News In Brief - November 1, 2008

Absentee voting available today

YORK -- York County elections officials will offer extended hours today for people who choose to cast absentee ballots.

The elections office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in voting absentee must qualify for one of 17 reasons ranging from disabilities to work obligations.

The office is located in the E.C. Black Building, 13 S. Congress St. in downtown York. For information, visit www.yorkcountygov.com or call 684-1242.

Churches to offer free rides to polls

Churches in the Rock Hill area will offer free transportation Tuesday to people who need help getting to the polls to vote.

African-American pastors in the United Clergy of York County called on voters to make their voices heard by taking part in the election. Their churches will use buses and vans to give rides to anyone in need.

"A lot of people have lost their jobs and don't have cars," said Bishop B.R. Wilson. "There's a whole lot who just don't drive. They might not be able to vote at all if they didn't have proper transportation."

Here are some of the churches offering rides:

• Mount Prospect Baptist Church, 329-2772

• Freedom Temple Ministries, 327-7888, Ext. 222

• Union Baptist Church, 366-1556

• Mount Zion Baptist Church, 684-9302

• Boyd Hill Baptist Church, 327-2422

• First Calvary Baptist Church, 327-9595

• Gethsemane Church, 325-1888

York County chamber to drive voters to polls

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce will provide free transportation to the polls on Election Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The service is available to residents in the chamber's service areas of Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Tega Cay and don't have access to transportation to the polls.

The service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those needing rides should call 324-7500 in advance to give desired transportation times. Chamber phone lines will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Chamber staffers and volunteers from the Government Relations Task Force will drive residents to and from their assigned polls to vote. Although drivers will make every effort to accommodate the handicapped, vehicles will not be handicap accessible.

Police search for man accused in killing

GREENVILLE -- A Greenville County sheriff's spokesman said Friday that deputies have warrants charging 51-year-old Wyatt Earp Harper with murder in the death of 53-year-old Lonnie Bernard Oglesby of Anderson.

Oglesby was found in the yard of a Greenville County home Wednesday and later died at a hospital. Deputy Coroner Scott Ramsey said Oglesby died of gunshot wound to the back.

Greenville Master Deputy Michael Hildebrand says a motive for the shooting has not been determined.