Gamecocks, Tigers head to bowl games
It’ll be Tigers vs. Tigers as Clemson and LSU match-up in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-a Bowl on New Year’s Eve and the Gamecocks take on Michigan in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
Sources: New York Times
Related: After top 15 season, Clemson to take on SEC’s LSU in bowl
S.C. to take on Big Blue in Outback Bowl

State trying to figure out how to pay $20M bill after hacking debacle
With the total cost of the state’s hacking scandal reaching $20 million, Gov. Nikki Haley’s office says she’s huddling with state lawmakers to find a way to dig up the money from state coffers.
Sources: The State/AP

College of Charleston to join Colonial Athletic Association
On Friday, a unanimous vote by the school’s board of trustees set in motion steps that will see the College of Charleston move from the Southern Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association.
Sources: Post and Courier

Hanahan brig one of the places Gitmo detainees could be transferred
As U.S. officials look for options following the closing of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, one option is to send detainees to the Navy Consolidated Brig in Hanahan. Lindsey Graham is not too pleased with that possibility.
Sources: Charleston City Paper
Related: Graham rejects possibility of “crazy bastards” being transferred to U.S. mainland

Lindsey Graham will see primary competition in 2014
Sen. Lindsey Graham has his first challenger for 2014; after much consternation from GOP purists, there was speculation that Graham would face GOP competition in the upcoming election. Well, Sullivan’s Island Libertarian Keith Blandford, who recently unsuccessfully ran against Tim Scott as a Libertarian, has said he will challenge the senior senator from both the Libertarian and GOP tickets, running as a ‘fusion’ candidate.
Sources: Charleston City Paper
Related: On Sunday shows, Graham says “We’re going over the cliff”

Scott gets Ways and Means assignment for coming session
Newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Tim Scott has a place on the House’s powerful Ways and Means Committee for the upcoming session.
Sources: Post and Courier

Christmas tree farmers differ in N.C., S.C.
North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest producer of Christmas trees behind Oregon, with about 1,600 growers cutting 5 million trees a year. South Carolina’s farms, which sit at lower elevations, harvest only about 30,000 trees from 45 mostly-independent growers.
Sources: Associated Press

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