Rock Hill man treated for gunshot wound
A 23-year-old Rock Hill man was shot early Friday at a local parking lot, police said.
James Robinson of Walnut Street was shot in the leg in the parking lot of All-Stars Bar and Grill at 752 Saluda St., according to a report from the Rock Hill Police Department. Robinson was treated and released from Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman said.
No arrest had been made as of Friday afternoon.
The report states that Robinson was talking to the triggerman about 10 feet away from Robinson's sister's car. Robinson turned to walk toward the car when his sister heard a gun shot, according to the report. Robinson then opened the car door and said that he'd been shot, the report notes.
Another shot was fired as Robinson entered the car, according to the report.
Police recovered a 9mm shell casing, the report states.
Housing program for teachers called a success
A statewide program that gives South Carolina teachers low-interest housing loans and downpayment assistance is being hailed as a quick success.
The Palmetto Hero Program, a partnership of the S.C. State Housing Authority and the S.C. Department of Education, gave out its entire pot of $20 million in the program's first two months. The money went to 170 teachers across the state.
Teachers who applied for the money were eligible for 5.875 percent fixed-rate loans and up to $7,000 for downpayments on houses where they teach. The average amount of each loan was about $117,000 dollars.
Officials in Chester County, where there are few rental housing options, were especially excited about the program, saying it had the potential to help the school district attract more teachers. But no teachers in Chester were among the 170 people receiving loans.
Ten York County teachers got loans.
-- Jessica Schonberg
Rock Hill teen chosen to attend arts program
A Rock Hill student was named one of 52 Emerson Scholars to attend a national arts program in Michigan this summer.
Jason Piers, a rising junior at Northwestern High School, will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, which brings together musicians, dancers, actors, writers and others from across the country. His tuition, room and board and lessons will be paid for by Emerson.
Students at Interlochen receive lessons and create their own performances. There also are guest performances by Bob Dylan, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Bell, the Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and others.
Piers is a member of the jazz band, concert band, Beta Club and the Charlotte Wind Ensemble.
-- Jessica Schonberg
Obama supporters to meet Sunday
YORK -- Barack Obama's presidential campaign has scheduled a community gathering for 4 p.m. Sunday at East End Field, located at the intersection of Hunter and Miller Streets.
Douglas Wilson, region coordinator, will be at the event. There will be campaign strategy talks, voter registration, and training on how to use voting machines.
For information, call 448-0269, or on the Web http://my.barackobama.com/ page/event/detail/4gl79.
Schools, Catawba Indian Nation receive grants
The York school district will be getting a boost from the federal government.
U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., Friday announced a $109,246 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help the district strengthen its emergency management plans.
Spratt's office also announced Friday that the Catawba Indian Nation will receive $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase equipment and supplies for a small business training center.
The center will serve residents of York, Chester and Lancaster counties.
-- Jessica Schonberg
Ham radio Field Day to be held today
Today is the annual Field Day for the York County Amateur Radio Society at its headquarters on Squire Road in Rock Hill.
Starting at 2 p.m., ham radio operators will be in a contest to contact other ham operators in North America. More than 50 operators are expected at the headquarters today through Sunday, using equipment to speak to people from as far away as Canada and Mexico, and answering questions from the public.
Amateur radio operators also assist York County officials in times of emergency. York County has more than 400 licensed amateur radio operators.
For information, call 389-2649 or on the Web www.ycars.org.