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Wednesday
Mar292017

Myrtle Beach Swamp Fox Rollercoaster Gets Historic Tag

The Swamp Fox roller coaster in Myrtle Beach has been given an historic designation.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (http://bit.ly/2nf2FFH) the ceremonial proclamation was issued Tuesday.

The proclamation does not have any legal effect to ensure that the coaster remains. The city does not have an historic preservation board working to preserve historic structures.

The wooden coaster was built in 1966. It has 2,400 feet of track, with the biggest drop at 65 meet and a maximum speed of 50 mph.

City Councilman Randal Wallace says the roller coaster is typical of Myrtle Beach's history, which he points out is far different than Charleston's.

The American Coaster Enthusiasts unveiled a plaque commemorating its history for the 50th anniversary last year.

The coaster is ridden about 200,000 times annually.

Wednesday
Mar292017

TD Club to Honor Clemson Football Champs April 19

The Anderson Area Touchdown Club will hold it's annual awards meeting April 19 at the civic center. The featured speaker for this year's event is Clemson Unversity Football Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables. 

The program will also honor special guests from the 1981 and 2016 Clemson National Championship football teams, including former touchdown club defensive player of the year and Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware.

Annual awards from the from the Anderson Touchdown Club will be presented to the following coaches and players as part of the event:

Offensive Player Jackson Williamson Westside High School

Defensive Player Brad Johnson Pendleton High School

Offensive Lineman Avery Reece Belton-Honea Path High School

Co-Defensive Linemen Eddie Smith Belton-Honea Path High School, Zacch Pickens T.L. Hanna High School

Coach of the Year Robert Mustar Powdersville High School

Co-Scholastic Awards Lummie Young Westside High School, Payton Young Palmetto High School

“Extra YARD Awards” Hunter Vaughter Crescent High School, Quashon Greenlee T.L. Hanna High School

The public is invited. A meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program wil begin at 7 p.m.  

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  Call 864-226-7380 for tickets or more information.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Meals on Wheels Golf Event Slated for May 12

The Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by the Dirty Old Men’s Club (DOM), is continuing on into its third decade on May 12 at the at Pine Lake Golf Course in Anderson. 

The tournament is seeking sponsors to help make it a success. Hole sponsorships start at $100 and the title sponsorship spot is $2,000. Entry fees are $70 per person and includes a round of golf, golf cart, lunch, and beverages. Golfers who wish to participate should contact DOM committee members Vic Vickery at 864-202-1563 or Gil Lilly at 864-225-4228.

In 1972, a group of men who frequently played golf together at Pine Lake Golf Course were endearingly named the Dirty Old Men’s Club by Mildred Foust. Foust worked in the pro shop along side her husband Bill Foust, who was the golf pro at the club. 

Nearly four decades later, the DOM group continues to meet every Tuesday to play golf at Pine Lake and hosts four tournaments throughout the year for their members and guests. With more than 30 members, the group keeps things interesting by drawing names each week to find out who the foursome will be for the day. In addition to the weekly game at Pine Lake, the men plan a monthly “road trip” to another course to enjoy their favorite sport all over the Upstate.

For the past 30 years, the Meals on Wheels benefit tournament has raised thousands of dollars for the non-profit organization. This year, the tournament begins with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m., and tournament scoring will be Captain’s Choice. Prizes will be awarded for hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive. Other activities include a silent auction and door prizes donated by various local businesses.

All proceeds from this event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County. To become a sponsor or find out how you can get involved with Meals on Wheels-Anderson, please call 864.225.6800 or visit www.acmow.org.

Wednesday
Mar292017

State Senator to Answer Court On Election Fund Charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Long-time South Carolina Sen. John Courson will appear in court to answer accusations that he pocketed more than $130,000 in campaign donations over six years.

The 72-year-old Columbia Republican maintains the charges are false.

A bond hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon in Columbia. The state grand jury indicted Courson earlier this month on misconduct in office and using campaign donations for personal expenses.

Courson's attorney says he is eager to fight the allegations in front of a jury. Until the case is resolved, Courson is suspended from the seat he's held for 33 years.

All three charges are tied to Courson's payments between 2006 and 2012 to veteran GOP strategist Richard Quinn, who has not been charged.

The indictment is part of Prosecutor David Pascoe's probe into possible Statehouse corruption.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Anderson 15th in Health S.C. Study; Clinical Care Ranks Low

Anderson County ranks as the 15th in overall health in the South Carolina, according to a new study by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

Anderson scored high in quality of life issues, ranking 11th, but scored poorly on the survey when it came to medical care, preventable health issues, transportation and housing concerns.

In the study, Beaufort County finished first and Greenville County fourth in their overall scoring system.

The complete findings of the study can be found here.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Ford Recalls 440,000 Vehicles Over Engine Fire, Door Issues

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly.

The first recall covers over 230,000 Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts, Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015.

The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. Ford has 29 reports of fires, but no injuries.

Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.

The company also is adding 211,000 vehicles to a previous recall to replace faulty door latches. That recall covers the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

Wednesday
Mar292017

McMaster to Speak in Greenville Today

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is schedule to speak about economic competitiveness during the Upstate SC Alliance's Annual Meeting on Wednesday in Greenville.

The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the TD Convention Center.

McMaster will deliver the keynote address and the Upstate SC Alliance will also launch its new strategic plan.

Tickets are available to the public at www.upstateSCallianceAnnualMeeting.com. The cost for non-Alliance members is $45.

Wednesday
Mar292017

Dylan to Receive Nobel Prize in Sweden

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will receive his Nobel Literature Prize diploma and medal in the next few days in Stockholm, where is he due to perform this weekend, the secretary of the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday.

The Academy's decision to give the bard of "Blowin' in the Wind" the literature prize caused controversy, only deepened by Dylan's silence about the award for weeks afterwards and his no-show at the annual banquet in December. 

"The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend," Sara Danius said in a blog post. "The Academy will then hand over Dylan's Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature." 

The 75-year-old Dylan is due to give concerts in Stockholm on April 1 and the following day and then another in the southern Swedish city of Lund on April 9. 

Danius said that the notoriously media-shy Dylan would not hold the traditional Nobel lecture at this point. 

"The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held," Danius wrote. 

"The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point," she added.

Tuesday
Mar282017

S.C. $500 Million Bond Bill Would Fund School Repairs

A bill borrowing $498 million for a backlog of repairs at South Carolina's public colleges and other state-owned facilities is heading to the House floor.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 21-0 on a bond package Tuesday that whittled down more than $2 billion worth of maintenance requests.

About half of the money would go to colleges, while the agency for K-12 schools would get $30 million for school buses.

The move comes two years after then-Gov. Nikki Haley killed a similar effort.

Chairman Brian White says the package won't increase interest payments, since old debt is being paid off.

Legislators have not passed a statewide bond bill since 2001.

Democratic Rep. Mike Anthony of Union says the state should borrow more to address needs while interest rates remain cheap.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Farm and Home Day Returns to Clemson Saturday

Clemson University’s on-campus student Extension office is excited to debut a new community centered event Saturday, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., on McGinty Mall (Ag Quad) on the Clemson University campus.

Farm & Home Day is a renewed take on “Farm and Home Week,” a tradition that dates back to the early 1940’s and continued for over 30 years with the purpose of connecting the local community to agriculture.

Farm & Home Day will cover everything from livestock, gardening, and agricultural mechanics to food safety and community awareness. This family fun event will have hands on activities, educational booths, workshops, demos and much more from vendors, Collegiate Clubs, and local organizations.

For more information contact the Clemson University student extension office at coextcu@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-9475.

Tuesday
Mar282017

S.C. Chamber Wants to Erase Minor Offenses of Ex-Cons

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports allowing ex-cons to erase more minor offenses from their criminal records to make it easier for them to get a job.

Chamber CEO Ted Pitts told The Associated Press that business leaders back the idea of helping ex-cons "become productive, taxpaying citizens," since criminal records can prevent job applicants from being called in for an interview or even filling out an application.

Legislation expanding expungement eligibility is up for debate Tuesday in a House subcommittee.

Pitts says the chamber opposes expunging crimes involving violence, sexual assault or dishonesty. But he says removing minor offenses such as marijuana possession will help people improve their lives while helping businesses fill openings.

The chamber also wants businesses to be protected from potential lawsuits involving expunged records.

Tuesday
Mar282017

Poll: Trump Approval Rating Dips to 36 Percent

A Gallup poll shows President Donald Trump's approval rating is 36 percent, which is a new low for the president and 2 percent below former President Barack Obama's all-time low.

The Gallup daily poll, based on a three-day rolling average as of Sunday, shows 36 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 57 percent disapprove.

On Jan. 22, three days after Trump was sworn into office, Trump's approval and disapproval rating was split 45 percent to 45 percent, respectively. On Feb. 21, about halfway through his first three months in office, 42 percent of Americans approved of Trump, while 52 percent disapproved, Gallup polls show.

Gallup said Trump's approval rating has fallen below several former U.S. presidents' all-time lows.

"Trump's current 36 percent is 2 percentage points below Barack Obama's low point of 38 percent, recorded in 2011 and 2014," Gallup wrote in a statement. "Trump has also edged below Bill Clinton's all-time low of 37 percent, recorded in the summer of 1993, his first year in office, as well as Gerald Ford's 37 percent low point in January and March 1975."

Monday
Mar272017

Sessions Threatens to Cut Funds from "Sanctuary Cities"

State and local governments with "sanctuary city" status will lose federal grants from the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday at the White House.

"Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets," Sessions said in the White House press briefing room. "Today, I am urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws."

"Sanctuary cities" refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in enforcing immigration laws, including allowing ICE to take custody of the illegal immigrants for possible deportation. Under federal law, they are required to notify ICE when an illegal immigrant is in custody.

More than 140 jurisdictions have been designated as sanctuaries, including 37 cities.

"LAPD has never participated in programs that deputise local law enforcement to act as immigration agents, and on my watch they never will," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week at a news conference where he signed an executive order that ordered polic who patrol Los Angeles' airport and port to follow the Los Angeles Police Department policies.

Other big cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration include New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

Maryland is considering legislation to make it a sanctuary state.

"That would be such a huge mistake," Sessions said. "I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand this makes the state of Maryland more at risk for violence and crime, that it's not good policy."

Sessions said states and localities that want to receive grants from the department's Office of Justice Programs will need to comply with the law.

More than $4.1 billion will be awarded this year, Sessions said.