Politics

Richland County paying $1 million-plus to fired county administrator

Gerald Seals, December- Karamie Sullivan photo. Richland County will pay more than $1 million to former county administrator Gerald Seals, who was fired by Richland County Council. Council members, with a 5-4 vote Monday, approved the settlement payment to Seals. The settlement was approved, reportedly, to protect the county and council members from possible lawsuits initiated by Seals. Seals gets…

Senate legislation to cut SCE&G rates puts deal with Dominion at risk, say Dominion leaders

Dominion Energy photo- Use permitted The South Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday to cut the 18 percent SCANA Corp. is charging customers to pay for its failed nuclear reactor project down to 13 percent. Dominion Energy, which is vying to buy SCANA and manage it out of its current difficulty, said mandating a rate cut could jeopardize its deal…

Rachelle Moody announced as Cayce’s interim city manager

Rachelle Moody Cayce City Council announced Thursday that Assistant to the City Manager Rachelle Moody, has been appointed as the interim city manager. “We are so thrilled to appoint Rachelle as interim City Manager. She has done such a phenomenal job for the City of Cayce in her positions as Special Projects and Grants Manager and Assistant to the City…

U.S. Rep Joe Wilson holds Apprenticeship Forum for Midlands Tech students

US Rep. Joe Wilson at forum. Students were invited to attend Congressman Joe Wilson’s Apprenticeship Forum at Midlands Technical College, Airport campus, Tuesday afternoon. Wilson invited six different experts from technical education and manufacturing to join him on the stage in a panel. The panelists and Wilson discussed the growing skills gap not just within our state, but nationally. “I…

Chris Wooten defeats Anne Marie Eckstorm Green in House 69 seat race

Chris Wooten speaking at a House Seat 69 candidates forum. Republican Chris Wooten defeats Anne Marie Eckstorm Green for S.C. House 69 seat with 1,655 votes to 1,319 votes. Wooten won 56 percent to 44 percent. The two competed in a GOP primary runoff. The results are unofficial from Lexington County voter office Director Dean Crepes. House Seat 69 is…

Sen. Nikki Setzler receives Legislative Leadership Award

State Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia received the Clemson Board of Visitors Legislative Leadership Award, Tuesday. “I’m honored and humbled to receive this leadership award,” Setzler said of being chosen. He said he works every day as a legislator to help make public education and higher education better. “I appreciate the people who support me,” said Setzler. He also…

Ted Stambolitis resigns from Lexington Town Council

Ted Stambolitis Mayor Steve MacDougall has accepted the resignation of Councilman Ted Stambolitis effective Wednesday (Feb. 28.) Stambolitis no longer meets the eligibility requirements of a qualified elector set forth in the Town of Lexington Ordinance 34.37. Stambolitis is a local businessman who has served on Town Council since 2004. According to town ordinance, a qualified elector “must be a…

GOP primary vote for S.C. House Dist. 69 is Tuesday

The five candidates at a forum last Thursday. Five candidates are vying to be the nominee in Tuesday’s GOP primary to represent District 69 them in the S.C.  House of Representatives. The Lexington County seat was vacated in December. Former House Majority Leader Rep. Rick Quinn resigned and pleaded guilty to misconduct in office. The candidates running to replace Quinn are: attorney…

House District 69 candidates talk about SCANA, other issues at forum

Candidates for  SC House District 69 got together Thursday night. Empowered Young Professionals of Lexington hosted a forum, for the  candidates. The district, left vacant by the resignation of Rick Quinn who pleaded guilty to misconduct, covers part of the Town of Lexington and it runs into other parts of the county. The forum was at the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors…

Pringle wins West Columbia City Council Dist. 5 race, Cary wins in Lexington School Dist. 3 

Mickey Pringle campaign photo. Mickey Pringle won the West Columbia City Council District 5 seat in a re-vote, Tuesday. Also in the race were incumbent Boyd Jones and Marland Hardy Mitchell. Pringle received 66 votes. Mitchell got 54 votes and Boyd Jones finished with 14 votes. The Lexington County Election Commission overturned the initial result from November in the West Columbia…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn gets probation

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former state Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and two years of probation Monday. Quinn faced the possibility of  one year in prison, but that sentence was suspended to community service and probation. The sentence was rendered by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a courtroom in Beaufort. Quinn…

Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn to be sentenced Monday

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Former Lexington Rep. Rick Quinn is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Monday in a Beaufort courtroom. Quinn pleaded guilty to charges in an investigation of corruption at the South Carolina Statehouse. Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen is set to sentence Quinn. Quinn pleaded guilty to misconduct in office in December. Mullen delayed sentencing…

Rep. Joe Wilson lauds tax cuts at Mooneyhan’s Auto Repair in West Columbia

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson presents Bill Mooneyhan with photo of Wilson and President Donald Trump at tax cut bill signing. Bill Mooneyhan Jr., Mike Green and Ben Homeyer were also on hand. Congressman Joe Wilson held a press conference at Mooneyhan’s Auto Service in West Columbia Monday to congratulate owner Bill Monneyhan on the expansion of the small business. Wilson…

S.C. Treasurer breaks record for returning unclaimed property

South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has announced that almost $33 million in unclaimed property was returned to its owners in 2017. Loftis praised the work of the Unclaimed Property Program for helping to identify people who have unclaimed money throughout the state. According to a Treasurer’s Office press release, the annual amount of returned money has doubled under Loftis’ administration….

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin talks about a bright 2018 in his “State of the City” address

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Gov. Henry McMaster issues synopsis of his State of the State address

Gov. Henry McMaster, ColaDaily file photo. Summary of the State of the State address from the office of S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster  Takeaways Wednesday night, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his vision for the future of South Carolina. He outlined a multi-pronged plan for growth that includes across-the-board tax cuts. He said tax cuts would let South Carolinians keep more of their…

Government shutdown ends Monday in third day

US Senate – Wikimedia photo- use permitted. The U.S. Senate voted 81-18 Monday to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill. The vote allowed for Congress to approve a Continuing Resoltion for funding and end a three-day government shutdown. Democrats effectively backed off their opposition to the funding bill. “We will vote today to reopen the government,” said…

Government shutdown not causing much to change, Monday

The federal government shutdown began at midnight Friday when The U.S. Senate failed to pass a spending bill to keep funding government operations. The U.S. House passed a Continuing Resolution to the fund the government. In the Senate 60 votes are needed to pass the bill to fund the government, and the Democratic leadership is filibustering (or refusing to support)…

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis says state must look out for SCE&G rate-payers

Loftis in his office. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said Thursday the most important issue for the state in the just-begun legislative session is fixing the S.C. Electric and Gas and Santee-Cooper utility companies. Loftis also said he is afraid that the State is having difficulty grappling with the complexity of a deal that would result in the disposition of SCE&G….

Lexington County Council elects Debbie Summers new chairwoman

Debra “Debbie” Summers Larry Brigham Lexington County Council convened on Tuesday, for a scheduled Council meeting and held and election for the new Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of Council. Council elected Chairwoman Debra “Debbie” Summers, of Council District 4 – Springdale, parts of Lexington, parts of Oak Grove and parts of Cayce, to serve as this year’s Chairwoman of Council….

City of West Columbia gives longtime broadcaster Joe Pinner The Key to the City

1/3Joe Pinner 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Joe Pinner family Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Joe Pinner with Mayor Bobby Horton Kelli Ricard photo Show Caption Hide Caption Longtime Columbia broadcaster Joe Pinner, of WIS-TV, said he was “speechless” Tuesday night. Then he said he was “honored.” West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton said Pinner was lured to the West Columbia City…

Gov. Henry McMaster unveils fiscal year 2018-19 Executive Budget

Image from McMaster’s press conference, Monday. From the Office of Gov. Henry McMaster S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday announced the FY 2018-2019 Executive Budget – a balanced budget that prioritizes taxpayer savings in the form of an income tax cut that, in its first five years of implementation, will result in $2.2 billion of taxpayer savings. All while investing…

Gov. Henry McMaster announces proposal to eliminate state income tax for uniformed retirees

From the McMaster press conference Friday. S..C. Gov. Henry McMaster Friday announced a proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income. “This income tax exemption on retirement pay will reaffirm the unwavering commitment…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his legislative priorities for 2018

1/2Joe Wilson 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Joe Wilson 2 Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and his wife Roxanne, Wednesday at his West Columbia office. ColaDaily photo. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson  said Wednesday, he looks forward to backing the initiatives of President Donald Trump. Wilson (R-Springdale) was at his Sunset Boulevard office in West Columbia. It was part…

US Rep. Joe Wilson’s legislative priorities for 2018 tour is Wednesday

Joe Wilson speaking in Lexington County last week. Congressman Joe Wilson will announce his legislative priorities for 2018 during a tour of the second congressional district on Wednesday. The schedule for Congressman Wilson’s tour is as follows: 10:00 AM: Midlands Office of Congressman Joe Wilson 1700 Sunset Blvd (US 378), Suite 1 West Columbia, S.C. 29169   12:00 PM: Aiken Aiken County…