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Who remembers 1975?

Here are the top SC news stories from that year.
• The story of the unearthing of 8 bodies near the Prospect community

in Florence County and the subsequent arrests of three men, including
the husbands of two of the victims, was voted the top story.
The controversy surrounding the state Department of Social Services,
and its director, Dr. R. Archie Ellis, and Gov. James Edwards efforts to
place a “hard-nosed” administrator at the head of the department was
the second top story.
The swearing of James Edwards was the third biggest story. Edwards
became the first Republican chief executive of South Carolina in this
century when he won the governor’s office in 1974.
The shootings of seven black men by white law enforcement officers
during 1975 was voted the fourth-rated story in the state during the year.
The last such shooting, that of Marvin Muldrow of Florence, touched off a
riot and forced Edwards to alert the National Guard. He has since named
a biracial citizens panel to probe police-community relations in the state.
The fifth biggest story concerned Dr. Clovis Pierce, who was tried by
a federal court jury on charges of violating the civil right of women who
gave birth on Medicaid by allegedly requiring them to undergo steriliza-

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tion. The jury found Pierce guilty and ordered him to pay $5 in damages.
The passage of legislation giving South Carolina counties legal authority to hold referendums and set up local governments instead of continuing under legislative control was the sixth biggest story. The Home Rule
bill was the last official act of the 1975 General Assembly. The law also
allowed for some continued control by legislative delegations but most
counties moved away from this.
The seventh most significant story of the year was the approval by the
state legislature of a state budget of almost $1.1 billion.
The account of how Clemson University was placed on probation by the
NCAA for recruiting violations was the eighth biggest story in the state.
Clemson was cited for 37 violations of NCAA recruiting rules.
The finding of bodies of three girls in the Reedy River near Greenville
was voted the ninth-place news story. Rhonda Adams, 19, was buried
under the name of a girl still alive, exhumed, reburied, exhumed again
and buried again under her name.
The tenth most important story breaking in SC was the controversy
over the proposed Richard B. Russell Dam near Calhoun Falls.

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