Originally created 10/24/06

Across South Carolina



Bauer has $336,000 in campaign coffers

COLUMBIA - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has $336,000 to make a final push in the last two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, according to campaign finance reports that were due Monday.

His campaign said that will allow the incumbent Republican to run TV ads through Election Day.

Mr. Bauer raised $411,000 between July 1 and Oct. 18, according to the reports. Political observers were divided over whether that was enough to roll out a statewide campaign.

Attendance declines again at state fair

COLUMBIA - Attendance at the South Carolina State Fair dipped for the second year in a row, and officials blamed rain.

An estimated 450,000 people attended the fair, expanded from 11 to 12 days this year, before it closed Sunday night.

"We are so directly affected by the weather, but there are some things that are out of our control," fair Manager Gary Goodman said.

There were three days of rain this year, one of which, Oct. 17, saw the smallest daily attendance in recent history, at just above 11,500 people.

Last year's fair was attended by 508,300 people, with six days of rain.

Fixing up Battery is delicate matter

CHARLESTON - One of the best-known parks in South Carolina - White Point Garden, also known as the Battery at the foot of the Charleston peninsula - is due for some sprucing up.

How do you improve something everyone seems to love and wouldn't change for the world, though?

"People are amazingly protective of White Point Garden," said Steve Livingston, the city's parks director. "Every time I talk to somebody, they get this look of, 'Don't change it. Whatever you do, don't change it.'"

Mr. Livingston said the key to the project will be doing what needs to be done without making the park look like something different.

Former deputy auditor sues boss over firing

CHARLESTON - The Charleston County auditor is being sued by a former deputy who says he was wrongly fired after information was released about tax breaks the auditor got on her property.

Ronald Hall claims in his lawsuit that Auditor Peggy Moseley thought he was responsible for leaking information about her personal property taxes. Mr. Hall says he did not release that information.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Hall describes his former boss as "a paranoiac who has a history of erratic, paranoid behavior."

Mr. Hall worked 12 years in the office, which is responsible for calculating and mailing property tax bills and maintaining certain property records.

- Edited from wire reports