|Posted on September 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Well, the honey moon is about over and we are down to serious business. I want to talk a little about one of my goals for making our Town a fun place to live. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an event at least quarterly? One of the things that I’ve already learned, is that it takes an enormous amount of work to put on an event just once, let alone four events a year. The thing that would help us would be to hire an Events Coordinator. Someone who has the job of keeping the good stuff coming. Why not? We have an extraordinary facility at the Arena and most towns envy us for it. I like Springdale’s food truck and the Clemson Road Community Fair. It is time to think outside the box. We need to be able to have events in our town. We enjoyed the Barrel Race, Barn Dance and Rodeo. Wouldn’t it be nice to add a craft fair, community garage sale, a beauty pageant, a farmer’s market, or a tractor pull and go cart race to go with our barn dance. When we build our Barn back we are already planning a more specialized barn that will accommodate weddings, dramas, banquets, concerts and so on. Stay with us, more is coming soon!
|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
I got a call just after one o'clock Sunday morning from our Police Chief. He said, "Mayor, I hate to call you about this tragedy that has happened but I'm standing here where our Barn was and it has burned to the ground." Like all who heard these sad words, my heart sank. It was our Barn. It was something that we all built with our hands and a monument of the love that the citizens and our neighbors have for our town and each other. We were so proud of that building and the future opportunities that it gave us. The school children were looking forward to having classes at the Barn, one couple wanted to be married there, a football team wanted to hold a banquet, and even a gospel group asked to sing there. The council was looking forward to planning a fall event to include another dance. I drove past Sunday and there were cars parked all around the ashes and people had come to grieve. The fun we had building the Barn and the Barn dance is still fresh in our minds and can't be taken from us. We have a testimony of what is possible and what we are capable of. Tragedy has fallen upon us; it is not the first time. We will rise above it. We have a promise from our Lord that "all things work for our good." If we believe these words then I want to encourage you. If it was good the first time, it will be better the second. I've had so many calls of encouragement and not just from our town people but people from all over. Offers to help us rebuild from the ashes and make it better than before. So I want you to hold on to the good that was evident in the construction and the cohesiveness the loss has caused. Somehow, after the dust has settled you will have your chance to be a part of greatness once again in our wonderful Town. I love you all and I'm proud to be your mayor.
Your Mayor and friend,
|Posted on August 12, 2016 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
Hello from the Mayor's desk,
Wow! What a busy two weeks it has been with the Barn Dance and the Rodeo taking place in the Town! I have heard so many compliments about our Town. Somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 people purchased a ticket or paid a contestant fee to participate in the events. You may be happy to know that our surrounding neighbors outside of Town also joined in to make these two events a great success. We look forward to many more events in the near future!
On behalf of Council and myself, we welcome Silly's Snoballs to the Town, located at the corner of Ramblin Road and Main Street.
Your Mayor and friend,
|Posted on June 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM||comments (1)|
Hello fellow South Congaree citizens,
It has been just three months since the new council took office and things are starting to happen. We are beginning to understand the job at hand and are making progress. Although, there is much more to the job that we, as a council, are still learning. I am happy to report that the Town of South Congaree has one of the best councils in the State. I have attended a number of meetings with Mayors around the state and, as a town, we have much to be thankful and proud of, to speak comparably. Let me say it another way, I love my council and I love my town!
A great deal of my focus has been to form relationships with our representatives, individuals and entities around the state. I have met some wonderful folks who are genially interested in helping our town move from good to great- more about that later!
Don’t forget there are just a few more weeks until the Rodeo and Congaree Festival. The Rodeo and the Congaree Festival are scheduled for the last two weekends in July.
The first weekend of the Festival is the Barrel Racing, where the Cowboys and Cowgirls race around three barrels for the best time. You will see beautiful people and beautiful horses. In addition to these events, we are excited for Miss Rodeo USA to have pictures made with us and be available to sign autographs.
After the Barrel race, during the same weekend we are going to have a barn dance with a live band. Put on your boots and hats and come boot scoot with us! The next weekend is the Rodeo where famous Cowboys, Cowgirls, bulls and horses will be here, and of course a funny rodeo clown or two. You don’t want to miss these events!
Finally, thanks to the past council and all of the good folks that are looking at our town with great interest. Thank you to all of you for your support!
Your Mayor and friend,