Monday, June 30, 2014

The Agenda: Latta chief reinstated; Heavy caseload for DSS; More traffic, more accidents on I-26

$5M allocated for Atlantic Beach Bike Fest security

Posted by Sam Spence on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

click to enlarge Crystal Moore - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
  • Crystal Moore

The Latta Town Council acted late Friday to reinstate fired town police chief Crystal Moore as its top cop in an attempt to cap months of controversy that led to the town's voters approving a referendum to change the local form of government to strip the mayor of personnel oversight. [Florence Morning News, AP]

After a handful of shootings this Memorial Day, the state has authorized $5 million to ramp up security at next year's Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. [The State]

SCDOT analysis shows that though the widened section of I-26 inside the Mark Clark can now handle more traffic, the increased flow has come at a cost to safety along the highway. [P&C]

There were bonnets and palmetto flags-a-plenty on Saturday as Sullivans Island celebrated Carolina Day, the anniversary of the Battle of Sullivans Island. [P&C]

Miss Anderson, a 23-year old Clemson student was crowned Miss South Carolina over the weekend. [Anderson Independent-Mail, P&C]

Analysis by The State shows that about 40% of South Carolina child-welfare caseworkers carry a heavier caseload than is recommended by national experts, including one Lexington County worker balancing 48 cases and 108 children at once. [The State, AP]

Going against Chief Justice Jean Toal's terse words for the attorney general from the bench last week over a press release relaying news of Speaker Bobby Harrell's grand jury investigation, former A.G. Charlie Condon says the state's top prosecutor has issued press notices "frequently" as a part of their job in the past. [The State, P&C]

The weather system that floated by Charleston over the weekend could do an about-face and come back toward the Eastern Seaboard as a tropical storm. Who needs fireworks? [P&C, The State]

The P&C's Andrew Knapp sifts through what details have been released from Denzel Curnell's shooting death more than a week ago, pointing to the lack of details released by local police as a contributing factor to local frustration with the unresolved case. [P&C]

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