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Deer killed for study on Jekyll

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. — Wildlife officials plan to study the corpses of six deer killed by sharpshooters on Jekyll Island in their ongoing attempts to find out if the island’s deer population is healthy, and whether there are too many of the animals.

Officials planned to do necropsies on the animals to see whether overpopulation is affecting their health.

Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority director of conservation, says results are expected to provide a comprehensive report on the health of the deer.

Carswell said the sharpshooters are trained to shoot the deer in a way that they will die quickly.

The Jekyll Island Authority, which governs the state-owned island, in early April ordered its new conservation manager to explore whether the island has too many deer.

University to honor 1st black graduate

ATHENS, GA. — The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school.

Mary Frances Early received her master’s degree in 1962. She is set to speak at a ceremony commemorating her graduation on Aug. 15.

An Atlanta native, Early got a bachelor’s degree in music education from Clark Atlanta University in 1957 and had started postgraduate work at the University of Michigan when she transferred to Georgia to complete her studies in the summer of 1961.

Earlier that year, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes had become the first African-American students to enroll at Georgia.

Early has had an extensive career in music an education, most recently as music department head at Clark Atlanta.

Homeless man gets 20 years in slaying

CONWAY, S.C. — A homeless man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the 2009 death of another homeless man.

Bruce Olen Underwood was sentenced Monday after he entered an Alford plea to voluntary manslaughter. That means Underwood did not admit guilt but conceded there was enough evidence for a conviction.

Underwood was arrested in 2009 and charged with murder in the death of George Pennell. Police say Pennell was found beaten to death in woods in Myrtle Beach. Underwood was found about 75 feet away, covered in blood.

Farming expo will be held in Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. — With farming booming in South Carolina, a new agriculture event is being staged in Florence this winter.

The South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held at the Florence Civic Center in January.

The event is backed by the state Department of Agriculture and will bring farmers, businessmen, vendors and suppliers together for a three-day agriculture show. Agribusiness provides nearing 200,000 jobs in the state, and the show is expected to bring visitors from surrounding states.

The director of Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center says agriculture is a booming business. Bruce Fortnum says commodity prices are high and farms are probably more profitable than they have been for some time.

Groups seek clarity on deepening issue

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Environmental groups suing over the $650 million deepening of the Savannah River shipping channel want a federal judge to rule the project is subject to South Carolina environmental law, saying that will allow a fairer review by state officials.

Environmental groups in two states originally sued saying the deepening work needed a permit under the state’s Pollution Control Act. But in papers filed Monday seeking to amend the suit, attorneys noted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said repeatedly the project could proceed without approvals from South Carolina.

Because of the corps’ statements, state regulators have been operating under the “mistaken impression” that resistance to the project “is futile and approving the project with meager mitigation is preferable to more aggressive review or conditions.”

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel has given corps and other parties until Monday to respond.


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