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      Timmonsville Mayor accused of ethics violations

      The South Carolina State Ethics Commission says it's found probable cause to cite Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson for ethics violations.

      The commission's actions stem from a complaint it received on allegations of unethical conduct by Jackson.

      Last week, the State Ethics Commissioners cited Jackson on three violations: failure to disclose, participation in a governmental decision and use of official office for gain.

      The commission says Jackson knowingly used his official office to obtain an economic interest for a family member when he signed the check for payment to his brother-in-law's business, CS&T, LLC, for hanging the town's Christmas lights in December 2011.

      He did not prepare a written statement of his conflict of interest with his brother-in-law's business doing town business, when it was up for discussion at a town council meeting in September and October 2011, according to the commission.

      Jackson is also accused of failing to disclose income in the form of a mobile phone stipend he received from the Town of Timmonsville on his 2012 Statement of Economic Interests Form.

      A hearing on the allegations will be held on September 18 at the State Ethics Commission Office in Columbia.

      If Jackson fails to appear, judgment by default will be rendered against him.