Editorial: I Have Arrived

Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of. I have been asked to give these presentations to school boards, state boards and commissions, state, […]

Guest Editorial: Sneaky Agenda Moves

I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard. My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town. My drive was educational.  Low rise, lower […]

News Analysis: Are chambers laundering government money?

COLUMBIA – The Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled last week in a case brought against the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce to force that organization to disclose how it spent tax money and a $1 million grant from the State of South Carolina. The Supreme Court ruled that the organization was not a […]

Voice publisher receives Jay Bender Award

SPARTANBURG – The sixth annual Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism was presented to Barbara Ball, publisher of The Voice, at the South Carolina Press Association’s annual meeting in Spartanburg on March 17. The award recognizes one daily and one non-daily newspaper journalist in the state who stands up to authority in the public’s interest. As […]

Guest Editorial: SC Newspapers Curbed Civil Rights

If 2017 is bookmarked in history it will be as the year of reassessment.  During the year we’ve been urged to reassess the meaning of “sexual harassment.”  We’ve been urged to reassess what is “normal” conduct for a President of the United States.  And, sometimes with violence we’ve been confronted with a reassessment of those […]