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TCL receives $250,000 to add science lab

The Technical College of the Lowcountry has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve science laboratories.

The grant is from the Predominantly Black Institutions Program, which supports colleges with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 40 percent black and at least 50 percent low-income or first-generation college students.

The one-year grant will allow TCL to convert a classroom on the Beaufort campus to a science lab. That means TCL can add six to 10 lab science classes.

The 24-seat classroom will get new furniture and equipment and will open by fall 2011.

The grant also will help fund the development of other lab-sciences curricula.

NAACP to meet Monday on St. Helena

The St. Helena/Lady's Island NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Faith Memorial Baptist Church Life Center on Lands End Road on St. Helena Island. Election of branch officers will be discussed.

TCL director named to Leadership South Carolina

Wendy Walls, director of business and community relations for the Technical College of the Lowcountry, recently was named to Leadership South Carolina.

The program, supported by Clemson University's Institute for Economic and Community Development at the Sandhill Research and Education Center, was established in 1979 to provide participants an opportunity to advance their leadership skills while broadening their understanding of issues facing the state.

Individuals are selected for the nine-month program through a competitive process. The class of 2011 includes 50 members.

Walls is active in various community organizations, including the Beaufort Rotary Club, Junior Service League of Beaufort, Leadership Beaufort and Lowcountry Young Professionals.

Couple unharmed after boat capsized on Huspah Creek

A Seabrook couple was unharmed after their boat capsized Sunday night in the Huspah Creek near Paige Point Landing.

A 35-year-old man was on a boat with his wife, 41, at about 8 p.m. near Paige Point Landing when he stood up to put fuel in the vessel, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

The boat capsized, and the couple fell into the water. They were able to turn the boat upright while the woman yelled for help.

Both got back into the boat and began bailing out water. The motor wouldn't start, and the man --afraid the boat would sink --got back in the water and began pulling the boat toward land.

A neighbor who heard the woman's call for help contacted the Sheriff's Office for assistance and helped pull the couple and their boat onto a dock.

It was unclear Monday what kind of boat the couple had.

Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services responded, but no injuries were reported.