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News In Brief - February 2, 2008

Chester County Detention Center inmate hangs self

CHESTER -- A Chester County inmate hanged himself in a county detention center, officials said.

James Dennis Fowler, 41, of Fort Lawn hanged himself Friday at the Chester County Detention Center, said Chester Police Chief Mike Brown.

Fowler was arrested Monday on a criminal domestic violence charge, Brown said.

Fort Mill referendum group schedules meetings

The Keep Our Schools Strong committee, a community group disseminating information about the Fort Mill school district's roughly $96 million bond vote on March 4, has scheduled a number of public meetings in the coming weeks:

• 6 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Mill High School PTSA meeting to be held in the school auditorium

• 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Fort Mill Town Council meeting at town hall

• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Gold Hill Elementary School PTA program in the gym/cafeteria

• 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Fort Mill Golf Club clubhouse, 101 Country Club Drive

• 7 p.m. March 3 in the Baxter YMCA conference room

• 7 p.m. March 3 at the Tega Cay Golf Club clubhouse

The referendum ballot includes two questions. The first seeks $87.25 million for two new elementary schools and a middle school, plus money to purchase land for more schools in the future. The second question seeks $8.718 million for an additional gym at each of the high schools and stadium seating and concessions at Nation Ford High.

Filing open for York City Council elections

YORK -- Filing for three York City Council seats is now open.

The three seats up for re-election are in districts one, five and six. Charles Johnson, John Smith and Johnny McCoy are the incumbents, respectively.

Those interested in running have until 5 p.m. Feb. 15 to file with election clerk Bobbie Brooks at the York Police Department on Roosevelt Street. The filing fee is $50.

The only person to file so far is Mark Boley for district six. Boley is a sales manager for Austin International.

Council members serve four-year terms and earn $5,000 per year. For more information, call Brooks at 628-3913.

Fort Mill student hit by car, not seriously injured

FORT MILL -- A Fort Mill High School student was hit by a car Friday morning walking to school, according to the Fort Mill Police Department.

A 16-year-old female student was attempting to cross the driveway leading into Riverview Elementary School, next to the high school, when she was struck by a moving car, said Fort Mill Police Capt. Alan McSwain. Police did not release the student's name.

"It looks like she was walking to the high school and when she stepped off the curb, she didn't see the vehicle coming," he said, noting injuries were minor. "Nothing more than bumps and bruises. It was just an accident."

McSwain said neither the driver of the car nor the pedestrian will be charged.

Morning traffic at the school was delayed temporarily when police and an ambulance responded to the scene, he said.

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