Historically black colleges to raise awareness
Students can get a taste of life at a historically black college or university at an awareness day Saturday in Rock Hill.
The theme of the event, which is being hosted by the S.C. Alliance of Black School Educators, is awareness, relevance and tradition.
Representatives from the colleges and universities will be there to talk to students and parents about their schools and also to accept applications.
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There will be workshops on financial aid and improving SAT and ACT scores.
The event is free and open to all students. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at The Connection on S.C. 5, across from Northwestern High School. Activities should end at 2 p.m.
More than 300 people are expected.
Two face trafficking charges after bust
Two Rock Hill men were arrested on drug trafficking charges Wednesday after the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit seized 25 pounds of marijuana from an East White Street home.
Pedro Hernandez-Uribe, 28, and Jesus Fuentes-Orturo, 41, both of 414 E. White St, were charged with one count each of trafficking marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity to a park.
The White Street address is within a half-mile of Confederate Park, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
Stolen car's driver takes complaint to authorities
ANDERSON -- Authorities say a man drove a stolen car to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office to demand the return of nearly $2,000 officers seized from him during a drug arrest last June.
Deputies say after they told 36-year-old Charles Chambers to leave Tuesday afternoon, an officer noticed he got into a car that matched the description of a vehicle stolen about three hours earlier.
Another officer pulled the man over and told him to stop the car. The officer says Chambers stuck a screwdriver in the ignition to shut it off because the vehicle's key switch had been removed.
Authorities say Chambers was charged with possession of a stolen automobile, driving under suspension and a tag violation.
House panel takes up S.C. voter bills
COLUMBIA -- Voter registration forms would require people to list their birthplace under a measure that has been approved by a House panel.
While that measure was approved Wednesday, the panel did not take any action on a proposal that would require voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls.
Currently, voters can show either a photo ID or a voter registration card.
The state Election Commission told the House Judiciary subcommittee that the it would cost $2.5 million to put pictures on voter registration cards.
Richland County adds armored carrier to fleet
COLUMBIA -- The Richland County Sheriff's Department is adding a new weapon to its crime-fighting arsenal -- an armored personnel carrier.
The vehicle will allow members of the department's Special Response Team to approach hostile environments, such as suspects who have barricaded themselves inside building, sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Cowan said.
The M113A2, which can carry about 13 people, was purchased for $2,000 from a military surplus company.
It also will be on display during community events to educate the public about the sheriff's department, Cowan said.
The Special Response Team, commonly known as a SWAT team, also is trained to address hostage situations, execute high-risk warrants, and handle crowd control.
Team members typically would be accompanied in the carrier by a medic.
This week, the vehicle is being sanded at Lonnie Roberts Auto Service on North Brickyard Road in preparation for being painted stealth black on the outside and battleship gray on the inside.
-- The (Columbia) State