News In Brief - July 19, 2007

Barbecue dinner to benefit horse club

CHESTER -- A barbecue chicken dinner to benefit the Chester County 4-H Horse Club will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at The Market Building, 116 Columbia St.

The $6.50 dinner will include barbecue chicken, rice pilaf, vegetables, salad, a dinner roll, dessert and a drink. Diners can eat in or carry out. Deliveries will be made for large orders.

To call ahead and place an order, call (803) 581-6380. To place an order on the day of the event, call (803) 385-6184.

Rock Hill author to sign book today

Rock Hill author Mary Shelley will sign copies of her book, "The Ghost of White Oaks," today at the BTC Building, 454 S. Anderson Road, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The book is a historical novel about Sherman's army in the area of Great Falls and the Catawba River near the end of the Civil War. Shelley, 70, published the book in March. It is her first book.

Clover author to sign book Saturday

CHARLOTTE -- Clover resident Peggy Yellen will sign copies of her book "Set Free" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Connection, 2819 W. Sugar Creek Road in the Derita Plaza.

The book shares how a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic came to a new life in Jesus at age 51.

For details, visit the Web site, www.setfreebygrace.com.

South Carolina to host 2010 legislative conference

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina will host the annual Southern Legislative Conference in 2010, and lawmakers from 16 states are expected to attend, state House Speaker Bobby Harrell said Wednesday.

The Palmetto State last hosted the five-day meeting in 1998 in Charleston, and roughly 2,800 legislators and guests attended. A specific location has not yet been chosen for the 2010 conference.

Harrell, a Charleston Republican, was elected the conference's vice chairman Tuesday during its meeting in Williamsburg, Va.

He said the event will bring millions of dollars to South Carolina.

The Southern Legislative Conference is one of four regional groups that make up the national Council of State Governments.

Members include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Judge: 16 dogs seized in raid should be put to death

SUMTER-- A judge ruled that 16 dogs seized during a dogfighting raid two months ago should be put to death, Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis said.

But the ruling by Magistrate Lee Tindal will likely be appealed by the owner of the dogs, 37-year-old Gregory Wright, who was arrested during the May 25 raid, Dennis said.

Authorities said they found 39 dogs tethered to heavy chains deep inside the woods.

While the dogs were being held in shelters, one of them had puppies, leaving the judge to rule on the fate of 41 animals.

Tindal decided Monday that 16 of the dogs were too vicious to be adopted and should be euthanized, Dennis said.

Wright is charged with drug trafficking and ill treatment of animals. Investigators found $14,000 worth of drugs and $6,000 in cash during the raid, Dennis said

Greenville County cats dying of contagious disease

GREENVILLE -- A highly contagious disease has killed more than a dozen cats in Greenville County, a Humane Society official said Wednesday.

Ten kittens and four cats have died of panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, during the past two weeks, Humane Society Chairwoman Jennie Johnson said.

The deadly disease, unseen in the county for years, is preventable through vaccinations. The shelter is urging cat owners to get their pets vaccinated.

Johnson said she is concerned because the felines came from neighborhoods in different parts of the county.

The disease in young, unvaccinated kittens is usually fatal due to their weak immune systems. Symptoms include fever, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. The cats at the shelter died within a few days of showing symptoms, Johnson said.

Workers find severed foot in Lowcountry waterway

CHARLESTON -- A severed foot was found floating in a canal and officials were trying to determine the race and sex of the person.

The foot was found Tuesday by utility workers on a barge about 50 miles north of Charleston.

Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said the foot was badly deteriorated and likely in the water for some time.

Divers searched the canal but did not find any other remains.

Workers from the state-owned utility Santee Cooper were on a barge near Cross, between Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.