• Column: SCDOT kicks a critic off its Facebook page, ends up in court

    Tom Fernandez says he was just trying to make a serious point – in a humorous way – about the S.C. Department of Transportation’s pothole-repair program.
    On Aug. 29, DOT posted a video on the agency’s Facebook page titled, “How does a pothole get repaired?” About two weeks earlier, Fernandez, a Berkeley County businessman and frequent critic of DOT on social media, posted a parody video on one of his Facebook pages showing him filling a pothole on a rural road with two pizzas.

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Scott: Barring new evidence, I will vote for Kavanaugh

    The past few weeks have been gut-wrenching for our nation, and for the families of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
    We continue to confront how we can move forward as a society after looking the other way as women have been mistreated and abused for generations, and how that interacts with available evidence and the ability to determine culpability for past actions.

  • Candidate's Column: Decades working in Probate Court make me the best candidate for job

    Why choose me as your next probate judge?
    I am a lifelong resident of Lancaster County with 25 years of experience in our Probate Court. I know the procedures. I know what is working, what needs improvement and how to improve it. I have the patience, understanding and compassion to help families through the long and unfamiliar legal process after the loss of a loved one.

  • Column: Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has no reason to lie about him

    I am writing in response to Dianne Evans’ Friday column headlined “Ugly badgering and humiliation of Kavanaugh a crude travesty.”
    Will we ever really know the truth of what happened 36 years ago, or even 36 minutes ago? Judge Brett Kavanaugh keeps skirting around the questions. He answers with a question.
    There is a problem somewhere, and I believe it belongs with him. He makes himself seem guilty with his answers, which he often chooses not to give.

  • Column: Watch your mail for tax bills coming from county

    The real estate tax books open Sept. 30. The property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, etc.) will be mailed soon after.
    Tax payments are due by Jan. 16 to avoid penalty. While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. Having the correct address on file is the taxpayer’s responsibility, and that prevents you from having a late fee due because you never received the bill.

  • Column: State gives millions to firms that miss job-creation targets

    Over the past three years, 14 companies that committed to locating or expanding in South Carolina have collectively repaid nearly $7 million in state grants after failing to meet job creation or investment requirements.
    Four of the companies closed plants in counties that received the grants, and another project never materialized, a review by The Nerve found. Three of those businesses repaid all of the awarded grants, according to a list provided by the S.C. Commerce Department under the state Freedom of Information Act.

  • Column: Ugly badgering and humiliation of Kavanaugh a crude travesty

    One of the worst things that can happen to you is to be accused of something that you did not do. Even if you are eventually cleared of the alleged offense, you have, nevertheless, been punished.

  • Column: Duke thanks all who are aiding state’s recovery after Florence

    Entire towns submerged. Homes and businesses destroyed. Lives lost.
    Hurricane Florence has devastated communities and impacted thousands of lives across South Carolina, particularly in the Pee Dee region. While some are anxiously waiting for the floodwaters to recede, the clean-up effort is under way in some places as we get through this trying time together.

  • Candidate's Column: Buck: Elect me for my 35 years of experience in S.C. schools

    I am asked frequently what I have to offer the community as a school board member. My answer is simple: a lifetime of experience in educating children.
    I have spent nearly 35 years in public education, living my dedication to children as a classroom teacher, school administrator and district administrator. I have worked with thousands of children and fellow educators, and I know firsthand the challenges they face daily.