Across South Carolina
From Wire Reports
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Legislators OK SC gov's security changes

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Proposed legislation would prevent South Carolina governors from telling security details to leave them alone as Gov. Mark Sanford did before his rendezvous with an Argentine lover.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that says the State Law Enforcement Division decides when, where and how to protect the governor and lieutenant governor. The measure was approved by a 16-2 vote and sent to the Senate floor for debate.

Republican Sen. Chip Campsen of the Isle of Palms is a longtime Sanford friend. He called the bill a baby-sitting measure and said it would make it impossible for governors to spend the night at a friend's home or go fishing.

Charleston Republican Senate President Glenn McConnell said governors need full-time protection.

Youth homes in SC close after budget cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A small home for troubled youths in Columbia has closed, the fourth to stop operations in the state in the past 13 months.

The State newspaper reported Tuesday that Carolina Boys Home closed earlier this month. The newspaper says there are still about a dozen homes operating around the state.

State officials did not say why Carolina Boys Home and the other facilities closed. But they say state and federal funds that help pay for the youths have been cut.

Jannie Nelson operated the eight-bed home and said the Department of Social Services was placing fewer children with the home. Nelson says funding was too uncertain.

Nelson says boys who ranged from ages 13 to 19 needed an environment where they could learn the proper way to conduct themselves.

Ex-school administrator seeks SC's top schools job

ANDERSON, S.C. - A former school district leader is seeking the Republican nomination for South Carolina's top education job.

The Independent-Mail of Anderson reported Tuesday that former Anderson District 4 school superintendent Gary Burgess of Pendleton has announced his campaign.

Burgess stepped down in 2008 and was scheduled to become superintendent in Hampton County School District 2. That district withdrew its offer last May, after Burgess was arrested on a charge of soliciting immoral acts in a park. Burgess was found not guilty in August.

The other Republican candidates are construction contractor Elizabeth Moffly of Awendaw, Furman University professor Brent Nelson, Dutch Fork High School teacher Kelly Payne and Newberry College president Mick Zais (ZAY'-ihs).

Education Superintendent Jim Rex is running for governor.

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