National Nurses Week underway

National Nurses Week is underway, and the American Nurses Association has selected "Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow" as the theme.

Registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear the official "RN Pin" throughout the week of May 6-12.

The official pin can be purchased by calling 1-800-445-0445.

The appreciation week ends each year on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession, according to the Trident Health System.

Blood drive set in Summerville

The Summerville Medical Center will host a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the center's community classroom.

Donors will be entered into a regional drawing to win a cruise for two. The drawing will be held the first of the following month.

To schedule an appointment call Sandy Wallace at 832-5040 or visit and enter sponsor code SummervilleMed. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Naturalist to give talk at library

Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of SC ETV's NatureScene, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Charleston Natural History Society at the main branch of the Charleston County Library at 68 Calhoun St.

Mancke will talk about "Dragonflies in South Carolina and Other Invertebrates of Note."

For more information call Andy Harrison at (843) 336-5603, (843) 795-6934 or go to website

6 convicted in cockfighting case

COLUMBIA -- Six people have been convicted of charges related to a cockfighting ring, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

Nettles said in a news release that 52-year-old Nancy Elizabeth Dyal of North, 53-year-old James Morrow Collins Jr. of Duncan and 48-year-old Sheri M. Hutto and 60-year-old Wayne Hugh Hutto of Pelion were convicted Friday of operating an unlawful animal fighting venture in Lexington County, and of illegal gambling.

Nettles said 41-year-old Leslie Wayne Peeler of Gaffney and 41-year-old Scott Edward Lawson of Laurens were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act and participating in an unlawful animal fighting venture.

Sixteen others pleaded guilty earlier in the case, and 61-year-old Buster Dale Moore of Andrews is on trial.

Coastal Carolina planning layoffs

MYRTLE BEACH -- Coastal Carolina University will lay off workers, reduce salaries and leave some positions open to cut $4 million from its budget, according to a university official.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that Vice President for Finance Will Garland said Friday that as many as 18 employees will be affected by layoffs and salary cuts.

Garland told university trustees that those workers likely will be notified Monday.

More than $1 million will be cut from the office responsible for soliciting and managing donations to the university.

Trustees said this year that administrators needed to find $4 million in savings for the 2010-11 school year.

South Carolina colleges and universities have had to raise tuition and reduce programs because of cuts in state funding.