News In Brief - October 24, 2007

S.C. Governor's School to hold information session

Students interested in attending the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics can learn about the school Nov. 3 at an information session in Rock Hill.

Governor's School students, staff and alumni will be available to answer questions about the school, residence life, curriculum and the admissions process.

The Governor's School is a public, residential high school for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors. Admission is highly selective.

Applications are due Feb. 1. Class rank, standardized test scores, recommendations and extracurricular activities are considered for admission.

The informational "discovery session" will be at 6 p.m. at York Technical College in Building A, room 256.

Ex-officer charged with taking money

COLUMBIA -- Authorities say a former Hardeeville police officer has been charged with misconduct in office for taking money from a driver he pulled over for speeding.

The State Law Enforcement Division says 29-year-old Christian Nollinger pulled over a man in January, writing tickets for speeding and a driver's license violation.

SLED says Nollinger accepted the cash bond for both tickets, turning in the money for one violation, but keeping the $128 for the speeding ticket for himself.

Authorities say Nollinger admitted taking the money and is no longer working for Hardeeville police.

Students to say no to guns

MYRTLE BEACH -- Schools throughout S.C. on Wednesday will join others in a national campaign in which students sign pledges to avoid gun violence, according to S.C. U.S. attorney Reginald I. Lloyd.

It's part of a joint effort between S.C.'s Project CeaseFire and the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods, which aim to reduce gun violence across the country. Project Safe Neighborhoods was organized by the U.S. Department of Justice and is administered by the attorney general in each state.

On Wednesday, middle and high school students will be asked to sign voluntary pledges against using guns for violence, Lloyd reports.

The pledge will ask them to promise never to bring a gun to school, never try to solve a problem with a gun and to use their influence to stop friends from using guns to solve problems.

Elementary school children will be asked to make a commitment not to touch a gun if they find one and assume any gun they see is loaded, according to Lloyd.

The Conway, Georgetown and Myrtle Beach police departments are participating, along with Homewood Elementary School in Conway, McDonald Elementary School in Georgetown, the Academy for Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach high and middle schools, Lloyd reports.

For more information about the Student Pledge, visit www.pledge.org.

The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News