Originally created 05/11/04

Across South Carolina



2 men are killed in unrelated incidents

GREENVILLE - A Greenville man died after a truck ran over him as he lay in the road, state troopers said.

Rivera Manuel Antonio, 63, was hit at 4:20 a.m, Lance Cpl. Dan Marsceau said. Investigators are searching for the truck driver, who did not stop, Lance Cpl. Marsceau said.

Another Greenville man was killed in an unrelated accident after he stepped in front of a car, Greenville Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis said. Obie McHerring, 51, was found dead at 12:25 a.m., Mr. Ellis said.

Teaching assistant may return to duties

GREENVILLE - A teaching assistant placed on leave after a parent complained that she made a reference to Christian beliefs in her kindergarten classroom might return to work, school district officials said.

Jean Byce will remain a teacher's assistant but will work with older pupils, said Joanne Avery, a spokeswoman for Anderson District 4.

Ms. Byce was placed on administrative leave while school officials investigated possible insubordination stemming from incidents in which she made references to Jesus and Christianity, Ms. Avery said.

Phone companies call for deregulation

GREENVILLE - Telephone companies say a deregulation bill in the South Carolina Legislature could help them set better prices, but the state consumer advocate says it would limit customers' ability to complain about poor service.

The bill would remove Public Service Commission oversight of the practice of offering services such as Internet access, residential telephone service and wireless services in a bundled package.

Police investigate fire that killed man

MYRTLE BEACH - A Socastee man died in a fire at his home Sunday.

Officials said they think the fire that killed 54-year-old Artis Linear that morning was accidental, although they continue to investigate.

Firefighters said they found Mr. Linear inside the burning home about five minutes after they arrived. He died of smoke inhalation, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said.

Mr. Linear's wife was working when the fire started, and the couple's two teenage children were at another family member's house, neighbor Tonya Bray said.