Neighbors see more worries coming down tracks

Joyce Williams suffers from sickle cell anemia and is upset by the noise from the metal recycling business across the street from her house.

Grace Beahm

FLORENCE — Florence County sheriff’s deputies have arrested nine members of a fraternity and charged them with a hazing incident that left a pledge in an area hospital.

The men are all members of Phi Beta Sigma, including three students at Francis Marion University and six alumni. Investigators say a pledge was paddled so badly he had kidney damage.

All nine men have been released on personal recognizance bonds. Hazing is a misdemeanor in South Carolina punishable by a fine of up to $500 or up to a year in jail.

The national Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the university have suspended the chapter at Francis Marion.