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.
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.
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!
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.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: