Local & State
Christian film festival will be moving to Hilton Head
A Christian film festival that has been staged in Atlanta for the past six years is moving to Hilton Head Island.
The (Hilton Head) Island Packet of reports that the four-day Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival will be held in October on the resort island.
Audrey Thomas started the festival in 2008 after getting tired of cursing, violence and sex in movies.
Thomas says she expects this year’s festival to be the biggest yet because of a renewed interest in religious films in Hollywood. In recent months, films like “Son of God,” “Noah,” and “God’s Not Dead.” have been released.
Thomas said this year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Sorbo, the star of “God’s Not Dead.”
Old fertilizer plant to be cleaned up
A company will pay $2 million to clean up the site of an old fertilizer plant in Spartanburg. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reviewed the project to neutralize metals found in the soil at the old IMC fertilizer plant.
Work in 2011 removed tons of contaminated material from the site. Officials said nearly 2,900 tons of limestone are being used to neutralize acid levels in the soil. Project manager Giezelle Bennett says residents in the area use water from the city of Spartanburg rather than wells, so the situation is not considered to be a safety issue.
Grant to help aspiring engineers, scientists at Clemson
A $500,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund will establish an endowment in perpetuity for automotive-engineering fellowships that are aimed at diversifying the workforce and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists, Clemson University officials said.
Fellowships of $20,000 a year will go to exemplary students who seek a master of science in automotive engineering at Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville.
The awards will target students who are from groups with low representation in engineering and science, including women and minorities, Clemson officials said.
Nation & World
GM recall is for transmission issues
General Motors says it’s recalling another 474,000 vehicles worldwide including new pickup trucks and SUVs for a transmission problem.
It’s the 48th recall for the company so far this year, covering more than 20 million vehicles.
GM announced three recalls late Friday. The largest covers almost 467,000 four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, as well as GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs.
The company says the transmissions can shift into neutral on their own. That can cause loss of power or it can let the trucks roll away if parked. GM says it knows of no crashes or injuries.
The other recalls are much smaller. One covers the Chevrolet SS and Caprice police cars for windshield wipers. The other covers Chevy Corvettes with defective rear shock absorbers.