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Heat advisory posted for parts of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of eastern South Carolina.

The weather service says the warning about excessive heat will be in effect Monday from midday until early evening.

Forecasters say heat index values as high as 110 degrees are possible because of temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s and high humidity.

The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Marion and Williamsburg counties.

Forecasters warn the combination of heat and humidity could lead to heat illnesses unless proper precautions are taken. People who must be outside should drink plenty of fluids, wear light-weight clothes and stay out of direct sunlight if possible.

It's best to do strenuous outdoor activities in the early morning or evening.


Man's body found by railroad tracks in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Officials are investigating the death of a man whose body was found beside railroad tracks in Spartanburg.

The Spartanburg County coroner's office said the body was found by a passing train crew near some CSX tracks around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Coroner's investigator Dwayne Corn said officials hope to identify the body using fingerprints.

Corn said there was no immediate indication of foul play. An autopsy was planned Monday.


Man falls to death from Spartanburg County bridge

DUNCAN, S.C. (AP) - Spartanburg County authorities are investigating the death of a man who apparently fell from a bridge over Interstate 85.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the man was pronounced dead Sunday evening at the scene in the emergency lane of I-85 near the state Highway 290 bridge near Duncan.

Clevenger said a witness reported seeing the man fall from the bridge. The coroner said passing motorists stopped to check on the man, and it did not appear he was struck by a vehicle.

The man's name has not been released.

The coroner's office and Duncan police are investigating.


Workers labor 7 days a week on arts center

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Crews are now working seven days a week to finish the most expensive municipal project in Charleston's 350-year history.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports crews are at the site every day and working 16 hours on weekdays on the $142 million Gaillard Center being built at the old Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. Most of the weekend work is on the interior.

The new performance hall will be a key venue for the Spoleto Festival USA. The project also includes a ballroom, banquet space, outdoor gardens and city offices.

Mayor Joe Riley says the work is still expected to be completed by April. The Spoleto festival opens in May.


2 die in Sumter County wreck

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - Officials say two people have died and several were hurt in a wreck in Sumter.

Sumter County Coroner Harvey Bullock said the wreck happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bullock said 65-year-old Ronald Winston Holmes car crossed the center line and struck an SUV head-on.

Bullock said a 7-year-old boy in the car also died in the wreck. Autopsies were planned Monday.

Six people in the SUV were hurt. They were taken to hospitals in Columbia and Sumter. There was no word on their conditions.


USC, McNair research center celebrate new home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina is celebrating its new home near the campus in Columbia.

USC President Harris Pastides is joining McNair Center executive director Martin Keaney Monday at 1:30 p.m. to mark the five-year lease of the facility at Assembly and Catawba Streets.

The building is owned by the South Carolina Research Authority, which was created by the state to foster technology.

USC spokesman Jeffrey Stensland said the Center is paying $99,000 per year for five years for the site.

The building will house a new $4.5 million advanced composite materials research center, which will help develop lightweight composites and advanced robotics for constructing aircraft components. Construction is set to begin in August.


Horry schools to review sports tourism rentals

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Sports tourism brings in an estimated $130 million to the Grand Strand which hosts numerous athletic tournaments.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the Horry County School District plans to review how it charges for use of school fields and gyms used in the tournaments.

School Board Chairman Joe DeFeo says the district wants to make sure the fees it charges are competitive and cover the upkeep of fields and gyms. The school board is expected to consider the issue next month.

DeFeo says the district doesn't want to give the impression it's only concerned about getting money from renting facilities. He says officials realize the importance of sports tourism for the economy.

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