The first regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly convened Tuesday. State budget: About $7 billion Duration: Through the first Thursday in June.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:33pm

COLUMBIA - South Carolina legislators face the familiar demons of ethics reform and road funding as they began the new session Tuesday, but an assortment of other issues is also in line for debate and even changes to the laws governing them.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:32pm

Nancy Carson Library is the current host site of the Frederick Douglass exhibit. The traveling exhibit, which is on display through Jan. 29, includes a 10-foot-panel with pictures and information about Frederick Douglass' life, said branch manager Barbara Walker.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:31pm

Speaking to a packed room Friday at Newberry Hall in Aiken, district superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt spoke about the process and discussed a new initiative, Follow Your Penny, to help communicate all things related to the penny tax and the funded projects.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:29pm

Grocery chain raises thousands for food bank Kroger raised more than $21,900 for Golden Harvest Food Bank. The money was collected in local stores through its 2014 Can Hunger campaign and its Bringing Hope to the Table promotion.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:25pm

After stopping Georgia quarterback Matlin Marshall, of Evans, around the 1, the clock stopped at 5.8 seconds for a few moments before it continued and ran out to give South Carolina a 12-8 win at Border Bowl II on Saturday at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:25pm

Deadly shooting is being investigated by area agencies An early-morning shooting Sunday killed a North Augusta man and wounded a 16-year-old, officials said. Donnie Lee Brooks Jr.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:24pm

In the end, a previous winner mastered the words photogenic, derivative, leonine and rejuvenate to capture the title again. Michael Havasy, a 13‑year-old North Augusta Middle School pupil, won the contest.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:24pm

So a brand new year now comes to be Will this year be like all the rest? Will your time be spent more wisely? For surely you know you’re blessed Will you take the time to visit Your friend who’s very ill? Will you hear that small voice urging Go now and do God’s will Will you spend some time w...

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FIRST MONDAYS: 6:30 p.m., 333 E. Spring Grove Ave.; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 71 meeting; Linda Smiley (803) 279-5074 FIRST, THIRD MONDAYS: 7 p.m., council chambers, North Augusta Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Ave.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 2:21pm

• An incorrect photo ran with Ashlee Duncan's In Class profile in the Jan. 7 edition. The pupil's photo is at left.

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Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:14am

SKATERS GET AIR ON OPENING DAY...

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:12am

One man is dead following an accident involving a tractor-trailer in Martinez Saturday, officials said.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:27am

Columbia County school officials appear on the road to instituting the most extensive rezoning plan the county has ever seen, but there could be some potholes ahead.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 1:26am