News In Brief - August 2, 2007

Counselors to be at Rock Hill High today

Counselors will be available at Rock Hill High School today to talk with students affected by the death of rising sophomore Kyle Ellison.

Ellison died Tuesday afternoon after the truck he was riding in swerved and hit a tree on Cureton Ferry Road about 6 miles from Rock Hill.

York County Deputy Coroner Ev Amick said Tuesday that it appeared Ellison was thrown from the bed of the truck and hit the tree. He died at the scene from head and neck injuries.

Cpl. Bryan McDougald with the S.C. Highway Patrol said charges related to the crash are pending.

The name of the driver has not been released because the driver is a minor.

Ellison is the third Rock Hill High School student to die in a car crash in the past year.

Counseling in the media center will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. today for students who knew Ellison or who were otherwise affected by his death.

Sutton files for re-election to Rock Hill City Council

Kevin Sutton made it official on Wednesday, registering as a candidate for re-election to the Rock Hill City Council. The filing period opened last month, and the election is Oct. 16.

Sutton, 37, faces no opposition for the Ward 3 seat he has held since age 23. Sutton's district includes working-class former mill neighborhoods on the city's east side.

Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Pender has said she plans to seek re-election in Ward 2 but has not yet filed. Pender, former chairwoman of the Rock Hill school board, was elected in 2003.

Meanwhile, Winston Searles, 85, has announced he will retire when his term ends. Susie Hinton has filed to run for his Ward 1 seat. Hinton is unopposed.

Candidates may file to run until 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the York County Registration and Elections Commission, 13 S. Congress St., York.

Candidates must be registered to vote and live in the appropriate ward for at least 30 days prior to the election. The filing fee is $160. For information, call the elections office at 684-1242.

Dixieland Cruisers to gather in Tega Cay

TEGA CAY -- The Dixieland Cruisers will sponsor a cruise-in from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sonic Drive on S.C. 160.

The event will feature gifts, food and fellowship. Inside dining is available. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The group also will have its weekly cruise-in at Bucko's restaurant at intersection of Cherry Road and Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill. For details, call 417-4990.

Spratt documentary to air tonight

John Spratt's father hated the idea of his son running for political office. More than two decades later, a former opponent says Spratt is unbeatable, and the Congressman hopes to finish his career as chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

These are among the items unearthed in "Spratt of South Carolina," a half-hour documentary that debuts tonight on SC-ETV. Producer John Bullington of Rock Hill interviewed more than a dozen people, from Spratt's close friend and colleague Rep. Jim Clyburn to elementary school teacher Paulette Hallman, whose class gets a visit every fall from the Congressman.

The documentary paints a flattering portrait of Spratt, the Oxford-educated lawyer. S.C. Rep. Carl Gullick, who ran for the U.S. House in 2000, says the 5th District Congressional seat belongs to Spratt "as long as he wants it."