News In Brief - November 6, 2007

State looking to fill teaching vacancies

FORT MILL -- People interested in starting a new career as a teacher can learn more about their options at information sessions next week.

The S.C. Department of Education's Program of Alternative Certification for Educators, or PACE, is designed to recruit people to switch into a career in teaching. The program will hold information sessions at the Plaza Hotel at Carowinds at 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 13

Two PACE graduates will speak about their experience with the program. PACE evaluators will examine transcripts for eligibility at 5 p.m.

The PACE program is considered a critical part of the effort to fill vacant teaching positions across the state. The program is suitable for college-educated professionals.

PACE participants start teaching in their content area immediately while working toward professional certification.

For information, visit www.scpace.org.

Governor tours state to tell residents his goals

COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford is stopping at more than 30 cities and towns across the state to talk to people about curbing state spending and putting more power in the governor's office.

The Republican governor launched his two-week trip Monday at a hardware store in the town of Prosperity.

During his tour, Sanford will tout his plans to help parents send their children to private school and to invest more money in conservation. He will criticize tax incentives he thinks are unfair to small businesses.

Kershaw County leaders face charges

Kershaw County administrator Bobby Boland was arrested Monday on charges of filing a false police report with the Sheriff's Office alleging sabotage to the county's sewer system.

The county's public utilities director, Russell Wright, also was arrested and charged with providing false information to the Sheriff's Office alleging sewer sabotage.

Boland and Wright were released Monday on personal recognizance, which means they did not have to pay to be released, according to County Council chairman Steve Kelly.

If convicted of the felony charge, Boland faces up to five years in prison and a fine of no more than $1,000, said Capt. David Thomley of the Sheriff's Office.

If Wright is convicted of the misdemeanor charge, he faces up to 30 days in jail and a fine of no more than $250, Thomley said.

-- The (Columbia) State-

N .C. student suspended after stadium flyover

CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Monday suspended a 17-year-old Hopewell High School student for flying a plane over the Hopewell-North Mecklenburg football game.

The move came amid parent concerns over how a student could so easily rent a plane and fly it several times just above a packed stadium Friday night. While some dismissed it as a prank, others in the stands feared terrorism.

CMS is investigating how many people knew that Brian Morris planned to buzz over the Hopewell stadium. They found numerous student and faculty signatures on a football dropped from the single-engine Cessna 172 plane. Two passengers also were suspended.

-- The Charlotte Observer

The Federal Aviation Administration could suspend or revoke Morris' pilot's certificate after an investigation that could take several months, spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. Meanwhile, Morris is free to fly, she said.

Morris received his pilot's certificate in July, FAA records show. The minimum age is 16.