Vendors see high traffic: People seem to be loosening purse strings as boat show comes to close

Asher Howell of Beaufort walks between two of the dozens of boats displayed at the Charleston Boat Show on Sunday at the Charleston Area Convention Center.

Wednesday likely day of Laffey's return

The destroyer Laffey will most likely return to Patriots Point on Wednesday, according to the waterfront tourist attraction's Executive Director Mac Burdette.

With the 60-foot section of the pier successfully removed Sunday, workers now focus their attention on extracting the submarine Clamagore from beside the World War II aircraft carrier Yorktown. The Laffey will go where the Clamagore now sits. The submarine will move to the south end of the Yorktown near the marina.

Patriots Point is closed all week to return the repaired vessel to the naval and maritime museum at a cost of $1.1 million.

Tours to Fort Sumter from Patriots Point are closed until Friday. Visitors can board tour boats off Concord Street in downtown Charleston near the South Carolina Aquarium.

Women seeking office now have online course

COLUMBIA -- A group that works to get more women elected in South Carolina has launched an online course about how to run a campaign.

The Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics announced Monday that the daylong training courses it has been conducting across the state are now available online.

The bipartisan group says the project comes with the financial backing of Blue Cross Blue Shield South Carolina and the high-tech expertise of IT-ology.

South Carolina continues to rank last in the country in the percentage of women in the Legislature.

Filing for state elected office is 68 days away.

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Democratic women hit GOP sand sculpture

MYRTLE BEACH -- The presidential primary is over, and some South Carolina Democrats are ready to go pound sand.

The Democratic Women of Horry County group used pink shovels Monday to start dismantling the Myrtle Beach sand sculpture depicting six Republican presidential hopefuls.

The sculpture was a prominent feature of the Jan. 16 GOP debate, and took over 700,000 pounds of sand to make.

A bulldozer finished the job Monday. The sand is recycled for other big events in the area.

The group got the right to take down the sand sculpture after making a $200 donation to Mothers Against Violence, a group committed to reducing local crime rates.