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Town of Summerville Announces Special Council Meeting this Friday to Review Food Truck Regulations
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Town of Summerville Announces Special Council Meeting this Friday to Review Food Truck Regulations

Left to right: Councilman Terry Jenkins, Councilman Bill Mcintosh, Councilman Bob Jackson, Mayor Ricky Waring CJ Westfall - News Alert Thursday May 27th SUMMERVILLE- On Friday May 28th Summerville Town Council will meet to review food truck regulations that were passed in 2019 as part of the UDO. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and Town residents are eager to see the Council pass 1st reading of a repeal of the regulations that currently would fine food truck businesses for setting up their businesses in residential communities. This came to light after code enforcement began selectively enforcing this little known regulation after local Summerville resident Kristyn Bancone Hicks began sharing her experience at Town hall earlier this week. She posted to Facebook that her Food...
Dorchester GOP County Convention This Week; Here Are The Announced Candidates:
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Dorchester GOP County Convention This Week; Here Are The Announced Candidates:

Monday April 19th Editorial Team DORCHESTER COUNTY - The Dorchester County Republican Party is hosting their Bi-Annual County Convention this Saturday at 8:00am at the Rollins Edwards Community Center in Summerville. If you haven't already registered as a delegate at the meetings prior you will be unable to vote in the Convention unfortunately. Party leaders are strictly requiring Photo ID to enter the Convention. So far the story line behind this convention has centered around current DCRP Chairman Tim Higgins and challenger Steven Wright. Higgins has been Chairman for 7 years and Wright has a background assisting local Republican Candidates in their campaigns. County Convention delegates will choose which vision they want for the future of their party between Wright and Hig...
Summerville Dist 1 Councilman Aaron Brown Announces Bid for 4th Term in Office
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Summerville Dist 1 Councilman Aaron Brown Announces Bid for 4th Term in Office

Pictured left Summerville Councilman Aaron Brown seated next to Summerville Councilman Bob Jackson. Photo Cred: P&C Editorial Team - Wednesday April 14th SUMMERVILLE - Today Summerville Town Councilman from District 1 Aaron Brown announced his bid for reelection. Brown has served on Council since 2005. Brown previously served on the DD2 School Board prior to that giving him almost 20 years of time in public office. Councilman Brown took to the popular social media group Positively Summerville to make his official announcement, earlier than most expected. Here are the two photos he posted: So far no challengers have filled to run against Councilman Brown, with the filling deadline still months away it's anyone's guess if Aaron will have one or multiple challeng...
Berlin G. Myers Parkway Phase 3 Public Information Meeting March 30th
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Berlin G. Myers Parkway Phase 3 Public Information Meeting March 30th

CJ Westfall - News Alert From SCDOT: "The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of recent changes to the project since our last Jan 2020 public hearing. SCDOT has developed additional floodplain mitigation strategies for the project. These strategies involved construction activities along Sawmill Branch downstream of the project area to Dorchester Road to improve conveyance. These activities are expected to reduce the flood-related impacts associated with the project. Virtual meeting will be live March 30-April 14th, 2021 for review and comment The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) proposes to construct the last segment or phase 3 of the Berlin Myers Parkway (BMP) in Dorchester County, South Carolina. The project includes the construction o...
Berkeley County Appoints Deputy County Supervisors
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Berkeley County Appoints Deputy County Supervisors

CJ Westfall - News Alert MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Monday, March 15, 2021) – Berkeley County has appointed two new Deputy County Supervisors to serve under the County Supervisor and ensure efficient and effective delivery of services consistent with County objectives. Ashley Powell has been hired as one of the two new Deputy County Supervisors. Her first day in the position is today, Monday, March 15, 2021. Ashley Powell graduated from Stratford High School, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Urban Design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined Richland County Government in 2014 and since then has served on the Planning staff as a Neighborhood Planner, Planni...
Summerville Council Votes To Increase Their Pay and Drop Mask Requirement for General Public
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Summerville Council Votes To Increase Their Pay and Drop Mask Requirement for General Public

Second from the left wearing glasses Councilmen Bill Mcintosh was the only vote against the Council pay increase and then later insisted on getting rid of the requirements on the general public to wear masks in Summerville. CJ Westfall News Alert Summerville Council passed first reading of a new ordinance to increase their yearly salary. The ordinance was supported by the Mayor and each Councilman except Bill Mcintosh who voted against and Kima Garten-Schmidt who was away for a vacation. Council's salary will go from $7,500 to $15,000 a year and the Mayor's will go from $15,000 to $25,000 a year. The Council also gets full health, dental, and life insurance benefits for themselves and their families. Councilman Jackson did not have his microphone on, and was simultaneously wearing a...
BIDEN IN PRIMETIME ADDRESS: Vaccine Will Be Available To All Adults by May 1
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BIDEN IN PRIMETIME ADDRESS: Vaccine Will Be Available To All Adults by May 1

News Alert - C.J. Westfall President Biden just addressed the nation 50 days into his Presidency where he spoke mostly of Covid-19 and about his administration's progress tackling the virus. President Biden made several claims throughout the speech where he read from a teleprompter, taking mostly an emotional tone as he either bragged about success or fear mongered the possibility of a new strain or potential lock down. Some critics are already pointing out how Biden seems to be taking credit for the previous Trump administration's progress on the vaccine, which Biden's speech seemed to mostly focus on. The major news of the night was that Biden's previously set goal of "100 million shots in arms my first 100 days" is on pace to be done within 60 days. This is an achievement but...
South Carolina Religious Freedom Act Passes the SC State House Today
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South Carolina Religious Freedom Act Passes the SC State House Today

CJ Westfall - News Alert In an 86-29 vote the South Carolina House passed the bipartisan Religious Freedom Act that defines religious services as essential services so that future Governors cannot arbitrarily close or limit religious activities. There was a vocal minority of Democrats who spoke and opposed the bill saying that it was unnecessary. The bill will be sent over to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to the Governor barring any unexpected surprises. Representatives from Summerville area that voted AYE (For): Gatch, Murphy, Kimmons, Bennett Representatives from Summerville area that voted Nay (Against): Pendarvis, Moore, J
Open Carry With Training Bill Goes To House Floor Today in S.C. Statehouse
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Open Carry With Training Bill Goes To House Floor Today in S.C. Statehouse

CJ Westfall – News Alert The Open Carry With Training Act passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week and lawmakers are expected to debate and potentially vote on the bill on the House floor starting today. South Carolinians can carry a long gun or rifle openly without a permit because no state law exists to prevent it. But you can’t carry a handgun openly even with a permit. The bill would allow South Carolinians to openly carry handguns. Currently 31 states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, which is why many gun rights activists feel the bill doesn’t go far enough at expanding our gun rights. Activists and some Lawmakers are making the argument that the government selling our rights back to us in the form of a permit is a Co...
Summerville Council Considers Giving Themselves a Raise That Would Double Their Salaries
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Summerville Council Considers Giving Themselves a Raise That Would Double Their Salaries

CJ Westfall - News Alert In the agenda release by Town officials today, it was revealed that Mayor Waring and Summerville Town Council are introducing an ordinance that would raise the Town Council's yearly salary from 7,500 to 15,000 per year and the Mayor's salary from 15,000 to 25,000 per year. We'll be covering the meeting here at Summerville Sentinel and in our Facebook group live as the meeting happens. A screen grab of the ordinance is below and you can see the full agenda here: https://www.summervillesc.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_03112021-600

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