Columbia creating new plaques for local landmarks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is launching a new program to raise the profile of its historic sites.
Columbia's planning division said last week it had created a plaque program to identify more than 160 buildings, structures, and sites that have been designated as official City of Columbia Individual Historic Landmarks.
Officials say the landmarks are part of the city's architectural heritage.
The first plaque is being installed at City Hall, where renovations were recently completed on City Council chambers. Other markers have been ordered for City Hall and several historic homes.
The 10-by-7-inch plaques are made of cast bronze. They are only available to properties included in the City of Columbia's official landmark list.
SC Education Board may lift some class size limits
(Information in the following story is from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com)
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Board of Education is considering getting rid of maximum class sizes in some grades.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the board gave initial approval to the changes in September and will take them up again next month.
The proposal would get rid of requirements that fourth- and fifth-grade English and math teachers have no more than 30 students in their classrooms. It also would eliminate maximum class size rules in pre-kindergarten as well as music and physical education classes.
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais wants to give schools more freedom. But opponents of the proposals say the rules are in place to assure quality education and districts can already get a waiver if they have a special reason for bigger classes.
PENN CENTER DIRECTOR
Penn Center director envisions visitor destination
ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The new executive director of South Carolina's Penn Center wants the Gullah site and historic landmark district on the South Carolina coast to be a destination for visitors — not just a place for people to go on rainy days when they can't go to the beach.
Michael Campi has been on the job at the center on St. Helena Island east of Beaufort for about four months now. The center, which has served as a school for freed slaves, a Jim Crow-era industrial school and a retreat center for leaders of the civil rights movement, is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Campi says a master plan is expected by year's end on how to best use the center's land and resources as it embarks on its next 150 years.
LANCASTER COUNTY WRECK
Woman outside of broken down car killed in Kershaw
KERSHAW, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 60-year-old woman has been killed after a wreck involving a broken down car and two other vehicles.
Troopers said the wreck happened Saturday night on U.S. Highway 521 north of Kershaw.
The Lancaster County Coroner's Office says Dorothy Miller was outside of the broken down car when she was struck and killed.
Authorities say an 82-year-old passenger involved in the wreck was taken to the hospital.
The Highway Patrol says a white pickup truck involved in the crash left the scene and has not been found.
A special team of troopers is trying to determine exactly what happened.
Work set for $41M project to improve Santee exit
(Information in the following story is from: The Times & Democrat, http://www.timesanddemocrat.com)
SANTEE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina transportation officials say work should begin next month on $41 million worth of improvements to the Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 301 interchange near Santee.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports the work will create a full interchange at Exit 97 and extend U.S. 301 to connect with a road just outside of Santee.
Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright says the improved roads should help economic development in the area. The exit is used by travelers heading south on I-95 to get to Orangeburg and U.S. 301 connects to Interstate 26. Leaders want to encourage shippers and warehouses to locate in the region.
Surveying and engineering will begin in November, with the work scheduled to be finished in early 2015.
82-year-old woman killed near her Georgetown home
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say an 82-year-old woman crossing the street outside her Georgetown home has been struck and killed by an SUV.
Authorities said Frances Moree was hit by a Chevrolet Suburban about 4 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Highway 701. She was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.
Troopers are investigating the collision. No charges have been filed.
LAKE HARTWELL DROWNING
Divers find Ga. boater's body in Lake Hartwell
FAIR PLAY, S.C. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a Georgia man who fell out of a boat on Lake Hartwell.
Authorities say 23-year-old Logan Wolfe, of Richmond Hill, Ga., was on a fishing trip with friends Saturday afternoon when he fell out of the boat near the Interstate 85 bridge.
Divers looked for him all afternoon Saturday. Authorities say he was found about 10:30 a.m. Sunday in 55-foot deep water.
Both South Carolina and Georgia wildlife officials are investigating the death.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.