Browsing articles labeled "South Carolina"

Business coalition backs House road-funding proposal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Business leaders are calling on legislators to pass a road-funding bill, saying South Carolina's highway system has reached a "state of crisis." Members of the South Carolina Roads Coalition said Tuesday it's critical that the Legislature pass a sustainable, long-term solution this year for fixing roads and bridges.

Authorities probe death of Clemson athletics staff member

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the death of an associate athletics director at Clemson University. Local media outlets report the body of 60-year-old Bert Henderson was found on Tuesday morning near his Easley home. Henderson was reported missing Monday afternoon after he failed to report to work. His wife died last year.

Justices reject appeal from South Carolina death row inmate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a South Carolina death row inmate who pleaded guilty to killing an off-duty police officer during a multistate crime spree in 2004. The justices on Tuesday left in place a lower court ruling that rejected Mikal Dean Mahdi's claims that his lawyer didn't do enough to present evidence of his troubled childhood.

Authorities working to remove body from Charleston's harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities in the Charleston area have been working to recover a body from the city's harbor. Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson tells multiple media outlets that the Mount Pleasant Police Department summoned deputies for their help before 3 p.m. on Monday. Watson did not have an update on if a body had been recovered.

Bond set for wrong way school bus driver charged with DUI

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) -- Bond has been set for a Goose Creek High School bus driver charged with driving under the influence after officers saw him drive the team bus the wrong way down a highway. Newberry County jail officials tell media outlets Monday 50-year-old Brent Patrick Carter's bond was set at around $2,700. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer. Highway Patrol Sgt.

'Miss Cracker Barrel' inspires with work ethic

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- At times, her job as hostess at Anderson's Cracker Barrel Old Country Store requires Ilse Whaley to rearrange some of the dining room furniture. Coworker Cain Moore learned quickly that she'd rather not have help. "When I saw that she needed another chair, my natural reaction was to get it for her," said Moore. "But she wouldn't let me do it; she took it out of my hand.

Official charged in United flight bribe case dies at age 62

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- A United Airlines lobbyist and longtime state official accused of conspiracy in a shakedown benefiting the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports has died. Jamie Fox, who held numerous governmental posts during his career, died Monday at age 62, the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home said. The cause of his death was unavailable.

Study: Darlington contributes almost $53 million to SC

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) -- Darlington Raceway is contributing almost $53 million in economic impact to the state of South Carolina. A recent study conducted by the University of South Carolina determined the track's impact on the state, also finding it created nearly 800 jobs for South Carolina residents each year while the raceway's ongoing operations generate more than $20 million in labor income for state workers.

Man charged with kidnaping, rape, murder in burned body case

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Deputies say a 28-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping, rape and murder in the death of a woman whose burned body was found three months ago in Greenville County. An arrest warrant said Markius Yeargin killed 34-year-old Henrietta Crawford sometime between Oct. 20 and Nov. 6, when the woman's burned remains were found by a hunter in woods behind a Waffle House near Interstate 85.

Rural staple Neeses Piggly Wiggly closed until April

NEESES, S.C. (AP) -- A grocery store considered an anchor in rural southern South Carolina will likely remain closed until April as crews repair fire damage. The Piggly Wiggly in Neeses has been closed since a Feb. 4 accidental fire started in the celling of the restaurant portion of the store. Store Operator Robbie Stevens told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg (http://bit.

Sheriff vows to find who killed Clemson student 20 years ago

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- Investigators will find the killer of an 18-year-old Clemson student found floating in Lake Hartwell 20 years ago, the Oconee County Sheriff said. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw was a lieutenant in the sheriff's office on Feb. 20, 1997, when authorities found Brooke Holsonback's body. He worked 24-hour days and can remember nearly every detail of the case.

Officer shoots man after hostage situation in South Carolina

PROSPERITY, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say an officer in South Carolina responding to a hostage situation shot a man who pointed a gun at deputies after leaving the home. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said in a statement that the armed man ran from the home in Prosperity at the same time the three hostages inside the house escaped around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Man shoots at officers telling him about relative's death

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say an 18-year-old man out on bail on a murder charge fired a shot at police officers coming to his Hartsville home to tell him a relative died in a car crash. Hartsville Police Lt. Mark Blair told WPDE-TV ( ) that Gregorio Brunson was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits Sunday morning. Blair says Brunson fired one shot from the back of the house as officers approached.

Troopers: Wrong way school bus driver charged with DUI

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina troopers say a Goose Creek High School bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence after officers saw him drive the team bus the wrong way down a highway. Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said that 50-year-old Brent Carter was driving the bus east in the westbound lanes without its headlights on along state Highway 34 near Newberry around 7 p.m. Sunday.

WWII solider's lost dog tags returned to Rock Hill family

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) -- During World War II training in the Arizona desert in 1942, Army soldier James Thompson lost his dog tag. The tag worn around the neck that identify soldiers lay buried in the sand for 75 years until a metal detector found it. They were there buried when war hero James Thompson died in 2003 at age 82. But the detector, Chad Vinck, did more than find the tag.