Originally created 12/25/05

Across South Carolina



County's golfers have one free day of play

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Some golf courses in Beaufort County allow free rounds for golfers who can't stay away on Christmas Day.

Though those clubs will be closed for the holiday, several allow golfers to walk their courses and play for free.

"I guess you could say it's kind of our Christmas present to golfers," said Bill Layman, the golf director for Crescent Point and Eagles Pointe golf clubs in the Bluffton area.

The two courses have allowed Christmas play since they opened, Eagles Pointe in 1998 and Crescent Point in 2000.

Man dies after fire engulfs mobile home

BEAUFORT - A 52-year-old man died in a mobile home fire authorities suspect started in his bedroom.

Firefighters found Arthur Lee Milton's body in his Grays Hill's home, which was engulfed when they arrived at about 12:30 a.m. Mr. Milton lived alone, said Burton Fire Chief Harry Rountree.

Police said the investigation into what caused the fire continues, but there were multiple space heaters in Mr. Milton's bedroom.

Clemson's police chief heads for Florida job

GREENVILLE - Only one month after taking over, Clemson University's interim police chief has accepted a new post at another university.

Interim Chief David Perry, 34, will begin his job as police chief at Florida State University on Feb. 6 said Paul Strouts, that school's associate vice president of finance and administration.

Chief Perry will lead 61 officers at the 40,000-student campus, Mr. Strouts said Friday.

Chief Perry replaced former Clemson Police Chief Greg Harris, who came to Clemson in 2002 and resigned in November citing personal reasons.

Man is charged in wife's shooting death

COLUMBIA - A 51-year-old Columbia man has been charged in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

Donald Ray Perry has been charged with murder in the death of Jamesinia Perry, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Investigators say Mr. Perry approached his wife in the parking lot of the Rutledge Forest Apartments and shot her at least once in the upper body.

- From wire reports