Raider Tuesday Baseball Games Postponed

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The Laurens Raider baseball game at Hillcrest scheduled for today has been postponed
until tomorrow. The Raiders will play a JV/varsity doubleheader starting at 5:00.
As a result, the JV game vs. Clinton scheduled for tomorrow at LDHS will be rescheduled.

Major Grant to Help Prepare Students for Work

   District 56 and 55 officials were joined by representatives from Piedmont Tech, Upper Savannah plus Laurens County and City governments and others yesterday afternoon to announce that a Federal Department of Labor grant of over $6.8 million to fund a Youth Career Connect Program in South Carolina. District 56 Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields said a Department of Labor and Education grant was announced yesterday for the Carolina Alliance for Technology and will be used in Laurens and Clinton High Schools from Districts 55 and 56 and at two High Schools in Richland County District 2.

 “The goals of this program are to boost computer science and engineering, to earn post-secondary credits while in High School, to provide academic counseling, educational course work, mentorships and apprenticeships for our students, and to better prepare our students for college and for careers, but most importantly for life in a demanding and ever-changing workforce.”

     The money will be matched over the next four years, not with local dollars but by local school and industrial involvement to prepare students for jobs of the future. 

     District 55 Superintendent Billy Strickland said with the news of the Grant yesterday, the rainy day became a great day in Laurens County.  “I think this is exciting for Laurens County. Not only from the education side of it, from industry, county government and the economic development. And it’s fitting that we are here at the Chamber because I think it pulls all the groups together.”

    The Obama Administration yesterday announced a total of 24 programs across the country that will share $107 million as part of a high school redesign competition for improving integration of real-world experiences into the classroom. In addition to the  Laurens 56 and 56 and Richland 2 partnership, other winners in the $7 million range were New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, Pike Township of Indianapolis and Prince George’s County in Maryland. 275 groups applied for the 24 Department of Labor grants announced yesterday.

   In addition to Clinton and Laurens High Schools, the Carolina Coalition will fund these new services in Ridgeview and Westwood High Schools in Richland County School District 2. 

   At yesterday’s news conference at the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce,  District 55 Superintendent Dr. Billy Strickland said the news marks an exciting day for our area. He said that work-based learning experiences will be fostered by strong partnerships through companies like ZF Transmissions, Bosch Rexroth, Laurens County Government, SCANNA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Intel and Moore Center for Orthopedics. He said these and others will allow students to participate in field trips, job shadowing, leadership, field experiences and mentoring. Strickland said an important part of the grant is providing partnership with employees to create a path for students to industries and occupations. “Apprenticeship Carolina will work with employers in both regions to find and create registered apprenticeships matching employers with students. And that is what we’re all about. We are excited about getting this process in High Schools and going on to Technical Schools – Piedmont Tech and also Midlands Tech for the Richland 2 area – is an exciting time for them to make this happen for our young people.”

   District 56 Superintendent  Dr. David O’Shields said of 24 national grants that were announced yesterday in this program, the grant announced for the consortium between Districts 55, 56 and Richland 2 was one of the 6th largest.

   O’Shields said “Students today need deeper knowledge and an expanded skill set to prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. These grants will expose and engage our students with much more hands-on, relevant academic opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.”

  Dr. O’Shields and Dr. Cynthia Pitts of the Upper Savannah Regional Education Center  were on the actual grant writing team. She said they had to select specific areas of study to be enhanced with this program, “…and we’re going to be doing computer technology and we’re also going to be doing engineering.

     Superintendent O’Shields told WLBG preparations will be made the rest of this school year to be ready to start the program with the next school year. The grant funds the program for four years.

Clinton Council Moves Forward on Martha Dendy Plans

    Martha Dendy School will soon officially belong to the City of Clinton. At last night’s meeting of Clinton City Council, City Manager Frank Stovall asked council to approve a resolution allowing the city to acquire 4.51 acres of property on North Bell Street……the Martha Dendy School property.  The city will purchase the property from Laurens County School District 56 for $10.

   Stovall explained to Mayor Bob McLean and the members of council that the city has received a Community Development Block Grant which will allow the city to begin the creation of park and a community center on the property.

  He reminded council that a portion of the building at Martha Dendy has been deemed beyond repair.  The grant received is earmarked to pay for the demolition of that portion.  The fiscal year 2015 includes funds to begin the process of planning renovations for the remainder of the building for a community center. Estimated demolition costs are approximately $500,000 all of which will be funded by the block grant.

  City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the project.  Mr. Stovall advised that city staff will proceed immediately with closing to purchase the property.

Arrest Alleges Multiple Crimes in January, March & April

    The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday served multiple charges on a Greenwood man ranging from various violations connected with a police chase on Sunday and other charges from a domestic case March 31st and burglary and thefts alleged on January 7th. 21-year-old Hunter Dean Shook was booked with an address at 153 Valley Road, Greenwood. Warrants from January and March note an address on Ballentine Lake Road, Ware Shoals.

  Charges from this past Sunday include Failure to Stop for Blue Light, Disregarding a Stop Sign, No SC Driver’s License and Reckless Driving. Deputy Charles Nations states that on April 6th Hunter Shook failed to stop the motor vehicle he was driving when signaled to do so my means of siren and/or flashing lights of a law enforcement vehicle. Deputy Nations further alleges that Mr. Shook knowingly and willingly disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Ballentine Lake Road and Maddox Bridge Road and that he drove a motor vehicle in a manner showing a willful or wanton disrespect for the persons or property. Deputy Nations further charges Hunter Shook with operating a motor vehicle on April 6th without South Carolina driver’s license.

  Three charges stem from alleged actions on March 31st from which Mr. Shook is charged with Criminal Domestic Violence, Malicious Damage and Petit Larceny. These warrants cite an investigation by Deputy Nations as indicating that the defendant attempted to cause physical harm and had the apparent present ability to cause physical harm or injury under circumstances that reasonably created fear of imminent peril to the victim. Further, Shook allegedly did $500 in damage to the same victim’s property by kicking in a door and breaking the door frame and that he took that victim’s car keys and cell phone with intent to deprive her of their use.

   In a case from January 7th of 2014 Hunter Dean Shook is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny. Lt. Ben Blackmon alleges that Hunter Shook entered a dwelling in the 18,000 address range of Poplar Springs Church Road, Ware Shoals on that date with intent to commit a crime therein, and that he took away cash, jewelry and other items valued at more than $10,000.

   Hunter Dean Shook was being held in the Johnson Detention Center with arraignment today.

Metal Stolen near I-26

   Sheriff’s Corporal Christy Johnson was dispatched to Frontage Road near Joanna at 9:07 yesterday morning on a report of stolen metals. A man said that several piles of metal posts were taken from his vacant lot. Someone had used some kind of torch to cut the pipes in order to move them. In the process, they had apparently set the grass on fire. The theft is believed to have occurred between 8 and 8:30 Sunday night.

One Year Sentence for Probation Violation

    A Clinton man was sentenced yesterday in Laurens County General Sessions Criminal Court for a Violation of Probation charge. 38-year-old Ryan O’Neal Miller of 107 Apple Orchard Circle, Clinton was charged with violating terms of his probationary release by failing to refrain from use of illegal substances, by being in possession of pornographic DVDs and sexually stimulating books and by failing to follow the advice and instructions of his agent. Judge Frank Addy Jr. sentenced Ryan O’Neil Miller to one year in the South Carolina Department of Corrections for violating his probation. Miller was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, pending transfer into the state prison system.

$30,000 Bond on 3rd Offense CDV Charge

    A $30,000 bond was set yesterday on a Clinton man charged with Third Offense Criminal Domestic Violence. Clinton Public Safety arrested 43-year-old Anthony Lasalas Curry of 100 Countryside Circle, Apartment 8-E, Clinton shortly after 7:00 Sunday evening for that charge. In a warrant served yesterday, Mr. Curry is accused of assaulting his girlfriend by putting his hands on her in a threatening way and causing injuries. The warrant states this occurred at 100 Countryside Circle where they cohabitate. With the $30,000 bond set yesterday, Anthony Curry was transferred to the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning.

Breach of Trust

   The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office yesterday charged a suspect with defrauding someone in a transaction late last month. 42-year-old Bryan Keith Davis of 1867 Stewart Dairy Road, Gray Court was charged with Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent. Investigator Keith McIntosh states that on March 25th Bryan Keith Davis converted $12,500 to his own use at a Gray Court area car lot on Highway 14. Bryan Davis was released from the Johnson Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond of $18,000.

Publishing Forged Document Alleged

    Passing a forged document in mid-March was alleged with an arrest yesterday. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Billy Eugene Gleaton Jr. of 4921 Riverfork Road, Waterloo and charged him with Forgery and Grand Larceny. Deputy Steve Paterson states that on March 18th Billy Gleaton Jr. published as true a forged counterfeit written instrument he knew to be forged or counterfeited. Also on that date, Gleaton allegedly received in trust personal property valued at less than $1,000 and appropriated the property to his own use with intent to deprive the owner.

   Billy Gleaton was released from the Johnson Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds totaling $2,000.

Arrest Alleges Undercover Sale 1 ½ Year Ago

    An illegal drug transaction a year-and-a-half ago was alleged in the arrest of a Clinton man last Friday. Clinton Public Safety charged 29-year-old David Mosley of 441 South Livingston Street, Clinton with Distribution of Crack Cocaine and with Distribution within Proximity of a Park. Detective Tyrone Goggins states that on November 8th, 2012 David Mosley sold a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working in an undercover capacity. This allegedly took place on North Bell Street in Clinton, less than a half mile from Oak Street Park and Clinton Mill Park. Surety bonds on the two charges were set totaling $25,000. David Mosley was placed in the Johnson Detention Center, where he remained this morning. Meanwhile, he was also charged by state Probation and Parole with Violation of Probation. A warrant from Probation alleges he failed to report on April 3rd, 2013 and that he moved without notice, thereby absconding supervision. The probation warrant also alleges failure to work diligently at a job, to obtain a GED or attend Voc Rehab. Mosley was to face arraignment today on the Violation of Probation charge.