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Dec 1, 2023

Academy Sports pays $2.5M for illegal gun sales

COLUMBIA — A sporting goods chain is paying the families of three people shot to death by a South Carolina serial killer $2.5 million after one of its stores sold guns to a straw buyer who gave them to the killer, a felon who couldn’t legally buy the weapons. At times, Todd Kohlhepp stood near […]

Nov 30, 2023

Federal funds boost SC agriculture initiatives

Eighteen South Carolina agribusinesses will benefit from more than $33 million in federal grants and loans announced by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The funding is meant to expand markets for agricultural producers and strengthen American food and agriculture supply chains in 37 states and Puerto Rico, the Agriculture Department said in a news release. […]

Nov 29, 2023

Murdaugh’s fraud victims confront him in court

For years, South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh looked his anguished clients in the eyes and promised to help them with their medical bills, their suffering or simply to survive. Then he stole some, if not all, of what he won for many of them. At a hearing preceding his sentencing Tuesday, those clients got to […]

Nov 28, 2023

Automotive supplier announces $10.45M expansion

Sage Automotive Interiors, a manufacturer of automotive interior materials, is expanding its Sharon Plant in Abbeville County. The $10.45 million investment will create 95 jobs, a news release from Gov. Henry McMaster’s office says. Headquartered in Greenville, Sage is a global company with offices and manufacturing locations in North and South America, Europe, the Middle […]

Nov 27, 2023

Financial expert named CFO by Rhodes Cos.

Rhodes Cos. has appointed Caleb McDaniels as its new chief financial officer. The appointment is a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthen its leadership team and enhance financial operations across its diverse portfolio, which includes companies such as Rhodes Branding, Rhodes Graduation Services, Mill & Crate and Millwood Properties, a news release says. […]

Nov 24, 2023

Logistics company invests $16.45M in new Ladson site

IronLink Logistics, a logistics service company, is growing its East Coast presence by establishing operations in Charleston County. The $16.45 million investment will create 250 jobs, a news release from the Charleston County Economic Development Department says. The company has three West Coast facilities in California — two in Ontario and one in Chino. Its […]

Nov 22, 2023

Trump game day visit melds politics, football

COLUMBIA — Former President Donald Trump is headed back to South Carolina this weekend, attending the biggest athletic event of the year in a state where he boasts strong support heading into next year’s Republican presidential nomination battle. Trump will be at the Saturday matchup in the state capital of Columbia between the University of […]

Nov 21, 2023

Pharmacy supply chain company to expand Charleston County HQ

QuicksortRx, a company that provides pharmacy supply chain management solutions for health systems, will grow its corporate headquarters with an expansion in Charleston County. The $220,000 investment will create 41 jobs over the next three years, a news release says. The company is moving from its location at the Charleston Tech Center to a larger, […]

Nov 20, 2023

University to cover tuition for qualified students

Charleston Southern University has adopted a program called Buc Promise that makes it the first private school in the state with a tuition guarantee that covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students. The university said in a news release that Buc Promise is a renewable scholarship for Pell Grant-eligible South Carolina residents with a […]

Nov 17, 2023

Judge steps aside as Murdaugh seeks new murder trial

COLUMBIA — The judge that presided over Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial has agreed to step aside as the former lawyer convicted of killing his wife and younger son requests a new trial, citing alleged jury tampering, the South Carolina Supreme Court said Thursday. But the justices refused a request from defense lawyers to remove Judge […]

Nov 16, 2023

State board ponders ‘age-appropriate’ standard

COLUMBIA — The State Board of Education is considering a universal definition of “age-appropriate” educational materials in South Carolina schools and libraries that would bar descriptions or visual depictions of what it deems sexual conduct, and items that are “obscene” or “indecent.” The regulation is the latest effort from conservative policymakers to restr[...]

Nov 15, 2023

River cleanup yields Civil War relics

COLUMBIA — Hundreds of Civil War relics were unearthed during the cleanup of a South Carolina river where Union troops dumped Confederate military equipment to deliver a demoralizing blow for rebel forces. The artifacts were discovered while crews removed tar-like material from the Congaree River and bring new tangible evidence of Union Gen. William T. […]

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