Swearing-in delayed due to Atlantic Beach dispute

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. - Newly elected councilmen in Atlantic Beach won't be taking the oath of office next week due to a challenge over election results.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that Town Manager William Booker says appeals by current councilwomen Windy Price and Carolyn Cole are still pending and mean that Kenneth McLaurin and Lenearl Evans can't yet take their seats won in the Nov. 12 election.

McLaurin and Evans won with 72 and 68 votes. Cole and Price had seven and six votes, respectively, as write-in candidates.

During the segregation era, Atlantic Beach was a prosperous, popular destination for blacks. But the town declined after Jim Crow-era laws, when blacks could stay at any hotel along the shore.

The town now is largely comprised of one-story buildings and vacant lots.

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