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Pine straw sales rake in dollars for forest

COLUMBIA --- A state forest in the Pee Dee is raking in money thanks to a decision to replace the pine trees it plants.

The Sand Hill State Forest in Darlington and Chesterfield counties made $734,856 in 2006 selling leasing rights to rake pine straw. Just seven years ago, those rights barely brought in $50,000.

The windfall came after the state started replacing slash pines, which grow fast and are ideal for timber sales, with longleaf pines in part to prevent the loss of the specialized longleaf ecosystem, said Brian Davis, who coordinates the pine straw program at Sand Hills.

Now the demand for longleaf pine straw to use as garden mulch makes the pine needles more valuable than the trees' wood.

19-year-old shooting suspect surrenders

GREENVILLE --- A man accused of killing two people and wounding two others in a drug-related shooting has turned himself in to police and was charged with murder.

Police say 19-year-old Glenn Daedward Boyd also was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and unlawful weapons possession.

Authorities were awaiting autopsy results on the second victim before filing any additional charges. Deputies said they suspect Mr. Boyd and another man entered a home and began shooting.

Authorities say the second suspect, 19-year-old Cornelius Cummings, was arrested on unrelated charges Friday morning. He also has been charged with murder.

Man is charged in Christmas Eve death

ROCK HILL --- An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder in a shooting on Christmas Eve.

Police say 39-year-old Clarence Odom was shot several times outside a Rock Hill home and ran down the street before collapsing. Investigators say they questioned a resident in the home, 33-year-old Kevin Chisolm, who led them to the murder suspect, Jesse Mitchell.

Mr. Chisolm has also been charged with obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy to distribute cocaine, but police say it is unclear whether drugs were a motive in the shooting.

Seneca man arrested in attack on women

ANDERSON --- A Seneca man has been arrested in an investigation into an attack on a pregnant woman and her mother, the Anderson Independent-Mail reported Friday.

Stanley Lewis, 42, was charged with criminal domestic violence and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to Oconee County Sheriff's Office records.

Dominga Fleming told deputies Mr. Lewis had thrown her mother around Wednesday, according to a police report.


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