Originally created 10/27/01

Across South Carolina



Candidate's gaffe throws race wide open

SPARTANBURG -Just two months ago, there was only one candidate for mayor of Spartanburg. When voters go to the polls in two weeks, there will be 23,400 potential candidates.

Two-term Mayor James Talley botched his petition to have his name on the ballot and left the city with a potential nightmare Nov. 6. Now, any registered voter who lives inside the city can run for mayor.

Spartanburg city and county election commissions have hired extra workers to prepare for what could be a long election night.

Utility seeks rate rise to pay for new plant

CHARLESTON -South Carolina Electric & Gas wants to raise power rates to help pay to build one power plant and make improvements to another.

The rate increase likely will be less than 5 percent, said Kevin Marsh, the chief financial officer of SCANA Corp., SCE&G's parent company. That would increase the average bill by about $4 a month.

The rate increase would help generate the $630 million SCE&G will spend to build a power plant in Jasper County that it wants to have on line by mid-2004 and add natural gas turbines to its oldest plant in Aiken County, which currently runs on coal.

Anti-union comments distress AFL-CIO group

COLUMBIA -The New York AFL-CIO says it's "sickened" by remarks from South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon about state troopers forming a union.

Earlier this year, Mr. Condon urged troopers not to form a union. He said organized labor "sends the signal to South Carolinians that their long-standing sense of professionalism and devotion to duty is being eroded."

Wetland-permit lawsuit can proceed, court says

CHARLESTON -A federal appeals court has ruled a Charleston County woman may sue over a wetlands permit that allows the county to improve a road to a planned landfill.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that Lee Pye may sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which granted the permit to fill a quarter-acre of wetlands to build a culvert to prevent a dirt road from flooding.

Charleston County bought 750 acres off U.S. 17 nine years ago to use as a landfill for ash from its garbage incinerator.

Mr. Pye says such use of the property will harm nearby historic sites including a possible Revolutionary War camp, a black cemetery and the former Hayne family plantation.