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) -
South Carolina State University is working to try and figure out a way to cut $13 million in spending. University President Thomas Elzey told lawmakers last month he's facing a $4.4 million shortfall that'll turn into a $13 million deficit in June.
The school's Board of Trustees met Wednesday, but did not finalize a plan to turn their finances around.
Elzey says he fully intends to come the State House and ask lawmakers for more tax dollars to help bail SC State out. The president admitted he doesn't have a complete plan yet to deal with the university's money problems.
"I guess I'm as guilty as anybody else of not fully comprehending over the years the fiscal chaos that we have been living in at this university," said trustee Robert Waldrep. "So, now as they say, the chickens have come home to roost."
Reality set in last month for Elzey and the Board.
"The first thing we've got to do is to figure out how to put our finger in the hole and figure out how to stop the leak," said Elzey.
Elzey's finance chief offered up some ideas Wednesday to start cutting the budget: continue a hiring freeze, reduce temporary workers, layoffs, reduce spending, terminating non-essential cell phones, and asking the state to use tax dollars to pay off the rest of the university's deficit.
Elzey blames part of the money troubles on falling enrollment. SC State has lost 1,075 students between 2009 and 2013. That only equals about $11 million over 5 years.
"To those who might have concerns, we're going to make it clear that we are open," said Elzey. "We're transparent, but we truly believe in the mission of this university and that's what we're going to try to carry forward."
Trustee Dennis Neilsen warned the board: if they were a corporation, it would implode.
"Well, they have to make a decision, just like the index says: you have to assess your viability as a business," said Neilsen.
State Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, held hearings at the State House Thursday and was part of the senate team that dug into DSS, health and human services and the department of corrections after the state agencies reported deficits in the past.
Now he wants the same for SC State University.
"If they're asking for money, I think it's our obligation to ensure there is a plan to move forward," Massey said. "Based on what I've seen, I'm not confident a sufficient plan exists."
Massey said he wants university leaders to come to Columbia and explain how the university overspent itself by $13 million and how leaders will make sure it doesn't happen again.
"I don't want to get down there and get in their business, but if they're coming back and they're telling us they're having deficits every year and they're asking us for money, it's incumbent upon us to look into that situation," Massey said.
Massey is the first senator to take the floor and discuss SC State's deficit since it became public last week.
State Sens. John Scott, R-Richland Co., and John Matthews, D-Orangeburg, were not happy with Massey.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Scott said. "Grand standing and talking about all these public hearings-- that's not going to answer that. All we're doing is playing to the media part of it. Let's get to the real bottom to take a look at it."
Mathews said Massey is just playing politics.
"I really don't appreciate, nor do I agree with the senator from Edgefield and I really think it's political grand standing at its worst; at the worst time for that university," Matthews said.
The university did not vote on any plan to fix the deficit. University leaders have to send a final plan to fix the spending to the state Budget and Control Board by next Friday. If its tax dollars they want, we got a look at how tough that fight will be in the senate.
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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:29:29 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>