A federal grand jury has indicted James Metts, sheriff of Lexington County for the past 43 years, on charges of accepting bribes and abuse of office. Specifically, it’s alleged he took payments from the owner of the San Jose Mexican restaurants to release illegal immigrants from jail. Gov. Nikki Haley suspended Metts on Monday and appointed his former second in command, Lewis McCarty, as interim sheriff. Metts is fighting the charges. The State has the most comprehensive coverage of this story, including a companion piece on San Jose boss Greg Leon.
And, oh yeah, the former police chief of South Congaree, also located in Lexington County, has been indicted by state officials for accepting bribes to turn over illegal video gambling machines his department had seized, WIS reports. The Lexington County video gambling saga has been simmering for years, as Corey Hutchins reported in 2012, and had observers waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The South Carolina Senate has delayed a vote to select its next leader as Republican members try to prod one of their own to be the sacrificial lamb. Because Glenn McConnell is about to abandon the lieutenant governor’s office to become president of the College of Charleston, the Senate’s next president pro tempore soon will ascend directly to that office, according the state’s rules of succession, but only for the remainder of the year, as voters will select another lieutenant governor in November. So the next Senate leader basically is agreeing to surrender his legislative seniority for a short term in an office that everybody agrees is largely useless. Sen. Yancey McGill (D-Kingstree) is the only member to have publicly volunteered so far.
The DMV in Anderson County forced away a teenager, who is gender non-conforming, to remove his make-up to be photographed for a driver’s license. Chase Culpepper, 16, wears make-up and women’s clothing on a regular basis, and sought to be photographed for his driver’s license in such attire. A DMV official reportedly justified the action, saying Culpepper “did not look the way a boy should.” Culpepper says he was told he couldn’t wear a disguise for the photo. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund is asking the Anderson DMV to issue another photo ID with Culpepper appearing as he regularly does. The Washington Post and others are all over this story.
Always good to see a Sandlapper kicking ass on Jeopardy. Way to go, Andrea Prospero West of Columbia!
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Free Times is looking for a highly organized, detail-oriented self-starter to assist in gathering material from advertisers, coordinating between the sales and production departments, and handling routine clerical tasks. Must be proficient on a Mac, able to conduct business via phone, email, text, Dropbox, social media platforms and face to face while under deadline in a fast-paced, sometimes distracting work environment. The position requires the ability to multitask, excellent oral and written communication skills, and solid experience in quickly learning new computer programs. This is a full time position with benefits. Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectation to email@example.com.
Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com