Sports Report for Wednesday, 3-12-2014

Local Sports Results:

CHS:

  • CHS 4 – Chapman 3… The JV baseball team at Clinton had their first home game last night and it took them 8 innings to do it but they defeated the Chapman Panthers 4-3… Coach Mike Turner said he his team competed well last night that was a great game played by both teams… For the Red Devils, Brayden Gibbs went 2-4, Tyler Kelly 2-5 and Tristan Smaltz 2-3… Smaltz was the starting pitcher going 5⅓ innings but Gibbs picked up the win in relief…. The team will be back in action tonight as they host Woodruff at 6:00 pm.
  •  Update on CHS softball win over Whitmire Monday… Yesterday I told you that the CHS softball team took a 14-6 win over Whitmire at home on Monday but that I did not have any details on the game… Well I do now… On offense the team had 12 hits and was led by Brittany Templeton who went 3 for 4 with a walk and Brittany Wright who went 3 for 5 with a homer and 5 RBIs… Jessica Wood pitched 4 innings getting the win while giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9 & walking 3… Kayleigh Pitts also saw pitching duty and giving up 3 hits while walking 4 and struck out 2… The Lady Red Devils will travel to Whitmire today for a JV / Varsity rematch starting at 5:00 / 7:00.

 

LDHS:

  • SB: LDHS 10 – GHS 7… The Lady Raider softball team opened their season at home last night and they took a 10-7 win over the Lady Eagles of Greenwood… Laurens had an 8-0 lead going into the 5th inning when Greenwood managed to get their first run… The Raiders then led 10-1 going into the top of the 7th inning but the Greenwood bats suddenly came alive and that coupled with a couple of Raider miscues allowed them to put 6 runs on the board before Laurens finally got the third out to end the game 10-7…Maria Williamson led the Raiders on offense going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs… Tara Bond went 2 for 3 and Elizabeth Carman 2 for 2 with a homerun… Allison Foreback picked up the complete game win giving up 13 hits while striking out 7 and walking none…. Click on the following for more game statistics: 14-3-11_SB_LDHS-Gwd_stats      Click on the following for the game scorecard. 14-3-11_SB_LDHS-Gwd_scorecard
  • JV SB: Laurens 16 – Greenwood 0
  • BB: LDHS 4 – Greenwood 3… The baseball team also faced Greenwood last night but it was down in Greenwood… Good news here as the Raiders took a 4-3 win in their first region game…. The Raiders had 4 players collecting multiple hits on the night… They were Thomas Jones 3-4 with a double, Grayson Bailes 2-2 with an RBI, Hammer walker 2-4 and Cody Smiley 2-3 with a double and an RBI… Tanner Adair picked up the win going 4⅔ innings with Kevin Dean finished the game in relieve and picked up his 2nd save of the season…. The Raiders will host Hillcrest Friday night at Ed Prescott Field
  • JV BB: Laurens 6 – Greenwood 0…  In the JV game before the varsity, the Raiders took a 6-0 win over the Eagles… Morgan French, Cade Patterson & Nick Powell all collected key hits for the Raiders… Kendevron Stenhouse picked up the win pitching 5 innings and allowed just 2 hits… Matt Holcombe allowed no hits in 1 inning of relief… They also will face Hillcrest Friday afternoon

 

Laurens Academy:

  • BB: Crusaders 5 – Anderson 4 in 8 innings… The Laurens Academy Crusaders’ Josh Urwick executed a suicide squeeze in the 8th inning scoring Ryan Holmes to give the Crusaders a 5-4 win over Anderson Home School… Urwick had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for LA… Caleb Greene picked up the win pitching the last 3⅓ innings in relief giving up a run on 2 hits while striking out 6 & walking 3.

     

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Cocaine & Marijuana Seized from Traffic Stop

   Clinton Public Safety Officer Stephen Lawton reported he was performing routine patrol on West Main Street at 2:23 Monday morning when he observed a vehicle make a left turn onto Elizabeth without signaling. He followed and made a traffic stop on Oakland Street. Officer Lawton reported that on approaching the car he could detect a strong smell of marijuana, and called for backup. A front right seat passenger was taken into investigative custody after he was observed keeping his hand in his pocket. A baggie containing marijuana was reportedly found on his person. A baggie of cocaine was reportedly located on the ground near the car. Checking video from Officer Lawton and Lt. Cathy Anderson’s car, they observed it being thrown from the car. The passenger, 24-year-old Lamarcus Rashadd Westfield of 100 Dial Street, Laurens, was jailed on a ticket charging Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and warrants were obtained for additional charges yesterday. Westfield was then charged with Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.

  Public Safety reported seizing 208.18 grams of marijuana and 8.07 grams of cocaine. $342 cash and a set of electric scales were also seized. Westfield was placed in the JohnsonDetentionCenter, and released later yesterday after posting Surety Bonds totaling $25,000.

Danger: Tree Falling

   Downtown Clinton is loosing its “Town Oak Tree” that has stood near the intersection of Broad and Main for many years. City Manager Frank Stovall reports a large limb fell from the tree Friday, February 21st, damaging the Depot building. He said city personnel with advanced training in tree car noted other structural defects in the tree. He noted special care has been taken of the tree over the past ten years, but increasing decay and structural defects led to calling in a certified professional tree expert. The ISA Certified Arborist determined the tree was in imminent danger of loosing a large, heavy portion, which could result in injury to pedestrians and people in passing cars on Main and Broad.

   Specially trained personnel from the Department of Public Works Electric Distribution Division were to begin the removal of the tree Friday afternoon. Removal was expected to take several days as it must be done in a very careful and coordinated manner to prevent a structural collapse from occurring during the removal, jeopardizing the safety of city employees.

  Last Friday, City Manager Frank Stovall noted “While it saddens the Mayor, Council, and staff of the City of Clinton to lose this beautiful part of our downtown, we must place the lives of our citizens first and foremost, and it is out of a desire to ensure the safety of the public that this decision to remove the tree was made.” The Public is encouraged to maintain their distance from the tree until the area is safe.

   The City intends to conduct an appropriate ceremony to replace the tree during the next Arbor Day Celebration.

$8.6 Million County Surplus

    Laurens County Government finished the past fiscal year with a surplus of $8.6 million, according to an audit reviewed at this week’s County Council meeting. The report by Davis, McNeish and Cooke gave the county a clean audit. 

   County Council Chairman Jim Coleman said “With an $8.6 million surplus, we are very strong, and that is a compliment to council and staff. Thank you to all.”

    Councilman Joe Wood asked about long-term debt capabilities. County Administrator Ernie Segars replied that the county could borrow up to three million dollars for the county and general fund, and that should county need to borrow more state law requires that would require the county to have a referendum to get approval from the voters.

    Jim Coleman also remarked that the county had been shortchanged a million dollars by the state not funding local governments to the statuary limit. He asked everyone to urge the state to increase funding in next year’s budget.

     Councilman Keith Tollison addressed the need to prepare for potential future financial concerns by saying “With the problems that cities like Detroit are having with the high costs of pensions, we will need to keep an eye on our county retirement employees.”

Sports Report for Tuesday, 2-25-2014

Local Sports Results:

CHS:

  • Lacrosse: Dorman 20 – CHS 0… This was the first game of the season for the lacrosse team…. They will be back in action today as they host Hillcrest at 5:30

 

LDHS:

  • Adair Signs with Newberry… On Friday 2-21-2014 Laurens District 55 High School senior Tanner Adair signed a letter of 85-cropintent to further his education and play football at Newberry College next season… Tanner is the son of Susan and Kevin Adair… During his senior season he played defensive end and recorded 51 first hits, 23 assists, 3 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries… After the end of his senior season of football Tanner was also selected to the All-Region I-AAAA Team… He was also selected by the Laurens County Touchdown Club to the All-County Defensive Team and as their County Player of the Year… He also participated in the 2013 North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach on 12-14-13… Congratulations to Tanner

 

College Baseball Notes:

  • Div. I Rankings… well the new baseball rankings are out and the one that is the most favorable to both Carolina and Clemson is the Baseball America Poll…  That poll has Virginia #1, Florida State #2 and South Carolina #3… Oregon State and Cal State Fullerton round out the top 5… NC State, LSU, Vanderbilt, Oregon and Louisiana-Lafayette round out the top 10… Clemson just missed the top 10 coming in at #11.
  • Clemson… The Clemson Tigers baseball team improved its record to 5-1 on the season with a 3 game sweep of the Maine Black Bears over the weekend… The final scores in those 3 contests were 5-2, 13-3 and 10-2… Today the Tigers will host the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in a 4:00 pm contest… Pc comes into the game with a 4-2-1 record.
  • South Carolina…  The SC Gamecocks had good weekend as they swept Eastern Kentucky 4-0, 2-0 & 6-0 in a 3 game series… The Gamecocks are now 7-0 on the season and have allowed only 6 runs in those 7 games… The Gamecocks next foe will be Clemson this weekend in their annual 3 game series.
  • PC… The Blue Hose baseball team went 2 for 3 this weekend as they were up in Spartanburg taking on 3 different teams… On Friday they defeated USC Upstate 5-1… Then on Saturday they defeated Fordham 9-3… Sunday they faced off against Wofford and came up on the short end of a 8-7 final score…. PC is now 4-2-1 and will travel to Clemson today for a 4:00 pm contest.  

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Non-Violent Break-in Alleged

    Clinton Public Safety arrested a man for an alleged non-violent break-in of a woman’s apartment on Wednesday. 49-year-old Anthony Andre Wilson of 1256 South Bell Street, Clinton was charged with Entering a Dwelling without Permission. In a warrant served yesterday, Lt. Eric Robinson states that Anthony Andre Wilson with break and enter a woman’s residence in Landau Apartments, 1521 South Broad, during the daytime on February 19th with unknown intent. Anthony A. Wilson was being held in the Johnson Detention Center this morning with a Surety bond set at $5,000.

Closings & Delays (Click Here for List)

SCHOOLS/GOVERNMENT

Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 have announced school is cancelled for  Friday.  Monday is a teacher work day, so students do not return to school until Tuesday, February 18th.

Piedmont Technical College has cancelled classes at all campus locations for Friday.

Laurens County Offices will be closed again on Friday. They expect to return to normal schedule Monday.

Senior Options of Laurens County will be closed Friday due to road conditions. They’ll also  be closed Monday for President’s day, so Senior Options reopens Tuesday, February 18th.

The two Warming Stations opened by the Laurens County Emergency Management Agency Tuesday afternoon are to remain open until 2:00 Friday afternoon, for people without heat in their homes. The warming stations are in at Clinton Public Safety offices, 404 North Broad Street and at the Laurens Police Station at 250 West Laurens Street.

INDUSTRY/COMMERCIAL

The PRTC Retail Store in the Shoppes at Wal-Mart and the General Office on Anderson Drive were closed all day again Thursday. They hope to reopen both offices at 11:00 am Friday.

CHURCH/CIVIC

The Joanna Lions Club has cancelled their Thursday Night Meeting

NAACP meeting on Thursday canceled

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SCHOOLS/GOVERNMENT

Laurens County School District 55  THU

Laurens County School District 56 closed  THU

Piedmont Technical College – no day or evening classes Thu

Presbyterian College – closed

Laurens County Offices are Closed Thursday

City of Clinton Administrative Offices are closed. Non-essential personnel should not report to work. All othee personnel are to follow their department’s emergency plans.

Laurens city garbage – no collection Thursday.  Will evaluate for FRI later today

Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission Closed Thursday

Laurens County Animal Control closed Thursday

Senior Options closed Thursday

The Laurens County Emergency Management Agency opened two Warming Stations at  2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Anyone without heat at home can come to a Warming Station for a 72-hour period. The Warming Stations are at the Clinton Department of Public Safety at 404 North Broad and at the Laurens Police Station at 250 West Laurens Street.

The Laurens County Local Emergency Planning Committee scheduled for Thursday is canceled.

Newberry County Schools closed Thursday

Newberry County offices closed Thursday

All VA Clinics in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill are closed today.

 

INDUSTRY/COMMERCIAL

The PRTC Retail Store in the Shoppes at Wal-Mart is closed Thursday

The PRTC General Office on Anderson Drive in Laurens closed.  Plans are to re-open at 11:00 Thurday morning.

Palmetto Bone & Joint has announced their Clinton & Newberry offices will be closed.

Founders Federal Credit Union is closed

 

CHURCH/CIVIC

The Joanna Lions Club has cancelled their Thursday Night Meeting

NAACP meeting on Thursday canceled

 

Tuesday Closings (Click Here for List)

Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 are closed again on Wedneday. No school tomorrow in Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56.

Piedmont Technical College has cancelled all classes beginning after 1pm today, including all evening classes at all Piedmont Technical College campus locations.

Day and evening classes are cancelled for Wednesday at all PTC campus locations. An announcement will be made regarding Thursday classes on Wednesday evening.

Laurens County Offices are closing at 4 o’clock this afternoon. All Laurens County Offices were also going to be closed all day Wednesday.

Laurens County Water and Sewer Commisson will close at 4:00pm Tuesday and will be closed Wednesday.

The Bookmobile will NOT operate Wednesday.

County Council Is Still scheduled to meet at 5:30 this afternoon

Laurens Elementary School has postponed their Parents Night activities for tonight. Pre-School Parents Night will be Tuesday, February 18th at 5:30 pm while a Walk-Through Parent Night will be at 6:30 next Tuesday.

Laurens County Emergency Management Agency has announced the opening of two Warming Stations as of  2 o’clock this afternoon. Anyone without heat at home can come to a Warming Station for a 72-hour period starting this afternoon. The Warming Stations are at the Laurens Police Station at 250 West Laurens Street and at Clinton Public Safety at 404 North Broad.

Tonight’s Borenya Drum & Dance Program at Clinton Public Library is POSTPONED. A new date will be announced later.

Laurens County Local Emergency Planning Committee scheduled for Thursday is canceled

Laurens 1st Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday Evening Services

Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday’s Bible Study

Lanford Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday evening services.

Faith Baptist Church Laurens has cancelled Wednesday Night Services

The Joanna Lions Club has cancelled their Thursday Night Meeting

Palmetto Bone & Joint has announced their Clinton & Newberry offices will be closed Wednesday.

 Hickory Tikory Tots Day Care of Hickory Tavern and Stepping Stones Academy in Laurens have announced they are to be closed Wednesday.

Winter Weather Cancellations and Delays (Click Here For List)

Laurens County School District 55 schools are closed Tuesday. There will be no school for students and staff.  As further decisions are made for the rest of the week it will be posted here.

Laurens County School District 56 schools are closed Tuesday.

Laurens Elementary School has postponed their Parents Night activities for tomorrow night due to the threat of snow.

Pre-School Parents Night will be Tuesday, February 18th at 5:30 pm while a Walk-Through Parent Night will be at 6:30 next Tuesday.

Senior Options of Laurens County is closed on Tuesday

Laurens County Local Emergency Planning Committee scheduled for Thursday canceled

New Grove Baptist Church – Bible Study at Noon TUE canceled