Lexington 2 is eliminating 13 jobs, raising commercial taxes slightly and giving most of its 1,200 employees three unpaid days off in the upcoming school year.
Those are the highlights of a $57.1 million spending plan approved late Thursday for the year starting July 1 for classrooms in Cayce, West Columbia, Springdale, Pine Ridge and South Congaree.
Officials predict the job cuts will be accomplished through normal staff turnover and consolidation of unfilled posts. Business taxes are going up about $7 per $100,000 of property. Teachers and clerical staff will be furloughed three days, with administrators taking six unpaid days off.
-- Tim Flach
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Two suspected stowaways arrested
Federal officials have filed charges against two men who were arrested when a cargo ship docked in Mount Pleasant from the Dominican Republic.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Eddy Martinez Reyees and Jose Miguel Crisostomo-Perez were arrested after they were found at the State Ports Authority docks last week.
A third suspected stowaway was found dead in a cargo container.
Nettles says Reyees is charged with illegally re-entering the United States after a felony conviction and Crisostomo-Perez was charged with illegally entering the country.
Authorities say the men hid in a container and had cut a hole in the top to get air. A joint team from Border Protection and the Coast Guard responded, capturing one man on the ship and the other from the water.
-- The Associated Press
Council of Neighborhoods event June 26
The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods is holding its annual banquet and awards ceremony June 26.
The guest speaker is Columbia Mayor-elect Steve Benjamin, and a special honoree is outgoing Mayor Bob Coble.
The event is at 6 p.m. at the Marriott hotel downtown, 1200 Hampton St.
The 2010 Columbia Council of Neighborhoods’ awards include the Hall of Fame Award, the Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year Award, CCN Friend of the Year Award, and the Award of Special Recognition. Among those being inducted into the Hall of Fame are the late Harriett Garden Fields, Greenview neighborhood; Elise Martin Jones, McDonald neighborhood; Isaac McClinton Sr., Edisto Court Community Council; Mary Myers, Gable Oaks Tenants Association; Brenda Oliver, Pinehurst Community Neighborhood Council; and Tige Watts, CCN past president and Cedar Terrace/Brandon Acres neighborhood.
Other awards to be presented during the banquet will be the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods’ Friend of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the Award of Special Recognition.
Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door for $20each. Call (803) 799-8241.
-- From Staff Reports
Geese removed from golf course
CHARLESTON -- Federal workers have removed about 50 geese from a golf course after operators said the birds were damaging the greens.
The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported the geese were removed Thursday from the Coosaw Creek Country Club in North Charleston.
Some residents were unhappy about the removal of the birds.
Noel Myers with the U.S. Agriculture Department in South Carolina says the golf course requested the geese be removed.
Myers said workers planned to euthanize the birds and send the meat to area food banks. He says the agency has been doing that for several years.
Myers says there’s been a sharp increase in the Canada geese population along the coast.
-- The Associated Press
Pedestrian hit, killed by car
A Blythewood woman walking across Wilson Boulevard was struck and killed by a car Thursday night.
The 47-year-old woman, whose identity was not immediately available, was crossing the highway around 9:45 p.m. when she was struck by a Honda Civic driven by Mary K. Marvin, 20, also of Blythewood, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson said.
The pedestrian was wearing dark, nonreflective clothing and walked into the path of the car, Robinson said. Marvin was uninjured.
The incident remains under investigation.
-- Kelly Davis