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SANFORD DIVORCE

Judge: Sanfords to mediate over parenting issues

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A judge says U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and his ex-wife have agreed to mediate issues concerning parenting of their four sons.

Family Court Judge Daniel E. Martin, Jr. said Monday a request to seal the entire proceeding is still pending.

The Sanfords divorced in 2010. Jenny Sanford has asked a Family Court judge to limit the lawmaker's visitation with his youngest child. She also wants Mark Sanford to undergo psychological tests and take anger management and parenting courses.

While South Carolina governor, Sanford disappeared from the state in 2009, telling aides he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. He confessed he was in Argentina and had been having an affair.

Mark Sanford said Friday he was calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the dispute with his ex-wife.

BEACH BIKERS

Mixed reaction to moving Myrtle Beach parade

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Veterans in Myrtle Beach have mixed reactions to moving the annual Memorial Day weekend parade so police can focus on security during an area biker festival.

The parade is usually held the Saturday before Memorial Day. But after violence during the weekend that coincided with the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, the city wants to move it.

City spokesman Mark Kruea tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that law enforcement will be occupied with security that weekend.

Army vet Bob Hawkins says it makes sense to move it. Hawkins says he's been concerned that congestion during the weekend discourages veterans from participating.

The owner of Veterans Cafe, Army veteran Lou Mascherino, says the parade should be held that weekend, but suggests it be moved from Ocean Boulevard to another location.

CRUZ-SC

Sen. Ted Cruz returns to SC to raise money for GOP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is back in South Carolina to help raise money for the state Republican Party's election efforts.

The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is the featured speaker at a GOP luncheon Monday in Columbia.

A ticket for lunch only is $40. Getting a photo with Cruz bumps the price to $100. The money is going toward the Republican Party's get-out-the-vote efforts this fall.

It's Cruz' fourth visit to this early primary state since last May, when he addressed the annual state GOP dinner.

He spoke in April at the Free Enterprise Foundation's annual awards dinner at The Citadel. Last November, he spoke at pastors' policy briefing in Columbia hosted by the South Carolina Renewal Project.

FLORENCE-DROWNING

Florence man drowns after car goes into lake

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Divers have recovered the body of a 61-year-old Florence man from a South Carolina lake after his car went into the water.

The Morning news of Florence reported Monday that Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the victim as Eugene Ludington Epting III.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources divers recovered Epting's body Sunday morning. The man's car apparently entered the lake around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the divers' search was made difficult by heavy rains Saturday night and Sunday morning that erased tracks left by the car and put silt into the lake making visibility difficult.

Von Lutcken says the crash is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

CIVIL WAR SITE TREES

Clearing SC trees may affect Civil War site

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Plans to remove or trim trees around the Hilton Head Island Airport are raising concerns the project could harm the remnants of a Civil War fort.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that Beaufort County is condemning airspace above properties allowing trees that interfere with clear flight paths to be trimmed or removed.

The Hilton Head Island Land Trust received a condemnation letter last week.

The trust preserves Fort Howell, which was built by black troops to protect Union forces and nearby Mitchelville, one of the nation's first freedman's villages.

President Linda Hyslop says the trust earlier agreed to allow removal of trees near fort's parking lot and paths. But she warns removing the tree canopy protecting the fort itself could mean torrential rains could wash it away.

MUSEUM EXPANSION

Hilton Head Island museum plans expansion

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A museum on Hilton Head Island is planning an expansion to bring visitors closer to the environment of the South Carolina coast.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that the Coastal Discovery Museum plans a $400,000 expansion to add what is being called a discovery lab to its existing building.

The plan calls for a touch tank where visitors can touch crabs and starfish. The exhibit will also allow them to view a beehive from behind a window and see what lives beneath the sand in an enclosed beach exhibit.

Museum officials say the expansion will provide an introduction to the island's environment for out-of-town visitors. The museum is seeking a grant from the town to pay a quarter of the construction cost.

CHARLESTON DEPUTY KILLED

Funeral being held for Charleston County deputy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The funeral is being held for a Charleston County sheriff's deputy who was shot to death in the line of duty last week.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers are expected for the Monday funeral of 43-yeare-old Deputy Joseph Matuskovic in Charleston.

Authorities say he was shot and killed last week when a man in an apartment sprayed bullets from an assault rifle through the apartment door. Police exchanged fire and authorities say Michael Oswald was later found dead inside the apartment.

A second Charleston County deputy was wounded in the Sept. 8 incident.

TODDLER KILLED

2-year-old boy shot to death in Bamberg County

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) - Bamberg County sheriff's deputies and the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy.

Multiple media outlets reported that the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday near the boy's home in Denmark.

Coroner Billy Duncan said the body of Hayden Mayes of Denmark was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy.

Hayden was pronounced dead at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

The details on the shooting have not been released. No charges have been filed.

SLAIN MYRTLE BEACH OFFICER

New trial in 2002 killing of Myrtle Beach officer

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A new trial is scheduled to start Monday for a man charged with killing a Myrtle Beach police officer during a struggle a decade ago.

Luzenski Allen Cottrell will be tried before a new jury in the 2002 shooting death of 28-year-old officer Joe McGarry.

Cottrell, now 36, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in April 2005, but the state Supreme Court overturned the conviction because the jury was not allowed to consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Authorities say McGarry confronted Cottrell outside a Dunkin' Donuts, and the officer pinned Cottrell against a car as he questioned him. The two struggled and investigators say the suspect shot the officer in the face.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that a judge issued a gag order preventing defense attorneys, prosecutors and others from publicly discussing the case.

HILTON HEAD SHOOTING

Trial to start in death of Hilton Head Island boy

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - A trial is set to begin for one of three men charged in the killing of an 8-year-old Hilton Head Island boy who was hit by stray gunfire.

Tyrone Robinson, 38, will stand trial starting Monday on a murder charge in the 2012 killing of Khalil Singleton.

The boy was playing in his grandmother's yard when he died in the crossfire from a gunfight in September of 2012.

Authorities say that the shootout began when Robinson and the two other men got into a drug-related fight.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that trial dates aren't set for the two other men charged with the killing.

A message left Sunday seeking comment from an attorney representing Robinson wasn't immediately returned.

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