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Sep 20, 2010

Photo of McConnell with black re-enactors spurs flap

CHARLESTON (AP) — NAACP leaders said Thursday a photo of a South Carolina Senate leader in a Confederate uniform posing with blacks in costumes reminiscent of slavery is another blow against the state. “This is just another blight,” said Dot Scott, the president of the Charleston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of […]

Sep 20, 2010

Sentencing scheduled for sheriff in scandalized county

SPARTANBURG (AP) — Sentencing has been scheduled for a former sheriff in a South Carolina county reeling from scandal. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said a Sept. 21 sentencing hearing has been scheduled in Spartanburg for former Union County Sheriff Howard Wells. Wells pleaded guilty in January to lying to agents about money he loaned in […]

Sep 20, 2010

Family: Orangeburg mother 'raging' before sons' deaths

COLUMBIA (AP) — The sister of an Orangeburg mother accused of suffocating her two young sons and driving her car into a river says the woman was in a manic state before the deaths. Adriane Duley told Oprah Winfrey on her Thursday show that 29-year-old Shaquan Duley became irate after a fight over her inability […]

Sep 20, 2010

Greenville cops getting training after Taser death

GREENVILLE (AP) — Greenville police are getting new training on dealing with the mentally ill after the death of a man stunned by officers with Tasers. Chief Terri Wilfong told multiple media outlets last week that her officers will get up to 40 hours of crisis-intervention training. State police are investigating the Aug. 9 death […]

Sep 13, 2010

Summerville refuses to ban illegal immigrants

SUMMERVILLE (AP) — The town council in this quiet South Carolina bedroom community on Sept. 8 refused to pass a proposed ordinance banning illegal immigrants from residing in their town. The 4-3 vote by Summerville Town Council to table the proposal came after some council members warned approving the measure could result in court challenges […]

Sep 13, 2010

Quirky law forces SC auto auction's move to NC

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — They’ve hit the brakes on an auto auction on the South Carolina coast because of a little-known state law and will be heading to North Carolina instead. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Wayne Fogelson of Muscle Car Auctions in Greensboro, N.C., was forced to cancel a classic car […]

Sep 13, 2010

Juvenile justice department tearing down old dorms

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice is celebrating a decline in youth crime by demolishing one of the agency’s oldest dormitories. The department was slated to hold a ceremony on Friday to tear down the dorms on the John G. Richards Campus in Columbia. Officials say the dorms were declared unsafe nearly […]

Sep 6, 2010

Second Kershaw sheriff's deputy fired in inmate beating

CAMDEN (AP) — A second South Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been fired as officials investigate the beating of an inmate in a county jail. Multiple media outlets reported that officials confirmed Sept. 1 the second Kershaw County deputy was fired last month. Sheriff Steve McCaskill had fired deputy Oddie Tribble Jr. on Aug. 6, the […]

Sep 6, 2010

Prosecutors don't want Pittman to get new trial

COLUMBIA (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a scathing appeal asking a South Carolina judge to reconsider his ruling granting a new trial to a man who was convicted of killing his grandparents when he was 12 years old, then blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for the crime. Circuit Judge Roger Young ruled in July that Christopher […]

Sep 6, 2010

Attorney buys Five-Diamond Woodlands Inn

SUMMERVILLE (AP) — A Summerville attorney has bought the Woodlands Inn, the only property in the state with the Forbes Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond ratings for accommodations and dining. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported attorney Johnny Linton of Summerville has purchased the inn from Sheila Crump Johnson, co-founder of Black […]

Sep 6, 2010

Magistrate recommends dismissing states' gun suit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A group of states seeking freedom from federal gun laws were dealt a blow last week when a federal magistrate recommended dismissal of a lawsuit launched by gun rights advocates who argue Congress has overstepped its bounds with gun control. The magistrate sided with the U.S. Department of Justice, which says […]

Aug 30, 2010

Former exec: Future of SC amusement park is grim

MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — A former president of Freestyle Music Park says nearly everyone on the amusement park’s board has resigned and the future of the coastal South Carolina attraction is grim. Steve Baker told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach last week that every board member except for one resigned earlier this month after […]

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