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Man Trimming Tree in SC Dies When Hit By 2nd Tree

(AP) _ A man trimming a tree in easternSouth Carolina has died when he was struck by a second tree. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that 46-year-oldDonald Twiggs died Thursday when he was struck about five milessouth of Moncks Corner. Berkeley County Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury says the accidentoccurred shortly before noon when Twiggs was trimming a tree…

Mayor of Troubled Town Indicted

(AP) _ The mayor of a troubled SouthCarolina beach town has been indicted on a hit and run charge. Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce was charged in April withhit-and-run/leaving the scene of an accident after a woman toldpolice her vehicle was sideswiped on U.S. 17. North Myrtle Beach Rep. Tracy Edge said Friday the indictmentclears the way for Pierce to…

State Panel: Law Allows House to See Sanford Report

(AP) _ South Carolina ethics officials contendthe state House chamber could receive a preliminary report on theirinvestigation into Gov. Mark Sanford’s travels regardless ofwhether he waived confidentiality rights. The state Ethics Commission argued in papers filed Friday withthe state Supreme Court the law allows it to forward evidence of aviolation to prosecutors, and that does not make the report public….

State Unveils New Online Way to Track Sex Offenders

(AP) _ Tracking sex offenders in South Carolina has become a little easier. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Friday it’s introducing a new online program where people can log on and see a map of registered offenders near any address they enter. The new program, called Offender Watch, brings up a map showing color photographs of registered offenders,…

Stepfather Convicted of Killing Teen

(AP) _ A 43-year-old South Carolina man has beensentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of killinghis teenage stepson. The Beaufort Gazette reported that a Beaufort County juryconvicted Kevin Jerome Williams of Yemassee of voluntarymanslaughter Thursday. Prosecutors say Williams shot 18-year-old Rodney Young in thethigh with a shotgun during an argument July 9, 2007. Young diedabout two hours…

Subway Reveals State Winners of Video, Poster Contest

(AP) _ Subway spokesman Jared Fogle will announce theSouth Carolina winners of a video and poster competition aimed atcurbing childhood obesity. Fogle and school representatives will recognize the winnersduring two events on Friday. The first event will be at 8 a.m. atOak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo. A second will be held at11:30 a.m. at Miss Libby’s School of Dance…

Football Team Performs At Tigerama

(Clemson SID) — Last year when Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney brought his football team to Tigerama, the school’s Homecoming Pep Rally at Littlejohn Coliseum, he vowed that the following year he would have his team participate. That meant performing a skit on stage in front of the crowd of over 6,000 people. It was another first for Swinney’s Tigers….

High School Football Week 10

Abbeville 50, Liberty 12 Aiken 35, Dutch Fork 20 Airport 39, Brookland-Cayce 17 Andrew Jackson Academy 28, Jefferson Davis Academy 22 Bamberg-Ehrhardt 34, Denmark-Olar 0 Baptist Hill 27, St. John’s 18 Batesburg-Leesville 42, Saluda 17 Battery Creek 54, Lake Marion 6 Belton-Honea Path 38, Woodmont 6 Berea 34, Travelers Rest 14 Berkeley 45, Goose Creek 37 Bethune-Bowman 32, Branchville 14…

Naismith Watching Out For Downey

ATLANTA (USC SID) – The Big XII Conference has claimed two of the last three Naismith Trophiesfor Men’s College Player of the Year, and has done so with a sophomore (Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, 2009)and a freshman (Kevin Durant, Texas, 2007). The tide may turn in 2010 as upperclassman claim 33 of the50 spots in the Naismith 2009-10 preseason watch list,…

SEC Toughens Ref Criticism Policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches will face stiffer penalties from now on for complaining in the media about officiating. Commissioner Mike Slive told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that coaches who violate the conference’s ethics rules against criticizing officials in public will face a fine or suspension instead of receiving merely public reprimands when they…