Originally created 12/13/04

Across South Carolina



Governor fires Santee Cooper chairman

CHARLESTON -- The governor has fired the chairman of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, and a second board member has resigned, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported Sunday. Both had clashed with Gov. Mark Sanford about changes at the utility.

Mr. Edwards could not be reached for comment.

Vernie Dove, a Horry County director, resigned his position on the Santee Cooper board Tuesday.

Student gets probation over threat to judge

COLUMBIA -- A student at a Columbia high school who police said made a threatening call to a judge has been given probation after the most serious charge was dropped.

The juvenile, whose name was not released, called Appeals Court Judge Carol Connor about a month after two dozen teenagers broke into her home and stole some items.

"We're going to kill you," the teen told the judge in September 2003.

Judge Connor died in February after a long battle with cancer.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of threatening a public official because there was evidence the then-15-year-old did not know Judge Connor was a public official, said David Pascoe, the assistant prosecutor for Richland County who handled the 2003 case.

The teen got probation on a charge of illegal use of a telephone.

Tidal creek named to honor woman's efforts

CHARLESTON -- A small Clark Sound tidal creek has been named for a woman who spent years teaching and helping special-needs children.

Downs Creek was recently named to honor Janet Jackson Downs. The effort to get the creek named was led by her son John Downs.

Ms. Downs raised four children in Charleston, volunteered at the Medical University of South Carolina and worked with special-needs children before they were called that.

Purse snatchers shoot at mayor during chase

CHARLESTON -- The mayor of North Charleston was shot at after he pursued three men who snatched his daughter's purse while the family was out shopping.

No one was injured, and Mayor Keith Summey backed away from the shooter's line of sight, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Police found a 16-year-old boy hiding inside a trash bin behind the shopping center. Police did not release his name.