• Commentary: Graham: Giving up on the wall might end Trump’s presidency

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham appeared on Fox News Wednesday night to insist that Republicans back President Trump on border-wall funding. He suggested a compromise with the Democrats that would end the federal shutdown, fund the wall and give work permits to undocumented immigrants who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Here are excerpts of his interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who begins with a reference to the Dec. 26 killing of California police Cpl. Ronil Singh, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant.

  • Column: Pot of unspent gas-tax-hike money grows to nearly $361M

    As of the end of October, nearly $361 million in collected gas-tax-hike revenues had not been spent – 16 months after the law authorizing the increases went into effect, recently released records show.
    The $360.9 million balance represented about 45 percent of the $802.2 million in project commitments identified by the state Department of Transportation – an online list that grows monthly, though it doesn’t give specifics on the work to be done. The unspent funds grew by more than 6 percent from the end of September, records show.

  • Column: Many thanks to all who helped with Stevens Park playground

    I am remembering the blessings of this past year, and one of those biggest blessings to me has been the completion of the new destination playground in Stevens Park. Walking through the playground again yesterday, I marveled at the amazing design and construction of this new playground, and the wonderful play and development opportunities that it affords for the children of our community and the enhancement of the park for the entire community. It makes my heart smile! God is good to us!

  • Column: Support Del Webb Library Friends’ business partners

    We have so many of our local businesses that support the Friends of the Del Webb Library, that I wanted to remind you to show your support of them during the coming new year. Friends members are eligible for discounts at the following businesses:
    ◆ Mobile Tires
    Beauty/hair care/nails
    ◆ Blazers Barber Shop
    ◆ Cache Hair Salon
    ◆ Classy Nails
    ◆ Scizzor FX
    ◆ Super Cuts
    Clothing/accessories/home décor/furniture
    ◆ LuLaRoe Clothing

  • 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.