Originally created 11/26/05

Across South Carolina



Man is killed on Thanksgiving Day

CHESTER - A Chester man was shot to death at his home early Thanksgiving morning, and sheriff's deputies were looking for clues.

James Garner Davis, 47, was shot around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

There was no sign of forced entry, and investigators think the suspect might have shot through the door at Mr. Davis, authorities said.

The bullet struck Mr. Davis in the upper abdomen and killed him, officials said.

School garden picked by wildlife federation

BLUFFTON - Okatie Elementary School's version of Monet's Garden - a sanctuary for wildlife and an outdoor classroom for pupils - has been named a Schoolyard Habitats site by the National Wildlife Federation.

The project began with a $2,000 grant written by art teacher Rebecca Maher and Island School Council for the Arts two years ago.

Sparkling Water installed the pond and donated $2,000 in labor and materials. Area businesses donated plants and garden tools, and the Sun City Garden Club planted azaleas, pink sage and calla lilies.

Following Monet's example, the Okatie garden contains fruit trees (fig), flowers and a water garden.

The Audobon Society assisted the school with constructing bluebird houses.

1 killed, 1 injured in shootout over woman

INMAN - A Thanksgiving Day shootout has left one man dead and another injured, Spartanburg County deputies say.

The two men were arguing Thursday afternoon about a woman, and it escalated into a gunfight, authorities said.

William Holmes, 28, was killed, and the owner of the home, Shonta McDaniel, 31, was wounded, deputies said.

Investigators plan to talk to prosecutors before deciding whether any charges should be filed.

Cemetery begins its annual plot sale

GREENWOOD - It's that time of year again - time for the annual holiday special at Greenwood Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum: half price on a cemetery plot and deals on vaults and markers.

For years, the cemetery has advertised the special.

"This is our way of trying to help families out during the holidays," Manager Gary Blithe said. "A lot of our customers look forward to this time of year."

Mr. Blithe said he isn't sure if anyone has actually given a spot in the cemetery or a grave marker as a Christmas gift, but business often increases once the sale starts.

"Half off of a cemetery space is a good bargain," he said.

Reaction to the sign advertising the sale usually is mixed.

- Edited from wire reports