Students need help with their state projects

Dear Citizens of South Carolina, I am in the fifth grade at Northeast Elementary in Kearney, Nebraska. I have adopted your state as a class project to research. I will be doing a report and other projects. Then in early May my class is having a “States Fair.” I will be displaying my report and any other information or materials […]


ABRAMOFF CLEARING DELAY WASHINGTON – Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has advised friends that he has no derogatory information about former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and is not implicating him as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors. Abramoff’s guilty plea on fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy charges requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress. That led […]

What’d she say?

I feel I am a reasonably intelligent person. Not as intelligent as, say, dolphins, but not dumber than a sackful of hammers either. See, dolphins have perfected the art of communication. You think all that squeaking and squealing and whistling is just nondescript noisemaking? Au contraire. Dolphins have learned everything you need to know about the way males and females […]

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Every South Carolinian should read this report A report released recently by a year-old panel has recommended some broad, sweeping changes that might shake the state’s education foundation – for the better. The report by Gov. Mark Sanford’s South Carolina Education Reform Council takes on everything from teacher merit pay to readiness for kindergarten and first grade to improving graduation […]

House launches debate on $6.3 billion budget, spending bills

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – House members will hunker down this week to pass a $6.3 billion budget and a couple of other bills that spend nearly $233 million. The spending package for the fiscal year that begins July 1, among other things, puts new Highway Patrol troopers on the road, gives state workers a 3 percent raise and buys new […]

Sanford pokes fun during odd dinner

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Mark Sanford decided to use a little humor as he sat down to eat dinner Sunday night with two men who want his job and a state senator he has butted heads with. Known for his tightfisted ways, Sanford drafted three Republican state senators as waiters as he and his wife, Jenny, dined with eight […]

S.C. workers face uncertainty

Pension plans being frozen

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Banking on the promises of the company she worked for, June Whitlock had created a plan for her retirement. Whitlock, who worked 41 years at the WestPoint Stevens plant, planned to retire at 65 and use money from her and her husband’s pension plans to live on. But WestPoint Stevens went bankrupt, its pension plan taken […]