Originally created 12/15/04

Across South Carolina



Ex-psychologist joins health commission

COLUMBIA - An attorney and former psychologist at the Department of Mental Health has been named to the agency's commission, officials said Tuesday.

H. Lloyd Howard, of Landrum, has been appointed to the Mental Health Commission to represent the 4th Congressional District, which includes Greenville, Spartanburg and Union counties and part of Laurens County.

Mr. Howard, an attorney in private practice, worked for the agency from 1974 to 1995 and was the director of the Tri-County Mental Health Center in Bennettsville.

He also was a psychologist with the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center.

Oconee County man is charged in two deaths

WESTMINSTER - An Oconee County man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a woman and her nephew.

Gregory Khali Johnson, 25, was in jail on drug and weapons charges when Westminster police added the two counts of murder, police said Monday.

Mr. Johnson was arrested Dec. 6, the same day friends found 82-year-old Virginia Jones and 31-year-old Phillip Kilpatrick dead in their Westminster home.

Authorities said Ms. Jones and Mr. Kilpatrick were shot multiple times and died of gunshots to their heads.

Conservation Bank to protect 25,000 acres

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Conservation Bank will spend $11 million to preserve about 25,000 acres, including some of the state's most historical and environmentally sensitive property.

The bank board voted last week to commit the funds. The bank, created by the Legislature two years ago, was funded for the first time this year. A portion of deed recording fees devoted to purchasing land or conservation easements is expected to raise nearly $15 million this year.

Proposals for protected properties include the purchase of about 100 acres near scenic South Carolina Highway 11 on the western end of Jocassee Gorges in Pickens County for $497,500. Officials also hope to use $341,250 to buy 310 acres of the Battle of Camden site in Kershaw County.

North Charleston man, 27, dies in shooting

CHARLESTON - Shots fired from a passing car killed a North Charleston man, Charleston County sheriff's investigators say.

Witnesses told detectives that Anthony Gambrell, 27, was walking with a bag a groceries Monday when a large, silver, four-door sedan approached from behind and someone in the car fired several shots, authorities said. The car then sped away.