News In Brief - December 13, 2007

Moody to announce state Senate campaign

A Rock Hill attorney will announce her state Senate aspirations in Chester and Rock Hill today.

Leah Moody said Wednesday she'll announce her plans to run for the Senate District 17 seat, held by Linda Short of Chester, at noon today in Chester at the Summit Restaurant in Chester.

She'll make that same announcement in Rock Hill at 6 p.m. at the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She will join fellow Democrat State Rep. Creighton Coleman of Winnsboro in the race for Short's seat. Short previously said she will resign at the end of the term.

Moody previously was listed as a possible candidate for the state House seat held by her mother, Bessie Moody-Lawrence, who also said she wouldn't seek re-election.

Moody's legal practice covers criminal defense, personal injury, worker's compensation and probate.

Senate District 17 includes all of Chester County and parts of Fairfield, York and Union counties.

York school board reschedules meetings

YORK -- York school board meetings will start at a new time beginning with the new year.

Regular monthly meetings will be held at 7 p.m. The board voted on this change at its December meeting.

The board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 1475 E. Liberty St.

For more information visit york.k12.sc.us/SOWEB/bot.htm.

Keystone to host merchant class today

Keystone Substance Abuse Services will sponsor its merchant education class at 9 a.m. today at its prevention center at 140 E. Main St. in Rock Hill.

Clerks and others who sell alcoholic beverages and tobacco will learn the importance of checking customers' ages. Participants in the three-hour session also will learn how to identify fake IDs, how to refuse sales to those who supply alcohol to underage youths and how to refuse service to underage youths and intoxicated customers.

Keystone's goal is to decrease and combat the amount of alcoholic beverages and tobacco being sold to underage youths throughout York County.

A second class will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at the prevention center.

For details, call Corree McMillan at 230-1793.

Fired police officer arrested after scuffle

ANDERSON -- The Westminster police chief says he thought one of his officers was going to shoot him after he was fired.

Chief Scott Bannister says a meeting Sunday with 33-year-old officer Marquis Nelson and a supervisor started as a discussion about the town's Christmas parade.

But a police report says Nelson began to curse at his bosses and was fired.

Investigators say after Nelson was asked for his gun, he unholstered the weapon and held it near his waist while staring at Bannister and the supervisor.

Police say the officers began to scuffle, and the chief was able to take Nelson's gun.

Nelson has been charged with two counts of assault by pointing and presenting a firearm.