Originally created 02/25/02

Across South Carolina



Senator enters race for lieutenant governor

COLUMBIA -State Sen. Phil Leventis is joining the field of candidates seeking the office of lieutenant governor.

Mr. Leventis, D-Sumter, announced his candidacy Saturday.

He is a retired brigadier general in the South Carolina Air National Guard and has served in the state Senate since 1981.

Mr. Leventis, 51, has led efforts against bringing plutonium to South Carolina and has fought for stricter regulations for hog farms.

He is not expected to have opposition in the primary.

Three Republicans are seeking the nomination for the seat. They are Sen. David Thomas of Fountain Inn, Sen. Andre Bauer of Chapin and Rep. Rita Allison of Lyman.

Couple, 8 children win black family award

MYRTLE BEACH -The Fersner family of Orangeburg has been named the National Black Family of the Year.

The family was honored last week at the National Black Family Summit in Myrtle Beach.

Edward and Wilhelmina Fersner reared eight children on a farm and saw all graduate from college.

Mr. Fersner told his children, "Go get a good education, get good jobs and make good money."

Among the professions his children chose are principal, audit manager, legal assistant and teacher.

Shrimpers again see drop in their catch

CHARLESTON -South Carolina shrimpers had another bad season last year, netting 70 percent less shrimp than in 2000, which was also a poor year, according to the state Natural Resources Department.

Commercial shrimpers also were hurt by a 90-cents-per-pound drop in the average price, said Mark Maddox, crustacean biologist.

Last year, commercial shrimpers landed 2.8 million pounds, heads off, Mr. Maddox said.

Although final numbers aren't in yet, Mr. Maddox projects this fall's white shrimp catch will total about 1.4 million pounds - about 1 million pounds below the long-term average and only a third of 1995's record catch.