Local Update - November 29, 2007

Aiken Double Murder-Suicide Documents

Court papers and emails could help shed some light on why a father would shoot his two daughters and then take his own life. Just hours after a messy divorce hearing Tuesday morning in Aiken, Alton Beasley killed his two daughters, shot a family friend, and turned the gun on himself. Court papers obtained by News 12 show his wife claims he had drinking and financial problems. She also says he abused her. Emails between Alton and one of his daughters show a tense relationship. Alton feels his daughters are siding with their mother in the divorce.

Funeral Today for Thomson Middle Teacher

Friends and family will have to say goodbye to a Thomson Middle School teacher today. The funeral for Beth Newsome is at 2:00 this afternoon at Beggs Funeral Home in Thomson. Her body was found last week in some woods. A police report shows a deputy came to her home to take a missing person report. It says Mrs. Newsome and her husband got into an argument over money Thanksgiving morning.

Problems for Former Brown Estate Trustee

David Cannon is in the hot seat again. The former James Brown trustee missed yet another court deadline. Cannon was supposed to turn over all his financial records to the court by Tuesday. News 12 did some checking, and the Aiken County Clerks Office and Probate Office say they've received nothing so far.

Aiken Super Update

Doctor Beth Everitt will soon be in charge of the Aiken County School District. She's heading our way from Albuquerque, New Mexico to be the new superintendent. News 12 has learned her contract there doesn't expire until June, but she's set to come to work in Aiken in January. Dr. Everitt says her current board is making that possible because members have released her from her contract.

Massey Ceremony Today

South Carolina's newest state senator is getting ready to take the pledge this afternoon. Shane Massey will be sworn in today 4:30 at Strom Thurmond High School. Massey won a close race to fill the 25th District seat of Tommy Moore, who resigned. The term runs through next year.

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