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DHEC: Midlands Child Dies From Swine Flu

South Carolina has recorded its first death associated with the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter says the Midlands-area child, whose identity and name is being withheld because DHEC cites medical privacy reasons, had serious underlying health problems before contracting H1N1. DHEC says more…

Father Pleads Guilty to Federal Weapons Charge

(AP) _ The father of a South Carolina boy whoshot and killed his 10-year-old brother has pleaded guilty to afederal weapons charge. U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins says 45-year-old Gary Travis Robertsof Cassatt pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to being a felonin possession of a weapon. Officials say a 13-year-old boy shot his younger brother,Gaylord Roberts, in March because he…

Governor in Orangeburg

Governor Sanford continued his tour of the state this afternoon, this time, speaking to the Orangeburg Rotary Club. The governor again asked for forgiveness for his affair with an Argentine woman. Today was his first public appearance since the House Republican Caucus met in Myrtle Beach over the weekend. The caucus took no action, but legislators expect, at a minimum,…

Munns Retiring As Chief of Primary SRS Contractor

(AP) _ The president and chief executive of theprimary contractor at a former nuclear weapons complex in SouthCarolina is stepping down. Spokesman Will Callicott says Chuck Munns’ retirement fromSavannah River Nuclear Solutions is effective Monday. Munns took over at SRNS just over two years ago. He will bereplaced by Garry Flowers, a senior vice president at Fluor Corp. Munns has…

Riverbanks Zoo Stimulating Economy

Riverbanks Zoo is translating into major money for the local economy, including job creation. A study just released by USC’s College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, reports the zoo generated more than 60 million dollars in local business sales during the Summer of 2008. Zoo officials say the study shows just how pivotal a role the zoo plays with…

School Board Chair Quits, Cites Family Duties

(AP) _ The chairwoman of the South Carolina Boardof Education has resigned. The state Education Department received Kristin Maguire’sresignation letter Monday. In her letter to Gov. Mark Sanford,dated Friday, the Clemson mother of four cites increasing familydemands as the reason for her departure. Maguire served on the board since 2000. Sanford reappointed herin 2004 and 2008. Maguire drew criticism because…

Where Are Democrats In Struggle To Oust Sanford?

Normally, opposition parties lead attempts to bring down a politician. But with Sanford, republicans have led the charge while democrats are largely silent. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle gave three major theories as to why. The first is obvious. “I think you take a lesson for Sun Tzu’s “The Art Of War”. When the enemy is defeating themselves,…

Braves Beat Marlins In Opener

MIAMI — Six innings in, Chipper Jones and the Braves didn’t feel too good about their chances against the Marlins. Then they figured out Josh Johnson. Omar Infante hit a two-run triple in the seventh and Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings to carry the Atlanta Braves past the Florida Marlins on Monday night, 5-2 in a matchup between NL…

Ford Tuned Up For Tigers

(Clemson SID) — Clemson practiced for less than 90 minutes on Monday evening on the practice fields behind the Jervey Athletic Center. Dabo Swinney’s team is preparing for its season opener against Middle Tennessee and former Clemson assistant coach Rick Stockstill. The Tigers were in good shape physically as just two players were limited by injury. Wide receiver Xavier Dye…

Former Gamecock QB Hold Hired At Newberry

(Newberry SID) — Newberry College athletic director Brad Edwards is excited to announce the hiring of Mike Hold as associate athletic director for business. Hold begins his appointment immediately. Hold, one of the University of South Carolina’s most celebrated quarterbacks, has been involved with Arena Football for the last 22 years and is excited to move into the administrative role….