Winthrop library dean tapped for national board
Mark Herring, Winthrop University's dean of library services, has been asked by President Bush to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.
Herring's term on the board began last month.
The library services board is the main source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. It makes recommendations for how to spend a $270 million annual budget.
Herring had to undergo an FBI background check and could meet the president and first lady at events in Washington.
"I am thrilled by the appointment, as much as I am honored by the recognition. This is truly an important milestone for me and for Dacus (Library)," Herring said in a news release. "This says a great deal about the prestige of this institution. Winthrop's well-known excellence has as much to do with this appointment as any of my accomplishments."
Nuclear plant siren test set for Wednesday
Sirens around the Catawba Nuclear Station will be tested just before noon on Wednesday.
During the three-minute test around 11:50 a.m., the public isn't asked to do anything. County emergency officials test the sirens quarterly to ensure they are working, Duke Energy says.
Normally, hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. The siren sounding is a signal for residents to tune to a radio or TV station in their area that would carry an emergency alerting message. County officials would use these stations to provide information to the public.
Midlands town places limits on sex offenders
COLUMBIA -- The Lexington Town Council voted Tuesday to limit where sex offenders can live in the town, hours after getting a green light to do so from the S.C. attorney general.
Council members softened the original proposal, which would have barred convicted offenders from residing within 2,500 feet nearly a half-mile of schools, playgrounds and other sites where children gather. The new law, effective today, sets the restriction at 2,000 feet and was adopted without debate.
Lexington and Cayce had been awaiting an opinion from Attorney General Henry McMaster, who earlier Monday said restrictions "would likely be upheld" in court.
The two municipalities are the first Midlands communities to consider limiting where sex offenders can live. Such limits have been adopted in other parts of the nation.
-- The (Columbia) State