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FOI reform bill ceremonial signing

SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers gives remarks at the ceremonial bill signing for the FOIA reform bill that passed this year. (Sam Holland, Statehouse Photographer)

FOI reform bill ceremonial signing

Governor Henry McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for the FOIA reform bill that passed this year. (Sam Holland, Statehouse Photographer)

FOI reform bill ceremonial signing

Governor Henry McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for the FOIA reform bill that passed this year. (Sam Holland, Statehouse Photographer)

FOI reform bill ceremonial signing

Rep. Weston Newton, Gov. Henry McMaster and Rep. Bill Taylor at the ceremonial bill signing for the FOIA reform bill that passed this year. (Photo provided by Gov. Henry McMaster)

 

FOI reform bill ceremonial signing

Governor Henry McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing for the FOIA reform bill that passed this year. (Photo provided by Gov. Henry McMaster)

USC Women’s Basketball National Championship Celebration

Anna Catherine (AC) Parham, Senior at South Carolina celebrates in Thomas Cooper pool on Sunday night, April 2, 2017 on USC’s Campus after defeating Mississippi St. to become National Champions for the first time in school history. John A. Carlos II/Special to The Post and Courier

USC Women’s Basketball National Championship Celebration

Students Kelsey Lantz, Jordan Grimmesey, Emma Millar and Emily Hellmann at South Carolina celebrate in Thomas Cooper pool on Sunday night, April 2, 2017 on USC’s Campus after defeating Mississippi St. to become National Champions for the first time in school history. John A. Carlos II/Special to The Post and Courier

Zion Williamson / Courtesy SCPA News Exchange Gwinn Davis

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
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Zion Williamson / Courtesy SCPA News Exchange Gwinn Davis

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
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Zion Williamson / Courtesy SCPA News Exchange Gwinn Davis

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

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Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Please remember to include the writer’s name and the name of the newspaper.

Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

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Zion Williamson

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

Spartanburg Day’s, Zion Williamson, continues to set, South Carolina High School basketball records.
GWINN DAVIS / SCPA News Exchange

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Zion Williamson / Photos Included, Courtesy, SCPA

Spartanburg Day’s Williamson Building Legacy

By Jacob Wilson

Record setting junior Zion Williamson and the Spartanburg Day School Griffins are in the hunt for a second consecutive South Carolina Independent School Association State Championship. 
Williamson, who needed just 34 points to grab the South Carolina High School single season scoring record, scored 38 points against Northside Christian Academy (Lexington, SC) at Sumter Civic Center in the South Carolina Independent School Association State Tournament last Saturday to set a new state high school record for scoring. 
The Griffins square off against Pee Dee in the second round of the Class 2A SCISA Tournament at Sumter Civic Center. With a victory, Spartanburg Day advances to a third round matchup on Thursday.
If the Griffins can collect a victory on Thursday, they will compete for the SCISA championship on Saturday at the Sumter Civic Center. Williamson led Spartanburg-Day to an 80-57 victory over Bethesda-Academy in last year’s title game. 
Williamson is looking to add another trophy to his long list of accomplishments. The junior chalked a record breaking 27th 30-point game of the season with his 37 point effort against Oakbrook Prep on Valentine’s Day. 
Denmark-Olar’s Larry Davis, who also held the single-season scoring record, chalked up 26 30-point games in 1991. 
“Zion is a basketball player that plays the game the right way,” said Spartanburg Day coach Lee Sartor. “Even though he can do some amazing things with the basketball, he shares the ball with his teammates.
He has a chance to do what a lot of us dream we could do. He understands that. He is a tremendous basketball player, but he is an even better person.”
“I have a strong love and passion for the game,” Williamson said. “I am just happy to be able to play basketball. 
I thank God for the athleticism that he gave me. I just love the game of basketball and love to make the crowd smile.”
The 6’7’’, 220 pound junior, who is currently ranked No. 2 overall in his class by ESPN, has chalked up ove gained national attention for his highlight reel dunks.  
NBA All-Stars like Jermaine O’Neal (Eau Claire), Ray Allen (Hillcrest), Kevin Garnett (Mauldin) , Alex English (Dreher), and Pete Maravich (D.W. Daniel) all played high school ball in South Carolina. 
However, those great players did not grow up in the era of social media or YouTube. 
“Social media has changed the whole feel of play,” said Williamson’s step-father Lee Anderson. “We purposely kept him out of major events.
He was in training and we knew that this day would eventually come. We saw kids that were ranked really high in the country his age. I told him that ‘You are better than these kids. When you get into ninth grade, we will show the world that you’re better than those kids.’”
Anderson said that Williamson showed out in a tournament in Atlanta the summer before his ninth grade year. 
“From that moment, his name has been in the spotlight,” Anderson said. “When we were growing up, we didn’t have social media. 
A reporter posted that he was the best ninth grader in the country. Social media has played a big role in getting his name out there.”
One of WIlliamson’s highlight clips has eclipsed the 1 million view mark. 
His Instagram account has exploded. In August of 2016, the junior had 3,500 followers. As of February 10, Williamson has over 235,000 followers. 
One of his followers Drake, Williamson’s favorite rapper, even sported a Spartanburg Day School number 12 jersey on instagram on January 15. Williamson has also received phone calls from several NBA players including James Harden and Dwight Howard. 
The junior also earned No. 1 in ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays for his dunk on Friday, December 10 against Ben Lippen.
The junior’s meteoric rise to fame has been well documented. Williamson started working for this fame when he was five years old. 
“He came to me when he was five years old and told me that he wanted to play college basketball,” said Anderson, who played basketball at Clemson University. “I said son ‘I played at the Division 1 level and it is tough. If that is what you want to do, I will teach you how to play the game. But only if that is what you want to do.’ He said ‘Yes sir.’ “
“We would wake up at 5 am in the morning and go to the park,” Anderson said. “There were a couple of mornings where I’d get lazy and wouldn’t want to get up. 
He would be in my room at 5 am and say ‘Dad, I thought we were supposed to go to the gym.’ And I thought woah, this kid is serious. I realized at that time that he was serious so I needed to be serious.” 
Williamson spent his summers in the gym playing the game he loved.
“In the summer, he would be in the gym from 9 am to 5 pm,” said Anderson. “Every single day.” 
“Zion is a well-rounded player,” Sartor said. “He has worked hard on his strengths and weaknesses.”
With a rare combination of size and ball handling ability, Williamson has drawn interest from the national media, scouts, and the most prominent college coaches in the country. 
Two basketball hall of fame coaches Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski have made the trek from Chapel Hill and Durham, respectively, to see Williamson play live.
In a game against Shannon Forest on February 10, Williamson grabbed a steal, dribbled down the court, and nailed a reverse 360 dunk. 
“He has the size of a post player and the agility of a guard,” said Sartor. “That is just unusual. 
People are surprised that he is so big, strong, and quick and fast.”

Flounder size limit bill may affect S.C. fishermen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kyle Vuille and Lindsey Hodges
Carolina Reporter

South Carolina coastal fishermen will be required to catch bigger flounder in smaller quantities under a proposed bill that is now moving to the S.C. House.

The legislation, passed Thursday by the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, concerns size limit and bag size on the saltwater fish that plies inlets and shallows of the South Carolina coast.

Backers of the measure want to make sure female flounder reach sexual maturity in order to reproduce so overfishing is not in an issue in the short or long term.

“The females, we are trying to protect with the size limit,” said Rep. Bill Hixon, R-Aiken the bill’s sponsor.

Female flounder reach sexual maturity at 14 inches in length, and the legislature wants to give these females another year to reproduce before the fish are caught and consumed.

The current size limit is 14 inches, but this bill proposes it to be 15 inches. According to a S.C. Department of Natural Resources study, increasing the size limit would result in a 29 percent reduction in catch and will boost the stock in the Atlantic.

Currently, the bag size per person is 15, but the proposal calls for reducing that to 10 fish per person. The same DNR study reports changing the bag size only has an impact of 0.01 percent.

The bag limit per boat is also proposed to change from 30 to 20 flounder.

A survey from SCDNR of the last 20 years show a decline in the southern flounder population. This correlates with the increase in tourism involving recreational fishing along the coast over the same years.

Brad Floyd, a South Carolina DNR biologist, says the agency conducts independent and dependent studies every several years relating to fishing flounder, but a lot is still unclear about population and where reproduction off shore happens exactly.

South Carolina is home to three different breeds of flounder: Southern Flounder, Summer Flounder, and Gulf Flounder. Typically, in South Carolina, southern flounder is found and caught in greater abundance than the other two. Most anglers don’t catch flounder for the sport, but for their meat as the white, firm filets cook well in a frying pan or shallow baking dish accompanied by crab meat stuffing in the middle.

Anglers use traditional hooks and lines or employ gigs or other multi-pronged spears to hunt the fish.

Rep. Roger Kirby, R-Florence, speaks about the economic impact of the proposed flounder bill. The bill is not going to cost the state anything, but will restore the fish’s stock by giving the female flounders another year to reproduce.

Floyd did say, “Gigging is more successful, but most people are unsuccessful in both methods.”

Recreational fishing is more widespread than commercial and reaching the size limit is close to impossible.

“About a dozen people gig flounder commercially in the state,” said Floyd.

Charleston in-shore fishing guide, Zachary Litchfield, who agrees with the proposed size limit. He said in Charleston gigging for flounder is more abundant and done mostly at night because the fish comes into the shallows and the use of the high-powered lights is necessary to see through the murky waters.

“I was probably out on the water 200 days last year and only caught about two flounder,” said Litchfield.

Rep. Lee Hewitt, R-Georgetown, another sponsor, said he lives about 15 minutes from the water and goes out fishing about once a week. He says the average gigger catches about five flounder a day while a hook and line catches only about one or two on average.

Hewitt ended the meeting by extending an invitation to committee members to go fishing and have a fish fry.

The proposed bill passed in the committee 16-0 with 1 not voting.

 

 

 

 

 

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