Originally created 11/22/05

Across South Carolina



State gets grant for school data system

COLUMBIA - South Carolina has won a federal grant to design and set up a data system to help track students' and teachers' progress across the state.

Fourteen states won grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Kentucky and South Carolina were awarded the largest amount - $5.8 million each.

South Carolina will use the money to help pay for the Longitudinal Data System, which helps gather information needed to comply with federal and state reporting requirements, officials said.

The system will track information as students move from grade to grade, from school to school or district to district. It also will help assess teacher training programs and recognize consistently high-performing schools, officials said.

New science complex gets $1 million boost

GREENVILLE - Furman University trustee Karl Kohrt and his wife, Lynne, have given the school $1 million to support a planned science complex, school officials said Monday.

Mr. Kohrt, the president and chief executive of the technology development firm Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, is a 1965 Furman graduate and serves as the vice chairman of Furman's board of trustees.

The new science complex will consist of two new buildings and the renovation of Plyler Hall, the school's existing science building.

Man dies as he goes back for cell phone

GREENVILLE - An Easley man, who had escaped a fire at his home, died of smoke inhalation after rushing back into his burning home to retrieve a cell phone, authorities said.

Jimmy Ray George, 37, was found dead in his home. Authorities said Mr. George had escaped the fire, but ran back to get the phone so he could call 911. Authorities linked the fire to faulty wiring in a heater.

New plant to bring 50 jobs to Bishopville

COLUMBIA - A bearings manufacturer will open a plant in Bishopville that will employ 50 people, the Commerce Department said Monday.

RBC Bearings Inc. will move into a building that Lee County constructed in James Industrial Park.

The company will make bearing parts in Bishopville. Final assembly of the parts will be done at the company's plant in Hartsville.