City will enforce placement of signs
The city of Aiken wants political candidates and their supporters to know that political yard signs should be in yards or inside the sidewalk line and not in the public right of way.
Jack Rankin, a zoning official for Aiken, said that no sign can be placed in the right of way of a public street.
He said a good rule of thumb for determining the proper placement of signs is to put them on the house side of a sidewalk, drainage ditch or utility pole. Political signs in the public right of way, Mr. Rankin said, will be removed by the city.
In addition, signs are not permitted on utility poles.
All political signs must be removed within 15 days after the election or they might be removed by the city at the candidate's expense, Mr. Rankin said.
These rules also apply to areas outside the city limits that receive city services. Also, candidates or their supporters must obtain the permission of property owners before placing signs on private property. For additional information, call 642-7608.
Inmates hide inside prison
DECATUR - Two DeKalb County Jail inmates stole guard uniforms and were presumed to have fled, but authorities said they never left the building.
Danny Deloney and Alonzo Morefield were found Monday morning in the jail's visitation room, said Cherlea Dorsey, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb sheriff's department.
The two apparently used a knife fashioned out of a razor blade to overpower two guards between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Ms. Dorsey said. They took the guards' uniforms and left them handcuffed. Neither guard was seriously hurt.
Jail officials thought Mr. Deloney, 27, and Mr. Morefield, 31, might have escaped, but Ms. Dorsey said they never left the jail.
Jailers suspended after escape
AMERICUS - Two jailers and a supervisor at the Sumter County jail were suspended with pay after the weekend escape of three inmates. Two of the escapees remained at large Monday.
The three jail employees were suspended after an investigation showed they might not have followed proper procedures, Sheriff Randy Howard said.
The inmates escaped Sunday morning by slipping through a recreation yard fence that was being repaired. One of the three, Alay O'Dell, 24, was captured at about 7 p.m. Sunday in nearby Webster County.
Still at large were Recardo Holmes, 34, whose charges include murder and rape, and Edgar Butts, 38, who is charged with felony shoplifting.
Groups dispute lake development
COLUMBIA - Neighborhood groups along Lake Murray want more development restrictions for about 1,000 acres of land South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. owns along the lake's western shore.
The land is what will be left after the utility turns 8,400 acres along the lake over to the state in exchange for tax breaks totaling an estimated $60 million during eight years.
Most of the land is along the western half of the 50,000-acre lake, in Newberry and Saluda counties. Officials in those counties want more homes and businesses. Neighborhood groups worry about unbridled sprawl.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will have to approve any changes to SCE&G's management of the lake.
New park will mark battle site
CLINTON - South Carolina will have a new state park marking another turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Ground was broken Monday for the 358-acre Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, about seven miles north of Clinton.
In 1780, Americans defeated the British during the Battle of Musgrove Mill at a time when American prospects for winning the war were dim.
The park, which is along the Enoree River, is scheduled to open in fall 2001. It will provide educational and interpretive programs about the Revolution and about the battle's significance, state park officials said.
Adviser selection expected today
COLUMBIA - A panel dealing with the state's share of tobacco settlement lawsuit money is expected to pick a financial adviser today.
The Tobacco Settlement Revenue Management Authority will hear a recommendation for the adviser from its executive staff.
The three finalists are Arimax, Public Resources Advisory Group and Public Financial Management. Details were not immediately available Monday about those companies' backgrounds or locations.
The selection of an adviser is another step in the state's process of getting tobacco settlement money.
South Carolina was to receive $3.2 billion during 30 years, but officials decided to sell bonds guaranteeing $800 million immediately so the money could be used to help tobacco farmers and others who have depended on the industry for their livelihoods.
Italian plane maker to set up shop
GREENVILLE - An Italian aircraft maker plans to establish a U.S. subsidiary in Greenville County.
Genoa-based Piaggio Aero Industries SPA, which makes the Avanti P180 twin-engine turboprop pusher, plans to set up Piaggio America Inc. at Donaldson Center Industrial Air Park, south of Greenville.
It will be the company's only facility in the United States and will deliver and support the Avanti throughout the Americas.
Although the operation at Donaldson will start with 10 employees, the company hopes to expand it to include aircraft assembly with a work force of at least 100.
Man says paying tax not natural
COLUMBIA - A Bamberg County chiropractor who said he is exempt from state income taxes under natural law has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined $10,000.
During the five-day trial, Mark Moyers, 39, said under natural law, chiropractic services were not harmful activities and should not be taxed.
Prosecutors said Mr. Moyers failed to file taxes in 1994 when he was an independent contractor and in 1995 and 1996, when he owned and operated Moyers Chiropractic Clinic in Denmark.
Mr. Moyers made at least $138,000 during those three years, prosecutors said.
Man charged in weekend shooting
An Aiken man sought in a weekend shooting was taken into custody in Augusta while receiving treatment at University Hospital, authorities said Monday.
Joshua Randall Weeks, 23, of Edgefield Highway, Aiken, was detained by Richmond County authorities. He was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and was awaiting extradition to Aiken County on Monday.
Mr. Weeks is accused of going to the home of his estranged wife Sunday morning and confronting her new boyfriend, said Lt. Michael Frank with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. A relative of the woman, 19-year-old Daniel Hammeck, tried to defend the boyfriend and attacked Mr. Weeks with a baseball bat.
Mr. Weeks pulled out a handgun and shot Mr. Hammeck in the left arm, the report said. He then left the home on the 500 block of Old Barnwell Road in Aiken.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Department detained Mr. Weeks when he sought medical treatment in Augusta for the baseball bat assault. Mr. Hammeck was treated for the gunshot wound at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.