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HEAT ADVISORY

Heat advisory issued for eastern South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - It's dangerously hot in eastern South Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the southeastern part of the state until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The advisory is in effect in Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

Forecasters say heat index values will range from 105 to 110 degrees.

A heat advisory is also in effect in the northeastern part of the state from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. That advisory affects Darlington, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg counties,

Heat index values of up to 108 degrees are possible in the northeastern part of South Carolina.

SCE&G SOLAR

SCE&G plans solar farms in Cayce, North Charleston

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Electric & Gas is moving ahead with plans to put two solar farms on land it owns in the Lowcountry and the Midlands.

The utility announced Thursday that it is seeking requests for proposals to put solar arrays at sites in North Charleston as well as adjacent to its corporate headquarters in Cayce.

The North Charleston site will be located off Interstate 526 on a three-acre site at the company's former gas operations facility. It will have a solar generating capacity of between 300 and 500 kilowatts.

The array in Cayce will be on 20 acres off Interstate 77 and will have a generating capacity of up to 4 megawatts.

The utility expects both sites to be operational next year.

SUMTER-FIRE

Retired dentist dies in Sumter house fire

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - Sumter County authorities say a retired dentist has died in an early morning house fire.

Coroner Harvin Bullock said 61-year-old Dr. Edmund McDonald Jr. died in the fire which broke out just after midnight Wednesday at his residence in Sumter.

Fire officials say three people were in the home when the blaze began, but two women were able to escape.

It took firefighters an hour to get the smoke and flames under control.

Officials found McDonald in a lower-level living room after they searched the building. They think the fire started in the kitchen, but the cause of the fire has not been determined.

SOCIAL SECURITY-THEFT

SC woman guilty in $50,000 Social Security theft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A Bishopville woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $50,000 from the Social Security Administration by collecting checks issued to her late mother.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 65-year-old Earnestine Lowery did not tell Social Security when her mother died in 2008 and continued to collect her retirement benefits until this January, when the agency discovered the death.

U.S. District Judge Margaret Seymour accepted Lowery's guilty plea in federal court in Columbia. Lowery will be sentenced later.

Nettles says the maximum penalty for theft of government funds is 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

KAYAK RESCUE

Coast Guard chopper helps rescue kayakers in SC

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A man and his daughter are safe after they were rescued from their partially submerged kayak in St. Helena Sound near Beaufort.

The Coast Guard says a helicopter from Savannah, Georgia, was sent to search for the 40-year-old man and his 12-year old daughter Wednesday evening. Local emergency officials received a distress call from another kayaker that the pair's kayak was taking on water.

The chopper was able to locate the pair and direct officers from the Beaufort Marine Rescue Service to the site where the two were rescued. Authorities say they were clinging to the kayak. Only the girl was wearing a life jacket.

PORT REVENUES

Revenues at SC ports up sharply last fiscal year

CHARLETSON, S.C. (AP) - Revenues at South Carolina's ports were up sharply during the fiscal year that ended June 30th.

The South Carolina Ports Authority reports that revenues for the fiscal year were $164 million, a 17 percent increase over the previous year.

Operating earnings were about $14 million. That's about 20 percent above the agency's projections.

The ports authority says the April-through-June quarter of this year was the strongest quarter for the ports since 2007 when the Great Recession began.

S CAROLINA ST-AD

South Carolina State hires Stillman's Bryant as AD

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina State has hired Paul Bryant of Stillman College as the Bulldogs' new athletic director.

Bryant confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that he has accepted the job. Bryant takes over for Charlene Johnson, who left in April to take a fundraising position in athletics after 10 years as the school's first female AD. Octavio Miro had been heading up the athletic department the past four months.

Bryant spent the past year in charge of Stillman athletics. Before that, he was athletic director at Eureka College in Illinois for five years. Bryant was also basketball coach and associate director for athletics at Urbana University.

T25-S CAROLINA-DAVIS

RB Davis might miss No. 9 South Carolina's opener

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn't practiced this week and might not be ready when the ninth-ranked Gamecocks open the season against No. 21 Texas A&M in a week.

The teams play at Williams-Brice Stadium next Thursday night. Davis has been slowed by several injuries during camp, most recently a rib injury suffered last Saturday.

Davis rushed for 1,183 yards last season, the fourth best single-season total in school history. Davis joked about his status Thursday on Twitter, "Y''all really think I'm going to miss the first game?" followed by several grinning emoticons.

Davis was a second-team all-Southeastern Conference preseason selection.

If Davis is sidelined, Spurrier said the Gamecocks would be good relying on backups Brandon Wilds, Shon Carson and David Williams.

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