News In Brief - September 19, 2007

Tickets remain for Obama event

Tickets are still available for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's town hall style meeting on Thursday in Rock Hill.

The Illinois senator will give a speech and field questions on economic fairness at The Freedom Center, 215 E. Main St.

"It has been Obama-mania," said Willie Lyles III, the center's executive director. "People have been coming in all day."

The event is free but tickets are required. They are available at The Freedom Center and other locations in York and Chester counties.

The venue can hold 1,000, with another 500 spots available in an overflow seating room. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the program to start an hour later. Attendees are asked to park in the White Street lot behind Wachovia, the Black Street deck or the municipal parking lot off Main Street.

For information, call 980-0885.

Student arrested after locker thefts

A 16-year-old South Pointe High School student was arrested last week and charged with stealing cash from lockers, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

The report states the student stole $140 from six lockers belonging to members of the football team. The incident happened during a football practice Sept. 11 when the suspect entered the locker room, broke the locks and took the money, the report states.

The next day, the student was brought to the school office where he admitted to taking the cash, the report states. He was arrested and charged with six counts of petty larceny and released to his mother, according to the report.

Colleges form Campus Compact

Sixteen colleges and universities in South Carolina have joined together to form South Carolina Campus Compact, an initiative to get students involved in their communities.

Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio will serve on South Carolina Campus Compact's inaugural board of directors.

Campuses in the compact pledge to form civic engagement, service-learning and community service projects. The idea is to increase statewide collaboration.

Campus Compact is a national coalition representing more than 1,000 university and college presidents.