by Sam Spence
Folly Beach County Park could close forever
Conservationists are wrestling with county parks officials over plans to rehabilitate Folly Beach County Park on the southern end of Folly Beach, which sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Irene.
Sources: Post and Courier, S.C. Radio Network
State lets state Dept. of Revenue borrow $20 million for hacking costs
The state Budget and Control Board approved $20 million Wednesday for the state Department of Revenue, which has been working to clean up after a hacker breached state computers and stole millions of taxpayer records.
Sources: Post and Courier, The State, Associated Press
Haley says experience not needed to fill DeMint seat
Discussing the impending appointment of a replacement for outgoing U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that she was looking more for an ideological match than a tried-and-true politician to replace the junior senator. Of the candidates on the governor's reported 'short list, two would be newcomers to elected office and two are finishing up their first congressional terms this year. former state attorney general Henry McMaster is the only candidate with veteran political experience, though Jenny Sanford was known as her husband's advisor during his political career.
Sources: The State
Related: Democrats eye hobbled Haley in '14 (Politico)
Is Jenny the only Sanford with a political future? (Wash. Post)
Charleston County may hear I-526 proposals at meeting tonight
Though county council is set to consider a proposal to turn over the I-526 completion project to the city at tonight's meeting, council Chair Teddie Pryor says it's clear a majority of the council doesn't favor that idea, so a vote may not even be taken. Instead council may vote on the project overall, the first such vote taken since state transportation commissioners rejected passing the project back to the state level in September.
Sources: Post and Courier, Live 5 News
Related: City won't get 526, but county could build it (P&C)
Charleston County schools win Race to the Top District funds
Charleston County School District was the only school in the state, one of just 16 winners of 372 applicants nationwide, to win $19.4 million over the next four years in the federal Department of Education's first ever Race to the Top District competitive grant program. Previously, Race to the Top funds were awarded on a state-by-state basis, but S.C. had lost out on the grants because state officials refused to participate in the process.
Sources: Post and Courier
Related: State Supreme Court gives OK for non-county residents to apply in Charleston magnet schools