MONTGOMERY FOI AWARD All Weekly DivisionThe Middle Tyger Times WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 T H E Fifty Cents MIDDLE TYGER TIMES Vol. 14 No. 25 Serving the communities of Duncan, Lyman, Wellford, Moore, Reidville and Startex www.hometown-news.com2 Holly Springs Fire Commission Holds Illegal FOI law Secret Meeting to Remove Popular Chief spells out Community rules for “Any action in uproar public over actions from that BY JAY KING meeting meetings HOMETOWN NEWS BY JAY KING HOMETOWN NEWS The Holly Springs Fire and Rescue is illegal Last week’s called meeting of the Holly Commission conducted an illegal secret meeting and can be Springs Fire and Rescue Commission has high- last Wednesday evening lighted how the state’s at which a vote was taken to fire Chief Lee challenged Freedom of Information law dictates how public Jeffcoat. bodies are supposed to Hometown News received a tip about successfully.” conduct meetings. The act, Title 30 of the meeting and sent the S.C. Code of Laws, this reporter to attend. — Bill Rogers, SC Press specifically requires in This reporter was PHOTOS BY JAY KING Association Executive Section 30-4-80(a) all subsequently excluded Director public bodies to give from the meeting after FLEEING THE SCENE WEDNESDAY written public notice attempting to advise Holly Springs Fire and Rescue Commissioners flee what has been called an illegal meeting of their regular meet- commission members last Wednesday night after voting behind closed doors to terminate Chief Lee Jeffcoat. The ings at the beginning about the requirements move has since reverberated throughout the community and created a wave of outrage of each calendar year to for open meetings under among area residents. include the dates, times the state’s Freedom of Information Act. SEE STATE FOI LAW I 2A The commission, comprised of chairman Ryan Phillips, vice- chairman Roscoe Kyle and members Kelly Wellford Council Waters, Clarence Gibbs and Hugh Jackson, met behind closed doors for about 45 minutes starting at 7 p.m. during which a vote was taken 4-1 to terminate Approves Jeffcoat. Most department’s of the 32 $2.3 million budget volunteers were present by the end of the meeting and tried to question commissioners BY JAY KING about their decision, HOMETOWN NEWS but the commissioners left without addressing The Wellford City those questions. Phillips returned FACING YOUR PEERS FRIDAY Council gave final Facing a hostile crowd at Friday night’s community meeting, state Sen. Lee Bright (standing at right foreground) faced a approval to a $2.3 mil- about two hours later series of questions and barbs deriding his role in the appointment of the four commissioners who’ve been accused of hav- lion budget for the 2010 ing a personal vendetta against Chief Lee Jeffcoat. The senator said he would look into the matter of Wednesday’s illegal - 2011 fiscal year at a SEE ILLEGAL MEETING I PAGE 4A meeting and would be present at the commission’s next scheduled meeting July 6. called meeting Monday night.