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MAN'S BODY FOUND

Police find body of missing Union County man

UNION, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say they suspect foul play in the death of a missing Union County man whose body was found in a densely wooded area behind his home.

Authorities say the body of 61-year-old Raymond Davis was found Wednesday night.

Davis had been reported missing by a relative Tuesday.

Investigators found blood at Davis' home. Officers say they suspect foul play. An autopsy is scheduled Friday.

MYRTLE BEACH AIR TRAFFIC

Busiest March in 6 years for Myrtle Beach airport

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It's been a good spring for drawing air travelers to South Carolina's Grand Strand.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports the Myrtle Beach International Airport recorded its busiest March in six years.

More than 69,000 people flew into Myrtle Beach last month, almost 5,000 more than last March. In all, about 3,200 more people have flown to the beach this year than in the first three months of 2013.

Airport director Pat Apone says the March numbers indicate a strong spring season. Figures for the first two months of this year were down a bit because of this year's winter storms.

South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry is centered in the Myrtle Beach area.

EXPENSIVE REFILL

Man fined $525 for drink refill at SC hospital

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A man who helped himself to a refill of his 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital found it cost a lot more than he expected when he was fined $525.

WCSC-TV reports there are signs in the cafeteria telling people refills are not free. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.

Lewis is a construction worker and says he never noticed the signs and has refilled his drink without paying before.

The medical center said in a statement that Lewis was ticketed for shoplifting, but that the VA doesn't determine the amount of the fine.

Lewis says he wasn't given a chance to pay for the refill and will contest the fine in federal court.

SPRING PRODUCE

Cold, wet winter has delayed some SC produce

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Farmers markets are opening across South Carolina, but in some areas local produce has been delayed a bit because of this year's cold, wet winter.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Myrtle's Market, the first of a half dozen farmer's markets in Horry County, opened on Wednesday but only two vendors were selling produce.

They were selling such things as beets, green onions, cabbage, strawberries and honey.

Blake Lanford with Waccamaw Market Cooperative, a nonprofit that coordinates and manages farmers markets, says some produce is a few weeks away because of the winter weather.

The state Agriculture Department website lists a variety of South Carolina-grown produce available at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia. Among the items are greens, green onions, parsley, spinach and turnips.

MARINES RETURN

Beaufort Marine unit returns from 9-month duty

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A squadron of Beaufort-based Marines and their F/A-18 Hornet jets are returning from a nine-month deployment in the Middle East.

Marine Corps spokeswoman Sgt. Marcy Sanchez says the Marines of Fighter Attack Squadron 312 are coming come in two groups on Thursday and Friday.

The squadron worked with the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, maritime security operations and security cooperation with other nations in the region.

The unit's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Nathan Miller, says the unit was proud to act in support of U.S. and coalition forces.

Sanchez says the squadron's pilots and aircraft are arriving Thursday, while the main body of support forces arrives Friday.

NUCLEAR FUEL-FUNDING

Energy Dept. discusses Savannah River Site funding

GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Department of Energy officials are participating in a public discussion on the financial future of the Savannah River Site.

Organizers say representatives are expected to talk at a meeting in Graniteville on Thursday about work that's currently underway at the former nuclear bomb plant.

They'll also take a look toward the site's seemingly uncertain future.

The Obama administration's budget proposal puts the multibillion dollar mixed-oxide fuel program at the Savannah River Site on "cold standby," which some say could result in hundreds of job losses and millions of dollars in fines.

The project is billions over budget and years behind schedule. It would use weapons-grade plutonium to produce fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

EASTER DISPLAYS

Bob Jones University running annual Easter program

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - An annual Easter program is scheduled to get underway this week at Bob Jones University.

Officials say the Living Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

This is the 17th year for the gospel story program. Organizers say it includes drama, music and life-size recreations of art works.

This year's Living Gallery drama is set 500 years before the coming of Jesus Christ.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for children ages 6 to 12.

EASTER AT THE BEACH

Easter events scheduled along Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The Grand Strand is providing a number of ways to celebrate Easter during the weekend.

The fun begins on Thursday evening with a twilight Easter egg hunt at the Riverfront Park in Conway and an evening egg hunt at Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet. There's also an evening 5K fun run on Litchfield Beach.

On Saturday, the Easter Bunny will be having breakfast at Ripley's Aquarium and Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. The bunny will be on hand throughout the day with games and prizes. It all ends with a fireworks display.

Also Saturday, there will be egg hunts in Bucksport, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.

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