Good news about burglaries in Maryville section of Georgetown

  • Friday, November 15, 2013

No doubt many Maryville residents have heard some very good news recently.

After a year of more than thirty burglaries in Maryville, the Georgetown Police Department, under the guidance of Police Chief Paul Gardner, has begun to arrest those who are responsible. As of this writing, four alleged criminals have been captured and arrested. We hope the many more responsible are also caught.

For more than a year, Maryville residents have been plagued by these vicious crimes. While specific details have not yet been released many of us are very thankful for the outstanding job our Police Department has done to begin to bring some closure of these horrifying crimes.

Police Chief Paul Gardner and the men and women of the Georgetown Police Department have obviously worked tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice. During the year Chief Gardner, his officers and his investigators have met with hundreds of residents to keep us informed of the on-going investigation and the efforts they were undertaking to close these cases.

Some of us may feel it took too long or that little attention was being directed toward these burglaries. However, from the long list of local, county, state and federal agencies that were involved in these arrests, it is clear that Georgetown Police “punched every button,” sought every possible lead and made an exhausting effort.

For those of you who did not experience the violent invasion of privacy and the grief of personal items taken or destroyed in these senseless crimes, consider yourselves fortunate. The grief many of us have experienced lasted much longer than the day of the crime.

These individuals invaded our “personal spaces,” ripping through belongings, tearing away at personal items and destroying our property. Many Maryville residents have worked, as you have, for years to scrimp and save every nickel to afford a video game box or a television for their child or their grandchild, only to have it stolen away in a fleeting moment.

We owe a great thanks to everyone at the Georgetown Police Department, and the many other law enforcement agencies that were involved. Thanks too, to the many Maryville residents who, as a result of these crimes, watch out for neighbors and each other, and call the police when things don’t look normal. Together we have learned many lessons that will help keep our Maryville neighborhoods a safe place to live, and raise our children and grandchildren.

A lot of Maryville residents tend to feel they are not a part of the City of Georgetown, not a part of the effort to improve City services and not a part of the protections afforded to all residents.

This year and especially this past week, Chief Gardner has proven Maryville is a part of the City and not a community he or his police force is willing to forget. God bless them and you, and may each of our police officers maintain their vigilance against crime and stay safe!

Bill Johnson

Georgetown

Good choice for Chamber

In May of 2012, the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was presented with the challenge of replacing the position of Chamber president. We were excited to offer Brian Tucker, who was serving as Chamber president in North Augusta, the position. He graciously accepted our offer and relocated knowing there was a tough road ahead.

Brian was tasked with three points of focus. 1 -- Get a handle on the financial status of the Chamber, 2 -– Position the Chamber to be a strong advocate for economic development for Georgetown County and 3 -- Improve member relationships.

Within a year’s time, Brian has managed to fulfill all three requests. The Chamber is financially stable; the chamber’s priority is advocating economic development activities at a small business and large business level; and he has increased the number of membership outreach programs. In addition, Brian has been able to build relationships and open communication that has been much needed in our community.

We are very proud to have him represent not only the Chamber of Commerce but to represent Georgetown County. Along with the rest of the board, I want to thank Brian for a job well done and an amazing first year serving our county.

The Chamber of Commerce’s goal is to serve small and large business in an effort to improve the business experience for everyone. Because of Brian’s leadership we are able to do that more effectively. The Board and Brian continue to raise the bar and we look forward to much more progress.

Jenna Jordan

Chairman, Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce

Veterans Day Parade

On behalf of all members of Georgetown American Legion Post 114, I would like to thank everyone who came out in support of our annual Veterans Day Parade.

The parade honors past and present members of the military whose service keeps us free and the first responders who keep us safe at home. Consequently, it was not hard to choose the Georgetown Fire Department as this year’s Grand Marshall.

Zenobia Washington was our Mistress of Ceremonies again this year and as always, she did a fabulous job.

We all appreciated the students from Georgetown High School, Carvers Bay High School, Andrews High School and of course, Browns Elementary School who helped to make it a special parade. The fact that all of these students and their teachers gave up a school holiday to honor our veterans was not unnoticed.

In the annual battle between high schools for the American Legion Trophy, Georgetown High School was judged the best marching band and Andrews High School won for best JROTC unit.

The ebullience of the crowds lining Front Street is testament to the patriotism that is alive and well in Georgetown. All of the veterans in the parade were sincerely grateful and moved by what they felt was one of the best Veterans Day Parades in recent years.

Although our ranks are thinning as we lose those brave men from the past, sadly more are added as our country does not suffer from a lack of enemies who wish to destroy us and our way of life.

The honor that a society provides to its veterans proves how highly they value the freedom that results.

Martin Alfonsi

Post Adjutant

American Legion

Georgetown Post 114

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