Jul 28

Clemson counts day to South Carolina game

If you’re counting at Clemson, it’s 127 days until the - one Saturday in that seems to matter most to the - Tigers. Since the - end of the - 2013 season, every position meeting room at Clemson has included a clock on the - wall counting down the - days, hours, minutes & seconds until Nov. 29 when the - Tigers play host to state rival South Carolina at Death Valley. The biggest digits on each clock, however, are painted directly below the - LED timer – 0-5. To state the - Gamecocks’ unprecedented five-game winning streak in the - Palmetto State rivalry has gotten in to the - Tigers’ collective head would be an understatement. “It’s a high priority,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney asserted this week at the - Atlantic Coast Conference’s annual yearly preseason media days. “We want to get it done.” There might be bigger rivalries in college football – Alabama-Auburn, Florida-Florida State, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-UCLA – yet it’s complex to beat the - growing entertainment value of the - Clemson-South Carolina animosity since Swinney & Steve Spurrier became the - principle mouthpieces. Spurrier is the - master of the - verbal jab & uses it with surgical precision. Swinney isn’t one to hold his tongue on the - receiving end. They claim a mutual respect, yet in that doesn’t come across in their sound bites. …

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Jul 28

South Carolina Highlights the 2014-15 Coker Men's Basketball Schedule

Courtesy Coker College: HARTSVILLE, S.C. – A December 21 match-up against the - University of South Carolina highlights the - 2014-15 Coker College men’s basketball schedule let go this week. The game, South Carolina’s only normal season game against a Division II opponent this year, will be the - first-ever meeting between the - Cobras & the - Gamecocks. “We are extremely excited to play a high-level school like South Carolina,” asserted head coach Dan Schmotzer. “The kids really enjoy playing games like this. It’s moreover amazing for our alumni base around the - state to be able to get together for the - game.” The Gamecocks finished the - 2013-14 season with a record of 14-20 overall, going 5-13 in the - highly competitive SEC Conference. Led by third-year head coach Frank Martin, the - Gamecocks return SEC All-Freshman selection Sindarius Thornwell (13.4 ppg) & Tyrone Johnson (11.2 ppg). In addition to the - game against South Carolina, the - Cobras will moreover take on another Division I opponent, Campbell University, in an exhibition on Nov. 8. Tip-off for the - South Carolina game will be at 3:30 p.m. …

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Jul 28

Rescue last-place rural roads

South Carolina’s road problems are well documented, & the - story just gets worse. A recent report from a road policy group puts the - state of South Carolina at rock bottom for the - hazards created by the - condition of its rural roads. And in that translates in to more fatalities. In 2012, South Carolina had the - highest fatality rate on rural non-interstate roads in the - nation. That year, 637 deaths were recorded on our rural roads. The Road Information Program (TRIP) study spotlights safety problems on those roads nationwide, documenting a national uptick in rural highway accidents & fatalities. The non-profit organization represents a type of industries with an interest in highway issues, in addition to insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, engineering firms & road builders. Its data are derived from state & federal transportation agencies. The findings should spark the - interest of South Carolina’s political leaders, who have thus far been content with half measures for road improvements, despite the - compelling need. Last year, legislators applauded themselves for providing a $500 million bond issue for roads, & another $90 million for secondary roads & bridges. …

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Jul 28

Fastpitch team wins World Series title

The South Carolina Illusion fastpitch softball team recently won the - 2014 National Softball Association 10-and-under girls World Series Championship in Clearwater, Fla. The team beat the - Chattanooga, Tenn., Comets 7-1 in the - final. The World Series Championship was held from July 14-19. The South Carolina Illusion team is headquartered in Cayce yet pulls players from all over as it is a travel ball team. Amanda Ahlin is from Bamberg, while Aaliyah Felder, Adelyn Allen & Caylee Busbee are from Swansea. The coaches are from Cayce, Lexington & Darlington. The team played 12 tournaments this year & came in 1st in 11 of them. The Illusion only lost three games all season, one of them in the - World Series. The team’s official bracket/tournament play record was 42-4. Pool play/seeding games are not included. …

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Jul 28

About our deer part II: Which are the best counties to hunt?

Last column we talked about the - state of the - deer herd in South Carolina. We noted in that the - population has dropped considerably over the - last decade yet has stabilized a little recently. The main factors for the - drastic drop are habitat & the - ingress of coyotes in to our state over the - last decade. With in that said, we still have about three-quarter million deer to hunt in our small state. As noted by Game And Fish Magazine, there are more deer taken in Orangeburg County than the - whole entire state of Massachusetts in most seasons. So by default, one would think in that if you wanted to have a favorable deer hunt, you might want to go to Orangeburg County to hunt deer. While you wouldn’t be making a mistake, there are actually nine other counties in the - state in that have higher deer densities than Orangeburg. Using the - statistics for the - 2012 harvest, Orangeburg County hunters took almost 11,000 deer, of which 6,000 were bucks. The top 10 counties for number of deer taken were 1. Orangeburg 11,000 2. …

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Jul 28

South Carolina police chief charged with criminal domestic violence

Associated Press -- Reports IVA, S.C. – The police chief of an Anderson County town has-been arrested (taken in to custody) on criminal domestic violence charges & suspended from duty. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says Iva Cops Chief Tommy Miller was charged Saturday with criminal domestic violence & third-degree assault. Arrest warrants accuse the - 39-year-old police chief of repeatedly striking his 14-year-old son with a piece of wood & attempting to harm his wife by grabbing & throwing her. The occurrence report says deputies reviewed video footage & spoke with Miller’s wife & son before arresting Miller. Miller was taken to the - Anderson County jail & let go on personal recognizance bonds. Town authorities have suspended Miller while they look in to the - charges. Iva has about 1,200 residents. Voicemail messages left on Miller’s home phone were not immediately returned.

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Jul 28

Familiar names lead 2016 presidential race in South Carolina poll

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton & former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Forgive South Carolina voters if the - looming 2016 presidential contest is giving them a strong sense of deja vu. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the - Democratic pack among this state’s voters, according to a new Palmetto Politics poll, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is receiving the - most love here on the - Republican Party side. “I think it’s hilarious,” College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said. “This is not 1992 all over again, yet we’ve still received Bush & Clinton. Of course, we’re talking about a different Bush & a different Clinton.” About one-third of 1,000 likely voters surveyed picked Hillary Clinton as their choice for president in two years of time – far more than any other Democratic contender. Vice President Joe Biden netted only 5 percent. While the - poll found Bush holding a narrow lead over Kentucky Sen. …

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Jul 28

South Carolina football: A game-by-game breakdown of 2014 schedule

COLUMBIA – Until you sit down & study a schedule, looking over the - week-by-week balance & flow of the - fall, it’s complex to get a acceptable grasp of expectations. A college football season is evaluated on the - overall body of work, the - huge picture. But a team’s resume is built on a weekly basis. There are pauses, ruts, trap games, legitimate chances for a team to catch its collective breath. The composition, how games fall on the - schedule, frequently dictates how the - season will go. It’s no different for South Carolina during the - 2014 season. Checking the - schedule, two observations quickly come to mind. First, the - Gamecocks better take benefit of their home games early, 'cause there are some bad road trips near the - end of the - season. Second, if everything falls in to place, there’s no reason South Carolina can’t start their season on a blistering pace – say, 6-1 or even 7-0 – & be well on its way to a fourth straight double-digit win season. So how does South Carolina’s schedule look this fall? …

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Jul 28

North Carolina announces plans for program that aims to help former athletes complete their degree

North Carolina announces plans for program in that aims to assist former athletes complete their degree Raphielle Johnson Jul 26, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT Leave a comment AP With the - NCAA reopening its probe in to the - North Carolina basketball program, the - Tar Heels have come under fire due in large part to questions regarding the - academic side of things. With former player Rashad McCants stating in that he took no-show classes & earned a 4.0 GPA after struggling mightily in the - classroom, detractors have wondered what it would take for the - NCAA to not only revisit the - situation yet moreover punish Roy Williams’ program if their findings made it necessary to do so. Yet even with this situation hanging over the - athletic department North Carolina is making an effort to assist its former scholarship athletes complete their degree requirements. On Thursday plans for the - the “Complete Carolina” program were announced, with the - school using donations from its boosters to assist finance the - scholarships given to returning athletes. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt formally announced the - program, dubbed “Complete Carolina,” to the - university trustees on Thursday. Having athletes come back isn’t new at Carolina, yet Folt asserted the - new program will formalize in that invitation & put more resources in to supporting former scholarship athletes who return. Scholarships for those who accept the - invitation will be paid for by UNC’s booster organization known as the - Rams Club. The athletic department will cover any additional expense. To have boosters & the - athletics budget paying for academics will be a refreshing turn from academics being compromised to support athletics. North Carolina isn’t the - 1st school to do this & they won’t be the - last (hopefully), 'cause there shouldn’t be a issue helping out an athlete who wants to return in order to complete their degree. …

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Jul 28

North Carolina teachers offered more money to move to Texas

HOUSTON, TEXAS [AP] -- Reports — North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move & teach in Texas. The Charlotte Observer reports in that the - Houston Independent School District held a job recruitment fair in Charlotte on Friday, following similar events in Greensboro & Raleigh. Teachers state the - HISD offer, with a starting salary of more than $49,000, is enticing, especially for young teachers. The average starting salary for a North Carolina teacher is less than $31,000, which is below all neighboring states. The National Education Association says the - state’s slip to 46th for teacher pay is the - result of five years of time of pay freezes. Houston Federation of Teachers president Gayle Fallon says the - salary differences make North Carolina teachers “easy pickings.”The Houston district is the - biggest in Texas & seventh-largest nationwide. (Copyright ©2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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