Originally created 06/12/04

Across South Carolina



Georgia teen drowns in Lake Hartwell

CLEMSON - A teen has drowned while swimming out to a rope swing on Lake Hartwell, authorities said.

A diver found the body of Jeremy Pless, 17, of Dewy Rose, Ga., shortly after he went under Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Some friends also were swimming to the rope swing that was attached to a tree, authorities said.

This is the second drowning on Lake Hartwell this year after, authorities said.

Authorities rule boy's death an accident

ANDERSON - Authorities say there's little evidence of wrongdoing in the death of a 12-year-old boy who was shot at his home Wednesday.

James Barrett Beck's shooting still appears to be "a very tragic, tragic accident," authorities said after an autopsy Thursday.

The boy was shot to death as his 14-year-old brother rubbed a cloth near the triggers of an antique, heirloom rifle.

Authorities say the gun had been loaded for a while without anyone knowing.

The gun was passed down by the boys' grandfather.

Authorities said investigators have "found nothing that indicates any criminal wrongdoing by the parents or the juvenile."

16-year-old drowns after dive into canal

MONCKS CORNER - A 16-year-old Goose Creek High School student has drowned while swimming with friends at the Tail Race Canal, officials said.

Corderro Hucks drowned after jumping into the canal at about 7:10 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Corderro went to the canal with about six or seven fellow Goose Creek High School students, authorities said.

When the students decided to swim back, Corderro jumped from one of the supports, the coroner said.

$250,000 research grant goes to Clemson

CLEMSON - Clemson University has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation for undergraduate research in psychology.

The funding covers costs, housing and pay for three years for 12 participants.

It also supports student travel to national professional conferences.