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Outgoing QB Connor Shaw Wins Wide Praise After Bowl Victory

Plus, South Carolina Has a Sword of State, and It's Been Missing for 72 Years
By Eva Moore
Thursday, January 2, 2014 |
The Gamecocks beat the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. It was the last game for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who's headed for the NFL draft. Also leaving: quarterback Connor Shaw, who's finished out his time at the school; he was named MVP for the game. Columnist Ron Morris called Shaw "the best quarterback in program history."

Official numbers aren't in yet, but one of the organizers of the Famously Hot New Year's Eve celebration told The State he thinks the event drew a few thousand people more than last year's 25,000 attendees. City cops arrested five people for "disorderly conduct, drunkenness and public urination in and around the party," a number they said was small for such a large event.

South Carolina has an official Sword of State. However, it's been missing for more than 70 years, reports the AP.

Tuomey Hospital in Sumter could be forced to close, say its attorneys, if it's forced to pay the $237 million federal prosecutors are seeking after the hospital was found guilty of defrauding Medicare earlier this year. Here's an overview of the case.

These are not the bones you're looking for: For the second time, search crews looking for two recently-missing women in Horry County have stumbled upon human remains. The latest remains appear to belong to a 20-year-old male and have been there for some time.

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