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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 >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Palmetto State politicos have been whispering very loudly in the past few days about a report that Lt. Gov. Ken Ard would be resigning.
Ard was presiding over the state Sent ate Thursday morning.
Despite the fact that all appeared to be well for Ard on the outside, sources close to the lieutenant governor say a resignation is only a matter of time.
Ard did not comment on the rumors and did not respond to questions asking about a grand jury investigation centered on him and the finances of his 2010 campaign.
The investigation started a year ago when the State Ethics Commission got a complaint alleging 106 campaign spending violations against Ard.
After a 5-month investigation, the commission found Ard guilty of 92 campaign finance violations and ordered him to pay more than $60,000 in fines.
Ard admitted to spending campaign money on himself. For example, he spent $3,000 at Best Buy on a Playstation, flatscreen TV, and two iPads. Then, he spent another $2,500 on a Christmas family trip to Washington DC where he spent campaign money on limos, meals, hotels, and plant tickets.
Ard also used campaign cash to spend the weekend at the SEC championship game when the Gamecocks took on Auburn in 2010.
Ethics turned Ard's case over to the attorney general's office last July. Since then, the state grand jury has met at least four times to listen to testimony from those involved in Ard's campaign.
One of those witnesses was Ard's brother, Sammy Ard, who gave the maximum amount of $3,500 to his brother's campaign.
Even those in charge in the Senate weren't talking about Ard's impending resignation. Florence county Sen. Hugh Leatherman, who spent about 20 minutes in Ard's office, said very little after the Senate recessed Thursday.
"I don't discuss things like that," Leatherman said. "I don't know what's going on."
Ard never denied he had plans to step down.
"I wouldn't want to speculate. I'll be honest with you," Ard said. "I wouldn't want to speculate."
But what will happen if Ard does resign his post?
Sources say, right now, senators have Ard's resignation, but are working to put the pieces in place for his resignation.
A timeline for Ard's potential resignation is not currently known.
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 >>
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:16:50 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 >>