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McMaster's mother dies; campaign idled


COLUMBIA --- Attorney General Henry McMaster canceled campaign plans this week in his run for governor after the death of his mother.

Ida Dargan McMaster died in her sleep at her home Saturday night, Mr. McMaster said. She was 88.

Mr. McMaster had planned this week to make an announcement regarding his plans for the 2010 campaign for governor, followed by a tour of the state.

Two weeks ago, he filed a campaign disclosure form with the South Carolina Ethics Commission that indicates he is running for governor.

Services for his mother are scheduled for Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia.

Festival means new school year on coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. --- The annual First Day Festival, which helps usher in the new school year along the South Carolina coast, was held Sunday.

The celebration of education featured entertainment, healthful foods, boat rides and information about school services.

In addition, free school supplies were to be handed out to needy students.

Last year, more than 9,000 students and adults attended the First Day Festival.