Originally created 12/16/03

Across South Carolina



WALTERBORO -The three soldiers from Fort Stewart, Ga., who died early Friday in a crash were identified Monday.

Spc. Javoris Moore, 20, of Sumter, S.C., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, as a food service specialist.

Pfc. Taurus Stultz, 21, of Chicago, was with the 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, as a power generator repairer.

Pvt. Shaun Kandel, 19, of Baltimore, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery, as a food service specialist.

At about 2 a.m. Friday, the car the three were riding in hit an embankment on Interstate 95, jumped over a state highway crossing underneath, then landed and rolled on the other side, officials said.

Raids deepen fears of new video gambling

COLUMBIA - An increase in gaming machine seizures have some worried that the outlawed video gambling industry might be trying to make a comeback in South Carolina.

Those in the industry say they are simply trying to make money with legal machines that reward skill instead of luck and let players win merchandise or free games.

Regulators say illegal cash payouts are not back in a big way, but police have increased seizures of machines in recent months.

In a series of raids this fall, State Law Enforcement Division agents found more than 400 machines.

While the law banning video gambling payouts made the games of chance illegal in 2000, more than 14,000 licenses have been issued for amusement games.

Homeowners debate development on lake

ROCK HILL - Homeowners want a say in the development of Lake Wateree, including the way Duke Power will approach shoreline preservation and water-quality issues.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based utility has sought advice from homeowners and others in its effort to obtain a new license to manage 31 hydroelectric plants and 11 reservoirs along the Catawba River basin.

Duke's 50-year license expires in 2008.

Growth is a key concern, particularly for Lake Wateree, which straddles Kershaw and Fairfield counties. It is the last of 11 lakes on the Catawba River, which originates in western North Carolina.

Estimates say between 45 percent and 60 percent of Lake Wateree's shoreline has been developed, and the population around the lake grew 53 percent between 1990 and 2000.

USC trustees approve merger of colleges

COLUMBIA - University of South Carolina trustees voted Monday to merge the school's largest colleges into a College of Arts and Sciences by July 2004.

The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Mathematics would combine 33 separate departments and affect one-third of all USC students. The merger was recommended last month by the university's faculty.

With the merger, students will have more opportunities for interdisciplinary classes and new classes, some professors have said.