Originally created 07/08/06

Across South Carolina



Senator works to get on governor ballot

WEST COLUMBIA - Sen. Jake Knotts started collecting signatures Friday to petition his way onto the November ballot.

Mr. Knotts, who announced earlier this week that he was considering a run for governor, said he sent 40 people out across the state Friday with petitions. Mr. Knotts, R-West Columbia, is trying to gather a minimum of 10,000 signatures of registered voters and submit them to the state Election Commission by July 17.

Mr. Knotts has clashed with Republican Gov. Mark Sanford repeatedly and said Mr. Sanford doesn't know how to work with the Legislature.

The other candidate in the race is Democratic Sen. Tommy Moore.

18-year-old is charged in death at bus stop

COLUMBIA - An 18-year-old Columbia man has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of a man who was hit by a car while waiting at a bus stop.

Charles N. Greene was arrested Friday in connection with the crash that happened June 11.

Clyde Porter was killed when he was hit by a Jeep Cherokee that was speeding. Investigators say the driver of the Jeep lost control of the car and ran off the road, destroying a utility pole and a mailbox besides hitting Mr. Porter.

Dillon County leaders want I-73 route moved

FLORENCE - Some leaders in Dillon County say they want state transportation officials to move the preferred route for the southern leg of Interstate 73 closer to the city of Dillon.

The vice chairman of Dillon County's Development Board says one of his panel's biggest complaints is that the route chosen by the transportation officials doesn't have an interchange where I-73 would cross U.S. 301, the major north-south road in Dillon County.

"The county would be better off without I-73 at all, rather than the way they've got it now," Daniel Shine said.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation's preferred plan won't foster economic development, something the department has said it hopes to do with I-73, said Mr. Shine, who added that his board voted unanimously to support another route that would take the interstate closer to Dillon.

The interstate will run 90 miles across South Carolina, giving tourists their first direct interstate link to the Grand Strand.

Dillon County's economic development director echoed Mr. Shine's sentiments.

"Right now Dillon County is doing all the giving and not getting anything in return," said Gene Butler.

"We're simply a conduit to the beach."

- Edited from wire reports