• Column: ‘Retire in place’ fattens judges’ wallets

    A little-known state law allows eligible judges in South Carolina to receive generous retirement pay for up to a dozen years at the same time they’re collecting their regular six-figure salaries.
    S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty, who heads the state Judicial Department, is now asking for a 33-percent pay hike next fiscal year for himself and other appellate and lower-court judges. His annual salary would go from $156,234 to $208,000 – the amount a U.S. District Court judge makes.

  • Guest Column: Prosecutor Pascoe won’t seek release of file on Harrell probe

    The special prosecutor investigating legislative corruption won’t seek the public release of the long-closed file on the former S.C. House speaker whose case launched the State House probe, according to an attorney for S.C. news media.
    The S.C. Law Enforcement Division, which assisted special prosecutor David Pascoe, denied four open-records requests this year by The Nerve to release its investigative file on ex-Rep. Bobby Harrell, a Charleston County Republican who had served as House speaker for more than nine years before his 2014 guilty plea to ethics violations.

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.

  • Column: Newspapers launch statewide website for all public notices

    South Carolina newspapers have launched a website where people can search for public notices published by newspapers across the state.
    SCPublicNotices.com is a central repository of virtually all public notice/legal ads that have appeared in printed newspapers across the state. Ads are searchable by keyword, type of notice, date and location.

  • Column: Newton: New House duties as ’19 session nears its start

    I would like to start off by saying thank you for your support in this year’s election. It means a lot that so many of you voted to send me back to Columbia for another term in the State House.
    It also meant a lot to hear from so many of you during the campaign. Election campaigns are always challenging, and your words of support and encouragement meant a lot to me.

    Off-season efforts

  • Column: Health records released by S.C. data warehouse

    For at least two years, a few members of an obscure state panel have routinely approved requests by public- and private-sector researchers for sensitive information contained in a massive health “data warehouse,” records reviewed by The Nerve show.

  • Column: On public information, all of us should be the Beastmaster

    Have you watched NBC’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” on Netflix or any of those other extreme competition shows that pit men and women against grueling and physically demanding obstacle courses?
    It occurs to me that all too often there is a parallel between such competitions and what the public must endure in its effort to access information it is due.

  • Column: The Red Rose resurgence has begun

    Shortly before USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center opened in October 2012, the economic atmosphere seemed bleak for Lancaster County.
    In 2008, Forbes magazine named Lancaster “the weakest performer” on its list of the most vulnerable towns in the nation. In 2012, a CNN broadcast featured us in an “Open Mic” story about politics and faith, prompting a cry of “We Are Lancaster” in protest of what many felt was an unfair portrayal of Lancaster.

  • Column: Do reporters have a right to be at press conferences?

    It already seems like a long time ago, but it’s only been a month since the Trump administration’s long-simmering clash with CNN reached a new level, with the cancelation of reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” that gave him access to the White House.
    The pass was restored temporarily on the orders of a federal judge when CNN sued over the action, and then permanently when the White House press office deescalated the confrontation.

  • Column: Finding a church that feeds my soul

    When I was a little girl, my mama said she was a Methodist, but my daddy was a Baptist, so we were Baptists. That was that.
    I’ve often wondered what the difference was between the two denominations. I found out about a month ago, after I started attending Grace United Methodist Church. From the children to the men and women with their smiles and their hugs welcoming me there, I immediately felt at home.
    My soul was happy.