Originally created 08/24/02

Across South Carolina



Medical centers get mental health grants

COLUMBIA -Two South Carolina community health centers have received grants of $100,000 each to add mental health services.

In Orangeburg, Family Health Center Inc. will put a mental health counselor in an office in Orangeburg and one in Denmark, the department said Friday.

Sandhills Medical Foundation in the Camden area will use its grant to add staff in Kershaw County's mental health programs.

State executes man convicted in slaying

COLUMBIA -Anthony Green was put to death Friday evening for killing a Naval wife while she was out shopping at a mall 15 years ago.

The sentence was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the execution.

A day earlier, Gov. Jim Hodges denied requests to halt the execution. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also would not stop Mr. Green's death sentence.

Mr. Green, 37, died by lethal injection at 6:18 p.m., a prison official said.

Mr. Green had been on death row since 1988 for the murder of 36-year-old Susan Barbara Babich, of Hanahan.

Suit says public transit breaks disabilities law

COLUMBIA -Complaints against a public transportation system that provides rides to disabled people has prompted a legal advocacy group to sue.

The Dial-A-Ride Transit system often requires reservations two weeks in advance for service and is late to pick up passengers, according to the federal lawsuit by the Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities.

The suit alleges that the system violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and federal laws.

The lawsuit names the Regional Transit Authority, Scana Corp., the city of Columbia, Central Midlands Council of Governments, Laidlaw Transit Inc., and the leaders of those organizations.

Shooting victim's dad sues son-in-law

YORK -The father of a Rock Hill woman who was shot to death last year has sued her husband, blaming him for her death.

Melissa Huntley Motz, 35, died Feb. 16, 2001, in a car outside their apartment.

James Larry Huntley has sued James Motz, saying he "fired a single gunshot wound into the head" of Mrs. Motz.

Prosecutors did not charge Mr. Motz, citing a lack of evidence.

State approves grant for research park

GREENVILLE -A research park with a $40 million wind tunnel has received key state funding for building roads and bridges.

The State Infrastructure Bank voted 4-3 to approve $12 million for the park, which could create more than 20,000 jobs, bank Chairman Howard "Champ" Covington said.

A Florida developer is working on the project with Clemson University.

University officials said the park will focus on the automotive and motorsports industries and include a wind tunnel that Clemson would use for engineering research.