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 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 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -
The South Carolina State Board of Trustees were unable to pass their proposed budget after meeting for roughly seven hours to hash out their issues.
The university remains without a balanced budget with lingering bills that will cost millions of dollars that need to be paid.
"It's no secret that we're under some financial discomfort from years and years and years of accumulated deficits," university trustee Katon Dawson said.
After being placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, trustees worked to put together a balanced budget facing an anticipated drop in both enrollment and revenue.
"We cannot do it by cutting," university President Thomas Elzey said. "Grow our way out of it and raise money. Those are two ways of being able to improve our overall financial position and help us address these deficits that we're facing."
In April, university officials said the school did not have enough money to cover payroll and utility bills, and asked state lawmakers for nearly $14 million. The university got a $6 million loan. Before asking legislators for another $7 million, the school will have to balance its budget.
However, Dawson believes a that even a few students can make a big difference.
"It's tremendous," Dawson said. "It's tremendous. For your budgetary items, a hundred students is a million dollars for every hundred students and it's tremendous."
Facing a major shortfall, the school began to look at cuts they could make and other options to decrease that number.
Trustees approved a tuition increase of 3.2 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for out-of-state students. Trustees also proposed a food fee increase that could be as high as $974, the elimination of Felton Laboratory School, cutting back on funding for the I.P. Stanback Museum, and 14 furlough days for employees across the board.
The budget proposed trustees Wednesday also did not include funding for the men's basketball team or the women's golf team. The Lady Bulldogs' golf team would only be suspended, but the men's basketball team would be cut altogether making an impact on the school's athletics department as well.
"That's an ongoing program that, right now, has a big budget number in it," Dawson explained, "and we're having to look at every program: football, basketball, the arts, and everything, the museum. We're having to look at it all from the Budget Committee standpoint and crunch the numbers and get down to a realistic balanced budget."
Should the university decide to cut the men's basketball team, it would cost SC State more than $700,000 because of exit fines from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Plus, the school could lose more money by cutting basketball and another sport putting them below the NCAA threshold of 14 programs to be a Division I athletics program.
University representatives said overspending and declining enrollment led to the budget problems. Now, the school must come up with a new budget before the fiscal year begins July 1.
"The seeds have been planted for next year, so we're looking and optimistic about moving ahead this year and recognizing that the bad news may not help us this year, but as everyone knows, the admissions process is a multi-year effort," Elzey said.
Schools officials will try to pass a balanced budget against sometime next month.
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 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:03 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:34:40 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:33:22 GMT
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning. The Sumter County Fire Department says crews were called to the home in the Runnymede subdivision, off Highway 15 north of SumterMore >>
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 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 >>