Inmate Dies Of An Apparent Suicide
An inmate at the Newberry County Detention Center was found dead in his cell yesterday afternoon as a result of an apparent suicide.
Alvin Wayne Ramsey Jr, 25, of 3135 Pricilla Street, Newberry, SC was found by a correctional during a routine check of the cells. Detention center personnel and medical staff attempted to preform CPR without success. Ramsey was in a cell alone.
Ramsey came into the Newberry County Detention Center charged by the Newberry City Police Department with Petit Larceny on December 5, 2013. When a routine records check was obtained, officers learned that Ramsey was also wanted in Colleton County for a bench warrant for Driving under Suspension.
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said that the cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to hanging.
As a matter of policy, the State Law Enforcement Division was called to the scene and will handle the investigation into the incident.
Public notification was delayed so that proper family notifications could be made.
Scam Involving Newberry Electric Co-op
Newberry Electric Cooperative has learned of an incident where an individual claimed to work for the power company and took advantage of a citizen. Apparently, there were two individuals who told the person they had a question about the right-of-way. One of the men occupied the homeowner outside asking questions while the other went inside the home and stole personal property.
These types of incidents have already occurred in the lower part of the state and unfortunately, have now happened in Newberry. Citizens are urged to be very cautious and question anyone who comes to your home. All NEC vehicles have the NEC logo, so please be observant.
We contract several companies to assist with right-of-way, etc. They are Davey Tree, McCall-Thomas, and Lee Electrical. All of these vehicles should have their logo on the trucks.
Please be very cautious and don’t hesitate to call the co-op at
276-1121 if there is anyone at your home or on your property who is questionable.
If their vehicles don’t meet the above criteria, consider them as trespassers and call 911.
Newberry Man Convicted of Armed Robbery and Sentenced to 18 Years
Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announces that a Newberry County jury, after deliberating for two and a half hours, has returned guilty verdicts on Ernest Eugene Williams, Jr., age 45, for Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime. After the verdicts were returned, Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith sentenced Williams to 18 years in prison.
The trial began on December 3, 2014 and was prosecuted by Deputy Solicitor Dale Scott and Assistant Solicitor Taylor Daniel of the Eighth Circuit Solicitors Office. The State presented evidence that on December 8, 2012, Mr. Williams entered the Lil’ Cricket convenience store at 1315 Kendall Rd. in the city of Newberry while wearing a hooded jacket. He pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. When the clerk opened the cash register, Mr. Williams reached inside and grabbed a handful of cash before fleeing. The Newberry Police Department responded to the scene and investigated the case, which culminated in Williams’ arrest.
The Solicitor’s Office was aided by the fine investigative work of Det. Allison Moore and Det. Kevin Goodman of the Newberry Police Department. Deputy Solicitor Scott said Williams must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
“Our prosecution team did a great job in the preparation and trial of this case along with the support of outstanding investigative work by the city police department, “ said Solicitor Stumbo. “A violent and dangerous criminal has been removed from the Newberry community.”
County Council Report
Newberry County Council met last evening in the Annex Building.
Council passed a resolution authorizing a fee in lieu of tax agreement with West Fraser for an
Council passed a resolution to reimburse itself for certain expenditures regarding the Mid-Carolina
Council also approved a consideration to transfer .55 acres of County Property located at Dixie Drive and
Wilson Road. The property is adjacent to property owned by Tommy Amick who wants to purchase the
property and clear it to make his business more visible from Wilson Road. A large sewer line and
limited road access prevent new construction on the property. Mr. Amick wants to place equipment and
advertising for his current business there.
Council approved payment of 2nd and 3rd quarter invoices to Central SC Alliance in the combined
amount of $36,000.
Council also approved the 2014 Committee meeting schedule.
Committee reports were given by Mike Pisano, Public Works and Planning Committee, from the
November 25 meeting and Teresa Powers, Economic Development Committee from the December 2 meeting.
Future meetings include:
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (Special Called) 12/09/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/18/13 @ 7:00 pm
There will be no Council meeting 1/1/14.
Governor Announces SC Christmas Challenge
Governor Nikki Haley announced the South Carolina Christmas Challenge Monday at the 47th Annual Governor’s Carolighting. In recounting the numerous examples of South Carolinians reaching out to their fellow neighbors and lending a helping hand, the governor issued a statewide challenge to perform a random act of kindness during this holiday season.
“I want to challenge each and every family to do one random act of kindness. Whether it’s having a soldier for dinner because they don’t have a family nearby to go to, visiting a nursing home, or baking cookies for an elderly neighbor, each act of kindness can help affect our state for the better,” said Gov. Haley. “If every family in South Carolina commits to doing this, we would have 5 million kind acts across our state. How special would that be?”
South Carolinians can participate in the challenge by committing at least one random act of kindness for a person in need – from giving a blanket to a homeless person or visiting a nursing home – anything that has a positive effect on South Carolina citizens and communities.
People can share their stories by posting them on the governor’s Facebook page, which can be found here - www.facebook.com/NikkiHaley or tweeting them to the governor at @nikkihaley using the hashtag, #SCChristmasChallenge.
Sheriff's Department Warns Of People Representing Themselves As Government
Be aware that criminals will approach you at your home and represent themselves as a service provider or a contractor for the government. Their goal is to distract you while a cohort or they themselves sneak into your home and take valuables. These conman type criminals will often dress the part. In a recent incident the criminal told the victim he was there to speak to victim about cutting trees off the right of way. He then had the victim walk away from the home. At some point, another person entered the home and stole personal items.
If someone comes to your home offering a service or making demands on behalf of the government, ask them to return and call that service provider to determine if it is legitimate or call 911. Be firm in denying them access regardless of their demands. If they are legitimate, they will gladly return.
Traditionally, Christmas is a time when property crimes and scams increase due to the availability of goods and the good nature of people during the Holidays. Be cautious and aware.
County Council Report
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Council postponed first reading of an
ordinance for development of a Joint Industrial Business Park between Newberry County and
Council read a resolution conditionally designating the Old Newberry County Library for conversion to
use as the Newberry County Museum, contingent upon development of a business plan and upon
County Council's approval of the plan. Due to a large number of citizens interested in this resolution,
Council allowed public comments and heard from several people in favor of the resolution.
also amended the resolution to name the facility to include Newberry College. The City of Newberry
has discussed this project but has not taken action on it yet. County Council passed the resolution.
Council passed their 2014 schedule to meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm with
the exception of January 1, 2014 – New Year's Day and August 6, 2014 – SCAC Annual Conference.
Future meetings include:
Public Works and Planning Committee 11/25/13 @ 6:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 12/02/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/04/13 @ 7:00 pm
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee (Special Called) 12/09/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 12/18/13 @ 7:00 pm
County Officials Announce "Mega Site" for Industrial Development
Earlier today, County officials announced the establishment of a "mega site" for industrial development for Newberry County. Here is the official release (PDF format).
School Board Report
Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night in the Learning Center.
The board gave special congratulations to the Mid-Carolina High School Girls' Tennis Team. They are
Region AA Champs, AA Upper-State Champs, and AA State Runner up for the first time in school
history. MCHS Girls Tennis Team Members are Brooke Ball, Samantha Belk, Gracie Eldridge, Cassidy
Hamm, Haley Hughes, Ashley Livingston, Emily Livingston, Madyson Murphy, Gabrielle Sanders,
Arrington Taylor, and Sydney Willingham.
The board passed second reading of School Board Policy Changes regarding Policy EBBA which
concerns prevention of disease/infection transmission, Policy INJDAA, which concerns distance,
online and virtual education, and Policy JLCF, which concerns school nurses.
The board passed first reading of School Board Policy Changes regarding Policy GCC regarding
professional staff leaves and absences and Policy GDC regarding support staff leaves and absences.
Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow.
Jim Suber gave a report on construction projects regarding the Administration Building. Window
frames are 75% installed and sheet rock is 90% installed. Due to this summer's rain delays, the
completion date is still about 30 days behind schedule.
Superintendent Bennett gave a report on the School Report Cards. He told the board that of the 83
school districts in South Carolina, Newberry was rates as third highest in the state at our poverty level.
There was an improvement in the four year graduation rate and graduates going to college fare better
than in the past.
Superintendent Bennett reminded the press of the upcoming SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference
and Annual Business Meeting in December.
There will be a special called board meeting December 4 at 2:30 pm.
Wolves Qualify for NCAA Division II Championship
The Newberry Wolves' football team has earned the program's second-ever berth to the NCAA Division II playoffs, as the team learned Sunday evening.
Newberry (9-2) will be the fifth seed in Super Region II and will travel to fourth-seeded Carson-Newman (9-2) for the first round of the playoffs at noon on Saturday, November 23. Ticket details will be released Monday.
The Wolves are one of three teams from the South Atlantic Conference to qualify for the playoffs, with Carson-Newman and Lenoir-Rhyne, who is the top seed.
Other teams in the playoffs from Super Region II are second-seeded UNC Pembroke, third-seeded North Alabama and sixth-seeded Tuskegee.
This is Newberry's second trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs in football action, as the scarlet and gray qualified as the third seed in 2006. Newberry defeated Albany State in the first round before losing at North Alabama in the second round.
All-time, this is the scarlet and gray's fifth trip to the postseason. Newberry played in a charity game vs. Geneva (Pa.) in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1931, defeated Appalachian State in the Elks Bowl in 1954 and played Lenoir-Rhyne in the Palmetto Shrine Bowl in 1955.
The Wolves will look to avenge a loss at Carson-Newman two weeks ago, when the Eagles won 52-31 after Newberry fell behind early. This will be the first time Newberry has played the same team twice in a season since the Palmetto Shrine Bowl in 1955.
Wolves Roll To A 55-21 Win Over North Greenville
The Newberry Wolves jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first half and never looked back in a dominating 55-21 win over the North Greenville Crusaders in the regular season finale at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry completes the regular season at 9-2 overall and awaits word on its status for the NCAA Division II playoffs. The playoff field will be announced at 5 p.m. Sunday. Stay tuned for more information on WKDK and WKDK.com!
Bulldogs Advance in the Playoffs!
The Newberry High School Bulldogs beat Pendleton Friday night 21-9 to advance to the third round of playoffs. More information coming Monday to WKDK and WKDK.com!
Ringer Earns Best Weathercaster Award!
Former WKDK staffer Lee Ringer recently received the award for BestWeathercaster by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for 2013.
Lee is currently a Meterologist for News 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked at WKDK during some of his high school and college years. Congratulations
City Council Report
City Council met Tuesday night at City Hall.
CityManager Al Harvey presented the financial report. And Council recognized Major Loynes (at right with Al Harvey) of the Police Department for his 5 years of service.
Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance terminating the Designation of the
Redevelopment Project Area as designated by Ordinance No. 096-1020 and dissolving the Tax
Allocation Fund for the Redevelopment Project Area.
Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance authorizing an equipment lease/purchase
for a commercial front-loading packer truck in an amount not to exceed $249,000. The truck is for
commercial trash pick up.
Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance amending the Business License Ordinance
provisions for Insurance Companies. This is to comply with State law.
Council decided to defer to executive session the first reading of an ordinance to annex certain areas
contiguous to the city limits into the city in order to discuss legal matters.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the budget in order to provide for funds for merit
Council also passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the budget to include the Newberry Streetscape
Fund. This fund includes flowers, trees, fittings, spring replanting, sidewalk and curb repair as well as
signs to direct visitors to downtown. There may be two options discussed at second reading.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the code of laws pertaining to Recreation,
Registration and Participation Fees and Firehouse Conference Rental Policies and Fees. Fees from
parks and recreation programs will be used to upgrade uniforms and equipment
Ribbon Cutting At Vincent Street Park
Posted: November 12,
Some Newberry dignitaries and citizens were on hand Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Vincent Street Park.
The City has recently refurbished the Park as one of its upgrades to Newberry's recreational facilities.
Bostick Becomes First NC Alumnus to Score in NFL
Posted: November 10,
Newberry College alumnus Brandon Bostickbecame the first player to have worn the scarlet and gray to score in the National Football League in the Green Bay Packers' 27-13 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday.
Bostick had not made a regular season reception prior to Sunday's contest, and his first career catch came in the first quarter for no gain after quarterback Seneca Wallace scrambled and tossed the ball to Bostick at the line of scrimmage.
In the second quarter, Bostick made a touchdown saving tackle after Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien's pass was intercepted in the endzone by Brandon Boykin. Bostick pushed Boykin out of bounds at the Green Bay 27-yardline and the Eagles would miss a field goal attempt later in the drive.
Bostick made his first career postive yardage reception late in the second quarter, gaining 20 yards.
With the Packers trailing 20-3 in the third quarter, Bostick then caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien. The former Newberry football and basketball star then went to the fans and performed the famous "Lambeau Leap" touchdown celebration.
Wolves Tripped Up At Carson Newman 52-31
Posted: November 10,
The No. 21 Newberry Wolves were unable to recover from a rough first quarter, falling to the No. 25 Carson-Newman Eagles by a 52-31 score at Burke-Tarr Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry wraps up its South Atlantic Conference schedule with an 8-2 overall mark and 5-2 SAC mark, finishing in second place in the league. The Wolves host North Greenville in the regular season finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. Carson-Newman is now 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the SAC. Stay tuned for more on WKDK and WKDK.com
School District Receives Excellent Ratings
Posted: November 8,
The School District of Newberry County received an Excellent Absolute rating and an Excellent Growth rating for the 2012-2013 school year. This is based on the South Carolina Report Card information for all public schools recently released by the State Department of Education. For the past three consecutive years, our district has increased both Absolute and Growth indices.
The majority of the schools in our district either maintained or improved their Absolute ratings. Our District graduation rate improved as did the HSAP passage rate on students’ first attempt.
Dr. Cynthia Downs, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said “Our students and teachers deserve the recognition. It’s everybody, including parents, school support staff, and administrators working together to bring about this achievement.”
We celebrate this success with our community. Our district is being highlighted by the Education Oversight Committee for our substantial growth. We are one of eleven out of 82 school districts state-wide that received the Excellent ratings in both Absolute and Growth categories.
As a district, our primary focus has been on instruction for all students. We have developed a culture of continuous improvement by building our internal capacity. Ongoing data analysis, sustained stable leadership and focused professional development have further contributed to our success. The majority of our professional development is led by our own teachers and administrators on District Wednesdays and designated professional development days. The focus of that professional development has remained constant---we have invested in our teachers recognizing that programs do not impact student achievement; teachers do. This has led to continued collaboration, within and across our schools, furthering continuous improvement for all students, teachers, and administrators. We live our brand of “One District, One Team, One Mission.”
“Needless to say, I am extremely proud of the work that has taken place in our district. We have some of the most talented employees with whom I have had the pleasure to work. Our students deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their hard work. Our school board members have been supportive of initiatives within our school district and I believe that support has allowed us to be successful in our individual schools and district as a whole,” according to Mr. Bennie Bennett, Superintendent. He also stated that this is not the defining moment for our district, the defining moments happen every day in our classrooms.
Newberry Farm-City Week is November 24-28
Posted: November 6,
Newberry County Farm-City committee announces plans that the week of November 24 – 28, 2013 will be celebrated demonstrating the National Farm City week. The “Partners in Progress” theme recognizes rural and urban residents who have done so much to improve the quality of our lives.
The mission is to strengthen the understanding of the farm/city connections that provide our food, fiber, and shelter to the population.
The annual Farm-City Agricultural Appreciation banquet is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. at Central Methodist Church Henry Hall Activity Center. Parklane Seafood from Columbia will cater their usual delicious food. Tickets are on sale for $12 at the Newberry County Farm Bureau Office, Newberry County Farm Service Agency or from committee members. The public is welcome.
The 2013 Farm-City Committee members: Harold Folk, chairman, Jay Crouch, co-chairman, Lisa Shaw, secretary-treasurer, Margaret Brackett, publicity, Willie Morris, Rita Cromer, Stacy Henry and Myra Jones.
Bullogs Beat Rebels 31-7; Take Hedgepath Trophy
Posted: November 2,
The Newberry Bulldogs won against the county rivals Mid-Carolina Rebels on Saturday night 31-7. The game had been postponed from Friday night because of the weather conditions. Stay tuned for more on WKDK and WKDK.com!
No. 25 Wolves Hold Off Brevard 28-21
Posted: November 2,
The No. 25 Newberry Wolves held off a charge from the Brevard Tornados for a 28-21 South Atlantic Conference win at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry moves to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in SAC play, while Brevard is now 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the league. The Wolves play at Carson-Newman at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
Corey Washington (North Charleston, S.C.) caught touchdown passes of 6, 67 and 29 yards as well as a two-point conversion to lead Newberry's offensive efforts. The Wolves rolled up 496 yards of offense on only 54 plays, as turnovers factored into the game.
Brevard's strong rushing attack was limited to only 34 yards on the ground in the second half and 181 yards total. Stay tuned for more on WKDK and WKDK.com!
Search Continues for Fourth Suspect in Armed Robbery and Kidnapping
Posted: November 1,
The search for the fourth suspect wanted for a home invasion in the Prosperity area of Newberry County continues.