S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster continues to urge residents to get vaccinated, but in a Monday press conference repeated that parents, not schools, should decide whether students returning to school should wear masks. Meanwhile, candidates who want his job are criticizing him by saying he is “paralyzed by politics.”

Also in S.C. headlines today:

Nine more COVID-related deaths. State health officials on Monday reported 1,852 new confirmed cases and 615 new probable cases of the virus for a total of 2,467. Nine more South Carolinians have died. More: WIS News 10

Rucker, others push for Staley pay hike. A movement is growing to pay basketball coach Dawn Staley more to keep her at University of South Carolina. Meanwhile Staley, who has more basketball gold medals than you can shake a stick at, said she’s stepping down as coach for Team USA. More: The State

Scott among GOP senators accused of stalling nominee. The Washington Post reports faith groups are complaining about GOP senators, including South Carolina’s Tim Scott, for stalling a Biden nominee to the executive branch. More: The Washington Post

SUMMER FUN: A look at three parks. Congaree National Park is one of five national parks that The New York Times says you can visit to beat crowds. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal outlines a smarter way to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Charleston City Paper offers a look at the Dunes House in Folly Beach Park.

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