News In Brief - June 26, 2008

Rock Hill schools name 4 to administrative posts

The Rock Hill school board hired four new administrators this week, one for the district office and three assistant principals.

Carie Hucks, a teacher and administrative intern at Castle Heights Middle School, will become an assistant principal for next school year. Hucks has been at Castle Heights since 1998 and helped lead Relay for Life, planned the Black History Month program and led literacy initiatives.

Jacqueline Jones, a fifth-grade teacher at Independence Elementary, will move to Finley Road Elementary to become an assistant principal. Jones has taught at Independence since 1994 and did a principal internship there before that.

Gwendolyn Lindsey, who has taught sixth grade at Sullivan Middle since 1997, will become an assistant principal there. Lindsey also has taught at Sunset Park Elementary and served as summer school director at Sullivan.

The fourth new administrator will be the district's new risk management coordinator. Laney Burris, who has been the secretary for the associate superintendent for administrative and auxiliary services since 1999, will take over the job that

includes crisis management planning and workplace safety.

All four people will start their new jobs this summer.

--Jessica Schonberg

York County Council to study Scout camp plan

The Girl Scouts could be one step closer to having their waterfront Camp Catawabaw property included in the Allison Creek Partners and Crescent Resources rezoning.

The Girl Scouts' Hornets Nest Council asked for their property to be added into the plan after Crescent backed out of a deal to buy the 25-acre camp near S.C. 274 and Campbell Road. The Girl Scouts want to leave the camp and move to an Iredell County site.

A 1,430-acre rezoning request adjacent to the Girl Scouts' property calls for offices around the lake and mixed-use areas surrounding that. Scout leaders were worried that the plan would make their property less viable for development and hinder plans to use money from the sale to upfit the new camp.

York County officials were willing to work with the Girl Scouts, but they didn't want to allow that property to have certain kinds of businesses bordering the water.

At a special York County Council meeting Monday, officials expect to detail how the Girl Scout property factors into the plan. The public will have an opportunity to comment.

Opposition to the request to move densities off the lake and provide two school sites and a 50-acre park started strong with 300 people at a community meeting. Council members and staff worked to address specific concerns, and no one spoke against the plan at the June 16 council meeting.

If the county adds the Girl Scouts to the plan, it will be as an amendment.

-- Kimberly Dick

Charlotte man dies in motorcycle wreck

A Charlotte man was killed this week on U.S. 21 in northern Chester County when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck, according to the state Highway Patrol.

James Odom, Jr., 43, was driving a motorcycle southbound on U.S. 21 around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday when the crash occurred, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The motorcycle and a pickup truck driven by a Catawba man collided when the truck attempted to cross U.S. 21 at Theodore Road, Gaskin said. That driver wasn't injured.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Odom was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation, Gaskin said.

-- Kimberly Dick

Comporium names news director, anchor

Laurabree Monday has been hired as news director and anchor at CN2, the station's parent company, Comporium Communications announced.

Monday comes to the Rock Hill-based cable news program from WSAZ-TV, an NBC affiliate station in Charleston, W.Va., where she was an anchor and general assignment reporter.

The hiring comes just weeks after Comporium fired Bob Pearse, a longtime newsman in the Charlotte area. Pearse, 64, spent nine years as the lead anchor at CN2. Company officials have declined to comment on the circumstances of Pearse's departure.

Monday, a graduate of Indiana University, has worked for NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS affiliates in Texas and has more than 13 years of television news experience as a producer, research director, sales coordinator and fill-in anchor.

She is in the process of moving to the area with her husband, Keith Monday, who is a meteorologist with WSOC-TV in Charlotte.

-- Adam O'Daniel

Lancaster bike ride to benefit troops in Afghanistan

LANCASTER -- Free Riders Ministry will have a benefit ride Saturday. Proceeds will purchase bicycles for troops in Afghanistan, where bicycles provide transportation for soldiers to and from their duty stations.

Sign-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 1809 Bennett Road. First bike out will be at 10 a.m.

Cost is $15 for single riders and $25 for double riders. Food and prizes will be available at the end of the ride.

For details, call Cotton Pate at (803) 457-9165 or Keith Snipes at (803) 285-9473.

Freedom Center to host Christian comedy show

God Like Entertainment Group will present Christian Comedy Knockout at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Freedom Center, 215 E. Main St., downtown Rock Hill.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The show includes comedy by Michelle Harrington, Mike Goodwin, Marty Simpson and Corey Johnson.

Advance tickets are $12 per person at www.shop.streamersevents.com or www.christdeliverancechurch.org. Tickets at the door will be $15 per person.

God Like Entertainment Group is based in Charlotte and provides Christian family entertainment. Through ticket sales, the group financially supports churches that use its events as fundraisers.

Denmark Tech alumni to hold dance at USC-Lancaster

LANCASTER -- Alumni of Denmark Technical College, also known as the South Carolina Area Trade School, will have a dance from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus in the Bradley Building.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance by calling Verta McCree at (803) 322-7167.