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July 03, 2018 - 12:00 am


Regulators order S. Carolina utility to start cutting rates

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Customers of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. are another step closer to seeing a rate reduction following a failed multi-billion dollar nuclear project.

Media outlets report the Public Service Commission on Tuesday ordered South Carolina Electric & Gas to start lowering rates by 15 percent beginning this summer.

SCE&G wants to stop the cut, arguing state lawmakers' move to force the utility to pay for a failed nuclear construction project is unconstitutional. The utility had sought to use a higher rate to recover project costs.

Lawmakers last week ordered the commission to reduce SCE&G's rates until regulators decide by year's end who should fund the abandoned project.

SCE&G and the state-owned utility Santee Cooper had spent more than $9 billion when they abandoned the project last summer.


Fuji to add more than 60 jobs in South Carolina

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A Japanese company says it will expand its operation in South Carolina, adding more than 60 jobs.

The South Carolina Commerce Department said in a news release that Fujifilm Manufacturing USA Inc. plans to spend nearly $4 million to expand its operation in Greenwood. The company is expected to hire 67 more employees.

The company said the expansion will allow the assembly of electrical parts for inkjet printer heads for sister company Fujifilm Dimatrix.

Fuji has operated in Greenwood for 30 years and has five manufacturing plants in the county.

Hiring is expected to begin by the end of July or in August.


New company to locate at South Carolina inland port

(Information from: The Post and Courier,

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A company that provides container and chassis maintenance is opening a facility at South Carolina's newest inland port.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Container Maintenance Corp. plans to hire 54 people at a new operation in Dillon.

The State Ports Authority inland port along Interstate 95 in Dillon opened in April and is South Carolina's second such operation. The other is in Greer.

Container Maintenance Corp. is expected to spend more than $11 million at the cargo hub, offering container and chassis maintenance as well as repair and upkeep of equipment to support of the inland port.

Container Maintenance Corp. has similar operations at the Port of Charleston and at the inland port in Greer.

The inland port allows trucks and trains to exchange cargo containers.



Part-time police officer killed in South Carolina wreck

SUMMERTON, S.C. (AP) — A part-time police officer has been identified as the person killed in a wreck on a bridge on Interstate 95 in South Carolina.

Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock told news outlets that 63-year-old Carl Wiggins of Holly Hill died when his sports utility vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer rig early Monday.

Wiggins worked for the Summerton Police Department. He previously had worked as an officer in Holly Hill and Santee.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lt. Bob Beres says the wreck happened on the I-95 southbound bridge crossing Lake Marion. Wiggins' SUV was disabled and stationary in the right hand lane when it was struck by the tractor-trailer.

Beres says the driver of the rig was not hurt.

Traffic was blocked on I-95 for more than three hours.


3rd person arrested in shooting death in South Carolina

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A third person has been arrested in a shooting death in South Carolina earlier this year.

Horry County Police Capt. John Harrelson told news outlets Monday that 26-year-old Shawn Quay Tisdale of Socastee has been charged with murder.

Twenty-six-year-old Reginald Washington of Conway was shot and killed at a saloon on U.S. 501 in Horry County on May 25.

Thirty-year-old Joey Henry of Green Sea and 27-year-old Gary Jackson of Myrtle Beach have also been charged with murder in the shooting death.

Police have not released a motive.

Horry County officials revoked the bar's business license shortly after the shooting, saying the saloon had become a "nuisance" .

There was no record of an attorney for Tisdale yet.


Deputy suffers minor injuries in South Carolina wreck

FAIR PLAY, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a sheriff's deputy suffered only minor injuries in a wreck along Interstate 85.

News outlets reported the wreck happened around 12:15 p.m. Monday between Townville and Fair Play not far from the South Carolina-Georgia state line.

Troopers say an Anderson County Sheriff's Office vehicle was involved in a three-vehicle wreck in the southbound lanes of the highway.

The Highway Patrol says the deputy was trying to turn left at a crossover when the patrol car was hit by a pickup truck towing a trailer. The pickup then hit another car and ran off the road and jack-knifed. Troopers say no one was hurt.

A separate wreck in the northbound lanes near Fair Play also caused traffic backups for a while Monday afternoon.

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