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Orangeburg man accused of shooting, killing man at Cordova club

An Orangeburg man is accused of killing a 35-year-old man at a Cordova club, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

“This incident apparently originated in some type of argument that resulted in this unnecessary act,” Ravenell said. “No argument in the world is worth someone losing their life over.”

Kendalon Curry, 25, has been charged with murder in the death of Joseph Simms Jr. of Weatherford Road.

Curry was formally charged and presented his rights during a hearing on Wednesday.

The Michael Street man was taken into custody on Tuesday after investigators determined he was responsible for the shooting death at Da Yellow Sto on Carver Edisto School Road.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were called out around 4 a.m. March 2 after witnesses at the nightclub reported multiple shots being fired.

As investigators arrived, witnesses flagged them down to direct deputies to the victim, who was lying face up with an apparent wound to the upper body.

Witnesses told investigators a man had exited a vehicle and fired at the crowded club before seeing the shots strike the building.

They then discovered the victim on the ground.

Curry was informed his bond may be considered by a circuit court judge at a later date.

Inv. John Stuke is leading the ongoing investigation.


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Felder named Calhoun County administrator; disc golf discussed for Calhoun Hills

ST. MATTHEWS – Calhoun County Council unanimously approved the appointment of Ted Felder as county administrator during Monday’s council meeting.

Felder was named the interim administrator at the beginning of the year, after longtime administrator Lee Prickett retired in December 2018. Felder was deputy administrator of the county before Prickett’s retirement.

The interim tag was removed from Felder’s title on Monday, and he will assume all responsibilities associated with the position.

Felder’s contract spans two years and pays him $87,500 annually. His responsibilities will include executing the policies, directives and legislative action of the council; coordinating the operational agencies and administrative activities of the county government and coordinating economic development activities.

He also has the responsibility of managing all of the county’s departments, offices and institutions through the department heads.

Felder thanked council and said he is very happy to be serving the county.

He is a native of the county.

Felder was previously the Hardeeville city manager. Before that, Felder served as Hardeeville’s first director of economic development.

He also served six years as the Lowcountry district director for Congressman Joe Wilson and seven years as a lobbyist in Columbia working for Ogburn and Associates, Inc.

Council also approved the updated county organizational chart, noting the changes making Felder the county administrator and Denise Christmas the deputy administrator and chief financial officer.

Also during Monday’s meeting:

• The Recreation Committee gave a report during the meeting, noting that the pool located at the Calhoun Hills Golf Complex was filled and closed at the direction of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The committee is looking into a proposed disc golf program at the golf complex. Plumbing issues at the golf complex were fixed.

• Calhoun County Director of Emergency Management David Chojnacki was presented the S.C Certified Emergency Manager plaque by Erik Hayes, the president of the S.C. Emergency Management Association. The plaque is presented to emergency management employees who achieve the standards set by the association.

• Council approved a proposal to develop a closure plan for the county landfill. The $15,600 cost will pay for a topographical survey of the landfill site, calculating the volume of the landfill and developing an engineering report specific to the landfill.

• Council approved a proposal to will develop a countywide map of the existing landfill centers located around the county. The $11,500 effort will include an assessment of the function of the centers, the current effectiveness of the centers and the locations of the centers in regards to the communities they serve.

• Council approved a motion to develop a water and wastewater pre-treatment plan that mirrors the plan of the City of Cayce. Calhoun County currently has its wastewater treated by the city.

• Council approved first reading by title only of three ordinances.

The first ordinance will change the county’s current multi-county industrial park agreement with Lexington County for future fees, and redirect how future fees are handled, Felder said. He also stated that the existing fees will be frozen by percentage instead of by millage on a year-to-year basis.

The second ordinance changes the rental fees for recreational facilities owned and operated by the county, and also adds additional facilities.

The third ordinance amends the zoning ordinance regarding solar projects or farms that are less than one acre in size or attached to a residential unit.


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Sheriff: Pound of marijuana seized, Orangeburg man arrested

A pound of marijuana was seized after an operation was set up in response to drug-related complaints, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.

“Narcotics officers with the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office seized at least a pound of marijuana and a large amount of U.S. currency during this operation,” Ravenell said. “This is a response to complaints from citizens in the area who are tired of illegal drugs being in their area and the dangers that can come with it.”

Justin Q. Tyler, 20, of Orangeburg, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana in connection with the seizure.

Sheriff’s office narcotics investigators concentrated on the Beason Road and Rosedale Drive area during an operation that began on Friday.

On nearby Coconut Court, investigators came upon a vehicle in which an occupant appeared to be smoking marijuana. A male in the vehicle admitted marijuana in the vehicle was his, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office allegedly found a pound of marijuana, a handgun with two magazines including a 25-round magazine and a substantial amount of cash inside the home where the man lives after the homeowner gave permission to search the residence.

Bond was set on Tyler at $2,500 during a hearing on Monday.