Henry McMaster

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks at his swearing-in ceremony as governor in January.

Gov. Henry McMaster chose a running mate for the 2018 campaign: a Greenville County businesswoman with zero political experience. McMaster tapped Pamela Evette, an accountant who runs a human resources and payroll firm, as his potential lieutenant governor. As noted by The Post and Courier, McMaster “has paired himself with a 50-year-old business owner who has never campaigned for office or worked in government.” McMaster noted, “Pam is what South Carolina is all about. She’s smart, hard-working and has the experience we need.” The 2018 race will be the first in South Carolina in which governor and lieutenant governor candidates run on the same ticket. — Chris Trainor

Ernest Finney, Former S.C. Supreme Court Justice, Dies

Former South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. died Dec. 3. Finney was the first African-American to serve in the state’s highest court since Reconstruction. Sworn-in in 1985, Finney said he had hoped his tenure would have ‘‘a ripple effect, so that not only black children, but all children from difficult circumstances, can grow up believing they can be what they want to be,” according to The Post and Courier. Finney was also one of the first African-Americans since Reconstruction to serve in the state legislature, to which he was elected in 1972. — David Travis Bland

Edisto River Now Has a Riverkeeper

Conservationists recently established the Edisto Riverkeeper, which will serve as the primary full-time advocate for the Edisto River Basin. According to a news release, Edisto Riverkeeper’s mission “is to encourage balanced usage of the basin’s water resources for residents, industry, and municipalities to utilize and enjoy.” The organization, which will operate much like the local Congaree Riverkeeper, will operate out of Aiken. “The need to address the threats facing groundwater and surface water in the Edisto River Basin have become dire,” says Edisto Riverkeeper Meg Morgan Adams. — Chris Trainor

Haley Says North Korean Missile Launch ‘Brings Us Closer to War’ 

Former South Carolina governor and current U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says a recent North Korean missile test “brings us closer to war.” According to the Associated Press, North Korea’s most recent test represented “its most powerful weapons test yet” and that the type of intercontinental ballistic missile that was tested could reach the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. Haley said, if war with North Korea does come, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.” — Chris Trainor

Alleged Sexual Assaults At USC-Clemson Game

Two women reported being sexually assaulted during the USC and Clemson football game this past Saturday, The State is reporting. Both women declined to press charges. A USC police investigation could not determine the attackers’ identities. “It is appalling that someone would commit such a reprehensible act,” University of South Carolina spokesman Jeff Stensland said in a statement. “Clearly this behavior violates our community standards and will not be tolerated on our campus. We will not hesitate to pursue criminal and student disciplinary action whenever possible.” — David Travis Bland

Gamecocks Headed to Outback Bowl

The University of South Carolina football team will go back to the Outback Bowl against a familiar opponent. The Gamecocks will face the University of Michigan Wolverines. The game takes place on January 1 in Tampa, Florida. The two teams faced off in the same bowl following the 2012 season. In the last matchup, former Gamecock defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, made a stunning tackle which became known as “The Hit.” — David Travis Bland

Planned Parenthood Buys New Location in Charleston

Planned Parenthood has bought another women’s health clinic in Charleston, The Post and Courier reports. The sexual health organization will expand its education and community engagement programs, and will continue to provide cancer screenings, Pap tests, STD testing and treatment, along with other women’s health services. The new Planned Parenthood will offer elective abortions. Currently three clinics providing abortions exist in South Carolina. — David Travis Bland

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