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  1. S.Carolina man fled to Florida after deadly shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 25 | Bluffton Today

    A South Carolina man fatally shot another man in the head, stole his car and then drove to Florida for spring break, Daytona Beach police said. Police arrested 24-year-old Donald Harper Jr. on Tuesday after he led officers on a 20-mile high-speed chase on Interstate 95. The chase ended when Harper crashed the stolen vehicle.

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  2. University of South Carolina Beaufort track breaks five school recordsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 24 | Bluffton Today

    The University of South Carolina Beaufort track and field team claimed five more school records and another individual title on Saturday, the final day of the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational. Betsy Douglas broke school marks in the 800 and the mile .

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  3. Bluffton boys turn in best performance at Airport Select Invitational in four yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 23 | Bluffton Today

    The Bluffton High boys soccer team wrapped up play in the Airport Select Invitational, held in West Columbia, with a 3-0 loss to Cardinal Newman in the semifinal round on Sunday. Comments are welcome, so long as they are civil.

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  4. Court: Stripper shot at SC club entitled to workers' compRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 19 | Bluffton Today

    An exotic dancer who was shot at a Columbia nightclub is entitled to workers' compensation benefits for her injury, according to a ruling by South Carolina's highest court. The State newspaper reports that the Supreme Court made that ruling Wednesday in the case of LeAndra Lewis.

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  5. Clinton emails exemplify 'shadow government'Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 17 | Bluffton Today

    The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina. "Shadow government," as S.C. Press Association Director Bill Rogers has labeled it, means conducting public business via private emails, texts, Twitter or other social media accounts that are not connected to government servers and thus not retrievable by government agencies and the public.

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  6. S.C. grapples with homeowner association complaintsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 14 | Bluffton Today

    Those were some of the terms property owners and officials used to describe bad actors in South Carolina's thousands of community associations on Thursday, as lawmakers debate how to regulate them. "It has become my worst nightmare," said Nadine Zacharie of Edgefield County's Lake Trenton.

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  7. Supporters try to reinforce SC's Freedom of Information ActRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 14 | Bluffton Today

    South Carolina's open records law is being eroded by court decisions, loopholes and government attempts to simply ignore the law, according to advocates, who have tried without success to strengthen the law over the past several years. Some are trying again this year to strengthen the law and respond to state Supreme Court decisions that appeared to eliminate requirements for county councils and other boards to post agendas of their plans before meetings and for coroners to release autopsy reports.

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  8. S.C. grapples with HOA complaintsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 12 | Bluffton Today

    Those were some of the terms property owners and officials used to describe bad actors in South Carolina's thousands of community associations on Thursday, as lawmakers debate how to regulate them. "It has become my worst nightmare," said Nadine Zacharie of Edgefield County's Lake Trenton.

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  9. Court: Company must pay SC $136 million over drug marketingRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 27 | Bluffton Today

    A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary should pay the state $136 million over deceptive drug marketing of an anti-psychotic drug, South Carolina's highest court ruled this week, upholding penalties against the company but reducing the amount. The decision by the state Supreme Court more than halved the original penalties levied against Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc., by a Spartanburg County jury.

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  10. $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reformRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    I love this state, I really do - and that's why I get so frustrated when we can't do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons . It seems to happen a lot, and the current prime example is how higher education in this state is run, or probably more accurately, not run.

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  11. Beaufort County school board advocates election changesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    Beginning with the next general election cycle, school board candidates in Beaufort County may appear on the ballot simply by filing with the county's elections office rather than having to collect a certain number of petition signatures. There also may be no filing fee at all following a vote last week.

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  12. SC pays victim $285,000 in trooper traffic stop shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 3, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    South Carolina's insurance is paying $285,000 to an unarmed man who was shot during a traffic stop by a state trooper now facing a criminal charge. The state Insurance Reserve Fund told media outlets Tuesday the settlement was reached in October, but could not be released until now because everyone had not been paid.

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  13. S.C.'s $123 million scandalRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    These were the words of outrage of freshman South Carolina legislator Cezar McKnight when discussing the scandal of the $123 million in fines the state has paid for its 25-year failure to comply with federal law with regard to deadbeat dads. The question is, can this young reformer do something about this or will politics as usual in South Carolina prevail? A native son, Cezar went away to school and came back to his hometown with a law degree and a determination to change things.

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  14. Automatic retirement savings a good idea for S.C.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    Back in 1932, during the depths of the Great Depression, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that "a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." Now, if you think about that for a minute, that's a pretty cool idea.

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  15. SC prosecutor calling for progress against domestic violenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    Attorney General Alan Wilson is holding a news conference Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass tougher penalties against domestic abusers. Lawmakers return to Columbia on Tuesday to begin a new legislative year.

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  16. Lawsuit: DSS fails to provide for SC children's basic needsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    South Carolina's embattled child welfare agency is endangering kids under its supervision by failing to provide them with basic health care and the right kind of attention, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Two advocacy groups - Children's Rights and the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center - and Columbia attorney Matthew Richardson are suing on behalf of nearly a dozen children in the care of South Carolina's social services system.

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  17. Green Wave overtakes Bobcat wrestlersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    Bluffton High faced Summerville in the Bobcats' second SCHSL Region 8-AAAA wrestling match of the season, Wednesday night. The Green Wave was too much for Bluffton to handle, and came away with a 50-24 victory.

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  18. Do you recognize this mystery plant?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 6, 2015 | Bluffton Today

    We had a mysterious pine tree not too long ago, and here is another. There's always a new pine species to learn about.

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  19. Wage-related bills should start discussionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 23, 2014 | Bluffton Today

    Clementa Pinckney is co-sponsoring a pair of bills aimed at boosting wages for many South Carolinians, but we suspect they have little chance of passing in next year's state legislative session. Still, we commend the Jasper County state senator for pushing to improve his constituents' economic prospects and hope the proposals will be a starting point for more discussion at the Statehouse about how to better assist low-income workers.

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  20. Situation will improve in Jasper County schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 25, 2014 | Bluffton Today

    We had a ton of calls from folks wanting to talk about last week's column on the Jasper County school board redistricting and public input meetings. The overwhelming majority of communication was positive.

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