Politics

Father’s Day is special for Sen. Nikki Setzler’s family, and local businesses, too

Father and Sen. Nikki Setzler, with wife Ada Jane, and the whole Setzler family. Sunday is Father’s Day, and that offers the opportunity to show appreciation for the men who mean so much in our lives. The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. But it was not until 1972–58 years after…

Lexington Town Council moves council elections to off years

Town of Lexington Council and Mayor. Lexington Town Council has voted to move council elections to off years. “Council voted unanimously to switch the elections to off years, so it does not conflict with statewide and presidential elections. The elections will be staggered every two years with the next election being in November 2021 for three seats, currently held by…

Former vice-president Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, to visit Columbia Saturday

Wikipedia photo-use permitted. Former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will be in Columbia, Saturday. The campaign stop with Joe and Jill Biden, his wife, is scheduled for Saturday, at the Hyatt Park Community Center. Doors for the event open at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Biden will speak about “his vision for rebuilding America’s middle class and unifying America,” according to…

Lt. Gov. issues proclamation identifying April as Safe Digging Month

Kaziah Howard, Director of Public Awareness for SC 811. Photo provided. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette visited the office of South Carolina 811 on April 3 to deliver a proclamation, identifying April as Safe Digging Month in South Carolina. The proclamation comes as a response to the statistic that more than 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year…

Blythewood voters head to polls early

Voters lined up outside Blythewood Middle School. Jeanne Reynolds photos. Overcast skies promising rain didn’t deter hundreds of voters who lined up early this morning outside Blythewood Middle School, a major polling location in the Blythewood area. The line just after the polls opened at 7 a.m. wrapped around two sides of the building. Inside, approximately 60 more people waited…

Lexington County Voter Registration office to be open Saturday, Oct. 6

The Lexington County Registration and Election Commission will be open from 9 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, Oct 6.  It will be open for anyone who needs to register to be able to vote in the November 6, General Election. For any additional information please call 785-8361, or please visit the Registration and Election office located at Lexington County Auxiliary…

New West Columbia Councilman Mickey Pringle brings initiatives to his district

Pringle sworn in by Judge Kenneth Ebener. Kameron Pringle, Mickey Pringle’s grandson, holds the Bible. Show Caption Hide Caption Mickey Pringle Show Caption Hide Caption Mickey Pringle of West Columbia City Council- Terry Ward photos. It took a while, but West Columbia City Council has a new member. Mickey Pringle, a just-retired high school principal, was sworn in on June…

On anniversary of flag removal, supporters want it displayed at Confederate Museum, protesters denounce

Flag supporters. Photos by Emily Mooneyhan.  Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the Confederate flag’s removal from the S.C. State House grounds. The flag was taken down from a monument in 2015 after Dylann Roof shot and killed nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Advocates for the flag gathered in front of the State House, holding Confederate flags…

Glen Conwell “ecstatic to win” Lexington County Council seat, ready to work

Glen Conwell Glen Conwell accomplished an improbable feat on June 12. The former Lexington Two School Board member won a three-way primary for the District 8 Lexington County Council seat. He defeated incumbent Ned Tolar and challenger Chuck Crouch on the first ballot. To win, Conwell had to get more than 50 percent of the vote. He is a Republican,…

Hundreds protest U.S. immigration policies in Columbia

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President Donald Trump urges voters to come out for Gov. Henry McMaster Tuesday

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Pres. Donald Trump coming to Airport High School for McMaster Campaign

President Donald Trump will attend an Election Eve campaign rally for S.C. Gov.Henry McMaster in West Columbia, on Monday. The event is free and open to the general public. General admission tickets can be obtained by clicking “Register” on Page Link and then filling out the form. Doors open at 4 p.m. The event will start at 6 p.m. Mon,…

President Donald Trump to campaign for Gov. Henry McMaster

McMaster Campaign photo. President Donald Trump will campaign for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster according to The New York Times. Trump intends to join McMaster for a rally Monday in the Columbia area before Tuesday’s runoff election between McMaster and John Warren. And this Saturday, according to the New York Times, Vice President Mike Pence will campaign with McMaster. More…

Incumbents face challengers Tuesday for Richland, Lexington County Council seats

Wikipedia image-use permitted There are candidates running for seats on Richland and Lexington County Council. The Primary is Tuesday. Voting hours are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Richland County Council District 1 covers the Irmo and Dutch Fork area. The incumbent is Bill Malinowski of Chapin. He is being challenged by Stan Smith of Chapin, for the GOP nomination….

Firefighters/paramedics and rescue vehicle in first reading of West Columbia budget

West Columbia City Administrator addresses city council, Tuesday The City of West Columbia passed first reading of its 2018-19 fiscal year budget last Tuesday. “This has been a long process the city has gone through,” said City Administrator Brian Carter. A general fund budget of $16,126,000 was approved along with a water-sewer budget of $17,150,000. Carter said department directors began…

Two out of three candidates present for Lexington County Council Dist. 8 debate

Conwell and Crouch Show Caption Hide Caption Candidates with empty podium Show Caption Hide Caption Chamber sign Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor Show Caption Hide Caption crowd after debate Show Caption Hide Caption Bill’s Music Shop hosted event. Karamie Sullivan photos. Two out of the three Lexington County Town Council candidates from District 8 met Thursday evening at…

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…