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.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
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