North Charleston approves casino boats

North Charleston City Council voted in favor of casino boats sailing out of the city’s harbor. In a 7-4 vote, council approved the gambling boats to sail out of the Old Naval Base to open waters. Mayor Keith Summey says it’s a gamble, but he thinks the city can profit from the boats and they [...] [...] Read More

Rascal Flatts Joins Elite Walk of Fame Class

Rascal Flatts and four members of the Country Music Hall of Fame will all receive additional recognition next month when they’re embedded in the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Little Jimmy Dickens, Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis and the late Eddy Arnold — all of whom have bronze plaques nearby in the Hall of Fame — will have their names etched in the pavement alongside Rascal Flatts Nov. 7. So will the late Bobby Hebb, a Nashville-based artist who earned a 1960s hit with “Sunny.” Read More

Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Party on Top 20

Two artists with plenty to celebrate are on tap for this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift may not be bathed in confetti, but they’ll be on hand for some good times and a visit with host Nan Kelley. Taylor just released her third album, Speak Now, this past Monday, and early indications were that it will have the best first-week sales of any project this year. As if the album itself wasn’t enough of an event, she packed in a bundle of TV appearances, performed in an airport terminal, played for fans on a cross-country flight and got to see a wax likeness of herself unveiled at Madame Tussauds. Read More

New grant tries to keep teens in the community, out of gangs

Several state agencies are teaming up to create a new pilot program they hope will drastically lower youth crime in South Carolina. The Community Safety Initiative is a joint project of the state Commerce Department, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the State Law Enforcement Division. The pilot project will start in the towns of Laurens [...] [...] Read More

Results show uptick in high school exit exam scores (AUDIO)

Almost 80 percent of the state’s high school students passed the high school exit exam on their first attempt this year, according to results released Thursday by the South Carolina Department of Education. During their initial attempt last spring, 78.6 percent of 51,785 state high school students passed both sections of the exit exam by [...] [...] Read More