Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:27:43 GMT
A Maine teenager's mug shot is going viral online after he decided to make a statement with what he wore. Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to performMore >>
Robert Edward Burt, 19, was booked in the Somerset County Jail earlier this month, to perform a sentence from an arrest earlier this year.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Governor Nikki Haley has removed philanthropic businesswoman Darla Moore from the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, and replaced her with a donor to Haley's gubernatorial campaign.
Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said Moore's removal happened on March 10, but was not made public until Tuesday. "As is the case with many of our appointees, the governor looked for a fresh set of eyes to put in a critical leadership position –- a governor's appointee to the USC board," said Godfrey.
That "fresh set of eyes" is Lexington attorney Thomas Cofield, a Columbia native and USC graduate who Haley appointed to Moore's former seat. State ethics reports show Cofield gave $4,500 to Haley's gubernatorial campaign.
Moore graduated from USC in 1975, and quickly rose to prominence in the business world before becoming vice president of the Rainwater corporation. She has pledged $70 million to the university's business school since 1998, for which the school was renamed after Moore.
"I'd like to see [USC] become once again a nationally-recognized business school where excellent, excellent world-class business managers came from," Moore said in 1998.
Moore clearly succeeded in her goal. In fact, on the same day news of Moore's removal broke, we also learned the Moore School's graduate international business program is again ranked number two in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
"The importance of Darla Moore's philanthropy cannot be overestimated," said USC Board Chairman Miles Loadholt. "Her constant push for excellence not only at a state level, but in a global context, will be a standing legacy and among her many contributions to the university."
Haley's surprise move elicited strong reactions on both sides of the issue. No one questions Haley's authority as governor to name someone else to take Moore's place on the board, but many think it was an insult to someone who has given a lot of money to help the university.
"Looking at it from the perspective of a student, it seems incredible to me that someone on the board of trustees for this university could be replaced with someone that fits a political agenda," said student Kyle Ritter, who emailed Haley about his disapproval.
Some students said Haley's decision was just wrong. "As a student at this university, specifically at the Darla Moore School of Business, I'm disgusted, embarrassed and definitely don't think that it's a good decision in any way for our school or any of the students here," said Ritter.
"As someone who's such a part of this university's community, it's I don't think a smart decision," agreed Greg Waller. Students began an online petition to reinstate Moore within hours after learning of her removal.
"Each governor deserves the chance to appoint board members that share his or her vision to a board," Haley posted on her Facebook page Tuesday evening. "Being that there are 19 board seats, and that a governor has but two appointments, we believe it's entirely appropriate to put people in those slots who share our vision for the university."
"We have a great deal of respect for Ms. Moore and everything she has done for the university and our state, and we look forward to her future service," added Godfrey.
So far it is unclear what that future service may entail, but Business School Dean Hildy Teegen said she has no reason to believe Moore will decrease her support. "She recognizes how important having a world-class business school in South Carolina is important to helping advance passions and interest that are central to her, like improving per-capita income for all South Carolinians," said Teegen.
You can see a full interview with Teegen about Moore's removal on Newswatch, which airs Sunday at 10:00am on WIS.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>