S.C. welcome centers to scale back hours

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's budget crisis is about to hit the state's famous Southern hospitality.

The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will close its welcome centers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting next week, spokesman Marion Edmonds said Monday.

How long the closings will last depends on the continued impact of the budget crunch, Edmonds said. Now is a good time to see what the savings are and how travelers react to the change.

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