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"It's obvious the oddsmakers didn't know what they were doing."
Following last night's loss to Texas A&M
A-F heads to Devil Hill
Patriots & Gators do the Willie Nelson for 2nd straight week
Hampton— The prep football season is only one week old and all three county teams already have a win under their belt with Wade Hampton, Estill and Patrick Henry picking up road wins last Friday. That may not be quite as easy in Week 1.
Highlighting tonight’s county games, Allendale-Fairfax comes into town for, what is always a hard-fought game against the Red Devils. The Class A powerhouse Tigers have had recent success against Wade Hampton which is something the Red Devils hope they can change tonight. Both teams enter the contest with 1-0 records with AF topping Baptist Hill 54-0. Wade Hampton routed Bethune-Bowman 37-0.
Kickoff for tonight matchup is set for 7:30pm.
Patrick Henry had a great week last week, knocking off defending SCISA State 8-man champions W.W. King by a score of 30-20, opening their season 1-0. Offensively the Patriots rolled up 337 yards in last week’s win and hope that the trend will continue as they head to Summerton this week for a game against Clarendon Hall. Kickoff is at 7:30.
The Estill Gators picked up a 38-29 win last week against Porter Gaud in Charleston. On offense the Gators were able to move the ball all night. Unfortunately their opponents were able to do so as well, giving Estill something to work on all last week. The Gators head to Beaufort County tonight to take on a Battery Creek team that took a shellacking at the hands of Bluffton last week 75-0.
Other games in the area tonight:
South Aiken at Aiken
Allendale-Fairfax at Wade Hampton
Edisto at Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Barnwell at Blackville-Hilda
Estill at Battery Creek
Beaufort at Colleton County
Stratford at Berkeley
Bethune-Bowman at Wagener-Salley
Bishop England at Hanahan
North at Branchville
Calhoun County at Denmark-Olar
Carolina Forest at Fort Dorchester
Baptist Hill at Garrett
Whale Branch at Hilton Head
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler at Cross
Ashley Ridge at James Island
Military Magnet at North Charleston
Lake Marion at Orangeburg-Wilkinson
Williston-Elko at Silver Bluff
Stall at St. John’s
Summerville at Cane Bay
Batesburg-Leesville at Woodland
Suspect arrested following
shooting in Varnville
Varnville— A stolen gun was the weapon of choice last Monday night during a shooting in Varnville.
19–year–old Bernard Washington, Jr. is behind bars after allegedly shooting 20-year-old Donavan Riley in the leg on Elm St. in Varnville. The occurrence took place at approximately 10:30pm on Monday.
Following the shooting, Washington left the scene but was located by police about 30 minutes later and is now being detained at the Hampton County Jail.
Washington is being charged with attempted murder.
As to the weapon used, it has been reported that the gun in question was stolen around a month ago in Barnwell County. The police are not sure yet whether or not the gun was stolen by Washington or was purchased as stolen by him. The suspect could be charged with receiving stolen property in addition to the attempted murder charge.
The police are continuing their investigation. The victim was shot in the upper thigh.
Bacteria colonies removed
from Savannah River Site
Aiken— Mysterious bacteria growing on Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel storage basins have been removed using a special vacuum.
The rare, bacterial colonies that resemble cobwebs were discovered in 2011 during routine surveillance of the L Disassembly Basin, where nuclear materials from foreign and domestic research reactors are stored and guarded. Scientists studied samples and determined the white, stringy “cobwebs” were made up of a broad variety of bacteria and a few types of microbes.
The bacteria formations were not harmful, but needed to be removed because they were growing thick in some areas and beginning to cover the top of the fuel bundles, according to a Savannah River Nuclear Solutions news release. The “cobwebs” were hiding the fuel bundle identification numbers that are regularly inspected.
A special kind of vacuum that uses filters similar to water filters found in homes was used to remove the material. The filter cartridges will be sampled before determining a proper disposal method.
Although the floor of L Basin is regularly vacuumed to remove debris, L Basin operations support engineer Rich Deible said the tops of the fuel racks had never been vacuumed, making removal of the bacterial growth a difficult task.
Also at SRS, SRNS recently completed modifications to H-Canyon facilities built in the early 1950s. The reprocessing plant needed upgrades to ensure its readiness for future site missions and to meet current safety standards, according to a news release.
The work included sealing abandoned piping, upgrading air filters and replacing doors in the exhaust building. Additionally, safety analysis and documents were revised, and changes were made to implementation activities such as personnel training. The work began in January and finished in July ahead of schedule.
Standoff in Islandton
leads to arrest
Islandton, SC- A stand-off between the armed resident of a Rum Gully Road home and members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office ended without mishap early last Friday morning.
Members of the sheriff’s office went to the residence in the community of Islandton, just past the Hampton County line, Thursday, shortly before 4 p.m. to serve an order of detention.
While attempting to serve the order the man who answered the door reportedly pulled a rifle on the deputies.
The deputies left the residence and radioed in the incident. It wasn’t long before the Colleton Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit was on the scene. First on the agenda were sheriff’s deputies and county Fire-Rescue members shutting down an extensive section of Rum Gully Road in an effort to keep onlookers and travelers safe.
Eventually, sheriff’s deputies surrounded the home, while at the same time deploying personnel at the perimeter of the property in case of an escape attempt by the suspect.
With the residence surrounded, officers began a waiting game. Negotiators and members of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office SWAT unit were brought in at about 8 p.m.
Law enforcement officers from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also assisted in the stand-off.
The stand-off continued into the early morning hours of Friday, when the suspect gave himself up and was safely taken into custody at about 4 a.m.
3 arrested for meth crime
Hampton—A routine traffic stop near the Hampton Pizza Hut on Friday night resulted in three arrests and the confiscation of what has been determined to be a mobile meth lab.
Charles Carson, Jr. age 36 of Hampton along with Philip Stanley, age 32 of Pineland were stopped by Hampton Police after failing to use a turn signal several times. After it was determined that both driver and passenger had S.C. driver’s licenses that were under suspension the police asked both occupants to exit the vehicle so a search of the 1997 Honda could be performed.
During the search of Carson’s vehicle, several items were found that were consistent with that of a methamphetamine lab. Those items included pill bottles, a crystallized mixture and other drug related substances along with several needles and a spoon. The entire Pizza Hut parking lot was shut down and SLED, as well as DEA were contacted.
Prior to the traffic stop and subsequent search, the vehicle in question was seen leaving a home located on Ellis St. in Hampton. Police officials received a search warrant for the home and arrested 33-year old Jodie Smith on meth-related charges.
All three suspects are being held in the Hampton County Jail charged with manufacturing meth, trafficking Sudafed, and improper disposal of meth.
3 teams hit the road;
all return with wins
Wade Hampton, Estill, PHA begin season 1-0
Poinsett picks up 1st win as Devil Head Coach
by Chris Haulsee
Bowman, SC— Coach David Poinsett and his staff got exactly what they wanted last night at Bethune-Bowman High School………….a confidence building 37-0 road win for his young Red Devil squad.
“We played pretty well tonight and we’re glad to pick up a win tonight,” said Poinsett following the game. “We made a few mistakes but we got what we needed to get accomplished tonight…..a win that we can build on.”
It was all the makings of a highlight reel for two Devils as tailback Trayvon Williams had 9 carries for 107 yards and two TDs, while defensively sophomore Dazzlin Thompson picked off three passes (a possible school record), returning one for a touchdown.
The scoring started early when Williams rolled into the end zone on a four-yard carry on the Devil’s second drive of the game. Kicker George Skinner added the PAT to make it 7-0 just 4:15 into the game. Before the quarter would end, Thompson had his first INT of the game returning it 26 yards making it 14-0 following Skinner’s point after.
The Devils continued to play stifling defense as Israel Aiken led the way with consecutive sacks on Bowman’s next drive. The second stop found Aiken dropping the Mohawks’ quarterback in the end zone for a safety making it 16-0 with 5:52 left in the first half. Following the free-kick to the Devil’s it only took three plays for Wade Hampton to hit paydirt again when Bryson Butts hooked up with junior Deonte White on a 43-yard scoring strike. Skinner’s failed on the point after and the Devils took a 22-0 lead into the locker room.
The second half started just like the first with Wade Hampton defense continuing to keep the ball out of the hands of the Mohawks. On the Devil’s second drive of the quarter they keep forcing the ball on the ground and eventually found the seam they were looking for when Williams scored his 2nd TD of the night, outrunning the Mohawk defenders on a 54-yard sprint to the goal line. The two-point conversion made it 30-0. The Red Devils would score one more time on the night when running back Myles Murdaugh carried the ball seven times for 50 yards on a drive that was capped by his 8-yard touchdown plunge. Murdaugh was the only player to touch the ball on the drive. He would end up with 57 yards on 8 carries for the night. Skinner’s PAT made the final score 37-0.
The Devils are 1-0 on the year while Bowman drops to 0-1. Wade Hampton will play host to a strong Allendale-Fairfax team next Friday night at Devil Hill. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm. Allendale-Fairfax defeated Baptist Hill 54-0 on Friday night.
Patriots upset defending State Champs
by Greg Jones
Batesburg, SC— On a day when temperatures neared 100 degrees, Mike McCoy loaded his team up for the more than two hour ride to Batesburg for their opening game, where they would face the defending state champions. Missing from this year’s Patriots are tight end Tucker Cochran and 2800 yard rusher and defensive star Joseph Wilson. McCoy’s charges were also coming off a less than stellar performance at the previous week’s jamboree. All of this added up to recipe for disaster.
The Patriots chose not to follow the recipe, as they stunned the defending champions 30-20.
“We knew King was bringing back almost everyone from last year’s championship team,” said head coach McCoy. “We came up here to win, but as a non-region game, we’d have taken a good result and no injuries.” It took them nearly a half to show it, but the Patriots showed they came for more than a good result; they came to win.
The home standing Knights came out ready to play. Less than three minutes into the game, their senior QB Alex Berry ripped off a 64 yard run to give his team a 6-0 lead. The Patriots were unable to sustain any offensive drives, and with six minutes remaining in the half, the Knights struck again at the end of an 11 play drive, taking a 12-0 lead.
PHA caught lightning in a bottle after the ensuing kickoff, when junior QB Blair Moore found running back Will Tuten on a 49 yard pass play. Moore’s conversion run cut the lead to 12-8. The Patriot sideline was electric, finally showing a real spark for the first time during the game. Undaunted, King’s veteran team took the kickoff and launched another long drive. With under a minute to play, the Knights were inside the 5 yard line threatening to score again. The Patriot defense said no more, and stopped King on fourth down. After being outgained and pushed around for most of a half, the Patriots left the field at halftime down by less than a TD, believing they could win the game.
PHA looking to ready to take over the game, took the second half kickoff, and scored on a 35 yard Moore run, taking a 14-12 lead. I was standing by Coach McCoy after the score; he pointed to the scoreboard, and told his team, “Look up there men, we’re now ahead.”
King was not done just yet. Starting on the 20 yard line after Tuten’s kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback, the Knights embarked on a 10 play, 4:30 long drive. The home team now led 20-14. It would be their final score. The Patriot offense controlled the ball for four more minutes, and sophomore Gill Griner punched it in from the 10 yard line, tying the score. Tuten ran in the conversion, giving PHA a 22-20 lead they would not relinquish.
The kickoff again pinned the Knights deep, and the Patriots made another defensive stop. Shortly after the start of the fourth quarter, Tuten broke off a 55 TD yard run. Moore’s conversion run gave the Patriots a 30-20 lead. The Knights mounted one more drive, but were unable to score as the PHA defense stopped the champs on fourth down. McCoy’s offense took the ball, and ran off the final 4:52 to cap their improbable, but impressive win.
“Our line play was really bad in the Jamboree,” said McCoy after the game, “but we were much improved tonight on both sides of the ball.”
Senior lineman Hunter Taylor was a standout on both sides of the ball; his 12 tackles included a sack and tackle for loss. Linebacker Levi Williams, another senior, added nine tackles, and fellow senior Justin Williams notched four stops. Griner made five tackles from his linebacker spot.
The Patriot offense, adjusting to life without Joseph Wilson, gained 337 total yards. Tuten rushed for 157 yard and a score, and caught the 49 yard TD pass. QB Moore rushed for a net of 58 yards, and fullback Griner pounded out 24 yards on seven carries.
PHA will travel to Clarendon Hall next week for a game that McCoy worries about. “Despite the fact we were at the jamboree with them, we didn’t get to see them play, because we were warming up for our game. They have a new coach, and a new offense, so it’s very tough to prepare for them. And, they were off this week, so I’m sure they had a couple of coaches here tonight watching us.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 in Summerton.
Estill begins season on a winning note
by Chris Haulsee
The Estill Gators started their year on a winning note as they traveled to Charleston to take on independent league Porter Gaud. The Gators struggled defensively but managed to create enough offense to defeat the Cyclones by a score of 38-29. The Gators are 1-0 on the year and travel to Beaufort to do battle against Battery Creek. The Dolphins were defeated 75-0 by Bluffton on Friday night and are 0-1 on the year.
Wade Hampton (H) 37, Bethune-Bowman 0
Patrick Henry Academy 30, W.W. King 20
Estill 38, Porter-Gaud 29
Allendale-Fairfax 54, Baptist Hill 0
Orangeburg-Wilkinson 32, Edisto 0
Bamberg-Ehrhardt 7, Williston-Elko 6
Cane Bay 28, Colleton County 27
Ashley Ridge 21, Woodland 6
Berkeley 42, Johnsonville 27
Summerville 30, Providence 9
Fort Dorchester 34, South Florence 10
Lee Academy 23, Dorchester 0
Hilton Head 31, Ridgeland-Hardeville 0
Bluffton 75, Battery Creek 0
Ben Lippen 48, Orangeburg Prep 13
Dreher 48, Fox Creek 6
Abbeville 21, Silver Bluff 0
Strom Thurmond 17, Aiken 10
Southside 47, Ware Shoals 0
Spring Valley 33, Lower Richland 16
Trinity Byrnes 45, Hilton Head Christian 26
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 57, Denmark-Olar 6
Andrew Jackson 32, Coastal Home School 8
Fun stuff & fundraisers
Lowcountry native and "American Idol" winner Candice Glover will perform during Homecoming Weekend at the University of South Carolina Beaufort on Oct. 4th. Glover's concert will take place on the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton. Gates will open at 5:00pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm preceded by an opening act at 6:30pm.
Tickets are free to USCB students and children under 5. All other tickets are $15 in advnce for the general public and $20 at the door. For details go to www.uscb.edu/homecoming.
This year’s installment of Edisto Beach’s Music and Shag Fest is set for Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 at Bay Creek Park.
The Dockside Bar and Grill, Town of Edisto Beach, and the Edisto Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to sponsor the annual event.
The park will open at noon on Friday, Aug.. 29, with an arts and craft fair and food vendors on hand both days.
DJ Jim Bowers will play music from noon until 3 p.m. Friday.
Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Shem Creek Boogie Band will perform with Bowers keeping the music going during the band’s breaks.
Friday at 7 p.m. the Embers featuring Craig Woolard will take the stage and perform until 11 p.m.
The fest begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.30 with Bowers providing the music until 2 p.m. when Steve Craig and The Out of Towners Band take the stage. They play until 6 p.m. Bowers will spin shag music during the bands breaks.
From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. the East Coast Party Band will entertain. An amateur shag competition will be held at 9 p.m.
For information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or visit www.edistochamber.com.
Bus Drivers needed!!! If anyone is interested in a job with benefits Hampton District One is actively seeking bus drivers. We are hosting a class Monday, Sept 8-11 8 am to 3 pm in the Harrison Peeples Clinic conference room. We guarantee 30 hours a week (6-8 am & 2-4:30 pm). Apply at the district office on Pine Street in Varnville! Pass the word around!!!
John Keler will speak on the "Formation of the Confederacy" at 3:00pm, September 18th at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Keller will bring his ollection of 21 flags flown by various groups during the Civil War, address the origins of the Confederacy, and trace the history of the many flags used by military regiments, state and local governments and the Confederacy. The program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation and costs $7 per person for ages 12 and older. Reservations are required by calling the museum at 843-689-6767 ext. 223, or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
The museum is located at 70 Honey Hill Dr. on Hilton Head Island.
Early voter registration is underway for 17 year old citizens who will turn 18 on or before the General Election on November 4th. Remember, voters must be registered by October 4th to vote in the November 4th General Election.
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