but the reality is sometimes these things take time. We must follow legal process to obtain personal information and unfortunately, it does not happen instantaneously as it does on your favorite television show. We worked at the local, state, and federal levels tapping every possible resource and a countless amount of hours went into this investigation. Ultimately, it was due diligence on our end to make sure every base was covered in the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and good police work by the officer in San Diego that will bring this young people home.”

Sheriff Foster said there are still many unanswered questions about the trip and that the investigation into this matter was ongoing.

smith_wisemanChanging Of The Guard At Opera House
May 12,
8:30 AM

Re-released information (from 05/07/15) on
The Newberry Opera House will have a changing of the guard later this year as its two long-time leaders will retire from their respective positions.

Founding Chairman of the Newberry Opera House, Dr. James E. Wiseman Jr, has resigned his position as Chairman of the Board of the Opera House, citing his long service. He has consented to remain on the Board.

Deborah Smith, the founding executive Director of the Opera House, has also announced her retirement. Smith joined the Opera House project nearly twenty years ago, coming from Middlebury College in Vermont and has been instrumental in its development. She commented, “Newberry is home and I hope to do some traveling in the immediate future and returning home to this wonderful city. I am looking forward to coming to see shows as a member of the audience at the Opera House.”

Click HERE for complete story.

Newberry College Starts Major Renovations of Speers Street School
Posted: May 11, 8:51 AM

speers stNewberry College broke ground Friday on its Speers Street School Revitalization Project, signaling the launch of primary construction on the former elementary school.

Speers Street School (originally the Pope School) has been a Newberry landmark for more than 100 years, but the one-time community school stood vacant for many years. The College, with support from Newberry residents Mike and Denise Reid, purchased the property in January 2012 with the intent of creating a regional center for leadership development in the field of Teacher Education.

“Newberry College has a long history of leadership in teacher education and the Speers Street Complex will add credence to that highly regarded reputation,” said Mike Reid. “This facility was a must for the College. Its close proximity to campus and its previous purpose as a school made it a logical choice for transitioning into the new home for Newberry College’s Department of Teacher Education.”

A New Home for Teacher Education

The renovated Speers Street Complex will house all undergraduate Teacher Education programs as well as education-related master’s degrees that will be developed over the next several years. The complex also will house the Stella Senn Williams GROW Program (Growing Teachers through Resources, Outreach and Wisdom) focused on supporting new in-service teachers, and the RETAIN Center of Excellence (Retain Teachers through Action, Innovation and Networking) focused on increasing teacher retention in South Carolina through professional development, mentoring and support for teachers in their first three years.

“The Speers Street revitalization project benefits the College, the City of Newberry and the state of South Carolina,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “The project enhances Newberry College’s position as a leader in Teacher Education with the added benefit of bringing new life to a building in our historic district.”

Newberry Mayor Foster Senn concurred. “For Newberry to continue to build on its historic charm, revitalization projects like this are important,” Senn said. “Not only does it extend the useful life of an older building, but it sends a message of growth that encourages additional investment in our community.”

lylesWhitmire Man Arrested For Crack Cocaine, Prior Convictions
Posted: May 9, 8:51 AM

A joint investigation betweenthe Whitmire Police Department and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of Whitmire man with a history of selling illegal drugs.

Investigators say that their investigation began after numerous complaints about the likely sale of illegal drugs by the suspect in the Whitmire area.

Gregory Lee Lyles was arrested and charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Distribution of Crack Cocaine within Proximity of a School, Park, or Playground, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Disorderly Conduct by the Whitmire Police Department. He was additionally charged with an unrelated offense of Distribution of Crack Cocaine 3rd or Subsequent Offense by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.

“Sometimes citizens feel if they do not see immediate results that law enforcement is not working on the problem,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “Because of the stringent court regulations on prosecuting drug cases, it is imperative that we work diligently to insure not just an arrest, but successful prosecution.”

Lyles was previously convicted of 3 counts of Distribution of illegal drugs including a 2001 conviction for which he received 13 years. He was out and convicted again in 2006 for Distribution of illegal drugs receiving a 5 year sentence. His other offense was in 1999.

“This is the issue confronted by law enforcement,” said Chief Jeremiah Sinclair. “We catch them, see them convicted, and the defendants are back out selling drugs again before we can turn around good.”

“Our message to our citizens is simple,” said Sheriff Foster. “We hear you and we are working! Your tips and information are crucial for us to be able to do our jobs effectively and sometimes we are working even when you do not think we are. We want drug dealers off the street too because we understand that they destroy our communities and our children.”

Lyles bond was set at $30,000 cash/surety on the Whitmire Police Department charges. Bond on the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office charge has not yet been set.

opera houseChanging Of The Guard At Opera House
Posted: May 7, 4:32 PM

The Newberry Opera House will have a changing of the guard later this year as its two long-time leaders will retire from their respective positions.

Founding Chairman of the Newberry Opera House, Dr. James E. Wiseman Jr, has resigned his position as Chairman of the Board of the Opera House, citing his long service. He has consented to remain on the Board.

Deborah Smith, the founding executive Director of the Opera House, has also announced her retirement. Smith joined the Opera House project nearly twenty years ago, coming from Middlebury College in Vermont and has been instrumental in its development. She commented, “Newberry is home and I hope to do some traveling in the immediate future and returning home to this wonderful city. I am looking forward to coming to see shows as a member of the audience at the Opera House.”

The new board chairman will be Phil Spotts, who is a current board member and a long-time South Carolina educator. The Opera House Foundation board has formed a search committee to hire a new Executive Director.

“Dr. Wiseman, as founding Opera House Chair and visionary leader, was instrumental in its renovation and in the ongoing operations of the Opera House,” said Mayor Foster Senn . “He has led the Opera House since its inception and is the heart of the organization. We appreciate all he has done and for him continuing to serve on the board.”

“What Deborah Smith has done as director is remarkable” said Mayor Senn. “She has taken the Opera House and a vision and turned it into one of the great historical theaters in America. Deborah is a wonderful director, a community leader, and a great friend to many in Newberry and beyond. She will leave the Opera House as strong and vibrant as its ever been.”

Under Smith's leadership, the Newberry Opera House has received much recognition, including being named Outstanding Theater in 2008 by the League of Historic American Theaters.

A retired dentist and a member of the SC Dental Association, Wiseman is past president of the Central District Dental Society and past president of the S.C. Academy of Practice Administration. He has frequently been published in national medical and dental journals. Dr. Wiseman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and obtained his D.M.D. from the University of Louisville.

He is the recipient of many awards, including the Governor's Rural Summit Award, Woodrow Wilson Award Order of the Palmetto, Citizenship Award S.C. Dental Association, and the S.C. Downtown Development Award, and has served as Vice Chair of the Medical University of SC. He served as a councilman on the Newberry City Council.

Incoming Chairman Phil Spotts has had a long and very successful career in education. He served as principal of Irmo High School and also on the School District Board of Lexington/Richland 5 during its formative years.

Newberry is in his blood, as Spotts graduated from Newberry High School and from Newberry College. He went on to join the Marine Corps and serving his country in many ways. He has also been Interim Athletic Director at Newberry College.

Currently, in addition to serving as Opera House Chairman, he is on the Newberry County Chamber Board of Directors and Vice President of the Newberry Museum Society and a proud Rotarian.

After some 30 years in public education and 5 years as a private school headmaster. Phil Spotts and his wife, Cathy, have retired to Newberry.

Second Suspect Identified in Shooting
Posted: May 6, 7:58 PM

On May 1, at approximately 2:44 pm, baileythe Newberry City Police Department responded to a shooting call at 819 Taylor Street.  Upon arrival, officers learned from the victims that an altercation took place which ended with Rodney Trevor Henderson and Maurice Vandell Bailey shooting into the victim’s vehicle with a handgun while it was occupied by the victim, his girlfriend and two young children.   Rodney Trevor Henderson and Maurice Vandell Bailey have been charged with four counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime.  Henderson turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday without incident. Bailey has been put into NCIC and is to be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Bailey is asked to contact the Newberry City Police Department @ 803-321-1010 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

missingdennisUPDATE: Prayer Vigil Set For Thursday At 7 PM As Teens Are
Still Missing; Description Error
Posted: May 6, 7:42 PM

A prayer vigil will be held at 7 PM Thursday, following the National Day of Prayer program.

Because of a typographical error, Jonathan Dale Dennis has blue eyes, not brown, as had been in the original release. The physical images previously posted of the two remain the same. .

The Newberry City Police Department, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and SLED are offering a reward for any information leading to the return of the two missing teens. In addition, family members are also offering a reward. Information can be given through Crime Stoppers of the Midlands 1-888-CRIMESC or the Newberry County Sheriff's Office 803-321-2222.

Law enforcement officials have received several unconfirmed sightings of the two, however nothing has been substantiated. Several reports surfaced in the Charleston, SC area over the weekend.

Sheriff Lee Foster stated, "we have done everything possible to this date to locate the two using all the technological means available and old fashioned police work. We will continue to work to try to reunite them with their families. While we believe they left voluntarily but without parental consent, children of this age are vulnerable to many different variables out in the world and we feel they are in danger. It is imperative that we get them home to their families."

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, family members discovered that the above listed juvenile subjects, were missing. The family advised that the subjects have been missing since approximately 1am.

The family has since filed an incident report with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Newberry Police Department. They also advised that their loved-ones are reported to be in a 2006 Hummer H3, white in color and that the vehicle was last seen bearing a SC License Plate, TN 281, displaying a “Tennessee” logo.

According to family members, Jonathan Dale Dennis, is described as a white male, 15 years of age, approximately 6’0 tall, 157lbs, with shaggy brown hair, and blue eyes. Alysia Margaret Skipper is described as a 16 years of age, approximately 5’7 tall, 145lbs, with brown shoulder length hair, and brown eyes.

There is no confirmed information on their whereabouts however, law enforcement has been advised that they both have family members in the Charleston, S.C. area. There is no known history of medical or mental health issues for either of the subjects.

If Dennis and/or Skipper are seen or located, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222 or the Newberry Police Dept at 803-321-1010. They have now been entered into NCIC and are listed as a Missing and Endangered Persons.

hendersonUPDATE: Henderson Turned Himself In To Authorities On Tuesday Afternoon

Original Story:
Wanted For Four Counts of Attempted Murder
Posted: May 4, 8:41 PM

On Friday afternoon, at approximately 2:44 pm, the Newberry City Police Department responded to a shooting call at 819 Taylor Street. Upon arrival, officers learned that an altercation took place which ended with Rodney Trevor Henderson (right) shooting into a vehicle with a handgun, while the vehicle was occupied by the victim, his girlfriend and two young children.

Rodney Trevor Henderson has been charged with 4 counts of Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime.  Henderson has been put into NCIC and is to be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Henderson is asked to contact the Newberry City Police Department at 803-321-1010. 

woodwardMan Being Sought For Grand Larceny, Breach of Trust, Other
Posted: May 4, 8:30 PM

The suspect is identified as Robert Eugene Woodward, 44, 1919 Union Road, Gastonia, S.C. Woodward is wanted reference multiple incidents of fraud and theft. On April 23, 2015, Woodward rented a 2010 yellow in color John Deere Skid Steer, valued at $50,000, and a 2007 orange in color Kubota Excavator, valued at $28,000.

These items were contracted to be returned on May 1, 2015. Woodward failed to do as contracted. Woodward is also wanted in 4 other states, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia, for similar crimes.

Arrest Warrants have been issued for Woodward and he has been entered in NCIC. He was last seen operating a white in color Dodge 2500 Pickup Truck.

If there is any information on the whereabouts of Robert Eugene Woodward, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2211.

dennismissingSearch Continues For Missing/Endangered Teens
Posted: May 4, 2:15 PM

As of Monday, the two missing teenagers have still not been found. The two, Jonathan Dale Dennis and Alysia Margaret Skipper have been missing since early Thursday morning.

Law enforcement officials have received several unconfirmed sightings of the two, however nothing has been substantiated. Several reports surfaced in the Charleston, SC area over the weekend.

Sheriff Lee Foster stated, "We have done everything possible to this date to locate the two using all the technological means available and old fashioned police work. We will continue to work to try to reunite them with their families. While we believe they left voluntarily but without parental conscent, children of this age are vulnerable to many different variables out in the world and we feel they are in danger. It is imperative that we get them home to their families."

The family has filed an incident report with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Newberry Police Department. They also advised that their loved-ones are reported to be in a 2006 Hummer H3, white in color and that the vehicle was last seen bearing a SC License Plate, TN 281, displaying a “Tennessee” logo.

According to family members, Jonathan Dale Dennis, is described as a white male, 15 years of age, approximately 6’0 tall, 157lbs, with shaggy brown hair, and brown eyes. Alysia Margaret Skipper is described as a 16 years of age, approximately 5’7 tall, 145lbs, with brown shoulder length hair, and brown eyes.

There is no confirmed information on their whereabouts however, law enforcement has been advised that they both have family members in the Charleston, S.C. area. There is no known history of medical or mental health issues for either of the subjects.

If Dennis and/or Skipper are seen or located, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222 or the Newberry Police Dept at 803-321-1010. They have now been entered into NCIC and are listed as a Missing and Endangered Persons.

Edmond Robinson Selected As 232nd Pick in NFL Draft
Posted: May 3, 9:18 AM

CHICAGO - Newberry College graduate Edmond Robinson has been selected in the 2015 National Football League Draft as the 232nd overall pick in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings.

Robinson is the first NCAA Division II player taken in this year’s NFL Draft.

Robinson is a December 2014 graduate of Newberry College and a native of Wadmalaw Island, S.C., and St. John’s HS alumnus.

Robinson is the first Newberry alumnus selected in the NFL Draft since 1974, when Greg Hartle was selected as the 251st overall pick in the 10th round by the then-St. Louis Cardinals.

He is the fourth Newberry alumnus drafted overall.

Robinson is now the fourth Newberry alumnus currently in the NFL. He joins Newberry alumnus and tight end Brandon Bostick in Minnesota. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker and New York Giants wide receiver Corey Washington are also in the NFL.

Robinson is the first South Atlantic Conference player to be drafted since Wingate cornerback David Jones was picked by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2007 draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Robinson was a first team all-South Atlantic Conference selection and East-West Shrine Game participant following his senior season, was Newberry's leading tackler on the season with 68 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a quarterback hurry

He had a season-best 13 tackles in the Homecoming game against Lenoir-Rhyne and 11 tackles in the season finale at North Greenville. His 52 solo stops ranked second in the conference, while his two fumble recoveries ranked him in the top five in the league.

Robinson earned first team all-SAC honors for two consecutive years and was also a DAKTRONICS first team all-Super Region Two honoree as a junior in 2013.

Following his December graduation, Robinson participated in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He was one of two Division II players at each of those events.

Cocaine, Crack Cocaine Seized, Two Arrests Made Because of Sheriff's Office Response To Traffic Concerns
Posted: May 1, 7:12 PM

Deputies in Newberry County have made two arrests and seized a substantial amount of cocaine as part of a response to a call from the community for additional law enforcement action due to traffic concerns.

According to Sheriff Foster, there was fatal collision in this area last week, and numerous complaints were made about the speed and dangerous driving in that immediate area. Based on those complaints, deputies began enforcement activities including the establishment of this check point.

When the suspect’s vehicle approached a traffic safety check point located at Highway 76 near Pete Harris Road near the Kinards community, officers could smell the odor of marijuana in the car. The deputies asked about the smell and one of the suspect’s told the officers they had smoked marijuana earlier and showed the officer a container that still had residue of what appeared to be marijuana.

The deputies then searched the vehicle as they arrested the subjects and found more than 14 ounces of cocaine and 20 grams of crack cocaine as well as other items used in the possession and sale of drugs.

The subjects were arrested and transported to the Newberry County Detention Center where they will face charges of Simple Possession of Marijuana, Tracking Cocaine, and Trafficking Crack Cocaine.

The subjects were identified as Derrick E Velasquez, 45, of 47 Somerset Road E, Amityville, NY 11701 and Evony Maria Joyner, 26, of 1619 Galleria Club Lane, Charlotte, NC.

“We have learned that the best way to work with the community is to listen to them and let them guide us to the trouble areas,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “Citizens observe activities that we cannot and clearly we cannot be all places at all times. Our relationship with the community and willingness to not just hear complaints but to respond with solutions is what makes our partnership with the people we serve so unique.”

Missing/Endangered Teens
Posted: April 30, 7:32 PM

missingdennisFamily members discovered on Thursday that two juvenile subjects were missing, and the family informed officials that they have apparently been missing since approximately 1 am Thursday morning.

The family has since filed an incident report with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Newberry Police Department. They also advised that their loved-ones are reported to be in a 2006 Hummer H3, white in color and that the vehicle was last seen bearing a SC License Plate, TN 281, displaying a “Tennessee” logo.

According to family members, Jonathan Dale Dennis, is described as a white male, 15 years of age, approximately 6’0 tall, 157lbs, with shaggy brown hair, and brown eyes. Alysia Margaret Skipper is described as a 16 years of age, approximately 5’7 tall, 145lbs, with brown shoulder length hair, and brown eyes.

There is no confirmed information on their whereabouts however, law enforcement has been advised that they both have family members in the Charleston, S.C. area. There is no known history of medical or mental health issues for either of the subjects.

If Dennis and/or Skipper are seen or located, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222 or the Newberry Police Dept at 803-321-1010. They have now been entered into NCIC and are listed as a Missing and Endangered Persons.

Woman Charged With Filing False Police Report
Posted: April 30, 3:57 PM

A Newberry County woman who filed a false police report on Tuesday that sent investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens County Sheriffs’ Office, Clinton Police Department, and SLED on a four hour search for her was returned to Newberry County last night where she has been charged with Filing a False Police Report related to a Felony.

Victoria Queeyona Turner, 23, of 414 Brown Chapel Circle, Newberry, was originally charged in Laurens County with Improper Use of 911, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, Filing a False Police Report, and Breach of Peace. Once she made bond on that charge, she was released from Laurens County to the custody of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. She was returned to Newberry and the arrest warrant was served last night.

Investigators say that Turner filed the false report about being kidnapped after she and a male suspect had an argument about money she alleged he owed her. It appears that Tuner believed that she would be able to force the male suspect to pay her the money if she reported him for kidnapping her.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said that while calculations were still ongoing into the exact dollar amount of resources used in the investigation, but said it would easily be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Sheriff Foster said that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office would seek restitution for the amount expended as part of any court case.

In addition, Sheriff Foster said that many others were inconvenienced by Turner’s actions including medical facilities, businesses, and schools that had to be placed on lock down when it was believed there was a suspect on the loose shortly after she was discovered in Laurens County.

“It is simply not fair for the taxpayers of Newberry County to have to pay for these resources for someone who blatantly abused the criminal justice system,” said Foster. “We have long prided ourselves on seeking restitution from the courts when these type cases occur and believe it is our responsibility as a good partner to protect the citizens and be good stewards of the resources they have entrusted us with.”

She was released this morning on personal appearance bond.

UPDATE: Kirkland Surrenders To Authorities
Posted: April 28, 2:43 PM

Jermetres Rochard Kirkland, wanted for attempted murder, turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday morning without incident. See earlier story below.

kirklandOn April 23, at approximately 3:07 pm, the Newberry City Police Department responded to a shooting call at 1712 Academy Street.  Upon arrival, officers learned from the victim and another resident that 21-year-old Jermetres Rochard Kirkland and the victim had recently ended their relationship, and he had come to the residence to pick up some of his belongings from the victim’s car. 

Before leaving, Kirkland went inside the house to talk and became upset with the victim.  He was asked to leave, and then text messaged the victim, telling her that he had damaged the inside of her car.  The victim and the other resident went outside to inspect the inside of her car. 

When they got to the car, Kirkland was standing on the side of the house with a handgun.  He fired the gun twice in the air and, as the victim was getting out of the car to run back to the house, Kirkland fired the gun two more times, this time striking the front passenger quarter panel and front passenger door. 

Kirkland fled the scene on foot before officers arrived.  He has contacted the Newberry City Police Department, but as of April 27, has refused to turn himself in to authorities. 

Kirkland has been charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime.  He has been put into NCIC and is to be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kirkland is asked to contact the Captain Roy McClurkin at the Newberry City Police Department at (803) 321-1010.

Rick Farmer Named New Economic Development Director
Posted: April 16, 7:03 PM
Newberry County has announced the hiring of a new Economic Development Director. Click HERE to see the official letter in PDF format.

Scam Alert: Texts and E-mails Advising Bank Account Fraud
Posted: April 16, 8:24 AM

There is a new scam going around. Texts and e mails are being sent out that states the bank has flagged your Woodforest Bank Account. They then direct you to a web link to resolve. DO NOT OPEN the web link because it may contain malicious software and/or obtain personal information. If you have any concerns about your banking call your financial institution direct.

scmodNewberry March of Dimes "March for Babies"
Is Saturday
April 7,
6:27 AM

Newberry's March of Dimes "March for Babies" is this Saturday in downtown Newberry. WKDK AM 1240 is proud to be a sponsor again this year. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the walk begins at 9:00. To register yourself, your group, or your business, click on the graphic above.

car_poleCar Slams Into Power Pole; Causing Power Outages
April 5,
8:28 AM

A car accident on Saturdaycaused widespread power outages in the City of Newberry.

City crews were working to repair, as traffic lights were also down at major intersections on Wilson Road in Newberry.

Third Reading and Public Hearing Regarding "Project Speed Racer" At County Council Meeting
Posted: April 2, 8:19 AM

Wednesday night ’s County Council meeting began with the third reading and the public hearing of Ordinance #01-01-15 which is in regards to Project Speed Racer. This ordinance is for authorizing the execution and delivery of a Fee In Lieu of Taxes Agreement between Newberry County and Project Speed Racer; the inclusion of real property located in Newberry County in a Multi-County Business Park; and the execution and delivery of any documents necessary to effect the intent of this ordinance; and other related matters. This project is estimated to bring 168 new jobs to Newberry County.

Ordinance #04-03-15 and Ordinance #04-04-15 are both in regards to funding for emergency equipment and services for the county of Newberry. Both were the first reading.

Ordinance #04-05-15 and Ordinance #04-06-15 were read for the first time last night. These ordinances are a request to amend the Official Zoning Map established pursuant to Zoning Ordinance. This are for properties in Newberry County that will be used for commercial purposes. More detailed information will giving as the process moves forward.

The Ordinance #04-07-15 is authorizing the execution and delivery of a Fee-In-Lieu of Ad Valorem Taxes and Incentive Agreement by and between Newberry County, South Carolina, and Metal Masters. This expansion for Metal Masters will continue for help push the County's economy forward and will bring 20 new jobs.

Upcoming Meetings:
Finance Committee 04/06/15 @ 6:00 p.m.
Zoning Work Session 04/13/15 @ 6:00 p.m.                         
County Council 04/15/15 @ 7:00 p.m.
Budget Work Session 04/20/15 @ 6:00 p.m.

studentsNewberry Students Compete In District Speech Contest
April 1,
5:28 PM

On March 24,2015 The School District of Newberry County held their First Middle School Speech Contest which was sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. Prior to this contest, students from Mid-Carolina Middle School, Newberry Alternative School, Newberry Middle School and Whitmire Community School conducted school level contest and selected1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. These students shared their presentations on this year’ topic, Famous Landmarks.

The first-place winner Sam Worley, a 7th grade student from Mid-Carolina Middle School won a $50.00 cash award and a trophy. Sam’s school, Mid-Carolina Middle School, received the district school trophy. Second-place winner Jackie Riser a, 7th grade student from Whitmire Community School; and third-place winner Abigail Berry a 7th grade student from Mid-Carolina Middle School, also received trophies.

Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest is one of many free Youth Educational Programs. Modern Woodmen offers to schools nationwide. More than 100,000 students compete in the contest each year.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal benefit society offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Pictured (L-R): Jackie Riser, Sam Worley, and Abigail Berry.

bundrickNewberry Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse
Posted: March 25, 5:02 PM

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announced Wednesday afternoon that atwenty-eight year old man, Stephen Earl Bundrick of Newberry, has been convicted of two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the second degree. At the conclusion of the guilty plea hearing at the Laurens County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, Circuit Court Judge Frank Addy, Jr. sentenced Bundrick to two concurrent terms of twenty years, the maximum sentence on the charges, but suspended upon 15 years active incarceration with 5 years of probation to follow.

The Newberry Police Department investigated the incidents involving two unconnected minor children. The first involved a seven year-old child, who disclosed in December 2012 that Bundrick sexually abused on several occasions from 2011 - 2012. The other incidents of abuse involved a thirteen year-old male child who in 2014 disclosed to a school counselor that Bundrick sexually abused him multiple times from 2005-2006 when he was 4 to 5 years old. Bundrick vehemently denied the incidents of abuse when arrested, but decided to admit his guilt in court this week as his trial date loomed for the upcoming term of court in Newberry County.

Solicitor Stumbo praised the work of Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott who prosecuted the Bundrick case for the State, Sgt. Allison Moore of the Newberry Police Department who led the law enforcement investigation, and the Assessment and Resource Center (ARC) in Columbia who conducted the child forensic interviews with the victims. Deputy Solicitor Scott indicated that Bundrick will be evaluated for civil commitment under the Sexually Violent Predator Act before being released from the prison system, and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"Our office will continue to vigorously prosecute child sex predators and remove them from our streets," said Solicitor Stumbo. "The abuse of our kids will not be tolerated on my watch, and we will continue to stand up in court and speak for these brave children who have had the courage to disclose such horrific abuse at the hands of adults who tried to silence them."

csx select siteMega Site
As CSX Select Site
Posted: March 18, 4:44 PM

A special event was held Wednesday morning at Piedmont Technical College regarding the I-26 Mega Site as a CSX Railroad Select Site. Hear more Thursday morning on WKDK and Pictured above are members of Newberry Economic Development and CSX.

Subjects Being Sought In Connection With Mob Attack
Posted: March 12, 5:47 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 2 people who participated in a brutal attack of a couple in Newberry. The Sheriff’s Office has already made five arrests. They hope someone seeing or knowing the remaining two suspects can help in locating them.

One of the victims advised that the attack started while she and her boyfriend were coming to visit some friends. She advised that she was approached and assaulted, almost immediately, by a group of females at the residence, 125 Beacon Lane, Newberry, while her boyfriend, who was by this time, fighting with a separate individual, was assaulted by 4 other male subjects.

The group of young men assaulted the male victim and he sustained significant, but non-life threatening injuries. He did sustain significant bruising and swelling about his face and eyes.

The couple was treated at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital for their injuries and released.

The subjects that have already been arrested in connection with this attack are:
Alyssa Williams, 17, 94 Griffinville Road, Pomaria, S.C. 29126
Jessinia Rose Fischer, 21, 125 Beacon Lane, Newberry, S.C. 29108
Krystal Leann Crowley, 18, 958 Halfacre Road, Newberry, S.C. 29108
Michael Gallman, Jr., 20, 207 Glenn Street, Newberry, S.C. 29108
Antwan Lamar Gallman, 21, 1202 Boyd Crossing Road, Newberry, S.C. 29108

The two (2) subjects being sought in connection with this mob attack are:

Javonne Dewayne Koonce, 23, of 3765 Bethel Church Road, Prosperity, S.C. 29127

Kelvin Cahill Davenport, 18, of 927 Langford Street, Newberry, S.C.

Newberry Author Featured In Derry Journal; Actor Vincent Coyle To Play Major Role in Upcoming Film
March 11,
8:04 AM

A-list Irish Actor Vincent Coyle will be playing a major role in an upcoming movie based on a book (adapted to a play) written by Newberry author Terrence Gallman.

The movie "There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong" is a civil rights film that is in the works. A major fundraiser for the movie is on Saturday, March 28, on the grounds of the State House in Columbia. A promotional video will be made that day, and everyone in invited to join in the support of this film. Call Terrence Gallman at 803.477.4603 or e-mail

Vincent Coyle is pictured above with Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson who is showing support for the movie. Mayor Stevenson is the niece of John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate winner.

Coyle will be coming to Newberry soon to promote the film. Stay tuned for more information on WKDK and!

Click on this link to read the article featured in the Derry Journal

Lady Wolves Win SAC Championship;
Secure NCAA Tournament Bid!

Posted: March 8, 5:50 PM

lady wolves

The Newberry Wolves women’s basketball team knocked off No. 1 Anderson, 64-58, and won their first South Atlantic Conference Championship since winning back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007 on Sunday afternoon.

With Newberry and Anderson tied 55-55, junior guard Colleen Leung (James Island, S.C.) was given enough space to drill a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Newberry a 58-55 lead. The Trojans went down the floor and answered with jumper from the SAC Player of the Year Sierra Simpson to pull back within one.

The Wolves, then clinging to a 58-57 lead with 2:44 remaining in the game, took over as Leung led the charge and scored 6 of the final 7 points in the game from the free throw line to send the Wolves to the NCAA Tournament.

Leung posted in a new career-high, surpassing her 13 points scored against Mars Hill on Feb. 21, and finished with a game-high 17 points. Leung shot 4-for-7 from the floor and got herself to the line often where she went 8-for-11.

Haylee Lepaio (Bathurst, NSW, Australia), the Wolves’ newly-minted all-time leading scorer, recorded her second straight double-double as she poured in 16 points and nabbed 13 boards. Lepaio was named the 2015 SAC Tournament MVP.

As a team, the Wolves had four players score 10 or more points. Nicola Handreck (Heywood, Vic, Australia) had 13 points and three rebounds while Samantha Creed (Montmorency, Vic, Australia) had 11 points. The regular season all-SAC trio of Lepaio, Creed and Handreck were named to the all-SAC Tournament Team.

Earning its first NCAA bid since the 2009-10 season, Newberry fought off the SAC Regular Season Champions time and time again in a game where the lead changed hands on nine occasions. The Trojans, led by the SAC Player of the Year in Sierra Simpson, went only 22-for-70 from the field as Newberry limited them to 31.4-percent shooting.

The scoring margin never exceeded nine points as the Wolves’ largest lead was 51-42 with 7:53 remaining in the game. Anderson’s largest lead was a measly four points and it came on two occasions, the last one was with 12:26 left in the first half and the scored 12-8. Anderson’s last lead in the game was at 38-37 and 11:40 on the game clock in the second stanza.

Despite giving up 21 offensive rebounds to Anderson, the Trojans only held a 15-13 edge in second chance points. Newberry was more efficient shooting as they went 20-for-53 which was good for 38-percent. Newberry went 19-for-25 from the free throw line as the Trojans went 9-for-14.

Anderson jumped out to a 10-5 lead five minutes into the game but Newberry woke up and went on a 12-2 run that was ignited by a Lepaio jumper. The burst was also capped off by Lepaio banked in a layup on a Creed assist and the lead was 17-12.

The Trojans eventually responded with a 6-0 to give them an 18-17 lead. Newberry and Anderson traded buckets before the Wolves scored the last three points of the half from the charity strip to make it 28-23 at the break.

Newberry will find out their NCAA tournament destination tonight at 10 p.m. eastern time on The NCAA Regional Rounds will begin later this week after seeding and locations are set.

Hear more information Monday on WKDK AM 1240, and streaming audio on and our mobile app.

lettermenThe Lettermen Presented "Key To The City"
Posted: February 27, 6:17 AM

The Lettermen received theKey to the City of Newberry Sunday night at the Opera House in a presentation by Newberry Mayor Foster Senn. The Lettermen have been perennial visitors to the Opera House, performing over 30 shows and always drawing big crowds in Newberry.  

Tony Butala, an original member and the leader of The Lettermen, even premiered a new wine from his California vineyard at Steven W’s  in a benefit of the Opera House
several years ago. "The Lettermen are true friends of Newberry," said Mayor Senn.

The Lettermen are  Tony Butala, Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton. Assisting with the key presentation was Betty Moseley, a loyal fan of The Lettermen.

Newberry, Laurens District 55/56 Schools on 2-Hr Delay
Posted: February 26, 6:35 AM

The School District of Newberry County is operating on a two-hour delay on Thursday, as well as Newberry Academy and Laurens Districts 55/56 Schools. Precautionary announcements were made Wednesday evening in preparation for a potential winter storm.

caseyLocal Favorite Casey
Ashley Wins Bassmaster Classic

Posted: February 23, 8:09 AM

On Sunday evening at Bon Secours WellnessArena, Casey Ashley completed a journey that began more than three decades ago and seemed to drag on forever these past few weeks.

The 31-year-old South Carolina native, who has lived just a few miles from Lake Hartwell all his life, caught five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces to cap a moving victory in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on his home waters with a three-day total of 50-1.

The weight was enough to help Ashley pass Elite Series pro Bobby Lane of Florida, who finished second with 46-15, and Texas angler Takahiro Omori, who placed third with 44-3.

The end of the weigh-in meant Ashley could finally take a deep breath after seven weeks when the lake was mostly off-limits due to B.A.S.S. rules and when virtually everyone he saw wanted to talk about him being the favorite to win.

“I worked a show in Greenville at the TD Convention Center (in mid-January), and I bet I thought about the Classic 50,000 times while I was standing there,” said Ashley, who won the Classic on his sixth try. “My first Classic was here (in 2008), and ever since then I’ve been saying I’d like to have that one back.

“I wanted to win so bad here at home, and I had a long time to think about it. It was pretty rough.”

Once it began, Ashley made the most of his opportunity.

An accomplished singer, songwriter and musician in addition to his career as a pro angler, Ashley opened the event with a stirring rendition of the national anthem before Friday’s frigid opening-round takeoff at Green Pond Landing in Anderson, S.C.

Then he went out and steadily caught fish every day on a homemade fish-head spinner rigged with a Zoom Super Fluke Jr. in pearl white. His father, Danny, made him about 20 of the baits before the tournament began.

Ashley prefers to fish a jig — and he won an FLW Tour event last year on Hartwell doing just that. But the more he tried it this week, the more he realized it might sink him if he didn’t abandon the tactic and stick with the baits his dad made for him.

 “I was going out and getting a good limit with that bait and then going and fishing brushpiles and structure looking for big fish with a jig,” Ashley said. “I burned a lot of time doing that the first two days.

 “Then Saturday night, I was lying in bed and the (country music) song ‘Why Lady Why?’ kept going through my mind. So I asked myself ‘Why do I keep doing that?’”

With the conditions rainy and overcast on Sunday — just perfect for what he’d been doing with the homemade bait — Ashley stuck with the tactic that helped him catch 10 fish that weighed 29-14 on Friday and Saturday. It paid off as he steadily culled fish throughout the day Sunday.

He rose from fifth to first with his catch of 20-3.

“I knew I had to catch a big bag today, and the weather was textbook for me,” Ashley said. “It all came together, and I could just see it getting closer and closer and closer.”

Omori, the Day 2 leader, was the final angler to weigh in — and when his weight fell far short of what he needed to win, Ashley was overcome with emotion. He was named champion and handed the 45-pound Classic trophy with his own song, “Fisherman” blaring over the speakers and a capacity crowd on their feet inside the arena.

Ashley, who held the trophy above his head with the song still playing and confetti spraying around him, said he considered his Classic victory a “win for everyone.”

He was also proud to be one of the few anglers who has managed to win a Classic on his home waters despite all of the distractions and potential pitfalls that come with the scenario.

“I know everybody wanted to win this tournament, but they couldn’t have wanted to win more than I did,” Ashley said. “I broke that record — that nobody can win on their home lake. There have been a lot of guys who said they fished the Classic on their home waters through the years when it really wasn’t their home waters. It was just close to their home.

“But these are really my home waters. This is my back yard — and that’s special.” Only two other anglers in 45 years have won the Classic in their home state.

Behind Ashley, Lane and Omori, were Arizona pro Dean Rojas (43-13), Virginia pro Jacob Powroznik (43-1) and New Jersey pro Michael Iaconelli (42-6).

UPDATED: Newberry County Schools On 2-Hour Delay Friday; Employees Report At Regular Time, Conditions Permitting
Posted: February 19, 6:56 PM

The School District of Newberry County will be under a two-hour delay on Friday due to extremely cold weather conditions. The delay will also give staff the opportunity to repair any equipment on buses or heat that may be damaged from the extreme cold. EMPLOYEES SHOULD REPORT TO DUTY AT REGULAR TIME CONDITIONS PERMITTING.

boys farmBoys Farm Ground-breaking of Toby's Cottage
Posted: February 18, 7:43 AM

Boys Farmheld the groundbreaking of "Toby's Cottage" on Tuesday, as dignitaries and guests were on hand. Toby's Cottage will be around 5,000 sq. feet, and will increase the children's services at Boys Farm.

Newberry County Schools; Laurens District 55/56 On 2-Hr Delay Wednesday
Posted: February 17, 5:10 PM

Newberry County Schools and Laurens District 55/56 Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday due to concerns about over icing and continued power outages.

UPDATE: Newberry County School District, Laurens District 56 CLOSED Tuesday; Newberry College and County Government Offices On 2-Hr Delay
Posted: February 17, 7:00 AM

The School District of Newberry County will be closed due to power outages and debris in roads. Several schools in the district are without power, in addition to numerous homes. In addition several bridges are iced and debris from falling and fallen trees is widespread and blocking some roads. Currently Prosperity Rikard, Little Mountain, Pomaria Garmany and parts of Mid Carolina High School are without power.

Laurens County District 56 Schools are CLOSED today.

Newberry College and Newberry County Government Offices are on a two-hour delay today.

Jonesville Man Killed In Log Truck Accident
Posted: February 12, 11:44 PM

As reported from WLTX-TV 19/
A Jonesville man was killed Thursday afternoon after being pinned between two log trucks, the Newberry County Coroner confirms.

According to Coroner Craig Newton, 51-year-old Dan Frederick Little, a log truck operator, had gone to West Fraser Inc. on College Street in Newberry to deliver a load of wood.

Little stopped his vehicle behind other trucks waiting in line ahead of him. At some point, according to the coroner, Little got out of his vehicle and walked to the rear of his truck to apparently remove a load warning flag.

It was at this time, Newton says, that another loaded log truck entered the yard and parked behind Little's vehicle.

The driver of the second truck also got out of his truck and walked to the rear of his vehicle. It was at that time that the truck began to roll forward without the driver, and pinned LIttle between the rolling truck and the load of his own truck.

The impact caused immediate death according to Newton.

The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

donateLocal Author and International Civil Rights Activist/Actor Continue Working To Make Film A Reality
Posted: February 11, 8:41 AM

Click on right to donate towards this effort

Local author and Challenge 4 Change Initiative Leader, Terrence Gallman, has sparked interest nationally and worldwide too, with his latest book, There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong. The book was transformed to a play, adopted for film.

Interest spurred by International Civil and Human Rights Activist and actor, Vincent "Vinny" Coyle ("GAME OF THRONES," "THE KEENING," "RELEASE," "BLOODY SUNDAY," and "SOME HANDLIN") has helped promote the play to film-level status, and others are also excited for the cause.
"THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG" takes us on an epic journey of judicial system awareness, prison life truths, and post release trials and hardships confronted by ex-offenders seeking successful re-orientation and re-entry into the community. 

This story tackles the all too well-known challenges that create insurmountable obstacles to a successful re-entry.  After serving time for drug conspiracy and becoming overly devastated about not living up to his full potential, Gallman seized the opportunity to reinvent himself while in prison, and was inspired to write There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong after his release in order to spread knowledge and awareness to assist others in making better choices than he did.  According to Gallman and Coyle, "Prison sentences do not have to be the end to one's life, but a wake-up call that can propel you towards greatness."

The film, "THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG," provides a commanding reminder of just how vulnerable we are, and how the raw and explicit experiences of prison life can wreak havoc on families, individuals, relationships, businesses, and our society as a whole.

All groups, churches, and interested parties are asked to assist us by getting the word out to help the project become a reality. We appreciate all donations, no matter how small or large, that will support this great vision that will change many lives and help many families.

person of interestSuspect In Custody For Newberry High School Fire
Posted: February 4, 8:27 PM

Throughout Wednesday, law enforcement officials with the Newberry Police Department, Sheriff's office and SLED have assisted the City of Newberry Fire Department with the investigation of an overnight fire located at Newberry High School.

The City of Newberry Fire Department responded to Newberry High School (3113 Main Street) for a reported fire. The initial call came in around 11:52 PM on February 3. First in fire units were able to control the fire to one classroom of the two classroom portable unit. The classroom building is a separate building from the main high school. Newberry High School was able to operate in the normal mode as this fire did not cause any delays. Several units assisted with the call from St. Philips Fire, Friendly Fire, Prosperity Rescue and Newberry EMS. SLED was called in to assist with the fire investigation and assist Newberry City Police and the Sheriff's office with information for the investigation.

At this time, the Newbery City Police Department along with the assistance of Newberry County Sheriff's Office and SLED has taken a suspect (Lorenzo OBryan Patterson – 24 years old and homeless) into custody. He is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center and will be charged with Arson.

The fire is still under investigation and anyone with information regarding this call can contact Lt. Kevin Goodman with the City of Newberry Police Department at 803-321-1010.

john HerbertMan Arrested For Impersonating An Officer, Kidnapping and Extortion
Posted: February 4, 8:15 PM

On November 28, 2014, two Hispanic males were traveling west bound on I-26 between 5 and 6pm. As they were traveling, the suspect came up behind the vehicle and flashed his head lights repeatedly until the victims pulled over. The suspect was driving a white BMW SUV.

Once the victims stopped, the suspect went up the victim’s vehicle showed a badge and demanded money or threatened that the victims and their families would be arrested and deported. When the victims did not have money, the suspect followed the victims, who believed the suspect to be law enforcement, to an ATM located at a convenience store just off the interstate. The victims withdrew $200.00 from the ATM and gave it to the suspect, who was waiting outside in his vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene.

This incident was not reported to law enforcement until January 30, 2015, because the victims were afraid to come forward. They reported it to a friend who convinced them to come forward.

The suspect, John Earl Herbert Jr., 44, of 1244 Kinard Street, Newberry, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping for holding the victims under the guise of being a law enforcement officer and having the move against their will to get the money, Extortion, and Impersonating a Police Officer. He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon. His bond was set this morning at $46,500 and as of this release he remains in custody at the Newberry County Detention Center.

Sheriff Lee Foster said that a law enforcement officer will have blue lights that completely surrounds the vehicle and if you are not certain you should slow your speed and call 911 and they will assist you in determining if the person stopping you is truly a police officer.

Sheriff Foster also said that law enforcement will not stand for the exploitation of vulnerable people and such offenses will be actively pursued and prosecuted.

blackmonFootball Players, Clyde Hill Honored at School Board Meeting,
Posted: January 27, 8:04 AM

The January 26 Newberry County School Board meetinghad the room packed with anxious football players, coaches and families. Two specific players were recognized by the board, along with the Newberry high school Varsity team as well! From Mid-Carolina High School; Mackenzie Flemon who did not attend the meeting has been selected to play in the 2014 Shrine Bowl that was played on the campus of Wofford College on December 20, 2014. This is a tremendous honor for the Mid-Carolina football program. From Newberry High School; Benjamin Blackmon (pictured above with Superintendent Bennett and Board Member Jody Hamm) was selected to play in the 6th annual North/South All Star Football Game.  They are selected by the games’ coaching staff after careful review of video tape from the current season.  All-Star players participate in a week of activities and practice prior to the All-Star game.  The 2014 Newberry High School Varsity Football Team; Upper State Champions and State Runner-up finished their regular season with an 8-2 record and this earned them a spot in the play-offs.  In Round one they defeated Indian Land 52-10.  In Round Two they travelled to Woodruff High School and secured a 42-28 victory.  This paired the Bulldogs for a repeat match up against Fairfield Central for the Upper State Title.  The Bulldogs walked away with a 16-3 victory.  The Bulldogs faces an undefeated Dillon Wildcats in the AA-Division 1 State Title Fame.  The Bulldogs played tough but the final scores was Dillon 49- Newberry 27.  Congratulations to the Bulldogs and their coaches for a great season.
Board Member Clyde Hill was also recognized for his 20 years of service.

Further on the agenda for the board meeting was the reports of three Newberry County Schools that received a below average for their 2014 Education Accountability act of 1998 Report Card.
Gallman Elementary Principal Elizabeth Griffith explained to the board the improvement plan for the elementary school. She highlighted a strategy that will hold students accountable for their studies and her plans for raising the level of attention to areas in math and reading. Gullman plans on hiring staff to help make class sizes smaller and added more academic studies to the none-core classes such as Art, PE and music.
Newberry High school dropped to a below average score due to low test scores, however the high school has raised its graduation rate from 78.4% in 2013 to 83.6% in 2014.  Principle Katrina Singletary spoke of the schools plan to raise their report card scores.  They will put more focus on the 5 Steps to Balanced Math Program and provide teachers with effective power teaching strategies.
Whitmire Community School also received a low score due to the lack of growth in the school.  Principle Joey Haney spoke of the decrease in science and math scores, but pointed out the increase in score of the social studies and English/Language. Whitmire’s improvement plan included the uses of updated technologies by supplying students and teachers with IPADS and the proper training to maximize teaching resources. They have “Vertical Planning’ which is where the grade levels above and below one another meet to discuss the needs of each level and what is expected from each advancing student class.
Superintendent Bennett applauded all teachers and administrators on their hard work and encouraged them to continue to raise the bar of quality in education at the Newberry County Schools.

Lastly the Superintend announce there will be a District Recruitment Fair March 7, 2015 at 10am. This event will be held at Newberry High School. 

Next meeting will be February 23, 2015.

WV suspectWest Virginia Armed Robbery Suspect Sought In Newberry County; Four Others Already In Custody
Posted: January 15, 5:50 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and State LawEnforcement Division are assisting law enforcement officials from Oak Hill, West Virginia with an armed robbery investigation.

On Friday, January 9, a home invasion armed robbery occurred at a residence in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Through their investigation, law enforcement officials were able to obtain arrest warrants on a suspect in Newberry County. In an effort to follow on this investigation, two investigators from Oak Hill came to Newberry County on Wednesday morning and began working with investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the State Law Enforcement Division.

Based upon that investigation, investigators from all three agencies obtained and executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon on a residence located on Boyd Place Road in the Little Mountain section of Newberry County. Once inside the residence, detectives located a safe and a cross bow stolen during the robbery as well as several items of forensic evidence from the home.

Investigators from all three agencies have worked almost non-stop since Wednesday morning on this investigation and will not stop until the final suspect is taken into custody according to Sheriff Lee Foster.

Thus far, four suspects have been taken into custody and one suspect remains at large. Those who have been taken into custody are awaiting extradition to West Virginia. Investigators identified those in custody as:

Antwyn Dante Gibbs, 27, of 294 Providence AME Church Road, Little Mountain
Kentrell Goodman, 18, 149 J and W Road, Pomaria, SC
Radee Maurice Hill, 28, of 164 Nursery Road, Little Mountain
Rashod Charmane Wicker, 22, of 149 J and W Road, Pomaria.

Investigators say that still sought is:

Kevin Goodman Jr., 22, of 54 Boyds Place Road, Little Mountain, SC.

Investigators says that Kevin Goodman Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be carrying a pistol on his person.

Authorities say that Kentrell Goodman recently left West Virginia and he was link back to the armed robbery there.

To view the pictures of all of the suspects go to

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Kevin Goodman Jr. should call 911 or contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222 immediately.

roweCity Council Meeting; Abandoned and Obsolete Signs Discussed
Posted: January 14, 6:35 AM

Tuesday night was the first meeting of the New Year for Newberry City Council. After the acceptance of the lastmeetings minutes, Dell Rowe (at right with Al Harvey) was recognized by the city for his ten years of service with the Parks and Recreation and Tourism Department.

Mr. Rowe began as an employee in 2004 and holds the position as Maintenance Worker. Mayor Seen and City Manager Harvey presented Mr. Rowe with a certificate of recognition.
Old Business was addressed next. The removal of abandoned and obsolete signs throughout the city of Newberry was discussed and concluded with the addition of the Section 903 for the immediate removal of over 70 abandoned and obsolete sign that included; vacated sign posts, sign frames with no face, broken signs, and signs left behind since the business closed.  Some of them are over fifteen years old.
The new calendar for meetings and budges were accepted and the next session with be a work session on February 2, 2015.
The First reading of Ordinance #2015-1001 to amend Recreation Fees and policies for city parks was accepted and move for discussion on the Feb 2nd meeting. 
The First reading of Ordinance#2015-1002 was for the annex of St. Matthews AME Church, located across from Willingham’s Building Supply on Hwy 219.  The Church requested the rezoning to include the church in the city limits to allow them to receive support from the city for maintenance issues.  This ordinance was approved.
The First reading of the Ordinance #2015-1003 to amend the FY 2014-2015 Budgets to provide funds to the City of Newberry for the reconstruction and design of two city websites. and are six years old and due for a face lift. Both are due for software updates to streamline optimization for all users; including the issues involving access by mobile device which is reported that 70% of both websites traffic was by mobile device. The combining and rebuilding will save the city $960.00 yearly from its original structure now.  All approved by council.

keithwiseMan Arrested Sending Nude Photos of Himself To Girl; Soliciting Sex
Posted: January 8, 5:57 PM

A Newberry County man is in custody afterhe sent nude pictures of himself to a 13 year old and tried to get her to sneak out of her home to meet him for sexual encounter.

Keith Andrea Wise, 26, of 792 Langford Street, Prosperity was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with Disseminating Obscene Material to a Minor and Criminal Solicitation of a Minor. A bond hearing was held Wednesday afternoon and Wise’s bond was set at $10,000.00. He is still in custody as of this release.

Wise contacted the victim through her personal Facebook account at home, and had the victim engage with him in conversation with him on KIK. The suspect used the KIK account to send nude pictures of himself to the victim and attempted to lure her from her home. The victim had identified herself as 13 to the suspect during their conversations.

When the victim went to school the next morning, she reported the pictures and comments to a trusted staff member at her school and the law enforcement investigation began from that report. None of the conversations between the victim and Wise or any of the criminal activity occurred while the victim at the school.

“This is every parent’s nightmare,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “Technology like smart phones, computers, and tablets give children unrestricted access to the world. While there are many good things about the internet, there is likewise many bad things and bad people out there as well.”

“There is an absolute pandemic of sexting occurring among children and others in today’s world. Even in the most conservative studies, thirty percent of teens (some report as high as forty percent) admit to taking and sending nude pictures of themselves.”

“These children do not understand the serious ramifications of sending such pictures,” said Foster. “The picture can be easily forwarded to many causing great embarrassment for the child and the family not the mention that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that sending nude pictures of someone under 18 is child pornography even if the child is the one who sent the picture. This means the possibility of criminal charges and a conviction that would require the person to register as a sex offender. There is simply nothing good that can come from sending nude pictures at any age.”

“Parents must be involved in their children’s use of technology. There is a good bit of technology available to aid parents with monitoring their child’s internet and phone activity. The child may consider it spying, but as parents we must protect our children,” Sheriff Foster said.

Sheriff Foster said that parents teach stranger danger to our children on the street, but sometimes we forget to tell them that about the internet. Worse yet on the internet, the stranger can pretend to be anyone of any age. He said they had seen children as young as nine years old engaging in this activity. Foster said that the vast majority of children who send nude pictures (more than sixty percent) say that they were pressured or coerced into the sending the pictures.

“We are so thankful that this young lady felt uncomfortable about the pictures and comments and reported them to an adult. This could have ended much differently except for her willingness to report this to someone she trusted,” Foster continued.

Sheriff Foster said that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office works with the School District of Newberry County and many groups throughout the county to present training about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying. Foster said that the presentation is so effective that the South Carolina High School League requests that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office conduct the program as part of their Leadership Conferences across South Carolina.

“It is our goal to prevent this activity instead of respond to it,” said Foster. “We created this presentation to give young people and their parents the facts in an effort to change behavior before a bad decision changes their life.”

Foster said that the presentation is available to the public for group settings, but is best done in a parent and child environment. If you would like to request the presentation, contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2211.

First County Council Meeting of 2015; Reeder Sworn In
Posted: January 8, 6:51 AM

With a packed house on the first meeting of the New Year, the reedercause may have been due to the swearing in of the new County Councilmen Travis Reeder. Mr. Reeder is active member in the Newberry school system.  He has been working with students for the past twenty years as a case manager for student services. 

Last night he was sworn in alongside Chairman Henry H. Livingston and Vice Chairman William D. Waldrop. Both men were reelected by the council to continue as the Chairman and Vice Chairman for the 2015 year.            

After approving the dates for the upcoming meetings, the council then turned their attention to Mr. Mike Pisano the public works director and Steve Lamb an Engineer for SRS. They spoke about the bids for the Old Landfill Gas Extraction System. A system that the county has decided to install as a precaution for the methane gases that are slowly building inside of the old landfill’s soil. The Bid that was chosen was for DOT Energy Solutions, Inc. for $321,118.00. The system is basically a number of industrial soil “shopvacs” that will be installed into the ground to prevent any liquids or gases from contaminating the sounding areas of the property line. This bid was approved by the council.

The meeting came to an end with many welcomes from the councilmen to Mr. Travis Reeder and smiling handshakes from the public.  Next meeting will be held on January, 21, 2015 at 7 PM.

Newberry County Schools On Two-Hour Delay Thursday
Posted: January 7, 4:17 PM

Earlier Wednesday, The School District of Newberry County announced it will be under a two-hour delay for Thursday. This is due to the expected extremely cold temperatures and wind chill factors. The decision is based on insuring buses will operate and not leave children waiting in the cold temperatures should there be equipment failures. In addition, it would give maintenance personnel time to repair any weather related failures in school buildings. All employees are to report at their regularly scheduled time. Pre K which meet only in the mornings will not be held. The delay will run all schedules two hours later than regular times.

Child Death Under Investigation
Posted: December 31, 7:16 AM

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton has released information concerning the death of a 3 year old boy in the City of Newberry. Gabriel McArdle of Enoree SC was pronounced dead at the Newberry Memorial Hospital at 2:06 am Tuesday morning. The death was immediately deemed as suspicious in nature by the Coroners Office and Newberry City Police.

Deputy Coroner John Pollard consulted with Investigators from the Newberry City Police Department and both agencies began an aggressive joint investigation. Coroner Craig Newton consulted with the ER treating physician and requested that a full body scan be performed on the child. The results of this scan proved to show what Newton termed as " disturbing traits". The Newberry City Police Department then notified the SLED child fatality division for investigative support and assistance. An autopsy was performed early Tuesday morning and revealed information consistent with child abuse.

Coroner Newton has released the cause of death as respiratory depression caused by a subdural hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the head. During the course of the day Newberry Police conducted numerous interviews and concluded that the mother of the child, Theia Darion McArdle and her live-in boyfriend Richard Frank Vermon Bowman were persons of interests in the child's death. Both are now in the Newberry County Detention Center charged with Homicide by Child Abuse. A bond hearing will be held for the pair by a Circuit Judge at a later date.

Captain Roy McClurkin with the Newberry City Police credits all the agencies involved for their efforts in this death investigation.The case is still being investigated by the Newberry Police, SLED, and the Newberry Coroners Office.

Accident Claims Life of Chappells Man
Posted: December 26, 7:36 AM

A wreck on SC Hwy 34 on Wednesday night has claimed the life of a Newberry County man. The accident apparently happened around 6:00 Wednesday evening, but Daniel Robert Britton, 53, of Chappells, was not found until Christmas morning at around 7 AM.

Coroner Craig Newton said Britton's sister found him after he did not return from a shopping trip on Wednesday night. Britton was apparently traveling east on Hwy 34 when his car ran off the right side of the road, down an embankment, and hit a tree.

Britton was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car, according to state troopers.

fireKinard Street Fire Contained
Posted: December 20, 9:42 PM

At around 9:40 AM on Saturday, a call was reported to the Newberry Fire Department regarding a structure fire at 1244 Kinard Street in Newberry. The fire was contained inside the structure.

A smoke alarm had woken the one person inside the structure to smoke and fire in the home. This person was able to escape, but was transported due to possible smoke inhalation.

The American Red Cross has been notified to assist with the family of two living here. The Friendly Fire Department, Newberry Rescue, Newberry City Police and EMS assisted with the call. NFIU (Newberry Fire Investigation Unit) was on the scene, and it was later determined that a kerosene heater caused the fire.

shannon smithAn Over Four Hour Standoff Ends in Child Rescued, Estranged Father in Custody
Posted: December 19, 10:25 PM

During the early afternoon hours the Newberry County Sheriff's Office was notified that there may be a wanted man from Colorado hiding in a residence off SC Hwy. 395 near the Saluda County line.

Deputies arrived at the home to find a man looking at them through a window. When he was challenged, he ran through the house. One of the deputies also heard a second set of foot steps that seemed to be lighter than the first.

As the Deputies were gaining more information on the suspect, they found a stolen truck out of Colorado that had been freshly spray painted. Authorities in Colorado verified that SHANNON JOSEPH SMITH, 44, of Colorado was indeed wanted for several charges including a failure to appear for sentencing in a weapons charge. He was also a convicted sex offender with a 54 page record for various offenses.

The Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Response Team responded and secured the area while investigators began to gather further intelligence. A negotiator began repeated efforts to contact Smith.

Investigators were able to locate the renter of the residence at a job site some 30 miles away. It was determined that Smith was her ex husband and had shown up in Newberry County to see their daughter. He established a room at a Newberry Motel some 15 miles away. During the day Friday, he was able to convince a care giver to allow him access to their four year old daughter. He apparently went to the ex wife's home some time during the day and remained there while the ex wife and a companion were working at a construction site.

Upon arriving on the scene, the ex wife told law enforcement that Smith had a lengthy record and was not friendly toward law enforcement. She also advised that she feared for her child's life due to her ex facing prison time for the various crimes.

After more than three hours of trying to contact Smith, Sheriff Lee Foster contacted SLED for additional resources. Upon arrival additional negotiators attempted to contact Smith. After there was no contact and there were no sounds of life coming from the house, a joint decision was made to make entry into the house.

An entry team of SLED SWAT agents backed by Newberry County Sheriff's Office CIRT members gained entry into the double wide manufacture house and began methodically searching the residence. Smith was found locked inside a shower with his four year old estranged daughter. The team gained access to the daughter and removed her from the residence and took Smith into custody after a brief struggle.

The child was immediately taken to an awaiting team of Newberry County EMS paramedics. It was determined that she had no injuries other than emotional trauma, but was transported to Newberry County Memorial Hospital for observation accompanied by the child's mother and a Victim Advocate of the Sheriff's Office.

Colorado is expected to request extradition of Smith to face his charges there. In addition, Newberry County has charged Smith with being a fugitive from justice, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and failure to notify or register as a sex offender. Investigators will be reviewing divorce documents to determine if kidnapping charges will be appropriate. Smith is housed in the Newberry County Detention Center.

"We were offered a miracle six days before Christmas to find that little girl alive and uninjured."

Assisting in the investigation in addition to Newberry County Sheriff and SLED were Saluda County Sheriff, SC Department of Natural Resources, SC Highway Patrol, Prosperity Fire Department and Newberry County EMS.

School Board Report (December 15, 2014)

museumCelebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960
Posted: December 15, 9:58 PM

Celebrating Christmas 1860 and 1960was held this past weekend at the Newberry Museum. There were activities for children with crafts from the 1860’s and 1960’s as well as exhibits of vintage Christmas trees, toys (including a train display), and period decorations.  Room vignettes depicting 1860 and 1960 showcased the appearance of the celebration of Christmas for their time in history.  Using examples of literature, popular publications, cartoons of the day, art, scientific developments, advertising/marketing techniques, and popular music, the display spanned one hundred years to highlight the development and growth of our current holiday traditions.                                      

Eighth Annual Winter Coat Drive

donateLocal Author and International Civil Rights Activist/Actor Working To Make Film A Reality
Posted: December 6, 7:55 PM

Click on right to donate towards this effort

Local author and Challenge 4 Change Initiative Leader, Terrence Gallman, has sparked interest nationally and worldwide too, with his latest book, There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong. The book was transformed to a play, adopted for film.

Interest spurred by International Civil and Human Rights Activist and actor, Vincent "Vinny" Coyle ("GAME OF THRONES," "THE KEENING," "RELEASE," "BLOODY SUNDAY," and "SOME HANDLIN") has helped promote the play to film-level status, and others are also excited for the cause.
"THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG" takes us on an epic journey of judicial system awareness, prison life truths, and post release trials and hardships confronted by ex-offenders seeking successful re-orientation and re-entry into the community. 

This story tackles the all too well-known challenges that create insurmountable obstacles to a successful re-entry.  After serving time for drug conspiracy and becoming overly devastated about not living up to his full potential, Gallman seized the opportunity to reinvent himself while in prison, and was inspired to write There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong after his release in order to spread knowledge and awareness to assist others in making better choices than he did.  According to Gallman and Coyle, "Prison sentences do not have to be the end to one's life, but a wake-up call that can propel you towards greatness."

The film, "THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONG," provides a commanding reminder of just how vulnerable we are, and how the raw and explicit experiences of prison life can wreak havoc on families, individuals, relationships, businesses, and our society as a whole.

All groups, churches, and interested parties are asked to assist us by getting the word out to help the project become a reality. We appreciate all donations, no matter how small or large, that will support this great vision that will change many lives and help many families.

County Council Report
Posted: December 4, 7:25 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Council approved a purchase requisition by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office for tactical ballistic vests in the amount of $49,217.05. This is for the critical incident response team and is covered by a grant. Lieutenant Ben Chapman gave the presentation for the request. The Sheriff's Office will purchase 18 vests and rifle protection.

Mike Pisano gave a report from the Public Works Department.
In comments from Council Members, Les Hipp mentioned an Economic Development item from Kiswire. They are beginning Phase II construction which is a $30 million commitment. He said is was good to see current industries expanding in Newberry County.

Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret" – 12/15/14 @ 9:15 am
Economic Development Committee – 12/15/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/17/14 @ 7:00 pm

Congratulations To Bulldogs On A Great Season!
Posted: November 30, 3:40 PM

The Newberry Bulldogs fought whitakerhard on Friday, but fell to Dillon 49-27 in the 2A State Championship at River Bluff High School in Lexington. Stay tuned for complete information on the game on Monday morning on WKDK and

Fans showed their support by their large attendance at the game, and area businesses showed their support as well. Some of them displayed encouragement on their marquees and signs. Some (shown here by Whitaker Funeral Home) proudly displayed flags in support of the Bulldogs.

Kiswire To Commence Second Phase of Newberry Expansion
Posted: November 24, 4:23 PM

Kiswire Inc., a manufacturer of steel cord and bead wire, is commencing the second phase of its Newberry County expansion. This phase, a $30 million investment, is expected to result in 45 new jobs in Newberry, S.C. The first phase of Kiswire Inc. Steel Cord Division, announced in January 2013, represented a $15 million investment and 30 new jobs, which came to fruition when production began at its new manufacturing site in December of last year. Click HERE to see complete report in PDF format.

bruce baldwinNewberry Hospital Names 38-Year Veteran As CEO
November 19,
8:19 PM

Newberry Hospital ispleased to announce that Bruce Baldwin, a 38-year veteran of the healthcare industry, has been chosen as the hospital’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Baldwin succeeds interim CEO Craig Cudworth, who has served as the Midlands area hospital’s CEO for the last 14 months.

Over the course of his career, Baldwin has served as CEO at five hospitals across the country. He most recently led Grandview Medical Center, a 70-bed acute care hospital in Jasper, Tennessee. Prior to that, Baldwin was CEO of Putnam Community Medical Center, a 141-bed acute care hospital in Palatka, Florida. Newberry Hospital has 90 acute care beds.

Baldwin is highly respected for his proven track records for improving hospitals’ operational performance and patient satisfaction score. Additionally, he has been very successful in recruiting and retaining physicians to his hospitals, a welcome skill at a time when physicians are in high demand and short supply.

Commenting on Baldwin’s appointment, Dr. Alan Paysinger, Chairman of the Newberry Hospital Board of Trustees and an internal medicine specialist with Newberry Internal Medicine, said, “I speak for the entire Newberry Hospital family when I say how pleased we are to have found a leader like Bruce who has the skills needed to please patients, physicians, and accountants all at the same time. That is a gift, and we all look forward to working with him.”

Baldwin’s hiring comes after an extensive national search. Newberry Hospital has distinguished itself as one of the top small, community hospitals in the nation. It has been named in the top ten percent in the country for joint replacement surgery for three years in a row by Healthgrades. CMS also rates Newberry Hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction. The Joint Commission just named Newberry Hospital among the top performing hospitals in the nation for surgery and pneumonia care.

A native of Illinois, Baldwin earned a B.S. in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University, and has extensive graduate education in healthcare management. When not working, he enjoys fishing, golf, his family, and church.

Baldwin says, “I feel very fortunate to have been named CEO of Newberry Hospital. Going forward I plan to fine-tune existing positives such as quality patient care and support our excellent physicians, dedicated employees and the community. With the difficult future we see in Healthcare, we must position the Hospital to be able to remain stable in our community through growth, physician recruitment, strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and strategic planning.”

Buford familySchool Board Report
Posted: November 18,
7:43 AM

Newberry County School Board held their meetingMonday night in the Administration building. Attorney Kyle Parker administered the Oath of Office to returning board members Lee Attaway and
Clyde Hill.

The Board voted to authorize the Superintendent to sign the Municipal Disclosure Initiative.

Dr. William Buford and his family (above photo) received special recognition for their contribution to FFA.

Cynthia Downs gave a report on the AYP and State Report Card. There are two definitive ratings: absolute and growth. For absolute the district received an excellent rating and for growth the district received a good rating.

Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow, and Jim Suber gave a report on the Career Center Phase II construction project.

The final certificate of occupancy has been received. The team is working on revised designs of the front canopy and lighting.
They are also working on a solution to problems with the gas supply.

In his report, Superintendent Bennie Bennett told the board he was very proud of all of the District's workers for the efforts they make to meet challenges every day.

The next Board meeting is December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

logoNewberry Hospital Recognized As Top Performer
Posted: November 14,
8:17 AM

The Joint Commission has named Newberry Hospital as a TopPerformer on Key Quality Measures® for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures for pneumonia and surgery in 2013.

Newberry Hospital was one of just 1,224 hospitals in the United States to meet or exceed the target rates of performance for pneumonia and surgery in 2013. The Midlands area hospital is one the 14 hospitals in South Carolina to be recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer in surgery and one of 18 that is a top performer in pneumonia. The state has more than 65 acute care hospitals.

This achievement demonstrates Newberry Hospital’s commitment to assuring that evidence-based interventions are delivered in the right way and at the right time because it is the right thing to do for patients entrusted in its care. Newberry Hospital’s Surgery and Med-Surg Departments have focused on following national standards of care for community-acquired pneumonia, healthcare-associated pneumonia, and surgical safety to secure the best outcome for each patient and avoid life-changing complications.

Newberry Hospital’s being named a Top Performer in the nation comes as no surprise to Interim CEO Craig Cudworth. “If I had to characterize Newberry Hospital, it would be the ‘little hospital that could.’ Everything we challenge our physicians and staff to achieve, they do it! This year alone we’ve been named among the top ten percent in the nation for joint replacement surgery, our Laboratory, which plays a critical role in diagnostics, earned national accreditation; and long-time medical staff member, Dr. Oscar Lovelace, was named the 2015 Family Medicine Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the only doctor in the country to be so honored.”

Added Cudworth, “The Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation proves that the size of the hospital does not matter—a commitment to providing exceptional care to each patient does.”

As a Top Performer, Newberry Hospital is recognized in The Joint Commission’s annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety, and on its Quality Check® website.

City Council Report
Posted: November 12, 4:32 AM

City Council met Tuesday evening at City Hall. City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report stating there are some categories in the budget that reflect zero revenues, but those categories may be seasonal. On the whole finances are in order.

Council recognized Jennie O'Shields as the incoming clerk of court as Tina Wicker will be retiring soon.

Council recognized Miriam Brown for her ten years of service with the city's Police Department. Council also recognized Ward Braswell for his fifteen years of service with the Planning and
Development Services Department.

The current budget has an appropriation of $385,000 for the purpose of a fire truck to replace a 1991 pumper currently in use. The low bid for the new truck came in over budget at $443,119. Council discussed rejecting all bids and rebidding the truck at a later date but decided against this option because the equipment manufacturers anticipate increasing prices in this November.

Council passed second reading and approved the purchase.
In 2014, the Department of Defense appointed "Vets With A Mission" as an Official Partner of the United States of America 50th Vietnam War Commemorative, to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and those families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor Senn recognized Chuck and Joette Ward with a resolution from the City of Newberry.

Council chose not to deferred to Executive Session to discuss and moved to reappoint Councilman Zebbie Goudelock as Mayor Pro Tem.

Councilman Zebbie Goudelock and Councilman LeMont Glasgow were appointed to the Clinton- Newberry Natural Gas Authority Board.

Council approved a request by Johnny Reeder located at 233 Wren Road, to receive out-of-city water service. The property owner has agreed to execute an annexation covenant indicating a willingness to annex if their property becomes contiguous to city limits and Council determines it is in the best interest of the city to annex the property.

Council authorized staff to purchase a street sweeper for the Public Works Department. The current street sweeper is a 2008 Johnstone sweeper that has required significant repairs. The current failure will cost $13,000 to bring the sweeper to 60% capacity. To rebuild the sweeper would cost $48,950. Council
authorized staff to purchase a new machine. Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing an equipment lease-purchase agreement not to exceed $204,000 to finance the street sweeper.

fireFire At Troop 1 Scout Hut
Posted: November 10, 11:16 PM

A story we reported earlier Monday, the Newberry Fire Department was called to Troop 1 Boy Scout hutSunday night for a fully involved building fire. Newberry Friendly Fire, Newberry Rescue and EMS assisted. The fire was under control. The hut is in the Margaret Hunter Park area off Nance Street.

Wolves Pound Carson-Newman 46-21
Posted: November 9, 7:38 AM

The Newberry College football team used short fields to advantage early and made key defensive plays late on the way to an emphatic 46-21 win over No. 24 Carson-Newman in the Wolves ’ home finale at Setzler Field on Saturday.

With the win, Newberry is now 5-5 overall and finishes its South Atlantic Conference schedule with a 3-4 mark. Carson-Newman has lost back-to-back games for the first time since late September 2012 and is now 6-3 overall and 4-2 in conference action. More on Monday on WKDK and

County Council Report
Posted: November 6, 6:19 AM

County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to declare surplus and approve the transfer of whatever interest, if any, the county has in property designated as TMS Parcel Number 55-1-1-8 to the Chappells Community Club, Inc.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of a General Obligation Bond of Newberry County not exceeding $310,000 in principal amount.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of a Purchase Agreement between Newberry County and (Project Eagle); the Conveyance of certain property owned by and located in Newberry County to (Project Eagle).

Council passed a resolution to express Newberry County's request that the South Carolina General Assembly increase the allocation to the Local Government Fund to both provide property taxpayers
with the relief they have been promised and allow county government the ability to provide the state and local government services required under state law.

Council issued a proclamation declaring Newberry County as a Purple Heart County.

Council approved a bid in the amount of $33,350 from North Greenville Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic for Fire, Rescue, and Hazmat Physicals. At its 10/20 meeting, the Public Safety
and Courts Committee recommended approval. This amount is within the budget.

Council approved consideration to expend Capital Outlay in the amount of $60,000 for rescue squads. This is an annual capital outlay and is budgeted.

In the Committee Reports, Tommy Long, Emergency Services Coordinator addressed the concern for services in the Chappells area. A mutual agreement was made with Cross Hill for assistance in covering the area.

Wanda Hill, Human Resources Director, gave a report from the Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting held 11/3/14. Mrs. Hill said she is working on revisions to the employee handbook.

Future meetings include:
County Council – 11/19/14 @ 7:00 pm
Public Works and Planning – 11/24/14 @6:00 pm

County Election Results
Posted: November 5, 6:22 AM

In addition to our extensive election coverage on WKDK and, click on these PDFs for county results from each precinct. Election 1 l Election 2

TrappDrug Dealer Convicted Of Trafficking, Sentenced To 25 Years
Posted: November 3,
6:58 PM

A drug trafficker is starting a 25 year sentence in state prison this weekafter a Newberry County jury found him guilty late Friday night, announced 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo this morning.  Toaby Alexander Trapp, 44 of Newberry, was convicted on an indictment of Trafficking in Crack Cocaine, 3rd offense.  The Honorable Eugene C. Griffith sentence Trapp to 25 years following the verdict.   

On October 9, 2011, Newberry County Sheriff investigators responded to Toaby Trapp’s residence at 91 Little Ranches Road in Newberry, on a burglary complaint from Trapp.  Trapp alleged that $7,000 cash had been stolen from a shoe box in his house. While investigating the theft complaint, investigators found inside the residence several containers of crack cocaine weighing a total of approximately 20 grams.  Also found on the kitchen counter was a set of scales and a spoon with cocaine residue, further indicating trafficking activity.

Solicitor Stumbo praised the outstanding work of Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel, who prosecuted the case for the State, along with stellar investigative work by Sheriff Lee Foster’s detectives, in particular Captain Robert Dennis and the late Nick Bouknight.

“Toaby Trapp, who had been arrested again while out on bond for the 2011 trafficking arrest, was among the most prolific drug dealers in Newberry,” Solicitor Stumbo stated.  “Fortunately he will not be spreading the misery of crack cocaine addiction on our streets for many years to come.” 

“What a job in court last week by Dale Scott and Taylor Daniel in Newberry,” added Stumbo.  “These hard working prosecutors followed up a trial conviction on a child sex abuser (Mario Hernandez) on Thursday afternoon with a jury strike and conviction on this trafficking case that concluded late Friday night.  I couldn’t be more proud of the work that we are doing alongside law enforcement to keep our families safe here in the 8th Circuit.”

Wolves Roll To 34-14 Win At Brevard

lovelaceOscar F. Lovelace Jr., MD, Earns Prestigious National Award
Posted: October 30,
6:32 AM

WASHINGTON—The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Oscar F. Lovelace, Jr., MD, the national 2015 Family Physician of the Year at its annual Assembly. The award honors one outstanding American family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students.

Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Lovelace has been a practicing family physician for more than 26 years. In 1988, he founded Lovelace Family Medicine in his grandparents’ hometown of Prosperity, South Carolina, a small, rural farming community in Newberry County.

Currently the practice employs 38 staff, including three board certified family physicians, 11 nurses and three nurse practitioners. Lovelace Family Medicine provides 8,000 patients with the full scope of family medicine services for patients of all ages, from obstetrics to geriatrics, as well as office-based and hospital care. Practice services include comprehensive wellness and preventive care, prenatal care, acute care, chronic disease management, weight management counseling, a full service laboratory and corporate wellness programs.

Lovelace and his colleagues have hosted more than 200 students and residents from all areas of the country for a four-week elective during which they encounter the challenges and rewards of practicing rural family medicine. The goal of this program is to increase interest in practicing in an underserved area. Many of Lovelace’s former students and physician colleagues have served on medical missions, both at home and abroad.

Lovelace is committed to ensuring that all people, especially the underserved, have access to high quality primary care in a patient-centered medical home. During Lovelace’s second year of solo practice, Newberry County’s only OB-GYN died. This left Lovelace as the only physician in three contiguous rural counties practicing obstetrics, and he delivered more than 220 babies.

In 1992, Lovelace and his colleagues completed training in operative obstetrics to meet this critical unmet need. During the ensuing five years, minority infant mortality dropped by 68 percent during a period when only Lovelace’s team of family physicians were delivering infants at Newberry County Hospital.

In 1993, Lovelace established the Living Water Foundation, a non-profit community development organization. Funded solely by donations and grant money, the Foundation has developed services and educational health programs to honor its mission to improve the quality of life of all people by providing medication assistance to the uninsured, health promotion classes to primary and secondary students, and promoting public health policy. 

Lovelace has advocated for health care reform in South Carolina. From 1993 to 2006, he was instrumental in the development of the state’s Medicaid Physician’s Enhanced Program to help lower costs while improving the quality of care through a patient-centered medical home. Lovelace Family Medicine, one of three initial pilot sites, enrolled 1,100 patients, and the program resulted in an annual savings of more than $1 million - largely because Medicaid patients were given 24/7 access to their usual physician instead of seeking care in costly emergency rooms.

In 2003, Lovelace was appointed by then Governor Mark Sanford to serve as statewide co-chairman of the Health Care Task Force. In 2004, he served on the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Aging. Lovelace has served as president of the South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative, which, in 2010, helped coordinate the override of Governor Sanford’s veto in South Carolina’s General Assembly and raised the state’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax by 50 cents. Lovelace currently serves on the state’s Obesity Advisory Council.

Lovelace’s role as a family physician extends beyond community service and caring for patients. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor in the departments of family medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina. He also serves as associate professor at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus.

Lovelace earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville. In addition, he completed a fellowship in operative obstetrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Lovelace is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

School Board Report
Posted: October 28, 8:30 AM

Newberry County School Board held their meeting Monday night in the Administration building. After returning from Executive Session, the board approved personnel recommendations.

The board passed second and final reading of School Board Policy changes regarding policy IKF graduation requirements (advanced diploma) to begin with the graduating class of 2019.

Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow, and also reported on the results of the Procurement Audit. The audit went well and the school district is in compliance.

Jim Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Cosmetology and Phase II are complete with students using the building.

Superintendent Bennett gave a report from the board retreat held on October 9, 2014. Although many topics were discussed, Mr. Bennett highlighted the following three:
1. Salaries for non-certified positions and athletic coaching supplements
2. Content recovery program discussed in the September board meeting
3. Wording in the school board contracts

The Support Staff Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year reception will be held November 6, 2014, 6:30 pm at Newberry Middle School.

The next school board meeting is November 17, 2014, 7:30 pm in the Administration building.

Wolves Win Against UNC-Pembroke 13-6
Posted: October 26, 8:27 AM

An 85-yard interception return from Sharon Irwin and a pair of Kyle Clark field goals were the only points the Newberry Wolves would need in a 13-6 victory over the UNC Pembroke Braves at Grace P. Johnson Stadium on Saturday.

Newberry moves to 3-5 on the year with the win, while UNCP is now 1-6. Newberry travels to Brevard next weekend. More information on Monday on WKDK and

Lynches' Woods Renovations; Closed Until Further Notice
Posted: October 23, 6:15 AM

Lynches' Woods County Park will be closed until further notice due to construction and renovation. This closing is to all traffic; vehicle, foot and/or horse. Bridges and culverts as well as the road surface will be repaired or replaced over the next several months. During this time, it is dangerous for anyone to enter or otherwise use the park. There is not a projected date of opening. Newberry County appreciates the understanding and patience of the many people that love and use this park. Once completed it will be a much better experience for those patronizing this beautiful natural park.

saundra garyLittle Mountain Woman Stabs Boyfriend With Knife
Posted: October 21, 5:22 PM

A Little Mountain woman is in jail after deputies say she stabbed her boyfriend with a knife.

According to the incident report, Saundra Gary- 97 Reunion Drive, Little Mountain, S.C., attacked her boyfriend, Monroe Columbus Combs, on Tuesday evening, October 14, 2014.

Deputies were dispatched to the home regarding a stabbing. Upon arrival, the victim was found to be hiding around the side of the building and holding his side which appeared to be stained with blood. At that time, EMS was requested for medical attention on the victim. He was later transported to Palmetto Richland for treatment.

Reports indicate that Combs was discharged later the next day and is expected to make a full recovery.

When deputies spoke with the victim and asked what happened, Combs advised that Gary had called him and told him to come to the house because she had something for him. According to the report, when Combs arrived he walked into the house where Gary stabbed him in the side.

Incidentally, prior to the arrival of deputies, Gary had already written a check for her bond, which was located in the bedroom of her home.

Gary was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

She was given a $5,000 bond.

Sheriff Foster stated, “Criminal Domestic Violence is a serious problem affecting many innocent members of our society. Whether the abuse affects children, the elderly, or a spouse, we are committed to arresting, and subsequently, prosecuting those who not only neglect their family responsibilities but cause their family or loved ones deliberate and violent harm. Violence in the home has devastating, long-term effects on families – especially children – and must be stopped. From the first response of law enforcement to our ongoing education and prevention efforts, our goal should be the well-being of families and the safety of the entire community.”

Scam Alert Saying Law Enforcement Has Locked your Computer
Posted: October 20, 7:51 AM

The Newberry Sheriff's Office has announced a scam alert! Computer hacking is taking place. A virus is prevalent that will take over your computer and encrypt your data. Sometimes they will say they are with law enforcement or FBI and that you have been looking at child pornography and that your computer has been locked. Then they will ask that you send a sum of money to a location to unlock your computer and clean it of pornography. The threat is that you will comply or your data will be kept and you will be arrested. Please know that if you had been looking at child pornography and the FBI/Law Enforcement had detected this they would not ask for money. If you send the money to the hacker they won't un-encrypt your data. Your computer has been hacked and your data is encrypted. You will need to go to a computer repair person to try and salvage data. A great deal of these viruses and hackers are hiding in videos or pictures. They also can put malware or spyware on your computer and put up a warning. NEVER click on a link that says your computer is infected. Simply shut your computer down then run an antivirus and/or anti malware software from a reputable service.

Suspects Believed To Be Involved In Many Burglaries: One Caught, One Being Sought
Posted: October 16, 6:24 AM

The excellent relationship between Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding agencies and the quick action of investigators has solved a burglary that occurred in Newberry County according to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.

Investigators received a call from the counter parts in Laurens County on Tuesday morning. The Laurens county investigators advised that they had located a vehicle and two suspects, one was taken into custody and the second had fled and was not yet in custody. The investigators in Laurens advised that they believed the suspects had been involved in burglaries in several jurisdictions.

When Newberry County investigators arrived, they located a jewelry box that had receipts for repair to some of the jewelry that listed an address on Jalapa Road in Newberry County.

The investigators called back to Newberry County and sent a deputy to check the residence. Once on scene the deputy found that the door of the residence had been forced open and there was now a gun safe laying on the front porch. It was clear that the safe had been drug there in attempt to steal it. The homeowner was contacted and responded to the home and confirmed the burglary.

The investigators were able recover all of the items take from the burglary including the jewelry and a box style safe. The victim was able to determine that the gun safe had not been entered.

The suspect in custody is being held in the Laurens County Detention Center and will be brought to Newberry County to be charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy. He was identified as Jeffery Tyler Wilson, 21, of 5249 Highway 49, Laurens, SC.

Warrants have been obtained for the second suspect, Jose Ariel Rivera Jr, 28, of 192 Kellet Road, Laurens charging with Burglary 1st Degree, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy. Rivera is charged with 1st Degree through an enhancement in the law for persons with two or more prior convictions for Burglary. Rivera has two prior Burglary convictions. He is being sought by multiple agencies and is entered as a wanted person in the nationwide law enforcement database.

The investigation is continuing and investigators believe that these suspects are involved in other burglaries in Newberry County as well as many other counties.

Burglary Suspect Leads Deputies On High Speed Chase, Lost Hunter Make For Busy Night In Newberry County
Posted: October 16, 8:05 AM

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that Monday night was very busy in Newberry County after a search for a lost hunter and a high speed chase of the suspect in two local shireyburglaries.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Pomaria Rescue Squad, and other agencies were called around 9:00 on Monday because a hunter with a known heart condition had not come out of the woods from hunting. The bloodhounds were searching the area and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) responded to the area with their helicopter.

While the officers were involved with the search for the missing hunter, a homeowner called 911 because someone broke into a building on their property located on Highway 176 in the Pomaria section of the county on and took several rifles and other items.

The missing hunter had gotten lost in the dark and did not have a phone. After he was located, he was checked by Emergency Medical Personnel and declined treatment and returned home safely

Just as the officers on the search for the missing hunter located the hunter and were turning him over to EMS and Rescue, a call is given of a robbery with shots fired at Wilson’s Grocery also located on Highway 176 in Pomaria. A deputy responding to the robbery call spotted a vehicle fleeing from the general area of the store and turned around to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled away traveling at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. Because the helicopter was already in the area, SLED was able to assist with the chase and helped the officers chasing the suspect maintain the chase from a safe following distance. The chase lasted for approximately 8 miles with the suspect using logging roads and power line right of ways in an effort to lose the officers. As the suspect pulled into a relative’s residence and stopped, several deputies arrived and the suspect began to resist the officers. He was tased and taken into custody. There were no injuries associated with the arrest.

After his arrest, the officers found the weapons and items stolen from the previously reported burglary at the outbuilding in the suspect’s vehicle. They also located beer, tobacco, and ammunition stolen from Wilson’s Grocery. They also located a small amount of marijuana and an open container of beer in the vehicle.

While the suspect was being arrested, other deputies and investigators had responded to Wilson’s for the call there. It was determined that Wilson’s Grocery was closed when the incident occurred and the suspect had fired two rounds through the front door of the business and made entry to steal the items.

The suspect was identified as Christopher Blake Shirey (above), 23, of 5430 SC Highway 34, Newberry, SC. He was charged with two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree, Failure to Stop for a Law Enforcement Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, Driving Under Suspension 3rd Offense, Simple Possession, Operating Uninsured Vehicle, Open Container, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $31,500 at a bond hearing held Tuesday afternoon.

Miscues and Mud As Wolves Fall To Tusculum 16-14

Investigation Of Political Signs Vandalism
Posted: October 11, 4:16 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the vandalism of campaign signs in multiple locations in Newberry County. Each of the candidates, Representative Walt McLeod and Richard Martin, in the District 40 race, say their signs have fallen victim.

Representative Walt McLeod, whose signs are located throughout the county has experienced wide-spread vandalism while several signs belonging to Richard Martin were reported missing from Highway 121 in the Whitmire area.

“While the signs are everywhere, it does not give someone the right to do damage them. These signs are often on private property and every citizen has the right to display the sign of the candidate of their choice,” said Sheriff Foster.

It should also be noted that these signs are very expensive to the candidate and placing the signs is time and labor intensive.

Police say if you are caught stealing or vandalizing a sign, you will be arrested and face criminal charges.

Second Annual Scarecrow Convention
Scarecrow Entry Form l Scarecrow Rules

wolves Wolves Defense Rolls Over Wingate In 33-10 Home Win
October 5,
7:55 AM

A solid defensiveeffort from the Newberry Wolves helped the scarlet and gray snap a two-game losing skid with a 33-10 victory over the Wingate Bulldogs at Setzler Field on Saturday night.

With the win, Newberry is now 2-3 overall and 1-2 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Wingate falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

The Wolves limited Wingate to 140 yards of offense on 60 plays, including just 25 rushing yards on 29 attempts and five fumbles.

Newberry running back Romelo Doctor rushed for 102 yards on 24 carries, becoming the Wolves’ first centurion of the season.

Quarterback W.T. Murden completed 15-of-22 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Click HERE for more. Photo courtesy of

opera houseNewberry Opera House Looks To Expand Tour Guide Program
Training This Saturday
September 25,
6:51 AM

Newberry Opera House Tour Guide JudyChappell tells tales of the cowboy movie days during one of her tours.

Each year over 100,000 people visit the Newberry Opera House either as a patron at a show or as a tourist to Newberry. This past season, the NOH Tour Guides gave tours to people from over 30 states and 13 countries.  The Opera House is interested in expanding the number of their tour guides with a new training session this Saturday, September 27 at 10am. The class will include general tour information and train tour guides in student oriented tours based on the old “I Spy” game. Once trained, tour guides can take up a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly shift. They can also simply be available for special events such as Oktoberfest.

FREE Tours During Oktoberfest

Tour guides will showcase their knowledge during Newberry’s Oktoberfest on October 4. The Newberry Opera House will be open for FREE tours from 10am to 5pm during Oktoberfest. Call the Box Office for more information 803-276-6264.  

chad carySchool Board Report
Posted: September 23, 7:59 AM

The Newberry County School Board held their meeting Monday night in the Administrationbuilding. After returning from Executive Session, the board approved personnel recommendations.

Coach Chad Cary (shown above with Dr. Bennie Bennett and Board member Jody Hamm) was recognized for being named Coach of the Year. Coach Cary led the basketball team to the AA championship for the third year. The team won the championship earlier this year.

The daughter of Clarence Chick addressed the board during the public forum to request placement of a portrait of Mr. Chick, which the family purchased, in the original Mid-Carolina Middle School.

Among his accomplishments, Chick was the first African American to teach in Newberry County public schools after desegregation. The board placed the request on the agenda as an action item and approved the placement of the portrait but wants the administration to approve the location.

After approval, the family said they will provide legal documents offering a scholarship for a team of four members beginning in the 2015-2016 school year to attend the National Middle School

Lee Attaway and Jessie Reeder were chosen as voting delegates and Lucy Anne Meetze was chosen as alternate for the SCSBA Delegate assembly.

Concerning the NICE program, the board approved a resolution for NICE refinancing and Signature Authorization. The board approved an amendment to the Short Term GO Bond Resolution and
approved existing NICE Board appointments, there was one opposed vote.

The board passed first reading of School Board Policy changes regarding policy IKF graduation requirements (advanced diploma) to begin with the graduating class of 2019.

Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow, and Jim Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Phase II is complete and Phase III, the office area, is under way.

Pam Arrington gave a report from Human Resources regarding hiring and turnover profiles.

Dr. Cynthia Downs introduced Dr. Lynn Cary, who gave a report on the Content Recovery program and its impact on graduation rates.

Superintendent Bennett set a tentative date for the board retreat for October 9 to set goals and talk about accomplishments.

Fire At Nance Forest Apartments
Posted: September 21, 7:41 PM

The Newberry Fire nance forestDepartment received a call at around 2:43 PM on Sunday for a fire at Nance Forest Apartments. Upon arrival crews found unit 166 with fire involvement. The fire extended into the attic, and crews were able to keep the majority of fire to and above 166.

However, there was water and smoke damage throughout; power had to be disconnected to all eight apartments. No injuries have been reportd, but the Red Cross has been notified to assist with the residents. As of about 6:30 PM, the Fire Department was still on scene investigating.

At this time, no foul play is suspected. Units from Friendly Fire, Newberry Rescue, EMS and other Fire Department members assisted.

Wolves Edged in Double Overtime By Catawba, 37-34
Posted: September 20, 11:09 PM

The Newberry Wolves opened their 2014 South Atlantic Conference slate in thrilling – yet ultimately disappointing – fashion, as the scarlet and gray dropped a 37-34 double overtime loss to the Catawba Indians in front of a sold out Setzler Field on Saturday night. More at

Large Fire At C&D Landfill
Posted: September 10, 9:16 PM

There was a very large fire located at the C & D Landfill, located on C & D Lane (off of Kendall Road) this afternoon. This fire, though large, was contained.

After receiving numerous calls regarding a large cloud of black smoke in the area of Highway 121, emergency services were called and dispatched to this location regarding a fire.

Responding emergency services (fire, law enforcement, etc.) were able to get the fire under control.

The debris that was burning was from household construction material but not hazardous material and, therefore, was not hazardous to the residents in the area.

Sheriff J. Lee Foster, who was on the scene, advised “The fire is contained and there is no threat to the residents of the area, surrounding homes, or businesses.”

Newberry College Hits Record High Enrollment For Freshman Class
Posted: September 9, 6:27 PM

Newberry College welcomed a record high 379 new students to campus this fall, a 19 percent increase compared to this time last year and the largest incoming class in the 157 year history of statuethe College.

The College enrolled 1,084 students for the fall 2014 semester. The total represents a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s total of 1,040. Enrollment totals included 277 freshmen, 86 transfers and 16 readmits. Seventy-six percent of the student body and 72 percent of freshmen hail from South Carolina with the majority of out-of-state enrollment coming from Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as California.

Dean of Enrollment Management Delsie Phillips said enrollment growth reflects the College’s strategic focus on relationship-building with students and their families early in the recruitment process.

“We’ve placed greater emphasis on expanding opportunities for students and their families to visit campus as well as offering specialized visit opportunities for students with specific academic or programmatic interests,” Phillips said. “We’ve also streamlined the financial aid process to give families a more complete picture of their actual tuition costs earlier in the application process.”

Director of Financial Aid Danielle Bell noted that enrollment growth has been aided by the Newberry College Tuition Promise, which guarantees students that their tuition rate won’t increase during the four years they’re in school.

“Parents have reacted very positively to the Tuition Promise,” Bell said. “Combined with our streamlined financial aid process, these factors have helped families make more informed decisions and feel more comfortable about committing to Newberry College earlier.”

Director of Admission Joel Vander Horst noted that the largest enrollment gains this year have come from majors in which Newberry College has long enjoyed a dominant position.

“We have continued to experience growth in areas of historic strength, such as Teacher Education, Nursing, Forensic Chemistry and other science majors,” Vander Horst said. “Business Administration, Music and Communications attract a substantial number of students. We’re also seeing rapid growth in our Sport Management major and Athletic Training minor.” He added, “Newberry College is in demand and we are advising students to apply early to secure their admission and best chance for financial aid.”

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens noted that enrollment growth reflects the overall changes taking place at the College.

“We are undergoing a transformation and there is a shared sense of energy and enthusiasm surrounding what we have accomplished and what we see on our horizon,” Scherrens said. “There is no better time to be at Newberry College.”

tyson williamsWhitmire: Arrest in Burglary Investigation
Posted: September 9,
7:38 AM

After subsequent investigation into recent reports of thefts, theWhitmire Police Department on Saturday charged Tyson Isaiah Oneal Williams, 23, of Sinclair Avenue, with burglary 2nd degree, larceny, and possession of stolen goods. The investigation is ongoing and more stolen property was recovered on September 7 after the execution of a second search warrant. More arrests are possible.

roblesUPDATE: Robles Found Safe
Posted: September 5, 2:24 PM

The missing 16 year old female has been located and has returned home. There was no criminal activity or criminal intent involved in this case.

Original Story: On Thursday, September 4, 2014, a family member filed an incident report with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and reported that their loved-one, Esmeralda Robles, was missing.

According to family members, Robles may have run away after having an argument with her mother and that she was last seen on September 3, 2014. It was further reported that Robles may have been seen getting into a yellow “Nissan Xterra” on evening of September 3, 2014 around 8:30p.m.

Robles is described as a 16 year old Hispanic female, approximately 4'5 inches tall, weighing approximately 90 lbs, with dark brown shoulder length hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with a pink and gray sweater.

There is no confirmed information on Robles’ whereabouts. There is no known history of medical or mental health issues for Robles.

If Robles is seen or located, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222. She has now been entered into NCIC and is listed as a Missing and Endangered Person.



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