Originally created 07/21/02

Across South Carolina



Guidelines sought for teacher training

COLUMBIA - The state Education Oversight Committee plans to craft recommendations to guide how the state recruits and molds quality teachers.

The school reform watchdog agency agreed Friday that the state needs to encourage teachers to work in struggling schools in poor and rural communities.

By late August, the committee expects to vote on a list of goals and priorities produced during brainstorming sessions at a Clemson retreat. They could include pay incentives for seniority, tax breaks or low-interest home loans.

Officers selected for college's board

CHARLESTON - Robert S. Small Jr. has been elected the chairman of the College of Charleston board of trustees.

Mr. Small is president of Avtex Commercial Properties Inc. in Greenville and has been a trustee for 10 years. His father and grandfather also were board members.

Other officers chosen were: Marie M. Land of Manning, vice chairwoman; and J. Vincent Price Jr. of Gaffney, secretary.

Drug plan for seniors wins federal approval

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's plan to expand the state's senior citizens prescription drug program should get federal approval within a week, the governor's office says.

For months, Gov. Jim Hodges and legislators have been waiting for and lobbying federal authorities to grant a waiver that will all the state's SilverCard program to expand. The waiver would help put an extra $100 million into the program and aid about 368,000 people, nearly twice the number on the program now.

Man held in slaying at NBA player's home

MANNING - A 24-year-old Orlando, Fla., man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting outside a professional basketball player's home last month is being held in a county jail in Manning.

Thomas Chenault III, 24, was sought by Maitland, Fla., police in the June 30 slaying death of Carrick Reid, 20, in the driveway of the home of Orlando Magic guard Troy Hudson. Police said the shootout was drug-related, with a "wholesale amount" of an unspecified narcotic discovered in Mr. Reid's car.

Mr. Chenault was arrested late Thursday after being stopped by a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper for driving without the car's headlights on.