COLUMBIA — Columbia police say a woman lied about a kidnapping attempt at the University of South Carolina that led to a campus alert.
Authorities say the woman told investigators she was walking about a block from the heart of campus around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man grabbed her arm and demanded she come with him.
The university sent out an alert warning of the incident and later sent an alert saying the report was false.
Police didn’t release details on why the woman might have made up the story.
Authorities charged Rachel Mosser, 18, with filing a false police report – a felony with a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Signs will point out Gullah culture sites
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Signs will soon be going up directing visitors to sites important to the culture of slave descendants along the sea islands of the Southeast.
The chairman of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor Commission, Ron Daise, said Tuesday that 54 highway signs are being distributed to counties in the corridor reaching from near Jacksonville, N.C., to south of Jacksonville, Fla.
The culture, known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida, survived for decades because of the isolation of the area’s sea islands. That culture is now threatened by rapid coastal development.
Daise said the commission is asking that the signs – two are being provided for each county in the corridor – be placed either on U.S. Highway 17, the main road through the corridor, or along Florida Route A1A, which parallels the coast on the corridor’s southern end.
He said he expects they will be put up next month, and the counties can arrange to buy more.
9-year-old on bike is killed by vehicle
WHITMIRE, S.C. — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy riding his bicycle was killed after he was struck by an 18-wheeler in Whitmire on Monday evening.
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton said Bennett Dalton was pulling out of a driveway onto state Highway 72 when he was hit around 6:30 p.m.
Newton said the boy was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Columbia but died less than three hours later.
The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash along with Whitmire Police and Newberry County deputies. No charges have been filed.
Burt Reynolds film comes to Oconee
SENECA, S.C. — Producers are looking for about 200 extras for a movie being filed in Oconee County that includes Burt Reynolds.
Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander said filming will begin next week for the movie Elbow Grease. The 77-year-old Reynolds will be a grandfather in a family in a movie that the production company calls a Southern-themed romantic comedy.
Alexander said some scenes will be filmed on Lake Keowee. Other scenes will be shot in and around Seneca, and in Walhalla and Westminster. Filming is expected to run through most of October. The Foothills Heritage Fair, running Oct. 1-5, is expected to be a backdrop for some filming.
Pool chemicals put guests in hospital
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —
Fourteen people with breathing complaints were treated at a hospital after pool chemicals were accidently mixed at a Myrtle Beach hotel.
Police say the Landmark Resort pool was evacuated Monday evening when the chemicals were mixed in the pool maintenance area.
Authorities said one of those treated at the hospital was a hotel employee, while the others were guests.
In other news
SINCE PEOPLE IN the small town of Yemassee couldn’t get to the post office, the Postal Service brought the post office to them. A mobile post office like those used after disasters is now in the town hall parking lot in Yemassee. The town post office closed in December because of problems with mold in the building.