Saluda, S.C. Mayor Frank Addy has committed suicide, Newberry County coroner Craig Newton tells WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.). The 58-year-old politician apparently shot himself in the head with a shotgun at a family residence on Lake Greenwood.

Addy had been the focus of a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigation probing alleged travel irregularities, although it’s not immediately clear whether his suicide is related to the charges against him.

Saluda – like many rural municipal governments in South Carolina – is a cesspool of corruption.┬áLast summer, the county’s sheriff was indicted for his role in an inmate labor scandal – one of several that has taken place in the state in recent months. A few weeks later the town of Saluda’s chief of police Michael Clancey abruptly resigned his post without providing a reason.

Sources in Saluda tell FITS Booth, Clancey and Addy represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the area’s problems …

“The entire town council needs to be investigated for corruption,” our source says.

Obviously we’ll keep an eye on Saluda, but it’s hard to feel hopeful for these parts of the state. Or the other parts of the state, for that matter.

Generally, it’s pretty hard to feel hopeful for South Carolina.