News In Brief - June 18, 2008

Saluda Street shooting victim identified

Police on Tuesday released the identity of the Rock Hill man whose shooting triggered a single-car collision.

Justin Alexander Chisolm, 29, of 782 Laney Terrace on Monday night was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was treated and transferred to a Charlotte hospital. His condition was not available Tuesday, a Carolinas Medical Center spokesman said.

Around 8 p.m. Monday, Chisolm was driving on Saluda Street when he ran off the road, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Authorities found Chisolm slumped over his steering wheel with a gunshot wound to his chest. Chisolm had a yellow Dollar General bag that contained about 224.2 grams of marijuana, the report stated.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Rock Hill Police Department at 329-7211 or CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

Juneteenth celebration kicks off Friday

People will be able to celebrate freedom Friday and Saturday at the ninth annual Juneteenth Celebration at The Redeeming Life Ministries Center, 641 S. Jones Ave. in Rock Hill.

A meet and greet with refreshments will kick off festivities at 7 p.m. Friday, with musical, literary and historical presentations starting at 7:30 p.m. A fashion show and awards presentation also are planned.

Sports events, games, arts and more are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Food and drinks will be served and free food will be distributed. Events are open and free to the public.

The Redeeming Life Ministries, The Black Male Summit, Operation Help One Another and Mount Prospect Baptist Church are sponsoring the event.

Juneteenth celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all slaves in the states still fighting against the Union in the Civil War "henceforth and forevermore free."

For information or to volunteer, call Zora Holmes, 327-6378, or The Redeeming Life Ministries Center, 327-9800.

-- Arthur Takahashi

Foundation gives $1.5M to S.C. nursing programs

COLUMBIA -- A new fellowship announced Tuesday will help ease the financial burden of future master's and doctoral students, who want to become nurse educators. The move will address the South Carolina's nursing shortage by producing teachers, nurse leaders say.

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has given $1.5 million over three years to help graduate nursing students at USC, MUSC and Clemson.

-- The (Columbia) State