York County considers suspending blue laws
ROCK HILL - The York County Council has given preliminary approval to suspending blue laws for a year.
Local business leaders had originally asked the council to suspend the laws prohibiting the sale of a number of items before 1:30 p.m. for only two Sundays in December to help Christmas shoppers. But at this week's meeting, two members asked to extend the suspension to a year, and council agreed.
The ordinance will come up for a second vote Nov. 21.
Councilman Buddy Motz said it doesn't make sense for York County stores to be closed into Sunday afternoon when stores in neighboring Charlotte, N.C., can open whenever they like.
University board OKs bonus for president
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina's board of trustees has approved a bonus that puts the salary for the school's president above the $500,000 mark for the first time.
President Andrew Sorensen, who has been at USC for three years, is paid $222,525 by the state. A private foundation supplements that salary with $265,000.
"I don't think anyone can say we're underpaying the president of USC," said Rep. Ronnie Townsend, R-Anderson and the chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee.
The board recently approved a $40,000 bonus to reward Mr. Sorensen for his success in bringing in research money, gifts and other donations. That takes his pay to $527,525.
Clemson gets largest gift from foundation
CLEMSON - The J.E. Sirrine Textile Foundation has given Clemson University a $5.6 million gift, which the school will use for research into optical fibers and advanced materials.
University officials say it is the largest gift Clemson has received from a foundation.
Clemson will use the money to fund two endowed chairs in the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
Unmarked police car strikes man on road
COLUMBIA - A New Zion man was injured when he was hit by an unmarked police car along South Carolina Highway 527 in Clarendon County.
Profit Herring, 70, suffered a broken leg and cuts to his face in the accident, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the Highway Patrol. Cpl. Robinson said Mr. Herring was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, but his condition was not released Thursday.
Cpl. Robinson said Officer Dennis Parrott of the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office attempted to swerve to avoid Mr. Herring, who was walking in the road.