News In Brief - October 16, 2007

Lancaster trooper to lead state Highway Patrol unit

COLUMBIA -- A Lancaster trooper has been promoted to captain of the S.C. Highway Patrol's Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit, according to a news release from the agency.

Christopher Madden will lead the 64-member ACE squad, which includes the drug interdiction unit, motorcycle unit and safety improvement team, the release stated. Madden, a native of Union County, joined the highway patrol in 1992 and was promoted to corporal with the ACE unit in 2000, sergeant in 2003 and lieutenant in 2006.

Environmental group to hold Green Concert

The Winthrop University chapter of the Student Environmental Action Coalition will host its first Green Concert from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday at Tillman Auditorium.

The concert is intended to raise awareness of this year's focus on the "three R's": reduce, reuse and recycle. Bands scheduled to perform include Stephanie's ID, Colourslide, John Earle, No Second Troy, Milhouse and Mona Ray.

Speakers will be Chatham Olive, organizer of the Charlotte Sierra Club, and April Gordon, Winthrop professor of sociology and anthropology. Members of the student coalition will speak.

Chamber to host Tega Cay council forum

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Tega Cay Area Council will host a candidates forum at 7 p.m. today at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from candidates vying for two at-large seats on the Tega Cay City Council which will be filled in the Nov. 7 election. The following five candidates have been invited and plan to attend the forum: Larry Harper, Ronald Kazel, Ron Kirby, Hope MacBride and George Sheppard. Questions will be supplied by a panel of the Fort Mill Times, Lake Wylie Pilot, CN2 and WRHI.

The forum is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet candidates and submit questions to be considered for the forum from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For additional information, contact Pat Pardue at (803) 324-7500.

Body found near bank of Congaree River

COLUMBIA -- Authorities say a man's body has been recovered near a bank of the Congaree River southeast of Columbia.

Fire officials say a man called 911 Monday afternoon and said he found his friend's body.

Authorities identified the man as 52-year-old Michael Shields of Hopkins. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is scheduled for today.

Shields' family says he was camping nearby and didn't return after he went out in a canoe Sunday looking for some family dogs that had run off.