Winthrop gets new dean for College of Education
Winthrop University has a new dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education.
Jennie Rakestraw, associate dean for graduate programs and a professor in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University, will take over the job July 1, the university announced Wednesday.
The College of Education has more than 50 full-time faculty members and administrators. The college offers teacher certification programs as well as programs in athletic training, sports management, exercise science and family and consumer sciences.
Rakestraw will come to Win-throp after nearly 20 years at Georgia Southern. She has been an associate dean for almost 15 years.
-- Jessica Schonberg
Environmental officials to discuss Henry's Knob site
CLOVER -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control will hold a community meeting to update and share information about Henry's Knob mining site from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Bethany Elementary School, 337 Maynard Grayson Road.
The Henry's Knob site is just west of Clover at the intersection of Henry's Knob Road and S.C. 55. The 185-acre site was formerly an open pit kyanite mine that operated from 1947 to 1970, according to an EPA Web site.
Assessments show elevated levels of metals present in both soils and groundwater at the site. Scientists are working to determine the extent of the contamination and cleanup possibilities. Some of the metals found were aluminum, arsenic and beryllium, which can be hazardous to human health.
For information, call Linda Starks, community involvement coordinator, at (404) 562-8487 or Stepter at (404) 562-8816.