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News In Brief - December 4, 2007

Cleveland Sellers Jr. receives his Eagle Scout award after qualifying for it 45 years ago. A Court of Honor ceremony was held at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbiaon Monday. Sellers, 63, who used the event to urge churches and communities to start and support Scouts, was wounded in February 1968 in what came to be called the "Orangeburg Massacre" and was indicted for his alleged part in a raucous civil rights protest in downtown Orangeburg two nights earlier. He served seven months in prison but later was pardoned. Three unarmed students were killed and 27 wounded by state troopers firing into a crowd of students on the grounds of S.C. State in Orangeburg.
Cleveland Sellers Jr. receives his Eagle Scout award after qualifying for it 45 years ago. A Court of Honor ceremony was held at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbiaon Monday. Sellers, 63, who used the event to urge churches and communities to start and support Scouts, was wounded in February 1968 in what came to be called the "Orangeburg Massacre" and was indicted for his alleged part in a raucous civil rights protest in downtown Orangeburg two nights earlier. He served seven months in prison but later was pardoned. Three unarmed students were killed and 27 wounded by state troopers firing into a crowd of students on the grounds of S.C. State in Orangeburg.

Independence Elementary transfer deadline is near

Parents who want to move their children in the Rock Hill school district out of Independence Elementary have until Dec. 12 to apply to do so.

Independence is required to offer school choice because it did not meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards in the same subject for two years in a row.

Parents who already have applied for school choice do not need to re-apply.

Students can apply to transfer to either Belleview or Ebenezer Avenue elementary schools. To apply for a transfer visit the school office.

Parents with questions about school choice at Independence can call Principal Mary Chandler at 981-1135.

Voters must register soon for S.C. primaries

The voter registration deadline is approaching for those interested in casting a ballot in South Carolina's presidential primary elections in January.

To vote in the Republican primary, the deadline to register is Dec. 19. To vote in the Democratic primary, the deadline is Dec. 26.

Registration can be completed by visiting scvotes.org or your local board of voter registration office.

York County residents can register in the E.C. Black Building at 13 S. Congress St. in York.

Chester County residents can register at 109 Ella St.

Applications also can be printed offline and mailed to your local office. Do not mail applications to the state.

To be eligible to vote, you must be 18 years old on or before election day, a U.S. citizen and a resident of the county and precinct in South Carolina you are registered in. You must not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent and must not be confined in any public prison because of conviction of a crime. You must never have been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws, or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

Expect delays on West Main Street

Some lanes will be closed on West Main Street starting today as construction crews replace a sewer line beneath the road.

The work is expected to last two to three days, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. each day. Traffic will be limited to one lane only in each direction, and drivers are expected to encounter delays because the road is a thoroughfare between western York County and downtown Rock Hill.

For information, call the city Utilities Department at 329-5500.

Gratitude Gala in York postponed

YORK -- The fourth annual Gratitude Gala, sponsored by the Citizens Awareness Group of Western York County, has been postponed.

The event was to feature "Medal of Honor Rag" directed by York native Charles Randolph-Wright, but it was postponed after Randolph-Wright's mother, Ruth Johnson, becam e ill.

The play had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Harold C. Johnson Middle School. A new date will be announced.

With Johnson recovering, Randolph-Wright said the two peformances of the same play scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Winthrop University will proceed as scheduled.

The Winthrop performances start at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10 a person. The play contains adult content and language. Seating is limited. For tickets call 323-4014.

Springfield Middle wins state mock trial title

FORT MILL -- Springfield Middle School won the State Middle School Mock Trial competition Saturday at the Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington, according to the South Carolina Bar.

This was the first attempt for Springfield Middle, which defeated North Myrtle Beach Middle School in the finals.

Participating students included Amanda Blom, Katie Bleau, Will Brugge, Jamie Clifton, Paige Cos, David Feeley, E.B. Hinnant. Andrew Merk, Arika Nash, Devin Ramadanovic, Christina Reuille, Lexxus Rogers, Maggie Sharp, Abri Tate, Jessica Tennis, Virginia Tkacik, Blake Vandiver, Judy Wei, Jessica Wichman, and James Wood. Juanita Sanders, Faye Tucker, and Pat McNaughton are the teacher coaches. The attorney coaches are James W. Tucker Jr. and Shannon Vandiver.

Merk received the most effective attorney award in two different rounds of the competition. Wei received the most effective witness award in two rounds.

Of 35 middle school mock trial teams in the state, 14 advanced to the state competition. The mock trial program is sponsored by the South Carolina Bar's Law Related Education division.

21 die on S.C. highways

COLUMBIA -- State troopers say 21 people died on South Carolina's roadways last weekend, marking the state's deadliest traffic weekend in three years.

Troopers say the death toll between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday was even higher than most long holiday weekends, which typically see more highway deaths.

Ten people died on South Carolina roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday this year. The weekend before, there were a dozen fatalities.

Troopers say 987 people have died so far this year on South Carolina highways. That's compared to 974 at the same time in 2006.

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