The Wedge, a deteriorating 1,500-acre plantation in the heart of the Santee Delta, has been taken off the market while its owner, the University of South Carolina, decides what to do with the historic property.
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The so-called "Mount Trashmore" between Hilton Head and Beaufort is gone, thanks to a six-month cleanup that's expected to cost at least $4.5 million in public money.
The new charges follow federal indictments last year on charges Alex "Big A" Underwood misused public money and lied to cover up a case of excessive force. A trial on those charges is set for April.
Florence County Sheriff Kenneth Boone pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement under $5,000 and one count of misconduct in office, a spokesman for the South Carolina attorney general said.
South Carolina has had a parade of sheriffs caught up in scandals in recent years. A Post and Courier investigation earlier this year found more misconduct. Published in March, “Above the Law,” showed that one in four of South Carolina's 46 counties in the past decade had seen their sheriffs accused of breaking laws they swore to uphold. By the end of 2019, three more sheriffs had been indicted and removed from office.