News In Brief - October 30, 2007

Victim named in fatal Lancaster Co. wreck

LANCASTER -- Lancaster County authorities have released the name of the man killed in a car accident Sunday.

Tony Scott Lowery, 43, of 2233 Tribal Road, Lancaster, died after his truck overturned on Pardue Road around 12:10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Lancaster County Coroner's Office.

Officials said Lowery was partially ejected from the truck after he lost control and hit an embankment. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

McKinney visit to Fort Mill set for Thursday

Former Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney's visit to Fort Mill is scheduled for Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Jerusalem Baptist Church community center. McKinney is weighing a run for the Green Party's presidential nomination.

The center is behind the church at 1003 Steele St. The event is free and open to the public.

McKinney will talk about her career in public life and stump for Town Council candidate Bryan Smith, who is trying to become the first Green Party member to win elected office in South Carolina. Three candidates are running for an at-large seat.

Schools' progress results to be announced today

Schools' adequate yearly progress results will be released today.

A list of schools meeting AYP in York and Chester counties will be available at heraldonline.com at 10 a.m.

AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. It requires schools and districts to make certain benchmarks for achievement each year. The benchmarks are based in large part on the percentage of students scoring "proficient" on state tests.

Last year, no school districts in South Carolina made adequate yearly progress according to the standards.

Not making AYP has the most direct impact on Title I schools -- those with the highest percentage of low-income students. Title I schools that do not make benchmarks in the same areas for two or more consecutive years begin to face consequences such as allowing parents to move their children to another school.