Whitmire economic development board plans events

Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer

November 13, 2013

WHITMIRE — Residents Kim Wallace and Maria McMurtury presented council with a tentative 2014 schedule from the economic development board Monday night in hopes it would better showcase what Whitmire has to offer.

Included in the schedule were weekend events that the board would like to see occur monthly that will better bring the community together and get people involved. Some activities the board presented included a town auction, a Whitmire wellness walk, an antique car show, movies in the park and a mile-long yard sale between the town of Whitmire and Chester.

Mayor Billy Hollingsworth presented the recreation report in the absence of recreation director, Joey Dillard. Hollingsworth said 2013 basketball registration has begun. All football players will also be allowed to keep their jerseys this year, according to Hollingsworth. They will also receive trophies. Hollingsworth also updated volleyball court construction, nothing that sod has been laid down on the site and a sprinkler system is in place. “There is no cost to the town for this project as of yet,” Hollingsworth said.

Council set a special meeting for Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. to discuss recreation as a council along with Dillard. The meeting will outline where the department is currently and where they are headed.

Police Chief Jeremiah Sinclair presented a police report of 39 incidents for the month of October, 39 citations, and two traffic collisions. Citations included larceny, driving under the influence, forgery, and simple possession of marijuana.

The beginning balance for the town of Whitmire for October was $19,401.66, with deposits of $61,467.39. Expenditures for the month totalled $56,198.86, leaving them with an ending balance of $24,67.19.

Hollingsworth said the town only took in 21 percent and have spent 32-33 percent. “We’re not as far on our revenue because business licenses and taxes came in at about the same time,” he said.

Cindy Schumpert with Keep Newberry County Beautiful has been visiting councils within the county to see what the group can do for each city. Schumpert told council to let her know how the group could benefit Whitmire as far as conservation, beautification, and anti-litter programs and events were concerned.

In other news for Whitmire:

•The economic development board is in the process of setting up a Whitmire litter pick-up. McMurtury told council that letters would be sent to local churches and organizations for participation. Their hope is to claim an area of town within city limits to continue litter pick-up.

•Christiana Gilliam was elected president of the Whitmire Jaycees group. Gilliam said a few families had already come in for help with the Whitmire cheer fund. Applications will be accepted again on Nov. 15 from 8-11 a.m. and then again from 2-5 p.m. at the new Town Hall Annex.

•Whitmire’s annual tree lighting will be December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and its Christmas parade will take place Dec. 14 at 12 p.m.

•On Dec. 27, Whitmire will have a “Call of Duty” video game tournament with Playstation and X-Box games. Parent permission is needed to register. The cost is $20 per team, with the winner receiving $50.

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