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SALUDA COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO)- A man is dead after a one vehicle crash Monday night in Saluda County.

Troopers say the wreck happened at 10:15 p.m. on US 178, 3 and a half miles east of Saluda.

A 39-year-old man from Columbia was driving west on US 178 when he ran off the road and lost control. Troopers said his vehicle overturned and stuck a guardrail on the left side of the highway.

Officials said the driver was transported by ambulance to Lexington ER, where he died from his injuries.

The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was not ejected from his vehicle.



MIAMI, FL (AP)- Miami-Dade police say eight people — five of them juveniles — have been wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.

Police Department spokesman Detective Daniel Ferrin says in a news release that two suspects are being questioned about the Monday afternoon shooting. He says two firearms were recovered and the active investigation is continuing.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2ji9upu) reports that hundreds of people had gathered in the park after the annual MLK Day parade in the Liberty City neighborhood in northwest Miami-Dade.

Ferrin says the victims range in age from 11 to 30, with five listed in stable condition and one critical. He says two juveniles grazed by bullets were treated and released on the scene.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-  The city of Columbia hosted it’s 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday at the Durham E. Carter Community Center.

Organizers said the city named the community center after Carter who chaired the Martin Luther King Foundation for 20 years.

Singing we shall overcome, a diverse crowd acknowledged the man who stood for unity, in hopes to inspire the next generation.
“It’s very important that the youth understands where we come from,” MLK memorial Foundation Committee Chair, Henri Baskins. “There’s a saying that those who forget their history is doomed to repeat it. We cannot repeat the history of this nation.We must go forward.”
Not only was Dr. King recognized, but local civil right pioneers who helped create a diverse city counsel.

“Mr.Carter was a dynamic force in this community,” Baskins said. In fact, if Carter hadn’t galvanized people together, we may still be living under the election of a system that we had in Columbia years ago.”

“We are standing on the shoulders of so many right now,” City of Columbia Mayor, Stephen K. Benjamin said. “Young people from all across this community are just looking for the opportunity to live up to their god given potential.”
Powerful and emotional speeches touched on King’s legacy in the world.
“Dr.King was not just about civil rights, he was about the economic rights of people and the economic legacy he left for us is that we need to serve others,” Baskins said.
“We’re here because of the people who marched,cried,fought and people who’ve died so we can have equal opportunity and justice in America through some of our most troubled times,” Benjamin said.
Organizers said today’s MLK Celebration recognized the youth, in hopes to motivate them succeed no matter their background.
“We are all the same,” Baskins said. “Skin color should not hold anyone back from getting a good job, a good education, and living in good, clean, healthy homes.”
Organizers also gave out several scholarships to Columbia youth.

It took overtime thanks to a great effort in the second half by Cardinal Newman, yet Lower Richland controlled the final minutes of their MLK Bash match against the Cardinals, topping them 61-57. Click the video above from ABC Columbia Sports at 11 to see the highlights.

Top-ranked Wilson ran away from Ridge View, 66-50, to remain undefeated this season. Click the video to watch highlights.

Keenan trailed 28-20 at halftime, but behind Tariq Simmons’ 18 points, came back to beat Lakewood, 53-49 at the MLK Bash Monday. Click the video to watch highlights.

North Carolina commit Jalek Felton dropped 41 points and racked up 10 rebounds leading Gray Collegiate over AC Flora at Eau Claire for the final game of the second annual MLK Bash. The War Eagles and Falcons wrapped up the boys’ schedule today, the last of five games on the day.

Click the video above from ABC Columbia Sports at 11 to see the highlights.

NEWBERRY (Newberry SID) – Quaman Burton’s layup with 1:22 left gave the Newberry men’s basketball team a lead it would not relinquish as the Wolves defeated Benedict 87-84 in a non-conference thriller Monday evening at Eleazer Arena. Newberry has now won seven in a row and 11 of its last 14 contests.

D.J. Copeland led the way with 20 points and Gerald Evans scored 14. Mason Spease poured in 13 points and Christopher Camper, in just his second game in a Newberry uniform, chipped in 11. Burton posted a team-high eight rebounds and also swiped four steals.

Newberry trailed Benedict 71-65 with 7:46 remaining in the contest. The Wolves used a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to one at 73-72. The teams traded layups before Spease grabbed the defensive rebound and dished the ball ahead to Evans for the fast-break layup.

Newberry would then lead 79-76 before Benedict scored back-to-back buckets to lead 80-79 with 2:15 remaining. After the Wolves secured the defensive rebound, Burton drove hard to the lane from the left side and banked the shot home off the glass to put Newberry ahead 81-80 with 1:22 left to play.

The Wolves’ defense forced a Tiger turnover and Copeland knocked in a layup to put Newberry up 83-80. Spease made his free-throws to give Newberry a two-possession lead. Benedict attempted to force the game into overtime but could not secure the rebound and Newberry was victorious, 87-84.

Newberry started the game quickly, running out to an 18-8 lead. Benedict pulled within two at 23-21 midway through the first half. Neither team could pull away the rest of the period as Newberry led 40-35 at halftime. Copeland led all scorers with 10 points at halftime.

Brandon Morris scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead four Benedict players in double-figures. Quayshun Hawkins and Umar Frost also recorded double-doubles for the Tigers.

The Wolves shot 15-for-18 (83.3 percent) from the free-throw line in the second half after an 8-for-14 (57.1 percent) performance in the first half. Newberry was just 8-for-33 from beyond the arc (24.2 percent), a season-low.

The Wolves scored 16 fast break points, and scored 22 points off 22 Benedict turnovers. Newberry held the Tigers to just six made three-point field goals in the contest.

Newberry returns to South Atlantic Conference play Wednesday against Catawba (10-6, 4-6 SAC). Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. from Eleazer Arena.

ORANGEBURG, SC (SCSU) – South Carolina State had five players in double figures, led by Eric Eaves‘ 23 points, however, it was not enough as visiting Savannah State used long-range shooting to hold off the Bulldogs 86-82 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game Monday night.

Tashombe Riley added 13 points, reserve Raynor Powell came off the bench for 12 and Ed Stephens and Greg Mortimer chipped in 10 each for Coach Murray Garvin‘s team which fell to 4-12 and 1-2 in the league.

Troy Manassa tossed in 24 points on 9-18 shooting from the field, including a 6-9 effort from behind the arc, to lead the Tigers, who had four players reach double figures. Austin Dasent contributed 13 points, Robert Kelly 11, along with a game-high eight rebounds, and Joshua Floyd 10 points in the win, which lifted the visitors to 6-12 and 3-2 in the MEAC.

SC State stayed connected to the hot-shooting Tigers throughout the contest but could not match Savannah State’s three-point shooting, especially late in the contest. The Tigers, who shot just under 50 percent from the field, connected on16-36 three-point attempts for a  44.4 percent accuracy from long range. Savannah State was 30-61 overall. The Bulldogs were 30-64 from the field — almost 48 percent — but made just 10-30 of their three-point attempts.4

“Their 3-point shooting was the difference,” said Garvin. “We knew they would put up a lot of them (3-pointers) as they had attempted 40 earlier in a game. They put up 36 tonight and made 16. But despite their hot shooting, we still have a chance to win the game, and that’s most disappointing that we did not.

“There were several opportunities, 8-10 times, when we had possession with a chance to tie the game or take the lead, but we failed to do so. They made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t. The rode on the back of Masassa late and he delivered for them.

“But, I saw some positives. Raynor Powell played 31 minutes for us, had 12 points and three assists and the four turnovers are not indicative of how well he played. And, we continue to get some productive minutes out of two of our young players, (Damani) Applewhite and (Ozante) Fields. But as a staff, we need to find a way to get Stephens going. He can’t go 3-12 – and most of his attempts were good shots – and us win.”

The Tigers led 44-42 at the half and used a 14-8 run, fueled by four 3-pointers, to start the final stanza to go ahead 58-50 with 15:13 left. The Bulldogs battled back to grab a 68-66 advantage on Powell’s 3-pointer with 8:12 on the clock.

But the visitors tied it quickly on a Dasent inside basket seconds later and went ahead 71-68 on a three-point play by Maricus Glenn with 7:19 left. The Bulldogs got to within two twice, the last time, 74-72 on two Mortimer free throws with 4:06 on the clock but could get no closer.

The Bulldogs return to the court Saturday, when they host Delaware State in the second game of an MEAC doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.

The Gamecocks checked in at #24 in the newest AP poll, and that ranking could soar after this week. USC hosts #19 Florida Wednesday night then go on the road to #5 Kentucky Saturday. The Wildcats and Gators are tied for the SEC lead at 5-0, while the Gamecocks, at 4-0, are .5 game back in the standings. For Frank Martin, he envisioned his Gamecocks at the top of the standings when he first took over USC’s basketball program five years ago.

Click the video to watch our story from ABC Columbia Sports at 11.

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