Lexington News Briefs
Boat Dealer Wins Lexington Town Council Seat
Plus, Lexington Qualifies for Disaster Relief
Lexington boat dealer Ron Williams led a field of nine write-in candidates in a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy on Lexington Town Council left by former Councilman Danny Frazier.
Williams received 355 votes, nearly a third of the approximately 1,200 votes cast, according to unofficial results. Former Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre had the second highest number with 221.
It was Williams’ second try for a council seat. He ran for another vacancy last month but lost. Williams will serve through December 2015 on the seven-member council, although that period may be extended a year.
Lexington Qualifies for Disaster Relief
Lexington County has been added to South Carolina areas eligible for federal disaster relief after a February storm that caused more than $430 million in damage, according to the Associated Press.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday that Lexington County had been added to 21 counties already eligible for the aid. Last month, the White House announced President Barack Obama had approved Gov. Nikki Haley's relief request.
The declaration means federal funding is available to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14.
The storm left up to an inch of ice that snapped trees and branches across a wide swath of the state and dumped snow in the Upstate.