Originally created 07/18/02

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Donations to replace leg stolen by wave

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -The ocean still hasn't brought back 5-year-old Maya Deavers' prosthetic leg, but residents and businesses along the Grand Strand have opened their hearts and wallets to help the young girl get a new prosthesis.

Maya was knocked over by a big wave while playing in the surf Friday afternoon, and her prosthetic leg slipped off. Volunteers searched for the limb but couldn't find it, and a replacement would cost $5,000.

Half a dozen businesses and people began calling the Deaverses, who were visiting relatives in North Myrtle Beach as they moved from Arkansas to Florida.

Warren Gibson, the owner of Waccamaw Prosthetics and Orthotics, offered to make Maya a new leg at no cost. It is expected to be ready by the end of the week.

Maya lost her leg at age 2 when she was run over by a lawn mower.

Wife finds two men shot to death in home

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -Two men have been found shot to death in a house in a remote part of Spartanburg County, deputies say.

The bodies of Michael McGraw, 32, and Zachary Cunard, 23, were found when Mr. Cunard's wife returned to their Campobello home at 11 p.m. Tuesday from a shopping trip, authorities said.

Mr. Cunard had been married for about 2 1/2 weeks and his wife was out shopping for baby clothes, police said.

Police warn shoppers to watch for cons

DECATUR, Ga. -DeKalb County police are warning older shoppers in the Atlanta area to be on the lookout for two women who are stealing from older people while they shop for groceries.

Police say one woman distracts a customer by asking about a product or asking for help finding an item. The other woman then steals the customer's wallet or purse.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Pam Kunz said the department has received reports of more than 30 such incidents.

Parents must attend sportsmanship class

MACON, Ga. -Parents who want their children to play city sports in Macon must take a 40-minute class and behave themselves at games.

The city council passed a law requiring parents to attend an orientation session to learn about fair play or their children won't be allowed to play. Offenders also could be prosecuted under existing disorderly conduct laws that carry penalties of 50 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.

"If you really want to use city facilities, you really need to help us clean up youth sports," said Mike Anthony, Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Director. "That's what this is all about."

The council turned aside a provision in the law that would have punished people for using profanity at games.

Councilman Charles Jones said he hopes people don't use bad language, but he didn't want a threat of 50 days in jail against umpires or parents who get caught up in the game and use an expletive.

Broken water main leads to boil advisory

COLUMBIA -About 30,000 residents have been advised to boil their water after a major water main broke Tuesday evening.

The residents living near downtown should boil water until tonight as a precaution because the water could have been exposed to harmful elements after the main broke, city officials said.

- Edited from wire reports


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