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Council updated on committee progress

Last updated: March 21. 2014 2:19PM -
By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com



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RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway general election is less than three weeks away. Polls will open April 8 for the purpose of electing two council members and one mayor for a period of four years.


Council members Russ Brown and Belva Bush are up for re-election as is Mayor Charlene Herring.


The lone challenger, Rufus Jones, recently withdrew his name from the council race.


Bush declared her candidacy for mayor and if Bush wins the Mayor’s seat, a special election will be held for her vacated council seat.


Voting will be held at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department at 170 Palmer St. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The votes will be certified at 10 a.m. April 11 by the Fairfield County Board of Voter Registration & Election Commission.


During the March 13 meeting, Ridgeway Town Council was given an updated progress report on five of the town’s nine committees.


Will Prioleau said the Ridgeway Co-ed Church Softball League will be entering its fifth year of existence in the Ridgeway and Longtown community.


Since its inception in 2009, the league has has as many as 11 teams from Fairfield County and surrounding areas.


It is the largest organized softball league in the county and Prioleau said the committee is meeting next month to come up with a schedule to be posted on the town’s new website at www.ridgewaysc.org.


“These games not only promote family and community fun, but also generate revenue for local business,” Prioleau noted. “It is our goal to promote this sport in a spiritually rich atmosphere and family oriented foundation.”


Phyllis Gutierrez advised council that the Historical/Cultural Committee turned a profit last year and bought trash receptacles for the town along Main Street.


Gutierrez also said that Arts on the Ridge will be May 2 and May 3.


On May 2, the Fairfield County Arts Council will hand out five different awards. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. May 3 with music, art and food vendors.


Themed “Opening doors to Arts and Antiquities,” Guiterrez is looking forward to the event.


Darlene Embleton reported that the Public Relations Committee continues to correspond with the town’s strategic plan.


“Public meetings have been conducted with Neighborhood Watch Programs and Ridgeway Reads continues to grow,” she stated.


The committee also recently selected the town’s motto of “Welcome to Ridgeway, Where History Lives.”


Embleton’s committee also supports the efforts of Arts on the Ridge and Pig on the Ridge. Embleton noted the upcoming Ag and Art Tour on June 21.


“This is a big deal,” she said. “It is going to be big for Fairfield County and will further expose our town to people. We want to reach tourists and let the world know what we’re up to to expose Ridgeway to a growing audience.”


Doug Porter advised council that the Water Department recently added a part time employee who will work two days per week.


He also inquired about painting the town’s 75,000 gallon tank, which requires new paint every six to eight years.


According to Porter, the committee is looking for ways to improve the water and sewer plant but noted the plant is operating well.


Belva Bush informed council about a grant the Community Actions Committee obtained to plant trees at Geiger Elementary School.


She encouraged those in attendance to come out for “Keep Ridgeway Beautiful - Great American Cleanup” on April 12. Support for the cleanup comes from Palmetto Pride.


Bush also noted that the committee is working to put together a health fair for June 21.


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