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Easter fire on SC coast claims second life

GARDEN CITY, S.C. (AP) - An Easter morning fire on the South Carolina coast has claimed a second life.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler says 46-year-old Joel Lamb of Timmonsville died Monday from injuries he suffered after he jumped from the three-story burning house in Garden City attempting to escape.

Lamb's 38-year-old wife, Melissa, died at the scene of the fire that occurred about 4 a.m. on Easter morning.

Another adult and three children remain hospitalized with injuries suffered in the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Teen killed, another hurt in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - One teenager has been killed and another teen was hurt in a shooting in North Charleston.

North Charleston police say officers were called to a street around 6 p.m. Monday and found a 15-year-old with gunshot wounds. Police say a second teen with a leg injury was brought to the scene by friends.

Both teens were taken to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, where the 15-year-old died.

His name has not been released.

Witnesses said four teens were on bikes when an SUV came by and s male got out and begin shooting. The other two teens were not hurt.

No arrests have been reported.


Newborn boy found in Greenville trashcan

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A Greenville woman has been charged with attempted murder and child neglect after an infant boy was found in a trash can on a city street.

Police spokesman Johnathan Bragg said officers were called to a street around 4:30 p.m. Monday where a baby was found in a trash can. Bragg said the owner of a rental home was doing maintenance when he noticed blood outside the trash can.

Officers found the newborn in a plastic grocery bag wrapped in a blanket in the trashcan.

Bragg says the baby was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sharon Lenise Ferguson was arrested in the investigation. It was not clear if she has an attorney.

Investigators said the boy was born sometime Monday.


Rep. Cobb-Hunter tries again for Eartha Kitt Day

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Orangeburg Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter is hoping her bill to honor South Carolina native Eartha Kitt will be approved by state lawmakers.

Cobb-Hunter told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that declaring Jan. 21 "Eartha Kitt Day" will bring tourists to the state and spur economic development.

The House has approved the bill and it awaits Senate action. Cobb-Hunter's similar measure in 2011 was not approved.

Cobb-Hunter says it won't cost the state anything and could bring in tourists eager to learn about the singer born in 1927 on a farm outside of the town of North.

Kitt won two Emmys and was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys. She performed in more than 100 countries and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Study: Extending Hilton Head runway has no impact

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - An environmental report says the lengthening of the Hilton Head Island Airport runway will have no environmental impact.

But some island residents find that hard to believe.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports more than 120 residents gathered Monday for a meeting on an environmental impact statement. The study found the project will have no impact on air quality, wildlife or noise.

The project has stirred controversy recent years with residents concerned about everything from additional noise and removing trees to lower property values and effects on the Mitchelville community - a freedman's village founded during the Civil War.

A plan by Beaufort County and Hilton Head Island calls for extending the 4,300-foot runway to 5,400 feet. The study reviewed the first phase, an initial 700-foot extension.


Value of history topic of SC preservation meeting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Organizers of the South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference say the event will focus on the value of history.

The conference is being held Tuesday in Columbia. Its theme is preserving, protecting and promoting historic assets.

The topics range from the importance of oral history in recovering the past to strategies for determining the age of historic buildings and researching the state's vanishing rural markets.

Other sessions at the daylong conference deal with restoring historic gardens, obtaining historic tax credits and preserving buildings that can date back to the middle of the last century.


DJJ youth, volunteers making urns for SC veterans

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's Department of Juvenile Justice is participating in a project to build urns to hold the unclaimed cremated remains of military veterans.

Members of the Missing in America Project and American Legion Post 193 are working Tuesday with youth in DJJ custody to build the wooden urns.

DJJ officials signed an agreement to make the urns last year.

Incarcerated youth in the care of the department and its carpentry program are designing and building urns used in formal interment ceremonies for unclaimed veterans at Fort Jackson National Cemetery and elsewhere.

Speakers at Tuesday's event include DJJ director Margaret Barber.


Development phase of SC plantation beginning

CHARLETSON, S.C. (AP) - Ground is being broken in Charleston on new park amenities at McLeod Plantation.

The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission purchased the plantation from the Historic Charleston Foundation for $3.3 million three years ago. Since then there have been studies on how best to preserve the plantation while providing public access.

There has also been stabilization work on the plantation buildings, including slave cabins, dating to the 18th century.

The new phase of work beginning Tuesday consists of interior repair work to the main plantation house, several cabins, a garage, and the gin house.

Additional parking lots, a welcome center, a pavilion, and a small maintenance building also will be built.

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