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SC lawmakers approve yanking licenses for dropouts

COLUMBIA - South Carolina teens who drop out of school or skip too many classes would lose their driver's license until they're 18 under a bill cruising through the House. A House Education subcommittee unanimously approved the measure today. The House then agreed to let the bill skip the full ...

04/22/10 - 5:16pm

Downed power lines close I-85 for hours in north SC

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - South Carolina troopers say Interstate 85 is open again near Spartanburg after the highway was shut down for about two hours by fallen power lines. Authorities say a wreck around 1:30 p.m. today knocked down the lines near mile marker 80 about 10 miles north of Spa...

04/22/10 - 5:12pm

Tax reform should spread burden, economist says

ATLANTA -- An economist who'll serve on the state's special tax-reform panel said today that ending the tax on groceries contributed to the violent swings in tax collections that have triggered dramatic cuts in the budget. "The consequence of that is we took out of our tax base one of the most ...

04/22/10 - 4:56pm

Sex acts prompt tribunal punishments

Six Richmond County high school students have been disciplined in three unrelated cases involving sexual conduct, according to tribunal results released today. The first case dates to Feb. 22 and involved a student performing oral sex on another student during class at Hephzibah High School, the tri...

04/22/10 - 4:49pm

Aiken Tech grads head for jobs

Sixteen graduates of Aiken Technical College's radiation protection program will enter the work force - mostly at Savannah River Site - six months ahead of schedule. According to a U.S. Energy Department news release, the use of $200,000 in Recovery Act funds to hire two additional adjunct professor...

04/22/10 - 4:43pm

Sanford opposes cigarette tax hike

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Cigarette tax increases were the topic this afternoon at Greg's Gas Plus, with Gov. Mark Sanford squeezing between the aisles to assure he will veto the proposed legislation."We think it would be harmful to this convenience store and hundreds others like it across South Carolin...

04/22/10 - 4:39pm

Augusta lawmakers want a solicitor named in time to trigger a special election

ATLANTA -- Augusta legislators all signed a letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue this week urging him to appoint an interim solicitor general for the county in time to trigger a special election. The delegation issued a release about the letter today. Solicitors general in larger counties prosecute minor cri...

04/22/10 - 4:26pm

Modoc 7 boat ramp reopens Monday

The Modoc 7 boat ramp at Thurmond Lake will reopen Monday after a long series of renovations.The ramp, off Gilchrist Ferry Road in Modoc, S.C., will have 23 large parking spots for vehicles with boat trailers, two new deep-water boat ramps, a restroom building, security lighting and a new courtesy d...

04/22/10 - 2:43pm

Stimulus money helping SRS projects

The contractor in charge of Savannah River Site's liquid waste cleanup program has spent almost $11 million in Recovery Act funds in the local region that includes Aiken, Richmond, Columbia, Allendale and Barnwell counties. The sum, spent mostly on services and material provided by small businesses,...

04/22/10 - 2:14pm

Georgia state offices close Monday

Georgia state offices will be closed Monday, April 26, in observance of Confederate Memorial Day. South Carolina state offices observe the holiday by closing on Monday, May 10.  ...

04/22/10 - 12:55pm
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