Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Andrews Veterans Day parade
The Nov. 2, 2013 7th Annual Andrews Veterans Day Parade and Service hosted by chairman Thomas Alford and the Andrews Veterans Association was a success due to our veterans, public officials, community groups, Scouts, motorcycle groups and our first responders who participated. The parade route was decorated with U.S. flags posted in the early morning by the Andrews Lions Club. The Knights of Columbus gave out small U.S. flags to parade spectators.
Public officials who attended to salute our veterans were State Senator J. Yancey McGill, Town of Andrews Mayor Rodney Giles, Andrews Town Council members Patsy B. Greene, Thomas Alford and David Tisdale. Georgetown County Sheriff A. Lane Cribbs and Town of Andrews Chief of Police Joseph Cooper led the public safety division of the parade. Senator McGill was the master of ceremonies and is an honorary member of the Andrews Veterans Association. Representative Carl Anderson sent his deepest regards to our veterans.
The first division of the parade was led by a USAF Honor Guard and the NJROTC Honor Guard and cadets from Andrews High School under the command of LCDR Dennis Turner. Soldiers riding in a Humvee of the 1/178th Field Artillery followed the honor guards. Beautiful vintage autos of the Winyah Cruisers completed the first division.
In the parade's second division most veterans groups entered trailer floats decorated with U.S. flags, armed forces and POW-MIA banners. The Andrews Veterans Association was led by chairman Thomas Alford, David Tisdale, Leon Parson, Samuel Marsh, J.D. Powell and other veterans. President Reverend Franklin E. Rutledge led the distinguished veterans of the Low Country Veterans Group, who looked sharp in their uniforms.
Also participating were the patriotic veterans of Andrews American Legion Post 69 led by Commander Ed Jayroe and Auxiliary President Prissie Miles. Newcomer Matt Andrews, a several tour Afghan War 10th Mountain Division veteran rode on the Legion float along with Greg Bennett and Larry Fulton. Georgetown VFW Post 6444 and VFW Auxiliary was led by Commander Richard Hathaway. It was great to see VFW member Bill Harding, who is a World War Two and Korean War airborne veteran. Gene Meadows led Marine Corps League Detachment 1202 and Grady Richardson led the Kingstree American Legion Riders.
First responders who participated were the Andrews Town Police, Georgetown County Sheriffs Department, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Andrews Fire Department, Georgetown County Fire and EMS, Lake City Fire Rescue 315 and others. The Swamp Fox Fellowship Riders, Andrews Lions Club, Andrews Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 329 and other groups also participated. Outstanding marching music was provided by the Kingstree High School Band under the direction of band director Fred Fulton. Ms. Wanda Ellis of the Myrtle Beach Vet Center attended to assist veterans.
After the parade a Veterans Day Service was held inside the Andrews Armory. The guest speaker was Andrews native and retired Army Colonel Gilbert McManus, a distinguished graduate of the Citadel. Music was provided by Mixed Creeds. Recognition was given to Gold Star families and all veterans present. Sheet cakes and refreshments were donated by American Legion Post 69.
Special thanks is given to the Town of Andrews Police, the Andrews Fire Department and the Georgetown County EMS who provided crowd and traffic control during the Andrews Veterans Day Parade.
Association (AVA) On the Road Again program
The South Carolina Foster Parent Association would like to thank everyone who donated vehicles to its On the Road Again program. This program provides transportation for foster youth who are 18 but not yet 21, actively employed and pursuing a GED or post-high school educational program. Without a vehicle, young people must rely on public transportation to get them to and from work or school. Unfortunately, public transportation is not available in many rural areas of South Carolina.
Considering the numerous obstacles children aging out of foster care face as they work toward becoming productive citizens within their communities, sometimes the absence of reliable transportation is the one that prevents them from succeeding. However, with reliable transportation, many beat the odds to reach independence and success.
This program is made possible through the generous donations from the public. When you donate your vehicle to this program, your donation is tax-deductible. Thanks again to all the selfless donors who have donated over the past few years; your donation has made a huge difference in the lives of these young adults. If you have questions about donating your vehicle, please call Patricia Jackson at (803) 438-4587 and visit our We site at www.scfpa.com.
Patricia Jackson, administrator
SC Foster Parent Association
Georgetown fireboat grant
The 10/28 issue of the P&C [Post and Courier] discusses the pursuit of a new and larger fireboat through a federal grant. I do not know how much a new and larger fireboat costs nor do I know what the upkeep/maintenance costs are for such a boat, but has anyone factored in the costs to install (in the rebuilt buildings) and retrofit (in the existing intact buildings) state of the art sprinkler systems?
It seems that if this alternative solution were economically feasible, Georgetown would be looking at preventing extensive fire damage instead of treating extensive damage. Just asking.
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