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The Green Sea Floyds Trojans must win their game against Latta next week if they want to see the playoffs after losing 42-21 to the visiting Hannah-Pamplico Raiders Friday night.The loss means the Trojans have only won one game this season.“We played about as good as we could play, besides the fact that we didn’t score when I thought we could have," Trojans head coach Joey Price said.The Raiders got the ball first, but mere seconds into the game, quarterback Wade Poston was picked off by the Trojans&rsqu...
The Green Sea Floyds Trojans must win their game against Latta next week if they want to see the playoffs after losing 42-21 to the visiting Hannah-Pamplico Raiders Friday night.
The loss means the Trojans have only won one game this season.
“We played about as good as we could play, besides the fact that we didn’t score when I thought we could have," Trojans head coach Joey Price said.
The Raiders got the ball first, but mere seconds into the game, quarterback Wade Poston was picked off by the Trojans’ Shamar Jordan. The Trojans couldn’t take advantage of the turnover and the Raiders eventually put the first points on the board with a Poston touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh McNeil.
The Raiders missed their extra point, so when the Trojans’ Deandre Simmons rushed it in for a touchdown and kicker Mario Castillo kept it between the goalposts, the Trojans took the lead.
But the Raiders took it back on their fifth possession when Poston completed a 25-yard pass to JT Thompkins and then snuck it in for the touchdown. Poston snuck in again for the two-point conversion to put them up 14-7, and the score didn’t change until after halftime. The Trojans never took the lead back.
“We’re working on speed, but we don’t have a lot of speed and that’s OK,” Price said. “Our guys work hard every day, they try hard every day. We’re small in numbers really. We have a freshman out there trying to play a North/South All-Star wide receiver. So those are the kinds of things we have to fight against. We’ve got a young team, and you can’t ask them to do more than they do every day. They go to work every day, they practice hard every day. They’re good kids that do the right thing every day.”
After halftime, the Raiders’ Jamarcus Williams rushed 75 yards for the team’s first touchdown of the third quarter. Later in the game, he rushed for a 64-yard touchdown.
“He’s a dude,” said Raiders head coach Jamie Johnson. “There’s a reason why Ian [Guerin] and them down there have him ranked 12th in the state for his class. And you can see what he can do; he can change the game in a heartbeat. I get yelled at about play-calling but the kid’s averaging like 15 yards a carry. I think I’d keep handing it to him.”
The Raiders’ other touchdowns in the second half came from a goal line rush from Logan Bass and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Poston to James Davis.
The Trojans’ two other touchdowns of the game came from a goal line rush from Deandre Simmons and a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Banks Lovett to Mason Huff.
Now all the Trojans can do is prepare for Latta.
“It’s called a finish game,” Price said. “It’s game 10. So we’re gonna try to finish.”
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PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson's door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance.The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would let Dominion run a new natural gas pipeline through the land her great-grandfather, a rural Black farmer, had bought more than a century ago in Pamplico, South Carolina.Jefferson sent the agent away and in July, the utility serve...
PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson's door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance.
The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would let Dominion run a new natural gas pipeline through the land her great-grandfather, a rural Black farmer, had bought more than a century ago in Pamplico, South Carolina.
Jefferson sent the agent away and in July, the utility served her with court papers in an attempt to use eminent domain to build the pipeline.
The proposed 14.5-mile-long (23-kilometer-long) gas line is small in contrast to projects like the recently canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline, or even a 55-mile-long (88.5-kilometer-long) pipeline Dominion built recently in the state. But for Jefferson, it threatens to stain the land where her relatives once grew tobacco, corn and wheat, and the river where her father used to catch catfish for dinner.
"This property's been in my family for 100 years. How do they think they can tell me what they're going to run through my property?" she said.
The company cites new energy demand spurred by economic growth in eastern South Carolina as the impetus for the project. Dominion declined to make anyone available for an interview but said in a statement that the project could help attract and grow businesses, adding jobs and possibly lowering energy costs for residents.
The gas main, designed to supply customers directly with natural gas, would run 14.5 miles from a valve station to a regulating station along the Great Pee Dee River, according to permitting paperwork Dominion submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers. It would traverse 65 pieces of private property along the way.
Some environmental groups think the pipeline's true purpose is to jump-start a natural gas-fired power plant that state-owned utility Santee Cooper has previously discussed building at the same spot where the proposed pipeline would end. The company had said it would use natural gas from a utility partner such as Dominion.
Shelley Robbins, energy and state policy director of Upstate Forever, an environmental watchdog group focused on preserving land in South Carolina, said she wonders if the proposed pipeline is being designed with a relatively large diameter so that it could connect to a natural-gas power plant in addition to supplying customers with electricity. Such a plant would have a far bigger footprint in the community than the proposed line, she added.
Dominion spokesperson Paul Fischer said in an email that the gas line would be solely operated and owned by Dominion, and is unrelated to any current or future projects by other utilities. Santee Cooper spokesperson Mollie Gore said the company was unfamiliar with the pipeline and had made no decisions about future sites for natural-gas power plants.
Kathy Andrews, a landowner in the area who, like Jefferson, is opposed to the project, says she's concerned about environmental damage such as leaks once the pipeline is in operation. She points to the explosion of a Dominion gas line in Ohio and allegations over pollution involving coal ash in Virginia.
In addition to worrying about the pipeline's possible effects on the environment, Jefferson is concerned that she will lose more of the property her father entrusted to her on his death bed. The 40 acres (16 hectares) Jefferson's great-grandfather, Andrew Hyman, once owned has been whittled down to about 30 acres (12 hectares) over time. Jefferson is determined not to lose any more.
In recent years, the land has grown dense with trees and brush, obscuring the driveway that once led to the house Jefferson was born in. That house burned down a few decades ago, but lately, some of the other heirs to the land tell Jefferson they contemplate returning and rebuilding. Jefferson dutifully pays the property taxes every year, as her father asked her to.
But Jefferson and Andrews may be out of luck. In cases where a company or the government is arguing that a utility upgrade is for the public good, it's nearly impossible for property owners to fight, said Renee Gregory, a lawyer at the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation in Charleston, South Carolina.
"In these situations, it's not a matter of will the property be taken, just how much you will be compensated for," she said.
Andrews, who owns the parcel bordering Jefferson's, said Dominion offered her $500, then $1,000 when she refused. She said she worries that the economic woes some people are experiencing amid the coronavirus pandemic will lead other property owners to take Dominion up on its cash offers.
Dominion held a community workshop in January at the town's elementary school so residents could learn more about the proposed pipeline. But Andrews said the workshop was in the afternoon when most people were working; the explanations they got from Dominion weren't that thorough, and there was no mention of a public hearing.
"It's like we had no say in the matter," Andrews said.
Other landowners reached by The Associated Press had varied reactions to the project, though most expressed unease at the thought of agreeing to an easement on their lands.
Andrews and Jefferson have tried to rally their neighbors against the project. The pandemic makes organizing hard. Instead of meeting in person, concerned residents hop onto weekly conference calls. And some community members are apathetic to their cause, the women say, assuming Dominion will win out in the end regardless.
Jefferson, who is still handing out photocopied, handwritten appeals to her neighbors and looking for an attorney to represent her in court, remains even-tempered despite the stress of the past few months.
"It's not about money. It's about principle," Jefferson said.
PAMPLICO, SC (WMBF) - An unpaid speeding ticket after more than 20 years is now surfacing.The Pamplico Magistrate's Office is sending collection notices to one man who never knew about the ticket. The offices summoned John Norton to appear in court on Thursday morning.WMBF News went to the court appearance to listen in on what happened. Judge Kimberly Cox began by stating the court appearance is between John Norton versus the South Carolina Setoff Debt Collection.Cox handed Norton the speeding ticket and made a copy of i...
PAMPLICO, SC (WMBF) - An unpaid speeding ticket after more than 20 years is now surfacing.
The Pamplico Magistrate's Office is sending collection notices to one man who never knew about the ticket. The offices summoned John Norton to appear in court on Thursday morning.
WMBF News went to the court appearance to listen in on what happened. Judge Kimberly Cox began by stating the court appearance is between John Norton versus the South Carolina Setoff Debt Collection.
Cox handed Norton the speeding ticket and made a copy of it for proof. It was issued by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The date of violation listed on the ticket dates back to Jan. 17, 1993 in the town of Pamplico, with a trial date of May 26, 1993.
The ticket states Norton did not appear in court, he was tried guilty and owes a $70 fine, which Norton still has not paid.
Cox said because Norton never showed up and contesting has passed, Norton does not have a right to request a jury, which he asked for during court.
When asked why Norton is just now finding out about the ticket, Cox said she has hired a new clerk who has gone through the South Carolina Setoff Debt Collection System. It pulls any citations that may or may not have been paid.
"I don't care what they lose or what they throw away," Norton said. "If they tell me it's a valid ticket, it has been dealt with and either paid in the past or dealt with as it should have legally been done. That is my way of doing business for 80-plus years."
Norton said he tried to trace back his driving records to as far as 10 years ago, which is as far back as the database allows, and could not find any outstanding ticket.
"I was never notified of any happenings that were so called tried in absentia," he said. "This morning is the first time I have heard of that."
Norton has taken his grievance to highest SCHP office in Columbia, as well as the one in Florence and the chief magistrate's office in Lake City.
According to Norton, he lived in Florence during the time of ticket and drove through Pamplico for years to get lumber.
"I have paid my dues around here," he said. "Why, at this late date, are they singling me out along with others? I talked with one other person that had almost identical happenings."
The judge and the clerk at the magistrate's office said they are just doing their job.
Norton said at the end of court the $70 is not coming out of his pocket willingly. The judge said the money will be taken out from his income tax return next year.
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JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. — Hannah-Pamplico’s Zander Poston was a force through the air, and Johnsonville’s Daquan Burroughs was a force on the ground. Neither could be stopped, as they revved up numbers that would rival a Tecmo Bowl.As they combined for 11 touchdowns and almost 700 yards, something had to give. With less than three minutes left, a mistake on special teams was the difference. Poston, who passed for 382 yards and six touchdowns, didn’t get a chance to throw a seventh because Johnsonville’s Taysha...
JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. — Hannah-Pamplico’s Zander Poston was a force through the air, and Johnsonville’s Daquan Burroughs was a force on the ground. Neither could be stopped, as they revved up numbers that would rival a Tecmo Bowl.
As they combined for 11 touchdowns and almost 700 yards, something had to give. With less than three minutes left, a mistake on special teams was the difference. Poston, who passed for 382 yards and six touchdowns, didn’t get a chance to throw a seventh because Johnsonville’s Tayshawn Brown recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff after Burroughs’ fifth touchdown of the night accounted for what would be the final score.
That allowed Burroughs, who rushed for 297 yards (224 in the second half), to help the Flashes run out the clock and escape with a 60-52 win in their home opener.
And, their senior night.
For a Flashes team that has had just about every obstacle thrown its way during this pandemic-riddled season, Johnsonville coach Ken Cribb was elated about the win.
“We needed this win. We didn’t have any preseason games. We were quarantined three times, and we had not had a home game until tonight,” Cribb said. “We’ve had a lot of people injured, a lot of people sick, back and forth. We’ve had a heck of a year. So, the good Lord was looking out for us. We needed this.”
In all, 15 touchdowns were scored Thursday, and the teams combined for 980 yards total offense. Cribb and Raiders coach Jamie Johnson had mixed emotions about that.
“We just weren’t very good on defense,” Cribb said. “For whatever reason, we aren’t. And, we’ve got to get better if we want to have a chance in the future. But we felt coming into the game this was going to be high-scoring. Both teams are good on offense. We got a break or two, and that’s part of it.”
Johnson was just as concerned about his defense. The Raiders (4-2, 2-1 Region 5-A) were in the region driver’s seat going into Thursday’s game. A region title is still in their grasp, but they have little room for error as they must win at home against Green Sea Floyds (4-1, 2-0) next Friday.
“We couldn’t stop them,” Johnson said of Johnsonville. “We had a great plan on offense. At the end of the day, I think we’re one of the most prolific offenses in the state, and we can score on anybody, we feel like. But it comes down to we’ve got to get some stops.”
Poston, who had three receivers finish with more than 90 yards (Josh McNeil and Cyrus Ellison with 102 each, Floyd Eaddy with 95) had 280 passing yards and four of his TDs during the first half.
Poston was so dominant in the first quarter, he completed all five of his passes for 184 yards. Two of the Raiders’ series took one play — on Poston touchdown passes. He completed a 60-yard TD pass to Ellison, and a 71-yard TD toss to Eaddy.
On Hannah-Pamplico’s first scoring series, the Raiders were a little more conservative. That one took seven plays. A couple minutes after Johnsonville defender Kavontre Singletary almost made an interception, Poston found McNeil for an 8-yard TD and 8-0 lead (Eaddy added the two-point run).
Johnsonville, meanwhile, used its speed to stay with the Raiders. After Hannah-Pamplico’s first touchdown, Burroughs scored one of his two first-half touchdowns with a 3-yard run to close the deficit to 8-7.
Hannah-Pamplico then opened things up, stretching its lead to 22-7. But Burroughs scored again to get his team within 22-15.
The teams traded touchdowns later in the first half when Poston found Tae Sellers for a 35-yard TD pass, and the Flashes’ Travis Wilson scored from the 6 to get within 30-21 at halftime.
On the first play of the third quarter, Burroughs set the tone with a 55-yard touchdown run. Although Hannah-Pamplico answered with a 67-yard TD by Eaddy to keep its lead at 36-29, trailing by seven points was enough to give Johnsonville hope after trailing by double digits.
Although Johnsonville turned the ball over on downs at the H-P 5, that eventually worked in the Flashes’ favor after a botched snap on the first play set the tone for the next Raiders series. Having to punt from near the back of the end zone, McNeil’s punt went 9 yards and landed at the Raider 10. On the next play, Quintrel Burroughs scored to tie the game at 36.
Poston found James Davis for a 3-yard TD pass, and the Raiders added the two-point run to regain the lead. But Johnsonville responded with eight points of its own when quarterback Malik Shippy found Travis Wilson for a 37-yard TD pass, and the Flashes added a conversion run.
After the Raiders turned the ball over on downs, Daquan Burroughs raced 78 yards for a TD and added the two-point run for Johnsonville’s first lead, 52-44. Of course, Poston tied it right back with three passes, the final one to Sellers for a 26-yard TD to tie it with 5:34 left.
On Johnsonville’s winning drive, it faced third down from the 12, and Shippy converted with a run. Then, from the 6, Daquan Burroughs scored his fifth and biggest touchdown of the night.
“I was very tired, catching cramps, I had a little bit of soreness in my calves, but I just couldn’t stop. I’ve got to finish this game,” Daquan Burroughs said.
The ensuing kickoff went to Davis, who made a strong run before fumbling the ball away and Brown recovered it at the Flashes’ 32. At long last, the Flashes (2-3, 1-2) were in control, and they ran out the clock.
“That’s a barn burner,” Cribb said. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, but I ain’t never been part of a game like that. I’m real proud of the kids. You can call them a lot of things, but they don’t quit. I’m proud of that. We’ve got to get some stuff cleaned up, and we will. But that was a big win for them.”
HP — Josh McNeil 8 pass from Zander Poston (Floyd Eaddy run), 9:53
J — Daquan Burroughs 3 run (Reid Baxley kick), 5:39
HP — Cyrus Ellison 60 pass from Poston (Jason Graham pass from Poston), 5:25
HP — Floyd Eaddy 71 pass from Poston (pass failed), :33.2
J — Daquan Burroughs 5 run (Quintrell Burroughs run), 10:00
HP — Tae Sellers 35 pass from Poston (Graham run), 5:23
J — Travis Wilson 6 run (run failed), 3:04
J — Daquan Burroughs 55 run (Wyatt Smith pass from Malik Shippy), 11:43
HP — Eaddy 67 run (run failed), 10:25
J — Quintrel Burroughs 10 run (Baxley kick), 2:48
HP — James Davis 3 pass from Poston (Eaddy run), 11:21
J — Travis Wilson 37 pass from Malik Shippy (Quintrel Burroughs run), 9:45
J — Daquan Burroughs 78 run (D. Burroughs run), 6:36
HP — Sellers 26 pass from Poston (Floyd run), 5:34
J — Daquan Burroughs 6 run (Quintrel Burroughs run), 2:29
RUSHING — HP: Eaddy 15-79, Poston 4-5. J: Daquan Burroughs 28-297, Shippy 7-6, Quintrel Burroughs 12-46, Travis Wilson 4-35.
PASSING — HP: Poston 18-23-0-382. J: Shippy 7-14-0-130.
RECEIVING — HP: McNeil 5-102, Ellison 4-102, Eaddy 3-95, Sellers 3-48, J.T. Thompkins 1-13, James Davis 2-22. J: Daquan Burroughs 1-13, J.J. Coles 1-10, Wyatt Smith 3-65, Wilson 2-42.
FLORENCE CO, SC (WBTW) – A man accused of killing his 76-year-old aunt in Pamplico has filed lawsuits against Florence County employees claiming he was denied proper medical treatment in jail and that excessive force was used during his arrest.Edward Eugene Dewitt, 50, has been moved from the Florence County Detention Center to the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Dewitt was out on parole for an armed robbery charge from 2016 when he was arrested and charged in the death of his aunt in January.He h...
FLORENCE CO, SC (WBTW) – A man accused of killing his 76-year-old aunt in Pamplico has filed lawsuits against Florence County employees claiming he was denied proper medical treatment in jail and that excessive force was used during his arrest.
Edward Eugene Dewitt, 50, has been moved from the Florence County Detention Center to the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Dewitt was out on parole for an armed robbery charge from 2016 when he was arrested and charged in the death of his aunt in January.
He has filed a lawsuit claiming a Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator conducted an illegal search, without a search warrant, and used excessive force during his arrest on Jan. 28. He says, in the lawsuit, he was asleep on the couch at a “friend daddy’s house” when “police forced their way through the front door” with “AR-15 assault rifles” and “multiple officers picked me up off the couch and slammed me on the floor. I didn’t resist at all.”
Dewitt claims when he was arrested “all kinds of officers starting punching and kicking me. They beat me all in my head, face and ribs. They hurt me really bad. They just kept beating me. I was in and out of consciousness while the officers were beating and assaulting me.”
He also says he was hit in the right temple area with an assault rifle. Dewitt was taken to Mcleod Regional Medical Center Hospital in Florence for his injuries, according to the lawsuit.
He claims Investigator Roger Tilton illegally took photos of his severe injuries and sent them to others. He also claims as head of the investigation, Investigator Roger Tilton is responsible for the illegal search and seizure and for allowing the excessive force.
In a second lawsuit, Dewitt claims he was denied adequate medical care when he arrived at the Florence County Detention Center. He says he had headaches and dizzy spells and requested to be removed from a top bunk, but was denied. He later fell from the bunk when trying to get down for his medication, injured himself, and was told to place his mat on the floor, according to the suit. He couldn’t get up from the mat so he was given a bottom bunk, according to the suit, and was later place on bed rest after a fall in the shower.
Dewitt is suing four nurses who work at the detention center and seeking monetary damages and a preliminary injunction for adequate medical care.
The body of a 76-year-old Lois Dewitt was found on Jan. 27 in a home on Kennedy Haines Road in Pamplico. Her death was ruled a homicide due to sharp force injuries and blunt force trauma. The motive in her death was robbery, according to the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
The Florence County Sheriff’s Office has not been served the lawsuit at this time and does not comment on pending litigation.