Embattled Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier resigned his position Friday, according to multiple news reports.
Frazier said he is stepping down from the post he has held for nine years because he is moving out of town.
His surprise decision comes after months of missing council meetings, absences he said were due primarily to the increasing demands of his job as a builder.
In a letter to town officials, Frazier said he is moving into a home on the south shore of Lake Murray outside the community.
Frazier's resignation comes almost a year and a half after audio recordings of him surfaced in which he appeared to outline how he ran illegal video poker businesses and how he hid them from law enforcement. (See "Stacking the Deck," Aug. 2012)
His fellow councilmen issued a resolution asking him to resign during a swirl of reports over his involvement in Internet sweepstakes parlors. But he refused to step down.
A SLED investigation has been underway for some time.
Carolina Water Service Seeks Rate Hike
Carolina Water Services (CWS), which provides water and sewer services in Lexington County and other parts of the state, is seeking another rate hike.
The state’s Public Service Commission turned down the utility’s request for a rate increase of 80 percent two years ago. CWS is now requesting a 25 percent increase to recover costs of repairing water and sewer facilities.
A public hearing on the request was set for Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. before the Public Service Commission in Columbia. Anyone who wants to offer comment at the meeting can sign at the beginning of the meeting.
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.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
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. Click to find out how!
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: