Originally created 09/01/02

Across South Carolina



School officials praise weather plan's success

BEAUFORT -School officials say their severe-weather plans worked perfectly when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Beaufort County last week.

The rapidly growing county has several portable classrooms, and all pupils in those buildings were able to make it safely into the sturdier cafeteria or gymnasium in the main building, district spokesman John Williams said.

The warning was prompted by a waterspout that formed about 12 miles off Fripp Island. It was heading toward land at 20 mph, forecasters said.

The waterspout didn't cause any damage on land, officials said.

Charleston lawyers fight upcoming vote

CHARLESTON -The legal fight between Charleston and the town of James Island continues.

Charleston, which has sued to block James Island's incorporation, says public service district elections coming up in two months shouldn't be held.

Lawyers for Charleston say that the 10 candidates are ineligible to run and that most of the island's voters are ineligible to vote. By forming their own town, they say, James Island removed its residents from the district boundaries.

Power business delays building of gas plant

ANDERSON -A power company says the economic downturn has delayed its plans to build a $350 million natural-gas-fired power plant in southern Anderson County.

GenPower, of Needham, Mass., originally planned to break ground on the new plant in March. A new construction date has not been set.

Cable fees increase for Upstate residents

GREENVILLE -Cable television fees are increasing for 80,000 Upstate homes that have expanded basic service, but the charges for residents with digital or minimum basic service will remain unchanged, a Charter Communications executive says.

The change will go into effect with the October billing. It will increase monthly fees for expanded basic service by $1.95 to $2.95, depending on location, said Gene Knoblauch, operational vice president for Charter's Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson market.