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News In Brief - October 1, 2007

York County bands march to the top

Four York County high school bands that competed with 23 others in the Boiling Springs Festival of Bands on Saturday scored in the top five.

Clover took first place with 95.7 points, Rock Hill second with 94.3, Fort Mill third with 94.1 and York fifth with 92.5 points.

It was Fort Mill's first competition of the marching season. They won a superior rating and took Best Color Guard.

Bars say smoking bans haven't hurt businesses

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- Despite dire predictions of business losses, Hilton Head Island bar owners say months after workplace smoking bans were passed, little has changed.

Charlie Center at the Dry Dock bar says he no longer goes home smelling like smoke and his workers don't have to scrub the walls to get rid of the yellow tobacco stains.

The (Hilton Head) Island Packet newspaper surveyed 13 bars and restaurants in southern Beaufort County. Nine said business was as good as or better than before the smoking bans went into effect.

The newspaper's survey showed that restaurant owners who were not able to provide outdoor space to accommodate smokers seem to have lost more business than others.

Officials identify dead in I-526 bridge wreck

CHARLESTON -- Charleston officials have identified two men who were killed when their SUV plummeted more than 60 feet off an Interstate 526 bridge to the marsh below.

Florentino Izaguirre Castillo, 31, and Victor Cardenas Pineda, 21, died Friday after a tire blew on their Ford Explorer, causing the vehicle to flip several times and over a waist-high barrier. Both were wearing seat belts and died of head and body trauma.

The men lived near Chapel Hill, N.C., but were staying in Charleston while they were working on a plumbing job.

"They were just wonderful men, quiet and hardworking," said Greg Cantwell, a co-worker of the men at Makson Plumbing of North Carolina. "Both of them always had bright smiles, people you would want to be around."

Castillo, who was driving the SUV, had been doing plumbing work in the United States for about nine months, trying to earn enough money to open a tilapia farm and restaurant in his native Tamaulipas, Mexico, Cantwell said. He had three children in Mexico.

Pineda had been doing work with the company about three weeks.

Cantwell said both were in the country legally.

Road work is scheduled this week in York County for the following locations and lanes, which may be closed to traffic:

LANE CLOSURES

• S.C. 161 -- from Paraham Road to S.C. 5 Bypass, highway construction

• Ebenezer Road -- from Dotson Street to Glenwood Avenue, road construction

• Fort Mill Northern Bypass -- from Merritt Circle to Deerfield Drive, road surfacing

INTERSECTION CONSTRUCTION

• S.C. 49 and Paraham Road

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