Charleston Harbor deepening is largest dredging contract in Army Corps history

Cranes move cargo to and from the OOCL France — part of the larger, neo-Panamax class of ships traveling through the expanded Panama Canal — during its visit in June to Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant. The State Ports Authority is dredging Charleston Harbor to 52 feet so the vessels can visit without tide restrictions. File/Provided/State Ports Authority

A key part of the plan to dredge Charleston Harbor to 52 feet received the go-ahead Monday with the announcement of the most expensive contract in the history of the Army Corps of Engineers — a $213 million deal to help make the waterway the deepest on the East Coast and more accessible to supersized cargo ships visiting the Port of Charleston.

"We look forward to seeing dredges in our harbor in the next few months," said Jim Newso...

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Charleston’s use of federal grants to raze flood-prone properties part of a national trend

The Bridge Pointe neighborhood in Shadowmoss flooded during Tropical Storm Irma. Three homes in the neighborhood will be bought out with a FEMA grant. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The federal government is awarding the city of Charleston more than $10 million in grants to help buy 48 flood-prone properties in West Ashley — a bargain given what it would cost to keep repairing them after every major flood.

With more frequent storms and a National Flood Insurance Program about $25 billion in debt, these grants help the federal government cut its losses on properties that simply aren’t worth saving again and again. For the homeowners, it offers an escape that likely wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

"It’s such a relief that the residents are going to be able to get out of these homes because they’re ...

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Coaches: Trump should invite South Carolina to White House

Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a "slap in the face" to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the national women’s basketball champions.

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair took it a step further: He suggests President Donald Trump call coach Dawn Staley personally and ask her to visit.

"She deserves that honor and her team. But more importantly, the country needs to see a women’s basketball team in the White House being recognized. That’s something that they’ve earned," said Blair, who visited the White House after his Aggies won the 2011 national title.

Blair said he understands it’s been busy with hurricanes and the shooting in Las Vegas. He also suggested congressmen from South Carolina help out the Gamecocks...

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South Carolina vs. Tennessee 2017: Five observations from Saturday’s 15-9 win

Will Muschamp continues to own Tennessee

So many times the result of a Tennessee football game have left Gamecock fans battered, depressed and confused.

Whether it be South Carolina losing Marcus Lattimore forever against Tennessee in 2012, having their SEC title hopes washed away in 2013 on a miracle catch or missing game-tying field goals in 2007 and 2014 — the Vols have long been a thorn in the side of the Gamecocks since their SEC inception in 1992.

Saturday was not one of those days.

South Carolina shut out Tennessee in the second half to crawl ahead 15-9 and outlast the Vols with three plays at the two yard line to seal the win. Now 5-2, South Carolina is sitting in a nice position to top the previous season’s 6-7 record.

Funny how Tennessee might prove to be the pivotal swing game i...

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Charleston becomes Clemson’s first 2019 commitment

Joseph Charleston (Photo by: Chad Simmons)

For months, 2019 Rivals 250 safety

Joseph Charleston

had Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt his top five schools.

Since the 2017 college football season kicked off, the 6-foot-2, 190 pound junior out of Milton (Ga.) has visited Clemson for three games. On Monday night, he decided he was ready to be a Tiger.

He became Clemson’s first commitment in the 2019 class.

"I have committed to Clemson," said Charleston. "I like everything about Clemson. I love the coaches, I love the family aspect of it and I love how they rotate players. Their defense is amazing too."

Charletson called Mickey Conn first, then delivered the news Dabo Swinney. Both coaches were excited to hear the news. It was actually like icing on the cake for one.

"I didn’...

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Columbia, Charleston or Greenville: Who should be named South’s Best 2018?

Southern Living Magazine, “the insiders’ guide to Southern culture,” is asking readers to vote for the South’s Best 2018 list.

Surprise! Columbia and three Columbia area restaurants have made it on the ballot.

Each ballot is broken down by category — by state, city, small town, and restaurant for example — and you are able to choose and rate the place according to friendliness, experience, etc.

Columbia is in competition with Charleston (naturally, the Holy City was this year’s winner), Greenville, Rock Hill and Summerville for the best city in South Carolina; while Aiken, Beaufort (this year’s winner), Bluffton, Clemson (!), Edgefield, Georgetown, McClellanville, Monetta and Spartanburg can battle it out for best small town.

Although Charleston eateries dominate on the Best Restaurant in ...

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Charleston Southern rolls past Mississippi Valley State, 58-7

Charleston Southern’s Solomon Brown (34) celebrates after his fumble recovery Saturday night.

One could forgive Charleston Southern for not being completely focused going into Saturday’s game against winless Mississippi Valley State.

After all, the visiting team had allowed an average of 55 points and 502 yards per game in its three losses prior to arriving at CSU Stadium. But Charleston Southern found itself in a tough battle Saturday night before breaking the game open in the second half on its way to a 58-7 victory.

Leading 10-7 at the half, the Bucs scored 35 points in the third quarter after head coach Mark Tucker delivered strong words in the locker room at halftime.

“I told our players I am tired of this talking,” said Tucker, referring to an attitude of accomplishment after winning...

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The Agenda: Biden criticizes Trump at Charleston gala; Corner-cutting at VC Summer?; SLED called in

Could McCain sink Graham health care proposal?

Joe Biden @NAACP Charleston branch centennial celebration, "hate will have no home here" pic.twitter.com/MTZp7CqlwD

— Jon Hale (@jnhale2) September 24, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker at the Charleston NAACP’s centennial celebration at the Gaillard Center, criticizing President Donald Trump’s treatment of white supremacists and telling attendees, "If you think your state and nation needed you in the past, we need you now more than ever." Source: P&C, The State, Politico

Millions of dollars in tricounty aid reimbursements for the response to Hurricane Matthew last year are stalled because of immediate aid needed for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Source: P&C

A P&C report Sunday says plans for complex VC Summer nu...

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Lead-tainted water found in Mount Charleston subdivision

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – Residents in a mountain-side community outside Las Vegas are being warned that their water could be tainted with lead.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Monday that lead concentrations above the federal safety limit were found in water samples taken from three houses in a subdivision on Mount Charleston.

Las Vegas Valley Water District spokesman Bronson Mack says the metal appears to be from lead pipe solder or plumbing components inside individual homes.

Mack says there is an increase in chloride in the source of the water that is "making the water more corrosive."

Residents were encouraged to let their water run for a minute or two be...

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4 fun things to do this weekend around the Charleston area

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The pipe and drum bands are not limited to adults. Here a young drummer marches in the Parade of Tartans during a previous Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. The annual event returns to Boone Hall Plantation on Saturday.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Charleston Scene breaks it down for you:

Scottish Games

Get your tartans on and prepare for a day full of fiddling, dancing, heavy athletic competitions and much more at the 46th annual Scottish Games and Highland Festival at Boone Hall Plantation on Saturday.

Click here or here for more info.

Fam Jam

Grab the kiddos for a day of activities and exercise at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s free Fam Jam at Marion Square on Saturday.

Click here for more info.

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