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Winning streak over Clemson creates an air of ease at USC

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - There is no clock counting down to kickoff on Saturday. There are no stories of catching grief from fans in grocery stores. In fact, around South Carolina's football program, there's been very little talk of Clemson at all - until this week. A school-record five-game winning streak over your rival will do that.
Nov 25, 2014

Rivalry week at @postandcourier: At Clemson, there's a countdown clock. At USC, it feels like business as usual. bit.ly/1vKUIKX

High School Notes: With two teams left, an early peek at next year in football

postandcourier.com — High School Playoffs Division I-AAAA semifinals (Friday) Byrnes at Dutch Fork Division II-AAAA semifinals (Friday) York at Greenwood Spartanburg at South Florence Class AAA semifinals (Friday) South Pointe at A.C. Flora Marlboro County at Hartsville Coaches everywhere say the best way to gauge the success of a football season is whether or not you are practicing on Thanksgiving.
Nov 25, 2014

High School Notes: With Timberland and Fort Dorchester left in playoffs, an early peek at 2015 football in Lowcountry postandcourier.com/article/201411…

Five Citadel football players earn SoCon honors

postandcourier.com — Two Citadel football players earned all-Southern Conference honors Tuesday, and three more were named to the league's all-freshman team. Junior offensive lineman Sam Frye was named first-team all-SoCon by both the league's coaches and media, and defensive lineman Mitchell Jeter was named to the second team by both groups.
Nov 25, 2014

Five Citadel football players earn all-SoCon postseason honors fb.me/3xppOpeCo

High School Playoffs: Timberland game time changed; Division I-A title game postponed

postandcourier.com — The kickoff time for Timberland High School's state championship game Friday at River Bluff High School in Lexington has been changed to 6 p.m. The 13-0 Wolves' Division II-AA matchup with Keenan was originally set for 4:30 p.m., but was moved to better accommodate parking for fans at the game.
Nov 25, 2014

High school playoffs: Timberland game time changed; I-A title game between Christ Church, Bamberg-Ehrhardt postponed postandcourier.com/article/201411…

SLED releases investigative report on Bobby Harrell

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - The State Department of Law Enforcement released on Tuesday more than 40 pages of an investigative report that led to former Speaker Bobby Harrell's downfall. Aside from sporadic redactions, nine pages are also redacted in the report, suggesting those topics may still be under investigation by SLED.

Sen. Lindsey Graham blasts new Benghazi report

postandcourier.com — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and a leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee sparred Sunday over the committee's new bipartisan report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Graham called the report "full of crap" during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" talk show, while U.S.

Tickets for Jason Aldean's Burn It Down Tour stop in North Charleston go on sale Dec. 5

charlestonscene.com — Two-time Academy of Country Music "Male Vocalist Of The Year" Jason Aldean will bring his 2015 Burn It Down Tour to the North Charleston Coliseum on Feb. 14. Having just released his sixth studio album, "Old Boots, New Dirt" in October, his lead single "Burnin' It Down" earned platinum certification in nine weeks, making it one of the fastest selling singles of 2014.
Nov 25, 2014

Tickets for Jason Aldean's Burn It Down Tour stop in North Charleston go on sale Dec. 5 bit.ly/1xzqoP0

Palmetto Sunrise: Protests erupt in cities across the nation

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - Some Charleston residents will join the nation in protest today, following the lead of demonstrators in major cities that took to the streets after the Monday night announcement in Ferguson, Mo., that an officer would not be indicted for the death of an unarmed teenager.
Nov 25, 2014

Palmetto Sunrise: Protests erupt in cities across the nation, child advocates say DSS lacks communication and more: bit.ly/1vjr121

Rain to continue all day in Charleston area

postandcourier.com — The rain will continue most of the day and night, according to the National Weather Service. Up to half an inch of rain is expected today, with another one to two inches tonight. Today's predicted high is 67 degrees, with an overnight low around 53.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @postandcourier: Heavy rain prompts flood advisory through 8 a.m. from Jamestown to Ravenel bit.ly/1va5fwf

Parents of Academic Magnet football players suing over watermelon ritual descriptions

postandcourier.com — The parents of three Academic Magnet High School football players have filed a defamation lawsuit claiming characterizations of the team's controversial post-game watermelon ritual damaged their sons' reputations. Betty and James R.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @postandcourier: Parents of Academic Magnet football players suing over watermelon ritual descriptions buff.ly/1Fl0Ueh #chsnews via @PCAmandaKerr

Nov 24, 2014

RT @postandcourier: Parents of Academic Magnet football players suing over watermelon ritual descriptions buff.ly/1Fl0Ueh #chsnews via @PCAmandaKerr

USC women's basketball team ascends to No. 1 ranking

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - There's a new No. 1 team in women's college basketball - and for the first time ever, it's South Carolina. The Gamecocks ascended to the nation's top ranking for the first time in program history Monday, receiving 21 of 35 first-place votes in the new AP Top 25.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @dcaraviello: Now at @postandcourier: #Gamecocks women's hoop team "putting SC on the map" with program's first No. 1 ranking. bit.ly/1viYF7W

Nov 24, 2014

Now at @postandcourier: #Gamecocks women's hoop team "putting SC on the map" with program's first No. 1 ranking. bit.ly/1viYF7W

Parents of seriously ill children often turn to the Internet for help, with mixed results

postandcourier.com — It started with a tummy ache and a fever. Dozens of tests later, Amber Wilson and husband Justin Solomon were told by doctors on Nov. 1 that their 4-year-old daughter, Eila, had tumors in her body, including on her adrenal gland above her left kidney.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @JenBerryHawes: Great column by @AndyParas about parents of seriously ill kids who turn to social media for help @postandcourier postandcourier.com/article/201411…

Nov 24, 2014

Parents of seriously ill children often turn to the Internet for help, with mixed results; advice from @savingeliza: bit.ly/1r4I5Jk

Child advocates: DSS lacks communication

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - A lack of communication between Department of Social Services staffers and third-party child protective programs plagues the agency, leaving children's needs often unmet, child advocates told state senators Monday. Six children's advocates from around the state testified before the Senate's DSS Oversight Subcommittee, which has held a dozen hearings ahead of issuing a report on the agency's shortcomings and needed improvements.

Notebook: Cole Stoudt confident he can lead Clemson to victory

postandcourier.com — CLEMSON - Awkward as it's been for three months, Cole Stoudt remains the current starting quarterback of a ranked Clemson team in dire need of a rivalry win to cap the 2014 regular season. So when Stoudt was asked if he felt he was capable of captaining Clemson to a long-awaited win over South Carolina, his reaction was something of a miffed scoff.

DHEC monitoring 9 in South Carolina for possible Ebola symptoms

postandcourier.com — The state health department is watching nine people, including three in the Lowcountry, who recently returned from one of three West African countries for signs of the deadly Ebola virus. None of them have presented any symptoms and they are not being quarantined.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @laurenmsausser: Zero Ebola cases in U.S., but health dept is monitoring 9 people in SC (incl. 3 in Lowcountry) for possible symptoms: postandcourier.com/article/201411…

Consumers' Choice follows other insurers' lead, opens retail locations

postandcourier.com — Consumers' Choice Health Plan announced on Wednesday it has opened two new retail locations in North Charleston and Greenville, making it the latest health insurer to recognize how much face-to-face customer service benefits its brand. The insurer plans to open three more retail locations, including a site in Columbia, by early next year.

Same-sex marriage brings more legal security to couples, families

postandcourier.com — Like many gay couples, Amanda Hollinger and Tasha Gandy were abuzz last week over the historic moment when same-sex marriage became legal in South Carolina. They were among the first to pick up a marriage license. But it confused their 5-year-old son. "What are you talking about?" he asked.
Nov 24, 2014

Same-sex marriage brings more legal security to couples, families bit.ly/1peUoSe

South Carolina officials promote Charleston to lure more of India's travelers

postandcourier.com — The state's top tourism official spent the past two weeks in India convincing large Asian travel agencies that Charleston is the Western destination to pay attention to. Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, tagged along with the delegation of state officials and Gov.
Nov 24, 2014

South Carolina officials promote Charleston to lure more of India's travelers bit.ly/1tpM79B

Victims advocate hoping unreported child deaths result in reforms for coroners

postandcourier.com — COLUMBIA - A victims advocate is hoping a legislative audit that found 152 child deaths from 2009 to 2013 had gone unreported to the state will shock lawmakers into passing a law holding coroners accountable.
Nov 24, 2014

Victims advocate hoping unreported child deaths result in reforms for coroners bit.ly/1yLPa0h