Originally created 05/10/04

Across South Carolina



Blacks still hold more low-income positions

COLUMBIA - Blacks disproportionately hold low-paying jobs while being underrepresented among South Carolina's highest-paying professions, according to a newspaper analysis.

More than 40 percent of food preparation and housekeeping jobs are held by blacks, The State newspaper reported Sunday. Only 7 percent of the state's lawyers and 4 percent of real estate brokers are black.

According to U.S. Census data, about one-third of the state's population is black.

The gap between incomes for blacks and whites shrank from 1989 to 1999, but on a per capita basis, blacks still earned 53 cents for every dollar earned by whites in 1999. That was up from 48 cents versus a dollar in 1989, according to U.S. Census figures.

Upstate, beach cities spar over $7 million

GREENVILLE - A loophole in state law has two cities in opposite parts of the state fighting over the same money.

Myrtle Beach leaders say they worked hard to get $7 million earmarked for a new trade center, but a state economic bill may allow Greenville to qualify for the money to revitalize its Palmetto Expo Center.

The state Legislature can't earmark money for specific cities in its bills, but it can place requirements that knock other cities out of contention, said Bruce Ransom, a Clemson University professor.

A panel of legislators and the State Budget and Control Board will review both cities' applications, said Jim Bourey, Greenville's city manager.

Greenville Mayor Knox White said that although the money might have been earmarked with Myrtle Beach in mind, that wasn't specified in the bill.

Summerville resident dies in blast in Iraq

CHARLESTON - A former instructor at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Charleston has become the area's first civilian casualty in Iraq.

Halliburton Corp. employee Daniel Parker, 56, of Summerville, died Friday in Iraq after a bomb exploded near his military convoy as he was traveling to Baghdad International Airport, according to information on the Houston-based contractor's Web site.

Mr. Parker was the 35th Halliburton employee killed in Iraq, the company said.

He worked for Halliburton subsidiary KBR, which has thousands of people working in Iraq and Kuwait, performing jobs for the government that range from extinguishing oil fires to delivering fuel and food.

The pay - up to $120,000 tax-free for a year - has drawn many applicants.