Woman attacked by alligator while walking dog

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) — A South Carolina woman is recovering after being bitten by an alligator near her home in Hilton Head Island.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Lucas tells news outlets that it happened in the Sun City retirement community on Monday night.

Lucas says a 68-year-old woman was walking her dog about 10 p.m. near her house, which is also near several ponds. He says the 8-to-9-foot-long gator bit the woman on the wrist and leg. She was treated at the scene and later transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

The dog ran way during the attack and was not harmed.

An alligator control agent was called in and the gator was captured and euthanized.

Abbeville County names new schools superintendent

ABBEVILLE (AP) — A South Carolina county has named its next superintendent of schools.

The Index-Journal reports school trustees for Abbeville County voted 6-3 Monday to name Julie Fowler to lead the school district.

Fowler had been running the district's day-to-day business since Superintendent Betty Jo Hall died last week in a wreck.

Fowler's hiring is subject to both parties' approval of a contract.

David Brooks, Keith Dunn and Buster Taylor voted against hiring Fowler, saying they would have preferred she serve on an interim basis so the board could conduct a search to replace Hall.

Before joining Abbeville County School District, Fowler served as the deputy state superintendent for college- and career-readiness in South Carolina and as assistant superintendent at Greenwood County School District 51.

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