News In Brief - August 16, 2007

St. Anne announces teacher of the year

Louise Garrison recently was selected teacher of the year at St. Anne Catholic School.

This is Garrison's 19th year teaching at St. Anne.

"Louise is invaluable to St. Anne because of her energy, experience and positive Christian attitude," Principal Lawrence McLaughlin stated in a news release. "Her peers count on her as a key mentor."

Garrison has lived in Rock Hill for 45 years.

She has a degree in early childhood education from Winthrop University and previously taught in the Rock Hill school district.

"Teachers at St. Anne are especially privileged to be able to teach about God," Garrison said in the news release. "I enjoy being able to pray and model my faith with my students."

Garrison and her husband, Fred, have two children, Leigh Anne and Meredith.

Chester health clinic receives $50,000 donation

CHESTER -- A free medical clinic in Chester received a $50,000 grant Wednesday from the BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, according to a news release from the foundation.

"The Good Samaritan Medical Clinic should be recognized for their generosity and compassion for the citizens of Chester County" foundation director Harvey L. Galloway said in the release. "We at the BlueCross BlueShield Foundation are pleased to help in their endeavors by rewarding their efforts with this grant."

More than $1.6 million in grants has already been awarded this year throughout the state for things such as free medical clinics, health education and school nursing programs, the release stated.

Clinton, Winthrop get science foundation grants

Clinton Junior College will begin offering an associate of science degree this fall with help from a National Science Foundation grant.

The nearly $150,000 will be used to hire four new science and math faculty members and to send administrators to six four-year colleges in the hopes of establishing student transfer programs with those schools, said Janis Pendleton, vice president for academic affairs.

Pendleton said students already have shown tremendous interest in the two-year science program.

Winthrop University also won a grant from the science foundation to enhance student and faculty research.

The school was awarded about $282,000 to purchase mass spectrometry instrumentation.

Pat Owens, chairman of the chemistry department, said the equipment will allow researchers to see larger molecules and could be used for environmental, health and energy research.