Lexington News Briefs

Finalists Named for Lexington District 2 Superintendent

Plus, Counterfeit Goods Confiscated at Flea Market

By Al Dozier
Monday, June 30, 2014

The Lexington District 2 school board has named three finalists for the superintendent position.

The board announced the following candidates at Thursday’s board meeting: Bill James, education consultant for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind and former superintendent of Cherokee County Schools; Brenda Turner, Superintendent of Orangeburg Consolidated District 4; and Tom Siler, Superintendent of Williston School District 29.

Two of the candidates have former experience working for the Lexington District 2. James was principal at Airport High School from 1995 to 1997. Turner served as the district’s director of elementary and middle programs from 2001 to 2007.

The board plans to announce the superintendent-elect in late July.  The starting date for the new superintendent is July 1, 2015, when current Superintendent Venus Holland retires.

Agents Confiscate Fake Goods at Flea Market

A joint task force raided the Metro Flea Market on U.S. 1 in West Columbia and confiscated $237,000 worth of fake goods, S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond said in a news release Thursday.

Six people were charged with the illegal distribution of counterfeit goods after the raid by agents from the S.C. Secretary of State’s office, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Charged were Veronica Valdes-Guerra and Jamiel Jones of South Congaree; Darnell William Curry and Daniel Eugene Curry of Augusta, Ga.; Hassan Yaguob Elzein of Cayce; and Rick Fernando Vanburn of Sumter.

Goods seized included handbags, hats, clothing, shoes, jewelry, wallets, belts, sunglasses and headphones carrying famous designer labels such as Adidas, Burberry, Chanel and Nike.

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