WHITMIRE — Local government leaders from Newberry municipalities, the school board and county council toured the newly renovated Whitmire Town Hall Annex as part of the June 30 intergovernmental meeting hosted by the town.
Whitmire Town Council members walked with the participants from the community center to the annex for a power point presentation and to show off the renovated facility.
Whitmire Mayor Billy Hollingsworth and members of Whitmire Town Council presented a slide show of the area, including potential for eco-tourism.
Hollingsworth said the town is getting closer to owning the old high school and hopes the town can market the building to continue to grow Whitmire.
“Our goal is to continue the growth of this year,” Hollingsworth said. “If we can generate traffic here, then the industry will come.”
Fowler agreed and mentioned the potential for eco-tourism designed around nearby campgrounds and attractions involving the Sumer National Forest.
She highlighted the new Whitmire Town Farmer’s Market and mentioned the town’s desire to partner with Newberry County to connect entities such as that with the county undertakings and prompt more foot traffic into Whitmire and vice versa.
Fowler also touted the work of the newly formed Pearl of the Piedmont Artisans Guild.
She also mentioned the town’s participation in a multi-county yard sale this spring that brought people from Georgia, Tennesee and Florida to the area to shop.
In other news, the town’s new volleyball court just off the four lane highway is now ready for play since the net recently was placed there.
July 19 Whitmire holds an event to honor veterans, including a parade, family fun day, barbecue, and a car show.
Donna Lominack, secretary of the Newberry Intergovernmental Association, recognized Emma Elizabeth Lindsay and Kenley Longshore as 2014 Palmetto Girl’s State delegates who were sponsored in part by the association.
Also addressing the people at the meeting was District 40 Rep. Walt Mcleod who discussed local government funding concerns.
He spoke about his opposition to other legislator’s zero tax pledges and called for residents to ask their friends from other districts to contact their legislators about the local government fund.
“There needs to be a way for local governments to convince the ways and means committee to be more generous with the local government fund to help keep a lid on property taxes,” Mcleod said.
He said state law requires the fund be a certain amount but it has been short-funded by some $60 million in recent years.
Mcleod also explained legislation proposed as back to basics education which would require students in grades 3 and 4 to learn cursive handwriting and their multiplication tables.
The next intergovermental meeting will be in Prosperity on Sept. 29.