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  1. #SCStateHouse: Derham Cole Won't Seek ReelectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 1 | FITSNews

    With two weeks to go before the filing period opens for partisan primary elections in South Carolina, state representative Derham Cole has announced that he will not seek another term representing the citizens of S.C. House District 32 . The 40-year-old said he wanted to spend more time with his family, however many believe he is stepping down to pursue a judgeship.


  2. Murder Charges Filed In McCormick County Double HomicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 15 | FITSNews

    Yesterday, this news site reported on arrests made in connection with a November 2017 double homicide in McCormick County, South Carolina. As we exclusively reported , two men - Devin Tyrone Crapps , 22, and Shiquan Marquez Freeman , 25 - were charged with accessory to murder in connection with that case.


  3. Arrests Made In McCormick County SC SlayingRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 14, 2018 | FITSNews

    Two Spartanburg County, South Carolina men have been charged with accessory to murder in connection with a brutal double homicide that took place last November following a barroom brawl in McCormick County. Devin Tyrone Crapps , 22, and Shiquan Marquez Freeman , 25 - both of Spartanburg, S.C. - were arrested this week for their role in the altercation.


  4. #SC2018: Secretary Of State Race Heats UpRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2018 | FITSNews

    Who are they? Computer programmer and political strategist Kerry Wood of Inman, S.C. and former Clemson University football player and Air Force judge advocate general Nelson Faerber of Greenville, S.C. Wood announced his candidacy on Thursday morning, while Faerber is scheduled to make his announcement sometime Friday. They join fiscally conservative state representative Joshua Putnam - who announced his candidacy last spring - and incumbent "Republican" Mark Hammond of Spartanburg, S.C., who has held this office since January 2003.


  5. Zion Williamson Chooses DukeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 20, 2018 | FITSNews

    Zion Williamson - the No. 2 high school basketball recruit in America - will play his college ball at Duke University next year.


  6. Sources: Charges Likely Forthcoming In Spartanburg Officer-Involved ShootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2017 | FITSNews

    A female Spartanburg, South Carolina police officer is "likely" to face criminal charges in connection with a recent officer-involved shooting in the Upstate, sources close to S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson 's office told us this week. According to our sources, Wilson's office has received a referral in the case from S.C. seventh circuit solicitor Barry Barnette .


  7. Greenville SC Drama: Radio Free MartineRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2017 | FITSNews

    The Upstate, South Carolina radio station that gave Greenville County sheriff's office employee Martine Wilder her new name now claims she chose the moniker herself in an effort to safeguard her anonymity. Originally, station executives told us that Wilder - whose real name is Martine Helou - was given the name as part of an effort to create "intrigue" on the air.


  8. Radio Station: We Created Martine WilderRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2017 | FITSNews

    She's also the star of the latest chapter of the Will Lewis saga. Lewis, 42, was elected sheriff of Greenville County last November.


  9. Spartanburg Tax Hike ApprovedRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 8, 2017 | FITSNews

    With 102 of 105 precincts reporting, 16,901 voters backed a 20 percent sales tax increase on Tuesday. Meanwhile 10,159 voters voted against the tax increase - which was endorsed by local crony capitalists, "Republican" leaders, Democratic leaders and yes, even one local Tea Party organization.


  10. Municipal Madness: Spartanburg SCRead the original story

    Nov 7, 2017 | FITSNews

    One of the 150-plus municipal elections on tap this week in South Carolina involves a proposed tax hike on residents of Spartanburg County, S.C. Spartanburg is one of only four counties in the Palmetto State that currently levies no local option sales tax - meaning residents pay only the six percent state sales tax . The proposed tax hike would ostensibly sunset on April 30, 2024 - but we all know what happens when tax hikes are passed, don't we? They never go away .


  11. Greenville's Sketchy Reform VoicesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2017 | FITSNews

    We unleashed a bit of a political tsunami in Greenville, South Carolina this year with our coverage of the Will Lewis scandal . Lewis, the 42-year-old sheriff of Greenville County, has been accused of drugging and raping one of his female subordinates - 23-year-old Savannah Nabors - and then covering it up.


  12. Phyllis Henderson Flip-Flops, Calls For Will Lewis' ResignationRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 25, 2017 | FITSNews

    South Carolina state representative Phyllis Henderson has reversed her prior position and is now calling for the resignation of embattled Greenville, S.C. sheriff Will Lewis . As of yesterday, Henderson was one of a handful of state lawmakers supporting Lewis - who stands accused of drugging and raping one of his female subordinates.


  13. Spartanburg Hospital Purchase QuestionedRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 6, 2017 | FITSNews

    A South Carolina health care system is under fire for purchasing a nursing and rehabilitation center owned by its former board chairman. The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System purchased the property in question for $3.9 million from the Caman Group late last week.


  14. Spartanburg Man Arrested On Sex Crime ChargeRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 26, 2017 | FITSNews

    Thomas Reid Kirk, Sr. of Cowpens, S.C. was arrested and charged with the "sexual battery of a male child" who was under the age of eleven at the time the alleged offense took place. According to an affidavit accompanying the warrant for his arrest, Kirk assaulted his victim in Chesnee, S.C. sometime between November 2009 and November 2010.


  15. Upstate #PeepGate: Ex-Lamwaker's Son Arrested AgainRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2017 | FITSNews

    We're referring to the ongoing #PeepGate case of Kevin Parker , son of former South Carolina state lawmaker Steve Parker . Four months ago, the 34-year-old Boiling Springs, S.C. native pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer in Spartanburg County, S.C. Parker's plea stemmed from a 2015 incident in which he was busted installing a hidden video recording device in the women's bathroom at Delaney's Irish Pub on Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. After a customer noticed the camera and attempted to bring it to the attention of the pub manager, Parker presented a fake police badge, grabbed the device and fled the scene.


  16. Laurens County Losing 250 JobsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2017 | FITSNews

    Laurens County, South Carolina will be losing 250 jobs when a pipe fabrication manufacturer closes its doors there this coming March. The company - Texas-based CB&I - appears to be the latest casualty of #NukeGate , state government's spectacularly failed intervention in the power generation business.


  17. SLED Audit Exposes Sexting SheriffRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 15, 2017 | FITSNews

    He's the notorious " sexting sheriff " of Laurens County, South Carolina - who prior to his slippery thumbs gained infamy by impregnating a co-worker and driving her to Charlotte, N.C. for an abortion . Classy guy, right? Anyway, Chastain was defeated in last spring's "Republican" primary election by Don Reynolds - but his tenure as sheriff continues to make headlines .


  18. Gamecock Baseball Nabs No. 5 Recruiting ClassRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 12, 2017 | FITSNews

    The University of South Carolina baseball program - which effectively collapsed over the past five years under former head coach Chad Holbrook - is off to a good start under new head coach Mark Kingston . The 47-year-old Buffalo, New York native - who guided South Florida to a 42-19 mark and an NCAA regional appearance earlier this year - has landed the No.


  19. SLED Investigating Laurens County ElectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 6, 2017 | FITSNews

    The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is investigating allegations of electoral impropriety related to this week's school funding referendum in Laurens County. A spokesperson for the agency has confirmed it received a request from S.C. eighth circuit solicitor David Stumbo to investigate allegations related to the referendum - which was handily defeated yesterday by a 77-23 percent margin.


  20. Laurens County School Referendum Goes Down In FlamesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2017 | FITSNews

    Despite relentless government-subsidized propaganda, free rides to the polls for "yes" voters and the promise of free hot dog dinners to voters who cast "yes" ballots, a controversial $109 million tax hike for new school construction in Laurens County, South Carolina was shot down decisively by county residents on Tuesday night. Just over 8,500 residents cast ballots - with more than 6,500 of them voting "no" on raising property taxes to fund a massive borrowing spree on the part of this results-challenged academic bureaucracy.


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