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SALUDA, S.C. (AP) - A second granddaughter has been charged in the death of a retired South Carolina minister. Twenty-three-year-old Nicole Krystyn Chewning has been charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death. The Rev. James Boyd Chewning died last year in Saluda County. Nicole Chewning's parents and a sister already faced the same charged in the retired minister's death.

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) - A coroner says the deaths of a South Carolina couple appear to be a murder-suicide. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler says the victims were 38-year-old Wallace Lee Hollis and 39-year-old Tina Elease Makeupson. Fowler said the couple had a history of domestic violence. Fowler said it appears Hollis killed himself Monday afternoon after attacking Makeupson at their home in Gaffney.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - State-owned utility Santee Cooper says it is closing three retail offices in South Carolina where customers can pay their bills to save about $1 million. The company announced Monday it will close the offices in Garden City, North Myrtle Beach and Conway over the spring and early summer and creating a new mobile app and improving its site to pay bills online. Santee Cooper says the retail office in Myrtle Beach and the one at its corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner will remain open.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Thousands of people turned out for the funeral of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy who was killed last week in an ambush. York County Det. Mike Doty was remembered as someone who would walk around with a scowl most of the time. But his friends and family say he had a passion for helping people, especially addicts and teens who wanted to grow up to be police officers.

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