Eleven candidates, including four incumbents, have filed to run for five seats on West Columbia City Council.
Three incumbents face challenges in the Nov. 5 election, which will also include a special election to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Abbey Bray, who died in May.
Incumbent Dale Harley faces a challenge from Steve Martin in the District 1 race. Martin is a building inspector for the City of Cayce.
Incumbent Casey Jordan Hallman is opposed by Tim Corey, an intern at the S.C. Department of Transportation and a part-time employee at Midlands Technical College.
In District 7, Tommy Parler faces a challenge from former Councilman Preston Cantrell.
District 5 incumbent Boyd Jones is unopposed.
Four candidates have filed to fill the vacancy for Bray’s District 4 seat: Luane Brickhouse, Bobby George, Marsha Moore and Ann Thornley. Moore held the seat form 2003 until 2011, when Bray won it in a close election.
Brickhouse is a cosmetologist and George works for the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Hundreds of stored video poker machines prompt SLED investigation
SLED agents are trying to find out who stored more than 750 video poker machines in an old warehouse in southern Lexington County.
The machines were discovered Aug. 12 by Swansea police and Lexington County firefighters after they responded to a report of a possible fire at the warehouse, according to SLED officials.
The police and firefighters never saw smoke or flames, but they did notice water running from the building. After calling the town water department, they learned water service had been disconnected.
The police found an unlocked side door and discovered the machines when they went inside.
Magistrate Scott Whittle declared the machines were illegal. The owners of the machines have 15 days to contest Whittle’s decision. If they do not challenge the ruling, the machines will be destroyed, according to state officials.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
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.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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. Click to find out how!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: