News In Brief - March 27, 2008

Chappell to have competition in primary

Longtime York County Councilman Curwood Chappell will have competition in the June 10 Republican primary.

Ashley Martin will announce her candidacy for the District 5 council seat Friday morning at Ryan's Steak House on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill.

Chappell has represented District 5 for eight terms. He gained a reputation for being outspoken and having distinct views on adding landfills to the county and other controversial issues the council handles.

Martin is a Winthrop University graduate from Fort Mill. She couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

The deadline to file for the County Council and other offices is noon Sunday.

York Tech names associate vice president

York Technical College has a new associate vice president for academic and student affairs.

Detroit native Mark Ulseth took over the post this month, the college announced Wednesday.

Ulseth came to Rock Hill from Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich., where he served as director of admissions and registration. He has 24 years of experience in student services administration at three Michigan community colleges.

Ulseth earned a master's degree in business from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Bicycle club to host awareness ride

The Rock Hill Bicycle Club will host a cycling awareness ride at 5 p.m. Friday at the Winthrop Coliseum. The purpose of the ride is to promote bicycling as an alternative to motorized vehicles.

USC student killed after falling from train

NEWBERRY -- A University of South Carolina student has died after falling from a train during what authorities described as a fraternity prank.

Newberry County James Foster said that 20-year-old Robert Chase Campbell's body was found on train tracks in the Upstate on Wednesday morning.

Campbell was from Anderson. Foster said he and three other members of the Sigma Nu fraternity had hopped on the train around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday near university fraternity housing in Columbia. Foster said the students held onto the train for about 35 miles before Campbell fell off and was struck.

Panel OKs more training for youngest drivers

COLUMBIA -- The state's youngest drivers would have to go through more training before getting a regular license under a bill sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Joel Lourie said he wants four and half hours of defensive driver training added to the mandatory driver training for people under 17 before they get regular driver's licenses.

Lourie, D-Columbia, cited Department of Public Safety data showing that during the last three years, 15- and 16-year-olds contributed to or caused 6,540 accidents involving injuries while driving with provisional or restricted licenses.

The course would be added to 30 hours in high school classes or the eight hours private driver training companies give in the classroom, Lourie said.