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News In Brief - August 15, 2007

Emerson's manager files for City Council

A nightclub manager will challenge incumbent Kathy Pender for a seat on the Rock Hill City Council.

Rodney Deason, who manages Emerson's strip club on Cherry Road, declared his candidacy on Tuesday, saying the city is spending too much money in the wrong places.

"There's stores shut down everywhere, and they're out building soccer parks," said Deason, referring to the $12.7 million Manchester Meadows sports complex that opened last year. "I don't see them making any steps to help the people. Jobs are leaving left and right."

Unless others register before Friday's filing deadline, Deason and Pender will hold the only contested race in the Oct. 16 city election. Susie Hinton has filed for the Ward 1 seat held by the late Winston Searles, while Kevin Sutton is unopposed in Ward 3.

Pender joined the council in 2004 after serving as chairwoman of the Rock Hill school board. She helped lead the effort to launch a van-on-demand public transit service for the elderly. More recently, she has called for a new initiative to cut down on roadside litter. She also supported the successful campaign last year to lift a city ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

Asked whether his job at a strip club will become an issue in the campaign, Deason said: "As for as morals, I have the same morals I always have. My morals are to help everybody that will help themself."

Filing for the city election closes on Friday at 5 p.m. Candidates must file with the elections office at 13 S. Congress St. in York. The fee is $160.

Winthrop to welcome students Monday

Winthrop University students will get their official welcome to the university at a convocation ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday in Byrnes Auditorium.

Montrio Belton, the principal of Monroe Middle School in Monroe, N.C., will deliver the address.

Belton will encourage Winthrop students to think globally and pay attention to their peers in countries around the world.

Belton was the son of a teenage mother whose determination to get a good education led him to graduate high school, join the Army Reserves and earn his bachelor's and master's degrees from Winthrop. He has been the principal at Monroe since 2004.

After the ceremony President Anthony DiGiorgio will lead students out of the auditorium in the traditional blue line procession.

A community picnic will be held at 5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Tillman Hall. If it rains, the picnic will be moved to McBryde Hall.

York Tech recognizes nursing graduates

York Technical College held a ceremony Thursday to recognize students who completed the practical nurse program.

Once students finish the program they can take an exam to become a practical nurse or they have the option of enrolling in a two-year associate degree program to prepare them for the registered nurse licensing exam.

The following is a list of graduates:

Two inmates escape from maximum security prison

COLUMBIA -- Authorities were searching for two inmates, a convicted murderer and burglar, who escaped Tuesday from a maximum security prison in Columbia.

Forrest Samples, 36, and Andrew Storey, 27, escaped about 7 p.m. from Broad River Correctional Institution, according to wanted posters on the state Department of Corrections Web site.

Samples is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murdering a Laurens motel owner in 1996. Samples pleaded guilty two years later to murdering, kidnapping and robbing 59-year-old Robert Holmes.

Storey is serving a 25-year sentence for first-degree burglary charges from Lexington County.

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