Former Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts is expected to make a public court appearance Sept. 3 for a pre-trial conference in federal court.
The pretrial conference in Columbia is a procedural hearing to determine any issues that need to be addressed before a trial. The court could consider any plea bargain agreements but so far none have been revealed.
Metts has pleaded not guilty to charges including bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say he allowed friends to buy favors, accepting cash in return for agreeing to assist people who were in the country illegally and who were being detained. He is now free on a $100,000 bond.
Jury selection for his trial is scheduled for Sept. 8, according to court officials.
Lexington Seeks to Boost Franchise Fees
At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Lexington Town Council voted to increase franchise fees charged to electric and gas utilities, a move expected to provide an additional $650,000 annually to the town’s revenues.
Town Council voted 6-1, with Councilman Ted Stambolitis in opposition, to pass first reading of an ordinance raising the franchise fee for electric and gas companies to the maximum amount of 5 percent. The current level is 3 percent.
A franchise fee is charged to companies for the use of public streets for their lines and cables. The increase could prompt utilities to absorb the cost by raising rates of their own customers.
Second and final reading of the measure is scheduled for September.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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.
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.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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Wing Zone is now hiring for experienced delivery drivers, cooks & cashiers. Apply in person @ 132 Assembly St. or call 803-933-9464.
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