Originally created 07/03/05

Across South Carolina



Judge could replace O'Connor as justice

COLUMBIA - South Carolina native and 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Karen J. Williams has been mentioned by some as a possible replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

Judge Williams, the daughter-in-law of former state Sen. Marshall Williams, was appointed to the federal bench in 1992 by President Bush's father.

She was the first female on the 4th Circuit, which many consider the most conservative court in the appellate system.

She wrote an opinion setting the stage for an overruling of Miranda, a due-process opinion only conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia voted to affirm.

Station's newscast returning to Columbia

COLUMBIA - A Columbia ABC affiliate, WOLO-TV, has decided to move its newscast back to the state capital after broadcasting for three years in Charlotte, N.C.

WOLO's news gathering operation never left Columbia, but the anchors were in Charlotte, broadcasting from sister station WCCB, a Fox affiliate.

The move to Charlotte in 2002 was done primarily to save money.

Official seeks audits for nonprofit groups

CHARLESTON - Charities that solicit the public for donations should be held to greater accountability and audits should be required for some larger nonprofits, Secretary of State Mark Hammond says.

South Carolina, unlike many other states, doesn't require nonprofit organizations to back up financial statements with outside audits.

But Mr. Hammond wants that to change.

His remarks Friday came as he confirmed his office is looking into whether a Charleston-based charity that helps children with cancer, Happy Days and Special Times, mismanaged money, possibly government funds.

Police arrest suspect in death of teenager

SPARTANBURG - A 29-year-old Spartanburg man was arrested and charged in the death of a teenager who was fatally shot while riding in a car with a friend, authorities said.

Rodney Alexander Nash was arrested Friday in the death of 19-year-old Terrell Deron Farr, who was shot Thursday through the back of the car and struck in his side, the sheriff's office said. His friend was riding along but not injured.