Jul 26

S.C. State picked second in MEAC; 10 Bulldogs earn preseason honors

NORFOLK, Va. — Ten South Carolina State University players were named Friday to the - preseason all-conference team, while the - Bulldogs were picked to complete 2nd behind defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champion Bethune-Cookman in 2014. The selections were made by the - conference head football coaches & sports information directors. The announcements were made at the - MEAC’s Annual Football Press Luncheon held Friday afternoon at the - Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel in Virginia. S.C. State Senior offensive linemen Domanic Wilson & Devin Flowers, along with SBN All-American defensive ends Andrew Carter & Alex Glover, were named to the - All-MEAC First Team. Redshirt sophomore running back Justin Taylor, redshirt junior tight end Tamarrick Hemingway & redshirt junior defensive lineman Javon Hargrave were named Second Team All-MEAC. Senior wide receiver Dennis Rowe, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Eric Dickerson & senior linebacker Justin Hughes were named to the - All-MEAC Third Team. “I am very pleased in that our guys received some early preseason recognition, yet we still have a lot of work to do if we want to stay in the - mix of things in the - conference,” S.C. State head coach Buddy Pough said. …

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Jul 26

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 26

Governors frustrated with placement of undocumented children in their states, including South Carolina

Gov. Nikki Haley is seen here in Greer earlier this year. She decried Friday the - relocation of some 350 children to South Carolina who were caught trying to enter the - U.S. illegally. She made her comments during a panel discussion with other Republican governors in Aspen, Co. AP/FILE COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley asserted it’s wrong for the - federal government to expect states to accept unattended children who are not legal crossing the - U.S.-Mexico border while providing no information on them. “We do care about these children. We do want them to be safe. But we moreover have our own children to take care of,” she asserted Thursday night during a panel discussion of Republican governors at the - Aspen Institute in Colorado. …

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Jul 26

Fitch Affirms South Carolina's School District Credit Enhancement Program at 'AA+'; Outlook Stable

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– <!– –> Fitch Ratings has affirmed the - outstanding ‘AA+’ rating on the - South Carolina School District Credit Enhancement Program. The Rating Outlook is Stable. SECURITY School district general obligation (GO) bonds are enhanced by the - state’s obligation to intercept school aid payments to make debt service payments in a timely manner. KEY RATING DRIVERS ABILITY TO INTERCEPT STATE SCHOOL AID: The rating reflects the - strong structural, legal, & administrative protections of the - program and, ultimately, South Carolina’s obligation to intercept school district aid payments for payment of district enhanced GO bonds in a timely manner. SOUND PROGRAM MECHANICS: Program mechanics provide for full & timely payment of debt service from appropriated state aid. STATE GENERAL FUND TRANSFERS PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SECURITY: Should a delinquent school district have insufficient moneys available to intercept for debt service, the - state treasurer is required to transfer sufficient moneys from the - general fund of the - state to make full & timely payment of debt service limited only by the - total available state appropriation for education in in that fiscal year. RATING SENSITIVITIES STATE CREDIT QUALITY: The rating is sensitive to movements in the - state of South Carolina’s ‘AAA’ GO bond rating to which it is linked. CREDIT PROFILE Fitch will assign an ‘AA+’ rating with a Stable Outlook to South Carolina school district GO bonds qualifying for participation in the - School District Credit Enhancement Program. The rating is based on strong statutory provisions & program mechanics, as well as the - state’s general credit condition expressed in its ‘AAA’ GO bond rating. Procedures to ensure timely delivery of state moneys are strong & all school districts are covered by the - intercept when they issue GO bonds according to state statute. …

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Jul 26

W. Equestrian. South Carolina Equestrian Hires Hillary Dobbs as Hunt Seat Coach

N.J. native posted 31 career grand prix wins as a professional rider <!– PARSER CONTENT MARKER START –> July 25, 2014 Photos courtesy of Jennifer Wood Media COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head coach Boo Major formally announced on Friday the - hiring of Hillary Dobbs as the - Gamecocks’ new hunt seat coach. Dobbs replaces Carol Gwin, who was named head coach at SMU in June. “We are extremely excited about adding Hillary to our staff with the - experience & success in that she’s had as a professional,” Major said. “In a very short amount of time, she has proven in that she is a top notch rider with international experience & has had amazing success as a trainer as well. Hillary will be a huge asset to our program, & we are excited to have her join us.” During her professional riding career, Dobbs earned 31 grand prix wins, becoming the - youngest rider ever to win over $1,000,000 in prize money. She set records as the - youngest rider to win several major show titles, in addition to being named the - Leading Rider at the - Devon Horse Show, Leading Rider at the - Washington International Horse Show, Leading Rider at The Hampton Classic, Winner of the - Hampton Classic Grand Prix, & Winner of The Falsterbo Swedish Derby. “I am excited to be joining the - University of South Carolina & to be a part of the - winning tradition in that Boo & Ruth have built here,” Dobbs said. “I am looking forward to working with the - talented riders in that make up our team & doing everything I can to assist continue South Carolina’s success in the - ring.” Dobbs has won four gold & silver medals representing the - United States in international team competition. …

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Jul 26

South Korea, South Carolina ink drivers license reciprocity deal

By Jeff Wilkinson The State (Columbia, S.C.) Published: July 25, 2014 <!– /.dateLine –> <!– /.sidebar –> COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles & the - Republic of Korea have struck a driver’s license reciprocity agreement in that promises to aid international business & the - military. The agreement will allow S.C. residents with a Republic of Korea driver’s license to forgo written & driving tests to receive a Palmetto State driver’s license. South Carolina drivers moreover will be able to exchange their state licenses with those issued by the - Republic of Korea. The identification requirements will be the - same as those required for anyone looking for a driver’s license in South Carolina. The reciprocity agreement applies only to noncommercial licenses & will not contain motorcycle licenses. The Republic of Korea joins France & Germany, which have reciprocity agreements with South Carolina. “Our experience with other countries has-been very positive & we expect it will be with the - Republic of Korea,” DMV Kevin Shwedo asserted in a news release. “The reciprocity agreements make it easier to attract international business to the - Palmetto State & much easier to conduct business when the - citizens of participating countries can drive freely.” He Beom Kim, Consul General of the - Republic of Korea, & Shwedo signed a Memorandum of Agreement this week at DMV headquarters in Blythewood. …

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Jul 26

Beaufort, Jasper counties see higher jobless rate

COLUMBIA — In an unusual reversal, Beaufort County’s unemployment rate in June was worse than South Carolina’s average rate. South Carolina’s unemployment rate stayed at 5.3 % for the - 2nd straight month, while Beaufort County’s jobless figure reached 5.6 percent. That rate was an increase from 4.9 % in the - last month. Meanwhile, Jasper County’s rate grew from 4.6 to 5.3 percent. Bright spots in the - last month appeared in professional & business services, which added 2,700 jobs. Both education & health services & hospitality grew by 1,600 jobs. The category known as “other services,” which includes repair maintenance, automotive mechanics, car washes & personal care services, such as nail salons, expand by 1,000 jobs. The biggest decline in jobs took place in trade, transportation, & utilities, shedding 1,500 positions. South Carolina’s construction workers moreover took a hit — 600 positions were lost. “Thirty-five thousand more South Carolinians are working today than a year ago, & this is more evidence in that South Carolina’s economy continues to strengthen,” asserted Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the - S.C. …

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Jul 26

Tennessee's freshman class features familiar names

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. [AP] -- Reports — Tennessee is counting on family connections to assist the - program return to prominence. Five players from Butch Jones’ highly touted freshman class have family members who moreover played football for the - Volunteers. A sixth freshman – wide receiver Vic Wharton – is the - nephew of former Tennessee basketball player Brandon Wharton. These newcomers want to assist Tennessee end a string of four straight losing seasons & regain the - stature this program enjoyed when their relatives were here. ”Especially since all of us are legacy guys, Tennessee’s always been close to our hearts,” asserted defensive back Elliott Berry, the - younger brother of 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry & the - son of former Tennessee running back James Berry. ”Just the - fact we’re in this position & have the - possibility to put Tennessee back at the - top, it’s a huge deal to me.” Berry has arrived at Tennessee with his twin brother, Evan, moreover a defensive back. Linebacker Dillon Bates is the - son of Bill Bates, who helped Tennessee earn three bowl bids from 1979-82 before beginning a 15-year NFL career with the - Dallas Cowboys. Defensive back Todd Kelly Jr.’s dad was part of Tennessee’s 1989 & 1990 SEC championship teams. Linebacker Neiko Creamer is the - son of Andre Creamer, who helped the - Vols win an SEC title in 1985. …

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Jul 26

New map shakes up earthquake ratings as Tennessee joins states at highest risk

Tennessee earthquake history Tennessee has-been touched by “some of the - most noteworthy events in U.S. history,” according to the - U.S. Geological Survey. * Aug. 17, 1865: The biggest single earthquake in Tennessee history took place outside of Memphis, near New Madrid, Mo. The quake threw down chimneys in Memphis & sent large waves through the - Mississippi River. The shocks were felt through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi & Illinois. That quake registered at 5.0 magnitude. * 1811-1812: Three New Madrid earthquakes rocked up to 3.1 million square miles across Kentucky, Missouri & Tennessee — raising & sinking land masses & creating fissures over 80,000 square miles. The greatest of those tremors registered greater than 7.0 magnitude & created Reelfoot Lake in Northwest Tennessee. …

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Jul 26

GovBeat: ‘Made in Tennessee’ tourism campaign to be crafted by out-of-state ad firm

Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) speaks at a Washington Post Live event in 2013. Tennessee is hot right now. ABC’s hit show “Nashville” has visitors flocking to the - country music capital, & the - state is eager to capture every tourism dollar it possibly can. Two new 30-second advertisements, promoting the - “Made in Tennessee” slogan, are running on television. But while the - waterfalls, horse trails & rolling hills sure are made in Tennessee, the - advertisements themselves are not. That’s 'cause the - state tourism board signed a deal worth up to $60 million more than five years of time with VML, a marketing agency based in Kansas City, Mo., to produce the - ad campaign. Gov. Bill Haslem’s (R) budget includes almost $11 million for tourism advertising, $6 million of which is earmarked for the - VML contract. And state tourism director Susan Whitaker says it’s a acceptable investment: Every dollar they spend yields about $19 in tourism revenue, Whitaker told Nashville Public Radio. …

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