Candidate Long Bergeson on Residence and Voting

Erin Long Bergeson is a CPA, tax manager and small business owner in Chapin.  She has filed to run for the Lexington County Council seat (District 6) being vacated by Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat.

Recently, there have been accusations by a fringe group questioning Ms. Long Bergeson’s residency.  To be fair to voters and to Ms. Long Bergeson, Lake and Main contacted her for clarification. Continue reading “Candidate Long Bergeson on Residence and Voting”

The State: “Dark Money” Funding Anti-Tax Bill

  • “at best was deceptive, at worst was downright untrue.  It was a very clever, yet deceptive campaign.” Sen Shane Massey

  • “They were just giving them part of the story.” Sen. Katrina Shealy

  • “I really want to hear from my constituents. But what’s not healthy is when people (are) being told an absolute lie. When one group is funded by a couple of billionaires, it limits the ability of having free and open speech. The message then becomes one-sided. ” Sen. Larry Grooms

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Epilogue: Lexington is Better Than This

– Secret Group Calls for Investigation of Lexington County Council Chairman

–  Part 2: Secret Group Calls For Investigation

– Part 3: Group Lies About Jeffcoat Salary

Lexington County is in the first stages of an economic boom.  Commercial and residential real estate properties are moving, the population is growing, more school-age children are filling the schools and the needs to accommodate all this are stacking up.  Unfortunately, like the rest of the state, the condition of roads in Lexington are poor; potholes, crumbling shoulders, some not wide enough, many not even paved.  Yet cars, trucks and school buses must negotiate these sub-standard thruways because we are ignorant or selfish.  

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Is Lexington About to Become More Violent? (No)

Lexington County enjoys one of South Carolina’s lowest crime rates, particularly violent crime.  This is emphasized in a recent article in The State newspaper.

FindTheHome looked at the 2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report (latest complete data), visualizing the data and identifying the counties with the highest violent crime rates. Violent crime is defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force. This list contains the top 30 counties in the U.S. with the highest crime rates per 100,000 people.

The violent crime rate is the total number of crimes reported to law enforcement agencies within a county per 100,000 people. The data analysts used population estimates from the 2014 American Community Survey. Only counties with a population greater than 1,000 are considered.

Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

According to FBI statistics, Lexington County suffered 255 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2014.  Not good, of course, but, when compared to our neighbor to the east, it’s excellent.  Richland County had three times as many violent crimes as Lexington – 778/100,000.

So?  Why the question about Lexington becoming more violent.

Well, a candidate for Lexington County Council and a few anti-progress organizations are appealing to citizens to vote down a proposed 1% sales tax because – Richland has it and Richland is corrupt.

Oh, but were that a joke, but it isn’t.

Using the curious logic practiced by these folks, it would certainly follow that, since they believe “as goes Richland, so goes Lexington,” our violent crime rate is soon to equal that of our neighbors across the river.  

I don’t believe that and, I have faith that most Lexingtonians don’t either.  But this candidate and his retrogressive counterparts seem to think that we don’t have the character, class or common sense to know and do what’s best for Lexington.  They want us to believe we are no better than Richland County.  Perhaps they think we are unable to conduct ourselves without being shown how by the home to our capital city.

Maybe they want to convince us that if they aren’t put in power, we will devolve into the social and political cesspool that is Richland County and only they can prevent our demise!

I hope they don’t ask Richland County for help!

Secret Group Calls for Investigation of Lexington County Council Chairman

A mysterious group that calls itself “The People for a Better Lexington” has sent a letter to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission requesting an investigation of Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat. Continue reading “Secret Group Calls for Investigation of Lexington County Council Chairman”

Frazier key to Lexington County public corruption probe

Former Lexington town council member Danny Frazier was the key government informant who provided information to federal and state prosecutors that led to former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts pleading guilty to allowing the release of illegal immigrants from his jail.

For the first time, state and federal prosecutors on Thursday disclosed Frazier’s key role in helping the government bring charges not only against Metts, but also against two other men with whom Frazier was involved in committing crimes in the shadowy world of Lexington County public corruption.

And Thursday, all three – Frazier, former South Congaree police chief Jason Amodio and restauranteur Greg Leon – pleaded guilty in state court, confessing to their various misdeeds and bringing to light new details about their crimes.

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