Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina State University Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to fire president Dr. George Cooper following a 7 to 4 vote. Cooper was elected as president by the same board in July 2008.
The board spent nearly five hours behind closed doors as trustees debated the decision. In a vote of 7 to 4, the board terminated Cooper's contract. Cooper was hired July 9, 2008.
The motion to terminate Cooper came from trustee Maurice Washington, who chaired the board when Cooper was hired in 2008. "The most important decision that a university's governing body will ever make, is the appointment of its leader. I am proud that we have made an awesome decision," Washington said after Cooper's hiring in 2008.
Tuesday, Washington voted to fire Cooper along with trustees Earl Bridges, Lumus Byrd, Karl Green, Walter Tobin, and ex-officio member Smith.
Board chair Jonathan Pinson voted against the firing along with trustees John Corbitt, Robert Nance, and Lancelot Wright.
"I would have hoped that we would have gave him more time," said Pinson. "Some of us felt he was moving the university forward, we were seeing a progression, moving forward and I just think he needed more time."
Cooper said after the meeting that he didn't know what led to the firing. Cooper's attorney said he was considering taking action against the board, "My actions will speak louder than my words," as both men left the board room.
The board voted to place finance director, John Smalls, as interim president until a permanent replacement is seated. Smalls, whose annual salary is $167,584, will take over when Cooper's contract expires June 30, according to Pinson.
Cooper's termination could be temporary, according to Pinson. Two board members who voted to fire Cooper, will leave the board July 1. When asked whether that could allow the university to re-hire Cooper, Pinson answered, "I never say never."
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:15:08 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>