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.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
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