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Suspended coroner signs ethics consent order

Suspended York County Coroner Doug McKown has signed a consent order with the S.C. Ethics Commission admitting that he violated the state ethics law while in office.

McKown had admitted the violations in January, moments before his ethics hearing was to begin. McKown admitted four violations of using his public office for personal gain and using his county vehicle for noncoroner business. The Ethics Commission has issued a public reprimand to McKown and fined him $1,000.

Last July, a grand jury indicted McKown on three drug charges -- possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and unlawful possession of a prescribed drug. He was suspended from office, pending the outcome of his criminal case.

Tammy Faye to move out of Charlotte area

CHARLOTTE -- Tammy Faye Messner told "Entertainment Tonight" that she is leaving her Matthews home. "ET" said her husband Roe is building her "dream home" in Kansas City, Kan., to be closer his children and grandchildren, who live in Wichita.

Messner is fighting colon and lung cancer, and doctors have stopped treatment. She's been receiving hospice care since May.

Messner told "ET" that some days she doesn't feel she can get out of bed. "I would say I'm in pain almost 100 percent of the time," she said in a phone interview. "My back hurts, so I had to go to a wheelchair. And I have a very bad tummy all the time."

-- The Charlotte Observer

Farmer's market open at new location

The York County Farmers Market is open at its new location in the municipal parking lot at East Black Street and Elizabeth Lane.

The market is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday "early until sold out," said George Schwab, the organization's secretary/treasurer.

For years, the market was located at the corner of East White Street and Dave Lyle Boulevard but moved this season because the group required access to electricity and a telephone to accept food stamps.

Free dinner for seniors set for today in York

The York Area Optimist Club will host a free dinner for seniors beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at the York Recreation Center, 20 White Rose Lane, York. For details, call Stan Byers at 627-0920.

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