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Plans made to save oldest structure on Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Plans are being made to preserve the oldest intact structure on Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the Baynard Mausoleum in the Zion Chapel of Ease cemetery was built in 1846 but is in danger of collapsing. The limestone slabs on the roof are supported now by cracked sandstone walls and rotted wood.

The Heritage Library Foundation is working to raise $175,000 to preserve the structure.

Plans call for stabilizing the structure as well as putting a clear door on it along with a new fence and benches around it. The foundation hopes it will be a place where people can learn the island's history.

Planter William Eddings Baynard built it in a small cemetery where two Revolutionary War patriots are buried.


Transgender teen to sue SC over license photo

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An organization that supports transgender rights is planning to sue South Carolina after the state wouldn't issue a driver's license to a 16-year-old boy unless he took off his makeup.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said it will file a federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday. The boy, Chase Culpepper, his mother and the director of the fund also plan to talk to reporters in Columbia.

The DMV wouldn't let Culpepper wear his makeup for the photo because of a policy that bans license pictures when someone is purposefully altering his appearance.

The fund says that rule is unconstitutional because it is too vague and lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how someone should look.


Authorities investigate shooting in Awendaw

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) - Charleston County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the Labor Day shooting death of a man in Awendaw.

Area media outlets report that the body of a man who was shot was found beside a road late Monday night.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Deputies say the shooting is being investigated as a homicide.


North Augusta woman charged with killing husband

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) - A North Augusta woman has been arrested and charged with killing her husband at their home.

Multiple media outlets reported that 59-year-old Deborah Morris was arrested Monday and charged with shooting and killing her husband.

North Augusta police Lt. Tim Thornton said officers were called to the couple's home around noon Monday and found 63-year-old Stephen Morris dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Deborah Norris also is charged with possession of a gun during a crime. It was not clear if she has an attorney.

Thornton said investigators have not determined a motive in the shooting.


Work to begin on stormwater drains in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Work is scheduled to begin on a nearly $12 million project to improve stormwater runoff drains at Myrtle Beach.

Local media outlets report that the work starting Tuesday is expected to be completed by November 2015.

The project will combine nine stormwater drainage pipes that empty onto the beach into two large pipes that would run under the sea bed about 1,100 feet offshore.

Officials plan to have part of the work finished by April in areas where people swim.

The city postponed the work for a year when bids for the project came in more than $2 million higher than expected.


1 dead, 1 hurt in SC police headquarter shooting

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A suspect has been killed and a Greenville officer has been hurt in a shooting outside police headquarters.

Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell told local reporters that the shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Monday after a man tried to enter the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center.

Gambrell said the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The names of those involved have not been released. Gambrell said the officer was in serious condition after being shot twice in the side and once in the hand.

A police spokesman did not immediately return a message Tuesday morning.

Police said the suspect had fired a gun into the law enforcement center door when he found it locked. The officer who was wounded had responded to the shooting.

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