I love you, North and South Carolina. You too, Georgia.
Three members of a Laurens family were killed just before 10pm on Saturday night after a head-on collision in McConnells, just outside of Rock Hill.
Austin Francis is looking toward the future and a successful career that will last. For the 2017 Clinton High School graduate, the dual enrollment classes he took from Piedmont Technical College were the first steps to that future.
Once upon a time, Tom T. Hall wrote a song in which he mentioned a fellow in a bar “who claimed he was a veteran of the Falkland Islands War.” It was only slightly more likely for The Citadel to be playing football in Clinton on Saturday.
Governor Henry McMaster held a media briefing on Saturday with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina and the progress of evacuation efforts.
SATURDAY TEAM SC NUMBERS:
44,457 affected by the evacuation in barrier islands:
532 in Edisto Beach,
468 on Dafuskie Island
743 on Fripp Island
105 Harbor Island
168 Hunting Island
42,000 Hilton Head Island
409 Knowles Island
32 Tullifiny Island
1349 National Guardsmen on duty
1696 Troopers and local law enforcement on duty
107 State Guardsmen on duty
264 SLED, PPP, DNR Agents on duty
TRAFFIC: Traffic along our interstates 95 and 26 is moving along with no significant congestion.
FUEL: Fuel is continuing to be delivered to stations from terminals in Charleston, Augusta and Belton. Branded gas stations (Exxon, BP etc) are not experiencing shortages because they have contracts with the major oil companies. Independent non-branded stations purchase fuel on the “spot” market and are able to purchase what is left over – which is why some are experiencing shortages.
EVACUEES – Not only are shelters opening for South Carolinians, officials are now preparing shelters to receive Floridians and Georgians – should they be needed.
Colleton Middle School -1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive Walterboro
Ridgeland High Junior and Elementary School - 250 Jaguar Trail – Ridgeland
Dent Middle School - 2721 Decker Blvd – Columbia
(Opening 9am tomorrow)
Bluffton High School -12 H.C. McCracken Circle - Bluffton
Battery Creek High - 1 Blue Dolphin Drive - Beaufort
SHELTERS ON STANDBY
Fairfax Elementary School - 734 East 14th Street - Fairfax
Allendale Elementary School - 4561 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy – Allendale
North Charleston High School - 1087 East Montague Avenue - North Charleston
Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road - North Charleston
Oakbrook Middle School - 286 Old Fort Dr. - Ladson
Fort Dorchester High - 8500 Patriot Blvd - North Charleston
Dubose Middle -1005 Dubose School Rd - Summerville
Hampton Elementary School - 505 S Hoover Street - Hampton
Estill High School - 1450 Columbia Hwy North – Estill
Bethune Bowman Middle/High School - 4857 Charleston Hwy - Rowesville
Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School - 601 Bruin Parkway – Orangeburg
Kingstree Senior High (East Campus) - 615 MLK Jr. Ave - Kingstree
DAMS: DHEC has inspected 51 dams in the state and identified 8 that they will monitor and follow up on when the rains begin.
HOTELS: Hotel rooms are available in Myrtle Beach. They is also availability in the Upstate.
A Laurens County man was arrested on Friday evening after a high-speed chase near Laurens Academy.
A former football player and 2016 graduate of Laurens District High School was killed in a deadly crash in Simpsonville on Friday morning.
ACT released its annual Condition of College and Career Readiness Report for the Class of 2017 on Thursday. South Carolina’s 50,936 high school graduates showed across the board improvements during the state’s second year of 100 percent participation in the college entrance assessment.
City of Clinton, City of Laurens and Laurens County personnel, along with the American Red Cross, are actively monitoring Hurricane Irma as well as participating in state and local emergency management preparations.