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Mitchelville area will seek S.C. aid


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Supporters of preserving the site of historic Mitchelville on Hilton Head Island say they will again seek state money, even after Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed $200,000 for the project.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports Mitchelville was the site of one of the nation’s first communities for freed slaves. Lawmakers this week upheld Haley’s veto of money for the project.

Haley says she’s sending a clear message that the state has learned from its past of pork-barrel spending.

Republican Rep. Bill Herbkersman, of Bluffton, disagrees with that characterization for Mitchelville. He calls the site a state treasure, not a pet project.

He says supporters will try next year to get money through state agencies, instead of a line item in the budget that could be vetoed.

Husband indicted in wife’s shooting

ATLANTA — A Fulton County grand jury has indicted a man accused of shooting his wife eight times outsider her Sandy Springs apartment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 43-year-old Michael Darnell Parson was indicted Friday in the April 20 shooting of Adina Parson.

Adina Parson, a 40-year-old lawyer for the state Department of Public Health, was critically injured. She survived her injuries and continues to recover at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Michael Parson was arrested in May in Texas one day after police announced an arrest warrant had been issued for him.

He was extradited from Texas and booked into theFulton County jail, where he has been held without bond.

Jail records show that he faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Pilot dies in plane crash in Georgia

CEDARTOWN, GA. — One person has died in a small-plane crash in northwest Georgia.

WSB-TV reports that a plane went down in southern Polk County, near the Haralson County line.

The crash site is in a rural area near the Alabama line and about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Authorities did not immediately release the identity of the person who was killed.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane was an RV-4.

The RV-4 is a kit plane that seats two people. Bergen said the pilot was the only person on board.

Federal funding for schools is frozen

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education says it’s freezing the disbursement of certain federal money to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues.

The department said it has concerns that the district has inflated the number of students who qualify for federal meal assistance and has not properly overseen federal grant programs.

Much of the federal funding that school districts get is based on the number of poor students who qualify for federal meal assistance.

School district officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The district stands to lose about $10 million through the frozen funds. That would be significant for the district, which lists an operating budget of $114.8 million on its website. The district could still get the money if it clears up concerns.