Originally created 03/09/02

Across South Carolina



Groups compile list of endangered sites

COLUMBIA -Six statewide organizations concerned with preserving historic places have released a list of the 11 most endangered historic sites.

"These places are in the eleventh hour of their existence. South Carolina stands to lose these important places unless we can act now to save them," said Marion Edmonds, deputy state historic preservation officer.

The list includes the Babcock Building in Columbia, the Simon Peter Wingard House in Lexington and the Oakhurst in Newberry.

Train-car collision kills man, 12-year-old

ORANGEBURG -Two people died when a driver tried to beat a train across a crossing here, police say.

Antonio Jermaine Singleton, 20, of Orangeburg, and Leon Myers Jr., 12, of Santee, died when a train hit their car shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Mr. Singleton had been traveling along a street parallel to the tracks when he tried to turn across them in front of a train, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Chief Wendell Davis said.

State plans gateway to welcome visitors

HILTON HEAD ISLAND- So much for the traditional "Welcome to South Carolina" sign on the state's borders.

The Transportation Department is planning an elaborate gateway with palmetto trees, white fences, flags and a sign to greet visitors as they cross the borders traveling into the state.

The first interstate gateway is under construction in Jasper County.

The $1.19 million project at the Georgia state line is funded with federal money available to states for highway beautification or bicycle paths.

Gateways also are planned along the North Carolina border, on Interstates 95 and 77.

Bill would name school after former governor

COLUMBIA -The high school for South Carolina's top juniors and seniors would be renamed to honor former Gov. Carroll Campbell under a resolution pending in the Senate.

The House approved the resolution Thursday to change the name of the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.

Mr. Campbell, a Republican, was governor when the Hartsville school opened in 1988.