York County historical center lands grant
The Historical Center of York County at the McCelvey Center recently received a grant from the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board to help protect historical records.
The grant of $7,326 is based on an in-kind match of $4,632 and a cash match of $1,849.
The grant will be used to provide acid-fee boxes for general sessions court records and to convert to microfilm Court of Common Pleas cases from 1800 to 1839. Virtual Images Technology of Pineville, N.C., will handle the microfilm conversion.
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As required by the grant, archivist Nancy Sambets and research archivist Brooke Harris attended a disaster and recovery workshop at the S.C. Department of Archives and History. The workshop included a mock disaster and allowed participants to recover wet, archived items such as books, papers, microfilm and photos.
Ex-Ag official, family face federal charges
COLUMBIA -- Family members at the center of a two-state investigation into horse neglect including a former state agriculture official now face 14 felony charges of animal abuse.
A Richland County grand jury has indicted former assistant state agriculture commissioner James Trexler, his brother, Terry Trexler, and their mother, Hazelene Trexler, on the upgraded charges of ill treatment of animals.
The three already faced misdemeanor ill treatment of animals charges in connection with the seizure of a total of 45 horses they owned from three farms in Richland County.
The four Arabian horses tied to the felony charges were found knee-deep in their own feces with no access to water or food, investigators said. There was evidence the horses had attempted to eat the stalls they were kept in.
If convicted on all four felony charges he now faces, James Trexler, 48, could face up to 20 years in prison as opposed to less than a year in jail on the misdemeanor charges.
Felony animal abuse charges usually are reserved for people suspected of dog fighting, Humane Society spokeswoman Kelly Graham said. She hopes the case against the Trexlers will send a message to people about the level of care authorities expect from pet and livestock owners.
"They are animals, and they are under people's protection," Graham said. "We're not going to take these cases more lightly because they're not pets."
-- The (Columbia) State
Clyburn says he didn't ask for contract for friend
COLUMBIA -- House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Thursday he had nothing to do with a lucrative federal contract awarded to one of his longtime friends, but did say he pressed the Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary to hire more blacks and women.
The FBI and HUD's internal watchdog are investigating Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson's ties to Hilton Head Island contractor William Hairston, who was given a no-bid contract of around $400,000 as a construction manager in New Orleans.
Clyburn said Thursday he has golfed and attended parties in Hilton Head Island with both Jackson and Hairston, but never specifically asked for a contract to be given, instead suggesting that Jackson to hire more blacks and women.
"His name was never used. Nobody's name was ever used," the Democratic congressman said
The investigation was first reported by The National Journal.
Clyburn said he has been friends with Hairston for more than 30 years.
"Just because I get elected to Congress I'm supposed to stop hanging around with people I've been hanging around with since 1972? That's almost like saying I have to disown my children, disown my friends" Clyburn said. "Am I supposed to say to you I cannot talk to you about federal policy because you might fill out an application for a job. Where does this stop?"