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Mass shooting near Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School

Orangeburg — On the third day of school, a mass shooting has happened.

Just after dismissal today, someone shot three pupils who attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

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Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officer stomps on handcuffed man’s head

Orangeburg — An Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officer was axed and then arrested for stomping on the head of a 58-year-old man he had arrested moments earlier.

David Lance Dukes, 38, was fired from ODPS and arrested by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for assault and battery in the first degree.

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Coming this spring: Orangeburg County will be divided into three forecast zones

Orangeburg — The US National Weather Service is dividing Orangeburg County into three different forecast zones.

Starting this spring, as early as March 30, the NWS said it will be splitting Orangeburg County up.

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Three tornados touch down in Orangeburg County

Branchville — The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and confirmed that three tornados touched down in Orangeburg County, including one in the county seat.

None of the tornados were in relation to Michael, however, as the band that spun the twisters occurred ahead of Michael.

The first tornado occurred in Branchville. It was rated EF-0.

The second was in Rowesville. This one was also an EF-0.

The third tornado was confirmed to be in Orangeburg, along Brookside Dr and Pine Hill Rd. Like the previous two twisters, this was a minor EF-0.

Fortunately, there were no injuries and only minor damage from the tornados.

Good news! Teen girl found safe!

Orangeburg — There is some good news to share.

Jamella Houser, 14, was found safe this afternoon. She was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

According to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, she is at her residence on BANASHEE CIR.

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Orangeburg teen girl missing

Orangeburg — An Orangeburg teenage girl is missing.

Jamella Houser, 14, is rumored to have left her residence at BANASHEE CIR on Sunday via walking or running.

She has hair that is barely shorter than Rapunzel – and it may be in a ponytail or a weave. She was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, khaki pants and white foam-like sneakers.

Ms. Houser frequents the Saint Paul apartment complex on SEMINOLE ST and Mett’s Trailer Park subdivision on WHALEY ST. Both of these locations are in Orangeburg.

Please call the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office at 803-534-3550 or post any information on Ms. Houser’s whereabouts on their Facebook page.

Additionally, you can call the state’s CrimeStoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

One arrested in Orangeburg County high schools’ threat

Orangeburg — A 24-year-old has been arrested for threats to one of two high schools in Orangeburg County.

The man, identified as Shakiem Ellison, was picked up at 2:30 EDT today after a county-wide sweep by the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office the minute they got word of threats against Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School on Tuesday.

Mr. Ellison made a post on Facebook stating his intention to pull a Parkland on O-W before the school session began this morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Threats called in to two Orangeburg County high schools

Orangeburg — The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating threats made to two high schools on Tuesday.

According to Sheriff Leroy Ravenell on the department’s Facebook page, they are aware of the incidents at Lake Marion and Orangeburg-Wilkinson. He says he hopes to catch those responsible.

If you know anything about this incident, you can call Sheriff Ravenell or anyone else at OCSO at 803-531-4647.

Just last month, a 19-year-old Barnwell man was arrested for threatening the entire Williston-Elko School District 29. He was granted bond the next day!

Orangeburg woman jailed for just 15 years for Facebook domestic violence slaying


ORANGEBURG — A woman will spend only the last half of this decade and all of the next in jail after she got somewhat of a slap on the wrist after killing her boyfriend over Facebook and text messages about an affair.

Courtney Price, now 25, used the old “abuse excuse” to explain why she killed her 24-year-old boyfriend.

However, prosecutors and others said that she stabbed the victim in a violent, angry rage while he slept after she learned of an affair via Facebook messages and texts on September 26, 2014.

The victim was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries hours later, on September 27.

The jury found Ms. Price guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Friday afternoon, a day after she turned 25.  Prosecutors sought a murder conviction.

A member of the victim’s family, described him as “a bright light in our family.”

“From the early age of 10 years old when he was able to push a lawn mower, he understood the value of hard work,” she said.

She added said, “He loved his son immensely.  That’s the biggest tragedy, that his son won’t be able to know his daddy.”

The boy, now almost 2 years old, was an infant at the time of the incident.  He is with the victim’s relatives.

Source: Williston-Elko High pupil to file lawsuit against Allendale-Fairfax in hazing incident

WILLISTON — This morning, a pupil at Williston-Elko High School announced that he will be filing a lawsuit against the lot of Allendale-Fairfax officials and the high school and district themselves.

The following people will be named as defendants in the lawsuit: Allendale-Fairfax High, Allendale County Superintendent Leila Williams, Athletic director and head football coach of AFHS football team Eddie Ford, Allendale-Fairfax High principal Senaca Baines, Assitant football coach Cody Bradyburg, and South Atlantic Conference Association of Seventh- Day Adventist, Inc.

The pupil’s parents will file the lawsuit on his behalf.

During the week of August 2, the victim was subject to a hazing ritual after a football camp with Allendale-Fairfax players, with assaults resembling fraternity like initiation. The lawsuit claims the victim was assaulted with open hands, closed fists, boxing gloves, belt buckles or anything the players could find in their grasp.

It says the victim was assaulted by 15 current Tigers and other Allendale-Fairfax upperclassmen simultaneously.

The suit also claims that Coaches Ford and Brandyburg tried to persuade the victim, who later transferred to Williston-Elko and was given an SCHSL waiver to play football for the Blue Devils instead of being forced to sit, to let things go.

The star running back was hospitalized at Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg County receiving treatment after the assault.

While getting treatment for the assault, an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s officer came to the hospital to speak with the victim and his parents. Coincidentally, the victim’s father received a call from Superintendent Williams to not speak to cops about it, and allow the Allendale-Fairfax School District to investigate the incident.

Aiken Area Progressive will not identify the victim or his parents.

Full disclosure: Jovan is an alumnus of Williston-Elko High School.

Flooding cripples Orangeburg, other munis in area, S.C.

ORANGEBURG — Fast-moving and furiously angry rains moved through the Central Savannah River Area, Upper Midlands and Coastal regions of South Carolina, causing at least six deaths in the wake.

No part of Orangeburg County is uncovered by flood waters as of this post.

Even Dean Swamp Church of Springfield is flooded with six inches of rain, nearly all of it falling between 4:30 and 13:30 Sunday.

Other local areas currently flooded are as follows: Monetta, Ridge Spring, Ward, Johnston, Denmark, Bamberg, Wagener, Salley, Blackville, Branchville, Rowesville, Bowman, Eutawville, Vance, Holly Hill, Santee, Neeses, North, Norway, Woodford, Wolfton, Jamison, Elloree, Sweden, Finland and Lees.

Holly Hill was one of the hardest hit in the entire state, receiving nearly thirty inches of rain. Santee, Vance, Eutawville and Elloree also exceeded two feet of rain.

And scary stuff from Springfield as graves were unearthed by flood waters at a Baptist church there.

As of this writing, nearly 405 highways are closed, including long stretches of Interstates 20, 26 and 95.

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Today in Weather History: 30th anniversary of the third coldest low in Barnwell County’s history – in Williston

Today and tomorrow are important weather anniversaries – and yes, both of 30-year anniversaries.

It may have been a spring-like 60°f for a max temp today, but 30 years ago today, that was not the case.

On January 20, 1985, the day started off as a normal winter day temperature-wise – the max was 43°f. However, a Banana Front so powerful was shredding its way through the nation, little did some know what would be in store for the town of Williston, or Barnwell County for that matter.

After sunup, the skies clouded up first.

After that, while the daytime talk shows were on, the divebomb began.

While there was only a trace of snow, it was enough to deal a devastating blow to the temperatures.

When the snow began in Williston, at roughly 11am, the temperature was 40°f. When the front blew the doors off Blue Devil Country the next hour, the temperature dropped all the way down to 18°f at high noon.

At sundown, roughly 17:45 on the day, the temperature fell to 10°f at the Williston School District.

At 20:00, it was down to 8°f.

By 22:30, it was down to 0°f at the School District 29.

Finally, at the very last minute of the day, it was –2°f.

That temperature was briefly the second coldest day in county history, only behind the –3°f set in Blackville on Valentine’s Day 1899. January 20, 1985 would be the last day that the 1899 record would stand as the county’s coldest ever.

At Orangeburg Municipal Airport, the low temperature was 9°f; at the Regional Airport in Augusta, Ga., the low was 8°f; and at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the low was 5°f. All three were record lows that still stand to this day.

Coming up Wednesday…it’s the 30th anniversary of the coldest day in Barnwell County’s history. We’ll have more on some of the numbers from that day.

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