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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

reid
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

veterans 3
A scene at the recent Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Newberry.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

veterans 2
Some of the attendees enjoying the Veterans Day Parade on November 9.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

veterans3
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

Willie_Theresa
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

scarecrow_realty
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


chapin labor day 2
Representative Walt McLeod waves to the onlookers at the Chapin Labor Day Parade.
Photo courtesy of Doggett Whitaker

chapin labor day 1
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


weathers senn
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

fosters
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


doris_marie
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

robertson
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

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

The Newberry County Sheriff’s perry_fosterOffice received a $4,500.00 grant for the purchase of camera equipment systems for officers.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the grant for their participation in a Coalition with Westview Behavioral Health Services to prevent Teen Drinking in Newberry County.

Tom Perry, the CAST Coordinator and Coalition Chair, stated “This grant is the result of the wonderful partnership between Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Westview Behavioral Services. The efforts of both are vitally important in combating underage drinking.”

Sheriff Foster stated “It’s important to have support for law enforcement in the community and it’s especially important to see that the support extends to businesses and agencies. We certainly appreciate what Tom Perry, his staff, and Cast Coalition board are doing in the community. It helps make our job easier when we have this kind of support.”

The camera systems will be used during compliance checks, undercover operations, and a variety of other functions that will serve the people of Newberry County.

Wolves Fall To Bears 35-14 On Saturday
Posted: October 20, 6:44 AM

The No. 23 Newberry Wolves opened the scoring, but five straight Lenoir-Rhyne touchdowns gave the hosts a 35-14 win as the Bears held on to the Bishops Trophy for the third straight season at Moretz Stadium on Saturday.

Newberry sees its season-opening winning streak snapped at six games. The Wolves are now 6-1 overall and 4-1 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Lenoir-Rhyne is now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Wolves host undefeated and top 10 UNC Pembroke for a 6 p.m. kickoff next Saturday.

davidStrong Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
Posted: October 18,
7:35 AM


A man being sought for Strong ArmedRobbery led officers on a foot chase and search Thursday afternoon.

Investigators were searching for the suspect on Lazy Brook Road in the Chapin section of Newberry County after they received information that he was in that area. An investigator located the suspect and attempted to arrest him; however, he began resisting arrest and was able to break free and run into the woods.

Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, Chapin Police Department, and State Law Enforcement Division all responded to the scene with a search using bloodhounds and the SLED helicopter.

The suspect was located hiding in a thick underbrush on Meadowlark Road. He was taken into custody without incident. The search lasted approximately an hour and a half and the suspect had covered more than a mile.

Christopher Walton David, 43, of 738 Columbia Avenue, Chapin, was arrested for Strong Armed Robbery on an existing warrant. He will also be charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer While Resisting Arrest. The officer was not injured during the incident.

David was being sought for strong armed robbery that occurred at the Quick Food Mart in Pomaria on Wednesday morning. David is accused of forcibly robbing a 73-year-old man while he was pumping gas.

mandy smithSmith Found Guilty; Gets 50-Year Sentence
Posted:
October 14,
8:05 PM

After a week long trial and five hours of deliberationending at around 1:00 AM on Saturday, 8th Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo announces that a Newberry County jury has found MandyLenore Smith, 35, guilty of murder and desecration of human remains.  Smith was sentenced 50 years in prison by the Honorable R. Knox McMahon at 2:00 PM on Monday afternoon.
                       
John Henry Mayers of Chapin, South Carolina, was first reported as a missing person by his family on May 11, 2011.  A three-week search for Mayers was conducted through joint investigation by the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and Lexington County Sheriff’s Office. 

Mayers’ long-time paramour, Mandy Smith, and a friend of Smith’s, Timothy Carroll Wise, became persons of interest through investigation and were questioned.  After Mandy Smith fled the area for several days between May 20-25, 2011, and was ultimately tracked down by law enforcement at her mother’s house in the Greenville area. Wise voluntarily took Newberry county investigators to Mr. Mayers’ body on May 25, 2011 deep in the Sumter National Forest, close to the gravel turnaround at Judy B Road in the Whitmire area.  An autopsy revealed that Mayers was killed from two gun shot wounds to the chest.  Wise gave a statement to investigators implicating Mandy Smith as the shooter.  Smith initially confessed to shooting Mayers, claiming that she did so to protect herself, and corroborated that Wise was present at the scene during the shooting. Sometime later Smith recanted her confession, claiming that Wise committed the shooting and that she did not have any foreknowledge of Wise’s plan to kill Mayers.           
           
Both Smith and Wise admitted to going back to the scene of the crime on May 18, 2011 and removing the victim’s head, placing it in a five-gallon bucket, and throwing it into the Enoree River.  Members of the Newberry County Water Rescue and Dive Squad were able to recover the dismembered remains from the river on May 26, 2011.

nby football 1012Wolves Roll To 44-9 Homecoming Win Over Tusculum
Posted:
October 12, 8:15 PM

The Newberry Wolves rackedup a season-high 582 yards of offense and rolled to a 44-9 Homecoming victory over the visiting Tusculum Pioneers in South Atlantic Conference action at Setzler Field on Saturday evening.

With the win, Newberry moves to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in SAC play. This is just the second time in school history the Wolves have started the season with six straight wins. Tusculum falls to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.

mc cheerFirst Place for Mid-Carolina Cheerleaders!
Posted:
October 10, 11:21 PM

The Mid-Carolina Varsity
Cheerleaders received first place at the Wildcat Cheer Classic at Lexington High School last Saturday, October 5.   Their next competition is the Viking Cheer Challenge on Wednesday, October 16 at Spring Valley High School. 

footballWolves Beat Wingate 42-28; 400th Win in History
Posted:
October 5, 10:52 PM

The Newberry Wolves scored21 unanswered points to close out the game and earn a 42-28 road win over the Wingate Bulldogs at Irwin Belk Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Newberry moves to 5-0 and 3-0 in South Atlantic Conference play and remains atop the league standings. The Wolves are the only 5-0 team in NCAA Division II's Southeast Region. Wingate is now 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league play. Newberry hosts Tusculum on Saturday, October 12, for the annual Homecoming game with kickoff at 4 p.m. that day.

The win was the 400th win in program history and the 2013 season marks just the third time in program history Newberry has opened with five more more straight wins. The 2006 team started 10-0 and the 1979 team won its first five games.

County Council Report
Posted:
October 3, 9:05 PM

Newberry County Council met October 2, 2013, at 7 pm, in the Annex Building. Victoria Juran, Clinic Director of Beckman Center for Mental Health Services, Newberry Center gave a
presentation. Subjects Ms. Juran covered included personnel available, services offered, and funding. For more information on the Beckman Center, their website is at www.beckmancenter.com.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Budget Ordinance for the 2013-2014 Fiscal year to provide for revised appropriations pertaining to capital expenses for repairs to the Newberry County Courthouse.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a one acre parcel (No. 419-21) from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Single Family Residential (RS-3). This will allow a mobile home to be placed on the property.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone three more real estate parcels at one acre each (Nos. 419-31/RSs-1, 419-35/RSs-1, 419-52) from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Single Family Residential (RS-3). This will allow mobile homes to be placed on these properties as well.

Council approved a bid in the amount of $19,802.20 from Sanders Landscaping for the Sheriff's Building Project. This will include removal of trees from behind the building and moving bushes from the back to the front of the property.

Council approved a Request for Qualifications from Alliance Consulting Engineers for engineering of Lynches Woods bridges and culverts.

Teresa Powers, Economic Development Director gave a report from the Economic Development Committee. Items discussed were updates from the Spec Building in Mid-Carolina Commerce Park, the transition of the Vision 2015 project to the Chamber of Commerce and the recent participation of the Regional Alliance during the business portion of the IAA Auto Show in Europe.

Future meetings include:
Finance Committee – 10/7/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 10/16/13 @ 7:00 pm
Public Safety and Courts Committee 10/21/13 @ 6:00 pm

The Insiders Visit Newberry on October 8
Posted:
October 2, 6:22 AM

Juvenile offenders from the Department of Juvenile Justice will provide basic and personal facts when they speak to an audience of youth and parents at the City of Newberry Safety Center courtroom, Nance Street. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
           
THE INSIDERS
is a community service-crime prevention project sponsored by the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, Community in Schools. THE INSIDERS is a group of teens from DJJ, Columbia. They will provide simple advice and food for thought, remembering the choices that cost them their freedom and landed them behind chain-link fences topped with razor wire.
           
Department of Juvenile Justice is “home” to about 1,000 young inmates from the state, ages 12 to 17. Its facilities are no longer called “reform schools” or “home for
troubled boys”, but prisons. Daily life involves a loss of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of choice, and in most cases, loss of contact with most friends and family members.
           
Communities in Schools Inc, (CIS) is the largest stay-in school network in America that targets at-risk youth, offering an alternate approach to education. The Communities in Schools at the Department of Juvenile Justice serves as a national model in a juvenile correctional facility, being the first of its kind in the nation.
           
Charles Chandler, who guides THE INSIDERS program, states that DJJ has six teens that travel around the state delivering personal lessons. All INSIDERS are required to maintain absolutely spotless records from day to day in order to keep their membership on THE INSIDERS team.
           
Each speaking engagement follows a format of general overview of Department of Juvenile Justice Cities in Schools. THE INSIDERS follow with personal testimonials. The program will be concluded with questions and answers from the audience. A single session is generally one hour.
           
MADD Newberry County, along with city and county law enforcement departments sponsor THE INSIDER program for youth education Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.. City Police Officer Sergeant Allison Moore is official host, the Reverend Eddie Bledsoe, invocation, and Charles Chandler, introductory speaker.

mars hillWolves Move To4-0 After 24-10 Win Against Mars Hill
Posted:
September 29, 7:31 AM

The Newberry
Wolves forced four MarsHill turnovers on the way to an emphatic 24-10 win at Setzler Field on Saturday night.

With the win, Newberry moves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference for the second straight year. Mars Hill is now 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the league. The Wolves snapped a five-year losing streak against MHU.

Newberry travels to Wingate (1-2, 0-1 SAC) for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff next Saturday, while Mars Hill hosts Carson-Newman.

School Board Report
Posted:
September 24, 8:17 AM

Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night in Newberry High School Auditorium.

After accepting recommendations from Executive Session, the board opened the public forum. Several students, both from Mid- Carolina and Newberry High Schools spoke against moving graduation indoors and submitted a petition with over 130 signatures. Some speakers gave alternate options, one
was to move the graduation date to Saturday, May 31, at 8:30 am for Mid Carolina and 10:00 am for Newberry since afternoon storm were the reason for the move. One student suggested looking for a venue large enough to accommodate all friends and family members who wish to attend without worrying about tickets. Another student was concerned about the noise level inside and stated the noise level is lower outside. Finally, a parent reminded the board that graduation is ultimately the students' celebration—the first life altering experience for many students—and suggested leaving the ceremonies unchanged until concrete plans are in place to accommodate all who wish to attend. Mr. Bennett spoke of the many students who brought their concerns to him earlier and to the board and commended them on their "poised, confident presence" regardless of the outcome.

Mr. Attaway and Mrs. Meetze were chosen to attend the upcoming SCSBA Legislative Advocacy Conference and Annual Business Meeting as voting members and Mrs. Reeder was chosen as an alternate. All board members can attend, but only Mr. Attaway and Mrs. Meetze (or alternate Mrs. Reeder) will be able to vote.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report, and Mr. Suber gave a report on construction projects stating that due to this summer's rain the completion date is still about 30 days behind schedule.

Mrs. Arrington gave a report on the hiring and turnover profiles. She also reported to the board that the mandatory notifications to each employee regarding the Affordable Care Act are going out this week.

She mentioned budgetary concerns will come from this Act.
Superintendent Bennett asked the board to decide on a day for the board retreat in October. WKDK will be notified of that date and location.

Superintendent Bennett also reminded the board of the December Board Meeting for AdvancEd in December. This will be a special called meeting on December 4 at 1:30 pm in the Learning Center.

The board requested to add an item to the agenda for next month regarding poor report card results and Common Core concerns.

nby0921Wolves Shut Out Catawba 27-0 in SAC Opener
Posted:
September 22, 9:17 AM

The NewberryWolves put together a fantastic defensive effort to shut out the Catawba Indians by a 27-0 count in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams at Shuford Stadium on Saturday night.

Newberry moves to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in SAC play and shuts out Catawba for the first time since 1992 and the first time in a SAC contest. Catawba falls to 2-1 and 0-1 in the league. Newberry hosts Mars Hill (1-2, 0-0 SAC) for a 6 p.m. contest next Saturday.

On a rainy night, the Wolves limited Catawba to 192 yards of offense, with only 72 passing yards. Newberry gained 296 yards total, with 193 yards passing and 103 yards rushing. For the first time this season, Newberry committed no turnovers.

Quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) was stellar in helping the Wolves out to the early lead, completing 17-of-28 passes for 190 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

Wide receiver Corey Washington (North Charleston, S.C.) was on the receiving end of both touchdown passes, ending the night with five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Dureal Elmore (Abbeville, S.C.) had a 2-yard touchdown carry in the third quarter and had five carries for 25 yards. Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) was Newberry's leading rusher with seven carries for 30 yards.

Defensively, B.J. Mazyck (Ridgeville, S.C.) was Newberry's leading tackler with nine stops, including one for a loss, as the Wolves made a total of 10 tackles for loss and limited Catawba to 3-of-15 on third down conversion attempts.

Letavious Williams (Ware Shoals, S.C.) made a sack and had two quarterback hurries on Catawba quarterback Danny O'Brien, who completed 10-of-21 passes for 72 yards.

Catawba's 120 yards rushing are the most by a Newberry opponent this season, but for only an average of 2.8 yards per carry.

All but two of Catawba's possessions ended in an attempt to punt - a fourth down conversion attempt in the fourth quarter failed and the Indians still had possession of the ball when the game ended.

On special teams for Newberry, Kyle Clark (Beaufort, S.C.) had a great night, connecting on field goals of 21 and 24 yards, while getting off six punts with a 42.0 yard average and a long of 47 yards.

After both teams struggled offensively early, it was the Wolves who found their stride first. Newberry drove down to the Catawba 34, but were held to fourth down. Outside of field goal range, the Wolves elected to go for it and Murden found Washington behind a defender and the receiver broke the play for a 34-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 with 6:36 left in the opening quarter.

The Newberry defense then held Catawba deep in its own territory, with Williams coming up with a sack on third down at the Catawba 7. A short punt was fielded by Jason Livingston (Conway, S.C.), who returned it all the way to the Catawba 24. Just four plays later, Murden found Washington for the duo's second touchdown of the night, this time from 11 yards out. After the Clark PAT, it was a 14-0 Newberry lead with 1:44 left in the quarter.

After a slew of unproductive possessions by both sides, the Wolves drove deep into Catawba territory, chewing up 64 yards in 13 plays, with a Clark 21-yard field goal at the 5:39 mark of the second quarter making it a 17-0 Newberry lead.

The Wolves forced Catawba to punt on its first five possessions, and a botched snap on the sixth forced punt was picked up by Newberry's Nate Sichali (Anderson, S.C.), who returned it down to the Catawba 10. After a defensive pass interference call moved the ball down to the 2-yardline, Elmore punched it in for a touchdown to push the Wolves' lead to 24-0 with 2:45 left in the half.

Newberry limited Catawba to 76 yards of offense in the first half.

The Wolves moved the ball well again on the first drive of the second half, as a 40-yard completion from Murden to Jordan McDonnell (Bluffton, S.C.) set up Clark's second field goal of the night, this time a 24-yard connection to make the lead 27-0 with 10:26 to play in the third quarter.

Newberry continued to limit Catawba's offensive chances, as the Indians had no drives end in the Newberry red zone and ran only two plays inside the Wolves' 30-yardline all night.

Catawba did block a 40-yard Clark field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, but the Wolves' defense put the clamps on and held on to a great shutout win to start the SAC slate.

Coroner Releases Name in Sunday's Traffic Fatality
Posted:
September 16, 11:04 AM

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton has identified a passenger who was killed in a collision on I-26 Sunday evening @ 6:05 pm. near Little Mountain SC. Steve Allen Kaufmann, 26 years of age, of North Charleston , SC, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. He was sitting in the rear right seat and was wearing a seat belt. An autopsy was performed Monday morning and the cause of death has been listed as Blunt Force Trauma to the Head. Coroner Newton indicated the accident occurred at 6:05 pm on I-26 near the Lexington County line. Newton reports the victim and two other friends were returning to the Charleston area from Atlanta after a week end trip. The driver and another passenger were taken to Columbia area hospitals for treatment. The collision remains under investigation by the SC Highway Patrol and the Newberry Coroners Office. Traffic control assistance was provided by the Newberry County Sheriffs Department.

sept 14 wolvesWolves Hold On To Edge Florida Tech 23-19 in Home Opener
Posted:
September 14, 8:33 PM

The Newberry Wolves moved to 2-0 on theseason with a tight 23-19 win over the visiting Florida Tech Panthers in the 2013 home opener at Setzler Field on Saturday afternoon.

Newberry (2-0) opens its South Atlantic Conference schedule next week at Catawba, while Florida Tech (1-1) hosts West Alabama in a nationally televised game on Thursday night.

The Wolves outgained the Panthers offensively and held the guests well on defense to overcome untimely turnovers. Newberry turned the ball over inside the FIT 10-yardline three times in the first half, including a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Florida Tech took an early lead on a Brion Ashley 35-yard field goal to make it 3-0 at the 9:50 mark of the first quarter. Newberry responded with a solid drive thanks in no small part to solid rushing from Dureal Elmore (Abbeville, S.C.), but the Newberry running back was stripped of the ball deep in a pile at the Panther 3-yardline to give FIT the ball and halt the momentum.

The teams traded punts, and on the last play of the first quarter, Florida Tech punter Brion Ashley shanked a 7-yard punt to set the Wolves up. On a long third down attempt, Wolves' quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Byron Dickerson (Atlanta, Ga.) to give the Wolves their first lead of the game at 7-3.

The Panthers cut the lead to one point when Ashley made a 24-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 75 yard drive.

Newberry answered well, with a key fourth down conversion resulting in a 28-yard completion from Murden to Troy Thompson (Orangeburg, S.C.). Newberry was at the FIT 6-yardline, and Murden floated a pass out to his right, which Trai Cadore intercepted in the endzone and return all the way to the other end of the field for a touchdown, giving FIT a 13-7 lead.

The Wolves drove deep again before the half, with quarterback Raleigh Yeldell (Johnston, S.C.) leading the scarlet and gray down the field efficiently. Unfortunately, just before the half, Yeldell was stripped of the ball at the FIT 7-yardline to leave the halftime score at 13-7 in the Panthers' favor.

After the half, it was the Wolves who grabbed the momentum, thanks to a 48-yard punt return by Jason Livingston (Conway, S.C.). Three plays later, Wesley Brown (John's Island, S.C.) carried the ball to paydirt from two yards out to give Newberry its first lead of the game at 14-13.

Later in the third quarter, Newberry pieced together an eight-play, 67-yard drive that was capped by the first career touchdown carry from Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) to give the Wolves a 21-13 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter.

>From there, it was the Wolves' defense's holds in key situations that helped the home team earn the win. After FIT picked off a Newberry pass inside Wolves territory, the Panthers got inside the Newberry 2-yardline with first and goal. The Wolves stopped all four attempts at scoring, including a pass breakup by David Davis (Columbia, S.C.) in the endzone.

After Newberry punted, the Panthers cut the lead to two points on a 16-yard touchdown carry by Trevor Sand. The 2-point attempt failed, leaving the score at 21-19.

The Wolves were forced to punt again, with the kick from Kyle Clark (Beaufort, S.C.) pinning the Panthers back to their own 7-yard line. The Wolves added two points of insurance when Alstevis Squirewell (Great Falls, S.C.) sacked Bobby Vega in the endzone for a safety, extending the lead to a very important four-point margin.

Following the free kick, Newberry went three-and-out and the Panthers drove into Newberry territory. While FIT got into field goal territory, the Panthers had to go for a fourth down chance due to the scoring margin and this time it was Letavious Williams (Ware Shoals, S.C.) who sacked Vega and earned the turnover on downs.

Newberry was able to carry the ball for a first down and make FIT waste its timeouts to run out the clock and the Wolves won their second straight game to open the season.

For the game, Newberry rolled up 393 yards of offense on 77 plays, while limiting the Panthers to 231 yards on 64 plays. FIT gained only 75 rushing yards, for an average of 2.1 yards per carry.

The Wolves earned 190 yards on the ground, led by 61 yards on 11 carries by Yeldell, who also completed 4-of-6 passes for 41 yards. Murden completed 13-of-20 passes for 162 yards, the touchdown to Dickerson and two interceptions. Dickerson was the Wolves' leading receiver with three catches for 52 yards.

B.J. Mazyck (Ridgeville, S.C.) led Newberry with nine tackles, while Arnez Gray (Greenwood, S.C.) had eight stops. The Wolves racked up four sacks, with Squirewell, Williams, Edmond Robinson (Wadmalaw Island, S.C.) and Nate Sichali (Anderson, S.C.) all downing the quarterback behind the line.

City Council Report
Posted:
September 11, 8:01 AM

Newberry City Council met last night at City Hall.

City Manager Al Harvey presented the financial report.
Council recognized Al Shealy of the Utility Department for his 35 years of service. Mr. Shealy holds the position of Water Treatment Plant Operator A.

The City of Newberry is once again the recipient of the Area Wide Optimization Program Excellence Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This award encourages existing facilities to achieve the highest levels of operational effectiveness and efficiency to stem the premature construction of new facilities. This year's AWOP Excellence Award marks the eleventh time in twelve years that the City of Newberry has received this honor.

Council passed a resolution to amend the Personnel Policies of the City of Newberry to require all department heads to reside in the city. There are two department that live outside city limits (Shannon Smith and Keith Minick) that will be allowed to continue to live outside the city, but their successors will be required to be city residents.

Council approved a request by Newberry Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for the Rocktoberfest Outdoor Concert to allow consumption of alcohol in Astwood Park on Saturday, October 5th from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm by a third party vendor in the park.

City Council approved a motion to serve alcohol at Oktoberfest on October 5th and allow the consumption of alcohol on Boyce Street between McKibben and Nance Streets as well as in Memorial Park between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Council was presented with an engagement letter from McKinley, Cooper & Company, LLC as required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The letter was signed by the mayor and management as part of the requirement.

Council went into Executive Session. When they returned Mayor Senn announced that they have been very pleased with the work Mr. Al Harvey has done as Interim City Manager and they have offered him a contract through September 2015 as the City Manager removing the interim title.

There will be a special City Council meeting Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm in City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Elvis Performs on WKDK on Tuesday!
Posted:
September 10, 12:38 PM

Travis Powell stopped by our studios on elvis_travisTuesday morning to perform some Elvis songs on "The Coffee Hour." Travis will be performing this weekend, along with more Elvis Tribute Artists, for the SC Elvis Festival at the Newberry Opera House. For more information, call (888) 406-5885 or visit www.ElvisFestival.com.

NHS Student Killed By Train on Saturday
Posted:
September 8, 2:41 PM

Just after 6 PM on Saturday, officers with the Newberry City Police chamone mcgrawDepartment responded to an incident near Cline Street in the city limits. Upon the scene, officers learned that a juvenile had been struck and killed by a CSX Train. The 16-year-old had been walking along the train tracks and was struck from the front. He had been walking southbound, while the CSX train was traveling northbound.

An autopsy was held Sunday morning, and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. The death has also been ruled an accident. Coroner identified the victim as Chamone A. McGraw, 16, of Newberry.

Photo courtesy of WLTX TV 19 www.wltx.com.

murdenWolves Hold On For 35-32 Win Against Elizabeth City State; Kick Off 100 Years of Football
Posted:
September 8, 10:09 AM

The Newberry Wolves scored five rushing touchdowns on the way to a 35-32 win over the Elizabeth City State Vikings at Roebuck Stadium to open the 100th season of football at Newberry College.

Newberry (1-0) returns home next week to host Florida Tech (1-0) in the home opener. ECSU (0-1) will travel to Tusculum (1-0) next Saturday. More information coming soon to WKDK and WKDK.com.

Photo courtesy of www.newberrywolves.com.

County Council Report
Posted: September 5, 6:25 AM

Newberry County Council met September 4, at 7 pm in the Annex Building.

Newberry County Auditor Donna Lominack presented Council with the 2013 tax levy. The 2013 Tax Levy for School Ordinary Purposes, as set by the Newberry County Board of Education per letter dated August 27, 2013, stated in part, "the 2013 School Ordinary Tax Levy be set at 186.8 mills".

Per County Budget Ordinance Mrs. Lominack recommended County Council levy 128.7 mills for County Ordinary Purposes and 0 mills for Reserve Fund Purposes; County General Obligation Bonds of 2007 – levying 0.6 mills; County General Obligation Bonds 2007A – levying 0.9 mills; General
Obligation Bonds of 2010A – levying 1.3 mills; General Obligation Bonds of 2010B – levying 1.9 mills; 2013B County Lease Purchase – levying 3.9 mills, 2013A Santee Cooper – levying 0.2 mills; recommended County Council levy 6.7 for Community Services; for a total 2013 levy for County Purposes of 144.2 mills
For School Purposes – the Newberry County Board of Education has levied 186.8 mills for School Ordinary Purposes for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. For School General Obligation Bonds of 2013, Ms. Lominack is levying 53.0 mills for a total 2013 levy for School Purposes of 239.8 mills.

The total levy for County Purposes is 144.2 mills and for School Purposes is 239.8 mills. The total 2013 Tax Levy for both County and School Purposes is 384.0 mills.

The anticipated value of one mill for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year for County Purposes is 115,104 for School Purposes (Bonds) is $118,268 and for School Purposes (School Operating) is $76,734.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance repealing Ordinance no. 227, relating to Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Council also passed second reading of an ordinance amending nonconforming structures or uses to permit
changes on lots containing less than two acres and other related matters.

Council passed a resolution to ratify and approve Mutual Aid Agreements entered into by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office. This was a change in terms with Saluda County Law Enforcement.

After a presentation by Library Director Sam Zaidy, Council approved 1st quarter appropriation for the Library in the amount of $5,625.

Future meetings include:
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee – 9/9/13 @ 6:00 pm
"On the Move with Margaret" – 9/16/13 @ 9:30 am
County Council – 9/18/13 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 9/23/13 @ 6:00 pm

"100 Deadly Days of Summer" Wraps Up Today; Motorists Encouraged To Practice Safety
Posted: September 2, 10:01 AM

The “100 Deadly Days of Summer” wrap up with this Labor Day holiday weekend. Nearly half of South Carolina’s fatalities each year continue to be DUI-related. South Carolina Highway Patrol is asking the public to help be the eyes for them on the highways and combat this problem by calling *HP if they suspect an impaired driver. In 2011, South Carolina law enforcement officers made 28,466 DUI arrests. We can only imagine the number of lives saved and injuries averted due to many of those arrests.

South Carolina law enforcement agencies are joining state and local agencies from North Carolina and Georgia to conduct public safety checkpoints and awareness events. The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to be stationing troopers every 10 miles on interstates during periods of travel on this Labor Day weekend.

UPDATE: Coroner Identifies Drowning Vicitim
Posted: September 1, 5:34 PM

Coroner Craig Newton has identified Saturday's drowning victim as 42-year-old Christian Eugene Pearson of Railroad Avenue in Whitmire.

Divers from Newberry and Union Counties along with divers from SCDNR recovered his body in Heller's Creek on Saturday afternoon. At 4:30pm divers located the body a short distance from where he went missing.

preservation awardSchool Board Report
Posted:
August 27, 5:45 AM

The Newberry CountySchool Board met last night, and upon their return from Executive Session, the School Board approved an extension of the contract for construction project not to exceed the monthly cost.

The board denied a transfer appeal that was discussed in Executive Session.

Newberry County School District received special recognition from the SC Historic Preservation at the Palmetto Trust Historic Preservation Awards for the renovation of Little Mountain Elementary (pictured with the award are School Board member Lee Attaway and Superintendent Bennett). This was the only award of this kind presented this year.

Newberry County Schools also received the Energy Office Milestone Award for energy consumption reduction. The goal for receiving this award was to reduce energy consumption by 20% before the year 2020. Newberry County Schools achieved this goal well ahead of schedule. Superintendent Bennett
shared the credit for this achievement with all Newberry County principals and staff.

Parent Beverly Hollowell addressed the board stating she was opposed to moving graduation indoors. Some of the concerns she mentioned were limited attendance, equal distribution of tickets, an unreliable sound system, restroom access during the ceremony and the added expense of cleaning the
extra locations needed.

Kathy Metts addressed the board stating she was in favor of moving graduation because of the temperature and concern over the weather. Another issue on her mind was the auditorium that was supposed to be part of the Mid-Carolina High School construction, but because of hurricane Katrina
costs soared and the project was reevaluated and the auditorium deleted from the plans. Ms. Metts said it was shameful that the board used the money intended for the auditorium on the new Administration building.

The board approved first reading to move this year's graduation ceremonies inside. Only ticket holders will be allowed inside for the ceremonies. One member opposed.

The board approved second reading of the following School Board Policy Changes for Human Resources:
Policy GBEC Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace
Policy GCO Evaluation of Professional Staff
Policy GCQE Retirement of Professional Staff
Policy GDQC Retirement of Support Staff

The board approved second reading of the following School Board Policy Changes for Student Services:
Policy JLDBB Self-Esteem Promotion/Suicide Prevention

The board approved a bond resolution to pay installments to the finance plan.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report stating that the fund balance will end up better than anticipated.

Mr. Suber gave a report on the construction projects stating that due to rain delays the completion date is still February but was not optimistic that date will be met.

Dr. Downs gave a report on AYP (adequate yearly progress), which is a measure of federal accountability (formerly no child left behind). According to the formula used in this report, Newberry County School District scored a C.

There was a report on the STEM initiative stating it was a success and suggestions were offered for improvements to the program over the next several years.

Superintendent Bennett reported the figures for the first five days of school with a grand total of 5,949 students enrolled on Day 5. This number is slightly higher than expected.

hall of fameCoggins Among Newberry College Hall of Fame Inductees
Posted:
August 23, 7:45 AM

Source: Newberry College Athletics
The 2013 Class of the NewberryCollege Athletic Hall of Fame were honored during a special banquet at the College on Thursday evening. WKDK's Jimmie Coggins, who has been "The Voice" of Newberry College Athletics for many years, is among those inductees this year. The other inductees include Johnny Bouknight, Stephanie Hemann Fox, Janet Parkman Jordan, Tim Medlin and Phil Spotts. All inductees will also be honored during halftime of the Newberry-Florida Tech football game on September 14.

County Council Report
Posted: August 22, 8:32 AM

Newberry County Council met August 21, at 7 pm, in the Annex Building.

Council presented service awards to Jacob Counts, Sheriff's office, for five years; Laurie Renwick, Clerk to Council, for five years of service; and Rosemary Floyd, Sheriff's office, for ten years of service.

The Honorable Frank R. Addy, Jr, Judge of the Circuit Courts, 8th Circuit addressed Council on behalf of the Chief Justice regarding courthouse repairs. Judge Addy expressed concerns about the records being kept safe from water and mold damage. County Manager Adams said he expects the roof to be
complete before the October sessions.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a 5.73 acre real estate parcel at Parr Rd. and Broad River Rd. from Rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC).
Council passed an ordinance repealing Ordinance no. 227, relating to Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance amending nonconforming structures or uses to permit changes on lots containing less than two acres and other related matters.

Council passed a Resolution to Commission a Code Enforcement Officer for Newberry County. This position will be in the Planning Department.

Council approved low bid in the amount of $1,830,000 from Yeargin, Potter, Shackelford Construction for the Spec building at Mid-Carolina Commerce Park.

Council approved low bids from Satterfield Construction for improvements to the following county
roads and parking lot:
Blackberry Lane - $65,450
Hill Trace Road - $124,130
Pineland Road - $151,095
Pomaria Fire Station Parking Lot - $6,050

Future meetings include:
County Council – 9/4/13 @ 7:00 pm
Personnel and Intergovernmental Relations Committee – 9/9/13 @ 6:00 pm
"On the Move with Margaret" – 9/16/13 @ 9:30 am
County Council – 9/18/13 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee 9/23/13 @ 6:00 pm

Special City Council Meeting
Posted: August 21, 7:51 AM

Newberry City Council met August 20,at 6:00 pm at City Hall. This special meeting was called as a combination of work
session and council business.

Council approved a request from the Fire Chief for authorization to apply for a SAFER grant from FEMA. This grant will fund an officer for recruitment and retention for four years at which time the City can choose to remove or continue the program without federal funding.

Council received a request from Ms. Ellen B. Mack, the owner of 2231 Timber Lane to receive out-of-city water service. This request was an emergency due to customer's well going dry. The property owners have agreed to execute an annexation covenant indicating a willingness to annex if the
properties become contiguous to the City limits and Council determines it is in the City's best interest to annex the property. This property is adjacent to an existing City water line and will require no extension beyond a standard tap.

City Council passed second reading on an ordinance to appropriate an additional $755,000 for the purchase of 4100 solid state electrical residential meters. Installation will begin in September and conclude in the fall.

Council opened a discussion pertaining to "smoking in public places and places of employment". City Manager Harvey referenced Greenville's ordinance and stated it would be too complicated for Newberry. He also referenced Lexington's ordinance stating theirs would be a better fit for Newberry.
More information will be presented before the first public hearing in September. City Manager Harvey emphasized the need to be reasonable, respect private property and citizens' rights.

PRT Director Scott Sawyer, assisted by Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt, provided information pertaining to programs and fees to the City's Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. The discussion included mention of raising fees for programs in order to provide better uniforms and services to participants.

PRT Director Scott Sawyer, assisted by Assistant City Manager Matt DeWitt, gave an overview of programs at the Firehouse Conference Center. According to the presenters, the Firehouse Conference Center hosts nine bookings per month which is near the max occupancy of 50%. In an effort to grow revenue, packages are offered which include an approved caterer list and the option to host events in different rooms (large/small) simultaneously.

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

belfast roadBelfast Road Closed at Rocky Creek Due to Flooding, Road Damages
Posted:
August 19, 7:12 PM

Belfast Road atRocky Creek was closed Monday afternoon until further notice due to flooding and road damages. Traffic is being detoured from Belfast to Stoney Battery to Trinity Church and back to Belfast Road. Directions are reversed from the opposite direction.

concussion billBarber Stands At Bill Signing with Governor Haley
Posted:
August 17, 9:18 AM

When Gov. Nikki Haley signedthe concussion bill in Spartanburg Thursday to better protect student athletes, one of Gov. Haley's guests on the front row was Brennen Barber of Prosperity.  Brennen sustained a serious head injury at a football scrimmage at Mid-Carolina High School in 2011.  His diagnosis and subsequent recovery have been featured in news stories, including on ESPN.   At the signing with Gov. Haley, Brennen was wearing his Mid-Carolina football jersey.

WKDK Listeners Raise $3000+ for School Supplies!
Posted: August 14, 2013 10:33 PM

Special to WKDK by Sue Summer

Listeners of WKDK pledged $3,094 for the Newberry County School Supplies Drive on Thursday morning (Aug. 15) during the back-to-school “Battle of the Genders” radio-thon.

Station owner Jimmie Coggins said, “As always, our loyal listeners opened their hearts to help needy children in our community.”

The Battle of the Genders is the only fundraising event in support of the Newberry school supplies drive. Since 1997 the drive has provided school supplies for over 12,000 students in our community. 

For many years co-chairs Pat Caldwell and the late Donny Layton competed for bragging rights as they battled to collect the most pledges for the ladies’ or the men’s teams. This year former YMCA director Jerry Coffey headed the men’s team.

The totals were “nip and tuck” for most of the morning. In the end, $1020 was pledged for the men and $1074 for the women--but with a match from the Taylor Foundation for the first $1,000, announced by co-chair Gerdi Lake, the men’s team surged ahead. 

Altogether, $3,094 in about 60 pledges and matching funds will be available to help needy children in Newberry County Schools receive the supplies they need for school success.

“Really, it’s not about making me or Jerry a winner. It’s about making needy children winners. Because the people of Newberry care, needy students in our community will start school this year with the supplies they need. We are most grateful to everyone who helped,” Caldwell said.

Boxes of supplies will be delivered to schools in the district, and teachers are invited to call Gerdi Lake with any special needs they identify (such as book bags) at 924-8328.

This community service project is sponsored by Aaron’s Rentals, County of Newberry Recreation, and Newberry Family YMCA. It is organized solely by volunteers, and its only funding source is donations from local churches, businesses, service groups and individuals. 

It is not too late to help. Donations may be sent to: School Supplies Drive, c/o Newberry County Family YMCA, PO Box 662, Newberry, SC 29108.

 

burt mohlerCity Council Report
Posted: August 13, 2013 10:54 PM

Newberry City Council met August 13, at7:00 pm. Interim City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report stating that 30 days into the the fiscal year, the city is at 8% revenue and 7% expenditures. The audit will be in the fall.

Service awards were presented to the following people for their years of service:
Gail Folk, Finance Dept. - 20 years
Burt Mohler, Fire Dept. - 20 years

Judge Frank Partridge administered the Oath of Office to Councilman David T. Force, District 4.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to issue a Bond Anticipation Note (BAN) to finance utility projects.

Robert Summer made a recommendation to create a "Friends of the Garden" committee which would be given the responsibility to raise revenue used for maintaining and making improvements to the Japanese Garden. He proposed to create the committee as a 501 (c)(3) organization so any could be tax deductible. Interim City Manager Harvey agreed to meet with Mr. Summer to discuss details.

Council approved a request from Ms Marketta Gray, the owner of 645 Apple Lane and Ms. Raphael Maybin, the owner of 651 Apple Lane to receive out-of-city water service. Apple Lane is accessible from Drayton Street. The property owners have agreed to execute an annexation covenant indicating a
willingness to annex if the properties become contiguous to the City limits and Council determines it is in the City's best interest to annex the property. This property is adjacent to an existing City water line and will require no extension beyond a standard tap.

City staff requested that City Council appropriated an additional $755,000 for the purchase of 4100 solid state electrical residential meters. Originally, City Council appropriated $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 for the purchase of new meters.

As of July 1st, there is a vacancy in one of the three meter reader positions. Instead of filling the vacant position, City staff is recommending that the City move forward with the implementation of all residential meters. The solid state meters will enable the City to read the meter and monitor all of the City's 4057 residential meters remotely and enable the City to eliminate the meter reader position. The request was read as an ordinance and passed first reading.

Newberry Awarded J. Mitchell Graham Award!
August 7, 2013 9:48 PM

As reported on WKDK and ptcWKDK.com earlier today (and on our facebook page last night), Newberry County has been awarded the J. Mitchell Graham Memorial Award for the Piedmont Tech project. This announcement was made on Monday evening at the 46th Annual Association of Counties Conference at Hilton Head.

buildingRoof Collapses in Downtown Building
UPDATED:
July 26, 2013 10:00 AM

The roof on the back of the historic Carpenter Building in Downtown Newberry collapsed on Wednesday evening.

The area continues to be blocked; however, stores on the other side of Main Street are open, such as Books on Main and Main Street Bakery. Elizabeth's on Main is in the process of relocating, as well as Summer Media. Some of the other stores on that side of Main Street are open on Friday.

Newberry Realty continues to examine the situation. Engineers could be looking at the building on Friday.

School Board Report


Eels Are YMCA Swim League Champions!
Posted:
July 24, 2013 7:11 AM

eelsThe NewberryEels won the 2013 Carolina YMCA Swim
League Summer Championships recently. WKDK congratulates the team, coaches and parents! Congratulations to their new rhinos too, Hunter Werts and Justin Suber!
Photo courtesy of Victoria Meetze

council 071713County Council Report
Posted: July 18, 2013 7:50 AM

Newberry County Council met July 17, 2013, at 7 PM in the Annex Building. Council presented service awards to Tommy Long, Emergency Services Coordinator, for five years and
Shane Kitchen, Sheriff's office, for ten years of service.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a 38.43 acre portion of a 40.48 acre real estate parcel near the intersection of Highway 773 and Wicker Rd. from Rural (R2) to Single Family Residential (RS1).

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a 2.06 acre portion of a 40.48 acre real estate parcel, also near Highway 773 and Wicker Rd. from Rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC).

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a 5.73 acre real estate parcel at Parr Rd. and Broad River Rd. from Rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC).

Council held a public hearing of an ordinance authorizing the execution and delivery of a Fee Agreement between Newberry County and Georgia Pacific Wood Products LLC: the application of a Special Source Revenue Credit to Fees-In-Lieu Of tax payments and other matters related thereto.

Council passed a Resolution to Commission a Code Enforcement Officer for Newberry County. This position will be in the Planning Department.

Council approved a proposal for redundant servers and operating system for the 911 system from AT&T and Encore Technology. No County funds are needed for this proposal.

Sam Zady, Library Director, addressed Council regarding funds to be used for furniture at the Whitmire Library. Council will have this information as an action item at the next Council meeting.

Future meetings include:
Council Work Session – 7/22/13 @ 6:00 pm
Public Safety and Courts Committee – 8/12/13 @ 6:00 pm
Public Works and Planning Committee – 8/19/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 8/21/13 @ 7:00 pm

mcmanus familyPlane Crash Claims Lives of Family with Newberry Ties
Posted: July 9, 2013 1:34 PM

Two families from South Carolina were killed Sunday when their air taxi crashed at an airport in Alaska. The plane crashed at around 11:00 (local time) about 80 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

These families included a family of five and a family of four--both families from Greenville.

In addition to South Carolina connections, the family of four including Dr. Chris McManus and Stacy Dickert McManus, have families in the Newberry area.

Both Chris and Stacy attended Newberry High School, and both were 1985 graduates of NHS.

They had two children, Connor and Meghan, who were also killed in the crash.

The investigation of the crash has begun. On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board investigators said that the investigation would last about a week, with a final report in about a year.

County Council Report
Posted: July 7, 2013 10:34 PM

Newberry County Council met on Wednesday evening last week, and The Honorable Eugene C. Griffith, Jr. administered donna lominackthe Oath of Office to Donna Lominack, Newberry
County Auditor and Karen Lindler Smith, Newberry County Treasurer, respectively.

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a three acre portion of a real estate parcel totaling fifteen acres at the intersection of I-26 and SC Hwy 202 in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural (R2).

After a public hearing, Council passed third reading of an ordinance to rezone a 4.5 acre portion of a 6.1 acre real estate parcel in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural 2 (R2).

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a 5.73 acre real estate parcel from Rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC).

Council passed a resolution to ratify and approve the purchase of a Fidelity Bond covering County Officials and Employees of Newberry County.

Council approved the Central SC Alliance 4th Quarter appropriation in the amount of $18,000 as recommended by the Economic Development Committee.

Teresa Powers gave a report from the Economic Development Committee meeting on June 24, 2013.

Jerry Faulkenburg again thanked Council for their support in the zoning process.

Future meetings include:
Finance Committee – 7/15/13 @ 7:00 pm
County Council – 7/17/13 @ 7:00 pm

 

forgeryWhitmire Police Searching for Forgery Suspect
Posted: June 27, 2013 7:24 AM

The Whitmire Police are looking for Selica Williamsley Wright on several counts of Forgery. If you have any information, please call 9-1-1.

City Council Report
Posted: June 26, 2013 6:43 AM

Newberry City Council met Tuesday night, and passed second reading of an ordinance to amend city code to implement an electric rate increase coming from PMPA (Piedmont Municipal Power Agency). No other utility rate or fee increases are proposed in conjunction with the FY2013-2014 budget.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to adopt the budget and levy taxes for FY2013-2014.

Based on the budget report presented by Interim City Manager Al Harvey, Council did not raise taxes.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the code of laws of the City pertaining to the International Fire Code. This will allow the city to refer appeals directly to the state.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be held July 2, 2013 at 7 pm in City Hall.

Economic Development Committee Report
Posted: June 25, 2013 4:35 PM

Special Report from Les Hipp
The Newberry County Economic Development Committee met on Monday evening, and several members of the public were in attendance and observed the meeting.

Mike Briggs, CEO, and Tracy McMillian, VP Operations of the Central SC Alliance provided the quarterly report of economic activity in the Central region of SC. With an improving economy and a favorable business climate, development in SC is returning to prerecession levels.  A significant majority of new industry is locating in existing structures or spec buildings.  Mr. Briggs indicated that since many industries utilize information gathered on the internet for preliminary location searches, SC Central Alliance has updated their website to better market the Midlands, including Newberry County.

Teresa Powers, Newberry County Economic Development Director, provided an update on the status of the Spec Building. Requests for bid will go out next week and the contract award should be completed by the end of August. The building, in its marketable form, should be completed by January, 2014.

Ms. Powers also reported on the status of Vision 2015, a cooperative group of private and government leaders. Vision 2015 members will meet again in the near future to continue to map strategic plans to improve Newberry County.
Following a marketing update from Teresa Powers, the committee entered Executive session to discuss specific matters relating to the proposed location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the area. No specific actions were taken during the executive session as required by law.

County Council Report
Posted: June 20, 2013 7:25 AM

Newberry County Council met June 19, 2013, at 7 pm in the Annex Building.

anne petersPictured: Council presented service awards to Jay Tothacer, County Attorney, 5 years, and Anne Peters, Zoning Administrator, 10 years.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a three acre portion of a real estate parcel totaling fifteen acres at the intersection of I-26 and SC Hwy 202 in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural (R2).

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a 4.5 acre portion of a 6.1 acre real estate parcel in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural 2 (R2).

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a 38.43 acre portion of a 40.48 acre real estate parcel from Rural (R2) to Single Family Residential (RS1).

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone a 2.06 acre portion of a 40.48 acre real estate parcel from Rural (R2) to Limited Commercial (LC).

Council passed third reading an ordinance to provide appropriations with amendments for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014. Councilman Koon opposed.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 for the Newberry County Public Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs.

Council passed a resolution to approve Mutual Aid Agreements and/or other Inter-Jurisdictional Agreements entered into by the Newberry County Sheriff's Office.

Council approved the low bid from Satterfield Construction for paving of Twin Springs Road.

Council also approved a Multi-Party Agreement for SC Highway 773 intersection realignment of Market Place Avenue at Market Place Business Park.

Council voted to cancel the County Council meeting on August 7, 2013.

Jerry Faulkenburg spoke during Public Comments to say he was building a house near Highway 202 in Little Mountain and thanked Council for their support in the zoning process.

Future meetings include:
Economic Development Committee – 6/24/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 7/3/13 @ 7:00 pm
Finance Committee – 7/8/13 @ 7:00 pm
County Council – 7/17/13 @ 7:00 pm

City Council Report
Posted: June 12, 2013 7:16 AM

Al Harvey has agreed to extend his term as Interim City Manager.

Newberry City Council met Tuesday evening, June 11, at 7 PM. At the meeting, Interim City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report saying that the city is comfortable with the budget.

bette brannonMayor Foster Senn announced Al Harvey had agreed to extend his term as Interim City Manager, and that City Council had suspended its search for a permanent city manager.


"We've been impressed with Al's work as interim city manager since he started leading the city in early April," said Mayor Senn. “In addition to his experience, we've also been impressed by Al's energy and initiative to get things done. We asked him to extend his period as interim city manager, and Al agreed to do that. We will resume our search for a permanent city manager at a later date.”


Harvey served as Newberry's city manager from 1978--2000.  He has served several South Carolina cities as interim city manager in recent years.

Council recognized the following people for their years of service:
Michael Wood, Police Department – 10 years
Bette Brannon (pictured above with Mayor Senn and Interim City Manager Harvey), Senior Administrative Secretary – 35 years

For 21 years in a row, the City of Newberry has received a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" which is the highest standard to receive for their accounting
procedures. Mayor Senn and Interim City Manager Harvey presented a plaque to Shannon Smith in recognition of this honor.

Council conducted a public hearing of an ordinance to rezone the Speer Street School property to planned development. The property was purchased by Newberry College who is planning to move the Education Department to that location. No one spoke for or against the ordinance.

A public hearing to allow comment on the proposed budget was held. Interim City Manager Al Harvey presented a summary of the FY2013-2014 Budget concluding his remarks that the budget total from FY2012-2013 was 38,696,195. The FY2013-2014 budget total is 43,056,779.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to rezone the Speer Street School property, identified as parcel #343-2-3-1&2 on Newberry County's Tax map to planned development.
Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend city code to implement an electric rate increase.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to adopt the budget and levy taxes for FY2013-2014.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the code of laws of the City pertaining to the International Fire Code. This is an administrative change.

A Special City Council meeting will be held June 25, 2013 at 5:30 pm in City Hall.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be held July 2, 2013 at 7 PM in City Hall.

School Board Report
Posted: June 11, 2013 7:25 AM

Newberry County School Board held their meeting last night, and Council approved low bid of $43,900 for security systems to include special door locks and security cameras.

The Board approved the personnel recommendations from Executive Session.

Superintendent Bennett made a special presentation to retiring secretary Mrs. Dorothea Simpson, who will be retiring June 30, 2013 after 36 years of service with the county school system. Mr. Bennett stated, "I will always thank you for your professionalism, but what I will miss the most is my friend."

Meagan Shealy updated the board with revised financial figures for the band program and Barry Hartman, MCHS Band Booster Club President 2013-2014 gave an overview of their budget and
requested additional funding for the band program

Mrs. Dowd gave a report on budget transfers and the board agreed to those transfers.

The Board discussed, at length, the General Fund Budget offering two options. The first being not to take a millage increase. Because there is close to 25% in the General Fund Budget, the board voted to take this option and not take a millage increase.

Mrs. Dowd also gave a report on the cash flow.

Mr. Suber gave a report on the construction projects stating that they are experiencing rain delays this week.

The next School Board meeting will be held July 15, 2013 at
7:30 pm.

nhs gradsNHS Graduation Held in Gym on Friday Night
Posted:
June 9, 2013
9:29 PM

After singing the school's almamater; Newberry High School graduates turn their tassles on their mortarboards at the conclusion of commencement exercises Friday night. Graduation ceremonies for both NHS and Mid-Carolina High School had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Andrea. Be listening for salutes to our area graduates all the rest of June on WKDK and WKDK.com!
Photo courtesy of Ted B. Williams/Special to WKDK

County Council Report
Posted: June 6, 2013 6:26 AM

Newberry County Council met June 5, 2013, at 7 pm in the Annex Building.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds of Newberry County not to exceed $1,215,000.

Council passed third reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2013 S-10 supplement to the Code of Ordinance for Newberry County.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a three- acre portion of a real estate parcel totaling fifteen acres at the intersection of I-26 and SC Hwy 202 in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural (R2).

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a 4.5 acre portion of a 6.1 acre real estate parcel in Little Mountain from Single Family Residential (RS-1) to Rural 2 (R2).

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone a 38.43 ac portion of a 40.48 acre real estate parcel from Rural (R2) to Single Family Residential (RS1).

Council held a public hearing regarding an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014.

Council held a public hearing regarding an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 for the Newberry County Public Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs.

Council approved consideration to accept Market Place Avenue into the County Maintenance System.

Wanda Hill, Human Resources Director gave a report from the Intergovernmental Relations Committee
held on June 3, 2013.

George Piersol was reappointed to the Board at Piedmont Tech. Joe Trainor and Jenny Lee Foster were reappointed to the Hospital Board.

Future meetings include:
Budget Work Session – 6/10/13 @6:00 pm
"On the Move with Margaret" 6/17/13 @9:30 am
County Council – 6/19/13 @ 7:00 pm
Economic Development Committee – 6/24/13 @ 6:00 pm

School Board's Public Hearing on Monday
Posted: June 4, 2013 7:25 AM

The Newberry County School Board held a public hearing on the General Fund Budget last night.

Buddy Livingston addressed the board to tell them he thought the board practiced good stewardship with the citizens' money and he felt that they kept the needs of the children of Newberry County first and foremost when making decisions for the school district. He said it would be beneficial for the board to raise millage by one or two mils without it being a hardship to the citizens. He also said that 68% of the information requested by businesses interested in locating in Newberry County ask about education.

One of the programs discussed is the STEM program.

Susan Dowd gave a report on changes the Senate has proposed and the effect they will have. The board discussed offsets to the changes in their work sessions. There was a change to the Federal allocation that will allow the State to utilize unrestricted funds. Mrs. Dowd also cautioned the board of anticipated sequestration issues.

The board discussed band allocations as requested by several parents at previous board meetings. Mrs. Dowd received information from the Greenwood Consortium which showed Newberry County's band budget is in line with several other school districts in our area.

No decisions were made at this meeting because it was a public hearing. Second reading will be held next Monday, June 10, at 7:00 pm.


Three Cars, Bus Involved in Friday Morning Accident
Posted: June 1, 2013 8:02 AM

Just after 8 AM Friday morning, a wreck involving three vehicles and a school bus occurred at the 34 Bypass and Nance Street in Newberry. EMS, Fire,Newberry County Sheriff's Office and the NPD also responded to the scene. According to authorities, an SUV ran a red light. The driver of the SUV identified as Brittney Cotney Lambert was taken to Richland, treated and released. Five special needs students were taken to Newberry Hospital and released. The bus driver was not injured. The driver of the SUV was not wearing a seatbelt.

Missing Man Found Tuesday Morning
Posted: May 28, 2013 8:41 PM

Earlier on Tuesday, the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance in locating a missing Clemson University student who was home over the holiday weekend and was missing.

Before he was found later on Tuesday morning, Gary Thinel Bishop, 22, 870 Quaker Road, Newberry, was last seen Sunday morning, May 26 at about 2:30am. He had been last seen wearing an orange Clemson University t-shirt with white lettering, blue jean shorts, and sport flip-flops with white socks. He had last been seen leaving his residence on Quaker Road.

He and his vehicle were located just inside Saluda County late this morning. Authorities remained on scene and no foul play was expected.


Tanker Truck Fire Causes Evacuation
Posted: May 21, 2013 6:06 AM

Last night a mechanical issue resulted in a fire on a tanker truck carrying granulated ammonium nitrate at the intersection of S.C. Highway 39 and Rose Bud Lane in the Chappells section of Newberry County. The motoring public should avoid this area as well.


Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kiswire
Posted: May 17, 2013 10:04 PM

kiswireThe Groundbreaking Ceremony of Kiswire, Inc., Steel Cord Division, took place on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM at Twin Springs Road in Newberry County. Officials were there for the groundbreaking and WKDK's Jimmie Coggins was the emcee for the event. Photo courtesy of Ted B. Williams/Special to WKDK

suspect_restaurantInvestigators Searching for Attempted Sexual Assault Suspect
Posted:
May 13, 2013 9:44 AM


The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to identify a suspect wanted in an attempted sexual battery on Friday night at a restaurant on Macedonia Church Road in the Prosperity section of Newberry County.

Investigators say that the suspect entered the restaurant and ordered food. The suspect then grabbed the waitress on her breast and then attempt to make sexual advances of the waitress. After she grabbed her cell phone, the suspect left the business.

The suspect is described as a white, male between the ages of 40 and 60. He is about 5’10” and has short brown hair. He also had a goatee. He has a medium build and was wearing a gray or blue shirt and tight blue jeans.

The suspect left driving a gold late 90’s model GMC extended cab pickup truck.

loblolly
Fire in Loblolly Estates
Posted:
May 11, 2013 9:04 AM


This was a scene of the Newberry Fire Department
responding to a fire at Loblolly Estates on Friday afternoon. The fire was controlled shortly afterwards.

summerCity Council Report
Posted: May 8, 2013 6:48 AM

Councilman Gregg Summer (r) with Mayor Foster Senn

Newberry City Council met Tuesday, May 7, at 7:00 pm.
Interim City Manager Al Harvey gave the financial report saying that the city is on target with the budget.

Council recognized the following people for their years of service:
Todd DeLeeuw, Public Works Department – 5 years
Jeffrey Weyers, Utility Department – 5 years
Ron Roberts, Fire Department – 15 years

Mayor Senn and Interim City Manager Harvey also recognized former Council member Gregg Summer for his service of 12 ½ years.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone the Speer Street School property to planned development. The property was purchased by Newberry College who is planning to move the Education Department to that location.

Council passed a resolution renaming McSwain Park to Dr. Ulysses S. Gallman Park. Council plans to improve the park in 2014 and include an historical plaque on the grounds.

Council approved authorization to sell and consume alcohol in Memorial Park and in the courtyard between the Opera House and the Firehouse Conference Center for "A Taste of Newberry" to be held on Friday, June 14, from 5:00pm to 8:30 pm in Memorial Park.

Due to the resignation of Councilman Summer, Council appointed Councilman Glasgow as next senior member to his position on the Clinton-Newberry Natural Gas Authority Board.

The next City Council meeting will be held June 4, 2013 at 7 pm in City Hall.


varsity soccerNHS Varsity Soccer Team in Playoff Action Next Week
Posted:
May 4, 2013 12:31 PM


The Newberry High School Varsity Soccer Team will be going to the AA playoffs next week. They are coached by Leslie McDuffie and assisted by Joseph Foster (a student-athlete at Newberry College). Stay tuned to WKDK and WKDK.com for more information.


holiday innHoliday Inn Express and Suites Newberry Named Top One in State
Posted: May 2, 2013 7:59 AM

The Holiday InnExpress & Suites Newberry, the #1 Holiday Inn Express & Suites in the state of South Carolina, is honored to be named a winner of InterContinental Hotels Group's (IHG) 2012 Torchbearer Award. Distinguished as the highest accolade in the IHG system, the Torchbearer Award goes to the top 3% of all IHG properties in North America. It is measured by their guest satisfaction scores.

Selected out of approximately 4,400 IHG hotels, which is the world's largest hotel group in number of rooms, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newberry hotel is excited to be recognized for their commitment to service excellence. The 2012 Torchbearer Awards was presented during the 2012 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL. The Awards Celebration reception and dinner took place at The Peabody Hotel – Orlando.

"We were very excited when a Holiday Inn Express property chose to open in our community. Since the hotel launched in 2009, they have provided outstanding hospitality, stellar service, and top-notch accommodations to residents and guests in Newberry," explains Foster Senn, Mayor of The City of Newberry, South Carolina. "On behalf of the City of Newberry, we extend our congratulations for their well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Holiday Inn Express brand," says Mayor Senn.


County Council Report
Posted: May 2, 2013 7:48 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday, May 1, at 7 pm, in the Annex Building.

After the public hearing on this topic, Council passed third reading of an ordinance adopting the Administrative Policies and Procedures contained in the International Building Code and the National Electric Code.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 budget with two amendments.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 for the Newberry County Public Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs.

Council passed second reading of an ordinance to enlarge the Joint County Industrial Park of Newberry and Lexington Counties to include Lexington County Technology Park Property.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds of Newberry County not to exceed $1,215,000 for EMS rolling stock and the public works project.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting 2013 S-10 supplement to the Code of Ordinance for Newberry County.

Council made a proclamation May 15, 2013 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day. This is by Presidential request but is not a Presidential Order.

Council was reminded of the rescheduled the May 15th meeting to May 22nd due to groundbreaking ceremonies for Kiswire.

Future meetings include:
Public Safety and Courts Committee – 5/06/13 @ 7:00 pm
Public Works and Planning Committee – 5/13/13 @ 7:00 pm
Kiswire Groundbreaking Ceremony – 5/15/13 @ 4:00 pm
County Council – 5/22/13 @ 7:00 pm

wreckAccident in Newberry on Saturday; One Airlifted To Area Hospital
Posted: April 27, 2013 10:04 PM


This was the scene of a wreck at Cockrell Drive and
Highway 219
wreck 2on Saturday.

One car was involved, and one person had to be extricated and flown to an area hospital.

Photos courtesy of Ted B. Williams/SPECIAL TO WKDK


boundarySchool Board Report
Posted: April 23, 2013 8:08 AM

Newberry CountySchoolBoard met on Monday night, and awards were presented to the nine Newberry Schools that received state awards of either Palmetto Silver or Palmetto Gold (pictured above are staff members of Boundary Street Elementary School).

Steve Wilson addressed the board to remind them of the importance of music and arts programs as part of the curriculum. He thanked the board for their support of the music program and gave examples of the many successful academic students who are also in band programs.

A group of students addressed the board with their concerns regarding their garden projects. The board normally doesn't respond to concerns during the public forum section, but the students asked them what the plan for the garden was. Mr. Hamm assured the students that although the garden plot is simply a big hole right now, it will be about twice its former size and that the topsoil was saved, placed in a holding area to be placed in the new garden area.

The board passed the second reading of the Procurement Policy and list of exemptions.

After a discussion, the board voted to replace one school resource officer (SRO) with the option open for a second if the find funding in the budget.

The board passed second reading of Policy IKA (with revisions) which concerns the Grading Assessment Systems.

The board passed the adoption of new middle school math textbooks.

Mrs. Dowd gave the financial report.

Superintendent Bennett told board members that the upcoming day at the Capitol has been changed to May 22nd. Superintendent Bennett reminded the board that the June meeting has been moved to June 10th at 7:30 pm.  May 30th will be the retiree reception at Newberry Middle School.

Six Arrests in Meth Lab Case; Two Children Taken Into Emergency Custody
Posted: April 19, 2013 6:33 PM

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office says that search warrant a meth lab has led to the arrest of six people (click
HERE for photos) and two young children were taken into protective custody.

A series of citizen complaints confirmed by law enforcement intelligence led to the execution of a search warrant at 252 Adam Teseniar Road located just off Highway 121 in the Newberry section of Newberry County.

Investigators say once inside, they found a working meth lab and six people were taken into custody as follows:

Amber Christine Teseniar, 23, of 252 Adam Teseniar Road

Heather Brooke Anderson, 23, of 252 Adam Teseniar Road

Jeffery Boyd Teseniar, 51, of 252 Adam Teseniar Road

Kelly Mac Teseniar, 42, of 226 Adam Teseniar Road

Meghan Lee Teseniar, 19, 252 Adam Teseniar Road

Nicholas Logan Teseniar, 26, of 252 Adam Teseniar Road

All six subjects will be charged with Manufacturing Meth and Willfully Exposing a Child to Meth.

Investigators say that once inside the house not only was there a functioning meth lab partially inside and partially outside of the house, but the house was in absolutely deplorable conditions.

The officers located two small children in the home, one 2 and one 11 months. The children were transported for medical examination because of the exposure to the meth lab. Once released without injury, they were placed into custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

A bond hearing on the subjects will be held sometime Saturday. A certified clean-up crew was called to the residence to safely dismantle and dispose of the meth lab.

County Council Report
Posted: April 18, 2013 7:25 AM

Newberry County Council met Wednesday, April 17, at 7 pm, in the Annex Building.

Council presented service awards to the following people:
• Trena Crisp, Magistrate's Office – 10 years
• Georgia Attaway, Assessor's Office – 15 years
• Detrick Bishop, Sheriff's Office – 15 years

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 budget. Council stated that there will not be a millage increase and tax rates will remain the same.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to provide appropriations for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014 for the Newberry County Public Library, Piedmont Technical College and the Newberry Agency for the Disabilities and Special Needs.

Council passed first reading of an ordinance to enlarge the Joint County Industrial Park of Newberry and Lexington Counties to include Lexington County Technology Park Property.

Council approved low bid from Cannon Associates, Inc. in the amount of 1,847,208.00 for the Sheriff's Office Renovation and Addition. Cannon Associates, Inc. was chosen from nine companies who submitted bids.

Council approved low bid from W.E. Baker and Son for the Whitmire Armory Renovation in the amount of $365,912.00.

Council also approved the purchase of two 2500 Series Dodge Trucks; one for the Little Mountain Rescue Squad and one for Prosperity Rescue Squad in the amount of $36,286.20.

Council approved the use of the Fairgrounds for Ag Expo September 12-15, 2013.

Council rescheduled the May 15 meeting to May 22nd due to groundbreaking ceremonies for Kiswire. Council will be hosting a dinner as part of those ceremonies that evening.

Debbie Cromer gave a report from the Finance Committee.
County Administrator Wayne Adams told council of the results from a lawsuit settled against the County regarding JF Hawkins to be paid by the state insurance fund.

Future meetings include:
Budget Work Session – 4/22/13 @ 6:00 pm
County Council – 5/01/13 @ 7:00 pm
Public Safety and Courts Committee – 5/06/13 @ 7:00 pm
Public Works and Planning Committee – 5/13/13 @ 7:00 pm
County Council – 5/22/13 @ 7:00 pm


inmanUPDATE: Victim Identified; Whitmire Man Charged With Murder
Posted: April 16, 2013 5:25 PM


UPDATE: The investigation into themurder case continues today. Investigators are still busy combing through the forensic evidence in the case, talking with potential witnesses, and working with the victim’s family in a tragic murder case.

Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said that an autopsy was performed today on the victim. Newton identified the victim as Allyson Taylor Greenway, 17, of 1309 Broome Street in Whitmire. Greenway died from asphyxiation due to smothering.

Douglas Eugene Inman, 21, also of Whitmire has been charged with murder in the case. He and the victim had a child in common and experienced a tumultuous relationship for some time. They did not live together and the child was not at the residence when the murder occurred.

Inman has been formerly charged with Murder, and will have a first appearance hearing this afternoon at 4PM at the Newberry County Magistrate’s Court.

Original story: A Whitmire man is in custody charged with the murder of a girl with whom he had a child in common.

Law enforcement officers were called to the home of the victim located on Broome Street in the Whitmire community Monday afternoon just after
5 PM when a family member found the victim’s body in the home.

After hours of investigation into the case, investigators arrested Douglas Eugene Inman, 21, of 920 Central Avenue, Whitmire, SC. He will be formerly charged with Murder on Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement officers were still on scene as of 11 PM Monday, with officers from the Whitmire Police Department, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Law Enforcement working together in the investigation.

Inman and the victim had a child in common and had a tumultuous on again, off again relationship.

Authorities are not identifying the victim at this time pending proper notification of all family members. An autopsy will be conducted in the morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Inman is currently out on bond for a charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct With A Minor, unrelated to this victim.

A first appearance hearing will be scheduled after the charges are formally filed.


City Council Report


williams_bishopMarch for Babies Another Success This Year
Posted
:
April 14, 2013


Jacki Williams (left) and Savanna Bishop were the first two to finish walking
the entire four miles on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Wilson Senn.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, complete with abundant sunshine and perfect temperatures for walking, the 2013 March of Dimes "March for Babies" was held in downtown Newberry.

Newberry Community Director for the March of Dimes, Rebecca Walker, was on hand, as well as Newberry's Codi Lester, who sang the National Anthem before the walk. WKDK was proud to once again be a local sponsor for the event.

Toby Bishop jogged the entire four-mile route, being the first overall finisher.

Top t-shirt winners were Team Kiley Grace.

Regarding fundraising, second place overall top fundraising team was Team for Noah ($6200), and the top fundraising team was Kraft Foods ($17,000+). Top online fundraising team was TD Bank, and the top school was Reuben Elementary, raising over $1500 for the cause.

Team for Noah was the top family fundraiser, and the top individual fundraiser was Wanda Shealy (Team for Noah). Circle of Champions, having raised over $1000, were Wanda Shealy and S.W. Shealy, both with Team for Noah.

Meth Bust on Friday; Children Taken Into Protective Custody
Posted
: April 5, 2013

A man and a woman have been arrested after law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at 1223 Summer Street in the City of Newberry. According to Chief Jackie Swindler, two small children were taken into protective custody after the discovery of the working methamphetamine lab. More details on WKDK and WKDK.com as they become available.

County Council Report

anita woodsWoods Receives 911 Telecommunicator of Year Award
Posted: April 4, 2013


Anita Woods has received the Mary Sue Livingston 911 Telecommunicator of the Year award. This is given to an employee who has shown dedication, loyalty, and leadership above and beyond the call of duty. This individual must epitomizethe image of a 911 communicator 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. Anita Woods exemplifies just those qualities.

A longtime supporter of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office in the community, Anita came to work with the agency in 2010 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 tirelessly at her job and is always happy to assist others in their efforts. Anita has a job that oftentimes, goes unnoticed when the call for help goes out.

Sheriff Foster stated that “Anita is a great employee who does a great job, and is a valuable part of our organization.”

Sheriff Foster said that 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, Anita was the logical choice for this award.

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

National Walking Day is April 3
Posted: April 1, 2013


Newberry will be a host site for National Walking Day on April 3, and all Newberrians are invited to participate in the lunch-time walk, starting at Memorial Park in downtown Newberry.

Sponsored by the American Heart Association, National Walking Day seeks to encourage everyone to "put on their sneakers and start walking...and to get Americans to become more physically active." On April 3 from noon--1:30 p.m., the Newberry host committee will be set-up at Memorial Park to pass out water and information for those taking part in the walk. Participants will walk self-paced, and markers will be set-up on Main St. at 1/2 mile and mile intervals from Memorial Park so people can see how far they have walked.

Also at Memorial Park, tables and chairs will be set up for those who wish to bring their lunch to enjoy after the walk.

Special host for the National Walking Day in Newberry will be Amanda Pennekamp Bluestein (above), Miss South Carolina 2004, a Newberry College graduate and a heart survivor. Mrs. Bluestein will welcome walkers and participate in the walk. " I am excited to be a part of Newberry's efforts to join in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day," said Bluestein. ."It is so easy to set aside the importance of physical activity and replace it with the stresses of the day - but none of us can afford to forget our health. How great that Newberry is stepping up to remind the community to take a minute and be active. I hope everyone will join us on April 3 for National Walking Day as we strive to make being healthy a habit."

The American Heart Association reports cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease and stroke, are the nation's leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability. The Heart Association says walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help lower blood pressure, increase HDL "good" cholesterol in the blood, control weight and control blood sugar through improved use of insulin the the body. All of these changes help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Mental Patient Walking from Hospital; Found in Scotts Creek
Posted: March 28, 2013


A mental patient walked away from Newberry County Memorial Hospital this morning. He was in the woods behind the Bi-Lo and between Glenn and Evans Streets, but was found in Scotts Creek behind Medical Park by deputies with bloodhounds. The patient was recovered without further incident.

The patient was described as a white male from Florida -- 5'10" tall, 210 lbs. and bald. He had been last seen wearing a hospital gown, red socks and wrapped in a blanket. He was awaiting placement in a mental health facility.


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