City Police Department Rolls Out Body Cameras
Corporal Emily Seibert with the City of Newberry Police Department is shown wearing the department’s new body-mounted cameras under her nameplate on her uniform.
The City of Newberry Police Department has officially begun using body-mounted cameras, according to Police Chief Roy McClurkin.
In March of 2015, McClurkin said the State of South Carolina disclosed that all police departments were going to have to implement body cameras. Upon hearing of this, the department came up with a policy to submit to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy staff attorney. Once approved, body cameras were then tested.
"We decided to go with Vista by Watch Guard," McClurkin said. "We found that they were very durable and worked the way we needed them to."
The city's police department also uses Watch Guard in-car cameras and McClurkin said he wanted their officers to have body cameras that were compatible with them.
To purchase the cameras, the city submitted an application for $74,000 through the state for the funding to implement both the body cameras and a server system for storage of the video. In turn, McClurkin said the state only allocated the city $48,000 for cameras.
"We had to do some creative thinking through the budget and were able to come up with the additional funding for storage in the form of a server for the actual body camera footage," McClurkin said.
After securing the money from the state, 30 cameras were purchased for city officers. McClurkin said officers then went through extensive training sessions to train officers in the use of the cameras and the policies for them.
Each city officer has their own body camera assigned to them, as well as a charger, McClurkin said. The policy for the cameras dictates when an officer must turn the camera on including during traffic stops, when an officer encounters suspicious vehicles or persons, all arrests and all uses of force incidents.
"It should be activated when responding to a disturbance, disorderly calls, motor vehicle accidents and calls involving emotionally or mentally disturbed subjects," McClurkin said.
Policy also dictates what footage must be kept and for how long. Any non-investigative, non-arrest or routine incidents that were not reported must only be kept on file for a period of 15 days, McClurkin said. Any other circumstances need to be kept until a case is disposed of.
Each camera holds up to nine hours of footage before it must be docked in the police department where footage is downloaded to the secure server.
McClurkin said command staff is able to go through the footage should there be a problem. Each officer can look at their footage only, but it cannot be altered in any way. The actual footage from the body-worn cameras, McClurkin said is not a public record and cannot be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act.
Having body cameras benefits both the public and the city's police officers by everyone being held accountable, McClurkin said.
"Interactions are recorded so the officer and the public have to be accountable," McClurkin said.
McClurkin said the cameras can also be used to capture evidence needed in court and can ensure accuracy of victims' and witness statements.
"We feel that body-worn cameras will be an invaluable tool to our department," said City Manager Matt DeWitt. "What the cameras provide is an unbiased third-party account and this will help reduce the amount of questions and better protect everyone involved in police-related encounters."
West Fraser Expanding Newberry Operations
Posted: October 18,
West Fraser, a diversified wood products company, is expanding its Newberry County sawmill operations. The project is expected tobring $33 million in new capital investment.
Established in 1955, West Fraser produces lumber, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, pulp, newsprint and wood chips, as well as energy through several bioenergy initiatives. Beginning as a small, three-man operation, the company has grown into the largest lumber producer in North America, operating facilities throughout western Canada and the southern United States.
Located at 3287 College Street, West Fraser’s Newberry sawmill directly employs 155 workers. Since 2007, the company has invested millions to modernize the mill and plans to invest $33 million more to procure wood, services and goods in Newberry County. West Fraser also plans to install a log merchandiser designed to increase production by more than 37 percent.
Wolves Winning Streak Extends To Six; Wolves Beat C-N 34-19
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Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks entered Saturday’s contest fresh off his 337th career win, which moved him past Pop Warner and into fifth-place in college football coaching history.
Newberry made sure that Sparks made no headway on fourth-place Bobby Bowden before the third-largest crowd on record to ever watch a game at Setzler Field.
The Wolves racked up 424 yards of total offense and pounded Carson-Newman for a school-record 14 tackles for loss in a 34-19 Newberry victory, igniting the near-record crowd of 4,988 and solidifying Newberry’s spot atop the South Atlantic Conference standings with its sixth consecutive win. Click HERE for more information.
Mayor Proclaims End Childhood Hunger SC Week In Newberry
Posted: October 12,
Mayor Foster Senn has proclaimed the week of October 23-29, 2016,
End Childhood Hunger SC Week within the city of Newberry. A proclamation was
signed October 11 prior to the City Council meeting. The proclamation was
made to bring awareness that one in five children live in families where
their full food needs are not met. As part of this week, a variety of
programs have been planned in Newberry County including an afterschool
program snack drive and after school tutoring. The Newberry Literacy Council
is collecting donations of healthy snacks as a part of the effort. For
further information about the work that is being done in Newberry County,
please email email@example.com. Pictured Front Row: Ashley Page and Mayor Foster Senn
Back Row: Barbara Chapman, Gina Koon, Rhonda Ackerman and Sam Zaidy
Public Power Week Celebration On Friday
Posted: October 11,
The City of Newberry Utilities Department celebrated Public Power Week October 2-8. As a part of that, a celebration was held Friday, October 7 at City Hall.
Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans.
Throughout the week, city elementary school students had the opportunity to participate in a coloring contest. Each coloring page contained a fact or safety message about electricity. Middle and high school students had the opportunity to participate in a competition to submit a song, poem, illustration, essay or combination expressing an electrical safety message. All entries were displayed at Friday’s celebration.
Winners of the competition are as follows:
- Gissela Luis Sanches, seventh grade, Newberry Middle School
- Quinn Waites, fourth grade, Newberry Academy
- Kindel Jaeger, third grade, Newberry Academy
- Grace Mayer, second grade, Newberry Academy
- Lila Koon, first grade, Newberry Academy
- Princess Lucas, second grade, Newberry Elementary
- Mason Hunter, third grade, Newberry Elementary
- Kaden Williams, K5, Newberry Elementary
- Justin Ramirez, first grade, Newberry Elementary
- Ardestini Epps, Kindergarten, Boundary Street Elementary
- Melenna Gallman, second grade, Boundary Street Elementary
- Emily Parra, third grade, Boundary Street Elementary
- Josi Aull, fifth grade, Boundary Street Elementary
- Michael Isbell, second grade, Gallman Elementary
- Romona Olvera, third grade, Gallman Elementary
- Jamarion Hawkins, fifth grade, Gallman Elementary
- Xavier Gary, fourth grade, Gallman Elementary
- Brandon Ramirez, first grade, Gallman Elementary
During the celebration, city residents were invited to bring a copy of their latest utilities bill and a regular incandescent light bulb to exchange it for a brand new LED bulb for free. Corndogs and slushy’s were provided to the community from Sonic of Newberry. City residents also had the opportunity to register for door prizes including t-shirts, bill credits and various gift cards.
City of Newberry Utilities Director Marc Regier said that Newberry’s utility services were reliable and safe and they took pride in serving their friends and neighbors.
“We are proud to have served Newberry for 120 years,” Regier said.
Silverstreet Man Arrested For Trafficking Crack, Cocaine, and Marijuana
Posted: October 10,
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that a man is in custody today after investigators found him in possession of crack, cocaine,marijuana, and pistols at a residence located on Green Acres Lane in Silverstreet.
Sheriff Foster said that investigators were able to make several undercover drug buys from the residence over the last several months. He said that the investigation culminated when deputies served a search warrant on the residence late Thursday afternoon.
Investigators say that once inside the residence, they located more than 15 grams of crack, approximately 40 grams of cocaine, and several ounces of marijuana. Sheriff Foster said they also located two pistols inside the residence.
“This is another example of the partnership between law enforcement and community,” said Sheriff Foster. “The residents of this community brought the unusual activity at this residence to our attention and we were able to conduct an investigation into this matter identifying the residence as a place that was conducting the sale of illegal drugs.”
“There are two important factors to such an investigation,” said Sheriff Foster. “First, the public’s assistance in providing us information, which is crucial to our combined success because law enforcement simply cannot be in all places. The second is the public’s understanding that such investigations take time. The standard of proof needed for convictions in the court’s today continues to rise so it is imperative that we just not make the arrest, but we insure that the case can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Derrikus Raphael Oliver, 33, 309 Green Acres Lane, Silverstreet, SC was arrested and charged with Trafficking Crack Cocaine, Trafficking Cocaine, and Possession of Marijuana With Intent To Distribute. He has been denied bond.
“This man was a major player in the sale of illegal drugs in this community,” said Sheriff Foster. “This is the second large drug arrest we have made in this community within the last three months.”
“We are committed to working with all of the communities of Newberry County and when the community and law enforcement communicate and partner, together we can make a difference,” concluded Sheriff Foster.
Wolves Win Fifth Straight Behind Watson's Career Day!
Posted: October 9,
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Cole Watson was 11 years old the last time Newberry defeated Mars Hill on the Lions’ home turf.
At 21, the senior wide receiver torched the Lions’ secondary for a career-high 151 yards on 10 catches to help Newberry to a come-from-behind 35-21 win at Meares Stadium.
The Wolves scored 28 consecutive second-half points to turn a precarious halftime deficit into a rout before a cosmetic Mars Hill touchdown with 1:18 remaining cut the final margin to 14 points. Watson was held out of the end zone but had a propensity for explosive plays, tallying six catches of at least 10 yards and counting a leaping 30-yard effort as his longest reception of the day. Click HERE for more.
Local Teens Raise Money For Playground Equipment
UPDATE: Newberry County Continues Preparations
For Hurricane Matthew
Posted: October 7,
While we are approximately 150 miles from the coast, Newberry County will experience issues from Hurricane Matthew. The following is the most up-to-date information we have. The more serious time frame of the storm will be early Saturday morning throughout the day Saturday.
Please keep in mind that storms are unpredictable and conditions can change depending on other environmental conditions. If the storm continues to track closer to the coast line, our conditions will worsen. Also if the storm delays in the right turn out to open sea, our conditions will persist longer.
Newberry County is on the boarder for tropical force winds and heavier than usual rains. The lower 1/3 of the county (Lake Murray and much of the Mid Carolina area) is grouped with the higher levels of rain and higher winds.
We can expect 2-4" of rain with higher amounts in the Mid Carolina area. The rain should not be continuous, but will come in squals. There may be short periods of intense rain, followed by calm.
Winds are expected to be in the 25-35 mph range with higher winds and gusts in the Mid Carolina area. Reminder that it is not necessarily dangerous THAT the wind is blowing, but WHAT the wind is blowing. Secure loose items that could become airborne and become a projectile.
All school functions have been cancelled for the weekend. The schools remain on standby if we are activated as an evacuation center. This will depend on the damage experience in the coastal regions and the amount of people displaced.
Due to wind conditions, sporadic power outages may occur. Prior to tonight, citizens should insure they have adequate batteries for portable radios and flashlights. Candles will provide illumination, but they can also cause fire and should be used with caution.
Updates will be given via Nixle, Facebook and WKDK. You can sign up for the FREE Nixle service by going to our web site www.newberrycountysheriff.com
. You can listen to our local broadcaster via 1240 AM or www.wkdk.com
or on the WKDK app in the Apple I store or Google Play.
Law Enforcment and Emergency Services are on standby and are prepared to respond depending on conditions.
Local Teens Raise Money For Playground Equipment
Posted: October 6,
Megan Grubbs, Kori Kunkle and other local
teens raised money Wednesday night for new playground equipment for children with special
needs, and that equipment is planned for Marion Davis Park. The fundraiser
was a big success, and the City of Newberry thanks all of the volunteers and
Mac Bell of Sonic!
Wolves Hand Catawba First SAC Loss!
Posted: October 2,
Photo courtesy of newberrywolves.com
The Wolves did just that in amonumental victory Saturday evening, handing South Atlantic Conference foe Catawba (2-3, 2-1 SAC) its first conference loss in a convincing 35-14 thumping at Setzler Field.
Newberry (4-1, 2-0 SAC) wasted no time in jumping in front, forcing a three-and-out and blocking a punt on Catawba’s first possession to take over inside the Catawba Indians’ red zone. Romelo Doctor’s bruising, 1-yard run put the Wolves ahead less than two minutes into the contest.
Doctor finished the game with 58 yards on 17 carries, moving into seventh place on Newberry’s all-time rushing yardage list with 2,268 in his remarkable career. He added a second score just minutes into the second half on an 11 yard run where he spun off three Catawba Indian defenders at the line of scrimmage, and waltzed into the end zone to build a 28-7 Newberry lead. Click HERE for more.
Newberry Man Arrested, Charged With Burglary, Kidnapping, Robbery, And More
Posted: September 26,
As we reported earlier today on WKDK, Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that a Newberry man has been arrested and charged with Burglary, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery of a High andAggravated Nature, and Grand Larceny for the violent kidnapping and robbery of a 73-year-old woman.
Deputies and investigators responded to the victim’s home on Green Meadows Drive Wednesday night just after 10:30pm. The victim, who had been able to remove some of the bindings, was still partially restrained with duct tape and a telephone cord. There were clear markings from having been tied up around her neck and legs.
“I cannot say enough about the incredible job done by the entire investigative team,” said Sheriff Foster. “All involved worked tirelessly and for countless hours to bring this suspect to justice. The investigators used every available resource including technology, forensics, and a great working knowledge of the community and environment to make an arrest in this case.”
The victim said that she opened the door to get into her vehicle and when she did, the suspect, who had been laying in the seat, kicked her in the chest. The suspect forced the victim inside the home, where he bound her using the duct tape and phone cord then took money and jewelry. He then forced her into her vehicle still bound and drove her around demanding money from an ATM. He then took her back to the residence and demanded more money and property. It was after the suspect left the scene that the victim was able to escape enough of the bindings to call 911. She did receive medical treatment and was released from the hospital with a broken collar bone and related minor injuries.
“I find it especially despicable for someone to not just rob an elderly person but to physically assault and injure them as well,” said Sheriff Foster. “He could have gotten her money and property without injuring her, but he chose to inflict additional injury and pain on the victim, particularly since he knew her and lived in the same community.” I pray that the legal system will take the full extent of his actions into consideration as he is dealt with by the law.”
The suspect fled the left the scene in the victim’s car. However, law enforcement was able to locate that vehicle near Boyd’s Crossing Road. The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division used bloodhounds to search the area, but the suspect was not located. The vehicle was taken to the Newberry County Sheriff Office crime lab for processing. The Newberry City Police Department offered assistance throughout the investigation.
“We are pleased to bring this suspect to justice,” said Sheriff Foster. “This is what law enforcement agencies working together with the community united with cutting edge techniques can accomplish together.”
Jail records identify the person arrested as Anthony Maurice Wise, 24, of 604 Green Meadow Drive, Newberry, SC. He was charged with Burglary, Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature, and Grand Larceny on Saturday morning. He has been denied bond at this time. Wise was already on probation for a drug related offense when this incident occurred.
Newberry Defense Keys Big Road Win
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A punishing defensive effortcoupled with 502 yards of total offense helped Newberry to a convincing 37-10 victory on the road at Tusculum on Saturday afternoon in the Wolves’ South Atlantic Conference opener.
The game’s key moment came at the three-minute mark of the first quarter. The Wolves had a 7-0 lead after a seven-play, 57-yard drive capped by an 11-yard Markell Castle touchdown reception, tying him for the team lead with three on the season. Shea Rodgers’ kickoff sailed toward the sideline, where a Tusculum returner caught the ball as he stepped out of bounds.
The Pioneers were awarded the ball on their own 3-yard line after the miscue, where the Wolves’ defense forced their first three-and-out of the contest. The ensuing punt glanced off the side of the punter’s foot, traveling just 13 yards before coming to rest out of bounds.
Keinan Lewis leapt over a defensive back and made a spectacular catch on a perfectly-placed fade pattern down the near sideline on the first play, giving the Wolves a 23-yard scoring play on their first offensive snap since the Yeldell-to-Castle connection.
The sequence was indicative of Newberry’s dominance on both sides of the ball throughout the contest. Newberry scored the first 20 points of the game and never looked back en route to the four-score victory. The Wolves averaged 6.6 yards per play, more than doubling the Pioneers’ 234 yards of offense on the afternoon. Tusculum was limited to just 96 yards offensively in the second half and saw 10 of its 12 drives in the contest terminated after 25 yards or fewer. Click HERE for more.
Newberry Arts Program Recipent Of Programming Excellence Award
Suspect Being Sought In Burglary, Kidnapping Of Elderly Woman
Posted: September 22,
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information after a 73-year-old woman was burglarized and kidnapped last night.
Deputies and investigators responded to the victim’s home on Green Meadows Drive last night just after 10:30pm. The victim, who had been able to remove some of the bindings, was still partially restrained with duct tape and a telephone cord. There were clear markings from having been tied up around her neck and legs.
The victim said that she opened the door to get into her vehicle and when she did, the suspect, who had been laying in the seat, kicked her in the chest. The suspect forced the victim inside the home, where he bound her using the duct tape and phone cord then took money and jewelry. He then forced her into her vehicle still bound and drove her around. He then took her back to the residence and demanded more money. It was after the suspect left the scene that the victim was able to escape enough of the bindings to call 911. She did receive medical treatment and was released from the hospital with a broken collar bone and related minor injuries.
The suspect fled the left the scene in the victim’s car. However, law enforcement was able to locate that vehicle near Boyd’s Crossing Road. The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division used bloodhounds to search the area, but the suspect was not located. The vehicle was taken to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office crime lab for processing.
The Newberry City Police Department offered assistance throughout the investigation.
The suspect is described as a black male. He had dread lock style hair. He was approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed approximately 150 pounds. The suspect was wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, and a black hoodie.
Law enforcement said that based on their investigation, the suspect was familiar with the victim before this incident. They would not elaborate on the connection at this time citing the integrity of the investigation.
The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a substantial reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect. If you have information you can contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2222, email your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Newberry Arts Program Recipent Of Programming Excellence Award
Scott Sawyer and Marquerite Palmer with South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association President Eric Stewart.
The Newberry Arts Program has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Programming Excellence Award for population under 30,000. The award was presented on September 12 by the South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association (SCRPA) Awards Committee at their State Conference awards luncheon at the Greenville Hyatt Regency.
Marquerite Palmer, arts program coordinator and Scott Sawyer, director of parks, recreation and tourism for the city accepted the award for the program. Palmer said it really was a dream come true.
"The idea of an arts center in Newberry has floated around and been talked about since I came here in 1993 and each time it was attempted, it just seemed it wasn't the right time," Palmer said. "And this time, the stars aligned and everything fell into place. It was just the right time for it."
The Programming Excellence Award could be given to each of two population categories, according to the SCRPA awards information page: those 30,000 and under and those over 30,000. An agency was able to submit for either Programming Excellence or Parks Excellence, but not both. The award pertains to any recreation program or special event that an agency offers.
Sawyer and Palmer spent several weeks putting together information to submit for the award, Sawyer said. The final application was submitted on July 7.
In the application, Sawyer and Palmer had to answer questions including a summary of the Newberry Arts Program, the mission of the program, its economic impact, any challenges the program has faced and what made the program unique.
While the Newberry Arts Program has faced several challenges including a starting low budget and needing a place for classes, both Palmer and Sawyer agree that it could not have been accomplished without the enormous amount of support they received from City Manager Al Harvey.
Wanting to start a new program with no budget was a huge challenge, Sawyer said, but fortunately city management supported the notion that a quality visual arts program was a viable endeavor and a complimentary extension to the community's arts experience that was established by the Newberry Opera House.
In the less than two years that the Newberry Arts Program has hit the ground running, it has added a unique social element to a lot of people's lives, Sawyer said.
Not only does the Newberry Arts Center have separate art and pottery studios, but it also includes outdoor space for classes and events. The arts center has also attracted a nationally renowned watercolor artist, as artist-in-residence and a world renowned clay artist as a presenter and advisor for the SC Clay Conference which was established through the program from scratch.
"It is unique that strong community support includes varied partnerships and dedicated volunteers that have come together to help provide the arts experience to anyone in the community, young or old. And regardless of ability to pay," Sawyer said.
Harvey said he commended the Parks, Recreation and Tourism department and Palmer for receiving the Programming Excellence Award.
"Such recognition at the state level reflects the tireless efforts put forth by Mrs. Palmer and the many volunteers that have contributed so much time and talent to develop a very high quality arts program that has been widely accepted and enjoyed by the Newberry community over the last two years," Harvey said. "The future of the Newberry arts program is unlimited."
Palmer said the creation of the Newberry arts program had created a community and she was excited to see what its future held.
Brooks Announces Retirement At PTC
Posted: September 22,
Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Technical College, has announced plans to retire on June 30, 2017, at the end of the current academic year.
Brooks made his plans official in a meeting with the college's Area Commission on Tuesday evening. He has led the institution since March 2008.
George Piersol, PTC Area Commission Chair said, "Dr. Brooks' focus on creating the right environment for student success has had a huge impact on Piedmont Technical College."
"The Commission is appreciative for his experienced leadership over the last eight years, and we are fully supportive of the important initiatives begun during his tenure," he said.
The Piedmont Technical College Area Commission plans to search for a new president in accordance with the policy set by the South Carolina Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.
The college's second president in 50 years, Brooks has led the institution through historic surges in enrollment and the financial challenges of a record-setting recession. Under his leadership, the college has emerged on firm financial and operational footing, and has garnered nationwide accolades for its work in a number of areas.
The college has built stronger relationships with the communities it serves, including innovative public/private partnerships like the development of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens County; the urban renewal project that led to a cutting-edge new campus in Newberry; and a host of program and operational improvements designed to better position the college to respond to student needs.
During his tenure at PTC, Brooks has led the college to adopt institution-wide continuous improvement systems, including a groundbreaking implementation of the Lean methodology in a higher education setting that was awarded the Bellwether award--a national prize that recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. Piedmont Technical College is the first and only college from South Carolina to be recognized with this award.
In a letter to the campus, Brooks said, "It has been an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to share in the important work this institution does every day."
"This work goes on, and there's much more to be done. I look forward to working in the coming months to ensure the state of the college is strong, and that we're well positioned for the future," he said.
Prior to joining Piedmont Technical College, Brooks served as president of Northwestern Technical College in Georgia for 22 years, and previously served as an instructor and then coordinator of postsecondary instruction at NTC.
County Council Meets; Third Reading Of Zoning Ordinance Passes, More
Posted: September 22,
Andrew Wigger | staff writer
Newberry Observer | Civitas Media
Newberry County Council met Wednesday evening and the following items were passed/approved:
- Newberry County Council passed the third reading of an ordinance revising the zoning ordinance of the Newberry County Code of Ordinances, with four amendments. The first amendment established conditional permitting of cemeteries, minimum size, setback and signage requirements for cemeteries. The second amendment established conditional permitting of large animal processing and taxidermy uses; concealment of carcasses and disposal of remains (animal processing and taxidermy); management of emissions and odorous gases (taxidermy). Amendment three defined Agritourism as defined int he SC Code of Laws as accessory use to an agricultural use. Amendment four established lake development setbacks; minimum setback of 50 feet from specified contour lines.
- Council passed a third reading on an ordinance that repeals an unused provision regarding petty cash purchases and it inserts an affirmative action statement, as requested by Central Midlands Council of Governors.
- A second reading was approved for an ordinance amending an existing 20 year fee in lieu of tax agreement with West Fraser.
- Council approved a Hazard Mitigation Plan.
- Council approved a proclamation declaring September 2016 as Kinship Care Month.
Yeldell's Game-Winning TD Nominated for D2 Football's Play Of The Week!
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Raleigh Yeldell’s game-winningtouchdown at North Greenville has been nominated for D2 Football’s Play of the Week by HERO Sports.
Yeldell’s third rushing touchdown of the evening came with 1:04 remaining in the contest and tied the game at 28, with Shea Rodgers’s extra point providing the final margin of victory in Newberry’s come-from-behind victory. Yeldell broke right on a zone-read option, spinning out of one tackle before lowering his shoulder to shake North Greenville’s all-time leading tackler Sam Houston and diving headlong across the goal line.
The nation's fourth-ranked player in total offense earned his second straight South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week selection Monday after accumulating 141 rushing yards and 215 yards through the air against the Crusaders.
Fans will choose from seven nominees to decide the winner. Voting will close at 3:00 a.m. Friday morning, with the winner being announced later in the day.
Click here to vote Yeldell's touchdown as D2 Play of the Week
Authorities Searching For Missing Teen On Saturday; Found Safe
Posted: September 17,
At around 1:00 pm on Saturday, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squads were searching for a missing 19-year old with autism (pictured on left). The individual had last been seen around 10 am near Seagull Lane off of Highway 391 in Prosperity. The individual was found safe at around 2:30 pm near Pinedale Court on Lake Murray. A SLED helicopter and Sheriff's Office Bloodhounds were assisting in the search.
Faith-Based Movie Filmed Partly in Newberry To Debut In Theaters Soon
Posted: September 15,
Northface Christian Films out of Lexington, South Carolina will debut its film titled ‘Faith’s Song’ in South Carolina theaters this fall.
The inspiration for this film was given to Frank Hutto, the writer, director and producer. Local talent from around the state both helped produce and appear in this amazing film. It is an inspiring story about a young girl whose faith is tested when her parents are tragically killed in a car crash, forcing her to move in with her aunt and uncle who don’t share her same beliefs. Faith finds herself in a new city and a new school where she faces resistance not only from her new peers, but from her family.
As an independent film producer of a Christian film, Hutto is excited for this amazing opportunity. Filmed in Newberry, Lexington and Columbia with cast and crew from around the southeast, you will see many familiar landmarks. Everyone faces struggles and fears and this film addresses many of the issues that many face today. Hutto is looking for sell out premier showings and continually increasing support from churches and communities throughout the state.
‘Faith’s Song’ will premier in Lexington on October 29 and Summerville on November 5 at Regal Theaters. Tickets have gone on sale and are limited. Included in the premier ticket pricing is a limited edition movie poster that you can have signed that day. Many of the cast and crew will be on hand for autographs including Marcus Lattimore, former University of South Carolina football player.
To view the movie trailer and purchase tickets for the premier you can visit the website www.faithssong.com.
Northface Christian Films is also offering group ticket sales and is looking for corporate sponsors for the Theatrical release later this year. Please contact Frankie Hutto for additional information at email@example.com
School Resource Officer Assaulted Trying To Stop School Bus Fight
Posted: September 14,
A Newberry County School Resource Officer was assaulted today attempting to stop a fight on a school bus. Sheriff Lee Foster said that two male juveniles were fighting on a bus this morning. The School Resource Officer boarded the bus and along with the bus driver attempted to separate the suspects.
Foster said that after they were separated, the School Resource Officer was attempting to secure one of the juveniles, when the other suspect, a 14- year-old juvenile, jumped on her back and she was struck several times in the face. The officer was able to gain control of the suspect and both of them were taken into custody. The 14-year-old juvenile was charged with Assault on a Police Officer While Resisting Arrest and both were charged for the fighting incident. The juvenile who assaulted the officer was detained and sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.
The deputy was taken for a medical check and was released after a splint was placed on her wrist for an injury sustained during the incident. She also has several marks on her face and neck where she was struck by the juvenile. There are some who believe that there should not be officers in the schools, said Sheriff Foster.
This coupled with the two other assaults on officers in the school environment recently in other areas of South Carolina leaves no doubt to their necessity. If someone will assault a police officer and struggle with them, imagine the plight of a school administrator trying to handle this without the training or equipment of a law enforcement officer.
We are so proud of our relationship and support of the School District of Newberry County, Foster continued. They make the School Resource Officers possible and our relationship is second to none. We have been recognized nationally as best practices for a relationship between law enforcement and a school district in our partnership, planning, and response to incidents.
The ultimate goal of the School Resource Officer is to be a positive part of the school environment, to be a role model for the students, and to provide the students with a different perspective of law enforcement than the negative they often see, said Foster. Many of our school resource officers assist with coaching athletics and various functions that allow them to build relationships far beyond just that of a school resource officer; however, in the society we live in today, we must provide a safe learning environment for our children.
Sheriff Foster said that there are current five officers assigned to the School Resource Officer program with one stationed at all Middle and High schools and a supervisor who covers elementary schools and assists as needed.
Newberry College Ranked Among Nation's Best
Posted: September 13,
As we reported earlier today, Newberry College has been ranked on the 2017 U.S. News & WorldReport Best Colleges rankings, which were released earlier in the day. Newberry earned three rankings in the national magazine’s annual report:
Best Colleges in the South (#16)
Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#3)
Best Colleges for Veterans-Regional Colleges in the South (#8)
Although Newberry College has ranked in the Top 50 for Best Colleges in the South for a number of years, the private liberal arts college rocketed ahead in this year’s rankings, moving from #41 last year to #16 in the 2017 report.
“It is very rewarding to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as our key performance indicators continue to improve,” said Newberry College President Maurice W. Scherrens. “We are on a journey of continuous assessment and improved effectiveness. The College’s rise in the rankings is a tangible outcome of our efforts.”
Senior English major Madison Darby-McClure noted Newberry’s rise in the rankings reflects many positive changes students are experiencing on campus.
“It’s encouraging to see Newberry College getting recognized for all the great things students see happening on a daily basis,” Darby-McClure said. “I think it recognizes the changes and improvements the College has been making for the past few years.”
Newberry College earned the #3 spot for Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South for 2017, a new ranking for the institution this year.
“Earning the Best Value ranking affirms our sustained efforts over the past several years to ensure that Newberry College one of the best private college values in the region,” said Joel Vander Horst, Dean of Enrollment Management. “We have worked hard to create a highly competitive financial aid package and to offer innovative programs, such as the Loan Repayment Promise, to make us a very attractive choice for students.”
The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise is a financial safety net that Newberry offers at no cost to students and their families. Starting in 2017, if a student earns less than $40,000 working at least 30 hours a week after graduation from Newberry, the College will help the graduate repay their student loans until they reach that earning threshold.
Newberry College appears once again on the Best Colleges for Veterans in the South list, earning the #8 spot in the rankings this year, up from #28 in the 2016 rankings.
“Newberry’s focus on individualized learning and personalized attention to students makes it an attractive option for veterans and their families,” said Newberry College Military Services Coordinator Susan Epting.
Newberry College Board of Trustees Chairman Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce credited the College’s impressive rise in the rankings to top caliber faculty who are committed to helping students succeed in the classroom and after graduation.
“These U.S. News & World Report rankings highlight what we have known for many years,” Pearce said. “That students don’t have to make a choice between high quality and affordability. We offer them both at Newberry College.”
Wolves Back To Winning Ways Against Virginia Union
Posted: September 11,
The Wolves shook off the disappointment of last week’s loss to Florida Tech with a resounding 42-22 victory over visiting Virginia Union on Saturday afternoon at Setzler Field, wearing down the Panthers’ defense with a series of methodical drives and a punishing defensive performance.
Four of Newberry’s (1-1) six touchdown drives took 11 plays or more, including an 11-play, 98-yard drive that gave the Wolves a two-touchdown advantage early in the second quarter. The Wolves’ offense won the time of possession battle by nearly 19 minutes and ran 35 more plays than the Panthers (0-2), whose defense was no match for Newberry’s methodical attack in the second half. See more HERE.
Newberry College Hits Record High Enrollment For Freshman Class
Posted: September 9,
Newberry College enrolled a record high 381 new students, easing past its previous high water mark of 379 set in 2014. The incoming class increased by 10 percent compared to the 347 students who constituted the incoming class for 2015.
Enrollment for the incoming class included 287 freshmen, 80 transfers and 14 readmits. Overall, the College enrollment reached 1,070 students for the fall 2016 semester, a slight increase over last year.
- 76 percent of the incoming class hail from South Carolina; 75 percent of the overall student population are South Carolina residents.
- Out-of-state enrollment draws primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, which is comparable to the geographic distribution of the overall student body: South Carolina (808), Georgia (33), North Carolina (30), Virginia (30) and Florida (20).
- International enrollment accounts for 2 percent of the incoming class. International students make up 4 percent of the overall student population drawn from 15 countries, including Canada, France, Bolivia, Australia, India and Mexico.
- 52 percent of the incoming class (199 students) are recruited student-athletes who play on one the College’s 17 Division II teams as well as cheerleading and dance.
- 48 percent of the incoming class (182 students) are non-student-athletes, an all-time high for new student recruitment at Newberry College.
- Top 5 majors by overall enrollment are Business Administration/Accounting, Sport Management/Physical Education, Nursing, Biology and Teacher Education.
Dean of Enrollment Management Joel Vander Horst said the College’s strategy of streamlining the admission process and engaging students and their families earlier in the recruitment process has led to double-digit increases at nearly every stage of the recruitment process.
“We focused a great deal of effort over the past year on eliminating possible friction points in the enrollment process to make a more student-centered experience,” Vander Horst said. “We revised or eliminated outdated policies, retooled our campus visit programming and focused on cultivating a spirit of hospitality.”
Director of Financial Aid Danielle Bell noted the Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise has attracted significant interest from families. A new program offered to the 2016 incoming class, it guarantees students if they earn less than $36,000 after graduating from Newberry College, the College will help repay their loans on a sliding scale based on their earnings.
“For families who use student loans to pay the portion of tuition not covered by institutional scholarships and other forms of aid, the Loan Repayment Promise offers them the peace of mind of having a financial safety net after graduation.”
Bell also noted that her team has placed greater emphasis on providing personalized support for students and their families to ensure they navigate the complexities of the financial aid process.
“Families can feel overwhelmed by the complexities of financial aid, so we’ve worked to make it as stress-free as possible,” Bell said. “We typically work one-on-one with families to guide them through the steps and put together the best possible financial aid package. We offer very personalized support; it’s definitely not a cookie cutter approach.”
Vander Horst noted that the largest enrollment gains this year have come from majors in which Newberry College has long enjoyed a dominant position.
“We’ve seen continued growth in areas of historic strength for us” Vander Horst said. “Based on an analysis of inquiries from prospective students and declared majors for enrolled students, we expanded our Nursing cohort by 33 percent and added the Criminal Justice major.”
Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens noted that recruiting new students is one side of the enrollment management coin; the other is retention of current students.
“Improvements in both recruitment and retention are two pillars of our campus strategic plan and we will be unveiling recommendations to improve retention later this semester,” Scherrens said. “A key focus of our efforts is to continue creating a positive student experience that supports persistence to graduation.”
Subject Attempting Car Break-Ins Caught On Thursday Morning
Posted: September 8,
As we reported earlier on WKDK, the subject involved in the foot chase after attempting to break into cars at Newberry College was taken into custody at around 8:30 am Thursday morning. The subject was caught just off Kendall Road near Louis Rich Road. The suspect was chased by law enforcement officers around the campus, and was caught by police working perimeter.
Castle's Catch Featured On ESPN SportsCenter's Top Ten
Posted: September 5,
Markell Castle’s leaping, twisted, one-handed catch on a high pass from Raleigh Yeldell was featured on ESPN as the No. 2 play on SportsCenter’s Top Ten Sunday evening.
The play came as part of a four-play, 73-yard scoring drive that took just 36 seconds off the clock, allowing the Wolves to knot up the score at 21 before heading into the locker room. Yeldell had completed passes to Romelo Doctor of 17 and 23 yards on the previous two plays before finding Castle open down the seam out of a four wide receiver set.
Yeldell’s ball floated over the defensive back and appeared to be just too high for Castle to reel in. But the sophomore used every bit of his 5-8, 185-pound frame to soar high above the turf, reaching into the air with his right hand while twisting to his left, securing the ball with one hand while nearly parallel to the turf.
The Wolves tied the score at 21 with an eight-yard touchdown to Cole Watson one play later and a two-point conversion pass to Knox Butcher.
Castle would go on to haul in 10 passes for 181 yards, good for sixth-most in school history, and a 72-yard touchdown strike. Yeldell’s 447 yards through the air landed at No. 3 in the record books and were the third-most of any Division II quarterback on the season’s opening weekend. Yeldell also moved into 10th in school history in career passing yardage.
Swindler To Lead SC Criminal Justice Academy
Chief Jackie Swindler whoretired after 38 years with the Newberry Police Department to join the Department of Social Services in 2014 as its law enforcement liaison, has been named to lead the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
An honor graduate of Newberry College, Jackie Swindler earned a master’s in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina, and he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, the youngest graduate in its history at the time.
He entered law enforcement as a cadet in 1975 and rose to the rank of chief of police in 1993.
As a leader in the state’s law enforcement community, Chief Swindler served as the president of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association and of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association.
He has served as a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Committee, the State Homeland Security Senior Advisory Council, and the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
A regular instructor at the United States Attorney’s Office, Chief Swindler has been lead instructor at the Carolina Institute for Community Policing.
DSS hired him to better coordinate with police organizations and coroners.
Two Men Arrested On Drug Charges: Crack, Marijuana and Pills
Posted: September 3,
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that two men have been arrested when officers conducting a safety check point found crack cocaine, marijuana, and a controlled substance.
Sheriff Foster said that officers from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol were conducting a safety check point on Highway 219 near Hillbrook Lane on August 28 at about 1:00am when a vehicle with two people in it approached the check point. The officers immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
When the deputies attempted to get the suspects from the vehicle, the passenger attempted to flee on foot but was captured after a short distance. Once he was apprehended, the deputies found approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana, and $340 in money in the same pocket of his pants. When the deputies ran the suspect’s criminal history, they learned that he had previously been convicted of Distribution of Cocaine so this would be a second drug offense.
“We believe that a proactive approach to law enforcement is critical in today’s society,” said Sheriff Foster. “While we depend heavily upon our relationship with the public to get information about drugs in our communities, it is also important that we get out into the public and work with other agencies to have these public safety check points and other proactive measures. We believe that learning the community, interacting with the citizens, and a good visible patrol and outreach are powerful tools in saving lives and preventing crime.”
Deputies then searched the driver and the vehicle and found two pills of Hydrocodone, a controlled substance, and a crack pipe that belonged to the driver.
Both men were arrested and taken to the Newberry County Detention Center.
Those arrested were identified as:
Rishawn Terrell Harmon, 26, of 2545 Rosalyn Drive, Newberry. He was charged with Possession with Intent To Distribute Crack Cocaine 2nd Offense, Possession of Marijuana, and Resisting Arrest. Harmon has a prior drug conviction for Distribution of Cocaine.
Willie Earl Nance, 60, of 17 JB Fulmer Court, Newberry, was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Newberry County Schools To Dismiss Early On Friday
Posted: September 1,
Newberry County Schools will be dismissing early on Friday because of potential inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Hermine. Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:30 pm on Friday, and Middle and High Schools will dimsiss at 1:00 pm. All afterschool activities and athletic events will be cancelled on Friday afternoon and evening.