News In Brief - October 17, 2007

McCain to visit Sun City Carolina Lakes

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will hold a town hall-style meeting today at Sun City Carolina Lakes in Lancaster County.

McCain will field questions during an event that starts at 3:15 p.m. It is free but only open to residents of Sun City, the retirement community off U.S. 521 in the county's panhandle region.

The Arizona senator spoke in Rock Hill last month during a "No Surrender" bus tour aimed at rallying support for the troop surge in Iraq. Pundits say the trip helped to revive what had been a floundering candidacy, and McCain now appears to be on more solid footing, particularly in New Hampshire.

Clinton campaign to open office in Rock Hill

The Hillary Clinton campaign will open its headquarters in Rock Hill on Friday with a visit from a close Clinton ally.

Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clintons and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is scheduled to speak at a 5 p.m. event at the new downtown office at 214 Oakland Ave. The building has served as U.S. Rep. John Spratt's campaign headquarters in the past.

McAuliffe also will open offices in Charleston, Florence and Orangeburg. Former Spratt campaign aide Joyce Knott is overseeing Clinton's local operation.

Democratic rival Barack Obama has a field office on Ebenezer Road in Rock Hill.

York County party chairmen to attend forum

The chairmen of York County's Republican and Democratic parties will share a stage Tuesday night to talk about why their respective candidates should get elected.

Republican Glenn McCall and Democrat Jim Watkins will weigh in on predatory lending, school choice and other issues during a forum at the Freedom Center in downtown Rock Hill.

The public is invited to the 7 p.m. event., which will include questions from the audience.

"We are looking forward to a very robust discussion," said Willie Lyles III, director of the Freedom Center. For information, call 327-7865.

Attorney asks McMaster to investigate Sanford

COLUMBIA -- A Charleston attorney has asked the state attorney general to investigate Gov. Mark Sanford, saying his workers' compensation order could be considered a threat to commissioners.

In a letter dated Monday, workers compensation attorney Dusty Rhoades asked Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate whether Sanford's order intimidates court officials. McMaster's office received the package Tuesday, and the request is under review, said spokesman Mark Plowden.

Sanford dismissed the request as an appeal from an attorney who wants to keep the status quo for his own benefit.