News In Brief - September 6, 2007

Garbage fees may rise in York

YORK -- York City Council members have given initial approval to a budget that calls for an increase in garbage fees but avoids a tax increase.

The roughly $6.8 million budget was presented by City Manager Charles Helms at Tuesday's council meeting. If the budget is approved, it will be the first time in at least three years that there hasn't been a tax increase.

A slight increase in revenues without the addition of new personnel has helped to prevent a tax increase in the proposed budget this year, Helms said.

The proposed budget calls for an increase in both residential and commercial garbage fees of 5 percent. That would cost the average residential household about $8.04 more a year.

A second vote and public hearing on the proposed budget will be Sept. 25, Lee said.

-- Enquirer-Herald

Rock Hill Workforce Center to move temporarily

The Rock Hill Security Commission Workforce Center will move temporarily while maintenance is conducted at the current facility.

The center at 1228 Fincher Road will close at 5 p.m. Friday and reopen at 546 S. Cherry Road at 8:30 a.m. Services at the center will be limited Friday. Clients will be able to use the centers in Chester and Lancaster. For more details, call (803) 328-3881.

Carolinas forecasters have eye on Atlantic storm

COLUMBIA -- An area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic with hurricane potential got the attention of South Carolina emergency officials.

Early Wednesday, several computer models predicted the system would grow into a tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane and make landfall in South Carolina during the weekend. Models run later in the day curved the system farther north to the North Carolina coast or up the Eastern seaboard.

The National Hurricane Center was concerned enough about the system's potential to send hurricane hunter aircraft into the system Wednesday afternoon.

All of this interest came before the storm was even a tropical depression, much less a tropical storm or hurricane.

-- The (Columbia) State

USC researchers get grant to study colon cancer

COLUMBIA -- Researchers at the University of South Carolina are getting $10.7 million to continue studying colon cancer and looking for ways to prevent and treat it.

The federal grant allows 27 scientists to keep looking into why people get the deadly cancer.

USC's Center for Colon Cancer Research also is taking the lead on outreach efforts to persuade people in rural South Carolina to get colonoscopies, tests that can alert people to treatable problems early on, director Frank Berger said.

-- The (Columbia) State

But most of the center's efforts are on studying basic science looking into the biological causes of colon cancer; the role of heredity in the disease; prevention and possible cures, from exercise to ginseng.