Originally created 08/25/04

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Son jumps in front of fire engine after fight

CONWAY - A Georgia man returning home with his father stepped in front of a fire truck traveling along U.S. Highway 501 after an argument with his dad, authorities said.

Charles Shirey, 29, of Augusta, was killed after he jumped in front of the fire engine Monday at about 8:45 p.m. when his father pulled his vehicle off the highway near Aynor, Horry County authorities said. Mr. Shirey first stepped in front of a sport utility vehicle, which swerved and missed him.

Three firefighters were on the engine when it hit the man.

"Public safety officials are trained to save and protect lives," Horry County Fire Chief Garry Alderman said. "When an incident of this nature occurs, it is very emotional on all parties."

Principal is reassigned for changing grades

MYRTLE BEACH - Former Aynor High School Principal Darrell Ricketts has been reassigned to a teaching position after an investigation found he improperly changed grades and credits.

Mr. Ricketts said he was trying to help at-risk students who could potentially drop out of school and changed failing grades to accommodate special-needs students.

A report written by an outside investigator hired by the school district found that some ineligible students took a state exit exam that determines whether students are ready for graduation. The report also said students were improperly assigned to take an older version of the exit exam, rather than a newer, more rigorous one.

Mr. Ricketts, who became Aynor's principal in 1994, will teach in the district's adult education program.

Airports gain grants for improvements

COLUMBIA - Airports in Greenville, Anderson and Beaufort will receive $4.3 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for improvements.

The city of Greenville will receive about $1.3 million to buy land to develop the Greenville Downtown Airport. Anderson County will receive $1.3 million to extend a runway at Anderson Regional Airport. Beaufort County will receive about $1.6 million to buy an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, expand the aircraft rescue and firefighting building, install an emergency generator, complete perimeter fencing and refurbish a runway and apron at Hilton Head Island Airport.



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