Originally created 07/04/06

Across South Carolina



Some driver's licenses, ID cards need replacing

COLUMBIA - Anyone who received a driver's license or identification card in South Carolina in 2002 or 2003 should have the card replaced, the state Department of Motor Vehicles says.

The DMV received a faulty batch of the paper used to make the licenses during that time, and the cards are separating between the layers, officials said.

Separating ID cards might not be accepted by law enforcement agencies, airport security or financial institutions.

Anyone with an ID from 2002 or 2003 can call the DMV at (803) 896-5000.

The customer will need the name, driver's license or identification card number and date of birth as it appears on the damaged card. The DMV is providing the replacement card for free.

State studies trouble with insurance firm

COLUMBIA - South Carolina is taking a closer look at an insurance company Florida regulators are now overseeing after it ran into financial problems.

Florida Select Insurance Co. was put into rehabilitation to deal with financial problems. In rehabilitation, regulators manage a company's assets so it can continue operating.

The Florida Insurance Department's action does not force the company to cancel policies or stop writing new ones.

According to the South Carolina Insurance Department, Florida Select had $8.4 million in homeowners insurance policies in effect in 2004. That made the company 17th in the state in market share.

South Carolina Insurance Department Director Eleanor Kitzman says the state will work closely with Florida regulators to make sure policyholders here "are treated fairly and equitably."

South Carolina will conduct its own investigation and analysis on Florida Select to make sure the state's consumers are protected. A state guarantee fund also protects policyholders, Ms. Kitzman said.

Clemson engineering, science dean to retire

CLEMSON - The first dean of a merged College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University has retired after 14 years.

But Thomas Keinath doesn't plan to leave the university or the classroom. He hopes to sit in on some Clemson classes in history, philosophy, psychology and other subjects, he said.

"Being an engineer, I've developed the left side of my brain," the 65-year-old said. "But my right side is still undeveloped and it needs some work over there."

Man stabbed to death; suspect is in custody

CHARLESTON - A Charleston man was stabbed to death and police have identified a suspect, a police spokesman said.

Samuel Paul Heyward, 52, died shortly after 12:15 a.m. Saturday at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital.

He was stabbed late Friday night after a card game.

A suspect has been identified, police spokesman Charleston Francis said, but "we're not ready to release the name."

Police did not find the weapon Saturday.

- Edited from wire reports