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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 5:00 PM Town Hall10 Main Street, Summerton, SC 29148I. Call to order ... Mayor Tony JuniousII. Invocation ... Councilmember Regina BrownIII. Notification to mediaIV. Pledge of Allegiance ... Ms. Jazlynn BowmanV. Approval of AgendaVI. Approval of MinutesMinutes of regular council meeting of February 14, 2023.VII. Public ...
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 5:00 PM Town Hall10 Main Street, Summerton, SC 29148
I. Call to order ... Mayor Tony Junious
II. Invocation ... Councilmember Regina Brown
III. Notification to media
IV. Pledge of Allegiance ... Ms. Jazlynn Bowman
V. Approval of Agenda
VI. Approval of Minutes
Minutes of regular council meeting of February 14, 2023.
VII. Public Presentation
Team Culture Awards (Street Department)
Inspiration Awards (Community Champion Award, Outstanding Downtown Alliance, COmmunity Ambassador Award)
EPC Oasis Easter Egg Hunt... Ms. Lannell Gamble and Mr. Dale Castro Powell (COmmunity Peace Group)
Proclamation... Benjamin "Randy" Leggett, Jr. Day
VIII. Departmental Reports
Public Works - Mr. Robert Tucker, Asst. Supervisor
Oliver Environmental Services - Mr. Joey Oliver, Operator
Police Department - Chief Donell Dixon
Administration - Mrs. Mary Adger, Town Administrator
IX. Finance Report
X. Councilmember Comments
XI. Old Business
A. Discussion of Summerton Help House Project
XII. New Business
A. Ordinance No: 2023-01. An ordinance to regulate the shooting of fire arms within the town limits of Summerton
B. Zoning Text Amendment No: 2023-01T. Discussion of a zoning text ammendment to the Town of Summterton Zoning Ordinance.
C. Resolution 2023-02. A resolution to accept and approve Clarendon County Hazard Mitigation Sterring Committee, and the submission on the behalf of the participating counties and municipalities of the Adopted Hazard Plan to the State Emergency Management Division and to the federal emergency management agent officials for formal review and approval.
D. Discussion of partnering with EPC Oasis Easter Egg Hunt
E. Discussion of a partnership with Community Peace Group
F. Discussion of funding for city projects
G. Discussion of participation in National Child Abuse Prevention Month
XIII. Executive Session
Discussion of employment, appointment, compensation, promotion, demotion, discipline, or release of an employee, a student, or a person regulated by a public body or the appointment of person to a public body. Section 30-4-70(A)(1).
The Clarendon County School District Board of Trustees had their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. The School Board members covered a variety of topics significant to this month. Ceth Land, Board Chair, led the meeting as he and the other members voted on matters regarding several different offices within the school system.A meeting recording can be found on the Clarendon County School District website under the Board of Trustees.Following the invocation by Arthur Moyd, Board Vice Chair, and the Pledge of Allegiance, the...
The Clarendon County School District Board of Trustees had their monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. The School Board members covered a variety of topics significant to this month. Ceth Land, Board Chair, led the meeting as he and the other members voted on matters regarding several different offices within the school system.
A meeting recording can be found on the Clarendon County School District website under the Board of Trustees.
Following the invocation by Arthur Moyd, Board Vice Chair, and the Pledge of Allegiance, the Board approved two overnight field trip requests. The first was from the band teacher at Manning High School, Jordan Jefferson, on behalf of a student who has the honor of attending Region Band from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18 in Summerville, SC. The second request came from Manning High School as well. It was submitted by the golf coach, Marion Lewis, and it is for five students and two chaperones to attend the Diamondback Golf Tournament in Loris, SC, from Mar. 24 through Mar. 26.
The Office of Finance, under the District Superintendent, then addressed the board and gave the monthly financial report. The proposed 2023-2024 budget calendar was also on the agenda for this month, and the Finance Office provided each member of the Board with a copy to be reviewed. It followed until the final reading in June. The public hearing of the budget will be held on May 8. The final reading of the budget will be held on Jun. 5 and sent to County Council on Jun. 6. The Budget Presentation Council will then meet on Jun. 12 to review.
The Office of Instruction highlighted three items with the members of the Board this month. The first is their new department motto, ACES. ACES stands for Accountability, Continuing support, Equity, and System. The spokesperson for the Instruction Office shared that accountability means that "we all are accountable to each other, and we are becoming more accountable to our data, making sure that we understand that data so we can make the best decisions for our students." Continuing support ensures that data shows teachers and principals that students are getting what they need. Equity represents that students' needs may not be the same, so the type of support they are getting may not be the same. Systems represent getting away from operating in different cycles and acting as one unified District so that Clarendon County can stand united as one. The department had the opportunity to show ACES in action, and principals could share that data, which showed two areas of strengths and challenges. They were also responsible for sharing what attributed to those successes and challenges and ensuring they got tailored support. All directors were present for the meeting, and they could ask any department for their needed help.
Finally, the spokesperson wanted to highlight an area of focus in the Instructional Department, which was inspired by state concerns for Clarendon County Schools' disabled population. The disabled population is a subgroup based on the number of students in the school district representing that group. Clarendon County is working to support the disabled students better in the future.
In this month's technology update from the Office of Technology, Godbold referenced the access points in both Turbeville and Manning Schools. These switches are on the same platform or network, and Summerton's access points include forty switches that need to be transferred. Once these forty switches are moved, all access points in the Summerton cluster will be on one network, similar to the Turbeville and Manning clusters. The technology department will also update the Turbeville cluster's interactive panels. The current panels could be considered outdated, so any spare panels or panels not currently used will be transferred to ensure every cluster is on the same par in terms of interactive panels for teacher use. The final point is updating student testing to ensure all testing modules for students are ready to be used on their devices. Therefore, the test will be prepared if the student has their device charged.
The Board of Trustees then took the time to commend Godbold on his job with his team in the Office of Technology.
The Office of Student Services addressed the Board with a few highlights from their Student Services Update. The department is "Choosing Kindness" this month, a program that allows students to receive a greeting card acknowledging their acts of kindness. Suppose the department chair witnesses the student being kind, or it is reported that a student has displayed kindness. In that case, the student will receive a greeting.
The Office of Student Services is also promoting perfect attendance. Every month, the department plans to track students who attended school every day of that month. In January, there were over 1,200 students that came to school every day.
This week, the Office of Student Services is also celebrating Student Council. Their theme this year is "Dream Big," so council members encourage students to dream big in their lessons and actions. Finally, the department wanted to highlight that the District celebrates job shadowing on Feb. 23. Students will have the opportunity to shadow someone in a profession of their choosing.
The Board then inquired about Early Enrollment Registration, held from Jan. 23 through Jan. 27. The department would like parents to know that they continue to accept those registration forms as they come in.
The Office of Operations provided the Board with a few highlights from their operations update. The department has begun looking at a property in Turbeville following state law and the guidelines propagated by the Office of School Facilities. On Feb. 6, they held an initial meeting with DOT and the Office of School Facilities at the location as a first step of the approval process. The Office of Operations also awarded a new outdoor freezer to East Clarendon, acquired through the South Carolina Business Opportunities organization.
Auditors from Mauldin & Jenkins will be present from Feb. 13 to start and complete the audit from Clarendon School District 1.
The Board then inquired about the two modules from East Clarendon and Walker Gamble. The Office of Operations installed new fire alarms on Feb. 6. The last thing remaining is some electrical work on the inside and the placement of emergency lights in preparation for inspection.
The Office of Operations spokesperson concluded by referencing the First Reading of Policy EF-R Food Services. Due to the district being under community eligibility, no student paid to eat unless they ordered something above what was provided. The policy is modeled after the previous school district food service policy and was approved by the Board of Trustees.
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ALCOLU, SC (WIS) - Monday will mark the 70th anniversary of a South Carolina case that's still the source of so much mystery.In 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney was executed for two murders, making him the youngest person executed in the United States during modern times.Many still believe he didn't do it and didn't get justice.Outside the small town of Alcolu, dozens gathered to dedicate a stone memorial to remember Stinney."It was said that he loved drawing," said event organizer George Frierson. "...
ALCOLU, SC (WIS) - Monday will mark the 70th anniversary of a South Carolina case that's still the source of so much mystery.
In 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney was executed for two murders, making him the youngest person executed in the United States during modern times.
Many still believe he didn't do it and didn't get justice.
Outside the small town of Alcolu, dozens gathered to dedicate a stone memorial to remember Stinney.
"It was said that he loved drawing," said event organizer George Frierson. "One of the greatest artists in the world could have been cut short by this horrendous act."
Seventy years later, the execution is still controversial.
"This case, of course, is another example of South Carolina's love and liking to be first in everything that's last and last in everything's that's first," said Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina NAACP.
Irene Lawson-Hill, Stinney's second cousin was also at the memorial.
"I was told at ten years old about this case, and ever since my mother told me about it, I had nightmares," Lawson-Hill said.
The 14-year-old was convicted and executed after reportedly confessing to the brutal killing of two young girls.
A copy of that confession doesn't exist.
"I've been asking for it for ten years," Frierson said. "Still hasn't been to be produced."
Many like Frierson have more questions than answers.
He's dedicated years of his life to clearing Stinney's name.
"Nothing added up," Frierson said. "No physical evidence against him. No family support. Incompetent legal counsel."
The headstone, which is on display near Sumter Highway says that Stinney was wrongfully convicted and illegally executed by the state and that could soon be verified.
In January, the case was back in court but a judge has yet to decide whether to give Stinney a new trial or not.
"This was a rush to judgment," Frierson said. "In fact, this was a travesty of justice in all aspects."
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ALCOLU, SC (WIS) - A family in Alcolu says it's looking for their day in court after a 6-year-old boy suffered severe injuries in October 2016."It's been a terrible experience. It's something I wouldn't wish on nobody," the boy's mother, Leslie Brown, said.Brown says her son, Emery Mccray, is still dealing with the effects of second and third-degree burns on his back. She says in October, her son was on his neighbor's property when an 11-year-old boy allegedly squirted lighter fluid on him.Mccray says the boy t...
ALCOLU, SC (WIS) - A family in Alcolu says it's looking for their day in court after a 6-year-old boy suffered severe injuries in October 2016.
"It's been a terrible experience. It's something I wouldn't wish on nobody," the boy's mother, Leslie Brown, said.
Brown says her son, Emery Mccray, is still dealing with the effects of second and third-degree burns on his back. She says in October, her son was on his neighbor's property when an 11-year-old boy allegedly squirted lighter fluid on him.
Mccray says the boy then struck a match, causing him to catch fire.
"I stopped, dropped, and rolled," Mccray said.
Mccray was then rushed by helicopter to JMS Burn Center in Augusta. One month later, the 11-year-old was charged with aggravated assault.
"I just don't understand how somebody could do somebody like that," Brown said, "I just can't understand."
It's something Emery can't quite comprehend as well.
"Why'd you set me on fire?" he asked.
The incident gained the attention of civil rights group, the National Action Network, as well.
"This young man will be scarred for the rest of his life," NAN representative James Johnson said. "We want justice for Emery here."
According to an incident report provided by the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office, the suspect's stepfather told investigators that he was working on a truck by the trailer that day.
Roger Dale Parrott says sparks were flying as he was using a grinder on the vehicle and he believes that caused the child to catch fire.
"It scared me 'cause I really didn't know what to do," Parrott said.
Parrott added that he does not believe his stepson acted with any intent to harm Mccray.
"I kept telling them to get away from the car," Parrot said. "When you got a big grinder going sparks fly. I'm hoping [the courts will] realize it was a mistake - an accident [that] happened."
Yet Leslie Brown says she'll never see it that way.
"This child had to get the lighter fluid, spray it on my baby's back, light it with whatever he decided to light it with," Brown said.
All sides in the case are currently waiting for the matter to go to trial.
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