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      Coroner to stay as interim Abbeville sheriff

      Spokesman Rob Godfrey said Thursday that Gov. Nikki Haley had decided to keep Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley on as sheriff until voters select a new one in a special election later this year.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The man who took over earlier this month as Abbeville County sheriff will keep serving in that role for at least a few more months.

      Spokesman Rob Godfrey said Thursday that Gov. Nikki Haley had decided to keep Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley on as sheriff until voters select a new one in a special election later this year.

      Ashley took over earlier this month when Charles Goodwin resigned amid indictment in a kickback scheme. Last week, Goodwin pleaded guilty to misconduct in office, acknowledging he took kickbacks on repairs on county vehicles and using a state inmate to do personal work.

      County election officials say filing opens Feb. 1, and a primary election is scheduled for March 26.

      The general election is set for May 14.