Sporting seminar will push conservation
COLUMBIA - Horse farms and hunting lands, long a part of South Carolina history, are threatened by sprawling growth and high estate taxes as families struggle to preserve their property.
A seminar in Camden on Friday will discuss the issue of land preservation and the economic benefits of hunting and equestrian uses. The event, called Conservation and the Sporting Life, is sponsored by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation and the Carolina Cup Racing Association.
The foundation is promoting use of state and federal tax credits so land can be passed from generation to generation.
Condon calls for probe into missing fuel rods
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Charlie Condon is calling for an investigation of nuclear fuel rods missing from Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities that might have ended up in South Carolina.
The rods were last seen 21 years ago at the Millstone One nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn.
The rods could be in the spent-fuel pool at Millstone or could have been mistaken for other equipment and sent to radioactive waste disposal facilities in South Carolina, Washington or California, the utility said Friday.
"It's outrageous," Mr. Condon said. He has asked the State Law Enforcement Division and Department of Health and Environmental Control to look into whether the parts are in South Carolina.
Police search river for missing inmate
FLORENCE - Police were searching the Pee Dee River on Monday, looking for an inmate who walked away from the Palmer Pre-Release Center.
Tony Lamar Hosier, 31, who was serving seven years in prison for strong-arm robbery, was working with a group of inmates at the Florence Waste Water Treatment Plant before he was reported missing at 2 p.m., state Corrections Department spokesman John Barkley said.
Mr. Hosier is 5 feet tall, and white with brown eyes and hair. He weighs about 145 pounds.
Guard shoots prisoner after escape attempt
SPARTANBURG - A Spartanburg County inmate was shot and wounded by a guard after an escape attempt, the jail director said.
Michael Sellers, 28, was shot once in the pelvic area Sunday morning, Spartanburg County jail Director Larry Powers said. Mr. Sellers was in good condition later at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Guards were escorting 30 inmates across the street from the exercise area to the jail annex when Mr. Sellers escaped from his handcuffs and started running, Mr. Powers said.
A police report said the guard, Sharon Jordan, yelled at Mr. Sellers to stop and fired once. Ms. Jordan fired two more times when Mr. Sellers continued to run, the report said.
Vendors say spending at beach has dropped
MYRTLE BEACH - More bikers cruised into the Grand Strand this weekend, but they didn't seem eager to dole out cash.
Vendors at the Myrtle Beach Fall Rally say sales have been sluggish. Vendors sell everything from bike gear to American Indian jewelry for the annual biker event.
"The crowd appears significantly larger," said Tom Bovee, the owner of American Eagle Leatherworks. "The real shocking thing is they are not spending any money."
The Citadel names new dean, provost
CHARLESTON - Harry S. Carter has been named provost and dean of The Citadel, the state military college announced Monday.
Mr. Carter, who came to the college in July 1999, has been serving as the college's vice president of academic affairs.
He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with advanced degrees from the United States International University and the University of Georgia.
Distributors predict big shrimp harvest
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Lowcountry shrimp catches look to be plentiful this fall, despite last year's killing cold that virtually eliminated the spring harvest.
Local seafood distributor Barbara Hudson said this season's shrimp are larger than usual for this time of year.
"We are already getting (jumbo) shrimp," she said. "Usually we don't see them until November."
In December and January, water temperatures dipped into the lower 40s, killing the white shrimp roe needed to produce the spring crop.