Originally created 04/09/06

Across South Carolina



Port construction fight results in bill

COLUMBIA - A bill that would prevent the State Ports Authority from building a port in Jasper County on land owned by the state of Georgia has been introduced in the South Carolina House.

Ninety lawmakers signed onto the proposal Thursday that comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that the Ports Authority doesn't have the sole power to build ports in South Carolina.

Although the court ruled that the county could build its own port, the justices said the state has priority when it comes to taking over the land that would be used for a shipping terminal.

The land Jasper County and the Ports Authority want for a terminal is used to dump dredge spoils from the Savannah River. The county has begun the process of condemning the 1,800 acres so it can take control of it. The State Ports Authority notified the Georgia Department of Transportation this week that it, too, is interested in the land.

Death of homeless man is investigated

MYRTLE BEACH - Police are investigating the death of a homeless man who died over the weekend after being injured in an attack last month.

Steven Walsh was found beaten March 23 in some woods off U.S. Highway 501, Capt. David Beaty of the Horry County Police said Friday.

Mr. Walsh appeared to be in his early to mid-50s and was from New York state. He had lived in the Myrtle Beach area for a few years.

He died April 1. Coroner Tamara Willard said she is awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death.

Police are treating the case as a homicide.

Ex-employee charged with aiding in escape

COLUMBIA - A former employee at the Union County work camp has been charged with helping an inmate escape more than a year ago, the State Law Enforcement Division says.

Santrina Harris, 26, of Jonesville, aided in the escape of Christopher Dillard in November 2004, according to an arrest warrant.

Ms. Harris was arrested Thursday and charged with aiding an escape from prison and misconduct in office, SLED said.

Legislator gets gun in newspaper giveaway

CLEMSON - The winner of the AK-47 assault rifle given away by Clemson University's conservative newspaper is state Rep. Thad Viers, R-Myrtle Beach.

The 28-year-old lawmaker didn't actually win the drawing for the rifle. But the first two winners rejected the prize, and the third gave it to him.

Andrew Davis, the editor of The Tiger Town Observer, has said the giveaway was to bring attention to the Second Amendment right to bear arms and to raise money for the paper and charitable causes.