Originally created 11/10/05

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State agency plans to make money off land

COLUMBIA - Nearly an acre of land on Sullivans Island used by the state's health and environmental agency should be sold to bring in $1 million, Gov. Mark Sanford said Wednesday.

The property stores boats and equipment used in the Department of Health and Environmental Control's shellfish program. The land includes a warehouse and a dock access on the marsh side, agency spokesman Thom Berry said.

The agency notified the Budget and Control Board about the proposal. The board approves the sale of state-owned property.

Threats in journal get students suspended

CHARLESTON - Three seventh-graders were suspended from Buist Academy after authorities found a journal in which the students threatened to harm a classmate and a teacher.

The journal contained "very specific plans" about what the students wanted to do to another student, said Jerry Adams, a spokesman for the Charleston County School District. He would not discuss details.

The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported that parents of other students said they were told the journal discussed binding the student and strapping her in an electric chair.

4 Clemson students lose mayoral election

CENTRAL - An effort by four Clemson University students to take over Central's mayor's office and Town Council has failed at the ballot box.

Tuesday's election revealed deep divisions in the Pickens County town where the permanent population of 3,500 now is dwarfed by 6,000 students.

The winners said natives of the town were turned off when it appeared the students made enforcement of Central's open container law their top priority.

Too-tall beach house will remain standing

FOLLY BEACH - A beach house built about two feet taller than allowed by zoning rules is likely to stay that way because the town doesn't want to pay to fix it.

Folly Beach Mayor Vernon Knox said the town was wrong to grant a permit that let a couple build the house too high. The town, he said, should have to pay to lower the house since it was at fault.

But the City Council refused to solicit bids to find out how much the work would cost.