Originally created 07/09/02

Across South Carolina



Less water will flow from North Carolina

COLUMBIA -An aluminum company's request to reduce the amount of water it releases from its four dams in North Carolina could eventually affect taps 200 miles downstream in Georgetown.

Alcoa says it must cut the amount of water it releases from its four dams along the Yadkin River by nearly 15 percent. That river becomes the Pee Dee River as it flows into South Carolina.

Company officials say four years of dry weather is to blame. Areas around the Yadkin River have never seen a drought this severe, experts say.

Army of tourists raids Civil War's birthplace

CHARLESTON -More people than ever are visiting Fort Sumter.

"It's going to be a record year, there's no doubt about that," said John Tucker, the superintendent of the Charleston Harbor fort where the Civil War began.

About 250,000 people a year board tour boats for the fort. But this year, partly because of a new $15 million terminal in downtown Charleston, attendance is expected to reach nearly 300,000.

Mr. Tucker says the Sept. 11 attacks also seem to be bringing visitors.

"I think they're touching something patriotic, and I think they are trying to avoid air travel and do something closer to home," he said.

Police charge woman in boyfriend's death

CHESTER -A 26-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Anitria Dion Feaster, of Chester, surrendered to the Chester County Sheriff's Office shortly after Frederick Charles Sanders' body was found on a front porch early Sunday.

Coroner Watson Wright said Mr. Sanders, 28, of Chester, had been stabbed in the chest with a knife.

Report says painkiller killed 97 in Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Abuse of the painkiller OxyContin may have caused or contributed to at least 97 overdose deaths in the Carolinas in 2000 and 2001, according to a report in The Charlotte Observer.

Local law enforcement and addiction experts say abuse of few other prescription drugs has ever struck so quickly and hurt so many.

OxyContin, dubbed Oxy or OC by addicts, is easier to get than heroin, cheaper than cocaine, and gentler on the stomach than alcohol and similar prescription narcotics.

Experts say addicts from some of the hardest hit states, including West Virginia and Kentucky, moved to the Carolinas after law enforcement in those states cracked down.