News In Brief - July 24, 2007

Police called to scuffle involving church pastor

Police were called to end an altercation between the Rev. Herbert Crump, pastor of Freedom Temple Ministries, and another man Sunday afternoon, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The report states a 27-year-old Fort Mill man and Crump, a former Rock Hill mayoral candidate, began arguing after church services Sunday around 1:45 p.m. The man, whose name authorities did not release, told police that Crump had "brought him out" in front of the congregation, and he was offended, the report states. According to the report, before police arrived Crump told the man, a member of the church's band, his services were no longer needed and he needed to leave the church property. The man then lunged at Crump in a threatening manner and pulled his glasses off before being restrained by bystanders, the report states.

Police were called to escort the man from the church premises and issued him a trespass warning, according to the report. Crump told police he would seek prosecution, the report states.

Crump could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

Winthrop student works on State Farm project

A junior at Winthrop University recently was selected to help design and implement a $5 million-a-year service-learning project for State Farm.

Evan Russo was one of 30 people picked from a pool of more than 600 applicants to serve on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

The advisory board participates in everything from deciding what issues are important to their communities to choosing who should get grants.

In turn, State Farm gives board members scholarships.

In high school, Russo worked to promote civic engagement. He now serves as a resident assistant on campus. He is a member of the Resident Students' Association and the Council of Student Leaders.

Lottery assistance set at York Tech for fall

Full-time students attending York Technical College this fall will be eligible for up to $864 per semester in tuition assistance from lottery funds.

Eligible part-time students can get up to $72 per credit hour.

In order to be eligible for lottery tuition assistance a student must be a South Carolina resident who is making progress toward earning a certificate, diploma or associate degree, among other things.

The student also must complete a 2007-2008 Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, which is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Tuition at York Tech is $1,494 for York County residents and $1,656 for those living in other counties. Classes begin Aug. 20.

For more information about lottery tuition assistance visit the campus' financial aid office.