Originally created 02/16/02

Across South Carolina

Scientists find bone on raider's cannon

CHARLESTON -Scientists conserving a gun from the famed Confederate raider CSS Alabama have made an unusual discovery - two fragments of bone encrusted on the cannon.

The fragments of jawbone could be remains from one of nine Alabama crewmen killed during battle or one of 12 who drowned when the vessel sank off Cherbourg, France, in 1864, scientists say.

The cannon, recovered last year, is being conserved at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, the same lab where the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is being conserved.

Hodges blames policies for textile sales slump

COLUMBIA -The state's textile industry is suffering largely because of policies allowing foreign-made textile goods to be sold cheaply in this country, Gov. Jim Hodges said.

Mr. Hodges met with textile industry leaders this week to discuss their competitive plight, and said he plans to meet with the governors of at least three other states - North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia - to jointly seek relief from the Bush administration.

Plan to preserve land will go before House

CHARLESTON -State representatives are expected to vote next week on a bill that could help preserve South Carolina's rural landscape - a measure that has passed the Senate.

Under the bill, property owners could sell their land to parties interested in conserving the property, or they could sell the development rights and keep the land. In most cases, such land could not be developed in the future.

Man gets life sentence for his role in slaying

ANDERSON -A man convicted of using a front-end loader to destroy the body of a Williamston man has been sentenced to life in prison.

Daniel Sherman, 41, was sentenced this week in the October 2000 death of 39-year-old Tommy Simmons. Authorities say Mr. Sherman beat Mr. Simmons with the flat edge of a sword. They say his wife, Janet Sherman, then shot Mr. Simmons twice in the chest.

The couple burned and bulldozed Mr. Simmons' body and dumped the remains in a pond near Pelzer, authorities said.

Mr. Sherman said he helped dispose of the body because he didn't want his wife to face murder charges. Mrs. Sherman also is serving a life sentence.


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