Originally created 08/08/03

Across South Carolina



Gay man will seek to replace Hollings

COLUMBIA -A man running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retirement of Ernest "Fritz" Hollings says he's the first openly gay candidate for that office.

Democrat Marcus Belk formally announced his candidacy Thursday in Columbia.

Mr. Belk says South Carolinians should have no problem with his sexual orientation.

"I'm just being forthright with the voters in saying why I do not have a wife," the 30-year-old Camden native said. "The critical issue is that we all, no matter our walk in life, are in this together against this major economic crisis. It doesn't matter what race or religion or such you are."

Study predicts effect of military closings

BEAUFORT -If the federal government closed all three of Beaufort County's military installations, it would cost the area $454 million and more than 1,200 jobs, according to a recent economic impact study.

It would take the county 20 years to recover economically, according to a new study commissioned because the federal government is looking to close more military installations throughout the country in 2005.

Beaufort County is home to the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, and Naval Hospital Beaufort.

Man dies during swim in Catawba River

LANCASTER -A Lancaster man has died while swimming in the Catawba River in southwestern Lancaster County with two other people.

William R. Taylor, 61, could have drowned or suffered a heart attack or seizure, the coroner said. Mr. Taylor had consumed two 32-ounce beers before he went swimming, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

Mr. Taylor was found in 6 to 10 feet of water in a posted no-swimming zone.

Mr. Taylor could have become entangled in debris on the bottom of the river, Sheriff Cauthen said.

Police investigate death of landlord

WILLIAMSTON -A landlord who may have recently collected rent money from several tenants has been found dead in his home, authorities say.

A relative found William Loskoski, 41, sitting at his kitchen table Wednesday. He was likely dead for 24 hours before he was found, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

Mr. Loskoski had a cut on his neck and had been beaten in the head with a blunt object, Mr. Shore said.