Originally created 12/03/01

Across South Carolina



No arrests reported in clerk's slaying

CAYCE -Two masked gunmen opened fire in a grocery, killing a store clerk and wounding another employee, police say.

Police continued to search Sunday for the robbers, who fled the Cayce Piggly Wiggly late Friday with bank bags containing cash.

Merry Shivers, of Gaston, was pronounced dead at the store. She was to turn 38 today. The mother of two had started her part-time cashier's job a month ago to earn extra Christmas money.

Man charged in rape, death of daughter

ROCK HILL -A father who, police say, raped and strangled his 12-year-old daughter has been denied bond.

Billy Wayne Cope, 38, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of criminal sexual conduct after police found his daughter dead in her bedroom Thursday morning.

Mr. Cope also faces charges of three counts of child neglect for each of his children. Mr. Cope and his wife, Mary Sue, 31, have two other daughters, ages 7 and 11.

Budget crunch forces orchestra to cut back

CHARLESTON -The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has scrapped nearly a dozen major musical works from various spring concerts because of a budget crunch.

"We just don't have the money to do these big works that require us to pay expensive royalties and to hire extra musicians to perform," said David Stahl, the music director and conductor of the orchestra.

"Therefore, we are having to substitute to smaller works that fit better with our now classical-size orchestra," he said.

Retailers report lively sales of Holy Bible

GREENVILLE -The Good Book might be at the top of many Christmas lists this year.

Bible sales have jumped since Sept. 11, publishers and Christian merchandise retailers say.

One national publishing company, Zondervan, has seen its sales jump between 20 and 40 percent.