Challengers hammer South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in last debate before election

...Cabinet appointee over to the Senate investigative committee and lied about the numbers," said Ervin, a former judge and legislator.Sheheen said Haley's handling of DSS shows she isn't honest."Kids have died. Kids have been harmed. And Gov. Haley...

Old vs. new: What actions will be required of Augusta's next mayor?

...failed Augusta. I think we did. We did not demand from our legislators changes in the charter that could have made the mayor more effective...from this dysfunctional government. It is incumbent for legislators to make the tough decision and change the charter so voters...

Aiken County guarded in reaction to decision on possible gay marriages in South Carolina

...Carolina's ban on gay marriage, as Wilson may do, Clyburn called it a difficult question."I just follow the law," said the legislator.As for his own beliefs on gay marriage, Clyburn said, "For me, personally, I made my choice." Associated Press reports...

Nontraditional independent republican candidate Tom Ervin looks to shake up South Carolina's gubernatorial race

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a governor's race otherwise viewed as a 2010 rematch, former judge and legislator Tom Ervin is looking to shake things up, as he criticizes both Gov. Nikki Haley and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and takes positions...

Educator misconduct unwanted reality in most school districts in state

...punishment for crimes are becoming more stringent.As part of Gov. Nathan Deal's criminal justice reform act of 2012, legislators removed the statute of limitations for prosecuting crimes of rape, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes...

Workloads, turnover plague SC child welfare agency

...Director Lillian Koller insisted she didn't need additional money or manpower.Her predecessor, Kath leen Hayes, had warned legislators that their deep, recession-era budget cuts would hurt efforts to protect children. But when Koller took over in 2011...

Sales tax free weekend on energy- and water-efficent products ends Sunday

...helps the customer, too."Georgia brought back the tax break in 2012 after a two-year hiatus.Earlier this year, state legislators voted to extend the holiday through 2016.To avoid paying sales tax, appliances must be purchased for personal or non-commercial...

Children's Week kickoff brings crowd of preschoolers to Riverwalk

...family festival will be held on the Augusta Common from 1 to 5 p.m.Next week, 10 students will receive scholarships, the Augusta Public Library will hold storytime and state legislators will meet with local leaders for breakfast.

Manufacturers worry about proposed excise tax implications

...De Greef said. "But when you are looking at the long run, small changes can make a big difference."In 2012, state legislators passed House Bill 386, which exempted manufacturers from paying local and state sales taxes on energy used in their plants...

South Carolina's newest third party launches ballot initiative

...American Party must first find a legislator willing to introduce a bill...petition drive pressures legislators into supporting the idea...American Party envisions it, a legislator or statewide officer could...recall election of a current legislator would take between 550 and...