News In Brief - October 18, 2008

Pastors to discuss African-American church

Some of Rock Hill's leading pastors will discuss the state of the African-American church at a public meeting planned for Nov. 8 at Gethsemane Ministries.

Maurice Revell, Sharon Jenkins, B.R. Wilson, Herb Crump, Alvin Murdock, Osbey Roddey, Persell Ross and Carlwell Culp are among the panelists scheduled to take part in the 6 p.m. event.

Topics include church politics and community effectiveness.

For more information, call organizer C.T. Kirk at 524-5935 or e-mail him at ministerct@aol.com.

Lindsey Graham in Rock Hill today

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will drop by the York County GOP campaign headquarters today to talk about the economic crisis, visit with volunteers and give an update on his re-election campaign.

For much of the past few months, Graham has traveled around the country, helping close friend John McCain in his run for the presidency. But Graham also faces his own election battle on Nov. 4 against Democrat Bob Conley.

The visit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the office at 312 Oakland Ave. For more information, call the party at 817-1702.

HIV-positive man accused of having unprotected sex

RALEIGH -- An HIV-positive man was jailed after he was accused of violating probation by having sex without using a condom.

Joshua Weaver, 23, was put on probation in August for violating a little-used provision of the state public health code.

Weaver, a disk jockey, had been ordered to refrain from sex without a condom and steer clear of nightclubs unless he was hired to spin. This month, Wake County health department staff members contacted Weaver's probation officer to say they believed he had engaged in unprotected sex, said Keith Acree, spokesman for the state Department of Correction, which oversees probation officers. Acree said a Wake County public health official had proof and was willing to testify about the violation.

If a judge agrees, Weaver could be sentenced to 40 days in jail. He is in the Wake County jail awaiting an Oct. 21 hearing on the probation violation.

Weaver's attorney did not return a call for comment.

Southern drought creeping northward

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The drought that has plagued the Deep South for more than a year is creeping northward, and officials in multiple states are restricting outdoor burning in the face of water shortages and forest fire risks from falling leaves and tinder-dry conditions.

Extreme drought conditions, the second-worst possible, have now spread into Kentucky, and severe conditions have returned to West Virginia and southwest Virginia, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

"The last three months have sucked every bit of moisture we've had," said Ben Webster, a fire staff assistant for the West Virginia Division of Forestry.