News In Brief - March 12, 2008

War protest set for today at Winthrop

A group of students, faculty and staff at Winthrop University will rally on the steps of Byrnes Auditorium today to mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

The protest, which will start at noon, is expected to consist of statements from members of the Winthrop community, as well as musical expressions of opposition to the war.

The United States began combat operations in Iraq on March 19, 2003, and currently has more than 150,000 troops there.

To date, almost 4,000 U.S. citizens have died in the conflict.

Publication to tout county's agri-tourism

An new publication will be able to show visitors York County's agriculture and tourism.

The Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau is working in partnership with representatives of the York County Agri-tourism Project, including individuals from the equestrian community, farm owners and livestock owners, to develop the guide.

It will be a comprehensive list highlighting the events, services, products and various offerings associated with the county's growing agricultural community.

Numerous events, including livestock shows, rodeos, clinics, horse shows, lesson programs, and other related activities are held throughout the county each year.

The county also is home to a number of horse training, breeding and boarding farms.

For more information about the guide, contact Robert Thomas at the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 329-5200.

Principal back at school after wreck

Castle Heights Middle School Principal Kelly Kane is back in school.

Kane has been absent since Jan. 25 after being hurt in a car crash on her way home from a ball game. She suffered a broken arm, several broken ribs and vertebrae, a skull fracture and deep cuts and bruises on her legs.

Kane returned to school this week on a part-time basis and is expected to return to full-time duty next month.

Norris Williams, the principal of the not-yet-opened Dutchman Creek Middle School, served as acting principal while Kane was absent. Now, the school's assistant principals are helping out.

S.C. teen places 2nd for national science award

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina high school student beat out 1,600 students nationwide to win a $100,000 scholarship Tuesday for developing a model she used to identify stage II colon cancer patients with a high risk for recurrence.

The model created by 17-year-old Shivani Sud also focused on identifying what may be the most effective drugs for treatment for those with a high risk of recurring tumors, according to organizers of the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Sud, a senior at Jordan High School in Durham, was named the winner of the competition at an awards banquet Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., where 40 finalists have been showing their projects in competition for top honors.

Graham Van Schaik, 17, of Columbia won second place and received a $75,000 scholarship for his 2-year project studying the effects of pyrethroids, a common type of pesticide, on breast cancer and nerve cell degeneration.

More than 1,600 high school seniors entered the talent search with a wide range of projects, including one that identified more efficient solar cells for energy production and another that designed and used a statistical algorithm to discover hidden patterns of nearby stars.

The 67-year-old science search competition has previously awarded top honors to students who went on to win six Nobel Laureates, three National Medal of Science winners, 10 MacArthur Foundation Fellows and two Fields Medalists.