Originally created 12/19/06

Across South Carolina



Lower speed limits considered on roads

MOUNT PLEASANT - After police clocked drivers at speeds of more than 100 mph on two Lowcountry roads, the state Department of Transportation was asked to study whether speed limits should be lowered on the Ravenel bridge and Interstate 526.

Police say they also would be willing to have cameras installed to discourage speeding.

In one recent week, police wrote 50 citations for speeds of up to 121 mph on Interstate 526 around Mount Pleasant. One driver was clocked going 141 - so fast that police didn't even bother to give chase.

On the Ravenel bridge linking Mount Pleasant with Charleston, police recently wrote 78 citations for speeds up to 106 mph in one week's time.

Debris fire gets out, ravages 150 acres

GREENVILLE - Firefighters worked to extinguish a wildfire in northern Pickens County that burned 150 acres a forestry commission supervisor said.

No injuries have been reported, but the blaze did get within about 20 yards of some homes, said Don Ribonson, of the Forestry Commission.

No evacuations were ordered.

The fire started as a debris burn Saturday but spread to nearby woods, Mr. Robinson said. About 40 firefighters worked to contain the blaze off U.S. Highway 178 north of Pickens.

Rear-end crash kills 2 motorists on I-20

COLUMBIA - Two people died after their vehicle was rear-ended on Interstate 20 near Columbia.

Mary Godwin, 56, of Aberdeen, N.C., and Dario Lasano, 51, were killed early Saturday when their vehicle left the road and flipped, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Ms. Godwin's Ford Escort was hit from behind by a car driven by Tonya Orear, of West Columbia, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He said Ms. Orear's car was speeding but she was not injured.

Palmetto State hasn't warmed to Kwanzaa

COLUMBIA - It has been four decades since Kwanzaa was created as a black celebration of family and community, but in that time it has not resonated widely in South Carolina, a state where one-third of the population is black.

"I personally don't know a single person who celebrates the holiday," said Marcus Cox, the founding director of the African-American Studies Program at The Citadel.

Mr. Cox said tha the and many other blacks respect the holiday but that there are barriers to its broader acceptance. One of them is the timing.

"Christmas is a religious holiday. And most African-Americans are Christians," Mr. Cox said.

- Edited from wire reports