Charleston County Councilman and Fort Dorchester High School Assistant Principal Henry Darby might need a month away from his duties to recuperate from a head injury suffered Thursday evening when he was struck by a car in downtown Charleston, Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said Tuesday night.
Darby, 54, had attended a play at the Dock Street Theatre and was walking back to a parking garage when he was struck by a car at Meeting and Queen streets, Pryor said.
"He was thrown up in the air and landed on his head," Pryor said.
He said Darby was treated at Medical University Hospital and sent home the following day, with a concussion and swelling on the brain. Pryor saw Darby at the hospital that night.
"He was in real bad shape," Pryor told County Council members Tuesday. "Thanks to your prayers, he is doing better."
Details about the incident in which Darby was injured were not available from Charleston police Tuesday evening.
At the County Council meeting, members made quick work of a light agenda, approving items discussed at the previous week's committee meeting. With council members Joe McKeown, Elliott Summey and Darby absent, council approved the following:
--Providing economic incentives -- a fixed property tax rate for 20 years and $3 million in reimbursed infrastructure costs -- to Remount Venture LLC of Mount Pleasant, which plans to add 182,000 square feet at a cost of $24 million to its 60-acre Remount Road Business Park in North Charleston. The incentives would require that the project create at least 600 jobs and support a payroll of at least $30 million.
--Naming the new county jail the J. Al Cannon Jr. Detention Center, after the county's currently serving elected sheriff. Councilman Dickie Schweers questioned the propriety of naming a prominent building after an elected official who may seek re-election, and Schweers abstained from voting.
--Naming council's meeting room the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers, honoring the current and longtime clerk of council.
--Naming the county's election headquarters the John L. Chisolm Election Headquarters, honoring the civil rights leader known as "Big John," who had served on the county Election Commission and died in 2004. Chisolm played a notable role in integrating the Charleston County Fair, Charleston Municipal Golf Course and Edisto Beach State Park.
--Approving the previously reported $3.5 million settlement of the county's lawsuit over costly construction problems with the judicial center that opened in 2002.
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