Originally created 07/17/04

Across South Carolina



City's Coast Guard gets female leader

CHARLESTON - Charleston's U.S. Coast Guard operations have their first female commander.

Cmdr. June Ryan took over from Capt. James Tunstall, who has been commanding officer of the Coast Guard Group Charleston since November 2001.

The group has three cutters and three aids-to-navigation units with stations in Charleston, Georgetown and Tybee Island, Ga.

The command has 350 active-duty, reserve and civil service personnel and about 700 volunteer Coast Guard auxiliaries.

Fort Jackson names victim of heat stroke

COLUMBIA - Army officials have identified a soldier-in-training at Fort Jackson who died after a road march on a day when the high temperature climbed near 100.

Pvt. Matthew G. Nish, 18, of Puyallup, Wash., collapsed at about 10:27 p.m. Wednesday during the march and died at 11:45 p.m. at a local hospital, base spokesman Jim Hinnant said Friday.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Pvt. Nish died of an irregular heartbeat because of high temperatures. Army officials listed the cause of death as heat stroke.

Pvt. Nish is the second young trainee to die at Fort Jackson in the past eight months.

Pvt. Joseph E. Jurewic, 18, was killed by a machine gun bullet during a night infiltration exercise Dec. 1.

Limestone College to build P.E. center

GAFFNEY - Limestone College will build a $1.2 million physical education center to expand the school's athletic training program.

School President Walt Griffin said additional space was needed for students in the athletic training program to become eligible for the National Athletic Trainers Association board of certification exam.

He estimates that between 25 and 30 students will enroll in the program within four years.

Construction is expected to take about six months.

The facility will house an athletic training rehabilitation and treatment center, three classrooms, nine offices, a fitness center, a wrestling practice facility and men's and women's locker rooms.

Mr. Griffin said about half of Limestone's student body are student-athletes. The newly formed wrestling team will have a practice facility in the building.