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Greenville gay couples ask for marriage licenses

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Six same-sex couples are going to ask the Greenville County Probate Court for marriage licenses.

The couples expect to be turned down Wednesday morning because South Carolina's ban on gay marriage still stands.

The couples are part of Campaign for Southern Equality's "We Do" campaign, where supporters of gay marriage get together for a rally, and then request marriage licenses they know will be turned down. This is the third event in Greenville County, and similar events have been held in other Southern states.

The Greenville event happens two days after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

South Carolina is in that judicial circuit, but the state plan to continue fighting a lawsuit to overturn the state's gay marriage ban.


Casino boat stops operations in Little River

LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (AP) - One of two casino boats operating out of Little River has stopped operations.

SunCruz Casino stopped its operations Monday.

SunCruz took passengers into international waters to gamble. SunCruz has said it employed about 200 people.

A message on the SunCruz telephone line thanks customers for their support and directs them to the Big M, Little River's other casino boat.

There was no explanation for the shutdown. But SunCruz had been involved in a legal fight with Horry County for two years over a $7 per passenger fee the county had imposed on the boat.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said the county and SunCruz had been negotiating a settlement of debt. The amount the company owed the county has not been released.


Body of Clemson man found in Lake Hartwell

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man reported missing in Clemson has been found dead in Lake Hartwell.

Clemson Police Chief Jimmy Dixon says dispatchers got a call at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday about a body in the water near a bridge.

Police have identified the man as 50-year-old man James Davis of Clemson. Davis had been reported missing earlier Tuesday. Investigators said he was last seen Monday morning near where his body was found, at a favorite fishing spot on the lake.

Authorities have not said how Davis died. An autopsy is planned.


Dalzell woman charged with DUI, child neglect

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A 44-year-old Dalzell woman is charged with driving under the influence and child neglect after telling police who had pulled her over that she had left her toddler son home alone.

The Sumter Item reported that the Sumter County Sheriff's Office says Edith Rita Amerson failed field sobriety tests after officers pulled her over about 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Deputies went to Amerson's residence where they found the child sleeping.

Officers contacted the child's father, who came to the home and the child was released to his custody.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Amerson had an attorney.


New plant to bring 50 jobs to Harleyville

HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A company that makes chemicals used in the concrete industry is opening a new plant in Dorchester County.

SpecChem plans to invest more than $5 million and create 50 new jobs.

SpecChem makes curing agents and hardeners, grouts and bonding agents.

The company has acquired a facility in Harleyville and plans to begin manufacturing operations this fall.


SC female inmate turns self in, dies in jail

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A 32-year-old Sumter woman has died after she was found unresponsive in her cell at the Sumter County jail.

Coroner Harvin Bullock told The Sumter Item that preliminary reports show no signs of foul play but an autopsy and toxicology report will be conducted on Jennifer Lynn Sharp-Adams.

Sharp-Adams turned herself in to officials Monday. Officials said she and 41-year-old Charles Yingling of Sumter were suspected of being involved in pinning a man between their cars and dragging him a short distance on U.S. 15 last month.

Officials say the unidentified man suffered a severe cut on his right leg. Sheriff's Lt. Robert Burnish says Yingling is still being sought.


Replica of famous albino dolphin back in SC

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Snowball is back in South Carolina.

The Beaufort Gazette reports the life-sized replica of the famous albino dolphin will be displayed at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center expected to open this summer.

Snowball often swam in St. Helena Sound before being captured and being put on display at the Sequarium in Miami in 1962. Snowball was featured in Life and National Geographic magazines and on the TV show "Flipper."

Snowball died in 1965 and a replica, including its jawbone and teeth, was created. The replica was acquired by a Florida man from the Seaquarium 14 years ago.

He agreed it should come to South Carolina when contacted by a board member of the foundation building the maritime center.


Moratorium on new Charleston bars proposed

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston is changing its approach on dealing with late-night crowds in the city's entertainment district. The city is now proposing a moratorium on new bars.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the city originally proposed prohibiting businesses selling alcohol in the entertainment area from operating between midnight and 6 a.m.

That proposal was the subject of a hearing earlier this month and brought objections from business owners.

Mayor Joe Riley says a moratorium would ban new bars in the downtown area for three years. He says that will give the city time to gather input and develop a fair plan to limit businesses serving alcohol while expanding other kinds of businesses.

The moratorium would have to be approved by city council.


Operation Move Out gets underway in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A campaign that targets people who are leaving or entering apartments is about to begin in Charleston.

Operation Move Out centers on the large number of students and others who are moving out of or into apartments on Aug. 1. In the past, people moving resulted in big piles of trash along the city's streets.

Beginning Wednesday, city code enforcement officers will begin patrolling neighborhoods to make note of where items are being piled up. Then on Saturday, sanitation crews will make runs through the city. Tenants can also leave items on the curb Sunday for regular Monday trash pickup.

As part of the effort, the community relations office at the College of Charleston donates $2,000 to help pay for additional sanitation crews.


Man hurt in crash while fleeing SC deputies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Richland County sheriff's deputies say a man has been arrested after he hit two cars and crashed into a tree after a chase.

Lt. Curtis Wilson said deputies saw the man make a drug transaction around noon Tuesday. Wilson said when deputies tried to stop the man, he drove away.

The man hit a sheriff's department vehicle and another vehicle and then hit a tree.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. There was no word on his condition. His name has not been released.

A deputy and the person driving the third vehicle were taken to a hospital for injuries that did not appear to be serious.

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