Colleton deputies nab 'most wanted' suspect
Colleton County sheriff's deputies arrested another member of their "most wanted" list Monday.
Xavier Holmes, a 19-year-old Jacksonboro man, surrendered about 1 p.m., after fleeing from a home where deputies came looking for him earlier in the day, authorities said.
Holmes was wanted for failing to appear for bench warrants for armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy.
Free forum aimed at paying college costs
Parents and educators are invited March 9 to a free forum of state and national experts who will speak on "Making Sense of College Costs."
The forum will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 4 p.m. Speakers include Mark Kantrowitz, creator of finaid.org; S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis.; and Donald Burkard, associate vice president for enrollment planning at the College of Charleston.
Kantrowitz will be speaking on the impact of less aid and need-based grants on students' future plans; how to balance savings, income, aid and loans to pay for college; and a calculator for what you'll need for college.
For a detailed agenda or to register, go to bit.ly/xpa40M.
Berkeley Councilman Call to seek re-election
Berkeley County Councilman Bob Call on Monday announced his intention to seek re-election to the District 3 seat he first won four years ago.
Call said he would run a positive campaign based on his experience and on his record of getting things done.
"Thanks in part to our dedication to creating a business-friendly environment, such as lower taxes, the completion of the Sheep Island interchange, and the expansion of our water and sewer resources for corporate use, we have been proud to welcome many new businesses to our county over the last several years," Call said. "While other areas witness the shuttering of industry after industry, we've had new businesses choose to make our home, their home."
Call, who also served on council from 1989 through 1996, is a former vice chairman of council.
Former weapons plant workers were overpaid
COLUMBIA -- More than 500 workers at a former nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina were overpaid by nearly $8 million in stimulus money, according to a federal audit.
The audit released this month by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Energy centers on work at the Savannah River Site, a DOE complex along the South Carolina-Georgia border that once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs.
In all, about 12,000 people work at the 310 square-mile site, where much of the work is now focused on research and environmental cleanup. To further those efforts, the site several years ago received $1.6 billion in stimulus cash to create and save about 3,000 jobs.
As those jobs ran their course and the stimulus money was spent, employees were let go. According to the audit, site manager Savannah River Nuclear Solutions opted to pay 526 departing employees each for 60 days, on top of their separation benefits.
That plan ran counter to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which says contractors should give advance notice when making layoffs. But if employers opt not to give notice, the bill doesn't require that they pay employees instead. So, by preemptively paying out the extra 60 days of severance, according to the audit, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions cost the Department of Energy $7.7 million.