News In Brief - September 27, 2007

6-year-old brings BB gun to school

A 6-year-old student at Finley Road Elementary School brought a BB gun to school Wednesday, school officials said.

"He brought it for show and tell," Elaine Baker, Rock Hill school district spokeswoman, said about the BB gun that was discovered when the boy went outside for recess prior to lunch.

No one was hurt in the incident, Baker said. The BB gun was not loaded, she said. However, the student was suspended for five days, she said.

Parents were notified about the incident via the Connect-ED phone system, Baker said.

She encouraged parents to check students' book bags and school gear before they leave home.

"Make sure they're not leaving for school with something that belongs at home, she said.

Candidates Sutton, Blackwell, Hinton to take part in forum

Kevin Sutton, Vince Blackwell and Susie Hinton will field questions on crime and other topics at a forum on Monday in Rock Hill. Each are running for seats on the Rock Hill City Council this fall, though Hinton has no opposition.

Churches in the Weed & Seed crime-fighting program are sponsoring the event, which will be moderated by Rock Hill lawyer Leah Moody. The forum starts at 7 p.m. at the Emmett Scott Center, 801 Crawford Road.

Sutton faces no officially declared opponent in Ward 3, though Blackwell has registered as a write-in candidate. Blackwell joined the forum on Wednesday. Hinton will fill the Ward 1 seat formerly held by the late Winston Searles. The election is Oct. 16.

To submit questions in advance, contact Dorene Watts at 325-2527 or dwatts@ rock-hill.sc.us. Contact Harvey at 325-2020 or jesclon@worldnet.att.net.

York Tech to offer cooking classes

York Technical College will offer cooking classes for the first time beginning Oct. 4.

The three hour-courses are geared toward novice chefs and will cover a range of foods, including seafood, sushi, wine and cheese, Italian and desserts.

Each course runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $45, plus a $10 materials fee.

Herb Tesh, a certified chef whose mother taught him how to cook, will instruct the classes.

For more information or to register for one of the courses visit www.yorktech.com/ community/cooking.htm or call 325-2888.

Attorneys for Charleston question state officials over fire dept. fines

COLUMBIA -- Attorneys for the city of Charleston are questioning state officials who fined the Charleston Fire Department for violating safety standards during a blaze that killed nine firefighters.

The attorneys say the descriptions of the violations need to be more specific and they disagree with one of the four violations that was deemed "willful."

In the most serious allegation, state Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the fire department had an inadequate command structure that could ensure firefighter safety in an emergency. Other violations included several firefighters on the scene not wearing proper protective gear and the department's lack of a procedure for fighting a fire involving a metal truss roof. The city was fined more than $9,000.

The state OSHA did not say that the violations led directly to the June 18 deaths of nine firefighters at the Sofa Super Store.

State officials fined the fire department more than $9,000. The "willful" violation was for having an inadequate command structure that could ensure firefighter safety in an emergency.

Charleston's mayor has said the city will fight the citations.