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Thunderbirds, Golden Knights to perform

SUMTER - The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team will headline Shaw Air Force Base's open house, dubbed "Thunder Over the Midlands" or ShawFest 2010.

The open house, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8-9, is free and open to the public, with free parking.

A wide variety of aircraft are scheduled to take part in several aerial demonstrations, including many World War II vintage airplanes, including Republic P-47 Thunderbolts and a North American P-51 Mustang, and Shaw's own F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Visitors also will see vintage and modern aircraft on the ground.

Shaw is located just off U.S. 378 in Sumter. For more information, go to www.shaw.af.mil and click on the link for ShawFest 2010.

- Staff Reports

Shots fired after school basketball game

SPARTANBURG - Sheriff's deputies say shots were fired in the parking lot after a high school basketball game.

Spartanburg County sheriff's spokesman Tony Ivey said no injuries were reported in the shooting about 9 p.m. Thursday outside Broome High School in Spartanburg.

Witnesses told deputies several shots were fired from the parking lot near the gym and several suspects left in a dark sedan.

Broome defeated Chesnee in the boys' and girls' games. School district trustee Tracy Schultz said he doesn't think the shots had anything to do with the games.

School superintendent Jim Ray said he thinks the intended target was not a student at the school and the shooters had not been at the game. Ray said he was sorry that what he called gang violence had spread to the school.

- The Associated Press

New overlook to provide waterfall view

PICKENS - Work is to start soon on a new overlook on a popular hiking trail in the mountains that will provide a wonderful waterfall view.

The Greenville News reported this week the funding for the overlook at Table Rock State Park comes from a state income tax check-off that netted about $43,000.

Officials said the platform will be located at the Carrick Creek waterfall and will provide a great view while protecting trees and vegetation that have been threatened by hikers trying to get close to the water.

More than 48,000 people hiked the trail last year.

Work is expected to be finished by summer.

- The Associated Press

15 people arrested in lynching case

MYRTLE BEACH - Horry County Police have arrested 15 young people and are searching for five others in connection with a lynching, said Sgt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.

Police officers responded around 11:50 p.m. Feb. 5 to a home on Peachtree Road in Horry County in reference to a fight, Kegler said.

Officers learned that about 20 people - mostly teenagers - went to the house and assaulted a male there, Kegler said. He said the suspects also pointed pistols at the victim.

The victim managed to alert his parents, who came out to confront the crowd, and some of the suspects pointed pistols at them, Kegler said.

The victim's mother went outside carrying a shotgun, and the crowd left in their vehicles while firing shots, Kegler said.

During an investigation, Horry County detectives identified 20 people who were at the scene during the incident.

Detectives learned they were part of a local fight club, and the assault took place as a result of a disagreement, Kegler said.

Police said Tyler Bingham, 17; Joshua David Smith, 18; Richard Edwin Carmichael, 17; Chelsie Ann Fortner, 18; Meredith Leigh Fortner, 17; Corey Alan Parag, 17; Peter Emanuel Franco, 17; Travis Heil, 16; Nick Scott Windham, 16; Edward Kyle Fisher, 16; Jason Alexander, 22; two 14-year-old juveniles, and two 15-year-old juveniles, all have been charged with lynching and pointing and presenting a firearm.

Alexander also is being charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of armed robbery, and two counts of kidnapping, and police believe he and another man are linked to a pair of home invasions earlier this month on Plantation Road in Socastee, Kegler said.

Bingham was out of jail on bail Thursday. The juveniles were released to their guardians.

The others were in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Investigators say five people, ages 15 to 20, are wanted in connection with last week's fight.

- The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

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