Originally created 01/21/05

Across South Carolina

Christian university president will retire

COLUMBIA - Bob Jones III said Thursday he will retire as president of the fundamentalist Christian university that bears his name after the school's May graduation ceremonies.

Mr. Jones, whose grandfather founded the school 78 years ago, has been president for 34 of his 65 years. He will be replaced by his son, the Rev. Stephen Jones, who has served as vice president for administration.

"The opportunity to step into the role occupied by my father, grandfather and great-grandfather is overwhelming," the Rev. Jones, 35, said in a news statement.

State bar will work to increase diversity

CHARLESTON - The South Carolina Bar said Thursday it would work for more diversity among the judges who preside in courtrooms across the state.

A divided House of Delegates, the bar's governing body, voted 57-40 in favor of a resolution saying the bar "supports the concept that the number of qualified women and minority judges in South Carolina should be increased."

Of the 140 Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, administrative law, circuit, master-in-equity and family court judicial seats in South Carolina, less than 7 percent are held by blacks and less than 14 percent by women.

About 30 percent of the state's population is black.

Seized dogs must be kept alive, judge says

WINNSBORO - A judge has ordered 95 dogs authorities say were involved in a hog-dogfighting ring to be examined by veterinarians and kept alive.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Goode ruled that the dogs should be inspected within 45 days and none can be killed without a hearing or phone conference with the judge and attorneys.

Arthur Parker Sr., 47; his son, Arthur Parker Jr., 20; and Mary Evans Luther, 50, all of Fort Lawn, were charged last month with animal fighting and baiting charges in what authorities say was an animal fighting operation in Richburg.

Family sues hotel for $5 million over fire

GREENVILLE - A North Carolina family is suing the owners and parent company of a Greenville Comfort Inn, claiming an 8-year-old girl who escaped a fire at the hotel by climbing down a rope of bed sheets has endured pain and suffering, emotional distress and incurred medical bills.

Six people were killed in the January 2004 fire that Greenville County police are investigating as an arson. No one has been charged.

The family of Kourtney Elizabeth Greenlee is asking for $5 million in damages.

It is the 15th lawsuit filed against the hotel, its owner or franchiser, Choice Hotels International.


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