State House

State Rep. Kenny Bingham not seeking re-election

Local voters in Lexington County will elect at least one new face to the state Legislature this year. Rep. Kenny Bingham (R-Cayce) announced Tuesday he will not seek another term in November. His district, District 89, covers portions of Cayce and West Columbia in Lexington County. “It was a very complicated and difficult decision,” Bingham said. “At the end of…

Gov. Haley reflects on 2015 at Carolighting: ‘We got through this entire year never losing our faith’

The 49th annual Governor’s Carolighting included the usual festivities, but the tone was more somber than usual, given the events of the past year in South Carolina. The State House tree was lit during Monday’s ceremony. (photo by Allen Wallace) The Emanuel AME Church Choir performed, and Gov. Nikki Haley spoke about the tragedy at that Charleston church as well as…

State House Christmas tree arrives with flood relief donation

It’s that time of year, ready or not: South Carolina’s official Christmas tree arrived at the State House Monday morning. This year, however, even the tree’s arrival marked another bit of outreach to those devastated by last month’s floods. SCE&G volunteers beginning work on the lights (photo by Allen Wallace) Marshall and Cindy Stacy, owners of Pinetum Christmas Tree Farm in Maryland,…

Bill restricting mobile animal care heads to full committee

A bill that has been a year in the making has advanced to the full South Carolina Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources after 250 meetings around the state and some changes and more discussion Thursday. Senate Bill 687 would create restrictions to mobile and nonprofit veterinary care for animals. Originally, the bill had a mileage restriction on mobile vet clinics…

Planned Parenthood supporters join in Pink Out Day

People in the Columbia area joined others nationwide as they wore pink Tuesday to show their support for Planned Parenthood. The organization’s Columbia clinic was cited earlier this month for 21 violations of state Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations. Planned parenthood supporters gather Tuesday outside the S.C. State House. (photo by Allen Wallace) Planned Parenthood officials submitted a plan…