Pair arrested in Lancaster shooting
LANCASTER -- Two Lancaster men were arrested in connection with a shooting that critically injured another Lancaster man, officials said.
Devatee Tymar Clinton, 20, of 722 E. Arch St. was charged Monday with assault and battery with intent to kill; possession of a pistol during a violent crime and possession of a pistol under 21, said Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster City Police.
Jaquarius Rendell Mingo, 19, of 103 N. Willowlake Road was charged with misprison of a felony, Howard said.
Nadavis Benson of 106 S. French St. was shot in the stomach and left arm last Wednesday, according to a police report. He was taken to Charlotte's Carolinas Medical Center, where on Tuesday he was listed in critical condition, a spokeswoman said.
Bond was denied for Clinton, Howard said. He remained in custody Tuesday at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Mingo, whose bond was set at $5,000, was released Tuesday.
Conference will talk about gangs
YouthNet and other local community organizations will host a gang summit called "Beat the Streets" in Rock Hill this weekend.
The conference, which starts Friday and runs through Saturday, will focus on strategies to keep young people out of gangs. There is no charge to attend.
For more information or to sign up, call YouthNet at 366-3391.
Registration also will be available at the conference from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Friday at the Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College.
Fort Mill couple gives gift to Winthrop
A Fort Mill couple has established a $125,000 endowment at Winthrop University to provide scholarships for English majors and help pay for students and faculty members to travel to conferences, lectures and seminars.
J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler White, the parents of three and grandparents of five, were born and raised in Rock Hill.
In appreciation of the endowment, Winthrop officials will name a large classroom in Owens Hall as the J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler White Lecture Room.
"We have long encouraged our undergraduates to submit papers to undergraduate conferences; however, we have had not the ability to ensure monetary assistance from the department for travel," Gloria Jones, chairwoman of the Department of English, said in an announcement.
The endowment also will allow the department to give out more than the one scholarship it now awards.
Rock Hill school district names two hires
The Rock Hill school district hired two new administrators this week.
• James Dayton Quinn, a former Rock Hill lead teacher at Phoenix Academy, will become director of the Renaissance Academy, a new school for suspended or expelled students. He likely will start within a week.
Quinn's position is a new one. Since leaving Rock Hill last year, Quinn has served as assistant director of an alternative school in Greenwood.
• In another move, Elaine Napier Bilton, director of accounting for Berkeley County schools, will become the executive director of finance. She likely will start in about a month, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.
Bilton will replace Leanne Lordo, who took an assistant superintendent position with the Fort Mill school district.
Bilton comes to Rock Hill with 30 years of finance experience in school districts.
Fund set up to help injured Clover officer
CLOVER -- A fund has been established to help Cpl. Lucas Moss, the Clover police officer who was seriously injured in a Jan. 22 car wreck. Donations will help cover Moss' medical bills and can be made at any of the six Family Trust Federal Credit Union branches in York County.
York Tech program gets national certification
York Technical College's automotive technology program recently received ASE Master Certification from the National institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
Master certification is the highest level of achievement recognized by the institute.
York Tech's program was compared to nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas of instruction, facilities and equipment.
Among the points of focus are automatic transmission and transaxle, brakes, electrical electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles and suspension and steering. Master automotive mechanics are certified in all eight areas.
York Technical College's Automotive Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as automotive technicians.
Six arrested after teen overdoses on pills
GREENWOOD -- Authorities say six people have been arrested after a 15-year-old boy overdosed on prescription drugs at a party.
Greenwood County deputies say four of the people at the party last week thought they were taking an anti-anxiety drug but instead took pills used the treat Parkinson's disease. They were taken to the hospital but were not seriously injured.
Authorities say the partygoers suffered hallucinations and slurred speech and lost track of what happened for days.
Deputies say a 15-year-old boy overdosed on the pills, and a 9-year-old girl also was in the home at the time.
Investigators say the six people were charged with a variety of crimes, including drug charges, conspiracy and placing a child at risk.
2 students expelled for kissing on school bus
COLUMBIA -- The families of two Richland County high school students kicked out of school for kissing on a school bus are challenging a decision to expel the pair, an attorney said Tuesday.
Dominique Goyner and his girlfriend were expelled by the school board in October for the rest of the academic year, after they sat next to each other on the bus and kissed a few times, said Russell Brown, the boy's attorney.
School officials told Jody Free her son was being removed from school for "sexual misconduct."
"I saw the tape. They kissed maybe two minutes, and the rest of bus ride home they leaned back on seat, and that was it," Free said. "Had it been anything different, I would have said, 'OK, you two have to suffer the consequences.'"
The district won't comment about the case but stands by the decisions made by its officials and school board, spokeswoman Theresa Riley said.
A message left for the girl's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Goyner, who has received awards from Bythewood High School's ROTC, said he knows he was breaking a rule but was shocked by the response from school officials. He is being home-schooled and hopes the expulsion won't stop him from attending a military academy after graduation.
"It hurt me deeply," he told Columbia television station WOLO. "I was shocked. I didn't think it would go this far, to the point that I would be expelled from the district."
The school board refused to overturn its decision, but the families plan to appeal in circuit court, Brown said.
"What we have here, in my opinion, is an overzealous enforcement of a rule," he said.