Originally created 03/18/03

Across South Carolina



Replica ship to make stop in Charleston

CHARLESTON - A replica of the so-called "coffin ships" that brought an estimated 1.5 million Irish to North America during the potato famine of the 1840s is heading to Charleston.

The Jeanie Johnston will stop in May during a six-month tour of the East Coast as part of its maiden voyage.

The three-masted, 123-foot-long bark is a replica of the famine boats nicknamed "coffin ships" because conditions on board were so bleak.

The new ship was built in 1998 for about $15 million by the Irish government and the European Union. The ship, which has 12 sailors and 28 other voyagers from around the world, has air conditioning, navigation equipment and an engine.

Official wants council to pass loitering ban

GREENVILLE - A Greenville County councilman wants the council to pass an anti-loitering law after more than a dozen men have been charged with sex offenses in local parks in the past three months.

The county doesn't have a law preventing people from doing things such as hanging out near a park restroom.

Councilman Stephen C. Selby said he plans to introduce the ordinance at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee. If approved by the panel, it must be passed by the full council.

200 protesters gather in opposition to war

COLUMBIA - About 200 people gathered to protest expected war in Iraq at Columbia's Martin Luther King Park on Sunday.

Karen Noren, a 40-year-old guidance counselor at Furman University in Greenville, held up a sign that read: "America needs a diplomat. Not a hungry, warmongering rat."

Rallies aimed at showing support for U.S. troops were planned for Beaufort and Rock Hill.

Woman, mother killed in highway accident

SUMMERVILLE - Two women have died and four people were hurt when a car collided with a pickup in Dorchester County.

Lizette M. Sass, 34, of Walterboro, and her mother, Margarite Sawyer, 53, died at the scene of the wreck on U.S. Highway 17-A southwest of Summerville at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

The accident occurred when the car the mother and daughter were passengers in crossed the center line of the road, police officials said.