News In Brief - August 16, 2008

Artwork being accepted for 2D competition

YORK -- The Yorkville Artist's Guild will accept entries of original 2D artwork for its Open Art Competition 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the McCel-vey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York.

The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the McCelvey Center. Most of the work will be for sale. Admission is free.

-- Mary Jo Balasco

S.C. man convicted of wire fraud in N.C.

CHARLESTON -- A South Carolina furniture salesman has been convicted in North Carolina of scamming hundreds of online customers out of millions of dollars.

The Charleston Post and Courier reported Friday that 49-year-old Henry Rayford Privette Jr. of Johns Island was convicted in federal court of 10 counts of wire fraud.

The verdict was returned Wednesday in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Prosecutors said Privette ran an Internet business in Calabash between 2000 and 2003. They said he took deposits but never delivered furniture.

Privette faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2.5 million.

Privette's federal public defender, Joseph Gilbert, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

Columbia VA honors World War II veterans

COLUMBIA -- Around 20 veterans of World War II were honored at a ceremony at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center.

Spokeswoman Priscilla Creamer says the annual World War II Survivors and Remembrance Day event featured a speech by Melvin Brandenburg.

The Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient spoke Friday on his service during the Battle of the Bulge with the 78th Division.

The winter offensive launched by German forces against the Allies turned into one of the bloodiest events of the war.

HBO series to film new episodes in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The HBO series "East Bound and Down" about a washed-up professional baseball player will begin filming five more episodes in Wilmington next month.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that HBO will open offices for the show Monday at the EUE Screen Gems Studio in Wilmington. Shooting begins Sept. 29.

An HBO spokesman confirmed the plans Friday.

The show is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions, co-owned by Will Ferrell.

Danny McBride stars as Kenny Powers, the baseball player who ends up working as the physical education teacher at his former middle school.

McBride co-stars in the just-released, Ben Stiller movie "Tropic Thunder."

Hootie awarded for work with S.C. public schools

COLUMBIA -- The rock band Hootie and the Blowfish will be honored as the state's first Palmetto Ambassador for Education.

State schools Superintendent Jim Rex was to present the award onstage during the band's concert Friday night on Daniel Island.

Rex says the new award recognizes people who make extraordinary contributions to South Carolina's public schools.

In 2003, Hootie and the Blowfish began asking Charleston fans to bring school supplies to their concerts.

Since then, the band that got its start in South Carolina has collected enough supplies to fill 40 buses.

Also, Rex says the band's foundation raises money for education projects.

Rex and the band will distribute school supplies to students in downtown Charleston today.