Originally created 05/12/05

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Suspect in fatal crash was habitual offender

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A Hardeeville man charged in a fatal wreck that killed six people two weeks ago had his license suspended 14 times in three years and was tagged a "habitual traffic offender" by state authorities, according to the state Motor Vehicles Department.

Four teenagers and a couple in their 20s died April 30 after the pickup 20-year-old Raymond Kelly Jr. was driving lost control and crashed into a Honda Accord, police said.

Mr. Kelly was charged with six counts of felony driving under the influence resulting in death, simple possession of marijuana, violation of the Habitual Offender Act and driving under suspension, authorities said.

Those who died in the accident were Shakeria Miley-Thomas, 22; her husband, Jamal Thomas, 25; Terrill Pinckney, 14; and Rhonda Webber, 15. Two teens in the pickup also died: Lauren Carey and Brooke Ockovcin, both 15.

Traffic flow altered to accommodate rallies

MYRTLE BEACH - Responding to a federal court order in a racial discrimination case, Myrtle Beach will require one-way traffic along busy Ocean Boulevard for two biker festivals this month.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued the city two years ago, saying black bikers at the Atlantic Beach Bikefest were treated differently from those at the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Myrtle Beach Rally, a predominantly white rally.

Company buys plant, creates about 30 jobs

ANDERSON - A Florida company plans to open a facility that will initially create as many as 30 jobs.

Unaflex, which makes rubber and metal expansion joints and metal and industrial rubber hoses, has spent $2 million to buy an Anderson plant that has been closed since 1996.

Man dies after tree falls on top of him

SENECA - A Seneca man has died after he was hit by a falling tree, the Oconee County coroner's office said.

Ronnie Craig, 46, was pronounced dead Tuesday, officials said. Mr. Craig was helping two men clear a lot and was cleaning a brush pile when he was struck by a cut pine tree, officials said.

- Edited from wire reports