Sanford replaces indicted school board member

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has chosen a longtime school volunteer to replace a school board member in Horry County who was arrested earlier this year.

Sanford named Loris engineer Neil James to the board Friday, 4 1/2 months after he suspended Lewis Christopher Shannon of Loris. The term expires in November 2010.

Shannon was arrested in March on charges of breach of trust with fraudulent intent. Authorities accuse him of taking about $100,000 from stores where he worked as financial manager. He has pleaded not guilty. Shannon's attorney, Bert von Hermann, says he maintains his innocence.

Sanford says James will bring a "positive and unique voice" to the board. James is the chairman of the Loris schools advisory board and is an athletic booster club board member. His wife is a teacher in the district.

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