COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Jermaine O'Neal, who went right from high school to the Portland Trail Blazers last year, says he was fined $300 today for a disorderly conduct charge after missing his court hearing by more than two hours. A bench warrant was issued for O'Neal's arrest when the 18-year-old center didn't appear for a 10 a.m. hearing before Magistrate William T. Smith, who issued a sealed ruling in O'Neal's absence. O'Neal said he was given until 5 p.m. to pay the fine. However, Smith would not comment on the case or even answer if O'Neal ever came to see him.
AIKEN - When David Gantt retires at the end of the summer, he hopes to quietly leave his position as adult education director in Aiken County. But for the past 40 years, he has spent his time in education making sure he can help students celebrate their accomplishments instead.
Holiday Ball Classic, high school basketball, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., James Roundtree Memorial Gym, T.W. Josey High School, 1701 15th St. Girls' and boys' teams from Richmond, Oglethorpe, McDuffie counties and Eau Claire High School in Columbia will compete. Tickets are $5 each day. Call (706) 826-1126.