McKie guilty of ethics violation

COLUMBIA – Guilty. That’s the determination of the State Ethics Commission in response to Richland 2 school board member Amelia McKie’s latest campaign law violation. In an order filed Nov. 30, the ethics commission said McKie violated state law by not disclosing her government salary of $9,600 on her 2021 Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) […]

Amelia McKie goes before Ethics Commission

COLUMBIA – A Richland County school board trustee with a history of unpaid ethics fines is scheduled to appear before the State Ethics Commission this week. An agenda for Thursday’s meeting lists Amelia McKie as the defendant in a 2021 complaint filed by Richland County resident Frank “Gus” Philpott, a frequent critic of the Richland […]

SC politicians blow off their ethics fines with few consequences

Editor’s note: This Uncovered investigation was produced in collaboration with The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, The Aiken Standard, The Anderson Observer, The (Chester) News and Reporter, The Gaffney Ledger, The (Greenwood) Index-Journal, Kingstree News, The Newberry Observer, The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat, and The Sumter Item. In South Carolina, everyday residents who don’t […]

Judgement filed against R2’s McKie

COLUMBIA – On July 10, 2019 the South Carolina Ethics Commission filed a $51,750 Judgment in Richland County Common Pleas Court against the immediately previous Richland Two School Board Chairwoman Amelia McKie. This Judgment is to collect the $51,750 in fines and fees that McKie owes the Ethics Commission under Decision & Order No. 2017-023, […]

Agostini: Board chair plays favorites with speakers

COLUMBIA – Amid budget discussions, policy revision votes and a slew of special recognitions, one board member’s critique of the Richland Two chairwoman’s job performance punctuated a more-than-four-hour meeting. The drama began at about the 38-minute mark of the May 14 meeting when board member Lindsay Agostini called attention to “inconsistent” enforcement of the board’s […]

McKie fails to file ethics form… again

COLUMBIA – In January, after racking up $51,750 in fines over unfiled ethics forms, Richland Two school board chair Amelia McKie vowed she would remedy the problem. “I am working with my legal counsel to address the fines and penalties imposed,” McKie said at a January board meeting. “I’ve learned a lot from my experience. […]

R2 board secretary resigns when asked to verify that McKie is legally seated

COLUMBIA – Chairwoman Amelia McKie’s ongoing ethics problems have prompted another member of the Richland 2 Board of Trustees to resign her officer position. Lindsay Agostini stepped down as secretary of the Richland Two board, but still remains on the board as a voting member. Agostini notified McKie and Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis of her […]

State board honors R2 board members

Change of Venue for Elkins-Johnson’s Day in Court COLUMBIA – As Richland Two school leaders grapple with ethical and legal challenges, three of them are being feted with statewide awards and distinctions. Board chair Amelia McKie, who’s facing nearly $52,000 in fines over previously unfiled ethics forms, has been elected Region 8 Director of the […]

Letters: McKie illegally seated

According to South Carolina Code of Laws, Amelia McKie was not eligible to be sworn in as a Richland 2 School Board member for the term 2018-2022. The election was Nov. 6, 2018, and she was sworn in on Nov. 13, 2018. (Title 8, Chapter 13) Section 8-13-1110 (A) “No public official … designated in […]

R2 ethics flap prompts call for resignations

McKie’s Ethics Fine Increases to $51K+ BLYTHEWOOD – Amelia McKie didn’t respond to a public call for her resignation Tuesday in the first Richland Two school board meeting of the year amid mounting ethics fines for the board chair. After missing a recent payment deadline, McKie now owes nearly $52,000 to the South Carolina Ethics […]

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