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  • Senate OKs gas-tax hike to fix roads

    The S.C. Senate passed a compromise highway-funding bill late Wednesday that would raise the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.
    The 36-8 Senate vote came after three years of debate by the S.C. General Assembly. The House passed its slightly different version of the highway bill in March. Now the two chambers will try to reconcile the differences.

  • Tax protest backs up traffic onto the bypass

    Once you start selling gasoline for $1.47 a gallon, it can be hard to stop.
    The Crenco on S.C. 9 Bypass planned to sell 1,000 gallons starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of a tax-protest group’s campaign against raising the S.C. gas tax. The usual $1.94 price minus 47 cents in state and federal taxes equals the $1.47.
    Plans to raise the state tax and use the money to fix S.C. roads are working their way through the legislature. The state House passed its version of the increase last month, and the Senate passed a different version Wednesday night.

  • Candidate Profile: Tommy Pope

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 54.
    Residence: York.
    Family: Wife, Kim. Four children, one grandchild.
    Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1980 and the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1983. Received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 1984 and a USC law degree in 1987.
    Employment: Attorney, Elrod Pope Law Firm. Former SLED agent and 16th Circuit solicitor. Prosecuted Susan Smith for murder in 1995 for the drowning death of her two children.

  • Candidate Profile: Archie Parnell

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 66.
    Residence: Sumter.
    Family: Wife, Sarah. Daughters, Julia and Lydia.
    Education: Graduated from Edmunds High School in Sumter in 1968. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1971 and his law degree from USC in 1974.
    Employment: Retired. Worked as a senior adviser on tax law for the Wall Street financial firm Goldman Sachs.
    Civic involvement: Treasurer at St. Stephen’s Chapel (Anglican), 2003-07.
    Political experience: None.
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  • Candidate Profile: Ralph Norman

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 63.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: Elaine R. Norman, wife of 42 years, whose family is from Lancaster. They have a son, three daughters and 15 grandchildren.
    Education: Graduated from Rock Hill High School in 1971. Received bachelor’s degree in business from Presbyterian College in 1975.
    Employment: President, Warren Norman & Co., real estate development firm.

  • Candidate Profile: Les Murphy

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 40.
    Residence: Fort Mill.
    Family: Children Alaysha and Greylin.
    Education: Graduated in 1994 from Madisonville North Hopkins High School in Madisonville, Ky. Received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in 2007 and an MBA from Walden University in 2009. Received federal veteran service officer training from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Candidate Profile: Alexis Frank

    Party: Democrat.
    Age: 26.
    Residence: Rock Hill.
    Family: The Hartsville native married a Marine in 2013. He is a helicopter mechanic at Marine Corps Air Station New River, in Jacksonville, N.C. They have two children, Avery, 3, and Aliza, 7 months. Frank’s mother teaches special education at Rock Hill High School, and her brother teaches at Winthrop University.

  • Candidate Profile: Sheri Few

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 55.
    Residence: Lugoff.
    Family: Daughter of a retired Air Force general. Married to Marty Few for 32 years. Four sons, one granddaughter.
    Education: Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, England. University of Maryland European Extension.
    Employment: Nonprofit director, U.S. Parents Involved in Education.
    Civic involvement: Kershaw County Republican Party, Citizens Against New Taxes, Eagle Forum, S.C. GOP executive committee, S.C. Baptist Convention’s 2003 E.A. McDowell Award for Christian service.

  • Candidate Profile: Chad Connelly

    Party: Republican.
    Age: 53.
    Residence: Prosperity.
    Family: Wife, Dana. Children Bennett, Leigha, C.J. and Summer.
    Education: Graduated from Prosperity’s Mid-Carolina High School in 1981. Received civil engineering degree from Clemson University in 1985.

  • LHS athlete shot dead after game at Hope on the Hill

    A Lancaster High School basketball player was shot and killed Wednesday night after a community league basketball game at Hope on the Hill’s Barr Street Family Life Center.
    Allen Jerome Cooper Jr., 17, died shortly after 9 p.m. in the center’s parking lot of a single gunshot to the head. Witnesses described a barrage of gunfire that came from different directions.