Originally created 05/27/05

Across South Carolina



Two USC schools name new deans

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina has appointed a new dean for the university's honors college and its music school.

Davis Baird was named dean of the honors college, which offers small, rigorous classes to a select group of students. Mr. Baird succeeds Peter Sederberg, who is retiring.

Mr. Baird has been a faculty member at the university since 1982 and most recently was associate director of the USC Nanocenter and chairman of the philosophy department.

Tayloe C. Harding Jr. was named dean of the music school. Mr. Harding now serves as head of the department of music at Valdosta State University in Georgia.

James Island residents work for incorporation

CHARLESTON - A bill that would give James Island a third chance to incorporate became law this week, and residents immediately began making plans for another referendum.

Gov. Mark Sanford allowed the bill to become law without his signature late Tuesday. It takes effect July 1, and supporters of incorporation said they will start collecting petition signatures to hold a third vote.

Residents have tried twice in 13 years to incorporate their own town, and both times the incorporations were tossed out by the state Supreme Court.

Two get scholarships honoring slain student

BALTIMORE - The family of Christopher Elser, a Johns Hopkins University student from South Carolina who was killed last year, is awarding partial scholarships to two students in his memory.

An intruder in an apartment house rented to members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity stabbed Mr. Elser in April 2004.

Mr. Elser would have graduated Thursday.

S. Carolina speaker nears ambassadorship

COLUMBIA - South Carolina House Speaker David Wilkins says he's encouraged by the "overwhelming" support in Washington to confirm his nomination for U.S. ambassador to Canada.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., chairman of a subcommittee that handles ambassador appointments, quizzed the Greenville Republican about his stance on trade, border access and other security issues before pledging to push his nomination through.