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Tropical Storm Claudette Strengthening Near Florida

(AP) _ Tropical Storm Claudette is strengthening off the northern Gulf Coast of Florida and forecasters say it could scatter heavy rain in parts of some Southern states rimming the Gulf. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was on atrack taking it toward the Florida panhandle and was expected tomake landfall Sunday evening. A tropical storm warning…

Bolt Shatters 100-Meter World Record

BERLIN (AP) — Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, saw his record-setting time on the clock and spread his arms as if he were soaring like a bird. About all this guy can’t do is fly. And by saving his celebration until after the finish line this time, he showed how fast a man really can go on two feet….

Home Prices In Every S.C. City On The Way Up

Home prices are on the rise in South Carolina cities. The online real estate site eppraisal.com ranked 183 metro areas on their change in home prices over the past 6 months. Sumter ranked 8th nationally with prices up nearly 32 percent. Others on the list were Spartanburg (13th, up 28.3 percent) Columbia (71st, up 6.6 percent), Anderson (76th, up 5.8…

Saggy Pants May Be Banned In Clarendon County

You’ve seen them. Maybe you wear them–saggy pants. But If you live in Clarendon County, you may not see them, and you may not wear them, much longer. County council held a public hearing Saturday to find out if they should pass a ban on wearing pants that drop too far below the waistline. County council chairman Dwight Stewart said…

State Spent $100 Million More Than It Took In For

The 2008 fiscal year officially ended June 30th, but the final numbers are just now becoming clear. With all the cuts, all the downward revisions in revenue collections during the year, lawmakers still spent $100 million more than they took in, according to state records. Over the course of the year, the estimated amount of money that was expected to…

Clemson Football Scrimmage Review

8/15/09 (CLEMSON SID)—Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp combined for five quarterback sacks to lead the defense in Clemson’s two-hour football scrimmage at Death Valley on Saturday morning. It was the second stadium scrimmage for the Tigers in the preseason. Bowers and Sapp, who both made the academic honor roll for the second semester, are both products of Bamberg, SC and…

Embattled Vick At First NFL Practice

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wearing a No. 7 red quarterback’s jersey, Michael Vick completed his first pass, shared a laugh with Donovan McNabb and got a handshake from the offensive coordinator. Back on an NFL practice field for the first time since completing his prison sentence, Vick took part in limited drills with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. He was the…

Spurrier Defends Practices

Even though USC football’s 2nd preseason scrimmage was rained out, Steve Spurrier still had plenty to say Saturday. The Ball Coach took exception to a recent newspaper article that he felt implied Gamecock football practices weren’t tough enough. Spurrier defended his practice routine, saying he’s been practicing the same way for 20 years in college football and he’s won plenty…

Tiger Still Leads At PGA

CHASKA, Minn. — Tiger Woods kept the sole lead Saturday entering the final round of the PGA Championship, two shots ahead of defending champion Padraig Harrington and Y.E. Yang. Woods, who shot a 1-under 71, is looking to win his first major of the year and 15th overall. He is 36-1 when he has the lead going into the final…

Free Health Screening

Saturday children in Columbia will have a chance at a free check up. Henry Schein Incorporated is offering free medical and dental screenings for children at the Drew Wellness Center from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon. Kids and their parents will also receive educational material on ways to treat and prevent health concerns.