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David Broder: NAPOLITANO FLAVORS THE ADMINISTRATION
January 5, 2010 – 7:18 am
David Broder: NAPOLITANO FLAVORS THE ADMINISTRATION

Most Americans got their first prolonged look at Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, last weekend. After a passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam ignited a concealed fuse as the plane approached Detroit for a landing, apparently intending to blow it up and kill all aboard, it fell to Napolitano to take charge of the federal response.

Tigers get bitter dose of reality in ACC opener
January 4, 2010 – 11:15 pm
Tigers get bitter dose of reality in ACC opener

If last season’s 74-47 thumping of Duke at Littlejohn Coliseum signified Clemson’s arrival as a player in the upper echelon of the ACC, Sunday night’s 74-53 avenging of that blowout by the Blue Devils was proof positive of just how rarefied that air actually is.

Panthers face offseason of uncertainty
January 4, 2010 – 11:10 pm
Panthers face offseason of uncertainty

Julius Peppers was noncommittal about the future, Jake Delhomme declared he wants to redeem himself and John Fox was silent.

Former Walhalla star Winchester signs with SWU
January 4, 2010 – 11:10 pm
Former Walhalla star Winchester signs with SWU

It was not particularly long ago that Skyline 2A all-region softball player Tish Winchester decided to head to the University of South Carolina and not play college softball following her career at Walhalla High School.

Clemson lands 2011 quarterback commitment
January 4, 2010 – 11:05 pm
Clemson lands 2011 quarterback commitment

Chester High football coach Maurice Flowers believes junior quarterback Tony McNeal (6-1, 175) is one of the best pure passers around, and he feels McNeal will flourish in the Clemson offense. McNeal committed to the Tigers on Monday during an unofficial visit.

Clemson women fall at Charlotte
January 4, 2010 – 11:05 pm
Clemson women fall at Charlotte

The Clemson women’s basketball team put up a strong effort, but struggled from the floor en route to a 64-57 loss at the hands of the Charlotte 49ers on Monday afternoon.

Progress is being made for healthier Oconee schools, report finds
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Progress is being made for healthier Oconee schools, report finds

Healthy Ventures officials say wellness activities conducted by Oconee County middle and high schools during the 2008-09 fiscal year affected more than 5,400 students and more than 700 staff members.

What goes up must come down
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
What goes up must come down

Walhalla Christmas decorations are taken down on Monday morning despite the wintry temperatures.

No injuries after truck fire
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
No injuries after truck fire

Stations 11, 16, 17 and 21 responded to a vehicle fire on Monday afternoon in Seneca. A contractor was in a bucket truck trimming tree branches on Shoreline Drive when the truck began to smoke. When firefighters arrived, they found the truck fully involved. The blaze was quickly extinguished before it spread to homes. No injuries were reported.

Escapee captured in Pickens County on New Year’s Eve
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Escapee captured in Pickens County on New Year’s Eve

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and Easley Police Department teamed with deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service late last week to arrest a man who escaped from a work detail the previous day.

Hannah’s number one: Oconee’s New Year baby arrived at 2:42 a.m.
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Hannah’s  number one: Oconee’s New Year baby arrived at 2:42 a.m.

The new year was only two hours and 42 minutes old when Hannah Winchester arrived.

Ariail won’t seek 4th term
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Ariail won’t  seek 4th term

13th Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail, who successfully obtained a death penalty verdict last spring against Jerry Buck Inman in the Tiffany Souers murder case, announced Monday he will not seek re-election to a fourth term.

Finding new county administrator is Oconee’s top priority
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Finding new county administrator is Oconee’s top priority

Oconee County officials are promising taxpayers that they’ll take all the necessary precautions this time around to keep the county from getting burned by any sweet contract that rewards departing administrators.

Doctor accused of arson has troubled past
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Doctor accused of arson has troubled past

A Seneca doctor has been arrested and charged with setting fire to his offices on New Year’s Day.

Jimmie Johnson and wife expecting 1st child
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Jimmie Johnson and wife expecting 1st child

Four-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife are expecting their first child.

Rockies, Olivo agree to $2.5 million, 1-year deal
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Rockies, Olivo agree to $2.5 million, 1-year deal

The Colorado Rockies and catcher Miguel Olivo agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract Monday that includes a club option for 2011.

Lemieux watches lengthy Pens practice on day off
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Lemieux watches lengthy Pens practice on day off

Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux watched most of the team’s lengthy 90-minute practice, which made it a different day than usual for the Stanley Cup champions.

Woods’ Australian visit brought millions to locals
January 4, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Woods’ Australian visit brought millions to locals

Tiger Woods’ $3 million appearance fee for playing in the Australian Masters in November has paid dividends for the Victorian state economy.