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New Program To Prevent Drop Outs

As school gets underway, the state is taking steps to keep kids in school. Monday the Department of Education announced a new pilot program designed to reduce dropout rates through earlier intervention. 12 schools are taking part in the program called early connections. Agency spokesperson Pete Pillow says the two year program will strengthen collaboration between elementary, middle, and high…

Record Numbers Turn Out For Town Hall Debate

Record numbers turn out for a heated town hall debate. Hundreds of concerned residents made their presence known and voices heard in the argument over health care reform. Like any proud father, Steve Ritter whips out the photo album to show off his children. “I’m afraid the government will say her life is not worth it.” He admits never attending…

SC Officer Charged With DUI In Central NC

(AP) _ A South Carolina police officer has been charged with drunken driving in North Carolina. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Monday that Capt. William Frontz faces charges of driving while intoxicated, open container and reckless driving. According to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, the 53-year-old was arrested at 5:40 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 73 near Greensboro and…

Sen. Demint Holds Town Hall in Charleston

Sen. Jim Demint held a town hall style meeting in Charleston Monday. The Senator told a crowd of about 300 people that health care needs correcting but rather through tort reform and competition instead of the ideas advanced by President Obama.

Jeffery Continues To Impress

(USC SID) — One day after going through a 100-play scrimmage inWilliams-Brice Stadium, the University of South Carolina football team returned to the Bluff Roadpractice fields Monday night, just 17 days away from the start of the 2009 football opener at NC State.The Gamecocks practiced in shells on Monday.Much of Monday’s post-practice talk centered around the young wide receivers, who…

Mayfield’s Stepmother Arrested

CHARLOTTE (AP) – Jeremy Mayfield’s estranged stepmother has been accused of trespassing on the suspended NASCAR drivers’ property. A criminal complaint filed in North Carolina District Court shows Lisa Mayfield was arrested Saturday night on four misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one misdemeanor count of second-degree trespassing. Mayfield was suspended in May for failing a random drug test. NASCAR…

McCollum USC’s #2 QB

After his team-leading performance in USC’s 2nd preseason scrimmage, Reid McCollum has solidified his spot as the Gamecocks back-up quarterback. The redshirt freshman from Summerville was demoted to 3rd team QB last week after Steve Spurrier moved fellow redshirt freshman Aramis Hillary to the 2nd team. But McCollum’s 7-11, 166 yard, 2 TD performance Saturday put him back in the…

Parker Clemson’s Starting QB

(Clemson SID) — Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney named red-shirt freshman Kyle Parker as his starting quarterback after practice on Monday morning. Parker had been in a battle for the top spot with red-shirt sophomore Willy Korn over the spring and the first two weeks of preseason practice. “Kyle Parker will be our starting quarterback against Middle Tennessee on September…

An Old Midlands School Gets a New Look

An old school has a new look. Monday was the first day of school for Richland District One Students, and some of them are getting a lesson in the history of their new, old school. “What does that say? Read” Jabar Hankins is back home again. The 1991 graduate of Keenan High School is now teaching at his old school,…

Barney Giese Say He Won’t Fight License Suspension

Richland County Solicitor Barney Giese says he won’t fight the suspension of his license. In a statement released Monday, Giese says through his attorney he is dropping his request for a hearing concerning his refusal to take a breathalyzer test. Giese also mentions that he will, “do what anyone else in his situation must do through the Department of Motor…