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Drought May Soon Be Back

The South Carolina Drought Commission said they will declare a drought for the Upstate if the region does not receive an inch of rain in the next few days. The commission said they would declare the area with the weakest of the four drought levels. In June, the commission lifted a nearlyl 3-year drought declaration for the state. Related Wintry…

Earthquake Shakes Up Lowcountry

A small 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Summerville area around 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Those who felt it report hearing a loud bang followed by 3 to 5 seconds of mild shaking. No injuries or damages have been reported. The Summerville area lies above a fault line that was responsible for the famous 1886 Charleston quake–still the largest to ever…

New Poll Says Sanford Should Resign

A new poll, released Friday, show’s 49.5 percent of South Carolina voters want Sanford to step down. Only 36.6 percent say he should stay. Breaking down the numbers by political affiliation, 47.8 percent of Republicans want him to stay in office, while only 21 percent of Democrats want him to stay. The poll was conducted by InsiderAdvantage and surveyed just…

No Republicans Defend Sanford As Caucus Meeting Closes

The final verdict: Anger, but no action. State republican lawmakers have wrapped up their 3-day planning session in Myrtle Beach, and as expected, Sanford’s potential impeachment dominated the agenda. Ultimately, no formal action was taken–no votes, and no calls to re-convene the legislature to begin the impeachment process. However, according to an Associated Press report, no republican lawmaker in attendance…

Clemson’s Martin In U.S. Amateur Finals

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — With each passing day, Byeong-Hun An is making his résumé look more impressive. After playing 125 holes of golf in the past six days, the 17-year-old South Korean needs only one more win to add a line as the youngest champion in the history of the U.S. Amateur. “Age doesn’t matter,” An said Saturday after beating…

Gamecocks Get Ready For Opener

(USC SID) — The University of South Carolina football team returned to theBluff Road practice fields Saturday night as they began their final week of preparations for the seasonopener at NC State on Thursday. That 7 p.m. contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.”We put in a little bit of a gameplan (tonight), but not a whole lot of new…

Car Wash to Help Muscular Dystrophe

If you are looking for a car wash Saturday and want to help out a good cause than look no further than the Autozone in Elgin. That is where Darian Thomas Fitzsimmons who is living with Muscular Dystrophe will be washing cars along with his family to raise money for the MDA. If you can’t make it out ABC Columbia…

Chase Leads to Accident

A frightening scene on Huger St. this morning. Richland County investigators say a 31 year old Virginia man driving a white Mercedes sped passed a deputy on Greystone Blvd. A chase ensued. When the deputy caught up with the suspect at 1-26 and Huger investigators say the Mercedes caused this accident hitting one vehicle and getting pinned under a school…

Columbia Man Shot, Killed

Richland County deputies are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Thursday night. Sgt. Kim Myers says just before 11 Thursday night deputies responded to this apartment complex on Fernindina Rd. Myers says a man was shot several times, he later died. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says the victim was 27 year old Kenton Johnson of Columbia.

Ethics Probe Open to Public

(AP) _ South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says hedoesn’t know if ethics investigators are looking at his travel, butthe Republican says he will allow any probe to be public. State Ethics Commission Executive Director Herb Hayden saidFriday he hasn’t received a confidentiality waiver from Sanford andcan’t confirm if there is an investigation. Attorney General Henry McMaster asked ethics investigators tolook…