[image-1]Limehouse, Patrick enter race for SC-1
Charleston Rep. Chip Limehouse says he will run to fill the seat left empty by Tim Scott’s appointment to the U.S. Senate. Beaufort Rep. Andy Patrick told the Hilton Head Island Packet that he will also enter the race.
Soruces: The State, Patch, Live 5 News,
Related: Limehouse floats idea of selling lotto tickets online

Charleston hotel occupancy, rates increase
Charleston hoteliers say they finished 2012 strong with growing occupancy and room rates in December, according to new numbers from the College of Charleston Office of Tourism Analysis.
Sources: Post and Courier

NYT: If you like Cash and Carter, check out Shovels and Rope
The New York Times points their readers to Charleston favorites Shovels and Rope with a compairson to Johnny and June.
Sources: New York Times

Charleston schools consider overall safety
In the wake of the Newtown, C.T. shooting, Charleston County Schools officials are considering how they can better secure local schools whose campuses range from crowded urban environments to sprawling suburban sites.
Sources: Post and Courier

Ports Authority misses first deadline to sell Daniel Island tracts
Though the SPA missed a state-mandated deadline to sell its undeveloped land along the Cooper River on Daniel Island, officials say they fully-intend to have the property sold in the 2013 calendar year. If no sale is made in 2013, the 1,200 acres of land on daniel and Thomas Islands, 539 of which is not being used for port and dredging purposes.
Sources: Daniel Island News

Haley’s husband Michael deploys with S.C. Guard
The state’s first gentleman, Michael Haley, a member of the Army National Guard, is scheduled to be deployed with his unit for a month of training before leaving for a year of work in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
Sources: Florence Morning News/AP

Two indicted in SCSU kickback scandal
A former trustee at South Carolina State University and a friend were indicted on charges of interfering with commerce by threat or violence stemming from a federal kickback scheme. Federal prosecutors called two hearings in Charleston and Columbia on the case Thursday.
Sources: Associated Press, Post and Courier