The Catch-up: Gilbert Police Ordinance Passes, Lexington District 2 Arts Center gets a name

By Jordan Lawrence | jordan@lexingtonchronicle.com

The Town of Gilbert is in the process of establishing a police service.
The city council unanimously passed an ordinance to create the department at a specially convened council meeting on March 21, a week after the issue was discussed in a public forum ahead of a similar unanimous vote at the first reading the prescription.
“History is being made,” the mayor wrote on Facebook. “One more small step for a better quality of life in complete serenity for our safety.”
The hope is to establish a shared department with the nearby town of Summit.

Two Republicans vying for State House seat held by suspended, indicted Rep.

Two candidates have announced Republican nominations for the state House of Representatives in District 40, currently represented by indicted and suspended Rick Martin.
The recently passed redistricting for SC House and Senate seats gives this largely Newberry County district a slice of Lexington County along Lake Murray near Chapin.
The two contestants are Tammy Johns, who was the owner and manager of the former dance studio Chapin Dance Station, and Joe White, who is the former co-owner of Medical Comfort Systems.
Martin was suspended from the House of Representatives in December following his indictment on charges that he tried to influence a state child welfare investigation. He has not announced his intentions regarding his candidacy for re-election.
“It’s time for new ideas and a new Conservative leader,” read a statement announcing Johns’ run. “Tammy has been a business owner for over 36 years. She is dedicated to working hard and volunteering for causes in the community. Tammy promises to continue to stay active and involved by working hard as the new voice of District 40 and as a member of the Newberry and Lexington delegation team.
“I work with others to identify, recruit and support other American citizens who we can TRUST, ADMIRE AND SUPPORT to drain every political swamp, whether it’s a local swamp, a swamp state or the Washington, D.C. swamp,” Joe White posted on his Facebook campaign page, part of a series announcing why he’s running for the District 40 seat.

The next Lexington District 2 Arts Center has a name

It has a name, and that name is pretty guessable.
At its March 17 meeting, the Lexington County School District 2 Board of Trustees voted to name the new arts center it is building at 3211 Platt Springs Road in Springdale the Lexington 2 Performing Arts Center (or L2PAC abbreviated).
The facility, which began construction late last year and is expected to take two years, is the final draft of a $225 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014.
The state-of-the-art venue will provide space for performances, special events and district-wide occasions that many schools do not have,” a district statement said. “It will include a two-tier balcony that can accommodate approximately 1,550 people, as well as four meeting and event spaces.”

Lexington-Richland District 5 Board Member Sues Criticism

A Lexington-Richland School District 5 board member has now filed two lawsuits over Facebook comments accusing him of violating state ethics law, reports The Post and Courier Columbia.
“Board Vice Chairman Ken Loveless filed a lawsuit on March 16 against Leslie Ann Stiles, administrator of a Facebook group called ‘Deep Dive Into D5’ who criticized the current board. “, writes Jessica Holdman. “The latest complaint comes two days after Loveless sued Columbia resident Kevin Scully for posting defamatory comments.”
State Merchant Bristow reported on March 17 that Loveless’ lawsuit shut down the Facebook group.
The district is facing a lawsuit from the state alleging it violated the open meeting law in its handling of the disorderly firing of former Superintendent Christina Melton last year.

Lexington County State Representative Retires

Republican State Representative Chip Huggins will not seek re-election, after announcing his retirement from the SC Legislature.
Serving since 1999, Huggins represents District 85 in Lexington County. He chairs the House Rules and Administrative Procedures Committee and sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.
In 2020, Huggins ran unopposed in his district, which covers Chapin, Irmo and other parts of the county near Lake Murray. His seat will be on the ballot in November.

Spectrum will add 350 jobs in western Colombia

On March 15, Governor Henry McMaster was on hand for an announcement in West Columbia for the first of what would be twice in the space of a week (you can read more about the second on A10).
The press conference was hosted by Spectrum, announcing that the TV/telecom brand would hire 350 new inbound sales representative and management positions at its city call center by the end of 2022.
“We know South Carolina offers an educated and motivated workforce – we already have more than 3,100 employees in Palmetto State, including 1,000 at our West Columbia campus,” said Tony Guevera, senior vice president of inbound and outbound sales for Charter Communications; Charter offers services under the Spectrum brand.
The company says it has invested more than $2 million in ‘technology and workplace investments’ to modernize its West Columbia call center, located on Platt Springs Road near the Midlands Technical airport campus. Middle School.

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