Originally created 01/15/06

Across South Carolina



Pupil says teacher grabbed his throat

COLUMBIA - A substitute teacher has been charged with assault after a sixth-grade pupil said the teacher grabbed his throat and told him to open his mouth to see whether he was chewing gum.

Marvin Price, 36, turned himself in Thursday after he was contacted by police.

Mr. Price asked the 11-year-old Hand Middle School pupil Monday whether he was chewing gum and he said "no," according to a police report.

Mr. Price was released from jail on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond Friday, said Kirbie Ishmal, a city court supervisor.

He has worked as a substitute at Hand since August, according to Richland District 1 spokeswoman Karen York.

Shortage of nurses might affect care

GREENVILLE - The ongoing shortage of hospital workers and nurses could change the way South Carolinians get health care, the head of a trade group says.

"If we don't have an adequate supply of nurses, then we're going to have to redesign how care is delivered to a lesser level of staff," said Thornton Kirby, the president of the South Carolina Hospital Association.

He said the problems will only get worse as the state's population ages.

According to data from the State Board of Nursing and the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, the number of registered nurses in the state grew to 32,319 in 2003 from 23,440 in 1994. About half of the 3,100 nurses hired in South Carolina each year come from out of state.

Union says company hid use of chemicals

HARLEYVILLE - A labor union has accused Giant Cement of improperly reporting the release of hazardous chemicals at its Harleyville plant.

The company says the United Steelworkers union is merely carrying on harassment that it started after the company broke a five-week strike by hiring replacement workers.

The union said in a news release that the company is in violation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986. The union says the company did not identify certain hazardous chemicals that were stored and used at the plant in 2004.

Giant Cement spokesman John Von Tress says there has been no threat to the health of the public or company employees.

- Edited from wire reports