Originally created 08/12/02

Across South Carolina



Water system studies mandatory restrictions

SPARTANBURG -The Spartanburg Water System soon might begin mandatory water restrictions unless customers cut back on their own, says the system's general manager, Graham Rich.

Most of the water systems in York County have put mandatory restrictions in place, and several other smaller systems have considered similar rules since the state declared an extreme drought last month.

Mandatory restrictions would allow residents to water lawns, wash cars or other outdoor water activity on alternate days, depending on whether their address ended in an even or odd number.

First-time violators would receive a warning from water system officials, who would patrol streets. Second-time violators would have their service stopped, in accordance with the system's drought response ordinance plan.

Abandoned girl moves into adoptive home

SUMTER -A baby abandoned in a field last month is out of the hospital and in the home of a family that likely will adopt her.

The infant, called Baby Grace by nurses, was placed in a home outside Sumter County last week, said Ron Smith, the director of the Sumter County Social Services Department office. He refused to reveal anything else about the family to The (Sumter) Item, citing privacy issues.

The child, unclothed and covered in ant bites, was found in a field July 24 by two boys playing nearby. Authorities say she was less than 24 hours old.

Investigators have not found the baby's mother or father, Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said.

Bluffton man accused of killing his landlord

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -A Bluffton man shot his landlord to death after being evicted from a home, Beaufort County sheriff's deputies say.

Joe Wisn, 48, was shot at least three times Friday night in the front yard of his Hilton Head Island home, Coroner Curt Copeland said.

Chris Santiago, 20, went to Mr. Wisn's house after the victim told him to pick up his belongings, deputies said. The men argued, and Mr. Santiago went to his car, pulled out a shotgun and fired at Mr. Wisn, investigators said.

Mr. Santiago had been living with Mr. Wisn's daughter in a home owned by Mr. Wisn's wife, authorities said.