Body of man found in W. Ashley is identified

Authorities have identified a body found near a Walmart store in West Ashley on Wednesday as a transient man.

David Thompson, 46, of no certain address, died from a gunshot wound to the head, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said. The wound appears to have been self-inflicted, she said.

A handgun was recovered with the body in the area off West Ashley Circle and Bees Ferry Road, Charleston police have said.

The man’s body was discovered about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials initially said they couldn’t tell the sex of the body because it was badly decomposed.

Rhoton said it was unclear when Thompson died or how long his body had been in the woods.

Aviation panel board OKs terminal design

The Charleston County Aviation Authority’s board on Thursday unanimously approved the new design for the 27-year-old terminal that will bring extensive changes to Charleston International Airport over the next four years.

In addition to a dome design over the lobby to allow more natural light into the building, the main changes include six new gates, consolidated security checkpoints, a third baggage carousel, a new rental car pavilion, outside canopy renovations and glass along the front of the building to allow in more light.

The board still is negotiating the construction contract with Dallas-based Austin Commercial LLP, so no construction date has been set, Aviation Authority Chairman Chip Limehouse said.

Picnic set for survivors of victims of homicide

More than 200 people are expected to gather today at the 13th annual Survivors of Homicide Support Group Picnic in North Charleston.

The event gives families and friends of homicide victims the chance to get together “in a nontherapeutic environment, gain strength from each other and bond with those who truly know what they are going through,” sponsors from the MUSC Crime Victims Center said.

Fun, food and activities will be available to people of all ages. Photos of loved ones lost to homicide can be displayed on a table.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Charleston Riverfront Park. Transportation may be provided. Call 843-792-4497, 745-2251 or 745-2252.

Santee Cooper begins mosquito spraying

MONCKS CORNER — Santee Cooper has begun its annual mosquito treatment for areas in Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon and Orangeburg counties that are near the Santee Cooper Lakes.

The state-owned utility typically sprays around 60,000 acres annually by truck for adult mosquito control and about 300 acres for larval control, using EPA-approved chemicals.

Santee Cooper leaseholders and residents of areas around lakes Marion and Moultrie can request mosquito services or check on the treatment schedule by visiting www.santeecooper.com/mosquitocontrol.

Staff reports