Senate passes gas-tax increase

The S.C. Senate cleared the way to pass a 12-cent-a-gallon gas-tax hike to repair the state’s crumbling roads Wednesday evening after three years of on-and-off debate.

Stop coronating candidates; let voters elect them instead

In order to be elected, your name has to be on the ballot, and someone has to vote for you. That’s how it works everywhere in our state, except in towns and cities. Under an almost-certainly unconstitutional state law that has been on the books since 2003, municipal elections must be called off and the one candidate declared elected when only one person files for a council seat.

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Submitted video: Aiken County residents tired of megafarms crop-dusting

Video of a crop duster air plane spraying a field with pesticides in April 2017. (Editors note: the planes do not spray "24-7" as narrator exclaims)
Submitted by Doug Busbee Submitted by Doug Busbee
Submitted video: Aiken County residents tired of megafarms crop-dusting 1:27

Submitted video: Aiken County residents tired of megafarms crop-dusting

Frank Martin on South Carolina basketball Leaders emerging next year 2:45

Frank Martin on South Carolina basketball Leaders emerging next year

Dash and Body cam helped clear officers in Sumter shooting 1:30

Dash and Body cam helped clear officers in Sumter shooting

Dawn Staley hands out sneakers and knowledge at Hyatt Park Elementary 1:47

Dawn Staley hands out sneakers and knowledge at Hyatt Park Elementary