News In Brief - April 12, 2008

Memorial for wreck victims set for today

South Carolina Department of Public Safety is holding its annual memorial service today to remember the 1,075 people who died from traffic collisions on state roadways last year.

The Memorial Service for Highway Fatality Victims will be held at Shandon Baptist Church, 5250 Forest Drive in Columbia at 10 a.m.

Preliminary statistics for 2007 say there were 28 fatalities on York County roads. That's tied for the 11th-highest fatality count with Florence County. Horry and Greenville counties top the list, with 88 reported in each county.

Lancaster County reported 17 fatalities on state roadways and Chester County had 13 deaths from traffic incidents in 2007.

The memorial service has been held annually since 1988.

-- Kimberly Dick

Sunset Park teacher dies after cancer battle

A first-grade teacher at Sunset Park Elementary School died this week after a struggle with cancer.

Rita Hamilton died Thursday at age 50.

Before teaching at Sunset Park, Hamilton was a teaching assistant at Oakdale Elementary School, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

Hamilton, a mother of three originally from Illinois, also taught Sunday school at Catawba Baptist Church.

"She was quite a nice, nice person," Baker said. "I'm really saddened."

Baker said Hamilton was on extended leave from her position.

Hamilton's funeral service is scheduled for Sunday. Sunset Park Elementary School resumes classes Monday after its intercession.

-- Kimberly Dick

Lt. Gov. Bauer makes York County visit

Lt. Gov. André Bauer spent Friday in York County, where he visited schools in Clover, stopped by Ebenezer Grill in Rock Hill and filmed a segment for state Rep. Carl Gullick's TV show, "Assignment Carolina," at Harry and Jean's restaurant.

Gullick, who represents District 48 in northern York County, organized the visit.

Bauer visited a pre-kindergarten class at Kinard Elementary and then headed to Clover High, where he congratulated the school on winning three state championships this school year (band, football and chorus). Bauer briefly sat in on a college prep chemistry class and freshman geometry, where he was impressed by the school's Promethean Boards, a new, interactive electronic devise that replaced the teacher's chalk-and-marker boards and overhead projectors.

"I've been to schools in all 46 counties, but have never seen anything like that before," Bauer said. "This technology is so impressive. It really keeps students involved."

Before leaving the area, Bauer told The Herald he's not ruling out the possibility of running for governor in 2010.

Yard sale for Interfaith Hospitality Network

A yard sale to benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network will continue today from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church activity center, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

Interfaith Hospitality is a nonprofit organization that provides meals, shelter, support services and life skills training for homeless parents and children in York County. The yard sale will feature clothing as well as home and office supplies.

Greene hired as Union County, N.C. manager

MONROE, N.C. -- Al Greene, former York County manager, will be the next top administrator in Union County, N.C., county commissioners announced Friday.

The county has been without a permanent manager for more than 15 months. Greene, 51, is currently the interim manager of Pender County, on the southern coast of North Carolina. He will start in Union on May 19.

Greene will be paid $150,000 a year, plus a $600 per month vehicle allowance, according to his contract. The contract gives a year's severance pay should the county fire him for reasons besides those specified.

-- The Charlotte Observer

Boyfriend arrested after Sumter teen's body found

SUMTER -- Authorities say they have found the body of an 18-year-old Sumter County woman missing for three days and charged her boyfriend with murder.

Sheriff Anthony Dennis said searchers discovered Angel Marie Anderson in some woods Thursday afternoon.

Dennis said 19-year-old Eric McCall told investigators he started arguing with Anderson, then began kicking and punching her.

Anderson was last seen Monday by her mother, who said the teen was leaving to see a friend, authorities said.

McCall's mother told WIS-TV that her son is a good person who has never hurt anyone, and she doesn't think he killed his girlfriend.