Editor's note: This story updates and replaces an earlier version.
On March 4 the town of Lexington will hold a special election to fill the seat vacated by Steve MacDougall, who was elected mayor in November.
Todd Carnes and Ron Williams have filed to run for the seat, according to the Lexington County Registration and Elections Commission. Carnes is the lead pastor at Radius Church in Lexington and has lived in Lexington since 2000. Williams moved to Lexington 15 years ago and has worked at Hall Marine since 1998. Both are active in community activities.
Lexington will hold another special election April 8 to fill the post vacated by former Councilman Danny Frazier, who resigned from council after moving out of the town limits.
All of the candidates to fill Frazier's seat will be write-ins. The only candidate who collected petitions for the seat, Watson “Wattie” Wharton, did not get enough valid signatures and will become a write-in candidate.
He won’t be the only one. Former Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre, probate clerk Rebecca Kennedy, local retailer Jeremy Addy, former Councilwoman Constance Flemming, and Planning Commission Chairman Keith Frost have also decided to run as write-in candidates.
The failure to get names on the ballot through the arduous petition process has raised questions about the town’s requirements. In most towns, a candidate simply files for the post.
Referendum Set for School Improvements
At its Feb. 27 meeting The Lexington District 2 School Board voted to proceed with a bond referendum in November to fund new schools and renovations throughout the district.
The board did not set an amount for the expenditures pending further reviews, but an advisory panel projected a price tag of $225 million.
The plan would consolidate students from Brookland Cayce Grammar School, Saluda River Academy for the Arts and Pineview Elementary School into an Early Childhood Center serving kindergarten through grade 2. Another new “super” school would be created by consolidating Taylor Elementary and Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology. The plan also calls for a Career and Applied Technology Center on the current Granby campus.
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Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
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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.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
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.
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!
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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Real Estate Spotlight
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