News In Brief - October 13, 2007

South Pointe to perform 'Godspell Junior'

South Pointe High School's Stallion Repertory Theatre will present "Godspell Junior" at 7:30 tonight and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.

Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students and children. Those who bring a copy of their church bulletin to Sunday's show will receive $1 off the admission price.

Registration for Winthrop Family Weekend open

Registration is open for Family Weekend at Winthrop University.

Family weekend events are scheduled Nov. 2-4 on campus.

Family members can see a theatrical performance, attend a Beatles tribute group concert, listen to faculty members lecture on their areas of expertise, hear a presentation from the university's president, set out on a historic tour and shop for local arts and crafts.

Parents or family members can register at www.winthrop.edu/ familyweekend. A registration fee applies.

A full list of events also is available online.

Registration closes Oct. 19.

Fake 911 call endangers S.C. firefighters

COTTAGEVILLE -- Dorchester County authorities say someone made a fake 911 call to firefighters then sabotaged a road on the way to the supposed blaze.

Sand Hill Fire Chief Zach Goodwine says he hit a large drainage cover that appeared to be intentionally placed across the road as he rushed to the call just after midnight Thursday and nearly lost control of his truck. He says fire trucks following him had to swerve.

The caller had said a home was burning and a 2-month-old baby was inside. But Goodwine says when firefighters got to the address, there was no fire and the homeowner said he did not make the call. Dispatchers traced the 911 call to a disconnected cell phone from Myrtle Beach.

S.C. school implements soft-drink ban

BLUFFTON -- Students used to feed a dollar into a vending machine at lunchtime to satisfy their soda craving.

But late last year, Bluffton High School officials pulled the plug on all of the soda and sports drink machines students used during lunch. This year, the school went a step further and banned those drinks until school is recessed for the day.

The Beaufort County School Board requires the vending machines to be off only during breakfast and lunch. Some board members recently suggested banning sodas from school vending machines altogether, saying the districtwide policy doesn't go far enough to promote healthy habits.

Nationwide, health advocates concerned with increased rates of childhood obesity have been pushing to eliminate soft drinks from schools. In Beaufort County, a school nurses' survey showed that 39.1 percent of eighth-graders were identified last year as being overweight or obese.