Originally created 11/30/03

Across South Carolina



Coast Guard rescues two men from boat

GEORGETOWN - Two men were pulled from the South Santee River by Coast Guard rescuers Saturday after they grounded their 15-foot boat in frigid water.

Donald S. Hucks, 28, and Steve Hucks, 37, both of Conway, S.C., called for help when they noticed their boat was taking on water, the Coast Guard said.

The men grounded their vessel along the shoreline about 15 miles south of Georgetown and were stuck in 39-degree temperatures.

Former magistrate will run for state Senate

LEXINGTON - A former magistrate plans to take on incumbent Republican Sen. Jake Knotts, of West Columbia, in next year's election.

Shirley Sons, a 67-year-old retired state employee who was a Lexington County magistrate for 16 years, said she was encouraged by residents to run against Mr. Knotts, who was elected to the Senate last year after serving seven years in the House of Representatives.

"I think I can do a better job," Ms. Sons said. "I pride myself on my knowledge of the law."

Ms. Sons says her key issues will be health insurance, taxes and education.

Man faces charges in teenager's slaying

JAMESTOWN - A 68-year-old man has been charged with murder in a shooting incident that has left one teenager dead and two others wounded.

Albert Nole, of Jamestown, began arguing with 19-year-old Lorenzo Taylor on Friday morning, police Chief Raymond Brown Jr. said.

Chief Brown said Mr. Nole retrieved a 12-gauge shotgun from his truck and fired a single blast, which hit Mr. Taylor and two other teens in the head.

Board member quits job to avoid conflict

ATLANTIC BEACH - A commissioner on the Atlantic Beach Housing Authority board has resigned from his job as a part-time clerk to avoid a conflict of interest.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development questioned whether Gary Bell could serve as a commissioner after learning that he also worked as a paid town clerk five hours a day, five days a week. Under state law, town employees cannot serve on the housing board.

The federal agency gave Mr. Bell the choice to resign from either position, he said.