Originally created 07/01/03

Across South Carolina



Man dies in shooting at community center

PENDLETON - A Pendleton man has died after he was shot at a community center, Anderson County officials say.

Wallace A. Sullivan, 22, died Sunday, officials said. Mr. Sullivan had been shot twice at the Pendleton Community Center.

Mr. Sullivan managed to drive to a convenience store, where he was taken to a hospital and died, officials said.

State's fireworks are in demand for holiday

ANDERSON - South Carolina has something in red-hot demand this week - fireworks.

South Carolina is alone on the East Coast in allowing the sale of all fireworks approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Fireworks are banned completely in seven states, including neighboring Georgia. Other East Coast states, such as North Carolina, allow only ground-based fireworks - sparklers, fountains and smoke devices.

About 600 businesses sell fireworks in South Carolina, according to an estimate from the South Carolina Labor, Licensing and Registration Department.

Diner offers reward in manager's slaying

CHARLESTON - A Charleston restaurant has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of its manager, while police search for a motive and suspect in the shooting.

Patrick E. Ringwald, 42, the manager of The Boathouse, was gunned down Friday night after answering a knock at the back door of the restaurant as employees closed up. Mr. Ringwald slammed the door when he saw a man with a gun, but a bullet pierced the steel door and hit him in the chest, according to police reports.

Detectives are following up on tips but have no motive or suspect in the shooting, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Atlantic Beach holds charter celebration

ATLANTIC BEACH - Atlantic Beach residents held the town's first Charter Day celebration, 37 years after the historically black beach town first received its charter.

The event Saturday included a discussion of the town's history and an evening block party.

Atlantic Beach received its charter June 30, 1966. The town thrived through segregation, when even swimmers were separated in the surf.