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Presbyterian AD Stepping Down

CLINTON, S.C. (PC SID) — Presbyterian College president Dr. JohnGriffith announced today that director of athletics Dr.Bee Carlton will resign effective Feb. 1, 2010.Carlton will step down after six years as AD to becomeprofessor of systems engineering and operations researchat the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga., wherehe also will serve as senior advisor for athleticplanning.A 1976 graduate of…

Tigers Try To Avoid Distractions

CLEMSON (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney expects his team to focus on its next opponent and not the eventual championship possibilities that could come from beating Florida State. The Tigers (5-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) could take a stranglehold on the ACC’s Atlantic Division by defeating the Seminoles (4-4, 2-3) on Saturday. But Swinney said Tuesday his team must…

5 Dem, 5 GOP Gov Candidates Meet in Joint Debate

(AP) _ Environmental issues are taking centerstage in the race to run South Carolina. Five Democrats and five Republicans who want to be governorstarted their Tuesday night debate in Orangeburg by discussing theenvironment. Republican state Sen. Larry Grooms of Charleston disputed thehuman connection to global warming, citing debunked claims theclimate is cooling. Other candidates said they think the stateneeds to…

10-Month-Old Boy Dies After Grease Fire

(AP) _ A 10-month-old South Carolina boy suffering breathing problems has died after a grease fire in his home. Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman told multiple media outlets that an autopsy was scheduled Monday for Jacob Whitfield. Jacob died at a hospital Sunday afternoon after paramedics couldn’t revive him. Boseman says the boy’s 2-year-old brother was also being treated…

Another Teacher From School Charged With Sex Crime

(AP) _ Authorities have charged a former South Carolina middle school teacher with committing sex acts with a student, the second time in a month that a teacher at the school has faced sex charges. Sgt. Dave Myers of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 28-year-old Joseph Magni Jr. has been charged with lewd act and criminal sexual…

Authorities Searching For Minimum-Security Inmate

(AP) _ Authorities are searching for a 42-year-old inmate who walked away from a minimum security prison in South Carolina. The state Department of Corrections said in a release that officials realized about 12:30 p.m. Monday that Vernon Edward Gardner was missing from the Coastal Pre-Release Center in Charleston. He was last seen wearing a tan prison-issued jumpsuit. Gardner began…

Beer Sales on Sunday in Irmo?

For the first time in the history of the town of Irmo, it could be legal to purchase beer and wine on Sunday. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on the controversial issue. Some say permitting Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores will be an instant economic boost for the town of 14,000. Others believe the purchase…

Fight Leads to Stabbing, Death

Newberry deputies are looking for an answer after a weekend fight left one man dead. Major Todd Johnson says James Wise was found lying on Olive Rd. just before 6 Sunday night. According to Johnson, Wise was stabbed in the chest. Officials say Wise was holding a knife when he was found and had another knife in his pocket. Investigators…

GOP State Senator Announces Bid Against Spratt

(AP) _ A Republican South Carolina state senatoris challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. John Spratt in 2010. State Sen. Mick Mulvaney said Monday he will try to unseat SouthCarolina’s senior congressman, two months after voters inconservative-leaning York County jeered Spratt at a meeting onhealth care. Mulvaney says it’s time for the 67-year-old Spratt to go. Thechairman of the House Budget Committee…