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3rd-party candidate backs Graham in tightening race

COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is getting campaign support from a third-party candidate, potentially bringing with him a narrow margin of conservative backers who could propel Graham over his Democratic challenger in a … more

Boeing plans to combine its production of 787 jet in S.C.

Boeing said Thursday that it will consolidate production of its two-aisle 787 jetliner in South Carolina and shut down the original assembly line for the plane near Seattle. The company said the move will start in mid-2021. Boeing said it was … more

Governor McMaster promises to keep Parris Island open

By JEFFREY COLLINS The Associated Press COLUMBIA - South Carolina's governor promised on Thursday to do whatever the Marines need to keep open the training base at Parris Island after a top military official floated the idea of closing the … more

McMaster: Restaurants can return to full capacity soon

COLUMBIA - Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday that he will soon lift restrictions that allowed South Carolina restaurants to only fill half their tables because of the COVID-19 pandemic. McMaster didn't say exactly when he would issue an order … more

Changing rules leave S.C. voters confused

COLUMBIA - A flurry of federal court rulings this month over whether South Carolinians need witnesses to sign their mail-in ballots this November has left many confused and frustrated as voting registration deadlines approach, with absentee voting … more

University of S.C. to freeze tuition for next academic year

COLUMBIA (AP) — University of South Carolina will freeze tuition for students during the next academic year, the school's president said Wednesday.President Bob Caslen made the announcement in … more

Once daily newspaper closes after 170 years in S.C.

COLUMBIA (AP) — A once daily newspaper in South Carolina announced on Wednesday's front page that it just published its final edition after 170 years.The Union Times story blamed the paper's … more

S.C. county supervisor trafficked meth on the job

CHESTER (AP) - A South Carolina grand jury has indicted a county supervisor for allegedly using government cars to run a methamphetamine trafficking operation while on the clock. Documents unsealed Thursday charged Chester County Supervisor … more

Pandemic leads Venezuelan anglers to Hartwell for Bassmaster Open

ANDERSON - When Venezuelan anglers Daniel Vaidis and Mauricio Marciales found their travel plans hugely impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions, they decided that fate had delivered a dream opportunity - one that brought them from Miami, Florida, … more

Appeals court: Witness signature required on SC mail ballots

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday reinstated a requirement that South Carolinians voting by mail in this year's general election must obtain a witness signature for their … more

Broadband help passes on S.C. Legislature's final day

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly wrapped up a most unusual 2020 session by passing a bill supporters said will help get high-speed internet to hundreds of thousands of people in rural areas. The gap between cities and richer areas … more

Witness signature order for South Carolina ballots is appealed

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Republican leaders and the state election commission are appealing a federal court order that struck down a requirement that voters get a witness to sign their absentee ballots in the coronavirus pandemic. Their appeal … more

S.C. health agency promises new leader by November

COLUMBIA (AP) - The leader of the board that directs South Carolina's health and environmental agency promised Wednesday to select a new director by November as senators questioned how the agency is handling its emergency powers during the COVID-19 … more

South Carolina approves 2nd round of federal COVID-19 aid

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers agreed Wednesday on how to spend the remaining $693 million in federal money meant to help pay for COVID-19 expenses. Most of the money - $420 million - will go to replenish the state's unemployment fund, … more

Sumter native goes from homeless to hero in Greenville with Sunday Dinners

GREENVILLE - Redd Martin spent years living on the streets, eating from trash cans and doing what he could to survive. His life began to change after he met a woman who introduced him to God. Today, he and that woman, now his wife, Cassandra … more

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on absentee ballots

COLUMBIA - A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District … more

S.C. justices reopen courtroom with school funding lawsuit

COLUMBIA (AP) - Meeting in person for oral arguments for the first time since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments Friday over whether Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to direct $32 million in … more

McMaster signs into law COVID-19 election rules

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday changes in South Carolina voting rules allowing anyone to cast an absentee ballot without a reason in November's general election to help fight the spread of … more

Sumter legislator Smith wants raises and bonuses, but not now

COLUMBIA - The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that … more

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay; Now, on to the House

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state … more
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