Originally created 12/16/06

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Ex-finance director must repay $25,000

ORANGEBURG - A former city finance director was ordered to repay $25,000 she stole from Orangeburg.

Sharon Fanning, 43, of Orangeburg, was sentenced to restitution and five years of probation, which could be reduced to three years. She pleaded guilty in June to one count of embezzling public funds.

She must pay $23,000 of the money by Monday.

The rest can be paid during her probation, at $100 per month, said prosecutor Daniel Goldberg.

The city had initially requested restitution of $27,500 but was satisfied with the amount because it remains unknown exactly how much she charged to the city for personal items, said city attorney James Walsh.

Shareholders could net millions in suit

ROCK HILL - Shareholders of the now defunct Rock Hill Bank and Trust could settle their two lawsuits against bank officials for $2.19 million.

An agreement would give members of a class-action suit $2.1 million, or $1.02 per share, according to the document. The proposed settlement is nearly $8 less per share than shareholders wanted, but attorneys for both sides say it's time to end the litigation.

Another $100,000 is proposed to settle a second lawsuit that was thrown out of court in January but is being appealed.

Judge pleads guilty after March drug bust

FLORENCE - A former Florence County magistrate was sentenced to a year probation after pleading guilty this week to misconduct in office, according to the state attorney general's office.

Rena White was charged in March with buying narcotics from a distant relative who had charges pending in Florence County. An investigation showed she used her position to get favorable treatment for the relative who supplied her with drugs, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

The state Supreme Court reprimanded Ms. White in October. According to the court's ruling, Ms. White said she bought small amounts of cocaine.

During her probation, which began Thursday, Ms. White also must complete 40 hours of community service.

Printing company will bring nearly 300 jobs

RALEIGH, N.C. - A printing company will invest $8.76 million and create 287 jobs over four years in Union County, the state announced.

Gov. Mike Easley said Carolina Classifieds.Com will open a plant in Monroe in the former Schrader-Bridgeport International facility. The firm will produce the weekly Carolina Money Saver to be distributed in North and South Carolina.

- Edited from wire reports


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