Across South Carolina

Ethics penalties grow for Campbell's son


COLUMBIA --- The son of South Carolina political giant, ethics reformer and late Gov. Carroll Campbell owes the State Ethics Commission nearly $380,000 for failing to file campaign finance reports from his failed 2006 bid for lieutenant governor.

Mike Campbell said Wednesday he has been trying to take care of the late filings and is working with a Columbia lawyer to sort them out.

"I'm trying to get this thing cleared up," Campbell said. "The last thing I want is for anybody to believe is there's any kind of wrongdoing."

In September, the commission issued an order reprimanding Campbell and fining him $16,000 on top of a late filing penalty of $151,000. Through April 26 the Ethics Commission shows the tab had grown to $328,600.

Campbell's fines, tied to six reports he didn't file, increase by $700 a day. That has added more than $54,000 in penalties to Campbell's tally.

Jobs council devising plans, chairman says

GREENVILLE, S.C. --- The chairman of President Obama's jobs and competitiveness council said Wednesday there is no magic potion to jobs creation, but the panel is devising pragmatic plans to put people back to work.

General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt spoke Wednesday with employees and reporters during a visit to his company's gas turbine plant in Greenville, S.C., which employs 3,300 people including 1,700 engineers.

Immelt said his four months on the Obama advisory panel has taught him that even his company can be held accountable for where it creates jobs. He said the panel is working on devising a hundred different business plans for every sector of the economy, with practical steps to help create jobs.

"It's very unlikely the jobs council's going to find something that will be a magic potion to create jobs," he said. For example, he said, America suffers from a shortage of engineers.

He said the panel has asked all Fortune 500 companies to double their hiring of engineers over the coming year.

Parents arrested after 16-year-old is beaten

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- The parents of a 16-year-old boy in Spartanburg County have been arrested after the teen told police he was tied up and beaten with a belt after he took his parents' sports utility vehicle without permission.

Sheriff's deputies say the parents found the teen at a friend's house Sunday. The boy told police after they got home, his parents tied his hands behind his back and his father held him down as his mother hit him with the belt.

The teen's mother, 33-year-old Jenny Burris, says the boy suffered a brain injury that affects his judgment and impulse control. Burris and the boy's father, 42-year-old Tommy Burris are charged with cruelty to children.