FATAL PLANE CRASH
3 killed in small plane crash in Hartsville
HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say three people died when a small plane crashed between two houses in a neighborhood in Hartsville.
Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee confirmed the three deaths. All three were on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured or killed in the crash, which occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday.
Hardee identified the three men Sunday as: 29-year-old Joseph Melton Loflin II and his father-in-law, 61-year-old George Thomas Rogers, both of Society Hill; and 75-year-old Leslie Bradshaw of Hartsville. Authorities say the plane was trying to land at the nearby Hartsville Regional Airport.
Sheriff Wayne Byrd says a 911 caller who was a family member or friend reported about 6:40 p.m. that the plane was having problems with its landing gear.
Federal investigators were at the scene Sunday.
ALLEGIANT AIR-NEW FLIGHTS
Airline to offer 2 new nonstop flights
(Information in the following story is from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
HEBRON, Ky. (AP) - Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air will start nonstop service from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to two locations in South Carolina and Florida in May.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports the discount airline announced last week that it plans to offer two nonstop flights a week to both Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the Tampa, Fla., region. Allegiant also plans to double its nonstop flights to the Fort Myers, Fla., region to four a week.
The Myrtle Beach and Tampa Bay flights will be seasonal, starting in May and ending in August.
Allegiant is offering an introductory, one-way discount fare of $59 to Myrtle Beach and Tampa Bay. Seats must be booked on Allegiant.com, and the offer ends March 11.
SENIOR LIVING LAWSUIT
SC senior living community accused of negligence
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Relatives of four current and former residents of a home for seniors in Florence say the staff neglected and mistreated their family members.
The Morning News of Florence reports an attorney has filed four lawsuits involving residents' treatment at Laurel Gardens Senior Living Community.
The lawsuits were filed recently against the community, executive director Alicia Owens and other businesses, including Emeritus Corp., which owns Laurel Gardens.
Emeritus regional director of operations Kristi Anthony says the company takes the claims seriously and will respond when officials have reviewed the lawsuits. The lawsuits allege gross and corporate negligence, among other charges.
One plaintiff says her mother didn't receive appropriate medication as ordered and suffered numerous falls and injuries due to negligence.
Attorney Robert F. Lee filed the lawsuits.
SC considers more protection for heirs' property
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are reviewing stronger protections for heirs' property - generally property handed down by blacks without a will, often since slavery.
Such land often ends up being owned by dozens of people without clear title. If someone wants to get their value from the land, the only way to split it is to auction the property.
But an heirs' property bill in the state Senate would allow judges to consider more than just its dollar value. They could weigh whether the land has sentimental value to a co-owner and whether it can be divided so part can remain in the family.
If descendants can't reach an agreement the law would allow the land to be sold on the open market, rather than auctioned for a generally lower price.
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