Originally created 06/12/06

Across South Carolina



Stubborn textile fire keeps residents out

GREAT FALLS - A fire at an old textile mill continued to burn Sunday as about 1,000 residents waited to return to their homes.

According to a news release from Eddie Murphy, Chester County's emergency management director, hot spots flared up overnight, forcing firefighters to back off for a time.

On Saturday, helicopters from the South Carolina National Guard made several passes over the fire, dropping 650 gallons of water and fire retardant foam on each run.

About 1,000 residents of Great Falls - about half the town - were evacuated.

Man gets life without parole for killing teen

DARLINGTON - A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison without parole after a jury deadlocked on his punishment for killing a 17-year-old neighbor in 2004.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for James Jamal Williams, 33, who was convicted Thursday of killing 17-year-old Meshia Samuel of Darlington.

But the jury could not reach a unanimous decision Saturday on whether he deserved to die. His attorneys had argued he suffered from a mental illness.

District creates new form of summer school

CHARLESTON - Dorchester District 2 administrators have created an alternative to summer school for ninth-graders who just barely failed English or math.

The extended school year program acts as an abbreviated version of summer school at two high schools.

Instead of the long hours and $250 cost of traditional summer school, extended year students attend half-day classes for one month and pay $160. If the students pass a series of tests, their failing grades will be erased and replaced with a 70 - a "D" but still a passing grade.

Some look to Ukraine to help provide nurses

GREENVILLE - Some medical professionals in South Carolina's Upstate are working on plans to increase the nationwide supply of nurses by training students in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine.

The country, which was a hub for medical training in the old Soviet system, has 120 nursing schools and a surplus of nurses, says Greenville businessman Bill Coleman, the president of Nurses International and a trustee of Greenville Hospital System.