Originally created 10/18/01

Across South Carolina



RIDGEVILLE -

Mayor's pay stopped in town council vote

The town council has stopped paying the mayor's salary, saying he no longer is performing his duties.

Although Allen Bozardt is still mayor, the council voted unanimously last week to stop paying his $766 monthly salary, said Councilwoman Alice Baughman.

Mr. Bozardt, who is serving an extended term while the town and courts deal with a disputed election, has not attended council meetings throughout much of the year, Ms. Baughman said. He also has not prepared an annual budget, even though the fiscal year began July 1, she said.

MYRTLE BEACH -

Environmental group fights mall project

Development of South Carolina's largest mall is expected to continue on schedule despite a protest by a coastal environmental group about the project's storm water management plan.

State regulators say the concerns voiced by the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League should not delay the final approval of the mall's storm water plan, which could come by the end of the week.

The storm water permit is the first step toward beginning construction on the 1.3 million-square-foot mall, which is being development by Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc. and CBL & Associates Properties, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

MYRTLE BEACH -

Driver who hit bus gets speeding charge

A Conway woman has been charged with driving too fast for conditions after her car skidded into the back of a school bus carrying special-needs students, police said.

Gena Booth, 30, was charged Tuesday after her sport utility vehicle skidded and struck the slowing bus. Seven students, the bus driver and an aide were treated and released from Loris Community Hospital.

BEAUFORT -

Man gets life in prison for role in slayings

A jury sentenced a 22-year-old St. Helena Island man to life in prison Tuesday for his part in a 1999 double murder.

Tavarus Rogers had faced the death penalty, but the jury failed to reach a unanimous vote on sentencing.

The same jury convicted Mr. Rogers on Saturday on two counts of murder, five counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary and one count of armed robbery.