Originally created 10/14/02

Across South Carolina



Tech students see lottery aid increase

COLUMBIA -More lottery money will be available for students attending two-year technical schools.

The amount of money available from the Lottery Tuition Assistance program will increase from $468 per student each semester to $792 each semester, according to the state Commission on Higher Education.

The amount was increased because fewer students participated in the program than originally was projected. About 43,500 students receive funds from the program. The increase will be retroactively applied to students attending this fall semester.

Escaped drug dealer captured in Upstate

COLUMBIA -An inmate who escaped from a work crew Friday was captured in the Upstate, Corrections Department spokeswoman Julie Pitts said Sunday.

Corey Trotter, 33, was in Warden Correctional Institution in Columbia serving a sentence for marijuana distribution in Pickens County.

Investigators had concentrated their search on the Upstate, and police had said Mr. Trotter was a suspect in the theft of a pickup truck.

Residents clean up after tropical twister

GEORGETOWN -Residents spent the weekend cleaning up damage wrought by a tornado spawned by Tropical Depression Kyle.

There were minor injuries associated with the tornado, but nothing life threatening, said Georgetown City Fire Chief Joseph Tanner. The tornado flipped homes, uprooted trees and popped power lines. About 2,500 residents lost electricity.

Hunt for Hunley home meets month delay

CHARLESTON -The search for a permanent home for the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley has been delayed for at least a month.

The state team examining the financial packages offered by Charleston, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston to build the museum can't meet the deadline Hunley officials requested. The state Hunley Commission had hoped to make a decision this month.

Charleston has offered about $5 million for a $29.5 million museum on the waterfront near the South Carolina Aquarium. Mount Pleasant, in a partnership with Patriots Point, has promised about $7 million over 10 years for a $28.5 million museum. North Charleston has offered $11 million for a $40 million facility on its waterfront.