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Coach charged had e-mailed families

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A former Charleston-area coach charged with molesting nine boys sent e-mails to the victims’ families shortly before he was arrested this fall.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the e-mails from Skip ReVille conceded inappropriate games with youngsters.

The newspaper reports there were references to the e-mails in a partial Hanahan police report acquired by the newspaper and they were apparently written in an attempt to calm parent’s concerns about ReVille. He was arrested in October.

He said it discussed incidents including youngsters being able to earn extra points in games by pulling down their pants and exposing themselves.

Man, 82, dies after car rolls into lake

BLUFFTON, S.C. — Authorities say an 82-year-old man has died after the car he was driving slowly rolled into a lake in Bluffton.

Investigators said divers pulled the body of Le Roy Garner from the water Wednesday evening, a few hours after his Toyota Solara ended up in the water.

Witnesses say Garner had his windows down and his seat belt on as the car rolled into the lake at about 5 mph.

Beaufort County deputies and the Highway Patrol are investigating the incident. The coroner’s officer has sent Garner’s body off for an autopsy.

State board might sue schools leader

COLUMBIA — The state Board of Education might sue Superintendent Mick Zais in two weeks if both sides can’t resolve a dispute over whether the elected official can be required to give a monthly report on available grants.

The board voted Thursday that if a resolution can’t be reached by Dec. 23, its attorney must pursue legal action.

Michael Montgomery, the board’s attorney, declined to say in which court the case could be filed, adding he’s optimistic that an agreement can be reached.

Black, Hispanic enrollment rises

COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina says it boosted enrollment of black and Hispanic students this year.

The State newspaper reported the school said official enrollment figures released this week show 337 black students among the nearly 4,600 freshmen this year.

That’s an increase of 42 percent since 2009.

The 169 Hispanic freshmen represent a 35 percent increase in the past two years.

The school also said this week that the average SAT score for the freshman class was a record 1,199.

– Associated Press


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