Allendale County, SC

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Allendale County treasurer resigns under scrutiny

ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is working to appoint a new treasurer today in Allendale County. This comes after he accepted the resignation of Gerzell Chaney on Monday night. Chaney’s office came under the microscope of state auditors due to missing money in Allendale County. It’s...
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Do you recognize this mystery plant?

An early summer field trip, deep into a swamp in Allendale County, not too far from the Savannah River. It was almost noon and the mixed clouds made it quite pleasant, not hot at all. Up on the high ground, it was open and bright, but scrambling down the bluff onto the bottomland, the swamp was still dark with a dense canopy overhead.
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Can you identify this week's mystery plant?

Yesterday! An early summer field trip, deep into a swamp in Allendale County, South Carolina, not too far from the Savannah River. It was almost noon, and the mixed clouds made it quite pleasant, not hot at all. Up on the high ground, it was open and bright, but scrambling down the bluff onto the bottomland, the swamp was still dark, with a dense canopy overhead. Here and there, slanting sunbeams cut through the gloom and the golden spider webs, and occasional ghostly clouds of mist floated over the damp ground. It was easy walking around, due to low water, and we were far enough from any guts (or “sluices” as my hiking buddy likes to say) that there was no need to be wading. Rather, plenty of downed logs, some quite rotten, offered obstacles, along with thousands of bizarre, tortuous knees of the cypress and tupelos. One would think it would be a perfect day for snakes, but we didn’t see a single one. (On the other hand, it was a pretty good day for the deer flies, which were starting to get happy.) The swamp was quiet, too…except for the occasional scolding from a wren, and of course, the sweetly monotonous buzz of a cicada, philosophizing somewhere on a branch. There was a brilliant yellow swamp canary that flew up to inspect me, and then nervously vanished into the foliage. Occasional damsel flies danced through the sunbeams. A crawling millipede, a pale orange mushroom. A chewed-up crawfish. For all the life present in this setting, and for being surrounded by plants, there weren't many flowers to see. Except for this one.
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Allendale County Schools: Rising Out of the Bottom 5%

With critical support and focused improvement priorities identified after a diagnostic review by Cognia, Allendale County Schools in Fairfax, South Carolina went from being a low-performing district to becoming one of the highest-performing districts in the state. Learn more about pathways to improvement with Cognia membership.
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Aiken, Allendale to host Smithsonian exhibit on democracy

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Aiken and Allendale have been selected as two of six communities in South Carolina to host the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America in 2022-2023” next year. The exhibit explores the ever-evolving story of democracy in America. In Aiken, it will be hosted...
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Allendale County, SCDaily Reflector

Herb with elegant, star-like flowers thrives on mucky ground

I took an early summer field trip deep into a swamp in Allendale County, South Carolina, not too far from the Savannah River. It was almost noon, and the mixed clouds made it quite pleasant, not hot at all. Up on the high ground, it was open and bright, but scrambling down the bluff onto the bottomland, the swamp was still dark, with a dense canopy overhead.
Allendale, SCaugustachronicle.com

Pilot project brings broadband to Allendale

A first-in-the-nation pilot project to expand broadband access to rural areas came to fruition in Allendale County on Friday, May 7. The project establishes multiple Wi-Fi hubs and simultaneously deploys residential broadband service for families with K-12 students in Allendale County, according to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS).
Allendale, SCscetv.org

Clyburn, officials celebrate innovative Allendale broadband pilot project

Today, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS), in partnership with multiple public and private partners including South Carolina ETV (SCETV), is announcing the completion of a successful first-of-its-kind pilot project to provide residential broadband service for families with K-12 students in Allendale County and establish multiple public Wi-Fi hubs.
Allendale, SCWRDW-TV

Allendale Town Council member arrested in sexual assault on girl

ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested an Allendale Town Council member who’s accused of sexually assaulting a female juvenile. Earl Morell Jr., 54, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with minor, according to SLED. According to his arrest...
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Allendale County man charged with criminal sexual conduct

ALLENDALE COUNTY (WFXG) - South Carolina Law Enforcement agents arrested an Allendale County man for sexually assaulting a female juvenile. Earl Morell Jr., 54, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to SLED. The SLED investigation was requested by the Allendale County Police Department. Morell was...
Allendale County, SCWRDW-TV

I-TEAM: Broke & Broken

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Allendale County was already struggling to make ends meet even before 2020 but the pandemic put a spotlight on the county’s problems even catching the eye of the governor, himself. State senators, county employees, farmers, and the superintendent of one of the lowest-performing school districts...
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Allendale, Bamberg counties getting vaccination sites

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Eight mass COVID-19 vaccination sites will be open across rural South Carolina in coming days. U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control say the sites in Hampton, Allendale and Bamberg counties will be free and open to anyone 18 years or older.
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USC Salkehatchie nursing students participate in COVID Vaccination Clinic

ALLENDALE, S.C. - 20 USC Salkehatchie nursing students volunteered at COVID vaccination clinics hosted at USC Salkehatchie’s Allendale campus in partnership with Allendale County Hospital. While senior nurses administered the vaccines, other students helped with registration and logistics. Approximately 600 doses of the vaccine were dispensed at the clinics held March 16 and March 23.
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Fairfax officer booked into Allendale County jail over stolen pistol

ALLENDALE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested an off-duty captain with the Fairfax Police Department, SLED reported. It happened Thursday when during a traffic stop when SLED agents and local law enforcement discovered the individual in possession of a stolen firearm and open container, SLED reported.