Stephen Stanko has appealed his conviction and death sentence in the 2005 death of his live-in girlfriend, Laura Ling, in Murrells Inlet. A judge is hearing testimony in the case this week in Georgetown County.

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See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the North Myrtle Beach Jail.

Golf

Pillar golf companies passing torch into new era in Myrtle Beach

The sale of 12 courses and other assets by National Golf Management to the Chinese investor company Founders Group International this week signifies not only the passing of the torch in the Grand Strand golf market, but also a near extinguishing of the torch carried by two of the longstanding pillar companies in the industry.

Crime

Gallery | Sixth anniversary of Brittanee Drexel's disappearance

Brittanee Marie Drexel, age 17, went missing April, 25, 2009. Her family, friends and supporters, held a vigil for the 6-year anniversary of the missing girl, walking her last known path from the Bar Harbor Hotel to the Blue Water Resort concluding with a slide show of her life and a candle light vigil at Hurl Rock Park.

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Rice Museum marks 45th year with gala dinner

We hook up with Jim Fitch, director of The Rice Museum in Georgetown since 1976, ahead of its 45th anniversary celebration, a gala on May 1 at Hobcaw Barony’s Hobcaw House, overlooking Winyah Bay, where Gullah artist Jonathan Green will give the keynote speech.

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Entertainment

Gallery | Dragon Boat races take over The Market Common

Forty-nine 20-person teams competed in the rain at the Ground Zero Dragon Boat races at The Market Common Saturday. Ground Zero is a Christian-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the stated goal of “transforming teenager’s lives through high-quality events, relevant school assembly speakers, and a cutting-edge venue that provides unparalleled entertainment in a safe environment.”

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Mugshots, April 28

See who spent time behind bars at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the North Myrtle Beach Jail. These mug shots are provided by law enforcement agencies and are public information. If charges are expunged or dismissed, The Sun News will remove the mug shot for free. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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