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Rice tops Bauer in District 7 runoff

MYRTLE BEACH — Tom Rice has won the Repub­lican nomination in South Carolina’s new 7th congressional district.

The Horry County Council Chairman leapfrogged primary first-place finisher and former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer in Tuesday’s runoff in the district that stretches from Florence to Myrtle Beach.

Rice is a retired lawyer and accountant who got into politics two years ago after his wife told him if he didn’t like what government was doing, he should run for office.

Rice called Bauer a political opportunist who only moved to the district when lawmakers created it last year. Bauer called Rice a “moderate” who will raise taxes.

Bauer was lieutenant governor for eight years before finishing last in the four-way Republican primary for governor in 2010.

Guard social media policy reviewed

COLUMBIA — The head of South Carolina’s National Guard said Tuesday he will conduct an internal review of the Guard’s policy on social media use after Gov. Nikki Haley’s husband used Facebook to call members of the state Senate cowards for not voting on a bill favored by his wife.

Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston said he spoke with Michael Haley about the matter, and Michael Haley told the general he intended to express himself as a private citizen, not as a member of the Guard.

Michael Haley is an officer the South Carolina Army National Guard.

Sen. Jake Knotts, a Lexington Republican who has often clashed with Gov. Haley, called late Tuesday for Michael Haley to resign his commission if he can’t abstain from “contentious partisan issues.”

At a news conference, the governor defended her husband, saying he made the posting while away from the family and attending two weeks of military training in Texas.

“He is a person. He is a citizen. He has the right to get frustrated,” Haley said, responding to calls that her husband apologize.

House vote fails to override Haley veto

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina House failed Tuesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a bill intended to provide information on and access to a free vaccine that prevents a sexually transmitted, cancer-causing virus.

The House’s 54-47 vote killed the bill, which called for informational brochures on the vaccine for human papillomavirus, known as HPV, to be provided to parents of sixth-graders. Parents could choose to have their seventh-graders receive the vaccine.



Flowerbed in park is no longer cross

COLUMBUS — A flowerbed in the shape of a Christian cross was altered in a park in Columbus’ Windsor Park neighborhood, then it was changed back in is original shape and now it’s again no longer a cross.

The flowerbed was changed from cross to rectangle in April, after a
resident complained about having a permanent religious display on public property.

Two weeks ago, some Windsor Park residents complained about the new shape of the flowerbed and a short time later someone restored the bed to the shape of a cross. A neighborhood resident blamed the change on legendary hero “Zorro.”

Notified of the change, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the city could not allow it to remain a cross and ordered it changed back to rectangle.

Student shoots intruder in home

ATLANTA — Authorities say a Georgia Tech student shot an intruder who broke into a house near the Atlanta campus.

Police say the shooting happened about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at a house near the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Atlanta police Capt. Adam Lee said three male Georgia Tech students were asleep inside their home on Curran Street off 10th Street when an intruder broke through a front window of the house.

Lee said one of the residents, a first-year graduate student, was awakened by the shattering glass and grabbed a handgun.

Police say the student shot 22-year-old Adam Keller once in the chest. Keller was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was in stable condition. Police say Keller had earlier entered a nearby home uninvited.

Deputy cleared in teen’s shooting

WOODSTOCK — The district attorney in Cherokee County has found no wrongdoing on the part of a deputy who shot and killed a teenager during a standoff in May.

District Attorney Garry Moss cleared Cherokee County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Yarborough after reviewing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s report on the shooting.

Authorities say 16-year-old Andrew Messina was killed after he threatened officers with a handgun.

The boy’s mother had called 911, saying her son was waving a .357 magnum around their house in Woodstock, authorities said.

Officers were able to get the mother outside, but the boy would not leave. He was shot in the chest and died of his wounds at a hospital.

Soldier in Georgia dies in Afghanistan

RICHMOND HILL — Military officials say a soldier who lived in Georgia has died in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S. Army Maj. Paul C. Voelke died June 22 in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan. Military officials say the circumstances of Voelke’s death were under investigation, and few other details were released.

The Department of Defense statement said Voelke was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.

Voelke was a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and had served 14 years in the Army. He was a native of Monroe, N.Y.



Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:44

At mid-session, Georgia lawmakers take on taxes, transit

ATLANTA — Activity at Georgia’s Capitol is in full swing as this past week marked the halfway point of 2018’s 40-day legislative session. Read more

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:45

City Ink: Usry says no to mayoral run