Lake Wylie man dies after wreck
A 20-year-old who drowned after a traffic accident early Saturday in Horry County has been identified as a Lake Wylie man.
John Anthony Pruitt died from asphyxiation by drowning, Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said.
Authorities said the 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer he was driving ran off the right side of Tibwin Road, hit a tree and overturned in a ditch filled with water.
The accident site is between Myrtle Beach and Conway.
Pruitt, who graduated from Clover High School, was a student at Coastal Carolina University.
The accident happened about 3:50 a.m., and Pruitt, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at 4:55 a.m. at Conway Medical Center. Associated Press
Former Gov. Jim Hunt declared his support for Charlotte Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Foxx at a rally Saturday at the Hilton at University Place.
Hunt told a crowd of about 400 that he cares about what's happening in Charlotte because he has two grandchildren living here.
State Democratic Party Chairman David Young also spoke at the rally, which followed a meeting of the state Democratic Party's executive committee. Kathy Haight
York County, S.C. Rock Hill
By October, education leaders could have clear guidelines about when and how to reassign students to ensure schools are diverse.
School board members Saturday agreed on a draft reassignment policy, which they're scheduled to vote on next month.
Under the draft, not a lot would change about the way students are reassigned. Superintendent Lynn Moody would prepare an annual report on schools' demographics and recommend how to ensure “meaningful diversity” across the district. That could be achieved in several ways, school officials said, including shuffling students or adding new programs. Shawn Cetrone, (Rock Hill) Herald
Dorchester County, S.C.
An earthquake jolted residents of this county west of Charleston Saturday morning.
The quake measured 3.2 on the Richter scale.
Erin Beutel, associate professor of geology at the College of Charleston and director of the S.C. Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program, said the quake is considered mild and in line with the hiccups routinely seen in the Summerville area.
She compared it to nothing greater than the jolt you may feel of a train going by a house. She expected damage to be minimal, if at all.
“We have a couple to several of these a year,” she said, adding she does not expect this to be a signal of anything stronger to come.
But she did say this bump could be a reason for the public to understand that earthquake preparedness should be something everyone should at least plan for. Associated Press
Durham County Durham
A 911 dispatcher in North Carolina has been fired after she caused a four-minute delay for firefighters responding to a blaze that killed a 74-year-old man in Durham.
Multiple media outlets reported that a neighbor across the street from Marvin Jacobs' home called 911 on Aug. 17 from an Internet-based phone that failed to give her address.
Emergency officials say Theresa Hopkins didn't understand the caller and sent firefighters to a similar-sounding street on the other side of the city.
Durham 911 Director Jim Soukup says Hopkins should have asked for more information, such as cross streets or which side of the city the woman lived on.
Hopkins had been a 911 dispatcher for three years. Associated Press
The Coast Guard has called off its search for a 12-year-old boy who disappeared in rough surf along North Carolina's Outer Banks caused by what was then Tropical Storm Danny.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick says authorities suspended the search at dusk Friday and don't plan to go back out unless they get additional information.
Officials say the boy disappeared while body-boarding. His mother reported seeing him go underwater and the board washing ashore without him.
Authorities say the waves at the time were only about 4 to 6 feet tall. But the storm was creating a very strong undertow. Associated Press