The people’s business

After a week off, the House and Senate are getting back to business at noon today. A group of uncontested bills are on the schedule in the Senate. They deal with school districts in Dorchester and Charleston counties. Statewide bills to be considered during the Senate’s motion period include a joint resolution to allow the […]

City bus system idles

More than 100,000 fewer people used the transportation of the common man in the first year of Greenville City controlling public busing here, but things weren’t all that bad. City leaders said the downturn is due in part to reduced routes as well as some feeling that the previous management system wasn’t keeping accurate rider […]

On the offense

Chambers of Commerce across the Upstate are trying to rally small businesses to fight a bill that they say will allow unions to move easily into the region. However, proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act said the proposed federal bill, which has made its way through the House of Representative and is awaiting a […]

A day, a dream

Residents across the Upstate gathered on college campuses, in living rooms and around conference rooms tables to watch the day’s events unfold. Anderson city officials tuned in to the inauguration a noon staff meeting today, and teachers at Nevitt Forest Elementary also turned the ceremony on for their students. Kathryn Smith, director of the Cancer […]

Fire out in Mauldin

A huge blaze that broke out about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday inside a garbage transfer station at Fennell Container Co. on Mauldin Road sending thick black smoke skyward destroyed the sorting and loading facility, authorities confirmed by late afternoon. The source of the flames that quickly engulfed the facility was a “hot load,” unknowingly dumped by […]

A legacy remembered

Web Extras:   Martin Luther King’s Jr.’s crime report James Earl Ray’s affidavit   As a seminary student, Grady Butler was arrested and jailed alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during one of the Civil Rights Movement’s lunch counter sit-ins at an Atlanta department store. King told Butler that then-Sen. John F. Kennedy had telephoned […]

The people’s business

State lawmakers are on leave this week, reportedly so some could go to Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration. Last week they introduced concurrent resolutions in the House and Senate congratulating then President-elect Barack Obama on his historic victory, and extended to him an invitation to address a joint session of the Legislature after he […]

Scariest road in the state

U.S. 178 between Holly Springs crossroads at Highway 11 and Rosman, N.C., is the scariest road in South Carolina, residents say. The scenic highway becomes an exercise in suspense at every major curve when 18-wheelers designed for an interstate highway take the twisting mountain road as a shortcut between U.S. 64 in North Carolina and […]

And the session begins

April M. Silvaggio   Melissa Blanton The House and Senate officially opened the 2009 legislative session this week in Columbia, but kept the focus on house-keeping chores such as picking seats, getting committee assignments straight and making formal introductions. Meanwhile, the House Republican and Democratic caucuses outlined their legislative goals, both of which include tax reform. […]

Case closed, and opened again

Two-thirds of South Carolina’s death penalty trials have been so flawed state or federal courts have ruled they were patently unfair and ordered a new trial for the defendant. Two cases have been reversed on appeal three times. It is a situation that has been ongoing since South Carolina reinstated the death penalty in 1977. […]

Souers remembered as example of good

An endowment initiated by Clemson University’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority honors the memory of slain junior civil engineering major Tiffany Marie Souers through the funding of community service projects. That’s something Souers’ parents, Jim and Bren Souers of Ladue, Mo., also hope to accomplish through a private foundation they are working to establish […]

English only

The English language doesn’t have too much competition in Pickens County. In this county of 116,000 people – where three-quarters of the population lives in towns of no more than more than 3,500 people – language diversity is generally limited to the menus of the occasional Mexican restaurant in the county’s larger towns of Easley, […]

County computer probe widens

Greenville County officials have confirmed they are looking into allegations that County Administrator Joe Kernell accessed Web sites with sexual content from his county-owned computer. County Council Chairman H.G. “Butch” Kirven said Kernell told council members he accessed adult sites because he was researching a business license appeal. Kirven would not comment on the propriety […]

Still unsolved

  At Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee, 30-year-old owner Scott Ponder, who’d grown the shop from a shed in his grandmother’s backyard to one of the fastest-growing Suzuki dealerships in the Southeast, was busy as usual helping customers. Mechanic Chris “Shubby” Shubert was tinkering with bikes in the back room. Brian Lucas, 29, Ponder’s longtime friend […]

Inman trial resumes

  More than four months after he confessed to the 2006 rape and murder of 20-year-old Clemson University engineering student Tiffany Souers, Jerry Buck Inman’s sentencing trial will again be put on hold. The 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office announced this morning that due to an unexpected back surgery that will be required for defense attorney […]