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Last updated 4/22/2019 at 3:27pm

Why do the lights burn all night at the new observation tower on Sassafras Mountain at the South Carolina state line?

The new observation tower, which opens today with a dedication ceremony, has been burning its lights all night, but when the tower opens to the public the lights will not burn all night anymore, according to Mark Hall, project manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for the Joccasee Gorges tract.

“We really don’t want the lights. We aren’t interested in interrupting the landscape with the lights. That’s not what we’re about. But,...

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