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Harper Shines In Clemson Scrimmage

(Clemson SID) — Jamie Harper and the Clemson running game highlighted Clemson’s final preseason scrimmage from an offensive standpoint. Dabo Swinney’s team ran 46 running plays in a 70-play scrimmage on Tuesday morning at Death Valley. The Tigers finished fall camp on Tuesday, as school begins on Wednesday at Clemson University. The Tigers will take Wednesday off, then go back…

More Preseason Honors For Norwood

(USC SID) — University of South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood hasbeen named to the preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, it was announced today.Norwood, a 6-1, 252-pounder from Acworth, Ga., was a consensus first-team All-SoutheasternConference selection in 2008 after finishing second on the squad with 75 tackles, including a team-leading 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. He also led…

More USC Walk-Ons Get Scholarships

The University of South Carolina Gamecock football teamworked out twice on Tuesday, hitting the Bluff Road Proving Grounds for about 90 minutes in themorning then for another two-hour stint in the evening hours.”We had a pretty good practice tonight,” said head coach Steve Spurrier following the evening workout.”Some guys really were pretty good, some not so good, but that’s the…

Some Gamecocks Just Say No To The Pros

(USC SID) — Several Gamecock baseball players have put their professional baseball careers on hold for the presenttime and are returning to South Carolina for another season. Juniors Sam Dyson and Parker Bangs and senior Nick Ebertdid not sign professional contracts by the designated MLB deadline and will don the Garnet & Black for the 2010 season.In addition, Gamecock signees…

Strasburg Signs With Nationals

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed to a record contract just before Monday’s midnight deadline, a four-year deal that will pay the hard-throwing right-hander slightly more than $15.1 million. The San Diego State pitcher was selected first by the last-place Nationals in June and set the mark for the most money guaranteed to a drafted…

Congressman Joe Wilson Holding Town Hall Meeting

Across the country the health care debate has resulted in shouting and in some cases, it’s even gotten physical. Tonight people in the midlands are getting their chance to weigh in on health care reform. Congressman Joe Wilson is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the issue at Kennan High School tonight. ABC Columbia sat down with Congressman Wilson…

Deputies: Body Found Burned

New details tonight surrounding a murder in Lexington County. Major John Allard with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says a body discovered earlier this month on Mayberry Court was found burned. According to investigators the victims identity and the cause of death remain a mystery. If you have any information contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

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…