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Former Lexington County Councilman, respected business leader passes

Lexington, S.C. – The County of Lexington is in mourning after losing former County Councilman and Chairman Bill Banning. He passed away Friday morning. Banning was a respected business leader as well.

Banning was elected to represent the residents of District 8, encompassing the West Columbia area, for 16 years. He was first elected in 1995, serving two terms, and was then re-elected in 2007 for an additional two terms. During his tenure, Banning served as the chairman of council in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2012 and 2013. He also served as vice chairman of council in 2010 and 2011.

“All of us at the County of Lexington are holding Bill’s family in our hearts right now,” County Council Chairman Scott Whetstone said. “Bill did many great things to improve his district as well as help make decisions that positioned our County for future growth and progress. He will be sorely missed.”

Among a myriad of accolades, Banning served as the chairman of the County’s Economic Development Committee for eight years. During this time, he worked diligently to bring industry and jobs to Lexington County. He was a major catalyst to the success of securing the County’s economic future with the arrival of Amazon and Nephron Pharmaceuticals, as well as the major expansion of Michelin North America.

Banning was also instrumental in the expansion of the Batesburg-Leesville and Saxe Gotha industrial parks and the foundational development of the Chapin Business & Technology Park at Brighton.

Banning saw the development of the County grow rapidly. He witnessed the completion of the Corley Mill and Cedar Grove fire stations, the County’s Emergency Operation Center and the establishment of the Health and Wellness Program for County employees.

Banning was an active member of the South Carolina Association of Counties, serving on its board of directors and numerous steering committees, and also represented Lexington County as a committee member of the Central Midlands Council of Governments and EngenuitySC Executive Committee.

The County of Lexington said Friday that they were holding the Banning family in their hearts and prays that they may find solace in their time of mourning.

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