CHARLESTON - As oyster roast season kicks into high gear in South Carolina, oyster eaters are being urged to avoid consuming oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay in the Gulf of Texas because of reports of illnesses.
The Food and Drug Administration issued its warning Sunday after outbreaks of illness in the Carolinas - including in Charleston County and Beaufort County on Nov. 27. The illnesses were associated with oysters carrying the highly contagious norovirus.
The symptoms, which usually show up within 48 hours of exposure, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping, as well as a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and a general sense of tiredness. In most cases, people are sick for one or two days. Only children and the elderly tend to be at risk of further complications, namely dehydration.
A recent outbreak in Charleston County involved four to five people at a private, noncatered party, while the one in Beaufort involved three people at a restaurant. None were hospitalized. State officials declined to provide more details.
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- The (Charleston) Post and Courier
Richland plans on tap at work session today
Richland County Council holds a work session from 4 till 6 today on its comprehensive plan and sewer expansion plan.
The session, open to the public, will be at the council chambers of the administration building, 2020 Hampton St. in Columbia.
- Dawn Hinshaw
Central Midlands Transit selects new officers
The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority has announced the selection of its 2010-2011 officers.
The elected positions include board chairwoman, Joyce Dickerson; vice chairman, Tommy Windsor; and secretary/treasurer, Charles Cook.
"We are excited to have such an experienced and knowledgeable board of officers to lead us into 2010 and throughout 2011," interim chairman Mayor Bob Coble said in a news release Monday from the RTA.
Serving on Richland County Council since 2004, Dickerson serves on the National Multi Modal Steering Committee.
Windsor, appointed by the city of Columbia, has served on the RTA's board of directors for six years. He works for the S.C. attorney general's office.
Cook is a founding member of the RTA board, established in 2002. A Columbia-area lawyer, he was appointed by the town of Arcadia Lakes.
The RTA is responsible for providing safe, dependable and accessible public transit service to the heart of the Midlands. It was established in 2002. For more information,. see www.goCMRTA.com.
- Dawn Hinshaw
Two Notch merchants' group holding meeting
The Two Notch Road Merchants Association is holding a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today for business owners, community leaders and the public.
Among topics: the status of the Two Notch Road corridor, including future planning for streetscsaping and economic development; and holiday safety and crime watch.
Several city officials will be on hand for the discussion.
The session is at the Benedict College Business Development Center, 2601 Read St.
- Staff Reports
Charleston County mulls greenway to sea islands
CHARLESTON - are considering building a road similar to Virginia's Colonial Parkway to link Charleston to the growing sea islands to the southwest.
Charleston County planners hold a workshop on Monday to see what the public thinks of building a greenway across Johns Island to near Kiawah and Seabrook islands.
The greenway would be modeled after Virginia's famous Colonial Parkway, a scenic 23-mile, two-lane limited-access road linking Jamestown to Williamsburg and Yorktown.
Charleston County is considering the greenway as an alternative to widening two busy roads which now take travelers from the islands to the downtown Charleston area.
- The Associated Press
Conservative blogger pushes Haley candidacy
Conservative Georgia blogger Erick Erickson is marshaling his readers to back S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley's gubernatorial bid.
In a post on his RedState.com blog Monday, Erickson urged his readers to dedicate time and money to the Lexington county Republican. Erickson's blog has also promoted up-and-coming candidacies of Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio and California U.S. Senate candidate Chuck DeVore - both of whom also have won the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
"Nikki Haley is one of us," Erickson wrote on his blog. "Now we need to stick up for her and fund her. If you have money, give it. If you have time, give it. If you have prayers, offer them up."
Haley spoke to a RedState candidate gathering in August.
Erickson said other unnamed candidates in the race - which includes U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, state Sen. Larry Grooms and Attorney General Henry McMaster - "are products of the Republican Establishment. They are men who talk of smaller government without actually fighting for it. They are men who talk of less regulation while regulating. They are men of good will who mean well, speak well, but will not (govern) well."
- John O'Connor
Wanted: Great holiday light displays
In coming weeks, the Midlands will be shining brightly as residents adorn their homes with holiday lights.
Tell us about your favorites in Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties - the kind you don't mind driving to see.
We'll run a list in our weekly Neighbors editions Dec. 17 and online at thestate.com
Deadline for submissions is this Friday.
Include the address of the display, a little information about it, a nearby cross street and the name of the neighborhood or subdivision. Also include your name and a contact phone number.
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.