HONEA PATH It has been five years since the Belton-Honea Path High School football program has added a region title to the trophy case.
Over the last three seasons, the Bears have come agonizingly close to capturing the Western 3A title, finishing second to Seneca, Wren and DW Daniel, respectively. The other two years, they finished third.
And while BHP is moving to Region I-AAAA, they will have their old rivals with them in the Lions and Hurricanes vying for the region title, along with Greenville and Pickens.
This year, head coach Russell Blackston will field a relatively young team, especially on defense, which allowed an average of 20 points per game last year.
Gone are top tacklers, linebackers Jaustin Davis and Brandon Geer and safeties, Jake Hilbert and Jake Cade, as well as No. 2 sacker, lineman Keenan Washington. Davis led the team in sacks with six.
Leading the defense this year are three-year starter, Akyah Miranda at cornerback, safety Quan Pruitt, defensive back Ellis Gardner, linebacker and state wrestling champion Eddie Smith, and lineman Austin Daniels.
We are going to have nine new faces starting on defense this year. We have guys that played last year, but in reserve roles. They are going to have to make that transition mentally to being guys that are counted on to make plays, he said.
This has been a fun group to coach.
Watch for senior Hunter Poulton at defensive end, senior Hunter Watson at linebacker and junior Dashon Stribling at corner.
On offense, which averaged 38.5 points per game last season, the key will be replacing the production of tailback Juwun Abney. The Hutchinson Community College signee led the team the past two seasons in rushing, amassing 2,645 yards and 24 touchdowns.
The BHP staff wont have to look far, with senior ORyan Warren looking to make the jump from supplementing Abney last season to being the workhorse. Over the last two seasons in a reserve role Warren has rushed for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Also returning is senior quarterback Kameron Burton, who paired 959 yards and eight touchdowns through the air with 635 yards and 10 scores on the ground.
Anytime you get an experienced quarterback back it is big. Kameron has worked hard and brings versatility to the position, Blackston said.
Burton said this years team has a strong work ethic, despite the youth.
Our returning starters are leading by example and helping the young ones out, he said. I feel like we have a chance to have a really good season.
While the running game looks to be in good hands, the passing game faces question marks after losing five of last seasons six top receivers in Nick Wood, Cade, Hilberts, Michael Starks and current Furman Paladin Evan Vaughn.
Returning to lead the group is sophomore Xavier Nance, who caught 17 balls for 169 yards and three scores. He is joined by Miranda, who caught nine balls for 90 yards last year.
Blackston said, though, everything starts with the offensive line, pointing to seniors Rozarry Davis and Mooky Turner.
With those two we have a bunch of sophomores. They have to grow up quick, and Im excited to see them progress, Blackston said.
In the column before he made that admission, he talked about the growing trend of golf cart use and how a granddaughter had hurt herself while riding on one. He advised parents to keep an eye on the young ones whenever they are near a cart.
EDINBURGH (ChurchMilitant.com) – Same-sex weddings in Scotland have overtaken Catholic marriages, according to data released by the Scottish government.
The annual demographic report published by the National Records of Scotland reveals over 1,600 same-sex marriages were contracted in 2015, while the number of Catholic nuptials came in at just 1,400. Additionally, the number of Catholic marriages continues to plummet, with 500 fewer Catholic weddings being performed currently than were a decade ago. The numbers come following Scotlands first full year of legal same-sex marriage under the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014, which was implemented in December of that year.
Michigan school groups and unions plan legal action to try to block $2.5 million in private school aid included in next year’s state budget, arguing the mandate reimbursement is unconstitutional. “We’re very seriously thinking about the strategy for challenging this really unconstitutional allocation of public dollars to private schools,” said David Hecker, president of the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.(Photo: John T. Greilick / The Detroit News)Buy Photo
MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of three Freedonia Focus Reports forecasting various components of the US motor vehicle industry and its domestic market.
The first includes details on the US retail sales of new motor vehicles. They are forecasted to total 17.1 million units in 2020, down from 17.9 million units in 2015. The newly released report, “Motor Vehicles: United States,” analyzes factors such as the impact of aging Baby Boomers and light-vehicle leasing trends on US automotive markets.
As the average age of US drivers increases, the number of total miles driven is expected to fall and negatively impact new car sales. Furthermore, a rise in leased vehicles over the historical period is expected to suppress prices for used vehicles over the forecast period, further constraining demand for new models. At the same time, motor vehicle manufacturers producing in the US are expected to increase output to nearly 13 million units in 2020 on increasing exports, particularly of light-duty trucks and vans. The report on light-, medium- and heavy-duty motor vehicles procured and produced in the US is available here.
In a related report titled “Medium amp; Heavy-Duty Trucks amp; Buses: United States,” purchases of new medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses in the US are expected to total 510,000 units in 2020, representing annual growth of 0.6 percent from levels in 2015. Medium-duty truck demand is projected to increase at an above-average rate – 1 percent annually through 2020 – to 216,000 units. Increased US construction and manufacturing activity will fuel demand for all forms of transport vehicles. To learn more, click here.
For background on the levels of US-produced freight driving demand for transport vehicles, “Manufacturing: United States” breaks out the total output of US durable and nondurable goods industries into 10 key segments. Industries associated with plastic and rubber product manufacturing are expected to grow in output at the fastest rate of all others, at 4.9 percent annually to 2020 in value terms. The US transport equipment industry itself is a leading manufacturing sector producing ground, air and maritime equipment, with shipments from US factories poised to grow 2.6 percent annually to 2020. To learn more about US manufacturing and trends in the key transport equipment sector, click here.
1 July 1837
The official registration of births, deaths and marriages begins
A formal system of civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths came into force across England and Wales on this day in 1837. Before then, only churches recorded such details, but Parliament saw a need for broader accurate records to guide voting, defence and taxation.
And since registrars were paid for every registration, there was a strong incentive to make sure the new system worked. The change also meant marriages could take place in a register office rather than having to be in church, so it was a good day for the non-religious – or those wanting a cheaper wedding.
The new registration districts were broadly based on what were previously called “poor-law unions”. These were groups of parishes and towns that offered support to local needy folk, even if only to place them in workhouses with a fearsome reputation for harsh conditions.
England was also far from being first to go for formal national registers, meanwhile.The first nationwide register was instituted in Sweden back in 1631. Once again, those canny Scandinavians leading the way on social matters.
A German court in the state of Bavaria ruled on Thursday against restrictions in the state barring Muslim legal trainees from wearing headscarves.
The district court in Augsburg ruled in favor of the 25-year-old legal student who brought a complaint against the state for prohibiting her from wearing the headscarf at public appearances in the court while performing a legal training.
The judges ruling on the case said there was no legal basis for the restriction and no formal law that obliges legal interns to a neutral worldview or a religious neutrality, according to a court document explaining the decision.
The ruling could pave the way for the first female legal officials wearing a headscarf in Bavaria.
Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback said he would appeal the ruling, arguing that legal officials as well as trainees in the court needed to present the appearance of impartiality.
Every party, every defendant and every other person involved in the legal process, anyone that comes in contact with the judiciary, needs to be able to trust in the independence, the neutrality and the clear objectivity of judges and prosecutors, Bausback said.
Under the traditionally Roman Catholic states 8-year-old regulation, a Muslim judicial trainee is prohibited from wearing a headscarf in the courtroom and during hearing of witnesses and expert opinion.
In the case of the German-Pakistani student, she was not allowed to sit at the judges bench during training as is the case with other students. Instead, she was forced to sit in the observers area. Due to this discrimination she sued.
The wearing of the headscarf while acting in an official capacity has long been a contentious issue, especially for teachers. Last year, the Federal Constitutional Court
ruled a blanket ban on teachers wearing the headscarf was illegal, unless it can be proven that the headscarf constitutes a concrete danger.
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A 65-year-old man from Mokelumne Hill died Monday in an ATV accident near Mokelumne Hill and a 55-year-old man died Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Tuolumne.
The San Andreas California Highway Patrol said the identity of the man from Monday’s accident is being withheld until his family is notified.
About 5:30 pm Monday, the man was riding a 2005 Arctic Cat ATV eastbound on Jesus Maria Road, west of Baker Riley Way.
Authorities did not know why but he turned the vehicle to the right, causing the ATV to go off the south side of the road. The front collided with a Dodge 3500 truck parked in a driveway. The man was ejected and landed in the roadway.
He died at the scene. The CHP said alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the accident. The man was not wearing a helmet.
On Saturday, about 8:19 pm, Sonora resident Duane Hernandez was driving his 2000 Harley-Davidson Road King on Woodham Carne Road north of Vergus Road at an unknown speed. While trying to go around a right curve, the right side of the motorcycle collided with the ground, according to the Jamestown CHP office.
The motorcycle overturned and traveled across the roadway until it left the east side of the road. He hit a tree and was ejected from the motorcycle. Hernandez sustained fatal injuries and died on scene, the CHP said.
It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor at this time, the CHP said.
Also on Monday, a San Jose man, Lloyd Smith, 43, suffered major injuries as a result of a single-vehicle accident on Highway 120 east of Grizzly Road on New Priest Grade. For whatever reason, Smith’s Toyota Tacoma drove off the side of the road, down the embankment and overturned multiple times. He was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for major injuries.