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Home invasion occurs
YEMASSEE- On Tuesday, May 26th, at approximately 5:02 a.m., Colleton County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received information of a home invasion that occurred at 376 Jonesville Ave. in Yemassee.
The caller stated there were four people inside the residence when three male suspects entered the residence armed with guns.
Two of the victims were "pistol whipped" and suffered minor injuries. The three armed men tied the victims up with electrical-type wire.
The suspects then stole various items from the residence. As sheriff’s office investigators arrived on scene, they immediately interviewed the victims for possible information that would lead them to the whereabouts of the three men responsible.
One of the victims stated they recognized one of the suspects involved. As investigators were arriving at the named suspect's residence, the suspect pulled up in a vehicle. He attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended by the Colleton County Sheriff's Office investigators.
The identity of the suspect in custody has not been released at this time as investigators are attempting to gather more information on the incident.
opens today in SC
COLUMBIA- Fresh local shrimp is back on the menu in South Carolina. As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, the commercial shrimp trawling season opens in state waters within the General Trawl Zone (GTZ), and fishermen and biologists alike are anticipating a good year.
Shrimp season normally opens in mid to late May, after the peak spawning period of white shrimp has occurred. Following a relatively mild winter, this year's opening date is fairly typical. Eight smaller provisional areas were opened last week to shrimp trawling.
"Although coastal water temperatures, which influence shrimp growth and maturation, have fluctuated recently, in recent weeks they finally stabilized and became more conducive to promoting a good spawn in our nearshore waters," said Mel Bell, S.C. Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Director of Office of Fisheries Management.
DNR surveys indicate that spring white shrimp stocks are somewhat above average in 2015, according to biologist Larry DeLancey. "Water temperatures in late February approached lethal levels for white shrimp, but fortuitous warm weather allowed most overwintering shrimp to survive," DeLancey said. DNR monitors South Carolina's shrimp fisheries in a number of ways, relying on data collected by DNR biologists during sampling trips aboard both commercial and agency vessels to form the most accurate picture of the state's shrimp populations.
Three peak periods define the state's commercial shrimp fishery calendar. The first, white roe shrimp season, opens 8 a.m., May 27 in all state waters where trawling is permitted. The white roe shrimp season generates the most value for fishing effort with relatively high early season prices for large roe shrimp. The brown shrimp season typically peaks during the summer months, while the white shrimp season composed of offspring from the spring roe crop peaks in the fall and ends in winter.
The total shrimp harvest in 2014 reached approximately 1.6 million pounds (measured heads-off), with a dockside value of nearly 8 million dollars. In recent years, the fall crop of white shrimp, which is produced by the spring spawners, has been impacted by environmental factors such as drought and disease.
S.C. Shrimpers Association president Richard Billington said that shrimpers are looking forward to a good harvest of large, white shrimp in 2015.
"Generally the shrimp are caught within the first two weeks of the season's opening. The public and restaurants should be aware of this and stock freezers early," Billington said. "S.C. wild-caught shrimp can be purchased from coastal wholesalers in 50-lb lots that can be divided between family and friends. Hopefully restaurants will take advantage of these delicious shrimp that are available for a limited time."
Commercial shrimpers are reminded that trawling outside the General Trawl Zone is prohibited. Violations can carry a fine between $4,000 and $10,000, as well as the seizure of all catch.
"DNR Law Enforcement Officers from Region 4 have worked extremely hard during the weeks leading up the shrimp season and the opening of the provisional trawl season," said Captain Gentry Thames of the Region 4 Charleston office. "Four cases have been made by officers so far, and DNR Law Enforcement will continue to be vigilant and diligently work the trawl zone boundaries and enforce the laws pertaining to the commercial shrimping industry."
WHHS Girl's Soccer has
another successful year
HAMPTON- The Wade Hampton Red Devils Girls soccer program has completed another successful season.
The Devil varsity girl’s seasons started by the team making it to the finals of the Azalea Shootout preseason tournament facing 4A teams. They also defeated region rival Barnwell in the 19th Annual Jamie Mixson Classic, repeated as region champions and made it to the second round of the playoffs while finishing 17-5 overall.
In all, the girls’ varsity will graduate five seniors who we will be missed and that helped lead the way this season. We are young at several positions and our depth off the bench will help us reach our goals next year, two of which are to win region and go deeper in the playoffs. Several of the girls were able to play more than one position well which helped us when injury and sickness hit us midseason.
Offensively we did a great job working the ball down the field. Olivia Brunson (Sr.), Emily Wilson (Jr.), Madison Wood (So.) and Libby Dubois (So.) led the way with goals, assists and hat tricks. Amanda Murdock came in and added to the offensive attack. Jordan Myers, who missed most of the season due to an injury, made her presence known down the final stretch. The transition in the midfield (this is where games are won and lost) was led by Jordie Skinner (So.), Sydni Crews (So.) and Miley Altman (So.). Our most versatile players Mallory Crews (Sr.), Christy Rooker (Jr.) and Hanna Stanley (Fr.) came into games throughout the season at various positons helping work the ball down field for a goal or keeping it away from our goal. Alexis Ott maybe a little more versatile as she came into these same positions but could also go in the goal and be more hands on. Our goalkeeper Natalie Nix (Sr.) and defenders Morgan Wood (Sr.), Elizabeth Bierer (Sr.), Reeves Rhodes (Fr.), and Emma Stanley (Fr.) were the final obstacle in the opponents way keeping them out of the goal, getting shutouts and occasionally pushing up to offense and providing a spark.
Overall it was a great season with this possibly being the most talented group of girls to come through here. The coaching staff looks forward to next year and seeing what they can accomplish. It takes every one of thsee girls to make the team successful, the battles in the trenches, that extra hustle, getting up when knocked down, pushing harder at the end when you feel exhausted, losing the ball to an opponent and getting it back, having a teammates back, there aren’t any stats for these but all play a big part in this team’s success.
The Varsity and JV girls practice together and thanks to Coach Trey Stanley who pushes these girls to be better on and off the field. The JV Girls finished the season 4-5-1, with a young group (only five return from last year) who usually played against teams a couple years older, they played with lots of heart and fought until the final whistle of each game and winning their game vs Barnwell in the Jamie Mixson Classic. Offensively Mallory Beach, Caroline Altman, Natalie Evans and Ashtyn Felix did a great job and worked together to find the back of the net. The midfield was held together by the efforts of Gracie Rhodes, Jessie Hickman and Haley Ingram who made the transition between offense and defense. Goalkeeper Allie Thomas and defenders Lyndsay Dubois, Elizabeth Platts and Brianna Murdaugh worked to keep opposing teams away from the goal.
This is a great group of girls and they should be proud of what they did. Next year can be great for these girls as they are joined by a big group of rising seventh graders, they will be young but very exciting to watch.
As coaches we are very proud of all the young ladies in the girls soccer program and look forward to next year’s success. Thank you to all the parents for everything you did in helping this season. Good luck to all our seniors as they take the next step in the lives.
Domestic Violence Bill
close to decision
COLUMBIA-The General Assembly is close to passing a bill this year that would toughen South Carolina’s domestic-violence laws, including a lifetime ban on possessing guns for some convicted batterers.
The S.C. House unanimously passed a proposal Wednesday that would double the potential prison time for domestic abuse to as long as 20 years. The proposal also would require teaching domestic-violence prevention to middle-schoolers.
“What we wanted was a systemic change,” said state Rep. Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort, who helped negotiate a compromise with senators.
The bill now will go back to the Senate after the House gives its final approval Thursday.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said he is confident the Legislature will pass a domestic-violence bill before the session ends June 4, but the Senate will make at least one change.
The Senate plans to eliminate a House provision to have a risk assessor make recommendations about the threat that accused batters pose when they are charged or have a bond hearing, Martin said.
If changes approved Wednesday become law, the level of domestic-abuse charge could be based on the severity of an attack, rather than the number of times a person has been charged with the crime.
Under current law, many batterers face the lowest-level charge for their first arrest. The new proposal would have a first-time accused abuser facing a charge with longer prison time if they choked the victim, prevented the victim from calling 911, beat a pregnant victim or the attack occurred in front of minor.
One of the biggest changes is banning an abuser from possessing a gun after some convictions.
The compromise would ban batterers from possessing a gun for three years if convicted of a mid-level offense, where the victim received “moderate” injuries. The ban would increase to 10 years for a first-degree offense and to a lifetime ban if a batterer used a deadly weapon.
A judge could ban firearms possession for batterers convicted on less severe abuse charges, according to the House changes. Police could not confiscate guns. But abusers would face penalties for violating the gun ban.
“You better watch out if you go hunting,” said state Sen. Greg Hembree, a Horry Republican who worked on the compromise.
Laura Hudson, director of the S.C. Crime Victims’ Council, said she was “80 percent” pleased with the new version of the bill.
Hudson wanted tougher gun bans on batterers and does not like some of the definitions between moderate and severe injuries. But she said she likes the bill’s proposal to require judges to wait to get criminal records and incident reports before setting bond for accused abusers, and create a committee of police, government and community leaders to find solutions to the causes of domestic violence.
South Carolina ranks among the nation’s worst in the number of women killed by men. Lawmakers have worked on domestic violence bills since the General Assembly started in January. They reached a compromise with only eight days remaining in the session.
“They took their bloody time,” Hudson said.
The 29th Annual Gullah Festival is coming up May 1st – 24th! The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The Festival will be held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Rd. For more information, please call (843) 525-0628 or go to the website at www.gullahfestival.org.m – 8:00pm. There is also a Wednesday afternoon Advanced Adult Acrylics Class with Brenda Craven.
The 29th Annual Gullah Festival is coming up May 1st – 24th! The Gullah Festival of South Carolina celebrates and recognizes the history, customs, cultures, language and accomplishments of the African Americans of the Lowcountry. The Festival will be held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Rd. For more information, please call (843) 525-0628 or go to the website at www.gullahfestival.org.ylic class is offered once a month on Saturdays from 11:00am until 2:00pm with artist Sharon Taylor Padgett from Aiken, SC. Class fees are $40 for each Saturday session, and all materials are supplied for the class.
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USC Salkehatchie will be hosting their annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 29th at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell. The tournament is a 4-man Captain's Choice and will begin that morning with a 9:00am shotgun start. The cost for entering is $50 per player. For more information, please contact Marian Easterlin at 803-584-3446 ext. 148. Proceeds from the evnt go to fund scholarships for USC Salkehatchie athletes.
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