Grand Ole Opry Member Mel McDaniel Dies

GAC extends condolences to the loved ones of Grand Ole Opry member Mel McDaniel. Mel, 68, passed away earlier tonight after battling cancer. A native of Checotah, Okla., Mel became an Opry member in 1986. He’s best known for his hits “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” (1981), “Big Ole Brew” (1982), the No. 1 “Louisiana [...] Read More

Taylor Swift Sells 20 Million Albums

Taylor Swift has now sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. She was awarded with a plaque commemorating the milestone during a special event backstage at London’s O2 Arena, just before she performed for a sold-out crowd. The 20 million-plus is the combined total of full album sales around the world of her albums Taylor [...] Read More

Medicaid provider rates soon to be cut

The Legislature will soon allow the state’s Medicaid agency to lower the amount it pays hospitals to treat Medicaid patients. The House voted 67-45 Thursday to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to reduce provider rates for hospitals. Democrats opposed the bill, saying it would hurt rural hospitals already struggling in the red. Rep. Jerry Govan [...] [...] Read More

Harpootlian wants to lead state Democratic Party again

A familiar face in South Carolina politics, Richard (Dick) Harpootlian this afternoon announced his bid for chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He also pledged to only serve a single, two-year term. In a press release, Harpootlian said: I’m outraged that Republicans like Nikki Haley and Ken Ard continue to get away with not [...] [...] Read More

Haley: Benefactors should not serve on university boards (AUDIO)

It’s been about three weeks since Governor Nikki Haley replaced Lake City financier Darla Moore on the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. The move was met with protests by USC students and alumni upset that the school’s largest benefactor was bounced from the board. In a interview Wednesday with Columbia affiliate WVOC, Haley says she handled [...] [...] Read More