Originally created 05/24/04

Across South Carolina



Teachers criticize USC recommendation

COLUMBIA - A recommendation by a University of South Carolina professor that nationally certified teachers be required to work in poor or rural schools sounds like a bad idea to some South Carolina teachers.

In a report released last week about racial disparities in South Carolina, researcher Thomas E. Thompson wrote that new nationally certified teachers should be required to spend five years in a "high-poverty, high-need school."

About 3,225 teachers in South Carolina hold national board certification. Some said requiring certified teachers to teach in disadvantaged schools could discourage educators from seeking the certification.

Clemson gets funds in memory of student

ROCK HILL - Clemson University will receive $1 million to establish scholarships in honor of one of its students who died fighting in World War II.

The donation comes from the estate of Rock Hill businessman Ernest Carroll, who died in 2000.

Mr. Carroll's son Sonny enrolled at Clemson in 1941 and was drafted while a sophomore. He died during the Allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944.

Though Sonny Carroll attended Clemson for only about a year, his love of the school is what led his parents to make the bequest in 1996, said Roe Inman, Ernest Carroll's great-nephew.

Sanford wants to sell property of hospital

COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford wants the 178-acre central campus of the State Hospital near downtown Columbia sold this year so that the estimated $32 million in proceeds can be used to reduce the state's budget deficit.

When the General Assembly approved the state's $5.5 billion budget last week, it gave the State Budget and Control Board authority to sell off a number of properties across the state deemed surplus.

Charleston's airport adds discount carrier

CHARLESTON - Efforts to lure tourists and new businesses to the Lowcountry should get easier with the introduction of a new discount carrier at the Charleston airport, officials say.

Independence Air, a new unit of Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings Inc., will offer $69 seats between Charleston and Washington, D.C., starting in mid-July.