Hospitality Association gets new president

Former SC Hospitality Associtation president Tom Sponseller.

COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- The South Carolina tourism lobbying group whose president killed himself earlier this year is set to announce its new leader.

The South Carolina Hospitality Association says it's naming a new president during a news conference Thursday.

Tom Sponseller founded the group more than two decades ago and served as its public spokesman and chief lobbyist.

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Authorities said Sponseller shot himself to death in February. In a suicide note, Sponseller said he was despondent after discovering that the association's accounting director had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group.

Rachel Duncan was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud charges. Authorities have drawn no link between Sponseller and the missing money.