I live in Aiken, and have been closely following the drag strip fiasco starring Marion Williams and his son-in-law. I was born and raised in Chicago - now there's a city that has politicians who make Marion Williams look like a rank amateur when it comes to feathering one's nest or those of their relatives.
The story "Official denies tip-off on land" in the Dec. 17 Chronicle lays out a timeline that clearly shows someone is lying. Let's follow along from the article the actual timeline facts:
On Sept. 20, 2005, the general public is made aware of the prospects of a drag strip. More than a month prior to this, son-in-law Mark Pugh coincidentally buys a parcel of land right across the street from the proposed site. Hmmm - a little fishy, huh?
On May 31, 2005 -four months before the announced plans to the public, Pugh signs documents creating a LLC called Drag Snacks. Hmmm! Why would he call it Drag Snacks? Why not Snacks Supreme, or Augusta Snacks? Keep in mind, now, Pugh says that at this time, he had no knowledge at all about a pending drag strip. Coincidence?
The only thing lacking here is another freezer full of money. Williams and Pugh can't run with the big dogs of Chicago. I hope the voters of Augusta can see the lies from the timeline, as reported in The Augusta Chronicle.
James Butler, Aiken, S.C.