Originally created 10/15/02

Across South Carolina



Schools reconsider bans on cell phone

GREENVILLE -Some South Carolina school districts might begin allowing limited cellular phone use by pupils.

A statewide ban on cell phones at schools has been in effect for 10 years, but lawmakers decided this spring to give local districts jurisdiction over their use.

Pickens County parents asked for the change because of safety concerns, among other reasons, said Assistant Superintendent Henry Hunt. The Pickens County school board might consider amending its policy later this month to allow high school and middle school pupils to carry cell phones under certain circumstances.

Government questions plans for Lake Keowee

GREENVILLE -The federal government is questioning plans to build a community at Lake Keowee in Pickens County because dredging could endanger preservation of a Cherokee village containing human remains.

The U.S. Department of the Interior says removal of about 3,300 cubic yards of sediment from the bottom of the lake could disturb human remains, objects and structures "of great importance to Cherokee peoples and to the United States."

Developer Jim Anthony said he didn't know of the Indian remains. He said he will ask federal officials to help him determine exactly where they are.

Rain cuts attendance at 2002 state fair

COLUMBIA -Attendance at the South Carolina State Fair was down from last year, despite increased weekday lunch crowds this year, officials say.

The nearly two-week fair drew 555,000 people as rain created attendance problems, officials said. That's down from more than 600,000 in previous years. Advance sales of tickets were also down.

Gas stations oppose Sanford tax proposal

COLUMBIA -As gas prices rise nationwide, officials representing about 300 gas stations across South Carolina are speaking out against a plan by Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Sanford that they say would fuel further increases.

Mr. Sanford wants to eliminate the state's income tax. To make ends meet, he says, he would eliminate the sales tax exemption on gasoline, effectively raising taxes on gasoline by 5 cents on the dollar. He says eliminating the state income tax over 18 years would stimulate the economy.

Mr. Sanford said the stores opposing his plan - Pantry stores and Carolina Convenience Stores - have connections to his opponent, Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges.