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first_imgFort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel.The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State.“This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard,” said Goldsmith, a retired major general.The battalion — consisting of about 500 additional soldiers during each 10-week basic training cycle —will increase the number of soldiers trained annually at the nation’s largest military training installation from 44,000 to 46,000, boosting the installation’s economic impact. The families of the new soldiers will join 5,000 or so other family members who attend graduation ceremonies and other activities at the post.When the battalion is activated, “it will increase the economic impact of Fort Jackson immediately,” Goldsmith said.The Army has allocated $97 million to build a new “Star Base” barracks, headquarters and training facility to house the new battalion, according to the story. Until the structure is completed in 2021, the battalion will be housed in temporary facilities already available. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (3-1) earned its third straight victory of the season, defeating Melrose by a score of 9-1 on Friday, April 20 at Town Park.Pitcher Ally Moran went the distance, allowing only 2 hits while recording 6 strikeouts.For the second game in a row, Wilmington had a shaky first inning, allowing one run on two errors and few passed balls.  The Wildcats tied it in their bottom half of the inning when Kayla Bourrell scored after reaching base on an error.The Wildcats scored two more in the second inning plating Ryan Bailey (single) and Emily Wright (reaching on a dropped third strike) and a RBI single by Kayla Bourrell.Wilmington blew the game open in the third inning as a result of solid and timely hitting.  DH Emily Wright had a two-run RBI.Adele Burton had a good game on both sides of the field.  Offensively, she went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Defensively, she had 4 strong put outs.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Wrap Up Regular Season With 10-0 WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The University System of Maryland says three universities in the state are rescinding honorary degrees awarded to comedian and actor Bill Cosby.The Baltimore Sun reports the System’s Board of Regents announced the revocations Friday. The board says it received requests to revoke the degrees after Cosby was convicted in April of multiple counts of sexual assault. The requests were submitted by the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after a hearing in his sexual assault case in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)System Chancellor Robert Caret says the revocations send a message that “sexual misconduct will not be tolerated, much less honored.”Cosby faces sentencing Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more