Enrollment open for young students
If you plan to enroll your 4-, 5- or 6-year-old children in Rock Hill schools next year, now is the time to do it.
Enrollment for students who will be 4, 5 or 6 by Sept. 1 is open until March 7. Applications are available in all elementary schools and at the district office, 660 N. Anderson Road.
• Parents can enroll their children between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. during any school day.
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• Parents who want their children to attend a program for 4-year-olds should register at the Central Child Development Center or at the Applied Technology Center.
• Parents who want their children to attend a Montessori school of choice should register at The Children's School at Sylvia Circle.
The following items must be provided to register a child: the child's legal birth certificate, an S.C. certificate of immunization, the child's Social Security number and proof of residence.
Birth certificates are available from the health department in the county where the child was born. Certificates of immunization are available from the health department or the child's doctor.
A lease or rental agreement with the parent's name or a gas, water or power bill can be used to prove residency.
Lancaster County man sentenced to life
COLUMBIA -- James Blackmon, 38, of Lancaster County, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal court Friday after spending more than three years as a fugitive, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.
In 2004, Blackmon pled guilty to federal drug charges stemming from a December 2002 cocaine and marijuana seizure at his home. He was released on bond awaiting a sentencing hearing, an announcement states, but failed to appear in court in October 2004.
Blackmon was arrested earlier this month during a traffic stop in Rock Hill.
Winthrop moves to pay for auditorium, center
The board of trustees at Winthrop University has given an OK to issue up to $14 million in bonds to pay for an auditorium at the College of Business and a new campus center.
The bonds won't affect student fees, which already include money to go toward construction.
The 20,981-square-foot auditorium will seat 150 to 200 people for classes, special events and lectures. The DiGiorgio Center, located next to the Lois Rhame West Physical Education and Wellness Center, will include offices, a food court, bookstore, multipurpose area and covered patio.
The board will be asked to issue about $13.8 million more in bonds next year to finish construction on the campus center.
Eagles to accept flag from Adams' father
Winthrop University will accept an American flag sent by the father of late Eagles basketball player De'Andre Adams tonight before a home game against Charleston Southern.
De'Andre Adams died after a car crash last year at age 20. His father, John, a member of the Marines serving in Iraq, sent the flag, which flew in combat with his military unit. De'Andre Adams' jersey, No. 24, was retired before the season.
A military delegation will present the flag to Winthrop President Tony DiGiorgio and Athletic Director Tom Hickman at 6:45 p.m. before the game.
Deputies suspect murder in woman's death
SPARTANBURG -- Spartanburg County deputies are looking for the person who killed a Cross Anchor woman in her home.
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Maj. Dan Johnson told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal an acquaintance found the body of 51-year-old Gwendolyn Emory on her bed Sunday afternoon.
Authorities say the door of the home had been forced open with pieces of the frame on the floor.
The coroner's office has not released a cause of death. Investigators do not have a suspect or motive, but they do say Emory's death appears to be a homicide.
2nd fatal shooting in 3 months at apartments
COLUMBIA, -- A teen has been shot to death in the courtyard of a Columbia apartment complex where a woman was shot to death three months ago.
Police say 19-year-old Marcus Farr, 21-year-old Sherman Farr and 19-year-old Mertis Bradshaw turned themselves in Monday afternoon on murder charges in the killing of 19-year-old Charles McDaniel.
A second man was also shot Sunday night. Authorities say he is in critical condition.
Police don't have a motive for the shootings at the Gable Oaks Apartments in north Columbia.
A phone listing for the suspects, who all live in the same home, could not be found. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys.
Another fatal shooting happened at the apartment complex in December when authorities say a woman was killed by a man who fired shots into her apartment, thinking someone else lived there.
88 people arrested at Liberty cockfight
LIBERTY -- Authorities say 88 people have been charged after attending a cockfight in Liberty over the weekend.
Anderson County deputies say they set up surveillance for about a month after hearing complaints about cockfighting in the area.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Susann Griffin says officers busted a fight Sunday and charged 88 people with the presence of a cockfighting event. All of them were ticketed and released.
Griffin says the property owner, 38-year-old Henry Stargel, was charged with ill treatment of animals and being in the presence of a cockfighting event.