News In Brief - November 30, 2007

Kirsh named Legislator of the Year

State Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-Clover, was recently named Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils.

"Over his years of service in the Legislature, Herb Kirsh has proven himself to be an asset to the state of South Carolina in many ways," SCARC President O'Neal Hamilton said in a release.

A lifelong resident of Clover, Kirsh has been a member of the state House of Representatives since 1979 and a member of the Ways and Means Committee since 2000. He's the longest-serving member of the General Assembly and has previously been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the S.C. Department of Revenue and the State Retirees Association.

The SCARC award was announced before more than 200 delegates at the association's annual meeting Nov. 19 in Myrtle Beach.

Annual clean-up nets big haul

State maintenance crews removed 4,825 pounds of trash along 18 miles of York County highways during their annual fall clean-up.

About 45 employees helped in the September clean-up, said engineer Brad Trout of the state Department of Transportation.

Statewide, more than 1,600 S.C. DOT employees removed about 313,405 pounds of trash from 2,280 miles of highway. This is the 14th year that DOT has spent a week cleaning up around the roads.

Finley High class of '66 to meet in Chester

CHESTER -- The Finley High School class of 1966 will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Restaurant in downtown Chester. Classmates are asked to attend.

Basketball, children's activities planned

Carolina Community Action, Head Start and Cedar Creek AME Zion Church will host the first Rock Hill Basketball Classic beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Winthrop University.

The deadline for teams to sign up is 5 p.m. today. The cost to sponsor a team is $150. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. Games and activities will be provided for children. For details, call Weyling White at 366-5398.

UNCC proposes tuition and fee hike

The Executive and Audit Committee of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to ask the UNC Board of Governors for a $100 increase in student fees and tuition -- about a 2.7 percent -- for 2008-09.

Students pay $1,684 in fees this year and will pay $1,726 in 2008-09 if the increase is approved by the state this spring. Annual tuition will increase from $2,461 to $2,516 for in-state students and from $12,873 to $12,928 for out-of-state students. That's a $55 increase regardless of residency.

Graduate student tuition will increase from $2,855 to $2,919 for in-state and from $13,062 to $13,126 for nonresident students, a $64 increase regardless of residency status.

The proposed increase will not become final until the state board votes on it in the spring. The increase would help fund the university's peer mentoring program, weekend hours for the university library and increases in travel costs for the sports programs.

It's possible that the proposed $100 increase could rise to $135 if the state recommends that the university phase in the operating expense for the new $60 million student union rather than ask for it all at once.

when the center opens in 2009.