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state championship sign
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

Billy Odell
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mid carolina cheerleaders
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

margaret
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

redeemer
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

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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

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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

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


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

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

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

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


city FD
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

deer
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

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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
Lightning strike at Enoree River Winery
Photo courtesy of Laura Labarre


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


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

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


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


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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

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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

franklin miller
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


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


nhs soccer
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


special olympics
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


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

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

brackett
"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


scar
Newberry College Wolves mascot, Scar, got a slight injury at the baseball game over the weekend. He was carted off to take care of it. But nothing keeps a good wolf down!
Photo courtesy of Garry Talbert


natl walking day
National Walking Day was Wednesday, April 3, and Newberry was a host site for that. Here is a scene from some of the local walkers that participated in National Walking Day.




 


LOCAL NEWS

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.

County Council Report
Posted: September 4, 7:57 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Council passed third reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain equipment by Newberry County.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the official zoning map to rezone a two acre portion of a real estate parcel totaling twenty-one and five tenths acres designated as TMS Parcel number 586-6 from rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC). This property is located on the east side of Macedonia Church Road between Wheeland School Road and Stockman Road near the intersection of Ballfield Road.

Council passed a resolution to approve an agreement with Fairfield County concerning the temporary transfer of law enforcement officers with the Newberry County Sheriff's office.

Mike Pisano, Public Works Director gave a report from the Public Works and Planning Committee meeting held August 25,2014.

During comments from Council Members, Les Hipp said he appreciates the coverage provided by local media. He referenced an article in The State paper on mega sites which mentioned counties surrounding Richland and Lexington but made no mention of Newberry, which has the only certified mega site in the area. Stay tuned for more information about the Newberry mega site.

Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret on WKDK" 9/8/14 @ 9:15 am
Economic Development Committee 9/8/14 @6:00 pm
County Council 9/17/14 @7:00 pm

proclamationCity Council Report
Posted: September 3, 6:53 AM

City Council met Tuesday eveningat City Hall. City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report stating the numbers are on target at the beginning of the fiscal year. There has been a healthy increase in water and sewer revenues.

Mayor Foster Senn read a proclamation to recognize William and Mary Ann Cross for their work renovating and researching the Frederick Nance House, also known as Oak Grove in order to enter the home into the National Register of Historic Places. The home was entered on July 27, 2014.

Council recognized the following employees for their years of service with the City of Newberry:
Ben Bowers, Fire Department, 10 years
Ben Dukes, Fire Department, 15 years
Jeff Wicker, Public Works Department, 25 years
Jerry Summer, Utilities Department, 25 years

Council held a public hearing to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance which does not allow poultry in the R-10 Residential district. This ordinance would allow poultry within the residential district.

Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance to issue a Bond Anticipation Note to finance utility projects. This is a $10 million BAN what will redeem the BAN issued on August
26,2013 and provide additional funds to make improvements to the utility system.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance in order toallow poultry in the R-10 Residential district.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to add Section 3-22 to the Code of Ordinance of the City of Newberry limiting the number of chickens allowed to a maximum of six (6) hens per household and prohibit roosters. The ordinance would also prohibit keeping chickens for commercial purposes.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Map of the City of Newberry for the parcel located at 913 Cline Street from R-6 to Limited Industrial.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease purchase agreement in an amount not exceeding $140,000 for the lease-purchase of a trash loader for the sanitation department. The lowest acceptable bid was $135,561 from Nu-Live Environmental, Inc.

Council established Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 pm as a work session. The next Council meeting will be October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Three Former Wolves On First-Week NFL Rosters
Posted: August 31, 7:12 AM

Three former Newberry College football players will be on NFL rosters for the season's first week, as the league's 32 teams announced their cuts to 53 players per team Saturday.

As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs' roster for the second straight season opener. Parker started two preseason games and made four tackles in early action. He had an interception against the Vikings' Matt Cassell in week three. This will officially mark Parker's fourth professional season and second with Kansas City.

Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made two receptions for 33 yards in the preseason before being injured in the game against St. Louis. He is expected recover in time to play in Week 2. This will be his second professional season after playing in 11 games for Green Bay last year. He was the first Newberry alum to score in the NFL.

The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. The undrafted player impressed the Giants' coaching staff enough to earn a spot as one of five receivers on New York's opening day roster. Washington led the NFL with four touchdown receptions this preseason. He had a total of 10 catches for 155 yards.

With respect to these players and their teams, the first-week schedule is this:

Thursday, September 4
8:30 p.m. - Green Bay at Seattle, NBC national

Sunday, September 7
1 p.m. - Tennessee at Kansas City, CBS regional

Monday, September 8
7:10 p.m. - New York Giants at Detroit, ESPN Monday Night Football 

Car Crashes In Clinton Retirement Center
Posted: August 27, 9:03 PM

As reported by WSPA TV-7
A car crashed through the front of a retirement center in Clinton sending several people to the hospital Wednesday.

Robin Morse of Clinton Public Safety tells us the car went 20-30 feet into the lobby and down the hall of Bailey Manor on Jacobs Highway late Wednesday afternoon.  The driver of the car was rescued, then the vehicle caught fire.

Eight people were taken to the hospital, including residents, staff and the driver of the car, Morse says.  Those injuries are not considered serious at this time.

The building has been cleared.  The 300 block of Jacobs Highway is blocked by several emergency vehicles.

It's unsure as to why the car went into the building at this time.

The driver was combative during the rescue. Officials aren't sure if the person has a medical condition or not.

The people who have been evacuated were taken to National Health Care, a similar facility nearby.  Some will stay there.  Others will be picked up by families, according to city leaders.

ECAC Announces Formation of Division II Field Hockey Conference, Includes Newberry College

students PASSSchool Board Meeting/
Students Scoring 100% on PASS Tests
Posted: August 26, 8:03 AM

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

Twenty students were recognized for scoring 100% on their Palmetto Assessment of State Standards tests. These tests are administered each year to public school students in grades three through eight.

The board approved a bond resolution regarding General Obligation Bond payments. The board approved a resolution authorizing the retention of professionals to refinance the NICE program. Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow.

Mr. Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Phase I is complete. A report was also given on the completed paving projects at Newberry Middle and High Schools.

Superintendent Bennett said school opening was relatively smooth with a present enrollment of 6082 students in Newberry County Schools. Elementary enrollment is 2949. These numbers will change after Labor Day but there is not a need to move teachers to maintain proper ratios at this time.

Newberry College Joins Eastern College Athletic Conference
Posted: August 25, 9:25 PM

The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the admission of Newberry College to full membership in the conference, effective immediately.

Newberry is one of four schools joining the ECAC entering the 2014-15 academic year. The Wolves are joined by local rival Limestone College of Gaffney, S.C., marking the ECAC’s first two schools in the state of South Carolina. The other two schools joining are Le Moyne College of Syracuse, N.Y., and the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, N.Y.

With the Wolves’ admission to the ECAC, Newberry College will be entitled to the full benefits of the ECAC’s scope of operation while still participating in the South Atlantic Conference. Newberry is a charter member of the SAC, joining the football-only league in 1975 and rejoining as full members in 1996.

Newberry is now the southernmost school in the ECAC membership. The ECAC’s Division II membership now includes 27 institutions.

“We are very excited to join the ECAC,” Newberry College athletic director Matt Finley said. “This additional membership opportunity will give Newberry College increased visibility along the Eastern seaboard and provide a multitude of publicity opportunities for student-athletes in our 17 NCAA sports.”

“We are thrilled to welcome The College of New Rochelle, Le Moyne College, Limestone College and Newberry College to the ECAC,” said ECAC Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss. “All four institutions have showed great focus and dedication to their student-athletes and athletics programs. We are looking forward to serving them as they continue to enhance the experience of their student-athletes.” 

About the ECAC

In the 76 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation’s largest conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina. In the 2013-14 academic year, the ECAC will host over 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes.

The ECAC provides the opportunity for a championship experience by conducting high-level championship tournaments and events. The conference enhances the student-athlete experience by administering nearly 100 preseason and postseason events in 32 men's and women's sports for over 120,000 student-athletes each year.

The conference also publicizes the achievements of its member institutions' student-athletes through weekly and postseason awards. Annually, the media relations bureau recognizes more than 2,500 student-athletes. The ECAC publishes the weekly Lambert Football Poll, administers weekly honors, yearly All-Stars and other information highlighting member institutions' student-athletes, coaches and fans.

Through the years the ECAC has exerted leadership not only at the regional level, but at the national level as well. Comprising more than 33 percent of the NCAA membership, the conference plays an integral role in national collegiate athletics policy and legislation. The conference, led by Commissioner Kevin McGinniss, continues today to address many of the same issues affecting college athletics in the past while striving to lead this industry in the 21st century.

Newberry College Alum Corey Washington Now Leads NFL With Four Receiving Touchdown Passes in Preseason

Newberry Hospital Pathologist Featured On CNN Re: Michael Brown Autopsy

wolf statueNewberry College Unveils New Wolf Statue
Posted: August 22, 4:47 PM

Photo courtesy of Bobby DeHart

Newberry College today unveiled its wolf sculpture, a larger than liferecreation of the wolf depicted in the College’s logo, to the more than 1,200 students, faculty, staff and community members who had gathered for the event. The big reveal was part of the College’s Opening Convocation ceremony officially welcoming students back to campus for the start of the 2014/2015 academic year.

“After many weeks of anticipation, it was exciting to finally unveil the wolf and share it with the campus and local community,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens, who had the honor of unveiling the statue. “It is a beautiful likeness to the noble wolf depicted in our logo and it is exciting to have a tangible symbol of school pride for all to enjoy.”

The statue is a gift from Dr. Irwin Belk in honor of his wife, Carol. Although his interests are varied, Dr. Belk’s philanthropic focus has been primarily on higher education and athletics. He has been awarded more than 30 honorary doctorates from various institutions, including Newberry College, which awarded him the Doctor of Humane Letters in 2013. Belk was unable to attend the unveiling in person.

The wolf sculpture was installed in its current location in June but remained hidden from view until the unveiling ceremony, which offered the campus community its first glimpse of the statue. It is the first wolf-related monument installed on the campus since Newberry College changed its mascot from the Indians to the Wolves in 2010.

Mayor Foster Senn read the City of Newberry’s Proclamation declaring Aug. 22, 2014, The Day of the Wolf at the unveiling event.

“As I noted in my Proclamation, the wolf possesses many admirable qualities, such as wisdom, patience and loyalty,” Senn said. “Newberry College exemplifies many of the best characteristics of the wolf. It was a pleasure to honor this traits at today’s celebration.”

The wolf monument is the creation of award-winning artist and sculptor Gregory Johnson, whose public art installations can be seen widely throughout the Southeast with other works on display in museums and corporate and private collections in the U.S. and internationally.

The wolf was created with an armature of flexible wood and metal to support the weight of the nearly 500 pounds clay used to model it. The clay model was cast at a foundry in Wyoming using 250 pounds of bronze. The wolf’s beautiful patina was achieved through the time-honored process of annealing rather than through chemical dyes and pigments to achieve the luster and texture of the finished work.

“Creating the Newberry College wolf was a privilege for me,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed the adventure of making it and I hope that the College and local community enjoy the result.”

parnellCounty Council Meeting
Posted: August 21,
6:38 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Council honored DavidParnell (right), Director of Veteran Affairs, for five years service.

Council held a public hearing and passed second reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain equipment by Newberry County.

Council approved the low bid from Capital Construction, LLC for creek crossings as Lynches Woods Park in the amount of $160,300. This will consist of four total crossings. Samples of the stone were on hand for Council to inspect.

Council approved disbursement of FY13/14 funding recommendation of the Accommodations Tax Committee.

Clarice McMorris was appointed to the Hospital Board to replace Jessie Reeder who is serving on the School Board.

Tommy Long, Emergency Services Coordinator, gave a report from the Public Safety and Courts Committee held on July 14, 2014.

Council went in to Executive Session. No action was taken.
In Executive Session, Council discussed employment hours for Magistrates. Council elected to send a letter to Senator Cromer to allow three full time Magistrates and no part time Magistrates to be effective May 2015.

Future meetings include:
Public Works and Planning Committee 8/25/14 @6:00pm
Council Work Session 8/27/14 @6:00pm
County Council 9/3/14 @7:00 pm

Authorities Looking For Burglary Suspect In Jalapa
Posted: August 17, 6:06 PM

Deputies and SLED searching for a burglary suspect on Jalapa Rd North of Newberry. A suspect attempted to enter a home in the 1200 block of Jalapa Road. The suspect described as a tall white male wearing what appeared to be a bicycle outfit kicked in the back door and began to enter. When the resident made their presence known, the suspect fled on foot. SLED bloodhounds and helicopter were called to the scene, which is active at present.

NFL: Thrice is Nice-Another Game-Winning Touchdown for Corey Washington!
Posted: August 17, 9:41 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington proved to be the New York Giants' hero late in the game yet again, as he caught his third straight game-winning touchdown in the Giants’ 27-26 win over Indianapolis on Saturday night.

With tonight’s 4-yard touchdown catch from Ryan Nassib with 55 seconds left in the game, Washington has caught the game-winning touchdown in all three of the Giants’ preseason games. He has also caught a 73-yarder against Buffalo and a 3-yarder against Pittsburgh.

In the three games so far, Washington has caught seven passes for 116 yards, including three catches for 20 yards against the Colts. He also drew a pass interference call which set up the touchdown play.

For the second consecutive Saturday night, Washington’s late catch set the social media world ablaze, as he was trending on Twitter in New York City.

Giants’ Hall of Famer Tiki Barber tweeted “Another game, another TD for Corey Washington! Doing a lot to defy odds and make the squad.”

Elsewhere in NFL action for Newberry on Saturday, Packers tight end Brandon Bostick had one catch for nine yards in Green Bay’s win over St. Louis.

Buffalo cornerback Kamaal McIlwain made one tackle in the Bills’ 19-16 loss at the Steelers.

Scam Alerts: Several Scams Going On Around Newberry
Posted: August 15, 11:05 PM

Citizens should be aware of continuing scams that are happening in Newberry County and surrounding areas. In an effort to help people thwart the efforts of these unscrupulous people, Sheriff Lee Foster is releasing the types of scams currently going around.

A call from "your credit card company" will result in advising that your credit card has been stolen and locked down. The caller will then go through ways of trying to get you to verify your credit card information and PIN. They also will ask for wired money and/or the sending of pre-paid debit cards to have the account unlocked.

Another scam regards a phone call, often late at night, stating that they are an official in a jail and that they have a grandchild in custody. The caller then puts a person on the phone that states they are the grandchild but the call is muffled. They then ask for money to release the loved one.

Calls are being received from a person stating they are with Microsoft advising that their computer has been infected with a severe virus that is sending out personal information. The caller then asks to take over the computer remotely to release the virus. Once this is done, the caller is able to download private information off the computer.

Someone calls identifying themselves as "an official from the courts". They will go on to advise the person receiving the call did not show up for jury duty and has been committed to jail time. However they can avoid jail by sending in a pre-paid debit card or a money order and this is the only way one can avoid jail time. When the caller protests, they tell them to just stand by and a deputy will be there to arrest them.

None of these are true. They are all a way to separate you from your money.

Do not trust caller ID. Many of the calls are coming from official numbers or from known numbers. These people making the calls are often doing so from off shore. Caller ID can be faked through various "spoofing" applications. This allows a caller to place fake information into the phone system and fooling the caller ID.

Just because the money order is sent through Western Union or Wal Mart, doesn't mean it is going to the location designated. Once the money has been established in the system, it can be picked up at any location.

Verify. Verify. Verify. Before giving critical information or sending money always call and try to verify the claim. Call your financial institution, credit card provider or internet service provider to determine if they have called. If you still feel uncomfortable, call your local law enforcement.

These types of crimes are very hard to investigate since most of them are being conducted from foreign countries, many of which have no investigative agreements with the USA and many which are unfriendly to our nation.

Sheriff Foster said the best method to combat these scammers is to simply hang up on them and to verify the nature of the call.

bigamyNewberry Man Charged With Bigamy
Posted: August 13, 5:15 PM

In June 2014, an incident report was filed with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office that the suspect recently married a woman while stillmarried to someone else. Based on theinvestigation into this matter, it was determined that from December 1988 to November 2013, the suspect married four (4) different women without having divorced any of the previous wives, including his latest victim in Newberry County in November 2013.

Based upon the investigation, Darnell Pixley, 49, 575 Cypress Lakes Road, Newberry, SC 29108, was charged with 1 count of Bigamy. Additional charges may be filed in other jurisdictions where the other marriages took place.

Bigamy is the act of entering into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another. The investigation revealed that Pixley’s matrimonial crime spree included Edgefield (1988), Richland (2008), Sumter (2011), and Newberry County (2013), respectively.

Pixley surrendered to authorities at the Newberry County Detention Center this morning. Pixley was released on a personal recognizance bond of $2,500.00.

unveilNew Wolf Sculpture To Be Unveiled August 22
Posted:
August 12,
11:15 PM

Newberry College will unveil a new wolf sculpture, a larger than life recreation of the wolf depicted in the College’s logo, as part of it its Opening Convocation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. More than 1,200 students, faculty and staff will process from the Opening Convocation, which will be held at 10 a.m. in Wiles Chapel, to the fountain at the main entrance for the unveiling ceremony to begin at 10:30 a.m.  The wolf sculpture was installed over the summer but has been hidden from view since its installation. The unveiling event will be the campus community’s first glimpse of the new monument. This is the first wolf-related monument installed on the campus since Newberry College changed its mascot from the Indians to the Wolves in 2010.

fire deptCity Council Report
Posted:
August 12,
10:53 PM

Newberry City Council met Tuesday evening at City Hall. City Manager Al Harvey gave the financialreport stating the numbers are on target for the first month.

Fire Chief Keith Minick recognized the recent promotion of Gene Shealy (above) as Fire Captain over Recruitment and Retention. This promotion was funded by FEMA Safer Grant. Captain Shealy's wife, Desiree, participated in the ceremony.

Council recognized the following employees for their years of service with the City of Newberry:
Gregg Taylor, Fire Department, 10 years
Brandon Riddle, Utilities Department, 5 years
Dwain Morris, Utilities Department, Retirement

Council held a public hearing to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance which does not allow poultry in the R-10 Residential district. This ordinance would allow poultry within the residential district.

Council held a public hearing to add Section 3-22 to the Code of Ordinance of the City of Newberry limiting the number of chickens allowed to a maximum of six (6) hens per household and prohibit
roosters. The ordinance would also prohibit keeping chickens for commercial purposes.

Council held a public hearing to amend the Zoning Map of the City of Newberry for the parcel located at 913 Cline Street. The property is zoned R-6 Residential and LI Limited Industrial. The property owner has requested that the R-6 portion be rezoned to LI Limited Industrial.

Council passed second reading and adoption of an ordinance to issue a Bond Anticipation Note to finance utility projects. This is a $10 million BAN what will redeem the BAN issued on August
26,2013 and provide additional funds to make improvements to the utility system.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the text of Article 5, Section 501 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance in order to allow poultry in the R-10 Residential district.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to add Section 3-22 to the Code of Ordinance of the City of Newberry limiting the number of chickens allowed to a maximum of six (6) hens per household and prohibit roosters. The ordinance would also prohibit keeping chickens for commercial purposes.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Zoning Map of the City of Newberry for the parcel located at 913 Cline Street from R-6 to Limited Industrial.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase agreement in an amount not exceeding $140,000 for the lease-purchase of a trash loader for the sanitation department. The lowest acceptable bid was $135,561 from Nu-Live Environmental, Inc.

Council passed a resolution committing the City to provide a local cash match for a Community Development Block Grant to fund water and sewer upgrades in the West End Mill Village
neighborhood. The City is required to provide a local match of at least $70,686 which equals the minimum 10% required by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. This match commitment is being made in support of the City's Community Development Block Grant Application to the SCDOC for $706,863 to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure in the West End Mill Village neighborhood.

Council approved a request by the Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department to allow alcohol in designated event areas of the Newberry Oktoberfest for Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Council established Tuesday, August 19, 2014 as a work session and tour of the water treatment plant and waste water treatment plant.

The next council meeting will be September 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Individual Arrested in Connection with "Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute- Second Offense"
Posted: August 10, 6:44 PM

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, a Newberry man Deundrea Morquiel Elkins, 27, 51 Oak Hollow Road,was arrested after he was found in possession of more than two (2) pounds of Marijuana on a traffic stop.

elkinsDeputies were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on Whitener Road near Wilson Road when a dark colored vehicle, later identified as a “Lexus”, was observed attempting to avoid the checkpoint. As the deputies approached the vehicle, the driver exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed more than two (2) pounds of Marijuana.

Elkins was charged with Possession With Intent To Distribute Marijuana – 2nd offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Driver’s License. He was released on a $20,000.00 Personal Appearance Bond the next day.

Sheriff Foster stated that “We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers and citizens of this county, to work proactively to keep this community safe and maintain that standard. We work to combat drugs in the community at every level. It takes an entire community to make this happen. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”

washingtonWashington Has Game-Winning Touchdown... Again!
Posted:
August 10,
2:38 PM

Newberry College alumnus Corey Washington caughtthe New York Giants' game-winning touchdown from Curtis Painter in the G-Men's 20-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. It was the second consecutive game Washington caught the Giants' game-winning score.

Washington is one of only three players in NFL preseason action to have scored multiple touchdowns, and he ranks third in the league in total receiving yardage. His 73-yard touchdown catch in the Hall of Fame Game against Buffalo is tied for the longest passing play thus far in the preseason.

Other former Wolves-Brandon Bostick, Ron Parker, and Kamaal McIlwain- also had impacts in their preseason NFL games this weekend. More on this coming Monday on WKDK and WKDK.com.

corey washingtonWashington Catches Game-Winning Touchdown for Giants in Hall of Fame Game
Posted: August 4, 7:42 AM

Newberry College alumnus Corey Washington notched the mostimportant play of the NFL's Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium, as he clinched the New York Giants' 17-13 win over the Buffalo Bills in his NFL preseason debut.

Washington earned his playing time in the latter stages of the third quarter and each of the Giants' series in the fourth quarter. He was targeted once by quarterback Ryan Nassib, where Washington out-jumped Bills' cornerback Michael Carter and sprinted for a 73-yard touchdown, finishing it off with his familiar high-step across the goal line. 

He finished as the game's top receiver in terms of yardage, as no other receiver in the game had more than 49 yards. This included Buffalo star rookie and former Clemson All-American Sammy Watkins, who had no receptions. 

NFL.com instantly marked Washington's thrilling catch as a "Can't Miss Play" on its video highlights page, while Giants.com named it the play of the game in their instant analysis.

Also of note in the game was Buffalo cornerback Kamaal McIlwain. The Newberry alum entered the game at the same time as Washington, even covering him on five plays in the fourth quarter - but not the touchdown. McIlwain had two taclkes in the game, including making a stop to force a third down just short of the line to gain.

Message From The Mayor
Posted: July 31, 7:15 AM

We're fortunate in Newberry to have a vibrant small business community with a good mix of long-time and new entrepreneurs. Recent months have seen a great deal of small business activity.

foster sennIn Newberry Realty's beautifully renovated Carpenter Building on Main St., Angie Goings recently opened Krazy Daisy, selling ladies apparel and accessories. Vicki Fischer opened Newberry Flag and Banner with a fun selection. And Elizabeth's on Main, a longtime downtown favorite, is back in its old spot, and Beth Hipp says she's getting a very good response.

Also downtown Sally Crossland Cockrell has taken over Fabulous Finds and is excited. Paige Young opened Boutique on Main, selling ladies apparel and accessories, beside Illusions Hair Studio. Bob Shirey will open the much-anticipated Figaro Market in August, and Kirk and Elaine Kohler will open Antiques, Etc beside the Grille on Main.

Many downtown businesses have new paint, awnings or other improvements. Thank you for supporting our downtown merchants and restaurants.

On Wilson Rd we're excited Ronald and Wilda Cotney will open R&W's Fish House on Friday in the old Sunset location. Other locals investments include Joe Trainor's modern, very nice renovations at Stokes-Trainor and Tony Hedgepath's impressive, new Hedgepath Outdoor Equipment.

The city is working on several beautification and park improvements, including to the square in front of Community Hall. Removing concrete and the 1970's cobblestone and planning to add more grass, the city was surprised to find the original bricks, laid in 1911. Those brick will be cleaned and then grass added in the landscaped areas, returning the square to approximately how it looked 100 years ago. The city Public Works dept. has done an outstanding job on this project in the hot summer sun and is appreciated.

For the College St. streetscaping, the final steps will be old-style light posts, crepe myrtles and roses for the islands and brick stampings at the intersections of Smith Rd, Fair Ave. and Evans St. Completion is scheduled for August.

The new football field in Mollohon is nearly done and looking good with new sod installed and goalposts and bleachers on the way. The city football league games will be there this fall.

The city Parks, Recreation and Tourism dept. will host two events in August, including National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6—8 p.m at Marion Davis Park. This includes free pizza and games. It's also a great night to get safety tips from our outstanding police and fire departments and to meet new Police Chief Dennis Brown. He's a nice guy and easy to talk to.

PRT will show the very popular Lego Movie Friday, Aug. 15 at Memorial Park as Moonlight Movie Night in a fun, free, family event.

Our nation's military continues to serve our country so well, including the Newberry-based National Guard 751st. Our hometown Guard is nearing the end of its year in the Middle East and expects to be home in mid-September. In an email exchange I had with an officer this weekend, he said, “We are doing great. The deployment is drawing to a close. Our soldiers have accomplished a lot, and we are very proud of them.” I told him we appreciate all they are doing and asked if Newberry could do anything for them. He said, “please continue to pray for us.”

Finally, I get to hear many visitors brag on Newberry and its institutions. For example, at a recent meeting in Columbia, two people from another part of the state told the story of a mutual friend who was traveling South Carolina on I-26. Overcome with pain, the young adult decided to exit at Newberry and made his way to Newberry County Memorial Hospital. The doctors at NCMH identified his problem, performed immediate surgery, and then over the next week the doctors, nurses and staff nursed him to recovery. His parents, who had much experience in the medical field, thought the care by the staff and the facilities at NCMH were as good as their son could have received anywhere. Kudos to the NCMH staff.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as mayor. If you have any questions, you can call me at 405-9004 or email at fsenn@cityofnewberry.com.

m c baseballSchool Board Report
Posted: July 29, 6:14 PM

The Newberry County School Board held theirmeeting last night in the Administration building.After returning from Executive Session, the board approved personnel recommendations. The board also approved a transfer appeal request. The board approved the extension of the auditors' contract.

Special recognition was given to members of the Mid Carolina Baseball team. Danton Hyman was chosen for the All-State Baseball team. Joshua Haney was chosen for the North and South Baseball team and Justin Hawkins was chosen for the All-State Baseball Team and the North and South Baseball team.

Newest member Mrs. Jessie Reeder was recognized for her achievement of the second level of development on the school board.

Dr. Downs presented a list of high school course name changes for approval which the granted.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report stating that accrual transactions made subsequent to the June 30 for FY13-14 were not reflected in the totals reported to the board.

Mr. Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Photographs in the handout accompanying the report showed the HVAC units being placed on the roof and inside pictures of the
Cosmetology rooms, Shop doors and other areas of progress. A report was also given on the paving projects at Newberry Middle and High Schools.

Superintendent Bennett mentioned two items of interest in his report. First, he mentioned the open house for the administrative building. The date is set for Sunday, August 10, 3 to 5 pm. The
community is invited to come and tour the building. Second, he reminded the board of the opening of school on August 13 for professional development. The back to school program will be at Mid-Carolina High School. The board was encouraged to attend the program on August 14 at 11:00 am.

Three Arrests Made In Home Invasion Investigation
Posted: July 23, 7:26 PM

On May 23, 2014, an early afternoon call resulted in deputies and investigators responding to a home invasion that occurred on S.C. Highway 395 in Newberry.

Deputies responded to this location and found that the residents were at home asleep when they were awakened by loud noise and forced entry of their home. The residents described the individuals as three black male subjects in masks. One of the residents was pulled from his bed and assaulted while the other managed to escape through the window of his locked bedroom and run for help.

The escaped resident was able to call for law enforcement. The subjects assaulted a resident, ransacked the home, stole multiple items of property, and had left in a tan colored type vehicle.
The follow up Investigation revealed the identities of the three subjects involved and subsequently, warrants were issued for their arrests. The subjects are:

Rashawn Marquese Miller, 23, 971 Dogwood Circle, Kershaw, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, and Burglary- 1st Degree.

Rison Aikeem Jackson, 26, 196 Ridgeland Drive, North Augusta, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, Burglary- 1st Degree, and Kidnapping.

Andrew Khiry Ward, 22, 931 Cannon Street, Newberry, S.C. was charged and arrested for Assault & Battery- 1st Degree, Strong Armed Robbery, Burglary- 1st Degree, and Kidnapping.

The investigation has revealed that the one or more of the victims may have been somewhat familiar with one or more of the subject(s) as they had attended college together.

The investigation into this violent incident continues.

dominickArrest Made In Murder Investigation
Posted: July 22, 4:33 PM

An arrest has been made in the murder investigation in Newberry County.

Jonathan Sentel Dominick, 29, of 623 Caldwell Street, Newberry, was arrested today and charged with Murder.

Dominick, who was also shot during the incident, was arrested upon his release from the hospital. There is no indication that Dominick was shot by the deceased.

Investigators say that the shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between Dominick and the victim.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting continue and the actions of those at the block party from over the weekend continues.

"Ride To Remember" Cyclists Stop in Newberry Friday
Posted: July 21, 7:44 AM

About 250 bicyclists rode ride to rememberthrough Newberry on Friday, making a stop at Hampton Inn. This is the "Ride To Remember" cause for Alzheimers, as cyclists came from Simpsonville with a final destination in Charleston. The event was sponsored by Springfield Place/JF Hawkins, who provided lunch for the cyclists on Friday.

UPDATE: One Dead in Morning Shooting in Prosperity; Victim Has Been Identified
Posted: July 20, 12:26 PM

UPDATE: The victim of an early Sunday morning shooting in Prosperity has been identified. Coroner Craig Newton indicated that Zemeckis Monteco Devante Houston was killed at approximately 2:20 am Sunday morning by an apparent gunshot wound. Houston was 19 years of age and a resident of Newberry. According to Newton, the decedent was attending a large outdoor gathering just off Rikard School Road in the Prosperity community. Coroner Newton declined to comment on how many times the victim was shot or where his wounds were located. An autopsy is scheduled in Newberry Monday morning. The incident continues to be investigated by the Newberry County Sheriff and Coroner Offices.

Early Sunday morning deputies were called to a large block party on Rikard School Road in Prosperity due to traffic congestion and noise. Deputies arriving found Rikard School Road completely blocked. As they were attempting to get to the party, shots were fired. A large crowd of people, estimated to be well over 100 people, began running from the scene. Once they were able to make it through the crowd, deputies found one person on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Deputies were also notified that another person that had been shot was being transported by private vehicle to the hospital. Prosperity Rescue and Newberry County EMS determined that the person on the scene had no signs of life and notified the Newberry County Coroner's Office.

Investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office are on the scene. Due to the large crowd of people fleeing the gunshots, information is limited. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster is asking for any witnesses to come forward and provide law enforcement with information that led up to the shooting. "Someone's life was loss during this party. If this were your loved one, you would want someone to do the right thing and come forward so the perpetrator can be brought to justice."

The name of the person killed will be released by Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton once all family members are notified. An autopsy is planned in Newberry.

The wounded person was transported to Palmetto Richland ER by the Newberry County EMS. His name will be released once he has been positively identified by investigators traveling to the ER.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-321-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

Teen Dies In ATV Crash
Posted: July 17, 6:18 PM

A teenager was killed Wednesday night when his ATV crashed off of Old Jollystreet Road near Prosperity. Brandon Michael Austin apparently lost control of his vehicle, and it went down an embankment and overturned. He died at the scene. A 12-year-old passenger was not injured. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

cleo wise familyCounty Council - Resolution Passed Accepting FAA and SCAC Grant for Airport Terminal Expansion, Other Business
Posted:
July 17, 4:18 AM

Newberry County Council metWednesday night in the Annex Building. Council honored Theresa Powers, Economic Development, for ten years service and Judy Sanders, Magistrate's Office for her twenty years of service.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of an equipment lease-purchase agreement in the amount of $1,265,000 relating to the purchase of certain equipment by Newberry County.

Council passed a resolution accepting Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) Grant for rehabilitation and expansion of the Airport Terminal Apron.

Council read a resolution honoring Mrs. Cleo Epting Wise on her 105th birthday (some of her family members pictured above).

Council approved the low bid of 969,851.20 by Satterfield Construction Co., Inc. for the Airport Apron Expansion and Rehabilitation.

Bob Burch was appointed to the Hospital Board, Dewitt McDuffy was appointed to the Joint Planning Commission and Tammy Kitchen was appointed to the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee.

Debbie Cromer, Finance Director, gave a report from the Finance Committee held on July 14, 2014.

Council went in to Executive Session. No action was taken.

Future meetings include:
No County Council Meeting on 8/6/14
Public Safety and Courts Committee 8/11/14 @ 6:00pm
County Council 8/20/14 @7:00pm
Public Works and Planning Committee 8/25/14 @6:00pm

curtis williamsMissing/Endangered Person Located
Posted:
July 11, 10:19 PM

On Tuesday, June 8, 2014, family members came to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Officeand reported their loved-one, Curtis Williams, Jr. (affectionately referred to as “June”), as missing. According to family members, Williams was reported to have been seen last on June 3, 2014.

*UPDATE*

Williams has been located and is safe. Williams contacted family members and representatives of the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and advised them that he was both "safe and sound".

Upon request, Williams travelled to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office where he met with law enforcement officials and family members in an effort to confirm that he, in fact was in satisfactory condition. After a series of questions and speaking with family members, Williams expressed himself clearly and concisely to demonstrate that he was all right.

Williams has been removed NCIC and has been reconnected with his family.

donnaLominack Installed As President of SCATT
Posted:
July 10, 9:50 AM

On April 11, 2014, Newberry County Auditor Donna W. Lominack wasinstalled as president of the SC Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) for the fiscal year 2014-15. SCATT consists of members from all 46 counties in South Carolina.

Lominack has served the people of Newberry County since 1977 and was elected Newberry County Auditor in 2008. She is in her second term as Auditor. Lomnack said, "I am honored that a group of my peers I respect so much has confidence in me. SCATT is an amazing association of public servants that others look to for guidance and knowledge."

As President, she plans to bring the group to Newberry for their Fall Conference to be held in November. "I believe Newberry is a wonderful small town that has a lot to offer my peers. It truly is The City of Friendly Folk," stated Lominack.

Her election as the 67th President of SCATT makes her the 5th Newberry County official to be elected president of the association.

harperSuccessful
July 4 Events in Newberry
Posted:
July 6, 7:10 AM

Newberry's Independence Day celebrationskicked off Friday morning at around 9:30 with the 13th Annual Harper Street Bike Parade.

Bikers, golf cart riders, walkers and more particpated in this event, which has grown remarkably over the years. Friday's participation, in fact, was the largest participation ever for this event. (Pictured above: WKDK's Jimmie Coggins with his daughter Jessica and grandson Copeland.)

Another great Fourth event was held Friday evening. The annual July 4 Fireworks event, presented by Newberry County Law Enforcement, was held at Newberry High School.. Fun, food, fellowship and music were enjoyed by participants, and the evening culminated with a wonderful fireworks show.

smithKey Suspect in Lawn Mower/Lawn Maintenance Equipment Theft Ring Arrested
Posted: July 3, 7:36 PM

A man being sought in connection with a Lawnmower/Lawn Maintenance Equipment Theft Ring has been arrested. The suspect is identified as Santerrio Montinez Smith. Smithwas identified as a key player in these thefts and has been arrested and charged with a total of fourteen (14) offenses. He was charged with Petit Larceny- 1 count, Conspiracy to Commit Petit Larceny- 1 count, Grand Larceny- 4 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Grand Larceny- 2 counts, Burglary- 3rd Degree- 3 counts, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary (3rd Degree)- 2 counts, and Possession of Tools Used in Commission of the Crime- 1 count.

From March 24, 2014 through June 10, 2014, Newberry County deputies and investigators proactively patrolled the county and investigated a series of lawnmower/lawn maintenance equipment thefts in the county. Along with the thefts in Newberry County, Kershaw, Richland, and Fairfield Counties also experienced similar crimes. Through inter-agency investigative cooperation, these agencies, along with SLED, worked to bring this theft ring to justice.

After other suspects were apprehended, evidence revealed that Santerrio Smith was indeed a key player in the theft ring. Smith was key in scouting and designating which locations & which items were to be stolen.

On June 10, 2014, at approximately 3am, while on high visibility patrol, Newberry County deputies observed a lawnmower theft in progress. After a short chase and search for a final suspect, four (4) suspects were arrested and taken into custody. A vehicle was also seized as it was part of the attempted theft. Information at that time confirmed that Smith was key figure in the theft ring.

Through an extensive investigation and continued searches by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and SLED, Smith, 25, 201 Dubard Boyle Road, Columbia, S.C. 29203, was identified as the key suspect involved in the incidents. On June 24, 2014, after pressure from law enforcement, Smith surrendered to authorities at the Newberry County Detention Center.

After service of fourteen (14) warrants, Smith had his bond hearing and received a bond of $126,000. On June 27, 2014, Smith was able to secure bonding and was released.

County Council Report
Posted: July 3, 6:42 AM

County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council passed third reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2014 S-11 Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the County of Newberry.

Sam Zaidy, Library Director, said the Summer Reading Program is in full swing at the library and is very effective as parents and children utilize the library together. The newly renovated Whitmire has had so many participants they have had to divide the program into two age groups. Council approved 4th quarter appropriations for the library in the amount of $5,625.00.

Council approved appropriations for the 1st quarter (FY14/15) invoice in the amount of $18,000 to the Central SC Alliance as recommended by the Economic Development Committee.

Council appointed Beth Bozard and Jerry Alewine to the Hospital Board.

Teresa Powers, Economic Development Director, gave a report from the committee meeting held on 6/23/14.

Future meetings include:
Finance Committee 7/14/14 @6:00 pm
County Council 7/16/14 @ 7:00 pm

The following meetings have been rescheduled:
County Council 8/11/14
Economic Development 9/8/14
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations 9/22/14
Economic Development 12/15/14

City Council Report
Posted: July 2, 9:28 AM

Newberry City Council met Tueday evening at City Hall.

Council received a copy of the financial report showing revenue and expenditure transactions through June 30, 2014.

Council recognized the following employees for their years of service with the City of Newberry:

Randy Malloy, Police Department, 10 years
Sharon Cromer, Utility Department, Retirement
Ronnie Taylor, Utility Department, Retirement
Jackie Swindler, Police Department, Retirement

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to issue a Bond Anticipation Note to finance utility projects. The funds will be used for the following purposes:
1. Redeem the 2013 BAN
2. Repair the existing clear well and construct a second clear well
3. Earthwork related to the treatment plant and distribution line upgrades
4. Construction of an elevated storage tank or other storage facility
5. Construction of a booster pump station
6. Renovation of the City's utility shop area
7. Relocation of the City's warehouse
8. Upgrades to the City's waste treatment facilities and collection lines

The new Police Chief will take the oath of office Wednesday, July at 9:00 am. More on this coming soon on WKDK and WKDK.com.

Richardson and Ponder Honored By Sheriff's Department
Posted: July 1, 8:09 AM

richardsonKirby Richardson (at right with Sheriff Lee Foster) has been awarded the 2014 Charles Harshman Corrections Officer of the Year Award. This award is named in honor of a former employee, Sergeant Charles Harshman, who served this agency with distinction.

The Charles Harshman Corrections Officer of the Year is awarded to an employee who has shown dedication, loyalty, and leadership above and beyond the call of duty. This individual must epitomize the image of a dedicated Corrections Officer and must also maintain the standards of the Office. The individual considered for this award had to have possessed the quality and quantity of work contributed by an individual that exemplifies commitment and dedication. Mr. Kirby Richardson exemplifies just those qualities.

A lifetime resident of Newberry County, Kirby came to work with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 (April) in the Jail Division as a Corrections Officer (Jailer). Since that time, he has excelled and become a leader with his shift and in the division. He works tirelessly at his job and is always happy to assist others in their efforts. Officer Richardson has attained the rank of Sergeant and serves as a night shift supervisor. He is also a member of the Newbery County Bloodhound/Tracking Unit. In this area of responsibility, Sergeant Richardson aids the county anytime there is a request for the bloodhounds and he has been trained and certified as a tracker for over a year. Sheriff Foster stated that “Kirby is an employee with a great attitude, does a great job, and is a valuable asset to the organization.” Because of his level of commitment, his winning attitude, his dedication to helping others, and his unselfishness, Kirby was the logical choice for this award.

For this, Sergeant Kirby Richardson is being recognized for his commitment to the citizens of Newberry County and we thank his for his service. Congratulations again to Mr. Kirby Richardson, Sergeant: Newberry County Sheriff’s Office- Jail Division.

The Mary Sue Livingston 911 Telecommunicator of the Year Award is named in honor of Mrs. Mary Sue Livingston, a former employee who worked as a 911-Telecommunicator Supervisor in the Communications Division of the Sheriff’s Office. “Mary Sue was a dedicated and valued employee of this agency that taken from us far too early," Sheriff Foster stated.

This honor is awarded to an employee who has shown dedication, loyalty, and leadership above and beyond the call of duty. This individual must epitomize the image of a 911 Telecommunicator and must also maintain the standards of the Office. The individual considered for this award had to have possessed the quality and quantity of work contributed by an individual that exemplifies commitment and dedication. Ms. Ashley Ponder exemplifies just those qualities.

An employee of the Newberry County Sheriff’s, Ashley came to work with the agency more than a decade ago, in 2004, in the Communications Division as a 911 Telecommunicator (Dispatcher). Since that time, she has excelled and become a leader with her shift and in the division. She works hard and is always happy to assist others. Because of this work ethic and commitment, she was also promoted to Shift Leader. This is a position of great responsibility as she has oversight of the unit’s personnel during her shift. Ashley has a job that oftentimes, goes unnoticed when the call for help goes out. Sheriff Foster stated that “Ashley is a great employee who does a great job, and is a valuable part of our organization. Her quality of work is only surpassed by her smile, sense of humor, and great attitude.” The responsibility of the 911 Division is vital to the success and often the survival of our citizens, first responders, and officers. They are the unsung heroes of all public safety and the public and first responders rely on them to get help to where it is needed. Because of her level of commitment, Ashley was the logical choice for this award.

For this, Ashley is being recognized for her committed service to the citizens of Newberry County. Congratulations again to Ashley and the citizens of Newberry County can rest comfortably knowing that she is on the job.

School Board Report
Posted: June 24, 9:33 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 also approved property/casualty insurance.

The board approved the general fund budget transfers for FY2013-2014 and board policy DBJ that establishes the basic structure for enactment.

Susan Dowd presented the 2014-2015 Budget. The board passed second and final reading of the budget. Mrs. Dowd also presented the Minority Business Plan and Report as requested by the auditors.

Mr. Suber gave a report on the Career Center construction project. Photographs in the handout accompanying the report showed overhead and wall demolition in the main office, the new security entrance installation, new doorways into the Cosmetology rooms, new lights in the welding shop as well as other areas in progress. The finish date remains the same as well as the budget although Mr. Suber does anticipate changes in the future.

Superintendent Bennett gave a report from the I3 Conference. The conference was formerly five days and is now three. A lot of information was covered in those three days. One of the main observations Mr. Bennett made was regarding the amount of technology schools will be expected to use in the near future and the number of device based initiatives being introduced presently. One board member voiced concern over children being left behind by inability to read yet being advanced anyway. No one had an
answer to that problem.

County Council Report
Posted: June 19, 6:52 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Council passed third reading of an ordinance with multiple amendments to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Budget, and for other county purposes for which the county may levy a tax and receive revenues; to provide for
the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry County. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council read an ordinance to include the offense, exceptions, definitions and penalties of distracted driving. There was no motion and no action was taken to the ordinance died. The General Assembly has taken action on this matter. Their action precludes County Council so a county ordinance was
unnecessary.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2014 S-11 Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the County of Newberry. This is a housekeeping issue.

Council received bids from Capital Construction and Martin & Son Construction for creek crossings at Lynches Woods Park. The low bid from Capital Construction neglected to include the final cost for the facades. The spec will be revised to include the facade work and materials before council will accept the low bid.

Council approved 3rd and 4th quarter appropriations (FY13-14 proviso) in the amount of $8,500 to Newberry County Soil and Water Conservation District for the Keep Newberry County Beautiful program.

Council held executive session and decided to promote Clerk of Court Laurie Renwick to Assistant to the Administrator. Two other issues were discussed during executive session but no action was taken on either matter.

Future meetings include:
Economic Development Committee 6/23/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 7/2/14 @ 7:00 pm
Finance Committee 7/14/14 @6:00 pm
County Council 7/16/14 @ 7:00 pm

Major Drug Round Up in Newberry County
Posted: June 12, 5:24PM

A two-year-long drug investigation culminated in a major drug operation Thursday morning. Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office; Newberry Police Department; SLED (State Law Enforcement Division); South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole; Prosperity Police Department; Whitmire Police Department; Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, and Laurens County Sheriff’s Office were all involved in this extensive investigation.

Sheriff Lee Foster says officers obtained more than 100 arrest warrants on 45 suspects were obtained and in a concurrent meth investigation officers obtained warrants on an additional 20 suspects. Charges obtained in the arrest warrants included Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Distribution or Heroin, Distribution of Crack Cocaine, Possession With Intent To Distribute Heroin, and Possession With Intent To Distribute Crack Cocaine as well as charges for Attempting To Obtain a Controlled Substance related to those attempting to manufacture Meth.

Chief Jackie Swindler of the Newberry Police Department said of the operation, “In 1989 Sheriff Foster and I committed to have a partnership to combat crime and we have had a great working relationship since that time. This operation and the many like it in the past are an example of the impact that law enforcement cooperation with each other and the community can make when we chose to work together rather than fighting against each other. Every citizen of Newberry County whether in the city limits are outside is fortunate to have law enforcement agencies that work so closely together. You often take for granted what you have and not every jurisdiction enjoys such a relationship. We are all better for the partnerships that have been forged and maintained in Newberry County.”

One of the most shocking revelations was the resurgence of heroin. According to law enforcement officers, usually a person becomes addicted to a prescription drug of some type and when for one reason or another they can no longer obtain it, they turn to the opiate based heroin. Heroin is so dangerous because it slows and often stops the heart sending the person into cardiac arrest. It is also dangerous because many heroin users share needles with other people dramatically increasing the chances of transmitting bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis and the HIV virus. Heroin has appeared at such epidemic proportions that NYPD (New York Police Department) is now carrying a heroin antidote on their belts. It is popular because on the streets an OxyContin pill ranges from 40-80 dollars, but a dose of heroin is 10-20 dollars.

“There must be a public understanding that the sell and use of drugs effects our communities,” said Foster. “Much of this investigation came from complaints for citizens who want safe, drug free communities and law enforcement in Newberry County has committed to be partners to make our communities great, safe places to live.” Sheriff Foster said that drug activity in a neighborhood increases all type of crimes such as gunshots, property crimes, and crimes that you do not normally associate with drugs like shoplifting, burglary, and other crimes committed to get the money to purchase illegal drugs.

Sheriff Foster said that it was also important to point out that many of those sought are repeat offenders. Five of the people charge are charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine 3rd Offense and 6 are charged with Distribution of Crack Cocaine 2nd offense. In addition, many of these suspects are charged with multiple counts of distribution on these arrest warrants.

“We as a society have created an environment where we do not diligently deal with the use and sale of illegal drugs,” said Sheriff Foster. “We label it a victimless crime, I challenge you to try to make a burglary victim feel safe in their own home again, go through a neighborhood where gunshots ring out at night, or try console the parents of drug addicted parents; you tell those people that drugs are a victimless crime.”

In addition to this operation, a concurrent operation was taking place to combat the battle against meth. 20 people were arrested and charged with Attempting to Possess A Controlled Substance for attempting to illegally obtain Sudafed to make meth.

Chief Swindler said that this was just one part of the operation and more arrests are expected as the operation continues over the weekend and the investigation as a whole will be ongoing.

A comprehensive list of those sought can be found at http://www.newberrycounty.net/sheriff/pictures/drugroundup.pdf

A list of those arrested in the Meth round up can be found at http://www.newberrycounty.net/sheriff/pictures/methroundup.pdf

To see who is arrested, you can go to http://www.newberrycounty.net/jail/

PMPCity Council Report
Posted:
June 11, 9:20PM

City Council met Tueday evening at City Hall. CityManager Al Harvey stated that the budget is in good order at 82% through last month in his financial report.

Council gave special recognition to Alex Cole for receiving the 2013 PMPA Scholar Scholarship Award. He was on the agenda to be recognized last summer, but left to attend the Citadel before Council could recognize him.

Council also gave special recognition to Hannah Grace Carey and Amber Elizabeth Meadow (above) for being chosen as recipients of the 2014 Newberry-PMPA Scholar Scholarship Award. Miss Carey will attend Lander and Miss Meadows will attend Newberry College.

Council held a public hearing on the proposed FY2014-2015 budget. Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Sections 9-134, 9-136 and 9-137 of the code of laws of the City of Newberry. This ordinance provides for an increase of sanitation fees. Residential mobile cart fees will increase from $7.00 per month to $10.00 per month. For six cubic yard commercial containers the monthly fees will increase from $20.00 to $23.00; eight cubic yard containers will increase from $22.00 to $25.00. The increase in fees will generate approximately $138.713.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend certain sections of Chapter 9, Article II Electrical Service of the code of laws of Newberry. This will result in a rate increase to offset the 9.88 wholesale electric rate adjustment which was implemented by Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) in May 2014.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend section 12-3 pertaining to fees for Recreation Department Facilities and Services. The PRT Department needs the flexibility to charge fees tailored to specific arts programs that will be offered during the coming year.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to adopt the budget and levy taxes for FY2014-2015. The tax rate would be the same.

Council voted to rename Vincent Street Park to Dr. Julian Grant Park. The signage should be in place around July 1.

Council granted a request for the owner of 78 Hawkins Road to received out-of-city water service.

Fire Chief Minick gave a presentation of the ISO Report which was conducted recently. The results of the evaluation now show that Newberry has a Class 2 insurance classification (raised from Class 3). Newberry was rated 1 out of 750 nationwide and 1 of 40 in South Carolina. Council praised Chief Minick's efforts and congratulated him on his hard work to earn this rating.

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, June 17, at 6:00 pm.

dennis brownNew Police Chief Announced For Newberry
Posted: June 10, 4:22PM


DeWayne (Dennis) Brown (right), formerly Folly Beach Public Safety Director (Police and Fire), has been named Newberry's new Police Chief. Click HERE for complete report.

Photo courtesy of Live5 News/Charleston

UPDATE: Four Suspects In Custody For Lawn/Farm
Equipment Thefts
Posted:
June 10, 4:24PM

At approximately 3:09 am, while on high visibility patrol, a Newberry County Sheriff’s Office deputy, observed a suspicious vehicle riding on Highway 34 near Piester Road. The vehicle was described as a red in color Chevrolet Pickup Truck. This vehicle, as had others, had been described in a prior briefing for patrol alerts. The deputy observed that the vehicle had a trailer with a John Deere Zero-Turn Lawn Tractor in tow. The deputy observed the vehicle travelling east on Highway 34 toward Highway 176.

At that point, the deputy turned around on the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued. The deputy advised dispatch and other units of what he had and pursued the suspect vehicle. The vehicle turned onto Plantation Acres Road where the chase was brought to an abrupt end at the dead-end of the cul-de-sac. In an attempt to secure the vehicle and the suspect, the deputy attempted to block the suspect in however, he managed to escape on foot. While the initiating deputy, Deputy Michael Claytor, pursued the suspect on foot. The assisting deputy, Sgt. Rusty Fulmer, responded to the suspect vehicle. When approaching the vehicle, Sgt. Fulmer observed three (3) additional suspects in the vehicle as they were attempting to leave the location. Sgt. Fulmer instructed the suspects to exit the vehicle as Deputy Claytor returned to assist. The suspects were arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

While the three suspects were secured, other deputies responded to the location and a perimeter was established to pursue the remaining suspect. The sheriff’s office investigations unit and SLED (Air Tracking and Bloodhound Tracking Unit) was requested and responded to the location. Checkpoints were established on the roadways and the remaining suspect was tracked. The remaining suspect was tracked and found by SLED Bloodhound Tracking Unit under an old farmhouse on Piester Road at approximately 7:46 am. Investigators are continuing to work to tie recent cases of similar thefts together with information and forensic evidence.

Those arrested were Albert Ray Boyd, Sr., 51, 308 Penbrose Drive, Columbia, SC 29203, Quentin Eugene Pendleton, 37, 8401 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29052, Brion Trivell Thomas, 24, 5718 ½ Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203, and Nicholas Theodore Whitener, 29, 9004 Wilson Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29312. They were taken to the Newberry County Detention Center and jailed pending a bond hearing.

Sheriff Foster stated, “Although suspects are in custody, citizens should remain vigilant in maintaining this type of equipment. These theft rings are widespread and highly organized.”

Sheriff Foster also stated, “We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers, to work proactively, with the residents of Newberry County, to keep this community safe from any and all crime. We especially work hard to combat property crime and this type of criminal activity in our community. It is our intent to eliminate Newberry County as a consideration for this type of the criminal enterprise and to show that we are not a haven for thievery of any kind. We take it very personal. It takes an entire community to make this happen. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”

cranmerNewberry's Ryan Cranmer Selected By Miami Marlins in 24th Round of MLB Draft
Posted:
June 8, 8:13AM

MIAMI - Newberry College infielder Ryan Cranmer hasbeenselected by the Miami Marlins in the 24th round (707thoverall pick) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Cranmer - a native of Newport, N.C. - was named first team all-Southeast Region DAKTRONICS and second team all-Southeast Region by both the NCBWA and the ABCA, putting him on all three all-region teams.

missing teensArea Rescue Teams Help Locate Missing Teens
Posted:
June 5, 8:22AM

Crews from theWhitmire Rescue Squad, Newberry County Water Rescue and Dive Team, and Union County Rescue Dive Team worked last night to help find some missing teens who had been separated from their familes on the Enoree River. They were located alive at approximately 11:30 PM by resuce crews from Newberry County, Union County, Laurens County, Spartanburg County, DNR and SLED.

In-City Property Owners Receive Class 2 Fire Suppression Rating
Posted:
June 5, 7:52 AM

The City of Newberry Fire Department was recently evaluated by the Public Protection Classification (PPC) Survey. This survey is known as the ISO (Insurance Services Office) classification. Currently, the City of Newberry Fire Department carries a Class 3 rating out of 10 with Class 1 representing an exemplary fire suppression program. Effective September 1, 2014, the City of Newberry Fire Department will change ratings from Class 3 to a Class 2. See complete report HERE.

Progress Update of Newberry Museum in Old Library/Post Office Building and More-County Council Meeting
Posted:
June 5, 7:49 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building. Bob Montgomery gave an update on progress of the Newberry Museum in the Old Library/Post Office building. The building will be called the Taylor building in the future in recognition of the architect who designed it around 1912. Mr. Montgomery turned the podium over to Denise Reid who reported that a lot of work has been done to establish the museum as a working entity, including a preliminary example of the logo, choosing a Board of Trustees with officers and many other items mentioned. A semi-maintenance free plan for landscaping was given to council to look over. Mr. Montgomery
mentioned a goal of September 28 as a celebration date and a kick off event to be held in the building.

Council held a public hearing of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Budget, and for other county purposes for which the county may levy a tax and receive revenues; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry County. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council held a public hearing of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2014 S-11 Supplement to the Code of Ordinances for the County of Newberry. This is a housekeeping issue.

Council approved the low bid from Capital Construction of the Carolinas, LLC of $63,590.00 for Interior Renovations at the Courthouse. Council approved the low bid from Watertight Systems, Inc. of $109,151.00 for above grade waterproofing of the Courthouse.

County Administrator Wayne Adams gave a report from the Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee held on 6/2/14.

Future meetings include:
"On the Move with Margaret" 6/09/14 @ 9:30 am
Budget Work Session 6/09/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 6/18/14 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 6/23/14 @ 6:00 pm

Law Enforcement Asking For Assistance in Stemming Theft of Farm Utility Equipment
Posted:
June 3, 8:13 AM

Across the state citizens are being victimized by thefts of zero turn lawn mowers, farm utility vehicles, all terrain sport vehicles and trailers. These items are easily and quickly stolen from people’s homes. Due to a high demand for these items, they can be sold easily to suspecting and unsuspecting people. Stolen items are often taken to neighboring communities and sold at a much lower price than one which could be purchased on the open market.

The current method of operation is for suspects to identify these items and return with a moving type truck, which is often stolen. The items are then quickly loaded into the back of the truck. Reports have also indicated that the suspect individuals are using roll back type trailers to accomplish the thefts.

Law enforcement is asking for your help in curtailing these thefts. Do not leave items near or close to the highway. Make sure serial numbers are recorded and stored in a safe place so that the items may be placed into the national computer system if stolen. Immediately call 911 if suspicious activity is spotted. Please don’t leave any of these items in areas that are easily accessible or near the roadway. If someone approaches you about selling one of these items at greatly reduced cost, please report that to law enforcement.

Law enforcement across the state are working hard to identify the suspected rings of thieves that are targeting people’s personal items. Varying technologies and techniques are being deployed to stem the tide of these thefts.


American Legion Post 24 Announces Delegates to Girls State
Posted:
June 2, 6:49 AM

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 announces the delegates and alternates from the local high schools to the 68th Palmetto Girls State Program. The 2014 Palmetto Girls State will be
held June 8 -14, 2014 at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.

Selected to attend this year are the following:

Mid-Carolina High
Jenna Michelle Bodie, Bailey Lou Doolittle, Jennifer Joanna Shealy (Alternates: Alaina Shealy, Meagen Wise)

Newberry Academy
Emma Elizabeth Lindsay, Emily Harris Senn

Newberry High School
Kenley Camille Longshore, Hetal Patel, Sarah Jane Senn
(Alternates: Bailey Humphries, Eva Karen Torres)

Whitmire Community School
Amy Madilyn Andrews, Bethany Leanne Cromer
(Alternates: Noel Nicole King, Ursula Means)


The purpose of Palmetto Girls State is to "educate our youth in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship." In the mythical state of "Palmetto," the delegates
(also referred to as the citizens of "Palmetto") organize the cities, counties and the state of "Palmetto" and choose the forms of government and officials for the cities, counties and state.

Hopefully, the girls will return to their high schools and communities steeped in the doctrines of equal opportunity for all, freedom of thought, speech, and religion, and the ability to live and work harmoniously with others.

The Auxiliary would like to thank our contributors who helped make it possible to send these girls to Palmetto Girls State. The 2014 contributors are Jonathan Floyd, Little Mountain Ruritan,
Newberry Lions Club, Pomaria Ruritan Club, Roche Pharmacy Inc., Rotary Club, Newberry County Governmental Association (2 delegates) and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24.

memorial dayMemorial Day Service on Sunday
Posted:
May 25,
7:33 PM


A special Memorial Day service washeld at Memorial Square in downtown Newberry on Sunday afternoon. Guest speaker was Timothy D. Brandt of the SC National Guard. More on this coming soon to WKDK and WKDK.com.

Man Being Sought in Connection With First Degree Burglary, Armed Robbery and Kidnapping
Posted:
May 22, 8:57 PM

On April 30, deputies responded to an armed robbery call on Holy Trinity Church Road in Little Mountain. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers were advised that two (2) black male subjects forced their way into the home where they held the victims on the floor and robbed the victims and stole several items, including cell phones.

Through an extensive investigation, Lorenzo Cedell Jones, 27, 2329 Cottage Avenue, Newberry. 29108, was identified as one of the subjects involved in this incident. Information received indicated that Jones was still in the area.

Through an exhaustive 3 day search by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and SLED, Jones was located at 921 Booker Street, Newberry and apprehended without incident. Though Jones has been apprehended, the search and investigation continues for others involved in the case.

Sheriff Foster stated, “It is the coming together of the entire community that ensures that incidents like this are few and far between. We work to eradicate violence in the community at every level. It takes an entire community to make this happen.”
If there is any information regarding the whereabouts of any of the subjects involved, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222.


county councilCounty Council Report
Posted:
May 22, 5:52 AM

Newberry County Council met last evening in the Annex Building.
Council presented service awards to the following people for years of service:
• Virginia Atkins, Building and Zoning – 5 years
• Roy Long, Public Works – 10 years
• Donald Leitzsey, Public Works – 10 years
• Andrew Stout, Sheriff's Office – 10 years
• Robert Dennis, Sheriff's Office – 15 years
• Todd Johnson, Sheriff's Office – 20 years
(Pictured L-R: Todd Johnson, Robert Dennis, Roy Long, Andrew Stout, Virginia Atkins)

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to include the offense, exceptions, definitions and penalties of distracted driving.

Dylan Snyder, IT Director, gave a presentation to ask council for consideration for Vision Internet, a web development company out of California to develop and implement a new website for the County of Newberry. According to Mr. Snyder, the current website is outdated and difficult to navigate and maintain. The new website will come in well under the budgeted amount of $44,000 with the company's proposed cost of $23,973. The company has created over 1,000 community websites
including several in South Carolina. The example shown to Council was Rock Hill's website.

Newberry County Council has proclaimed May 2015 as Foster Care Awareness Month. Newberry County currently has 44 children and youth in foster care.

Mike Pisano, Public Works Director, gave a report from the Public Works and Planning Committee meeting held on 05/12/14. He stated the Burley Road project is completed. The Maybinton ball field is completed including the purchase of a drag machine and chalk line tool to assist with maintenance and portable toilets placed at the park. Also mentioned was a discussion on the advantages of single stream recycling to replace the current four containers used to separate types of materials before recycling.
More research is being done and will be presented to council in the future.

Council held executive session at which no action was taken.

Future meetings include:
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee 6/2/2014 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 6/4/2014 @ 7:00 pm
"On the Move with Margaret" 6/09/14 @ 9:30 am
County Council 6/18/14 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 6/23/14 @ 6:00 pm

School Board Report
Posted:
May 20, 8:38 AM

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

The board recently discovered a discrepancy in the policy regarding board compensation. The board voted to amend the policy to clean up the discrepancy by changing board compensation from a dollar figure to a percentage reflecting 50% of County Council salaries. Two board members opposed. There will be a public hearing on June 9 and second reading will be voted on during the June 23 board meeting.

Mrs. Dowd presented the 2014-2015 Budget. The board passed first reading of the budget. The board approved the Superintendent's Authorization to Apply for Funding.

Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects. The Career Center is in Phase II of the project with a start date for construction on May 26h and completion date of October 1, 2014. Concerns were raised about the agriculture fields being unavailable for another growing season. One speaker said that portion of the fields could be back into production in one year for some crops but it will take two years to get the fields back to an acceptable level.

Superintendent Bennett announced a bill to amend filing dates for school boards. The filing dates are July 1 at noon through July 15 at noon.

pk fullerFuller Throws First Pitch At Refurbished Ballfield
Posted:
May 19,
9:04 PM

PK Fuller threw the firstpitch this afternoon at the first game of the refurbished Glenn Street Ballfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Short Inducted To SC Athletic Hall of Fame
Posted:
May 12, 9:51 PM

carl shortFormer Newberry College basketball All-American Carl Short is being inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame Monday night at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, as announced by the Hall of Fame.

Short will be Newberry College's 10th inductee into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, joining a star from the early days of Newberry athletics in Ralph Baker (1961 inductee), former athletic director Brad Edwards (2011), former men's basketball coach Nield Gordon (1978), Newberry alumnus and high school baseball coaching legend David Horton (2013), all-star player and longtime coach Harvey Kirkland (1993), legendary coach Billy Laval (1961), one of Newberry's first starathletes in Dutch MacLean (1962), all-around star from the 1930s Cliff Morgan (1990) and 1950s football star Grady Ray (1999).

Short is a 1978 inductee into the Newberry College Athletics Hall of Fame and is one of the most prolific players in the school's storied basketball history. Short finished his career in 1961 by leading the Indians to their first-ever national tournament appearance and held the school's record for career scoring and single-season scoring at the time of his graduation.

In his three seasons in the scarlet and gray after transferring from Butler University in his hometown of Indianapolis, Short scored 1,949 career points, including a nation-best 888 in his final season. Those were both school records when Short's career completed and still stand in the top three in school history 53 years later.

Short was the South Carolina Player of the Year in 1961, scoring 28.7 points and grabbing 12.3 rebounds per game that season. The Indians advanced to the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City that year for the first time in school history and advanced to the second round as the 16th seed nationally.

As a sophomore, he was South Carolina’s leading scorer averaging 20.6 points and 13 rebounds per outing, and was named to the All-Conference team and All-State Team. In his junior year, Short averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, and was named All-Conference, All-State, All-Tournament and First Team All-NAIA District 26. As a senior, he was the NAIA’s leading scorer, scoring 888 points for a 28.7 scoring average and 12 rebounds. He earned numerous All-America honors and was named South Carolina Collegiate Player of the Year as well as Athlete of the Year. He led the Indians (now Wolves) to the NAIA District 26 Championship and to the first national tournament of any kind in Newberry history.

His jersey No. 24 is retired and he was inducted into the Newberry Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.

Following graduation, Short was drafted and signed by the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA. He is the only Newberry player to ever be drafted by an NBA team.

However, his desire to play in the pros was delayed because he was drafted by the Army. While in the service, he was a starter and a star on the All-Army World Championship Team, a team that remained undefeated during his Army career.

He worked for 26 years in the Indianapolis Public School system and had a very successful tenure as a teacher and basketball coach. He continues to live in Indianapolis.

nby academy civitansCity-Wide Cleanup on Saturday
Posted:
May 12,
9:48 PM


Thirty-five volunteers picked up litter Saturday morning in the City of Newberry as part of the Great American Cleanup.   The event was sponsored by the City of Newberry and Keep Newberry County Beautiful.


The Backyard Cachers, which is a geo-caching group that regularly partners with Keep Newberry County Beautiful, picked up the Scotts Creek Greenway in West End.   The Newberry Academy Jr. Civitans (pictured above) picked up Smith Road.   Plus other volunteers picked up Main St. from CVS to Forest Ridge, the Piedmont Tech parking lot, JD Rook ballpark, the perimeter of the Village Cemetery, and Gallman Park.


"I thought it was a wonderful event and effort," said David Force, Newberry City Councilman.  "We really appreciate the volunteers.  And Keep Newberry County Beautiful really made it easy as they provided all of the supplies."


Doug Heydt of Keep Newberry County Beautiful said the group is glad to work with any group that wants to pick up litter in the county.  He can be reached by email at dheydt@gmail.com.

washingtonWashington Agrees To Free Agent Deal With Cardinals
Posted:
May 11, 7:14 AM

Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington has agreedto an undrafted free agent deal with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, as he confirmed shortly after the completion of the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Washington was one of Division II's most electric players at the receiver position, a D2Football.com Honorable Mention All-American, a first team DAKTRONICS all-Super Region Two selection and second team Don Hansen's Football Gazette all-Super Region Two pick. He became just the second Newberry player in 100 years to score 100 points in one season with 16 touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.

In the Wolves' 12 games, Washington caught 44 passes for 839 yards and a school single-season record 13 touchdowns. He also returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the regular season finale against North Greenville and had a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in the playoff game at Carson-Newman. He was the only player in the South Atlantic Conference to earn player of the week honors at different positions, with offensive honors for the Brevard game and special teams honors for the North Greenville game.

His 13 touchdown receptions this year ranked second in the conference and 10th in the nation.

He is one of only four players in the 28-year history of the SAC to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. He is tied with West Texas A&M's Nathan Slaughter for the most special teams returns for touchdowns this season with three, although Washington's came on only five special teams plays.

His 839 receiving yards this year tied with NFL tight end Brandon Bostick's 2010 season for third-most in a season at Newberry.

In his two-year career at Newberry, the junior college transfer had 95 receptions for 1,615 yard and 22 touchdowns. He ranks ninth in career receptions, seventh in career yardage and second in career touchdowns at Newberry.

Washington was a first team all-SAC selection for the 2013 season after earning second team honors in 2012.

Washington joins two other Newberry players in the NFL: Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Ron Parker and Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick.

County Council Report
Posted:
May 8, 6:47 AM

County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a real estate parcel located on the southern side of Dreher Island Road near the intersection of State Park Road, Prosperity totaling 2.59 acres from Rural (R2) to General Commercial (GC).

After a public hearing at which one gentleman from the homeowners' association spoke, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a real estate parcel located in Waters Edge subdivision on Lake Greenwood, Newberry totaling 2.0 acres from Single Family Residential (RS1) to Single Family Residential (RS1A). The owner will expand boat and RV storage.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Budget, and for other county purposes for which the county may levy a tax and receive revenues; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council has learned that the Local Government Fund (LGF) allocated by the South Carolina General Assembly for FY2014-2015 provides Newberry County with more than $500,000 less than statutorily prescribed formula amount, as set forth in the Code of Laws of South Carolina, pursuant to the State Aid to Subdivisions Act and the General Assembly has not fully funded the LGF allocation since 1984.

In the coming year the General Assembly continues to underfund it despite a significant in revenues of the State and mandated State obligations, including those pertaining to providing offices for and otherwise funding numerous State functions, have not correspondingly declined with this loss of
revenue.

The failure of the LGF to offset State-related costs incurred at the local level increases the property tax liability of Newberry County citizens and also for property owning citizens in every county of our State. County Council is urging the Newberry County Legislative Delegation to stand up for Newberry
County and all other counties by seeking full funding of the statutory funding formula. Council directed the Clerk to Council to forward a copy of this Resolution to both members of the Newberry County Legislative Delegation requesting that they further circulate it among their colleagues in the General
Assembly.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to include the offense, exceptions, definitions and penalties of distracted driving.

Newberry County Council has proclaimed May 15, 2015 to be observed as Peace Officers' Day in Newberry County with flags on all county buildings flown at half-staff in memory of those law
enforcement officers, who through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of duty and to honor those law enforcement officers presently serving the community.

Tommy Long, Emergency Services Coordinator, gave a report from the Public Safety and Courts Committee held on 05/05/14.

Council held executive session at which no action was taken. Council will be extending the contract of the County Administrator to 2016.

Future meetings include:
Public Works and Planning Committee 5/12/2014 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 5/21/2014 @ 7:00 pm

benji morrisCity Council Report
Posted:
May 7,
7:03 AM


City Council met Tuesday evening at City Hall. City Manager AlHarvey stated that the budget is in good order at 76% through last month in his
financial report.

Council recognized Benji Morris, Fire Department for his 15 years of service.

Council was addressed by Mr. Louis Neiger concerning texting while driving. Mr. Neiger was on the agenda to speak in December but due to misinformation he was absent. Mr. Neiger requests Council to introduce an ordinance banning texting while driving. Council will review information given to them and follow up during the next council meeting.

Council gave authorization to allow alcoholic beverages in a designated event area using plastic cup (no glass) provided by participants of the 12th annual "A Taste of Newberry" event. This event is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, June 21, from 4:00 pm until 8 pm. The area designated will be
the same as it was for "Irish Fling."

Council approved a resolution and agreement with Local Government Services, LLC (LGS) authorizing a Contract for Services, which will allow the City to determine if the local cable television company has complied with the payment and agreement stipulated in the current franchise contract. LGS is a private firm that is associated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina. LGS and the City staff will undertake an audit of the records used by the local cable company to determine the
proper amount of franchise fees which are paid each year.

After Council adjourned, the met for a 2014-2015 budget work session.

prosperity hoppin 3A Successful Prosperity's Hoppin'
Posted:
May 6,
8:32 AM


Local sculpture Eric Moore shows a youngfestival visitor pictures of his other work. Eric won 3rd place in the art competition with his sculpture.

The annual Prosperity's Hoppin' Festival was held on Saturday. Beautiful weather along with large crowds made for a very successful event. Stay tuned for more on WKDK and WKDK.com.
Photo courtesy of Andy Hawkins

pork in parkAnnual Pork in the Park in Downtown Newberry
Posted:

May 4,
8:31 AM


Newberry's annual Pork in the Park wasSaturday, as many people enjoyed barbeque from various vendors. This is a scene from Friday's setup of the event.
Source: Michelle Long/Newberry County Chamber of Commerce

schoolsSchool Board Meeting; Students, Schools Recognized
Posted:

April 29,
6:58 AM


The Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night,and after returning from Executive Session, the board approved teacher recommendations, administrative
recommendations. The board also denied a case for medical leave beyond 90 days.

Three students from Mid-Carolina Middle school; William Morse, Chandler Dickert, and Benjamin Corley, placed 2nd in the statewide Gateway to Technology and Design and Modeling competition held at USC's College of Engineering. This team challenge was to reverse engineer a robot.

Senior Beta Club recognitions from Mid-Carolina High school were for Alexis Renee Boland, who placed 2nd in Oratory, Maria Cervantes, who placed 3rd in Pencil Drawing, and Ryann Brett
Lindler, who placed 3rd in Spelling.

Zachary Parker was selected to the AA All-State Boys' Basketball Team.

The board congratulated the Mid-Carolina Archery Team for their 1st place in the SC NASP Tournament sponsored by DNR at the Sportsman Classic on Friday, March 28. Team members are:
Laken Riddle, Kristin Long, Abby Webster, Ashley Livingston, Kelsey Branham, Laurie Ann Morris, Hailey Mills, Dakota Cox, Monica Brown, Marley Long, Will Fulmer, Will Lever, Robbie Long,
Thomas Kiker, Cade Hamm, Sam Johnson, Evan Lovelady, Reid Webster, Dalton Chapman, Jessie Russell, Zack Waits, Forrest White, Corey Bedenbaugh, Austin Fulmer, Hogan Sanders, Kenny Nicholson. Dalton Chapman was also an individual winner. He won 3rd place in the state. The coaches
are Jason Long and Jackie Harris.

The board recognized the schools who received awards for high performance as well as exceptional improvement and improvement toward closing the achievement gap. Mid-Carolina High received a Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance. Newberry High received a Palmetto Silver Award for
General Performance and a Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. Pomaria- Garmany Elementary received a Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance and Little Mountain Elementary received a Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance and a Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. The principals (shown above) from these schools were recognized by Superintendent Bennett as well.

This school year the middle and secondary level teachers participated in the textbook adoption process for several content areas and career and technology courses. The textbooks selected for adoption by the teachers are aligned with state standards and course competencies for career and technology courses. The board approved the list.

During the 2012-2013 school year the district developed a new District Strategic Plan for the 2013- 2014 through 2017-2018 school years. There was significant participation from the community including principals, assistant principals, teachers, parents, and businesses. As required, the plan is updated annually. The updated plan was approved by the board.

The board recently discovered a discrepancy in the policy regarding board compensation. The board voted to amend the policy to clean up the discrepancy by changing board compensation from a dollar figure reflecting 70% of County Council salaries. Two board members opposed.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow then presented the board with the budget calendar for 2014-2015. Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects regarding the Administration Building. Staff has moved into the Administration and occupied the building for the first time today. Credit was given to several staff members who went above and beyond their duties to assist in the move. Mr. Suber was recognized for spending his whole spring break moving everyone in.

Superintendent Bennett announced the Retirement Reception on May 29 at 6:00 pm at Newberry Middle School. He also reminded the board to be aware of the upcoming Graduation and Baccalaureate dates.

Wolves' Hopes Still Alive; Win Over Top-Seed Catawba!
Posted:
April 26, 8:46 AM

A pitchers' duel was broken wide open in the latter stages of the game, as Ryan Cranmer's pinch-hit three-run homer pushed the fourth-seeded Newberry Wolves to a 10-7 win over the top-seeded Catawba Indians at McNair Field on Friday evening.

Newberry moves to 30-22 with the victory and keeps its chances of winning the double elimination tournament alive. Newberry plays Tusculum at 3:45 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game, with a berth to Championship Sunday on the line. The loser of that game will be eliminated. Friday's win gives Newberry 30 wins for the first time since 1999.

The Wolves trailed the Indians by a 5-0 count entering the bottom of the seventh inning before a massive two-out rally. D.J. Martinez (Montpelier, Va.) kept the inning alive with a single up the middle and moved to second on a bunt single by Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.). A single by Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) brought home the Wolves' first run of the day and Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.) made it a 5-2 contest with an RBI single.

After a pitching change, Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) made it a 5-3 game with an RBI single to left on a full count. At that point, the Wolves' first 18 base hits of the tournament had all been singles.

Enter Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.). Newberry's first-ever two-time first team all-SAC honoree came off the bench and blasted his 10th homerun of the season over the 25-foot high wall in left field to plate three runs and give Newberry a lead it wouldn't relinquish. JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) followed the senior's lead and went opposite field for his first homerun of the season over the monster wall in left, flipping the script to a 7-5 Wolves' lead.

After stranding two Catawba runners in the top of the eighth, Newberry tacked on three important insurance runs on a wild play where a Baur single combined with a Catawba error in the outfield scored three runs. Catawba plated a pair of runs in the ninth, but a strikeout with a runner on third ended the game.

Newberry starting pitcher Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) was on fire early in the game, allowing only two singles up the middle in the first four innings. Catawba opened the scoring in the fifth on a pair of doubles and scored two unearned runs in the sixth. Malachi Hanes led off the seventh with a double to start another rally to out Cromer from the game after 6.1 innings. He struck out two and walked none, but allowed nine hits.

Freshman second team all-SAC honoree Jake Nidiffer (Columbia, S.C.) came out of the bullpen for the first time since February 8 and was fantastic, allowing just two ninth inning runs in 2.2 innings with three walks and five strikeouts to move his season record to 6-2.

Cranmer's three RBIs on his only at bat of the night were certainly the most dramatic, but the Wolves were solid throughout the lineup, pounding out 17 hits. Bradley, Martinez, Paige and Mitchell Griffin (Columbia, S.C.) were all 3-for-4 on the night, while Baur was 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Prescription Drug Take Back
Posted:
April 25, 11:08 AM

Have you wondered what to do with those medications hanging around in your medicine cabinet? If so the Newberry County Sheriff's Office is offering a solution Saturday, April 26, 2014. Project “Take Back” is a law enforcement effort to take unwanted or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

On Saturday, April 26 from 10am to 2pm, the Newberry County Sheriff 's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to the Newberry County Sheriff 's Office located at 520 Wilson Road, Newberry from 9am to 12 noon.
The service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked.

Wolves Drop SAC Tourney Opener to Lincoln Memorial
Posted:
April 25, 9:03 AM

The fourth-seeded Newberry Wolves were within striking distance for most of the night but could not close a tight margin late in a 7-2 loss to the third-seeded Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters in the first round of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament at McNair Field.

Newberry falls to 29-22 overall on the season and will face top-seeded Catawba (29-16) at 3:45 p.m. Friday in what amounts to an elimination game for the scarlet and gray.

Newberry starter Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.; 8-3) allowed only three earned runs in his 7.0 innings of work on 11 hits, but three straight hits by LMU in the bottom of the eighth started a rally the Wolves couldn't recover from.

Newberry led 1-0 after the top of the first inning on a RBI single by Ryan Cranmer (Newport, N.C.), who was the only player in scarlet and gray to record multiple hits. LMU tied up the game in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single after an outfield error.

LMU took the lead in the third on a double after a failed pickoff throw put a runner on third and a two-out double by Kelvin Brito in the fifth made it a 3-1 game.

Jermale Paige (Walterboro, S.C.) brought home a run on an RBI groundout in the seventh to cap Newberry's scoring, as the Wolves stranded six runners in scoring position on the night, with four on third base while it was still a one-run game.

Cranmer was the only Newberry player with multiple hits on a 2-for-4 night, as LMU starter Logan Sawyer earned a complete game win with 10 strikeouts on seven hits with 132 pitches.

County Council Report
Posted:
April 17, 6:24 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday night at 7 PM in the Annex Building.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 96 of the Newberry County Code to include the following changes regarding Newberry County Animal Control:
• Residents may bring unwanted animals to the shelter between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00
pm, Monday through Friday.
• Newberry County Animal Care & Control will no longer accept animals from residents of any
county other than Newberry County.
• The adoption fee is raised from $70.00 to $85 per dog or puppy. This will include the cost of
having the animal spayed or neutered, a rabies vaccination, a DHPP vaccination, deworming
and a heartworm test. The dog will also be micro-chipped with a Home-Again micro-chip.
• The adoption fee is raised from $60 to $65 per cat or kitten adopted. This cost will include a
feline leukemia test, the cost of spay or neuter, deworming, rabies vaccination and a leukemia
vaccination.
• The animal shelter will not offer euthanasia as a public service. Persons wishing to have their
animal must take it to a veterinarian.
• The agency charged with primary enforcement of this ordinance is Newberry County Animal
Care & Control, located at 240 Public Works Drive, Newberry, SC 29108. Its telephone number
is (803)321-2185.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a real estate parcel located on the southern side of Dreher Island Road near the intersection of State Park Road, Prosperity totaling 2.59 acres from Rural (R2) to General Commercial (GC). The owner wants to expand a boat and RV storage operation.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a real estate parcel located in Waters Edge subdivision on Lake Greenwood, Newberry totaling 2.0 acres from Single Family Residential (RS1) to Single Family Residential (RS1A). The owner wants to expand boat and RV storage in order to
accommodate the homeowners need for space.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Budget, and for other county purposes for which the county may levy a tax and receive revenues; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2015, for the Newberry County Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real property in Newberry county. This ordinance will also provide for the expenditure of taxes and other revenues received by the county during the fiscal year and to provide for borrowing in anticipation of tax collections by the issuance of one or more tax anticipation notes, if necessary.

Council approved a proposal for cleaning of the record books for the Clerk of Court's office. The cleaning is mold remediation for approximately 765 volumes, affected text pages, materials and
supplies, handling—removal and return of volumes, transportation and project administration and documentation. There were two options in the proposal. Option 1 is for removal and return of all volumes at once. Option 2 is for removal and return of volumes in three phases. Total proposed cost
with Option 1 is $40,800.00 and total proposed cost with Option 2 is $41,100.00

Council approved a bid for Whitmire Fire Department improvements. There was a shortfall of $7,500 between the budgeted amount and the low bid. Council voted to make up the difference.

Council approved the third quarter appropriation for the Library in the amount of $5,625.00. Library Director Sam Zaidy gave an update on programs both at Whitmire and Newberry facilities.

Charles Allen addressed Council regard road service to Jackson Field Lane in Silverstreet. A meeting was set up for Thursday at 11:00 am with County Administrator Wayne Adams to discuss the matter further.

Council went into executive session to discuss matters relating to the proposed location, expansion, or the provision of services encouraging location or expansion of industries or other business in the area.

Also discussed in executive session was the performance evaluations of the County Administrator and the Clerks of Council.

Future meetings include:
Budget Work Session 4/21/14 @ 6:00 pm
Public Safety and Courts Committee 5/05/2014 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 5/07/2014 @ 7:00 pm
Public Works and Planning Committee 5/12/2014 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 5/21/2014 @ 7:00 pm

collegeCity Council Report
Posted:
April 16, 4:03 AM

City Council met Tuesday evening at CityHall. City Manager Al Harvey stated that the budget is in good order in his financial report with the exception of business licenses which are shy statistically.

Mayor Senn read proclamations for each of seven graduating Newberry College seniors (above) who have demonstrated exemplary community service during their college tenure. Seniors recognized were
William Brant – Orangeburg , SC
Brunes Charles – Naples, FL
Rebecca Cromer – Pomaria, SC
Jason Livingston – Conway, SC
Casey Stevens – Coral Springs, FL
Rachel Williams – Barnwell, SC – class president
not pictured:
Chas Goodwin received his award prior to the evening ball game
Alisa Dunovant – Lexington

Council recognized Michael Shealy, Utility Department for his 15 years of service with the water/sewer
department.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the text of the zoning ordinance of the City of Newberry Section 900 Sign Regulations and Section 901 Permitted Signs to provide for banners on private light posts in the general commercial zoning district.

Council gave authorization requested by Pour Richard's Tavern to allow alcoholic beverages in a designated event area using plastic cup (no glass) provided by Pour Richard's Tavern. This event is scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 2, from 7:00 pm until midnight. This event is a block party to celebrate Newberry College graduation and coincides with Pork in the Park. The streets will already be blocked off to accommodate the City's event.

The City of Newberry's Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee (ATAC) met on Wednesday, April 2, to consider applications for the State Accommodations Tax funds. Council approved the following
actions:
1. Award $15,937.50 to the Newberry Opera House for advertising, which equals approximately
64% of the Opera House's request;
2. Award $12,603.02 to the City of Newberry for Community promotions, which equals
approximately 64% of the City's request; and
3. Award $6.693.75 to the City of Newberry for promotion of Oktoberfest 2014. This represents
approximately 64% of the amount that was requested.
4. Award $6.318.77 to the Downtown Merchants Association to purchase media advertising to
promote downtown events. This represents approximately 64% of the amount that was
requested.

Ms. Carolyn Robinson, whose term on the Newberry Housing Authority's Board of Directors expired on April 14th, was reappointed by Council. The term began this month and will expire April 14, 2019.

Council heard a request by ISE Newberry to have the entire length of Alexander Street adjacent to the firm's property closed. No action was taken on this request.

Council passed a resolution committing a cash match of $74,999 to secure a $749,993 Community Development Block Grant to upgrade water and wastewater lines in the West End Mill Village. This project is the second phase of water and sewer upgrades in the neighborhood. The application deadline
is nearing for the grant and the Department of Commerce will announce their spring 2014 funding decisions in July.

Council went into executive session and no action was taken.

relayWKDK's Relay Radiothon is Wednesday!
Posted:
April 15, 6:52 AM

Our WKDK Relay Radiothon is Wednesday, as we try to raise money again this year forNewberry County's Relay for Life. It will kick off shortly after 6 AM Wednesday morning and run until about noon. Please help us if you can. You can donate to our team by clicking HERE.

Special Called Meeting of City Council
Posted:
April 11, 6:11 AM

City Council held a special called meeting in City Hall Thursday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the Capital Improvements Plan with a focus on utilities.

Utility Manager Marc Regier gave a presentation including rate charts illustrating similar cities as examples. He showed several slides with images of problems in the water clear well which is a giant holding tank where all water in the city's system goes after it is treated. There is a six inch depression in the 20'
diameter tank. There is a four inch sag in the roof of the whole tank. This could cause catastrophic problems to not only the City of Newberry and its industries but also to Saluda who also buys water from the city. There is no back up plan in place but the city is considering building a second tank (which is now required by DHEC for new water treatment facilities). The second tank would allow the city to take the existing tank offline for repairs. If approved, it would take nine months from award to
completion.

Another item discussed by Mr. Regier was repairs to the Water Distribution System. There have been several main line breaks over the past several years. Over the past year the city utilized services of contractors to bring cameras in to check the condition of sewer lines throughout the city. What they discovered was hundreds of cracked or damaged lines
throughout the city. Some of the lines were breached by other utility lines (communication lines drilled through sewer lines) and other lines were damaged by tree roots. Using the videos gathered city officials can identify the most crucial needs and schedule repairs accordingly.

Mr. Regier provided a cost analysis and offered a suggestion for rate adjustments by comparing models used by other cities in the same market as Newberry.

This information will be discussed further in the regular council meeting which was move to Tuesday, April 15.

Wolves Football Tickets On Sale At Spring Game
Posted:
April 9, 9:01 PM

Limited tickets for the five home games on the 2014 Newberry College football schedule will go on sale at Saturday's Spring Game, as announced by the Newberry ticket office today.

Only general admission season tickets and single game tickets will be available to purchase at the Spring Game. Prices are $80 for season tickets, $20 for the Homecoming game on October 18 and $15 each for the other four home games.

Renewal packages for season tickets in the reserved sections will be mailed on May 1, with online sales also beginning on that day.

For more questions, contact the ticket office at (803) 321-5101.

Manhunt for Lexington County Shooting Suspects
Posted:
April 8, 8:44 PM

A shooting which took place near the Newberry County line near Chapin in Lexington County has a manhunt ongoing near the county lines. Newberry County is assisting Lexington County near Nursery Road looking for two black male suspects that were involved in the shooting.

Detention/Extradition Hearings Held For Tennessee Teens
Posted:
April 7, 6:01 PM

The four teenage fugitives that were involved in a murder in Tennessee last week appeared before a Family Court Judge in Abbeville County, SC. All juveniles acknowledged they had charges in Tennessee and agreed to waive extradition. Newberry County will be working with Tennessee authorities to arrange the return of their persons to that state. Until those arrangements are made, the juvenile defendants will be held in a SC Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Columbia, SC.

averyAvery One of 46 Ambassadors for Economic Development
Posted:
April 4, 8:19 PM

Individuals and companies fromevery county in South Carolina were recognized Thursday for the many contributions they provide to their communities and to economic development as part of the 23rd annual Industry Appreciation Week.

G. Keith Avery (right), Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc., was among the ambassadors honored on Thursday, April 3.

Through an official proclamation, Governor Nikki Haley declared March 31-April 4 as Industry Appreciation Week. The South Carolina Department of Commerce observed Industry Appreciation Week by honoring individuals from each of the state's 46 counties as Ambassadors for Economic Development. These individuals included local leaders from the private sector representing a variety of businesses and economic development organizations committed to securing new jobs and investment in their communities.



suspectsUPDATE: Suspects Found; Citizen Aides in Search
Posted:
April 3, 6:04PM

In a story we reported earlier on WKDK, the suspects were located when a citizen saw them runthrough a field into a wooded area. Law enforcement officers quickly surrounded the area and the helicopter was able to track the suspects until they were taken into custody.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident, and they will be transported to the Newberry County Sheriff's Office pending further action. Stay tuned to WKDK on Friday morning for a complete report.

Original story: Authorities are still searching for murder suspects from Tennessee. Subjects are three white males dressed in dark pants one with no shirt, one with an orange shirt and the other with a white t-shirt. A white female is also with them dressed in dark pants and a white t-shirt. Subjects are wanted from Tennessee for murder. A SCHP trooper came across them at the upper rest area of I 26 and a pursuit ensued East bound I 26 into the City of Newberry and back onto SC 34. A deputy sheriff spiked the tires and the suspects bailed out of the car at SC 34 and US 176. Residents are asked to shelter in place.

All Newberry County Schools will operate on a normal schedule today; however, all Mid Carolina area schools will operate in alert mode today due to the ongoing search for the murder suspects from Tennessee.

While the search for the three murder suspects from Tennessee continues, Newberry County schools will continue to operate today with those schools in the Mid Carolina attendance area operating in alert mode.

Alert mode means that the instruction and learning process will continue while outside activities are avoided. Faculty and staff will be briefed on the description of the suspects and will immediately report any suspicious activity to authorities. Extra precaution is taken to ensure that all entrances are secured at all times.

Additional officers will be on and/or patrolling campuses throughout the day.

autism5K For A Cause...For Autism Awareness
Posted:
March 31, 4:39 PM

A special event is happening in Prosperity this Saturday, April 5-- aspecial 5K Run and Honor Walk all for Autism awareness.
Pre-registration is $25 (t-shirt included), and you can register at strictlyrunning.com/index8.asp. Registration on the day of the race is $35.

It all kicks off at 7:00 am (registration) Saturday morning at Town Hall in Prosperity (run begins at 8 am). The honor walk begins after the last runner leaves the starting line, and there is no charge for the walk. Vendors will be there, as well as The Blood Connection.

nhs basketballSchool Board Meeting
Posted:

March 25,
6:47 AM


The Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night. After returning from Executive Session, the board approved teacher recommendations, administrative recommendations, teacher staff list A, then teacher staff list B for the 2014-2015 school year. The board also approved a case for medical leave beyond 91 days for an additional 30 days.

Special recognition and awards were presented.

In the public forum one parent spoke congratulating the basketball team. The parent then said the state of the education system is unacceptable and Superintendent Bennett should remove himself from his position. The parent gave no specific examples of problems or solutions.

The district closed for six snow days this winter. Two have been made up, the board voted to waive three days and a final make up day will be on June 4. Teachers will attend on June 5 for their final day.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow then presented the board with the budget calendar for
2014-2015.

Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects regarding the Administration Building. Final inspections are under way but crews are still waiting for dry weather to finish certain portions of construction outdoors. The project has experienced 45 days of delays, but Mr. Suber still has a tentative move in date of the week of spring break.

There was no Superintendent's report but Mr. Gray suggested adding a board discussion time to the agenda for future meetings.

Coroner Identifies Victim of Saturday Morning Crash
Posted:
March 23, 7:31 PM

On Saturday, Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton released the name of a victim involved in an early morning crash near Whitmire. Shelly Elizabeth Wicker, 26, formerly of Whitmire, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Deputy Coroner John Pollard. The crash happened at approximately 6:15 am, Saturday morning just outside the Town of Whitmire.

According to Pollard, Ms. Wicker was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and was wearing a seatbelt. He further stated that she was killed instantly upon impact with a tractor trailer truck heading in the opposite direction. Pollard also stated the vehicle the victim was in was on the wrong side of the roadway when the collision occurred. The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to a regional hospital. Her name and condition have not yet been released. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

Coroner Newton has authorized an autopsy which was scheduled to be performed on Sunday to determine the cause and manner of the death. The accident remains under investigation by the Coroner's Office, the SC Highway Patrol, and the Newberry County Sheriffs Department.

Authorities Searching for Three Burglary Suspects
Posted:
March 23, 9:17 AM

Newberry City Police interrupted a burglary of the John Deere Tractor dealership on Wilson Road. Officers observed a rental truck parked suspiciously at the Wilson Road business and determined that the business had been entered. Investigation revealed three subjects wearing hoodies fled the scene on foot and crossed Wilson Road toward downtown Newberry. The Newberry County Sheriff's Office is assisting the City Police along with SLED bloodhounds and a helicopter.

Duncan Creek Area Closed Due to Fatality, Haz Mat Issue
Posted:
March 22, 10:11 AM

Highway 121 South of Whitmire at Duncan Creek was closed due to fatality and Haz Mat issue. Detour was established. An early morning collision between tractor/trailer truck and a motor vehicle resulting in a death and injury along with the truck leaking diesel fuel shut down a portion of SC 121 south of Whitmire at Duncan Creek. Traffic was routed off SC 121 North onto Old Newberry Highway to SC Highway 66. Traffic on 121 South are being detoured onto SC Highway 66 and to Old Newberry Highway.

Haz Mat crews were on the scene and were working to contain the spill. SCHP/State Transport also had investigative teams on the scene due to the fatality and a commercial truck being involved. DHEC was also called to consult due to the proximity to Duncan Creek. The Newberry County Coroner's Office was also on the scene.

Half Marathon On Saturday With Street Closures, High Volume of Runners
Posted:
March 21, 10:34 PM

The Newberry Half Marathon (13.1 miles) will be conducted Saturday morning with an expected 300 runners. The race will begin at Newberry High School around 7am with an expected start time of 8am. The race will down Main Street and wind through downtown Streets and move toward Newberry College. It will then move out into the County onto Mt. Bethel Garmany Road and for a short period onto SC 34 and onto Hillbrook Lane. The runners will turn back onto Main Street and finish back at Newberry High School. Traffic will be blocked at intersections for the times that runners are present. Once the runners are past, the roads will re-open. Motorists are asked to be aware that groups of runners will be present and should proceed with caution. Residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the runners as they pass through their neighborhoods. The entire event should last approximately three hours.

county councilChanges for Newberry County Animal Care/Control, Other Items Discussed at County Council Meeting
Posted:
March 20,
7:30 AM


County Councilmet Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Council recognized Tony Moore and Ashley Ponder for ten years and Daniel Floyd for 15 years with the Sheriff's Office.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 96 of the Newberry County Code to
include the following changes:
• Residents may bring unwanted animals to the shelter between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00
pm, Monday through Friday.
• Newberry County Animal Care & Control will no longer accept animals from residents of any
county other than Newberry County.
• The adoption fee is raised from $70.00 to $85 per dog or puppy. This will include the cost of
having the animal spayed or neutered, a rabies vaccination, a DHPP vaccination, deworming
and a heartworm test. The dog will also be micro-chipped with a Home-Again micro-chip.
• The adoption fee is raised from $60 to $65 per cat or kitten adopted. This cost will include a
feline leukemia test, the cost of spay or neuter, deworming, rabies vaccination and a leukemia
vaccination.
• The animal shelter will not offer euthanasia as a public service. Persons wishing to have their
animal must take it to a veterinarian.
• The agency charged with primary enforcement of this ordinance is Newberry County Animal
Care & Control, located at 240 Public Works Drive, Newberry, SC 29108. Its telephone number
is (803)321-2185.

Council passed a resolution to commission a code enforcement officer for Newberry County Animal Care & Control to be trained through the Sheriff's Department.

Council approved a bid in the amount of $56,000 funded by a DHEC Grant for the Mobile Morgue and Two Stryker Stretchers initially requested by the coroner but because the coroner didn't have a vehicle equipped to haul the trailer, Emergency Preparedness is applying for the grant instead.

Council approved the low bid for paving the Sheriff's Office parking lot. Council also approved a request for proposals for audio/video equipment for Whitmire Town Hall. The
funding for this equipment is a Capital Sales Tax project.
Council approved the suggestion of Newberry Electric Co op placement of the substation placement in the Mid-Carolina Commerce Park.

Council approved the use of Helena Community Center by Trinity AME Church for Sunday Services due to the roof collapse of the Trinity AME church.

Future meetings include:
County Council 4/02/14 @ 7:00 pm
Finance Committee 4/07/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council 4/16/14 @ 7:00 pm
Budget Work Session 4/21/14 /6:00 pm

SummerCity Council Report
Posted: March 19, 6:48 AM


City Council met Tuesday evening atCity Hall. City Manager Al Harvey stated that the budget is in good order in his financial report.

Council recognized Angela Summer (right, with Al Harvey) of the Utility Department, for her 25 years of service.

Council held a public hearing to amend Section 900 Sign Regulations and Section 901 Permitted Signs to provide for banners on private light post in the general commercial zoning district. Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the text of the zoning ordinance of the City of Newberry Section 900 Sign Regulations and Section 901 Permitted Signs to provide for banners on private light post in the general commercial zoning district; providing for codification; providing for an effective date.

Council approved a resolution designating the month of April 2014 as Fair Housing Month.

Council approved a bid from the second low bid due to a mathematical error from the first bid. The low bid accepted was from Creative Impressions in the amount of $68,294.96 pertaining to the Wayfinding Sign Project.

Council changed the council meeting for the Month of April to April 15th due to a PMPA meeting which council members plan to attend.

Council established a work session pertaining to the Capital Improvements for April 10th at 5:30 pm.

Jackie Swindler mentioned to Council that there is a half marathon this weekend. Newberry High School is the starting point and the city police will be posted at every affected intersection to protect the runners. Chief Swindler stated that over 300 runners had already signed up.

Council was also reminded of a Newberry High School celebration in Memorial Park this Sunday afternoon.

Numerous School Bus Tires Vandalized; Reward Offered
Posted: March 17, 5:52 PM


In a story we reported this morning on WKDK and WKDK.com, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the vandalism of several buses that were located at Mid- Carolina Middle School.

When the drivers arrived this morning, they discovered that someone had damaged and flattened numerous tires on the buses sometime over the weekend. Investigators and School District personnel are still attempting to determine the exact scope of the damage and then will begin to determine the cost of the damages.

All campuses effected are running on a normal schedule today. Many of the parents brought their children to school.

Maintenance crews from other districts have come in to assist repairing the tires that were damaged. While no firm number has yet been determined, it appears that more than 100 tires were damaged during the incident.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and the School District of Newberry County are working together to identify and prosecute the person or persons responsible for this incident. A substantial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the crime

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222 or you can make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIMESC (1-888-274-6372).

nhs trophyBulldogs Take 2A
State Championship!
Posted: March 8, 8:11 PM


In a game heardearlier on WKDK and WKDK.com, the Newberry Bulldogs beat Lake Marion on Saturday 77-47 to win the 2A State Championship.

This was the third time in a row that the 'Dogs had advanced to the state championship game in Columbia, and they were able to take the trophy home on Saturday.

Stay tuned for more information next week on WKDK and WKDK.com!

i doFinal Weekend for Dinner Musical "I Do, I Do"
Posted: March 7, 8:17 AM


This Saturday and Sunday(March 8, 9) will be the final chance to see the Newberry Community Players (NCP)'s musical dinner theater production of “I Do, I Do.”

“We have been so pleased to present this touching musical about all the funny, frustrating, and fantastic aspects of 50 years as a couple. From the first night together to the first big fight to the golden years, 'I Do, I Do' has these gems of moments that everyone who has been in a relationship can recognize. And, to be able to present this production in such a beautiful, historic building is really special,” stated director Ellen Hunt.

Production

The Newberry Community Players’ production of “I Do, I Do” will be presented at the Newberry Community Hall (1209 Caldwell St.) in Downtown Newberry on Saturday, March 8 at 6:30pm and Sunday, March 9 at 1pm. The event is designed as if the attendees are at the couple’s anniversary reception and will include gourmet appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Tickets

Tickets are $42 (meal included / cash bar). Groups of 10 or more are $35. There is limited seating on Saturday, but tickets are available for Sunday. Call the Newberry Opera House Box Office at 803-276-6264 or online at www.newberryoperahouse.com

colemanCounty Council-Disabilities Awareness Month is March; Update on Old Post Office/Library Conversion
Posted: March 6, 6:52 AM


County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.
Voices for Pride Officers from Newberry County Disabilities and Special Needs spoke to Council for Disabilities Awareness Day which was also celebrated at the State House. Council presented Connie Coleman (right), spokesperson for the group, with a certificate of the proclamation adopted by Council to proclaim March 2014 Disabilities Awareness Month.

An update was given on the conversion of the old post office/library to a museum. Five task forces— organizational, operational, building renewal, communications and museum policy—have been formed and the duties of each task force was explained to council.

Anne Peters gave the annual update on the comprehensive plan for the zoning department.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to amend the Master Agreement governing the Greenwood-Newberry Industrial Park between Newberry County and Greenwood County in order to enlarge the park.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of a Fee In Lieu of Tax Agreement and Infrastructure Finance Agreement between Newberry County and West Fraser, Inc. The FILOT will facilitate an expansion of the College Street property.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to amend the budget for FY2013- 2014 to provide for revised revenue and expenditure appropriations related to the operations of Newberry County.

Council accepted the low bid from McClam & Associates for the Berley Road Bridge project.

Council voted to eliminate overnight camping in Lynches Woods with the exception of organized insured groups.

Ben Setzler, Keep Newberry County Beautiful Program Chairman gave the second quarter update.

Council approved the second quarter appropriation of $4,250 for the program.

Wanda Hill of the Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee gave a report from the 2/24/14 meeting.

Mike Pisano, Public Works Director gave a report from the 3/03/14 meeting.

Future meetings include:
On the Move with Margaret 3/10/14 @ 9:30 am
County Council 3/19/14 @ 7:00 pm
County Council 4/02/14 @ 7:00 pm
Finance Committee 4/07/14 @ 6:00 pm

NHS Boys' Basketball Team To Play in State Championship
Posted: March 3, 6:41 AM


In a game heard on WKDK and WKDK.com on Saturday, the Newberry High School boys' basketball team beat Indian Land 78-66 to advance to the state championship game in Columbia on Saturday. This is the third year in a row that the Bulldogs will play in the state championship. WKDK's Jimmie Coggins will be attending a press conference later today on the state matchups this weekend, and we will have information during the week about Saturday's game. Go Dogs!

silverstreet lutheranKeep Newberry County Beautiful Receives President's Circle Award
Posted: February 26, 7:24 AM


Some members of Silverstreet Lutheran Church help Keep Newberry County Beautiful

Keep Newberry County Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America  Beautiful’s  2014 National Conference, which recently took place in Charlotte, N.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Newberry County Beautiful, a subsidiary program of the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District, has met Keep America Beautiful’s strict standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.

“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions to local problems caused by litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and other community blight by engaging volunteers of all ages in its effort to create a vibrant community.”

school boardSchool Board Report
UPDATED: February 25, 8:31 PM


The School Board recognized some Newberry County students at last night's meeting. Click HERE to see these recognitions.

The board approved a second draft of the 2014-2015 calendar. There is a copy of the calendar on the school board website. Mr. Bennett told the board that no law has been passed but the law under consideration will allow districts to waive up to five days. Regarding the recent snow days, one day has already been made up on President's day. The board voted to make up the second on March 7 instead of Good Friday as was
previously decided. The third day is scheduled for June 3 but there is enough time in the calendar to move that day.

Susan Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow then presented the board with the budget calendar for
2014-2015.

Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects regarding the Administration Building. The project has experienced over 40 days of delays, but crews are working diligently even on Sundays to finish as quickly as possible.

During the Superintendent's report, board members reported on programs they attended at the SCSBA Conference last week. The board was inspired by new ideas and techniques being used by other districts. The board was reminded of the strong leadership and cohesive nature of Newberry County's
School board. The meeting closed with a quote from one of the programs. "Success is never owned but it is always rented. The rent is due every day and diligence is the currency."

J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place Receives Five-Star Rating
Posted: February 24, 9:03 PM


Many have known it for years but J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place is now officially recognized as one of the best of the best in providing long term care.

The facility recently received a Five-Star Quality Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Executive Director Kathy Montgomery states that the residents, families, community and staff have known that the facility is great, but the Five-Star Quality Rating proves it.

“Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average,” according to the CMS.gov website.

Three years ago when the facility was bought from Newberry County by Newberry Operators, it had a Two-Star Quality Rating.

Since then Montgomery and her staff have worked daily to improve the rating.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes easily and to be able to identify areas where they have questions.

The system gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars.

The nursing homes are graded on health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

The health inspections span the past three years, all of which J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place has only received a couple of minor violations. The area also includes any complaint surveys as well as the standard surveys.

The staffing grade has information about the number of hours of care on average provided to each resident every day by the nursing staff.

The quality measures rating have information about 9 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents.  For example, they look at the prevalence of pressure sores or changes to a resident’s mobility and this information is collected for each resident.

In addition to getting the Five-Star Quality Rating, the facility was also named as the facility of the year by Prestige Healthcare Management for 2012.

Montgomery was also named as the Administrator of the year and Stacey Bobo as the Director of Nursing for the year.

J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place also won awards for it financial excellence and providing the highest level of quality care.

Montgomery adds that while the awards are welcomed that the best reward is serving the residents and families each and every day with exceptional quality of care.

trainThree-Car Train Derailment Cleanup Continues
Posted: February 18, 7:02 AM


UPDATE: Clean up of train derailment continues. One East bound lane of US 76 still closed till early AM. Traffic has narrowed to one lane at Colony Church Road on the East bound side of US 76 (CR Koon Highway) to allow for continued clean up. Traffic flow is expected to return to normal for the morning commute.

Monday: A story we brought to you this morning on WKDK, a three-car train derailment happened shortly after 9:30 AM on Monday morning at the intersection of Highway 76 and Colony Church Road. There were no injuries, and the train was apparently carrying paper. Onef the eastbound lanes on Highway 76 was to remain closed until cleanup is complete.

Minor Earthquake Felt in SC
Posted: February 14, 11:24 PM

From Newberry Sheriff's Office: A minor earthquake has happened across SC. Reports are saying that a 4.4-5.4 quake was centered near Edgefield (USGS reported 4.1 quake). There has been no reports of damage. We are waiting on an official report from the US Geological Survey. The quake was felt over a widespread area. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY OR DAMAGE. 911 and Administrative lines have been clogged.

NC Co-ed Cheering Team Wins Super National Championship
Posted: January 19, 6:21 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - The Newberry College co-ed cheerleading team won the JAMFest Cheer Super National Championship for the Co-Ed Collegiate Cheer Elite Division 2 inside of the Indianapolis Convention Center on Sunday afternoon.

Newberry entered the second day with a lead over Saint Xavier of Chicago and extend the lead with a strong performance on the second day.

The Wolves raised their score to an 86.32 and finished with an average score of 85.99. The Cougars also raised their score, but were still over three points behind Newberry.

Newberry's victory is the first national title for the cheer program since the All-Girl squad won at the CCA Nationals in 2012.

Newberry is next scheduled to compete on March 15 at the Cheer Ltd College National Championship at CANAM in Myrtle Beach.

Don't Miss Corey Wahington's Appearance in NFLPA Bowl
Posted: January 18, 11:58 AM

CARSON, Calif. - Newberry College wide receiver Corey Washington has been making an impact during practices this week for the third annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and his next chance to impress scouts nationwide will come in a game situation later today.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday. The game will also be available over the internet at ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app.

From the beginning of the broadcasts of the two days of practice shown on ESPNU, it was clear Washington was making an impression on the scouts and the coaches for his American team. Dennis Green is the head coach of the team and Washington's position coaches are Andre Reed and Matthew Hatchette.

n an interview with ESPNU's Quint Kessenich at the top of the first broadcast of practices, coach Green was asked what he was telling young players trying to impress scouts and front office personnel. "It doesn't matter if the 'N' on your helmet stands for Newberry or Nebraska, you've got a shot."

During Thursday's practice sessions, the ESPN analysts including Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard and draft analyst Todd McShay raved about Washington's improvement and skill for the majority of the broadcast, especially following a tough touchdown reception in a short yardage drill.

Make sure to tune in Saturday to see one of the top small school players in the nation improve his NFL draft stock and continue to make Newberry College proud.

Archived broadcasts of the practice sessions for Wednesday and Thursday are available at ESPN3.com. Click on the 4 p.m. practice sessions for Corey Washington's Team American.

County Council Report
Posted: January 16, 8:01 AM

County Council met Wednesday evening in the Annex Building.

Henry H. "Buddy" Livingston, III was re-elected as Chairman for 2014. Kirksey Koon was re-elected as Vice-Chairman for 2014.

Councilman John E. Caldwell gave a presentation of proclamation honoring Rev. James A. Williams, retired pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Newberry and naming December 29, 2013 "Pastor James A. Williams Day."

David Enzastiga of Rish and Enzastiga, CPA's gave the county an unqualified rating in the Auditor's Financial Statement dated June 30, 2013. This means the county is extremely solid financially.

Service awards were presented to the following people for years of service:
Adra Battle, Veteran's Affairs – 5 years
Les Hipp, Councilman – 5 years
Kirksey Koon, Councilman – 5 years
Craig Newton, Coroner – 5 years
Steve Stockman, Councilman – 5 years
Rebecca Adams, Sheriff's Office – 5 years

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to abolish the Recreation Commission as established by Ordinance No. 10-34-02 and to reinstate the Recreation Commission with a change of membership from 14 members to 7 members.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to disband the Newberry County Community Hall Commission and the Newberry County Fairgrounds Commission.

One person spoke at a public hearing regarding a request to rezone just over a thirteen acre real estate parcel from Rural (R2) to Light Industrial (LI). This is near Highway 76 and Jalapa Road and part of Metal Masters. After the public hearing, Council passed second reading.

After a public hearing, Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of not exceeding nine hundred fifty thousand dollars General Obligation Bonds of Newberry to pay for certain specific obligations.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to declare surplus and approve the sale and transfer of real estate property owned by Newberry County at the corner of Highway 34 and 76.

Council passed a resolution to ratify and approve Mutual Aid Agreements and other Inter-Jurisdictional agreements entered into by the Sheriff's Office.

Council approved the FY2014/2015 Budget Calendar.

Council also approved the 2nd quarter appropriation (FY13/14 Proviso) for the library in the amount of $5,625.

Council approved low bid of $19,000 from Moats Construction for the courthouse interior demolition. Council approved low bid of $68,000 from Carolina Wrecking for Newberry Square exterior
renovations.

Council approved low bid of $77,000 from JMD Construction for old library renovations.

Committee reports were given by Debbie Cromer from a "Special Called" Finance Committee meeting on 1/06/14 and by Tommy Long from the Public Safety and Courts Committee meeting held on 1/13/14.

Future meetings include:
County Council – 2/05/14 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 2/10/14 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 2/19/14 @ 7:00 pm
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee 2/24/14 @ 6:00 pm

tinaCity Council Report
Posted: January 15, 8:09 AM

City Council met last night at City Hall. CityManager Al Harvey stated that the budget is in good order in his financial report.

Council recognized Jason Bundrick of the Police Department, for his five years of service.

Council also recognized Joe Kitchen of the Public Works Department, for his 10 years of service; and Tina Wicker (pictured, with Mayor Foster Senn and City Manger Al Harvey), Human Resources Department for her 35 years of service.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to execute a Contract of Purchase and Sale of Commercial Real Estate Owned by the City. Bob Shirey (KCB Group) has requested to purchase the Bergen's property to put in a high end grocery store downtown. The purchase price is one hundred dollars with the obligation to invest not less than $300,000 in the property over a 4 year period.

Council approved the FY2014-2015 Budget Calendar, and also
approved the 2014 meeting dates and work sessions.

dilleshawThree Arrested in Meth Lab Discovery in Whitmire
Posted: January 13, 4:53 PM

On January 11, at approximately 9:30PM, deputies responded to adomestic dispute between a father and his son at 372 Jack Wilson Road in Whitmire. Upon arrival, law enforcement officers were advised that the son, Robert Ellis "Robbie" Dilleshaw, Jr. (right), was manufacturing methamphetamine and that this was the source of the dispute. Dilleshaw fled the scene, but was located by law enforcement and taken into custody.

Once the officer realized that this was a working “Meth” (Methamphetamine) Lab, a certified Hazardous Material clean-up crew was called to the scene to provide the safe clean-up of the residence. There is no threat or danger to the surrounding community because of the meth lab. The residence has been completely processed by properly trained personnel and all dangerous items removed. Officers were later able to apprehend Dilleshaw, as well as two other individuals who were involved, with the aid of the citizens of Newberry County.

Those arrested were Robert Ellis “Robbie” Dilleshaw, Jr., 31, 372 Jack Wilson Road, Whitmire, S.C. 29178, Matthew Felker,34, 1608 Emory Street, Whitmire, S.C. 29178, and Christine Leah Davis, 36, 2423 Highland Drive, Newberry, S.C. 29108. They were taken to the Newberry County Detention Center and jailed pending a bond hearing which is scheduled for 4pm on Monday.

Sheriff Foster stated, “We have a responsibility as law enforcement officers and citizens of this county, to work proactively to keep this community safe and maintain that standard. We work to combat drugs in the community at every level. It takes an entire community to make this happen. We take that responsibility seriously in partnering with the community and it is our aim to seek out those who continue to oppose that standard.”

Murder Suspect Dies of Natural Causes at Detention Center
Posted: January 12, 4:23 PM

An inmate being held for the murder of his wife died Saturday December 11, 2013 at the Newberry County Detention Center.

Charles Butler, 76, of 305 East McKinley Street in Chambersburg, Pa was being held on warrants for the murder of his wife, Andreena Butler, 72 of US 176 in Newberry, SC.

Ms. Bulter was found dead in her home by a concerned friend on December 21, 2013. Newberry County investigators obtained warrants on Charles Butler after an intensive investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and SLED. Mr. Butler was arrested by the Chambersburg, Pa Police Department and extradited back to Newberry County, SC on January 9, 2014.

On January 11, Charles Butler was in the process of a tele-vistiation when he became disoriented. Correction Officers assisted him from the tele-visitation room in a wheelchair when he became unresponsive. Corrections Officers attempted life saving measures until Newberry County EMS arrived and determined there were no vital signs.

Based on the results of an autopsy, Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton had determined the death was the result of natural causes by cardiomyopathy.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will conduct an investigation as is protocol for in custody deaths.

page ncPage Earns 100th Victory at Newberry On Saturday
Posted: January 12,
9:55 AM


A 23-point outing by senior Tasia Holdorf and a 12-pointburst off the bench by redshirt sophomore Emily Perry pushed Newberry to a 61-58 victory over Mars Hill, which marked the 100th victory in scarlet and gray for head women's basketball coach Sean Page.

Newberry (8-4, 4-4 SAC) shot out to a quick seven-point lead as junior Ellie Gleeson (Albury, New South Wales, Australia) netted a jumper at 16:32 to put the Wolves up 7-0 before the first Mars Hill (2-10, 1-7 SAC) timeout of the afternoon.

The Lions fought back into the game and tied things up at 11-11 with 11:08 on the clock. With the game evened up, the two sides exchanged points and eventually the lead before the Lions managed to control the remainder of the first half. A layup by Sydney Comer put the Lions up by five, until with 14 seconds remaining Perry (Nambour, Queensland, Australia) cut the deficit to three before the half expired.

Newberry came out of the locker room with a six-point swing after Mars Hill scored the opening basket of the period. Mars Hill managed to keep the Wolves from regaining the lead over the first six minutes of the half, until Holdorf (Anchorage, Alaska) drained a three to put Newberry up by two.

Mars Hill shortly tied the game at 39-39, until a 3-pointer from Perry set off a run for the Wolves that eventually saw Newberry lead by 11 points with a little over five minutes remaining.

The Wolves led for the final 12 minutes of the game as Newberry fought off a scrappy Mars Hill squad.

Holdorf led all scorers with 23 points, while also tying senior Devanee Taylor (Chester, Va.) for a team high six rebounds. Perry was the Wolves other double-digit scorer as she netted a season high 12 points, including nine from beyond the arc.

Newberry shot 43.8-percent from the 3-point line, including a perfect 3-3 performance by Holdorf.

Gleeson and junior Kaitlynn Pacholke (Tampa, Fla.) led the Wolves with four assists on the afternoon. Junior Haylee Lepaio recorded three blocked shots, and was one of four Newberry starters to finish the day with at least one blocked shot.

The Wolves continue their homestand on Wednesday with a
6 p.m. tip-off against the visiting Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.

Newberry Schools on 2-Hour Delay Again; Follow Plan C
Posted: January 7, 4:22 PM

As we have been reporting on WKDK this afternoon, the School District of Newberry County has announced that public schools will be delayed for two hours again tomorrow due to extremely cold weather conditions that could affect mechanical aspects of busses and students awaiting busses.

Newberry County Public Schools will be under Plan C: Two-Hour Delay / Employees Report for Wednesday, January 8, 2014 regular time. Due to the possibility of extreme weather conditions, all Newberry County Schools will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule. Buses will run two hours later than the regular route time and schools will begin two hours later than usual. Pre-kindergarten classes which meet only in the morning will not be held. All employees are to report at their regular time as conditions permit.

Continue To Take Care In The Cold
Posted: January 7, 7:45 AM

Temperatures will probably not rise above freezing Tuesday and will be well below freezing Wednesday. Temperatures will rise slightly above freezing Wednesday afternoon.

Care should be taken for exposed pipes. If the pipes are not insulated, they should be allowed to drip to prevent freezing and bursting. Pets should be brought inside or provided with ways of insulation from the cold. Use only vented and/or approved heating devices. It is not preferable to use a cooking stove or oven for a heat source.

Do not use charcoal or propane cookers as an alternative heat source. If your heat does not work, layer clothes and try to find an alternate location for shelter. If you must go outside, layer clothes and cover exposed skin. The elderly and shut ins should be checked on by family and neighbors.

Newberry Schools on 2-Hour Delay; Follow Plan C
Posted: January 6, 5:30 PM

Other Delays/Closings/Cancellations for Tuesday, January 7

As we have been reporting on WKDK during the afternoon, the School District of Newberry County has announced that public schools will be delayed for two hours due to extremely cold weather conditions that could affect mechanical aspects of busses and students awaiting busses.

Newberry Academy will also be on a two-hour delay on Tuesday. Classes begin at 10 AM, with regular faculty morning supervision for early arrivals beginning at 9:30 AM at Newberry Academy.

Newberry County Public Schools will be under Plan C: Two-Hour Delay / Employees Report for Tuesday, January 7, 2014 regular time. Due to the possibility of extreme weather conditions, all Newberry County Schools will operate on a two-hour delayed schedule. Buses will run two hours later than the regular route time and schools will begin two hours later than usual. Pre-kindergarten classes which meet only in the morning will not be held. All employees are to report at their regular time as conditions permit.

First Baptist Church Preschool - Closed
Grace Christian Preschool - Closed

Extremely Cold Temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday
Posted: January 5, 8:11 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff's Office has issued this advisory regarding the cold temperatures this week.

Unusually cold temperatures will affect the area throughout this week, especially Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday lows will be in the middle teens and the high will reach just above freezing. Wednesday will see a warming trend with lows in the higher teens and highs being in the 40's. Any residual water on surfaces will freeze. Care should be taken to insure pets are well insulated from the cold as well as vulnerable plants. Uninsulated pipes should be covered or allow water to drip to prevent freezing and bursting. Only use approved heating devices indoors and insure those are away from flammable materials. The temperatures should rise toward the end of the week with Tuesday and Wednesday being the coldest.

trey millerMiller Named To All-Tournament Team
Posted: December 31, 7:23 AM

Newberry High's Trey Miller (right) was namedto the all-tournament
team at the 2013 Dorman Classic. The senior scored 53 points in three games.

Photo courtesy of
Wilson Senn

Fatality in Single Car Accident on Thursday
Posted: December 28, 8:37 AM

A Lexington County woman was killed in a Thursday morning single vehicle accident.

The driver died from injuries suffered in a single car accident, according to Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton.

The accident occurred while the driver was travelling on Lake Road (between Ira Kinard Rd and Bethel Church Rd) in the Prosperity section of Newberry County.

The driver of the vehicle, a 2004 CP Ford Mustang, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck and died at the scene of the accident which occurred around 11:50am.

Newberry County Rescue Squad, EMS, and Law Enforcement were dispatched to the traffic accident location on Lake Road at around 11:52am Thursday morning.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton identified the victim as Amy Rochelle Jeffers, 46, of 124 Andrew Corley Road, Lexington, S.C.

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Murder Case
Posted: December 24, 8:47 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a person in the murder of Andrenna Butler, 72 of Newberry, SC. Ms. Butler was found unresponsive in her home by a friend on Saturday December 21, 2013.

Charles Butler, 76, of 305 East McKinley Street Chambersburg, PA was arrested last night by the Chambersburg Police Department on a warrant from Newberry County for the murder of his estranged wife. Butler is being held on those warrants awaiting extradition hearings.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton has announced that Ms. Butler died as the result of a single gunshot wound to the head with the manner of death being a homicide.

Sheriff Lee Foster said that the warrant was obtained after an exhaustive investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, SLED and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. Investigating officers used a variety of forensic techniques to tie Butler to the crime scene in Newberry County and the murder of his estranged wife. They had been married for over 50 years prior to their separation and his moving to Pennsylvania.

Once the extradition process is completed, the defendant will be returned to Newberry County for court proceedings. Solicitor David Stumbo and the Eighth Circuit Solicitor’s Office will be the prosecuting agency.

According to Sheriff Foster, this was an isolated incident which was the result of a domestic issue stemming from the separation. The community is not in any danger.

Sheriff Foster credits the long, hard work of investigating officers and forensic crime scene personnel with the quick resolution of this case.

(Original Story posted 12/23/13)
Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder that took place over the weekend.

Andrenna Butler, 66, was found lying in the floor of her home located at 15804 US Highway 176 in Newberry, SC by a friend Saturday night at approximately 10:30pm. The friend had become concerned after making repeated attempts to contact her by phone. Ms. Butler’s friend had last spoken to her Friday around noon. Upon arrival, the friend gained entry through a secure garage door. Once in the garage, the friend saw Ms. Butler through the glass of the secured interior door. The friend checked Ms. Butler and called 911.

Upon arrival, it was determined by Newberry County EMS that Ms. Butler had no signs of life and the Newberry County Coroner was called to make the death pronouncement.

Newberry County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Coroner’s Office began to investigate the scene and determined that the death was suspicious.

At the time of release, the cause of death has not been determined and is pending further forensic investigation.

According to Sheriff Lee Foster, Ms. Butler lived alone after having been recently estranged from her husband of over 50 years. There were no signs of forced entry, no sign of theft and the alarm system had not been activated. Sheriff Foster said investigators from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office along with Agents from the State Law Enforcement Division will work around the clock to determine who took Ms. Butler’s life.

Anyone that may have seen anything between the hours of noon Friday 12/20/2013 and 10:30pm Saturday 12/21/2013 or has any information regarding this case is asked to call the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at 803-321-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC or go to the website at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

Assistance Is Needed For Search In Missing K9
Posted: December 21, 6:09 PM

Assistance is requested in the search of a missing Law Enforcement K9 and his companion dog. The K9 is from another agency but the owner/handler is a Newberry County resident. The dogs were last seen on Duck Bill Road (off Church Hill Landing off Bethel Church Rd in Prosperity, SC) after a tree fell on the fence allowing them to run away. The law enforcement K9 is a male, black German Shepherd, weighing 85#. He answers to Baruck and will come to you if called. His female companion is a brown Belgium Malinois, answering to the name of Sydney. The dogs should be together. If anyone has any information or sees the dogs, please notify the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at 803-321-2222.

bethanySchool Board Report
Posted: December 17, 6:46 AM

Newberry County School Board held theirmeeting last night and
gave special congratulations to Whitmire High School student, Bethany Cromer (at right, with Board Member Jody Hamm and Superintendent Bennie Bennett), Region 1-A participant in the Girls Tennis Singles State Championship.

The board also recognized the Mid-Carolina High School Varsity Cheerleaders for being AA Region II Champions and AA State Runners Up.

The board passed second reading of School Board Policy Changes regarding Policy GCC regarding professional staff leaves and absences and Policy GDC regarding support staff leaves and absences.

Mr. Kevin Madden of Greene, Finney & Horton, CPAs gave a report from the financial audit with a classification of unmodified (or no modifications were required). And Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow.

Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects regarding the Administration Building. Window frames and sheet rock is installed with painting ongoing, some glazing is due to be delivered December 19. Due to rain delays, the completion date is 30 plus days behind schedule.

Dr. Downs gave an updated report on the state report card review. Each school has two ratings— absolute, which is academic, and growth, which is performance based. Newberry County School District was one of only eleven districts in the state rated excellent in both categories.

Superintendent Bennett gave a report on the AdvancED review that finished December 4.

Board members who attended the SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference and Annual Business Meeting in December gave reports.

Some items board members think will be on the upcoming legislative agenda include school choice and "pay for performance" for teachers. There was no representation from the State Department of Education in attendance

garrettBallistic Shield That Was Shot As It Saved Deputy And Response Team Is Replaced
Posted: December 13, 8:02 AM

1872 is a number Lieutenant Garrett Lominack will likely soon forget. Lominack was holding aballistic shield when an armed suspect engaged in a standoff shot at the officers. The shield Lominack was holding stopped the bullet saving Lominack and his team from being shot.

So why 1872, it is on the plaque Lominack received yesterday from Safariland and Lawmen’s of Columbia recognizing that he is the 1872 life saved by the use of ballistic armor such as vests and shields. Safariland and Lawmen’s replaced the shield with a new one, but the old one will remain as a constant reminder that law enforcement officers live with a constant threat of being injured or killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Lee Foster said of the incident, “Only by the grace of God were none of the officers or the suspect injured or killed. I simply cannot say enough about the heroic actions of the deputies and investigators who handled this incident. They are to be commended for their actions and am so thankful that all returned home safely to their families.”

Sheriff Foster went on to say that responding to domestic disputes are some of the most dangerous situations law enforcement officers can face. He also pointed to the specialty equipment needed to handle such situations and stated, “This could have had a significantly different outcome if not for the CIRT team, the less than lethal weapon, and the ballistic shield. These are almost mandatory tools into today’s world.”

A photograph is attached with Lieutenant Lominack, Sheriff Foster, and the Lawmen’s representative. Sheriff Foster is holding the ballistic shield that was struck and a yellow circle has been drawn around where the bullet struck the shield to make it easier to see.

The entire incident started on October 30, when the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 169 Chaplin Park Drive at about 3:30am, when the victim’s mother contacted law enforcement. The victim had called her mother and her mother could tell from her voice and words that something was wrong so she contacted law enforcement to go and check on her daughter.

When law enforcement arrived, the victim met them at the door and they were able to escort her safely outside. She advised the deputies that her ex-boyfriend who was not supposed to be at the residence, he was on a No Trespass Notice, had broken into her home and waiting on her when she got home from work. She told them that he was inside the home and was demanding that they reconcile.

The deputies then went inside the residence where the suspect met them with a .22 caliber rifle under his chin threatening to commit suicide. The deputies and later joined by investigators and the Critical Incident Response , CIRT, began talking with the suspect and negotiated with him for about 2.5 hours. During that the time the deputies were able to get the suspect to remove the gun from his chin, but not surrender it. As negations continued, the suspect became increasingly hostile toward himself and the officers.

Meanwhile, the CIRT officers were attempting to get close enough to use a Taser on the subject. When they were unable to get into position, it was decided to use a less than lethal bean bag round on the suspect. The round was deployed and when the subject was staggered by the round, the officers attempted to subdue the suspect approaching him with a ballistic shield.

As the officers approached the suspect, he was able to regain his balance and fire one shot at the officers. The round hit the ballistic shield the officers were carrying and deflected away. The suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect was identified as Morris Ray Peters, 48, of 112 Delilah Lane, Winnsboro, SC. He was jailed and will be charged later this morning with Burglary and 3 counts of Attempted Murder for the shot fired at the officers.

The victim reports that there is a history of domestic problems that led to her filing the no trespass notice on the subject to keep him away from her home. There were no law enforcement reports in Newberry County found other than an escort for the subject to retrieve his property from that residence on September 16, 2013. The suspect has a history of alcohol related arrests including Driving Under the Influence and Open Container.

City Council Report
Posted: December 11, 8:48 PM

Newberry City Council met Tuesday evening at City Hall. City Manager Al Harvey stated that the budget is in good order in his financial report.

Council recognized Jim Liptak, Special Project Coordinator with the Water/Sewer Department, for his 10 years of service.
Council also recognized Roy McClurkin for his 30 years of service with the Police Department. Mr. McClurkin holds the position of Police Lt.-Investigator.

Council recognized the Police Department for being selected as AAA's "Traffic Safety Community of the Year" in the 10,000-30,000 population category for the seventh time in ten years.

Ms. Sheryl Medders of Mckinley, Cooper and Company, LLP presented Council with an overview of the FY2011-2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The audit report format continues to reflect GASB-34 Accounting Standards. Once again a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Reporting
was awarded to the City.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the budget in order to provide for funds for merit bonus.

Council passed second 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.

Council passed second 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.

Council approved the current voter registration list as the 2014 Jury List for the Newberry Municipal Court as required by South Carolina State law.

Mr. Louis Neiger requested to address council concerning texting while driving, but was unavailable to speak. Mayor Senn mentioned the possibility of the state passing a texting law.

Council approved the adoption of a resolution to that would make the old library building available for a museum provided certain directives are followed. The main directive is that a business plan must be prepared which addresses the future costs for operating and maintaining the facility. The sources of
revenue must be specific and not speculative such as grants that might or might not be available. Expenditures for renovations and personnel must be specific.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to execute a Contract of Purchase and Sale of Commercial Real Estate Owned by the City. Bob Shirey (KCB Group) has requested to purchase the Bergen's property to put in a high end grocery store downtown.

Council approved a request by the Newberry Opera House Foundation to serve a Champagne Toast in Memorial Park at midnight to welcome in 2014.

Composite Issued in Distraction Burglaries
Posted: December 9,
4:57 PM


The Newberry Sheriff's Office is seeking information as to the identity of this subjct. He is compositewanted for questioning in reference to his involvement of recent burglaries in Newberry and Laurens Counties.

This information was obtained from one of his victims. He uses the name Tom Rawlings or Rollins, and he says he is working for the local electrical company cutting righ of way. He lures the vicitim out of the house and keeps them occupied while another unknown accomplice burglarizes the homes.

The subject may have a speech impediment. He has worn a green safety vest during the incidents, and has either used a portable radio or phone while with the victims to possibly communicate with the accomplice. The subject is operating a burgundy unknown make pickup truck that appears to be an older model. The truck has tinted windows and may have silver streaks own the sides of it and across the middle of the tailgate. There is a black compressor or generator attached in the bed of the truck, and an exhaust fan on the driver's sided of the equipment. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the Newberry Sheriff's Office at (803) 321-2222

ramseyInmate Dies Of An Apparent Suicide
Posted: December 7, 6:13 PM

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
Posted: December 7, 2:05 PM

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
Posted: December 6, 9:51 AM

Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo williamsannounces 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
Posted: December 5, 7:07 AM

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 expansion project.

Council passed a resolution to reimburse itself for certain expenditures regarding the Mid-Carolina Industrial Park.

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
Posted: December 4, 6:52 AM

Governor Nikki governorHaley 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
Posted: December 2, 7:29 AM

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
Posted: November 22, 7:37 AM

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 Greenwood County.

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.

Council 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
Posted: November 20, 2:28 PM

Earlier today, County officials announced the establishment of a "mega site" for industrial development for Newberry County. Here is the official release (PDF format).

tennis teamSchool Board Report
Posted: November 19, 4:29 AM

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
Posted: November 18, 7:55 AM

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
Posted: November 16, 4:55 PM

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!
Posted: November 16, 8:51 AM

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!

leeRinger Earns Best Weathercaster Award!
Posted:
November 13, 6:01 PM


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
Lee!

major loynesCity Council Report
Posted:
November 13, 6:13 AM


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 bonus.

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, 5:03 PM

Some Newberry dignitaries and citizens were on hand Tuesday vincent streetmorning 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, 9:54 PM

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.

green bayBostick 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.
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Wolves Tripped Up At Carson Newman 52-31
Posted: November 10, 10:14 AM

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, 7:58 AM

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, 6:58 AM

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, 9:36 PM

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!

nby football 1102No. 25 Wolves Hold Off Brevard 28-21
Posted: November 2, 9:22 PM

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, 7:22 AM

The search for the fourth suspect wanted for a home invasion in the Prosperity area of Newberry County continues.

simsInvestigators from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and State Law Enforcement Division are searching for Randevious Hi-Keem Sims, 18, of 102 Byrd Street, Newberry, SC. Sims is wanted for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary.

In addition to these serious charges, Sims is currently out of bond for a charge of Murder is Fairfield County.

Three other suspects have been taken into custody for their involvement in this robbery and kidnapping.

The men, who were acquaintances with the victim, approached the victim at gunpoint in his yard and stole money from him. They then forced him into the house where they sought more money and other items. The men fled the scene.

“This crime absolutely shook a great community and we want to assure them that there are safe,” said Sheriff Foster. “This was not a random act of violence, but rather a targeted crime based on the suspect’s relationship and knowledge of the victim. Members of the community may rest assured that they are well protected and safe in their homes.”

Foster said that the exact nature of the relationship between the suspects and victim was part of the ongoing investigation.

The three men arrested are charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary, and Kidnapping. Those arrested thus far were identified as:

Phillip Dominick, 25, 988 Langford Street, Prosperity
Garian Jaleel Greenwood, 17, 101 Stanza Hill Road, Prosperity
Markevis Daiman Kinard, 20, 430 Lang Wise Road, Prosperity

If you have any information on the location of Randevious Hi-Keem Sims or about this case, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222.

morris_standoffMan Shoots At Officers After Standoff
Posted: October 30, 9:35 PM

A standoff with a man in Newberry County ends with the man firing on the officers. The man was taken into custody and no one was injured.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 169 Chaplin Park Drive this morning at about 3:30am, when the victim’s mother contacted law enforcement. The victim had called her mother and her mother could tell from her voice and words that something was wrong so she contacted law enforcement to go and check on her daughter.

When law enforcement arrived, the victim met them at the door and they were able to escort her safely outside. She advised the deputies that her ex-boyfriend who was not supposed to be at the residence, he was on a No Trespass Notice, had broken into her home and waiting on her when she got home from work. She told them that he was inside the home and was demanding that they reconcile.

The deputies then went inside the residence where the suspect met them with a .22 caliber rifle under his chin threatening to commit suicide. The deputies and later joined by investigators and the Critical Incident Response , CIRT, began talking with the suspect and negotiated with him for about 2.5 hours. During that the time the deputies were able to get the suspect to remove the gun from his chin, but not surrender it. As negations continued, the suspect became increasingly hostile toward himself and the officers.

Meanwhile, the CIRT officers, were attempting to get close enough to use a Taser on the subject. When they were unable to get into position, it was decided to use a less than lethal bean bag round on the suspect. The round was deployed and when the subject was staggered by the round, the officers attempted to subdue the suspect approaching him with a ballistic shield.

As the officers approached the suspect, he was able to regain his balance and fire one shot at the officers. The round hit the ballistic shield the officers were carrying and deflected away. The suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle. No one was injured in the incident.

“Only by the grace of God were none of the officers or the suspect injured or killed, said Sheriff Lee Foster. “I simply cannot say enough about the heroic actions of the deputies and investigators who handled this incident. They are to be commended for their actions and am so thankful that all returned home safely to their families.”

The suspect was identified as Morris Ray Peters, 48, of 112 Delilah Lane, Winnsboro, SC. He was jailed and will be charged later this morning with Burglary and 3 counts of Attempted Murder for the shot fired at the officers.

Sheriff's Office/School Brochure
Posted: October 30, 9:29 PM

Newberry County is nationally recognized for its preparation and response plan to critical incident at schools. Local leaders say that they are taking that preparation to a new level by explaining to parents their role should an incident occur in a Newberry County school. When report cards went home on October 29, parents also received a brochure explaining the critical role that parents have in assisting the public safety response to a critical incident at a Newberry County school. The brochure can also be found here.

School Board Report
Posted: October 29, 11:53 PM

Newberry County School Board held their meeting Monday night. Dr. William I. Buford of Twin Oaks Animal Hospital in Silverstreet presented the School Board with a contribution to FFA. Dr. Buford said because Newberry is an agricultural county, there is a greater need for large animal care and FFA can help fill that need.

Due to student response at the last board meeting, the board placed high school graduation ceremonies back on the agenda as an action item. Board members revisited the pros and cons of moving graduation ceremonies inside, debated the suggestion of several students to move the ceremonies to Saturday
morning following the present graduation day in order to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, and, in an unusual move, asked the students present for their wishes. All students present wanted to keep graduation outside, but the final vote was 3 for and 4 against moving graduation back outside. Ceremonies will be held inside this year.

The board passed first 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.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report on cash flow.

Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects stating that the Administration Building is dried in, HVAC is in place and window frames are being installed. The biggest challenge is many contractors in the same place trying to catch up from this summer's rain delays. The completion date is still about 30
days behind schedule.

Superintendent Bennett stated the importance of board members to attend the Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year Reception November 7 at 6:00pm at Newberry Middle School.

Superintendent Bennett gave a report from the board retreat which all members attended. Items discussed included the STEM program, the importance of staying ahead of technology, the use of tablets in a pilot program this year and the possibility of disposing of some property especially if there is a use for it in the community. Superintendent Bennett also mentioned the need to review each school's capacities to create good data before moving forward with future growth.

Superintendent Bennett reminded the press of the upcoming SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference and Annual Business Meeting in December.

nc football 10/26Wolves Stun Top-Ranked UNC-Pembroke Late 24-21
Posted: October 26, 10:04 PM

Corey Washington caught an 11-yard touchdown pass fromW.T. Murden with 1:10 left in the game to give the Newberry Wolves a 24-21 upset win over the No. 8/12 UNC Pembroke Braves at Setzler Field on Saturday night.

With the win, Newberry moves to 7-1 on the year. It is only the second win over a team ranked in the top 10 of the AFCA poll since Newberry joined the NCAA. UNC Pembroke falls from the ranks of the undefeated at 6-1. The Wolves stay at home next week, hosting Brevard for a 1 p.m. kickoff on November 2.

The Newberry defense limited the Braves to a season low 21 points and that program's lowest ever rushing total of only 27 yards on the ground.

It was Newberry's ground game that got the game started, as the Wolves ran 7:38 off the first quarter clock for a 16-play, 52-yard drive which ended in a 30-yard Kyle Clark (Beaufort, S.C.) field goal to give Newberry a 3-0 lead.

UNCP took the lead five plays later on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Luke Charles to Te'vell Williams to make it a 7-3.

The Wolves used another long drive spanning into the second quarter, with a 15-yard touchdown carry by Raleigh Yeldell (Johnston, S.C.) with 10:24 left in the half giving Newberry a 9-7 lead after the PAT was blocked.

After a Braves three-and-out, Newberry drove deep into UNCP territory, but the guests made four stops inside their own 1-yardline to thwart the drive. The Braves were in the shadows of their own goalposts and Mike Hopkins (Blackstock, S.C.) forced a sack and intentional grounding penalty to give the Wolves an 11-7 lead after the safety. They would take into the halftime break.

UNCP ran only 14 plays in the half and had four yards of offense in the second quarter on six plays.

The Braves' highly touted offense finally clicked on the opening drive of the second half, with a 12-play, 55-yard drive ending in a Demetrius Fairley 2-yard touchdown carry to make it a 14-11 Pembroke lead.

Newberry answered with a six-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) to Washington (North Charleston, S.C.) to put the lead back in Newberry's hands at 17-14.

UNCP responded again with an 81-yard drive with two big pass plays. The Braves' score came on Rontonio Stanley's 4-yard touchdown carry to make it 21-17.

Newberry saw two chances in Braves' territory fail early in the fourth quarter, as a field goal was blocked and a fourth-down attempt after a Braves punt fell short. On the fourth down play, a pass interference penalty was denied because of a slight deflection on the pass by a defensive lineman.

Pembroke attempted to drive for an insurance score, but on third-and-5, Charles was sacked and stripped by Dominique Jacobs (Columbia, S.C.), who recovered the ball at the UNCP 21-yardline with 2:09 to play.

Just three plays later, Murden found Washington in the endzone for the second time on the night, putting Newberry ahead 24-21 with only 1:10 to play after the Clark PAT.

The Braves were stopped a yard short of the first down on their ensuing third down attempt and Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) broke up a pass on fourth down to set off the celebration at Setzler.

Murden was very efficient leading a Wolves offense which did not turn the ball over on the night. He completed 13-of-20 passes for 116 yards and the two touchdown passes to Washington, while also carrying the ball 17 times for 84 yards. Yeldell was 8-of-10 for 77 yards and carried the ball six times for 43 yards and a score.

Washington was the Wolves' leading receiver with 7 catches for 89 yards and the two second half touchdowns.

The Wolves needed to make only 52 tackles defensively, as the Wolves controlled the ball for 37:27 of the game, racking up 426 yards of offense on 75 plays. Newberry punted only once in the game.

UNCP ran only 49 plays for 270 yards. Brice Green (Irmo, S.C.) had six tackles, while Hopkins had five stops with the sack which forced the safety and two total tackles for loss. Jacobs and Letavious Williams (Ware Shoals, S.C.) also recorded sacks. Dominique Walker (Rock Hill, S.C.) made five tackles as well.

simsOne Suspect Still At Large; Home Invasion
Posted: October 25, 7:10 PM

The search for the fourth suspect wanted for a home invasion in the Prosperity area of Newberry County continues today.

Investigators say they are searching for Randevious Hi-Keem Sims, 18, of 102 Byrd Street, Newberry, SC. Sims is wanted for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Burglary. Sims is currently out of bond for a charge of Murder is Fairfield County.

Three other suspects were arrested yesterday for the home invasion and armed robbery that occurred on Fire Tower Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The men, who were acquaintances with the victim, approached the victim at gunpoint in his yard and stole money from him. They then forced him into the house where they sought more money and other items. The men fled the scene.

“This crime absolutely shook a great community and we want to assure them that there are safe,” said Sheriff Foster. “This was not a random act of violence, but rather a targeted crime based on the suspect’s relationship and knowledge of the victim. Members of the community may rest assured that they are well protected and safe in their homes.”

Foster said that the exact nature of the relationship between the suspects and victim was part of the ongoing investigation.

The three men arrested are charged with Armed Robbery, Burglary, and Kidnapping. Those arrested thus far were identified as:

Phillip Dominick, 25, 988 Langford Street, Prosperity, SC
Garian Jaleel Greenwood, 17, 101 Stanza Hill Road, Prosperity, SC
Markevis Daiman Kinard, 20, 430 Lang Wise Road, Prosperity, SC

If you have any information on the location of Randevious Hi-Keem Sims or about this case, please contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222.

Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Westview Behavioral Center for Video System
Posted: October 22, 6:02 AM

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