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SC disabilities agency director fired without explanation: 'It hurts and nobody’s happy'

SC disabilities agency director fired without explanation: 'It hurts and nobody’s happy'

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — The director of the agency that provides services for South Carolinians with disabilities was fired Feb. 18 without explanation. The board of the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs voted 5-1 to remove Director Mary Poole, effective immediately. The agency's chief lawyer, Constance Holloway, was named interim director. When Poole was hired in mid-2018, the agency had already been under fire for years over financial problems, long waiting lists and allegations of abuse in its network of...

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SC House puts abortion ban on path for governor's desk despite Democrats' staged protest

SC House puts abortion ban on path for governor's desk despite Democrats' staged protest

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, holds an instrument used for sonograms while speaking in the S.C. Statehouse lobby as a large group of Democrats walk out during debate on the abortion ban bill in Columbia, Feb. 17, 2021. Sean Rayford/Special to The Post and CourierDemonstrators hold signs during a press conference by Democrats, who walked out during debate on an abortion ban bill in the S.C. House in Columbia, Feb. 17, 2021. Sean Rayford/Special to The Post and CourierDemonstrators hold signs during a press...

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Accountability suffers as newspaper closures grow in SC, nation

Accountability suffers as newspaper closures grow in SC, nation

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Newspapers in Holly Hill and Santee were among those that have closed in rural areas. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/StaffThe Allendale Sun newspaper shutdown in 2015. Since then, the state took over the county’s problem-plagued school district for the second time while three of Allendale’s public officials went to jail on embezzlement charges. File/Grace Beahm Alford/StaffThe Observer in Ware Shoals was one of several newspapers in rural communities shuttered last year. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/StaffFormer Chester County...

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USPS mail in SC processing slower than most of the nation, lawsuit data shows

USPS mail in SC processing slower than most of the nation, lawsuit data shows

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Delays in mail through the U.S. Postal Service have been widely felt, but in South Carolina, the hold-ups may be longer than in the rest of the country.As part of a federal lawsuit filed in New York in August accusing the Trump administration of holding up funding to influence mail-in voting during the general election, a judge ordered the USPS to release periodic reports detailing how efficiently it is processing the mail.Those reports show that South Carolina's public post offices were performing better than the...

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King Street bar employee shot by patron who was upset over 11 pm curfew due to pandemic

King Street bar employee shot by patron who was upset over 11 pm curfew due to pandemic

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.An employee at a busy King Street bar in downtown Charleston was shot the night of Feb. 5 when a group outside the establishment got into a shouting match after being told it was closing time and they couldn't come back in.The shooting happened at the popular college bar King Street Public House. The victim, Javar Dwayne Middleton, 28, was listed at Medical University Hospital as "alert and conscious" on Feb. 6.Middleton was an employee at King Street Public House, according to Charleston police. The bar had a sign...

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Tom Rice says SC GOP 'cowering before Donald Trump' after censure for his impeachment vote

Tom Rice says SC GOP 'cowering before Donald Trump' after censure for his impeachment vote

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — Top officials at the South Carolina Republican Party voted Saturday to censure U.S. Rep. Tom Rice for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, delivering a rare formal reprimand to one of their own congressmen.The S.C. GOP executive committee approved a censure resolution that criticized Rice, a Myrtle Beach Republican starting his fifth term in Congress, for participating in a process that they argued unfairly pinned blame on Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, party...

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Tom Rice says SC GOP 'cowering before Donald Trump' after censure for his impeachment vote

Tom Rice says SC GOP 'cowering before Donald Trump' after censure for his impeachment vote

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — Top officials at the South Carolina Republican Party voted Saturday to censure U.S. Rep. Tom Rice for his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, delivering a rare formal reprimand to one of their own congressmen.The S.C. GOP executive committee approved a censure resolution that criticized Rice, a Myrtle Beach Republican starting his fifth term in Congress, for participating in a process that they argued unfairly pinned blame on Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, party...

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Another Columbia attorney joining Trump's impeachment defense team

Another Columbia attorney joining Trump's impeachment defense team

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — A second Columbia attorney is joining former President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team. Like Trump's lead lawyer, Butch Bowers, who was announced last week, Deborah Barbier runs her own small firm. Trump has encountered trouble hiring legal help because larger law firms do not want to get involved in the impeachment, national reports have said.Barbier's appointment was announced Monday in an email sent to dozens of lawyers from Greenville attorney Wallace Lightsey, South Carolina committee chair...

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Everyone hated the new South Carolina flag design. Here is the 2nd attempt.

Everyone hated the new South Carolina flag design. Here is the 2nd attempt.

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedOption A. This is one of two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedOption B. This is one of two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedLet’s try this again.A team of historians has at developing South Carolina’s new state flag design after their first attempt was .This time around, the group is proposing two options for state lawmakers to consider. Both attempt to address the chief...

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Everyone hated the new South Carolina flag design. Here is the 2nd attempt.

Everyone hated the new South Carolina flag design. Here is the 2nd attempt.

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedOption A. This is one of two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedOption B. This is one of two proposed designs for the official South Carolina state flag. ProvidedLet’s try this again.A team of historians has at developing South Carolina’s new state flag design after their first attempt was .This time around, the group is proposing two options for state lawmakers to consider. Both attempt to address the chief...

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Anti-abortion bill advances in the SC Senate in the first week of session

Anti-abortion bill advances in the SC Senate in the first week of session

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Lt. Gov. Pam Evette attends a Senate hearing Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to show support for  a bill that would ban most abortions in South Carolina. On the screen is Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Walterboro, who attended virtually. Seanna Adcox/StaffTony Foster, a pastor in Greenwood, speaks to a Senate panel Thursday, Jan. 14., 2021, about his support for a bill banning most abortions. Seanna Adcox/StaffCOLUMBIA — A bill banning most abortions in South Carolina advanced Thursday in the Senate as opponents criticized...

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SC Attorney General Wilson faces disciplinary complaint over supporting election lawsuit

SC Attorney General Wilson faces disciplinary complaint over supporting election lawsuit

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.A Columbia attorney on Tuesday filed a formal disciplinary complaint against S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, alleging the Lexington Republican knowingly supported a “false and frivolous”  that sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.In the four-page filing, attorney Chris Kenney alleges Wilson and 16 other Republican attorneys general fanned the flame of insurrection, setting the stage for last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol when they cast doubt on the integrity of the 2020...

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SC seniors can get the coronavirus vaccine starting Wednesday. Here's how to sign up.

SC seniors can get the coronavirus vaccine starting Wednesday. Here's how to sign up.

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Last updated: 01/11/2021 2:53 PMSouth Carolina seniors 70 and older will be eligible to make appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine starting Wednesday, officials said Monday. The news was first announced by S.C. Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, in a tweet.Gov. says that, starting Wednesday, those 70 and older may make vaccination appointments. I’ve asked: who can give vaccines, how many doses are available, is VAMS the only way to make appointments? I will provide an update when I have answers to these questions. —...

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Mace: I support Trump, but Congress lacks authority to overturn Electoral College

Mace: I support Trump, but Congress lacks authority to overturn Electoral College

You have permission to edit this article.Nancy Mace, who was sworn in to Congress on Sunday after defeating Joe Cunningham, addresses supporters on election night. Grace Beahm Alford/StaffU.S. Rep. Nancy MaceU.S. Rep. Nancy Mace joined colleagues on Sunday to be sworn in as part of the 117th Congress. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)Nancy Mace, who was sworn in to Congress on Sunday after defeating Joe Cunningham, addresses supporters on election night. Grace Beahm Alford/StaffU.S. Rep. Nancy MaceU.S. Rep. Nancy Mace joined colleagues on Sunday to be sworn in as part of the 117th Congress....

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Pollsters grapple with miss in SC's Graham, Harrison Senate race

Pollsters grapple with miss in SC's Graham, Harrison Senate race

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — In the months leading up to South Carolina's 2020 U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, public polls repeatedly indicated it would be more competitive than any statewide contest here in years, with the two candidates often coming up tied or close to it.Instead, Graham ended up cruising to a comfortable victory by more than 10 percentage points, forcing pollsters to begin considering how they could have missed the outcome by so much. Even...

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USC researcher wants to train robots for NASA deep space missions

USC researcher wants to train robots for NASA deep space missions

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — For NASA, studying the outermost reaches of space will require the help of robots. But distance can lead to communication problems between the robots and the scientists controlling them.That's why a University of South Carolina artificial intelligence researcher is working with NASA scientists to teach the machines to make crucial in-the-moment decisions, putting his mark on mankind's endless pursuit to discover life beyond our own planet.Pooyan Jamshidi, USC assistant professor of computer science and...

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South Carolina historians settle on a new state flag design

South Carolina historians settle on a new state flag design

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.A panel of historians were charged with picking a new design for the official South Carolina state flag. This is the design they settled on. ProvidedA screenshot of the 1776 flag that was flown by the 2nd South Carolina Regiment in the American Revolution. ProvidedCOLUMBIA — A high-powered team of historians has done the research and determined what South Carolina's state flag should look like once and for all.Rest assured, not much is changing.The flag will still feature a white Palmetto tree and crescent against an...

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Teachers to HCS leadership: ‘Enough is enough. We are done with this treatment.’

Teachers to HCS leadership: ‘Enough is enough. We are done with this treatment.’

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article. Horry County Schools/ProvidedA note sent to teachers that asked for a $5 donation to wear jeans to a holiday party. MYRTLE BEACH — As more than a dozen school districts across South Carolina will offer bonuses to their employees for the holidays — with some receiving as much as $1,000 apiece — staffers with Horry County Schools were asked for $5 contributions to wear jeans to a Friday “Jingle Non-Mingle Staff Holiday Event.”“Holiday miracles do come true, as employees can also wear JEANS too! (For a $5 charitable...

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TNC transfers 791-acre addition to SCDNR's Stumphouse Mountain Heritage Preserve

TNC transfers 791-acre addition to SCDNR's Stumphouse Mountain Heritage Preserve

You have permission to edit this article.TNC transfers 791-acre addition to SCDNR’s Stumphouse Mountain Heritage PreserveFew causes have captured the attention of South Carolina’s Upstate community like the movement to protect Stumphouse Mountain Heritage Preserve in 2007. Now, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) are nearly tripling the popular preserve’s size.In July, TNC closed on a 791-acre property in Oconee County called “Turnip Top,” named for the 1,600-foot-high mountain summit within its borders. On Dec. 10, TNC transferred...

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Prosecutors: Gangsters in SC prisons ordered murders, ran drug empire with cellphones

Prosecutors: Gangsters in SC prisons ordered murders, ran drug empire with cellphones

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Peter McCoy. Gang members imprisoned in South Carolina used contraband cellphones to run a sprawling drug empire that left a trail of violence and death in the Palmetto State, according to a federal grand jury investigation. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/StaffCorrections Director Bryan Stirling talks during a tour of Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, April 10, 2019. File/APU.S. Attorney for South Carolina Peter McCoy. Gang members imprisoned in South Carolina used contraband...

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Almost 1,500 acres added to Francis Marion forest in conservation deal

Almost 1,500 acres added to Francis Marion forest in conservation deal

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.McCLELLANVILLE — Another 1,450 acres were added to the Francis Marion National Forest in a recent conservation deal. The property is north of the town of McClellanville, between Old Georgetown Road and U.S. Highway 17, in the northern end of Charleston County. Crossed with dirt roads through a longleaf pine landscape, the Atlantic Creosote parcel will add to existing trails in the forest, including the East Coast Greenway and Walter Ezell Route bike trail, according to a U.S. Forest Service release.Rare and...

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1,500 acres of historic land added to the Francis Marion National Forest

1,500 acres of historic land added to the Francis Marion National Forest

You have permission to edit this article.The Francis Marion National Forest is a little larger today, thanks to the efforts of three local entities to acquire 1,450 acres from a local landholding company. The roadways and paths in the tract will make the forest more accessible for hiking, birding and hunting, as well as providing natural habitat for a wide variety of local species. It's land that was once part of Peachtree Plantation on the Santee River — owned by Declaration signer Thomas Lynch III and celebrated by poet laureate Archibald Rutledge — that will now belong to the public. The...

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Jaime Harrison launches new PAC to help Democrats in Georgia runoffs as he eyes DNC chair

Jaime Harrison launches new PAC to help Democrats in Georgia runoffs as he eyes DNC chair

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — Jaime Harrison is not done yet.Just three weeks after his defeat to Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham in South Carolina's U.S. Senate race, the former S.C. Democratic Party chairman announced the formation of a new political action committee Tuesday that will seek to help Democrats win a pair of pivotal runoff elections in neighboring Georgia.The creation of "Dirt Road PAC" comes as Harrison has emerged as the top contender to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee — a job he...

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SC Gov. McMaster was target of group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor

SC Gov. McMaster was target of group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.COLUMBIA — Gov. Henry McMaster was among additional targets of a group accused of plotting to kidnap and harm Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this month, according to a published report Wednesday.One of the alleged Whitmer plotters was arrested this month in Columbia, but there is no immediate indication that Paul Edward Bellar, 21, was involved in plans to go after McMaster. Instead, the threat against McMaster were found in Facebook messages tied to Barry Croft, a Delaware man who is among more than a dozen people...

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As early voting soars in SC, most counties Trump won in 2016 see lower turnout

As early voting soars in SC, most counties Trump won in 2016 see lower turnout

You are the owner of this article.You have permission to edit this article.Voters wait in line at County Square in Greenville for in-person absentee voting on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Eric Connor/StaffJoel Milliken of Greenville stood in line for more than two hours on Tuesday, Oct. 27 2020, to vote at County Square. Anna Mitchell/StaffMarie Barber and Justin Mitchell wait in line to vote on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant. File/Adam Parker/StaffDemocratic-leaning Charleston is among seven counties in South Carolina where more than a third of registered voters have...

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