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Direct Air founder files for personal bankruptcy

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - One of the founders of Myrtle Beach-based Direct Air has filed for personal bankruptcy protection, a move that halts a lawsuit filed against him by the trustee in the airline's corporate bankruptcy case.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Ed Warneck filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation. He claims about $200,000 in assets and more than $26 million in debt.

Warneck was president of the airline, which abruptly stopped flying in March 2012.

The personal bankruptcy filing halts a lawsuit filed by Joseph Baldiga, the trustee in Direct Air's corporate bankruptcy case. Baldiga is seeking to recover more than $550,000 that Direct Air paid to Warneck.

Baldiga also is seeking to recover nearly $2.7 million the charter paid to the three other founders along with unspecified punitive damages.


1 killed in wreck involving Anderson Co. deputy

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - The Anderson County Sheriff's Office says one of its deputies has been involved in a wreck that killed a person in another vehicle.

Sheriff's office officials tell WYFF television that a deputy was driving a patrol car with a reserve officer as a passenger when the wreck occurred late Friday. Officials say the patrol car collided with a pickup truck coming from the opposite direction.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore says one of the passengers in the truck, 45-year-old Frances Elaine Smith of Seneca, died at Anderson Medical Center. Officials say the deputy is expected to recover. The conditions of the reserve officer and two others in the pickup truck weren't available

Officials say the deputy was responding to a call about a man barricading himself in a hotel room.


Coast RTA proposes 10-year plan to repay $324K

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Officials with a company that provides bus service in coastal South Carolina hope the state Transportation Department will accept its plan to repay more than $324,000 it owes for a failed bus shelter and sign project.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that Coast RTA wants to use advertising revenue to pay off the debt over the next 10 years or a combination of ad revenue and state mass transit funds.

Coast RTA says the plan would allow it to maintain current service levels in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Transportation Department officials are seeking reimbursement no later than fiscal year 2014-2015 although they say they would consider other plans. Department spokesman Pete Poore says the state will respond next week to Coast RTA's proposal.


Clemson University considers tobacco ban

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - The chairman of Clemson University's Board of Trustees says a task force is discussing a policy that would ban the use of all tobacco products, inside or outdoors.

The Greenville News reported that trustees' Chairman David Wilkins says a task force is considering whether to present such a policy to the board. The policy would ban smoking, dipping, chewing and e-cigarettes.

Outgoing Faculty Senate President Kelly Smith says faculty members generally support the policy but also want it to be humane to those who use tobacco products.

The newspaper said the school didn't release a draft of the proposal when it requested one. Clemson spokeswoman Cathy Sams says the task force hopes to have a proposal for the administration to consider soon


SC towns and counties spur state to ban texting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A statewide texting-while-driving ban might soon be a reality for South Carolina, though many wonder whether it will be effective.

Both legislative chambers passed separate bills last week that supporters say will create consistency and replace the current hodgepodge of bans in cities and towns across the state. Each bill now crosses over to the other chamber for consideration.

However, bill sponsor Sen. Larry Martin of Pickens says the increasing number of ordinances being passed in municipalities and counties denotes that local leaders don't share legislators' faith in the bill.

Greenville councilman David Sudduth says he hopes the final bill will include penalty points on drivers' licenses but doesn't expect the ban will have stiff enough fines to deter texting.

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