News In Brief - December 7, 2008

Hickory Grove woman dies in collision

HICKORY GROVE -- A 53-year-old Hickory Grove woman died Saturday after a single-vehicle collision, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Terry Lynn Brasier of 3099 Saw Mill Road died when her sport utility vehicle ran off the right side of the road around 12:30 a.m., hit an embankment and overturned, authorities said.

The wreck happened on Saw Mill Road, close to Brasier's home, said York County Chief Deputy Coroner David Chambers.

Brasier, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and died at the scene, said Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the Highway Patrol.

More than 830 people have died on state roads so far this year, according to the state office of highway safety. That's down from around 1,000 people who died on state roads through the same time last year.

Two Winthrop professors win teaching awards

Two Winthrop University professors are recipients of two of the university's teaching awards.

• Marketing professor Jane Thomas will receive the 2008 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Dec. 20 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Kinard award recognizes a faculty member who is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students.

• English professor John Bird will serve next year as the Thompson Scholar to help improve the teaching of critical thinking and writing across all disciplines. The Thompson Scholar works on projects that strengthen the academic, intellectual and co-curricular life of the university.

-- Staff reports