Originally created 03/06/03

Across South Carolina



Council agrees bars must close at 2 a.m.

CHARLESTON - Charleston County, joining area municipalities, has agreed that bars in unincorporated areas of the county must close at 2 a.m.

The sheriff's department said officers will begin enforcing the times this weekend.

Charleston County Council passed its ordinance after Charleston won a court fight with city bars over the 2 a.m. closing time. Council members say the ordinance will prevent people from driving to a bar in the county after bars in nearby towns have closed.

Mental health panel considers budget cuts

COLUMBIA - The Mental Health Commission is considering $15 million in potential state budget cuts and says it might furlough nonessential administrative staff.

The commission met Tuesday to consider options, but no action was taken.

There will be no cuts in acute-care beds, officials said, although some cuts in beds might be included in $6.9 million in potential cuts from inpatient facilities.

Other cuts being considered include $3.5 million in administrative support services; about $1 million from contracts for services; and $4 million in uncommitted funds.

Authorities say clerk assisted in vault theft

GREENVILLE - A tip led to the arrest Tuesday of a Greenville County Sheriff's Office property clerk after she allegedly allowed a 16-year-old boy to take guns and other items from the evidence vault, Sgt. James McCann says.

Nancy Louise Smith, a civilian employee, was charged with breach of trust, according to a warrant. Sgt. McCann said she was fired.

The boy, whose identity was not released because of his age, was charged with one count of petit larceny and three counts of possession of a pistol with the serial number removed.

Auto parts factory could bring 70 jobs

ANDERSON -A German company expects to employ as many as 70 workers in the next five years at an auto parts factory it will open next month.

Fraenkische Rohrwerke, of Koenigsberg, Germany, said Tuesday in Detroit it will open a plant to make corrugated pipe for BMW and Plastic Omnium at a plant on Interstate 85.

Announcement of the $8 million plant came immediately after Anderson County Council approved a package of tax breaks for the company.