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  1. New Education Standards Are A Go - But Ghost of Common Core RemainsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 24, 2015 | Free Times

    South Carolina now has new education standards that will replace the controversial national Common Core guidelines. Earlier this month, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee approved new standards for math and English that will replace Common Core.


  2. Candidates for Lexington County Sheriff Meet at ForumRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 13, 2015 | Free Times

    Candidates for Lexington County Sheriff shared fairly similar views during a public forum attended by more than 200 people who overfilled the Chapin Town Hall Community Room Wednesday. All agreed that the department needs to answer calls quicker and determine ways to increase the number of law enforcement officers on the streets in a county where some residents have to wait 30 to 45 minutes before officers respond to a call.


  3. Irmo Is Latest Small Midlands Town with Mayor-Council DramaRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 11, 2015 | Free Times

    The Town of Irmo appears to be engaged in the same internal combat among elected officials that has undermined Chapin and West Columbia. Earlier this month, Irmo Councilman Barry Walker Sr. introduced a measure that would have removed Mayor Hardy King from presiding over council meetings - a similar measure to one the City Council in West Columbia successfully passed after council members continually clashed with Mayor Joe Owens.


  4. Judge Affirms Removal of School Board Member Kim MurphyRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | Free Times

    A circuit judge has ruled that the Lexington-Richland School District acted appropriately in removing former board member Kim Murphy from the board because she didn't meet residency requirements. Murphy challenged the removal, but Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin ruled Oct. 30 that her removal from her post in March of 2013 because she did not meet residency requirements was valid.


  5. Long Ballots, Lots of Choices Await Lexington County VotersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 28, 2014 | Free Times

    Lexington County voters will have their plates full Nov. 4. Ballots will run up to 15 pages on computerized machines in some areas, much longer than in past elections. That's because a summary of the nearly 100 projects that make up the proposed penny-on-the-dollar countywide sales tax increase is required to appear on the ballot.


  6. Former Chapin Town Clerk in Hot Water with Ethics CommissionRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2014 | Free Times

    A former town clerk in Chapin is facing an ethics complaint. According to a story in The State , former Chapin clerk Adrienne Thompson is accused of improperly allowing her son to work for the town earlier this year.


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