Originally created 12/03/99

Across the area: Plan would lower teacher loan rate



The South Carolina Student Loan Corp. said the 12 percent interest rate for its teacher loan program was too high compared with other student loan programs and asked the commission to reduce the annual rate.

The proposal is to add 2 percentage points to the federally subsidized Stafford Student Loan interest rate, which currently is 6.32 percent. The plan needs legislative approval.

Lower interest rates, which are expected to be available for the next school year, should help attract more students to the teaching profession, said Jennifer Jones-Gaddy, vice president of Student Loan. "Our state desperately needs teachers."

AUGUSTA

Photo exhibit chronicles era

A photography exhibit celebrating black culture as it developed in the 1940s Hill District of Pittsburgh will open tonight in downtown Augusta.

The work of Charles "Teenie" Harris, a staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier during that era, includes photographs of Count Basie, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and John Kennedy.

The three-day exhibit will begin with a reception that will be held at 7 tonight at Studio Art Gro, 978 Broad St.

GEORGIA

Groups plan archery benefit

The Clarks Hill Bowhunters and the Thomson Field Archers Club will sponsor a 3-D competitive archery shoot Dec. 12 to assist a club member stricken with a rare bone marrow disease.

The competitive event, which involves precision shooting with 20 three-dimensional targets, will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Thomson Field Archers Club, off Georgia Highway 43 near Raysville Marina.

Entrants pay a $10 fee to shoot at the 20 targets. A raffle will be held, and concessions will be available. Tickets are available at the event or in advance at local hunting and fishing stores or from club members.

Ribbons will be given to the winners in lieu of trophies to dedicate all proceeds to Stanley Chaney, a member of Clarks Hill Bowhunters.

For more information, contract Byrd Bentley, (706) 595-0028.

AIKEN COUNTY

Aiken Tech early registration open

Early registration at Aiken Technical College for spring terms I, II and III is under way and continues until Dec. 15.

Classes for terms I and II will begin Jan. 6, with classes for the third term beginning March 1. For more information, call the admissions and records office at (803) 593-9231, Ext. 1247

SOUTH CAROLINA

Edgefield native named to panel

COLUMBIA -- Gov. Jim Hodges has announced the appointment of Edgefield native Elaine Gilliam Finney as an at-large commissioner on the Board of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission until 2002.

The commission seeks to prevent unlawful discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, color, national origin or disability.

Ms. Finney is the software business manager for the Electronic Commerce Division, Teradata Solutions Group, NCR Corp., in West Columbia. She is a graduate of Strom Thurmond High School in Edgefield and a of Clemson University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering technology and a master's degree in business administration.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Electrician dies in shipyard fall

NORTH CHARLESTON -- An electrician at a shipyard has died after he fell while working on an oceangoing barge.

Bernard Krolak, 58, of North Charleston, died Wednesday morning at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston, Deputy Coroner Rae Wooten said.

Mr. Krolak was working at the Detyens Shipyard when he fell at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ms. Wooten said.

Mr. Krolak was standing on a deck that wraps around the opening in a barge tied up at the old naval base, Ms. Wooten said. He did not realize he was over the opening when he stepped and fell 25 feet, she said.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Woman jailed for parking fines

GREENVILLE -- Free parking apparently is only in Monopoly.

A woman was jailed Wednesday for not paying $201 in outstanding parking tickets. But it wasn't just the $201 in tickets that got Nichole Russell, 22, of Townville, two days behind bars. Her fines have totaled more than $1,600 since September.

Judge Matt Hawley was fed up with excuses from the repeated parking offender.

"Why can't we get this through to you?" he asked.

Enough was enough.

"Have a seat, you're in custody," the judge told a visibly shocked Ms. Russell, sentencing her to two days in jail.

Ms. Russell will have to pay the fines to leave jail.

NEW MEXICO

Man gets prison for extortion

ALBUQUERQUE -- A Georgia man accused of threatening a federal judge who ruled against him three years ago has been sentenced to two years in prison for extortion.

Robert Muoio, 43, of Woodstock, Ga., was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge H. Dale Cook, who also gave him one year of supervised probation, U.S. Attorney John J. Kelly said.

Mr. Cook also barred Mr. Muoio from contacting U.S. District Judge John E. Conway or U.S. Magistrate Robert J. DeGiacomo.

Mr. Muoio was convicted Aug. 12 of extortion, stemming from threats against Judge Conway. Mr. Muoio was acquitted of two other charges related to threats against Mr. DeGiacomo.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man punished in shooting death

WALHALLA -- An Oconee County man has been placed on probation for failing to report the shooting death of a convenience store clerk last year.

On Tuesday, Lorne Clark Taylor of Westminster was placed on probation for two years and ordered to perform 20 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say Mr. Taylor knew about the Jan. 4, 1998, robbery of Ingeburg "Kitty" Smith of Salem at her store and failed to report it. She was shot to death during the holdup.

Kenneth Harry Justus of Mountain Rest was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying. Mr. Justus' girlfriend Betty Sue Delfino Burrier of Walhalla was sentenced to 10 years in prison for accessory and armed robbery charges.

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Police seek armed man in robbery

Columbia County deputies were searching Thursday night for an armed man in connection with a robbery that occurred at the Ramada Inn on Frontage Road.

A gunman walked into the motel at about 8 p.m. and demanded money, said Chris Black, a Columbia County sheriff's senior radio operator. The robber was seen leaving on foot with the money.

Capt. Steve Morris said deputies were searching for the robber near the Finish Line Cafe at the Richmond County line late Thursday.

Eyewitnesses told police the robber was white, thin and about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information about the robbery should call the sheriff's office at 541-1043.

AIKEN COUNTY

Bruises lead to cruelty chargesA Graniteville man accused of disciplining his 2-year-old stepson with a belt and a switch has been charged with cruelty to children after the boy's great-uncle reported finding bruises on the child's stomach, back and buttocks.

Denoya Alcender Staley, 28, of the 100 block of Park Place Street, has been charged with three counts of cruelty to children by Aiken County Sheriff's Office. One charge is in connection with bruises on a 5-year-old stepdaughter.

Danny Robinson of Edgefield told authorities he discovered the boy's bruises after taking off the toddler's shirt to give him a haircut Thanksgiving Day. The boy's sister also claimed she had been hit by Mr. Staley, police said.

The case was reported to the Department of Social Services, according to sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank. The children's mother, who is the common-law wife of Mr. Staley, has since moved away and taken the children to live with her mother in Edgefield County.