Originally created 06/20/06

Across South Carolina



Ex-clerk is charged with embezzlement

COLUMBIA - A former Marion County magistrate's clerk has been charged with embezzlement of public funds.

Rose Edwards, 43, is accused of taking $859 from a court account and two public accounts between August 2004 and January 2005, according to an arrest warrant issued by the State Law Enforcement Division.

Ms. Edwards was arrested Monday and taken to the county jail, SLED said.

Marine dies in fall during hiking trip

PARRIS ISLAND - A Marine assigned to the basic training depot has died when he fell while hiking in Pennsylvania.

The Marine, whose name has not been released, was a member of the Parris Island Marine Band, which went to perform in the Pennsylvania Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, Pa., Maj. Guillermo Canedo said.

The band's flight was delayed and the members took a day trip to Leonard Harrison State Park to hike Sunday, Maj. Canedo said.

"It was an accidental fall. He fell backward and died as a result of his injuries," the major said.

Bridge is named for soldier killed in Iraq

SPARTANBURG - A new bridge that crosses Interstate 26 has been named for Army Pfc. Michael Scott Adams, who died in Iraq.

The 20-year-old died August, 21, 2003, as a result of injuries suffered during a fire caused by a ricocheting bullet during a small-arms training exercise.

During a ceremony, State Sen. John Hawkins on Sunday presented Pfc. Adams' family with a framed copy of the General Assembly resolution naming the bridge.

The signs also have been placed at the new bridge, said state Transportation Department Commissioner Hugh F. Atkins.

Utility wants fee for bigger docks at lake

COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric and Gas Company wants to charge fees to people who want to expand docks at Lake Murray.

SCE&G is looking for ways to spread out the cost of maintaining the shoreline and water quality on the lake.

Some homeowner groups say any fees should also be imposed on boaters, not just waterfront residents and owners of marinas.

- Edited from wire reports