Woman rescued after 10 hours in watery ditch

EUTAWVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An alert firefighter rescued a 38-year-old Orangeburg County woman who spent more than 10 hours trapped inside her vehicle in a watery ditch.


The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that Lt. William Rutland of the Eutawville Fire Department spotted a maroon bumper near a concrete bridge as he was driving Thursday evening. When he pulled over, he heard a woman ask for help.


The volunteer firefighter then called emergency dispatchers.


The Eutawville woman was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina. It's unclear why her vehicle left the roadway outside the town. The lower third of her car was submerged in the water.


Police: Man shot to death in Myrtle Beach hotel

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 49-year-old man has been shot to death in a hotel on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.


Police Capt. David Knipes told media outlets that officers arrested 53-year-old Robert Ware several hours later Thursday and charged him with murder.


Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said Randy Banks was shot in the chest around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and died at the hotel.


Knipes says the men knew each other, and detectives are trying to figure out what led to the shooting.


Ware remains in jail. It wasn't known if he had a lawyer.


US report: SC consumer spending up since recession

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal government's newly released estimate of consumer spending in South Carolina shows residents are spending a bit more since the Great Recession officially ended five years ago.


The figures come from a new report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released Thursday. The figures are not adjusted for inflation.


According to the report, per capita personal spending by South Carolina residents rose almost 9 percent between 2007 and 2012, the last year figures were available. Economists say the recession began in late 2007 and ended in mid-2009.


South Carolina's per-person spending increased by 2.5 percent between 2011 and 2012, tied for fifth-lowest increase in the country.


The return of consumer spending from the fall it took in the recession was pronounced for motor vehicles and parts, with South Carolina residents spending $5.8 billion in 2012.


The return of consumer spending from the fall it took in the recession was pronounced for motor vehicles and parts, with South Carolina residents spending $5.8 billion in 2012.


Health care spending stayed well above the inflation rate, rising by 27 percent between 2008 when the recession started to bite and 2012.


Florida's consumers were the biggest spenders in the southeast at $33,755 per capita in 2012. The lowest was Mississippi with $27,406.


The report showed that in 2012, South Carolina residents spent $2,486 per capita on food and beverages, $1,551 on gasoline and other energy goods, and $5,435 on health care.