AT&T hiring 120 people, including 70 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - AT&T is hiring 120 people across South Carolina as it expands its wired and wireless network nationwide.
The telecommunications giant announced Monday it's filling 50 vacancies and hiring for 70 new positions.
The jobs are part of AT&T's plans announced last fall. Project Velocity IP, or VIP, involves expanding high-speed 4G mobile internet service, expanding and enhancing wired IP broadband network, and running fiber to more businesses.
The company says it received no state incentives for the jobs.
AT&T says it invested more than $800 million in its networks in South Carolina from 2010 through 2012. Nearly 1,250 upgrades were completed statewide last year.
Last year, AT&T launched 4G services in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. It has expanded to Orangeburg and Florence so far this year.
SC deputy dies after working security at fire
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has died after working three nights of security at the scene of a fire that destroyed 26 condominiums near Myrtle Beach in March.
Horry (OR-ee) County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jeff Benton says 50-year-old Deputy Timothy Causey died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Benton said Causey was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and acute respiratory following the fire. He was later transferred to the Medical University in Charleston where doctors diagnosed him with the swine flu, he developed pneumonia, and was placed in a medically induced coma.
The exact cause of death was not immediately available. Causey was a 25-year veteran of law enforcement and had worked for the Horry County Sheriff's Office for two years.
The March fire displaced 190 people.
BILLY GRAHAM RECORDED
Billy Graham on camera: new message out this fall
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - Christian evangelist Billy Graham may be hampered by age and declining health, but he isn't done preaching yet.
The Charlotte Observer reported Monday (http://bit.ly/17Tj9Jt) that the 94-year-old has been talking on camera for months. The Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association plans to distribute his filmed comments on TV, DVD, and the Internet in November as part of a new nationwide evangelical effort.
Association chief of staff Ken Barun says Graham is talking about how he sees today. The cameras catch Graham mostly fielding questions in his Montreat home posed by visiting Baptist pastor Don Wilton of Spartanburg, S.C.
Billy Graham's last crusade was in 2005 in New York. Since his wife's death in 2007, he has spent most of his time at his home.
Woman dies after tumbling out of car on I-95 in SC
YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating why a passenger tumbled out of a moving car on Interstate 95 and died after landing in front of a tractor-trailer.
Troopers say the fatal incident happened Sunday evening near the Jasper County community of Yemassee. Southbound traffic on I-95 was rerouted for almost three hours.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres says the female passenger was riding in a southbound 1993 Buick 4-door driven by a 58-year-old Savannah, Ga., man. Beres says the unidentified female came out of the moving car and was struck and killed by a Freightliner tractor-trailer headed southbound in the next lane.
The patrol didn't release the passenger's age and other information.
Family holds out hope for SC woman missing 2 years
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina family is determined to never give up on finding their loved one, keeping in mind that three women held hostage for a decade were rescued in Cleveland.
Monday marks two years since the family of Spartanburg's Evelyn Shelton heard from her. WYFF reports that her family marked her disappearance with an event this weekend.
Shelton is 1 of more than 140 people in South Carolina in the National Missing Persons Data System.
Shelton was last seen at her Spartanburg home in 2011. Her orange Chevrolet was found abandoned the following day. The then-42-year-old Shelton's wallet was found a month later near where the last signal from her cell phone was recorded.
Shelton's brother Timothy says the three women in Cleveland proves the need for hope.
BARBER SHOP SLAYING
SC man killed in stick-up of barber shop
BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Georgia authorities are holding two homicide suspects after a South Carolina barber was fatally shot during an attempted robbery at his business.
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Sunday that 32-year-old Zann Worrell Jr. of North Augusta, S.C., died from multiple gunshot wounds. Carlton says Worrell died Saturday at Georgia Regents Medical Center.
Carlton says Worrell was shot by two gunmen trying to rob the Island Cuts Barber Shop in Beech Island where Worrell worked.
Aiken County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Feemster says an alert witness followed a white Honda leaving the scene into Georgia and reported their license plate information.
Being held in Augusta pending extradition to South Carolina are 21-year-old Demarcus LiQuan Booker and 18-year-old Raphael Wooden.
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