Across South Carolina

Colleges see uptick in financial aid requests

CHARLESTON --- South Carolina colleges and universities say they've seen sharp increases in the number of students asking for financial help this year.

S chool officials say they won't be able to help everyone, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Monday.

University of South Carolina financial aid director Ed Miller says applications are up about 15 percent from the same time last year. Winthrop University officials say applications are up 17 percent. College of Charleston financial aid director Don Griggs says applications are up by one-fourth.

Clemson University's Elizabeth Milam says the school has not seen a significant increase in applications, but she says there's been about a 30 percent increase in requests for extra help.

Two charged in death during home invasion

ROCK HILL --- Two Rock Hill men have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a South Carolina man during a home invasion.

Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn said Tyrone Gunter and Decorian Leontre Heath, both 19, were arrested Sunday and charged with murder.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Jeffrey Brown, 19, of Rock Hill, was shot at a home Sunday morning.

Lt. Redfearn said Mr. Brown was shot several times.

He said Mr. Gunter and Mr. Heath also are charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with intent to kill and conspiracy.

It was unclear whether the men had an attorney.