COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s husband contemplated using taxpayer money to chill wine, some of which was donated by a business that later was given a private reception at the governor’s mansion, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
The e-mail exchanges show Haley campaign donors that spent at least $12,043 on her 2010 election were sending first gentleman Michael Haley lists of wine that his company would donate. The wine donations were followed by the reception, where the company’s brass rubbed elbows with the governor. Donor Mike Sisk, of Ridgeway-based Ben Arnold Co., was appointed in April to the State Ports Authority as a nonvoting member, giving him a voice in the state’s import and export dealings.
Rob Godfrey, the governor’s spokesman, said plans by Michael Haley to create what amounts to a wine cellar were never acted upon.
Cooperatives fund trip for veterans
COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are donating $60,000 to send more than 100 aging veterans to Washington to see the monument to their service in World War II.
The 20 cooperatives announced Friday they were paying the entire bill for the 12th flight set up by the organization Honor Flights South Carolina, founded by Columbia restaurant owner Bill Dukes.
The announcement was made Friday afternoon, at a celebration held by the cooperatives for their employees in Columbia.
Agency IDs 3,800 illegal immigrants
COLUMBIA — Reports from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show more than 1,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records have been deported from South Carolina.
The State newspaper reported Friday that agency reports show nearly 3,800 illegal immigrants have been identified through the Secure Communities program. Just over 1,000 of them have been deported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s program is designed to catch and deport illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes or are suspects in major crimes.
Paulding County man dies after race
MARIETTA, GA. — Authorities say a Georgia man collapsed at the finish line and later died after a 10-kilometer road race in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that 53-year-old Allen Scott Gill, of Paulding County, was running in the annual Thanksgiving Day Gobble Jog with his wife, Rose.
Authorities say his wife was running about five minutes behind her husband and approached the finish line as emergency workers were performing CPR on Gill. He was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where doctors said he died of a heart condition.
Pilots report lasers aimed at cockpits
STATESBORO, GA. — Authorities in south Georgia are investigating a pair of reports from pilots who say they have had laser beams from ground near the Ogeechee River aimed at their cockpits.
The pilot of a UPS Inc. plane reported being flashed recently by a green laser beam as it headed toward the airport in the south Georgia town of Statesboro.
Bulloch County sheriff’s officials told The Statesboro Herald that an Air Evac helicopter pilot recently reported a similar incident as did an official at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Nov. 12. The Federal Aviation Administration this year signaled that it would impose penalties of up to $11,000 against people who point a laser into a cockpit. Authorities say the devices can temporarily blind pilots.
55-year-old shot in store parking lot
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —A 55-year-old woman has been shot and wounded during a robbery that Myrtle Beach police say was related to Black Friday shopping.
Police say the woman was shot in the foot after two men demanded her purse shortly after 1 a.m. Friday in a parking lot across from a Walmart store.
Another woman told police the victim was at the trunk of her car when she heard the victim scream.
The second woman fired several shots in the air and the suspects ran away with the victim’s purse.
The woman was taken to a local hospital. There was no word on her condition.
In other news
AUTHORITIES SAY two Black Friday shoppers were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Hilton Head Island shopping center. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Lt. Matthew Averill says the men made off with about $1,000 in cash and personal items worth $310. No arrests have been made, and authorities are investigating.