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Dillon pinning its future on education

DILLON â€" The first day at J.V. Martin Junior High School already was proving complicated enough for new Principal Amanda Burnette in August of 2007. The school scrambled to build 14 mobile classrooms after the town condemned a wing of the school that was built in 1917. And then Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's campaign wanted to drop by.

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Lincoln High student speaks out

MCCLELLANVILLE â€" Lincoln High School sophomore Miguel Brown didn't want to forget anything, so he wrote down a page of reasons why his small, rural school shouldn't be closed. He's heard about the worsening economy and what it's meant to the Charleston County School District's budget. School leaders will have to ax $14 million from this year's budget, and they anticipate slashing next year's budget by $20 million.

Burger, Hicks to offer regular local columns

A new local column featuring two of The Post and Courier's most popular writers will begin appearing regularly on this page Jan. 6. Ken Burger, whose award-winning sports columns have run in the paper for more than 20 years, will write a new column that will focus on life in the Lowcountry. Burger's column will run on this page on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Firefighters still seeing counselors

Eighteen months after the deadly Sofa Super Store fire, a team of counselors still is working to help Charleston firefighters and their families cope with the blaze that killed nine men and shook a proud department to its core. About 140 Charleston firemen and their relatives have turned to the Charleston Firefighter Support Team for counseling help, and hundreds more have had some form of contact with the group since the June 18, 2007, blaze.

S.C. voters want to play it safe

When South Carolina voters were asked to allow the state and municipal governments to invest in stocks to help fund retiree health care benefits, the voters said no. Considering that the two ballot measures were decided in November while the U.S. stock market was deep in a tailspin â€" having lost about a third of its value since the start of the year â€" the outcome was not a surprise.

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