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The Horry Independent
Conway, South Carolina
November 6, 2003     The Horry Independent
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A2 The Horry Independent Newspaper, Conway, SC 29526 November 6, 2003 Re w Horry County rrntng Continued from P. A-1 received an improvement rating of average, indicating the district is making ade- quate progress toward state goals when comparing per- formance between 2002 and 2003, All 23 of the district's elementary and primary schools received an absolute rating of either good or excel- lent. "One hundred percent of our schools are rated aver- age, good or excellent," Postlewait said. "We're as pleased as we can be with the progress that is being made." Conway High School was one of the schools making tremendous strides over this past year's scores. CHS received an absolute rating of good and an improvement rating of excellent. Homewood and Loris ele- mentary schools also made drastic Improvements over their 2002 scores. HES received excellent scores on both ratings and LES received an absolute rating of good and an improvement rating of excellent. Twenty of the district's 44 schools received an absolute rating of excellent, 18 are good and six are average. Overall, the district moved more than 10 percent of stu- dents to a higher level than they attained last year and 50 percent of the schools scored average or better on improvement ratings. In order for schools to receive an average improvement rat- ing, at least 10 percent of students must perform bet- ter than the previous year. A good improvement rating requires a 30 percent increase in performance while excellent requires a 40 percent increase. Schools receiving an unsatisfactory Improvement rating included Daisy Elementary, Kingston Elementary, North Myrtle Beach Elementary, Palmetto Bays Elementary, Pee Dee Elementary, South Conway Elementary. Aynor High (7- 8), Carolina Forest Middle, Foresbrook Middle, Green Sea Floyds High (7-8), Lorls Middle, Myrtle Beach Middle, St. James Middle and Green Sea Floyds High (9-I ~ "The absolute critical rating," said. "It's how our are performing. District officials one of the keys to analyzing data the necessary finding out where weJ focus and focusing areas," said Zeb district's executive middle school HOOL Continued flrom P, A-I the faltering economy. The other two are energizing the S.C. Department of Commerce and a seven-item reform pack- age for business, which includes worker's compensa- tion reform, health insurance cost containment initiatives, small business regulatory reform, workforce education and training initiatives as well as support for the Life Sciences Act and a new Capital Access Program. A Conway woman was found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison late yesterday for the murder of her former boyfriendKenneth Wayne Coates Sr. Wanda Ward Haithcock, 50, of Summer Drive, Conway, was convicted following her second trial in two weeks. In her first trial, Haithcock was found innocent of armed rob- bery, but the Jury was hung on the question of murder so Circuit Judge John Breeden was forced to declare a mlstri- al, Coates' body was found Jan. 24, 2001, in an abandoned house on the 6200 block of Dongola Highway. He was shot twice in the head. Defense attorney Lucia Bacot was disappointed in the verdict. She said the 30-year These items include loans to small businesses whose pay- back will create more capital for lending, Plan supporters say 82,5 million would result in loans of 824 million to 856 million. The plan recommends allow- ing small businesses to band together to buy health insur- ance so they can get better deals, encouraging state agen- cies to buy from South Carolina businesses when possible, reducing liabfllty for sentence is almost the same as a life sentence for the 50-year- old Haithcock because she will be required to serve every day of the sentence. The Jury reached its verdict after requesting the testimony of four key witnesses be replayed for them. The four witnesses included three peo- ple who placed Haithcock at the abandoned house, as well her sister, Cynthia Ward Bowling who testified Halthcock drove Coates' white Explorer to Charleston. Wade Lawrtmore said the house where Coates was found belongs to his mother. Several years ago, when the house began to deteriorate, he built a room onto his house and moved his mother in with him. Deputy Sol. Bert Von Herrman said Haithcock bought a .25-caliber gun and businesses that sell to the State, unbundling multiple contracts so more people can compete and easing regula- tions on business, A state committee is already looking at ways to help busi- ness keep insurance rates from continuing to mushroom. Sanford explained his plan Tuesday at Ned's in Aynor where he quickly ran into con- cerns for and by tobacco farm- ers. Unfortunately, Sanford said, magazine consistent with the one that was used to kill Coates and police found a bul- let in her home that had been chambered through the same gun. According to a forensic pathologist, indications are Coates had been dead from four to 19 days. Ms. Haithcock has been scheduled for trial at least four times before this week. In June, her trial was post- poned because Breeden deter- mined that she was not com- petent to stand trial because she had been without her medicine for several days before she appeared for court. Her drugs then included anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic pills, plus one to keep her from hearing voices and another to stabilize her moods. no tax plans ever have I00 percent winners and he acknowledged that tobacco growers may be hurt by the plan. However, he said, tobac- co farmers are being hurt more by the shift to foreign tobacco than they are by taxes, Even if American tobacco growers produce the best tobacco in the world, produc- tion will continue to move overseas as long as the other countries undercut Americans on the price, he said. Sanford didn't express much sympathy for the lot- tery, saying administrators can easily take any lost money from promotions. Sanford said the group spent 830,000 on beach towels pro- moting the lottery and many more thousands on branding, which he sees as unnecessary because the games have no competition. Also he asked, why should South Carolinians pay tax on milk, which they have to buy, and not on lottery tickets, which they don't have to buy. He said his new plan will take away part of a mandato- ry tax and replace that money with voluntary taxes because people choose to smoke and buy lottery tickets and they can' choose not to. 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