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News In Brief - September 11, 2007

Rock Hill man dies in single-car wreck

A Rock Hill man died Sunday night when the car he was driving ran off the road and overturned, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the Highway Patrol said 29-year-old Jeffrey Wilkinson was driving east on S.C. 324 about seven miles west of Rock Hill around 6:30 p.m. when his 1995 Toyota Tercel ran off the road. Robinson said Wilkinson overcorrected, causing the car to flip and hit an embankment. He said Wilkinson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Robinson said Wilkinson died from injuries at the scene. He said toxicology tests are pending. Robinson said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Winthrop to host events about death penalty

A series of events sponsored by the peace, justice and conflict resolution studies minor at Winthrop will aim to raise awareness about the death penalty.

Here's a look at what's in store:

• Wednesday: Charlotte attorney Jim Cooney will give a lecture, "Death in a Civilized Society," at 8 p.m. in room G 02 of Owens Hall.

• Sept. 27: The Winthrop chapter of Amnesty International will screen "Too Flawed to Fix," a film moderated by assistant professor of political science Adolphus Belk. The location of the film showing is to be determined.

• Oct. 18: Participants can watch "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," a film that tells the story of a Winston-Salem, N.C., man who spent 20 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit at 7 p.m. in Plowden Auditorium. Hunt will be there to answer questions after the film.

• Oct. 24: Faye Sultan and assistant professor of sociology Brad Tripp will give a lecture on the sociology and psychology of the death penalty at 8 p.m. in room G 02 of Owens Hall.

• Oct. 29: Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," will give a talk entitled "Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues," at 7 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium. The theater department will perform the play from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 in Johnson Studio Theatre.

All events but the play are free and open to public.

Gunman robs KFC on Anderson Road

An armed man on Friday robbed the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 789 N. Anderson Road, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The report states the man approached the restaurant as it was closing, pointed a handgun at two employees who had just locked the door and demanded money. The employees allowed the man to enter the building and gave him money from a safe, the report states. According to the report, the man told the employees to lie on the floor as he fled the building.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from a restaurant security camera. Anyone with information should contact police at 329-7200.

Bands to preview shows at Fort Mill stadium

FORT MILL -- Fort Mill High School will host a marching band preview event Sept. 22 in its stadium.

The event will feature 17 bands from the Carolinas, including those from Fort Mill, Nation Ford and South Pointe high schools.

The preview experience is being presented by Bands of America, an operating division of Music for All, to give band members a chance to perform outside of a competitive setting.

Participants will get feedback from educators and marching band experts.

Gates will open at 12:45 p.m. with afternoon performances from 1:45 until 4 p.m. Gates will reopen at 6:45 p.m. with performances from 7:45 until 10 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the box office on the day of the event.

For more information, visit musicforall.org.

Deadline near to register for Oct. 27 ACT

The registration deadline for the Oct. 27 offering of the ACT is Sept. 21.

The ACT is a college admissions exam, similar to the SAT.

The ACT is more curriculum-based, while the SAT requires more reasoning. South Carolina public schools accept both tests.

Students can register online at www.actstudent.org.

The ACT costs $30, or $44.50 if the student chooses to take the additional writing section.

Some schools require the optional writing section, and some don't. Students should check with the colleges they are interested before they register for the exam.

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