4 students treated for heat when school evacuated

BURTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Beaufort County school students are fine after they were taken to the hospital suffering from the heat illnesses when their school was evacuated.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that students at Robert Smalls International Academy were evacuated for about 90 minutes Thursday when smoke was reported in the building.

Students were taken to shady areas but the temperature was 95 degrees at the time. The four students were treated and released from the hospital later in the day.

Burton Fire District Battalion Chief Debra Lewis says a belt on an air conditioner melted and a light malfunctioned in a classroom. There was no fire.

H. Ross Perot supporting Medal of Honor Museum

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot is visiting the South Carolina coast to announce his support for a new National Medal of Honor Museum.

Perot and museum planners have scheduled a news conference in Mount Pleasant on Friday to discuss the project that will enshrine those awarded the nation's highest honor for valor.

Plans for a $100 million museum on high ground at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on the South Carolina coast were announced just over two years ago.

The new museum and education center will replace a smaller museum that is currently open aboard the Yorktown, one of the museum ships at Patriots Point across the harbor from downtown Charleston.

3 rehabilitated sea turtles being released in SC

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Three sea turtles rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston are being returned to the ocean.

The three turtles named Blu, Atalaya, and Trawler are to be released Friday at Folly Beach County Park on Folly Beach.

Blu is a juvenile Kemp's ridley turtle who was snared on a hook by a fisherman in July at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Atalaya is an 80-pound loggerhead sea turtle found stranded in early May at Huntington Beach State Park near Myrtle Beach.

Trawler is a 123-pound juvenile loggerhead sea turtle inadvertently captured by a state Department of Natural Resources research vessel in June. Trawler was punctured by the barb of a stingray caught in the same net.