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.
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