The FBI has joined the monthslong criminal investigation into a Williamsburg County politician who gave herself a $30,000 raise late last year from a pot of federal money she controls. Meanwhile, Clerk of Court Sharon Staggers has hired high-powered defense attorneys Jim May and Matthew Richardson to defend her. Read more
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Lingering questions haunt South Carolina's newest governor's school, the sprawling John de la Howe School for Agriculture near Lake Thurmond.
Top John de la Howe officials, including the school’s president, used private email accounts as they planned to retaliate against a whistleblower and hid other key decisions during the state agriculture school's infancy, a new Uncovered investigation found.
New lawsuit by ex-Governor's School employee claims school officials retaliated after he spoke out about corruption.
A single sheet of paper contains four typed statements — each signed by a different employee — detailing concerns about how Frank Dorn managed workers and handled animals at the state's fledgling governor's school.
Some South Carolina lawmakers said they were shocked about revelations in Uncovered report that exposed questionable spending and bidding practices as the S.C. Governor's School for Agriculture at John de la Howe.
Leaders of the S.C. Governor's School of Agriculture at John de la Howe met behind closed doors for nearly three hours April 27 in the wake of a Post and Courier Uncovered report about questionable spending and bidding practices. When they emerged, they said they'd done everything above board even as they said they weren't aware of an official's business ties to a contractor that won work at the school.
The State Law Enforcement Division has launched an investigation into the finances of the City of Chester, following an initial inquiry and the suspension of the three police officers, the News & Reporter revealed on Feb. 23.
Board members of the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority will publicly disclose discounts and rebates for appliances they received, a move made after The Post and Courier’s Uncovered project showed they failed disclose these benefits as required under South Carolina ethics laws.
About this project
Corruption has flourished in South Carolina as newspapers close and shrink, creating news deserts and ghost papers across the Palmetto State. It’s part of a national trend that has deprived hundreds of communities of a vital watchdog of taxpayer dollars and democracy.
The Post and Courier’s latest project, “Uncovered,” aims to fill some of that void, particularly in small towns where officials receive less scrutiny.
We will partner with small, community newspapers or news organizations to investigate potential abuses of power, misuse of taxpayer dollars and reports of misconduct. We have a team of six reporters dedicated to working with community journalists on this task.
We will publish those stories in tandem with our community partners so that information can reach the widest possible audience. All of these stories will be available to our readers and theirs without a subscription.
Our aim is to shine the brightest light possible on conduct that is holding our state back, benefitting the few at the expense of the many. News organizations interested in teaming up with us on this journey should contact Watchdog and Public Service Editor Glenn Smith at email@example.com.
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Shane Stuart's tenure as Chester County's top elected official was fraught with allegations of improper spending and misuse of his powerful position even before the county supervisor was indicted last month on charges of manufacturing and trafficking meth.
Newspaper editors and First Amendment lawyers say they have seen a surge of exorbitant FOIA costs, especially from local police agencies, school boards and city and county councils.
Charleston County suspended Master-in-Equity Mikell Scarborough's spending card and launched an internal review after inquiries from The Post and Courier.
A Columbia councilwoman netted tens of thousands in public money for legal work on bond contracts from the school board her husband chairs.
Magistrate Angel Underwood was reappointed to the bench, despite a suspension. Complaints say her ethical conflicts have only continued.
In the magistrate courts of South Carolina, citizens often must fend for themselves before judges lacking formal training in the law and whose errors can result in punishing consequences for defendants.
Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland used county tax dollars for a $1,500 Myrtle Beach hotel charge this summer for what he said was a separate room for his children during a sheriffs conference.
The former CFO of the Berkley County School District, was sentenced to 11 years in state prison Friday after pleading guilty to 37 counts relating to embezzlement that has been described as possibly the largest public embezzlement scheme in South Carolina.
Ethics complaints against the state’s circuit judges are buried in an opaque system that shields the accused.
South Carolina sheriffs dipped into public money to pay for luxury accommodations and broke laws they swore to uphold, a Post and Courier investigation found.
A South Carolina prosecutor’s office racked up thousands of dollars in charges on these items and other perks — on the taxpayers' dime, newly released records show.
An investigation into corruption at the Statehouse has taken aim at South Carolina’s command-and-control center – a network of power brokers and lawmakers who, if the allegations are true, milked the system of hundreds of thousands of dollars by skirting the state’s loose ethic laws.