Originally created 08/25/06

Across South Carolina



Schools make leaders out of teachers early

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - South Carolina school districts are helping young teachers become administrators under programs designed to curtail a leadership shortage.

Forty percent of Palmetto State principals are eligible to retire, and finding qualified candidates who want their jobs is difficult, said Mark Bounds, director of school leadership at the state Education Department.

Some school districts are creating their own principals from existing staff. Districts in the northern part of South Carolina are pinpointing teachers who might be good leaders and helping them get certification and training.

5-year-old girl drowns in neighbor's pool

MULLINS - A 5-year-old girl drowned in her neighbor's pool after she wandered away from her Mullins home while her mother was asleep, authorities say.

Miranda Willis walked away from her home about 10 p.m. Monday while her mother was sleeping, police said.

She was found 15 minutes later lying face down in her neighbor's pool, authorities said.

There was a fence around the pool and the gate was locked, but a rod holding the gate together was bent, allowing the child to slip through, according to a police report.

$2.9 million set aside for senior programs

MYRTLE BEACH - Nearly $3 million in state money will go toward expanding services for South Carolina's needy seniors, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Wednesday.

Most funding for South Caro-lina's Office on Aging, which is managed by Mr. Bauer's office, comes from federal sources.

The $2.9 million marks the first significant allocation of state funding to senior programs, Mr. Bauer said at the Summer School of Geronto- logy. The money will go toward expanding programs such as meals on wheels and home health care, helping about 3,500 needy seniors statewide, he said.

Police say motive in shooting was robbery

CHARLESTON - Robbery appears to be the motive in the shooting death last weekend of a Johns Island landscaper killed while walking to a pay phone near his home, Charleston County deputies say.

Jason Bernard Buncum, 18, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in the death of 46-year-old Tereso Vasquez Gonzalez, sheriff's Capt. John Clark said.

Deputies found Mr. Gonzalez face down with a gunshot in his back late Sunday night, according to an arrest warrant.

- Edited from wire reports