Across South Carolina

Security firm gets $95M Army contract


NORTH CHARLESTON --- The defense and security company BAE Systems is getting a $95 million contract from the Army, and the work will be done primarily in South Carolina.

BAE Systems vice president Richard Anderson said in a statement issued Tuesday that the work being done in North Charleston is the installation and maintenance of automated security systems at the Army's bases and installations.

The firm says the automated security systems use software and hardware to verify information on individuals and match that information to data on registered vehicles.

The company will install the systems at multiple bases and installations in the United States.

BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with about 107,000 employees around the world.

2-year-old girl found in family's pool dies

GREER --- Authorities say a 2-year-old girl has died the morning after she was found in a pool at her family's South Carolina home.

The Greenville News reports that Asiah Love Salo died early Wednesday morning at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Greenville County sheriff's deputies went to the family's Greer home Tuesday afternoon after two of her brothers saw Asiah floating in the pool.

The girl's mother was working in the yard at the time and pulled her daughter out of the pool.

Asiah was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

Deputy Coroner Karie Cain says the girl appears to have drowned. An autopsy was scheduled for later Wednesday.

New president of tech college system named

COLUMBIA --- The president of a technical college in Virginia has been chosen as the new president of the system for South Carolina's 16 technical colleges and affiliated programs.

Montez Martin of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education in South Carolina says Wednesday Darrel Staat has accepted the post of president of the South Carolina Technical College System. He takes over his duties Aug. 1.

The system comprises the 16 technical colleges and various programs to train or retrain employees across the state.

He has been president of the Central Virginia Community College since 1999, and has held several positions at a number of community colleges in Maine.