News In Brief - November 10, 2007

Police looking for men involved in shooting

Police dogs searched a wooded area behind Cornelius Drive in Rock Hill on Friday after three men fired a shotgun into a door and robbed a man, said Lt. Les Herring of the Rock Hill Police Department.

"They fired one round through a sliding glass door," Herring said. "They entered the home, where a 35-year-old male was robbed of more than $100."

The robbery victim was not hurt.

Police are looking for three men who were dressed in black. Two were armed with shotguns. According to witnesses, two of the men ranged in ages from 18 to 22 while the third man was heavyset and believed to be in his early 20s, Herring said.

The men wore ski masks and two of the men might have worn hoods, Herring said. One of the men might have worn a Carolina Panthers jacket, Herring said.

Hearing on spending caps set for Wednesday

A committee of state senators investigating a constitutional amendment to cap state spending will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Rock Hill.

Last year, Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, introduced a proposal to change the state constitution.

McConnell has asked the task force to consider whether spending caps also should be placed on local governments.

At the group's first meeting in Charleston, some speakers encouraged the committee to include local spending in the caps, while others, including several mayors, asked that local spending not be included.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. in Barnes Theater in the Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College.

York Tech board member honored

A longtime member of the York Technical College Foundation has been honored by the S.C. Technical College System for supporting education in the state.

Joe McElwee, who has served on the foundation's board of directors since 1990, was honored in the "Benefactors Make a Difference" ceremony Thursday.

As president of TruVista Communications, McElwee helped establish the first distance learning classroom in Chester County in 1995. The distance learning classroom enabled York Tech students to take classes without traveling to the main campus.

McElwee and TruVista also helped launch the college's "Digital Divide Project," which provided Internet access to poor parts of the county.

Now, McElwee is helping raise money for a new facility in Chester County.

"Joe works tirelessly behind the scenes to enable York Technical College to better serve its students and the community," York Tech President Greg Rutherford said.

Winthrop to say thanks with dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Winthrop University will hold a special dance performance Wednesday in Johnson Hall to honor those who helped save and restore the main stage during a recent fire.

The Oct. 26 fire started when lights were left too close to a curtain.

This will be the first time the main stage has been used since the fire. The Rock Hill Fire Department, Winthrop's facilities management office and restoration company employees have been invited to the performance.

The show, which will feature a variety of modern dances, will start at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The dance concert also will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets to that show are buy one, get one free and cost $8 with a Winthrop ID and $15 for the public.

Call 323-4014 or e-mail boxoffice@winthrop.edu for tickets.

Trench collapse kills worker in Greenville

GREENVILLE -- Authorities say a 36-year-old construction worker has died not long after he was rescued from a trench that collapsed as he worked to replace pipes in Greenville.

Authorities say the worker was trapped under 6 feet of dirt Thursday. It took rescue crews about 50 minutes to free the man, who died at the hospital.

The coroner's office is not releasing the man's name until his family is notified.