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Authorities search for inmate who escaped

South Carolina authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from the minimum security Catawba Pre-Release Center in Rock Hill.

William Newcomb, who is serving a three-year sentence for financial identity fraud, was confirmed missing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Mr. Newcomb is white, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Department of Corrections' Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (877) 349-2130 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

After hours, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division can be reached at (803) 896-2258.

Classes resume this week for area schools

Students in Richmond and Aiken counties return to school Monday.

In Columbia County, a professional learning day for teachers Monday has been canceled. Students will return Tuesday.

Teachers in McDuffie and Edgefield counties have an in-service day Monday, and students are set to return Tuesday.

Schools in Burke and Jefferson counties are closed Monday. In Jefferson County, teachers return Tuesday for an in-service day, and students return Wednesday.

Tabernacle ex-pastor to speak at King event

The Rev. Otis Moss III will be the keynote speaker for the third annual "Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters" event sponsored by the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta. The free interfaith worship service will take place 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Congregation Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way. Music will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The Rev. Moss, a former pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, is pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.