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Fire Officials: North Columbia Home Set on Fire

The Columbia Fire Department says an early morning Columbia Fire appears to be a case of arson. Investigators say a man awoke to the smell of gas in his North Columbia home, and called the fire department. When firefighters arrived at his Holmes Avenue house, they determined that someone had thrown the gas onto it to start a fire. Fortunately,…

Man Arrested And Charged With Felony DUI

A man is in jail after two students were killed in an early morning crash near Five Points. Columbia police say they have arrested Jabari Harding and charged him with Felony DUI. Police say the accident happened around one o’clock this morning at the intersection of Gervais and Harden. The Richland County Coroners office says 19-year-old Candice Davis and 20-…

Prison Inmate Stabbed to Death Outside Dorm

(AP) _ Officials say a 33-year-old South Carolinaprison inmate was stabbed and killed outside of his dormitory, andthe prison has been placed on lockdown with visitation canceled. The State of Columbia reported that Richland County Coroner GaryWatts said Clifford Haltiwanger died from a stab wound to theabdomen. Haltiwanger was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. Saturday atPalmetto Health Richland. Authorities said…

SC Man Gets 39 Years For Cemetery Killing

(AP) _ A South Carolina man has been sentencedto 39 years in prison after a Charleston County jury found himguilty of murder. Prosecutors told The Post and Courier of Charleston that thejury deliberated less than two hours Friday before convicting23-year-old Travoris Hurst. Authorities say Hurst gunned down24-year-old Roni Perez-Ricardez in a North Charleston cemetery inAugust 2007. Hurst attorney argued the…

Braves’ Defense Falters In Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Blanton got just enough run support for a change. Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Blanton pitched seven strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. “I was missing on the plate,” he said. “You just keep plugging away and…

Gamecocks Beat Rain Indoors

(USC SID) — The University of South Carolina football team practiced at theindoor practice facility on Sunday evening as a heavy rainstorm engulfed Columbia. The Gamecocks areturning up for the season opener at NC State on Thursday. That 7 p.m. contest will be televisednationally on ESPN.”We went to the indoor for about two hours,” said head coach Steve Spurrier. “It…

Martin Falls Short At U.S. Amateur

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Byeong Hun-An has defeated Clemson senior Ben Martin 7 and 5 to become the youngest champion ever at the U.S. Amateur. It’s the second straight year the winner has been the youngest in the history of the event, which has been around since 1895 and played 109 times. A 17-year-old born in South Korea, An took…

Newberry Starts Season With Upset Win

VALDOSTA, Ga. (Newberry SID) — The Todd Knight era of Newberry College football got off to the best start possible as the unranked scarlet and gray came back from a halftime deficit to take down nationally ranked Valdosta State University, 31-24, in front of 9,217 fans at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Saturday. Newberry (1-0) intercepted five passes – four of which…

Panthers Still Winless In Preseason

CHARLOTTE (AP) — With Joe Flacco nearly perfect and Baltimore’s defense as ferocious as ever, the Ravens appear ready for the regular season. The Carolina Panthers can only hope their injured players return quickly to shore up problems on both sides of the ball. Flacco proved too much for the poor-tackling Panthers on Saturday, throwing for 247 yards and a…

Tiger Misses Clutch Putt, Slocum Doesn’t

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Heath Slocum might have been the one player no one expected to win The Barclays. He was locked in a tense battle over the final hour Sunday at Liberty National with some of the biggest names in golf — Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els. Even more incredible is that a week…