Originally created 06/13/06

Across South Carolina

N. Augusta loses out as All-America City

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ten communities were named winners of 2006 All-America City Awards, according to the National Civic League, which sponsors the contest.

The winners announced Sunday were: Richland County, S.C.; Lincoln, Calif.; Longmont, Colo.; Sarasota County, Fla.; Marietta, Ga.; Kansas City, Mo.; Columbus, Ohio; Maumee, Ohio; DeSoto, Texas; and Pharr, Texas. The winners were selected from 28 finalists, which included North Augusta, that participated in a weekend competition in Anaheim.

In making their decisions, judges considered the communities' programs for youth, education, poverty, affordable housing and race relations, according to the civic league.

More than 500 communities have been designated All-America cities since the awards debuted in 1949.

The National Civic League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt and other government reformers.

Driver who hit man might have dozed

COLUMBIA - Authorities say they are looking into whether the driver of sport utility vehicle might have fallen asleep before losing control of it and striking a Columbia man who died at the scene.

No charges had been filed against 18-year-old Charles Greene in the death of Clyde Porter on Sunday, authorities said. The 2002 Jeep Cherokee struck Mr. Porter and a utility pole shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, police said. Authorities said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors.

Man is shot to death after deputy stabbed

SUMMERVILLE - A Berkeley County sheriff's deputy was stabbed in the chest with a butcher knife while responding to a domestic dispute, authorities said.

After the deputy was stabbed Sunday, the attacker was fatally shot by a deputy at a mobile home, authorities said. The identities of the wounded deputy and the attacker were not immediately released. Eva Banda lives in the mobile home with her 24-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.

Her son, who witnessed the incident but would not give his name, told The (Charleston) Post and Courier that the dead man was dating his mother, lived in Lexington and spent weekends in the Lowcountry.

Body of 9-year-old drowned boy found

PAWLEYS ISLAND - The body of a 9-year-old boy who drowned while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean has been recovered, officials said Monday.

The boy, who was not identified, had been swimming Sunday near the south end of the island, which has signs posted to warn swimmers about dangerous rip currents, said Pawleys Island Police Chief Guy Osborne.

Chief Osborne said that the boy got into trouble while he was swimming and that an 18-year-old relative tried to help.

The boy's body was recovered Monday morning in the surf about a mile north from where he had been swimming.

- Edited from wire reports


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