There’s a lot of disappointment about the Legislature’s failure to deliver this year on its promise of transformational reform of South Carolina’s education system, particularly but certainly not exclusively among teachers. It’s easy to view legislators’ pledges to make those major changes as a delay tactic, a promise of a next year that never comes.

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In preparation for the second Best of Prep Sports banquet on Friday, May 24, at USC Aiken Convocation Center, we compiled a collectible program for the event. Recapping some of the outstanding athletic performances from Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield counties was a morale boost for the staff.…

At this time of year, the days here in South Carolina and everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere are about as long as they get. But that’s a perfectly appropriate time to think about ditching that biannual switch to and from daylight saving time.

I was recently elected Chairman of the Aiken County Republican Party. Why would a 69-year-old, retired Savannah River Site engineer, with a decent pension and a loving wife and family volunteer for such a time-consuming activity? Believe me, with a wife, four kids and four grandchildren and …

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When Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian stood in front of the council Tuesday and announced the first reading of the 2019-2020 budget it came as a surprise to those in attendance and especially to those who read the Aiken Standard story.

As an estimated 10,000 teachers and their supporters rallied outside the Statehouse on Wednesday in an unprecedented demonstration of commitment, House Speaker Jay Lucas worried aloud that the school-day gathering could have the opposite effect intended.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in South Carolina and nationwide and, while the month is almost over, we need to raise awareness about this problem every month. I wanted to let you know what our office is doing, and what all of us can do, to raise awareness and reduce sexual assault.…

It’s not been often, if ever, in the last 32 years that Aiken City Council member Lessie Price has been rendered speechless during official proceedings.But last Monday, Lessie Price had a look of "What are you doing?" as Gail Diggs, mayor pro tem, read a proclamation for the council to name …

It wasn’t too many years ago that national marketing campaigns and health providers finally got the point across to humans that we are 60% water and dehydrated. Soon thereafter, we became obsessed with bottled water. Everywhere we went people were carrying bottles of water. Depending on the …

Many of us were transfixed and horrified to watch live coverage Monday of the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris as it literally burned before our eyes. Even with modern technology that allowed millions around the world to watch the tragedy from televisions and computers, we were all hel…

An important piece of bipartisan legislation is gaining momentum at the South Carolina State House. Senate Bill 298 seeks to establish something that has never before existed in our state: a dedicated and permanent source of funding for higher education. This game-changing legislation renews…

South Carolina can't attract enough teachers, prison workers and social workers, but in a state where people wait in line for years or decades to be allowed to serve on the bench, the Legislature plans to give its biggest pay raises to judges. This does not make sense.

State law says public schools have to operate 180 days a year. Unless it snows. Or rains. Or gets too hot. Or too cold. Then, if the school district closes the schools for more than three days — those first three days off have to be made up — it can start lopping days off the calendar.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization celebrated its 70th birthday Thursday in Washington, not with a summit of national leaders but with a low-key meeting of foreign ministers struggling to define the alliance’s role in today’s much-different world.

A welcome bipartisan move is underway in Congress to find ways to curb what has become one of the biggest shortcomings in the American medical system: the pernicious practice of obscuring the price of medical services, allowing outrageous overcharges and demanding that they be paid.

After years of inaction and debate, Congress finally has a bill to allow prison officials to electronically jam prisoner cellphones and put an end to the many problems that arise from having cellphones behind bars. Lawmakers must seize the opportunity and pass the Cellphone Jamming Reform Act.

Last year, in a frenzy to do something — anything — to look tough on illegal immigration, Gov. Henry McMaster demanded and the Legislature passed a law requiring SLED to hunt down and root out all the “sanctuary” cities (and counties) in South Carolina.

Eight S.C. school districts have fewer than 1,000 students, another five fewer than 1,500 students. These tiny districts each spend money for a superintendent, a finance director, a human resources manager and the other administrative professionals who are the most expensive personnel on the payroll.

The S.C. Energy Freedom Act, which lifts a regulatory cap on rooftop solar installations, could hit a snag in the Senate this week when a subcommittee debates a provision that would mandate utilities extend long-term contracts to large-scale solar producers that can deliver electricity at or below a utility’s own cost. That would be unfortunate.

Since Feb. 25, Aiken County pollen count has consistently fallen in the medium high to high range. Only two days in the last month have fallen below the heavy pollen category. If you imagine a color-coded scale, you’d find us in the dark orange to red zone. Scarlet. Crimson. Red like the blo…

We should welcome the Carolina Panthers’ offer to build a training and office complex in the Rock Hill area. It’s a good way for the Palmetto State to become a bigger part of the Carolinas’ NFL team, a concept the Panthers have promoted since their inception 25 years ago.

More than 150 pedestrians a year are killed on South Carolina roads. And the situation is worsening. Already this year, the S.C. Department of Public Safety has reported 28 pedestrian deaths, four more than at the same time a year ago.

U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn spoke to guests and reporters at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia recently to celebrate the Reconstruction Era National Historic Park Act and the establishment of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network.

And now, from the "Are you serious? We need such a law?" file comes this. Apparently, it will be necessary for some legislation to come out of Columbia that would spell out that felons cannot seek one of the state's highest law enforcement positions – sheriff.

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