COLUMBIA — It wasn’t supposed to end like this, not with heads hung and tears streaming.Michel Dukes was supposed to be carried off the field on teammates’ shoulders as a champion one final time, not propped up by trainers with his legs dragging behind him too stiff with cramps to carry the team any further.It’s been a fairy tale for two-time defending SCISA AA champion First Baptist the past couple years. The Hurricanes’ first title fight in AAA was a nightmare.That’s the game, though, gracious and fulfilling at times yet humbling and heartbreaking too.Hammond slammed First Baptist, 40-7, in the SCISA AAA state championship game Saturday at Charles Johnson Stadium.It’s the second straight state championship for the Skyhawks, who’ve now won 10 titles since 2006 and 16 in all.“That’s football. It gives and it takes,” First Baptist head coach Johnny Waters said. “It teaches you a lot about yourself and we’re … [Read more...] about First Baptist fairy tale comes to an end in SCISA Class AAA football state final
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — "It'll be a lot more fun next week for the Iron Bowl," one Crimson Tide fan said outside Bryant Denny Stadium on Saturday."Citadel players won't lay a hand on Tua," sniffed another member of the Tide faithful before No. 1 Alabama's 50-17 victory against the Bulldogs. "Two touchdowns and he's out of there."But by halftime of what was likely college football's biggest mismatch this season, The Citadel Bulldogs had the attention of those Bama fans, and the rest of the football world. And no wonder — amazingly, the scoreboard read Alabama 10, The Citadel 10.Dante Smith's 45-yard TD run, the longest surrendered by Alabama since 2015, and Jacob Godek's 48-yard field goal at the buzzer tied the score at 10-10. It was the first time the defending national champion has not led by at least 16 at halftime this season."The college football world is frozen in awe," 24/7Sports posted on Twitter.Smith, a Porter-Gaud product, added a 44-yard TD run in the … [Read more...] about No. 1 Alabama pulls away from halftime tie to defeat The Citadel
In a record-setting year with plans for more jobs and a future expansion, Cummins Turbo Technologies in North Charleston is keeping a close watch on a potential risk — tariffs that are cutting into the company's bottom line."Trade has been a key driver of growth for Cummins and the turbocharger business over the last decade," said Shon Wright, general manager of Cummins Turbo Technologies, one of five divisions within the Columbus, Indiana-based diesel engine and power company."Ultimately, tariffs will be a threat to that type of growth," Wright said. "For our company to continue to be successful, we must be able to access global consumers with high-quality and competitively priced products."Wright, a North Augusta native and University of South Carolina graduate, visited the North Charleston plant this month to watch the 5 millionth turbocharger to be made at the site make its way down the production line.One of six Cummins turbocharger plants worldwide — and the … [Read more...] about North Charleston Cummins auto-parts plant marks milestone with an eye on tariffs
It’s a conversation that’s been cropping up earlier and earlier each year.There used to be an unspoken consensus: Christmas decorations go up after Thanksgiving.Now, though, how early is too early? Immediately after Halloween?The Medical University of South Carolina and the city of North Charleston think that's fine. MUSC held its tree lighting ceremony in early November and North Charleston has already started putting up decorations to promote its annual Christmas festival. The Festival of Lights on James Island is well under way. It's not a trend unique to Charleston. Artists like John Legend release Christmas albums immediately after Halloween, and Mariah Carey's ubiquitous Christmas music made a return to the charts weeks before anyone even thought about grocery shopping for Thanksgiving.Steven Lewis, who works as an operating partner for a holiday decorating service called Bring the Bright of Charleston, said in his three years of working for the company … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving is approaching. That hasn’t stopped Charleston from decorating for Christmas.
MCCLELLANVILLE — Surrounded by pine trees and empty fields off a dirt road, a historic brick church and its rural surroundings look a lot like it did centuries ago.On Sunday, the scene at the St. James-Santee Episcopal Parish church will mirror its Colonial-era roots even more when worshippers pack the boxed-in cypress pews for a Colonial-style service to celebrate the church’s roots.Also known as the Brick Church at Wambaw, named after a nearby creek, the structure will host a Thanksgiving Harvest service on Sunday to celebrate its 250th anniversary. A traditional Episcopal worship service will honor those who laid the foundation of the parish along with modern-day parishioners who've helped preserve the site.“This is where we celebrate our beginnings,” said Bud Hill, director of the Village Museum whose ancestors attended the church.Built in 1768, when South Carolina was still a British Colony, the brick church's congregation consisted of several French … [Read more...] about Historic McClellanville church will celebrate colonial roots with Harvest service