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Teachers to advise Haley on funding

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday that several dozen teachers will serve as advisers as she develops a plan for overhauling how South Carolina’s public schools are funded.

The solutions need to come from parents and teachers, she said.

“These are the people who are on the ground. These are the people who are showing us the way,” she said.

Her comments followed a closed-door meeting with about 40 members of parent-teacher associations across the state. She said the group complained about a lack of computers in some districts, along with too much emphasis being put on grading schools rather than letting teachers do what they need to educate students.

Haley will next meet with the state Chamber of Com­merce’s Excellence in Education Council. She hopes to reveal a plan by the end of the year.

Gang leader sent to prison for life

SUMTER, S.C. — A gang leader who prosecutors say ordered killings in Sumter in 2011 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Mickey Johnson, 29, was found guilty Thursday of accessory before the fact to a murder. Johnson had a list of rival gang members he was angry with and ordered three members of his gang to go to the rivals’ homes, knock on doors and shoot the first man who answered, prosecutors said.

The first rival gang member wasn’t home. At the second apartment, Adrian Davis’ girlfriend answered and the men shot and killed Davis, authorities said.

Flooding in Jasper causes evacuations

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. — Flooding along the Savan­nah River has forced more than a dozen Jasper County residents from their homes.

While the evacuation wasn’t mandatory, residents left because it was harder to get to their homes and because of concerns power would be shut off.

The river measured 18.3 feet Thursday, and the riverfront homes flood when the water reaches 14 feet.

In other news

FORT JACKSON is increasing penalties for cellphone use while driving. Maj. Brad Fisher said visitors are being warned they will be fined $75 for phone use while driving. A second offense means driving privileges are suspended for three months. Penalties increase for further offenses.


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