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Garcia Accepts Hardnosed Ball Coach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was surprised when he got pulled down the stretch against Auburn, yet pledged to listen to coach Steve Spurrier and improve his running technique. Garcia said Wednesday that he spent the past two practices running with his head up instead of down, something Spurrier says is a dangerous way to play…

Budget board suspends college construction

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina budget officers have suspended construction projects at some public colleges. The Budget and Control Board unanimously decided Wednesday to suspend capital projects at colleges that have raised tuition above the national norm. The vote applies to four-year colleges that have raised tuition for in-state students more than 7 percent, and to two-year schools where…

Cops on doughnut shops raise $9500

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Last week, we told you about local law enforcement setting up on the roofs of doughnut shops to raise money for a good cause. Officials can call it a success. Major John Allard with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says the effort raised more than $9500. All proceeds went towards the South Carolina Special Olympics.

Group Launches Pro-Penny Pitch

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The group known as Citizens for a Greater Midlands wants two yes’s from Richland County voters in November. One, is to vote for to increase the county’s sales tax from seven cents to eight cents for transportation improvements.  Two, vote to allow the county to issue bonds to get started on those transportation projects right away….

Braves, Lowe Beat Florida 5-1

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Braves moved closer to their first playoff berth since 2005, beating the Florida Marlins 5-1 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep behind Derek Lowe’s fifth win of September and Brooks Conrad’s three-run homer. In its final season under manager Bobby Cox, Atlanta began the day 1{ games ahead of San Diego in the NL wild-card race….

Garcia Understands Spurriers Toughness

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was surprised when he got pulled down the stretch against Auburn, yet pledged to listen to coach Steve Spurrier and improve his running technique. Garcia said Wednesday that he spent the past two practices running with his head up instead of down, something Spurrier says is a dangerous way to play…

Haley’s appearances raise questions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley is talking international politics as she travels across the country to raise money. A Chicago-based group named Indian American Friends of Nikki held a fundraiser earlier this month in Chicago. According to the India Post, Haley said at the event she favors an Indo-US nuclear deal and supports India’s…

Storm heads east, NC still in for a drenching

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Tropical Storm Nicole is heading east, sparing most of South Carolina, but heavy rains and winds are still expected in North Carolina. The National Weather Service says the storm brewing north of Cuba now looks like it will have little effect on the East Coast. But a low pressure system moving ahead of the storm is…

Urban League marks big milestone

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The Columbia Urban League marked a milestone Wednesday. The local chapter is joining chapters across the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Urban League. The Columbia Urban League held a luncheon Wednesday afternoon at Brooklyn Baptist Church in celebration of the anniversary. Those who attended say they are looking forward to another century…

Water Main Break Blocks Traffic

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A water main break has shut down the intersection of Lady Street and Assembly Street. According to city officials, city staff and utilities are working to make repairs. Wednesday afternoon, traffic is blocked on Assembly street and Lady Street.  Also traffic is blocked from Washington Road and Gervais Streets.   Lady Street from Park to Assembly…