Andrews is implementing new learning opportunities and services to improve the lives of its citizens.
“It’s a busy time here in Andrews, but it’s all worth it,” Mayor Frank McClary said.
Mayor McClary recently met with Horry-Georgetown Technical College President Dr. Marilyn Fore along with members of her staff to discuss their partnership in bringing CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and CMT courses to Andrews. HGTC already has programs that are available on the Georgetown campus.
The Andrews facility is scheduled to start the courses a few weeks after its state inspection on Sept. 4. The courses will be taught by an instructor from Andrews and additional classes, certifications and programs will be announced in the fall according to Mayor McClary.
“Dr. Fore has been very supportive,” Mayor McClary said. “We are in talks to expanding those programs into other areas, which is great. I think that will resonate here in Andrews and surrounding areas. I believe that the program will do very well here.”
Nixon’s School of Masonry is a new, NCCER-accredited masonry school located in the town that offers training certification in the masonry. The school was founded and is operated by Dormaine Nixon, a master mason with more than 20 years’ experience.
“Mr. Nixon saw the need, saw what was going on and thought that it would be beneficial to start a school here,” Mayor McClary said. “We just need the young men and women of the community to come out and take advantage of it.”
Andrews has been holding a quarterly small business and entrepreneur series that is “designed to encourage local entrepreneurship and economic development by providing training and resources to local small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them launch or grow their business.” Small business roundtable discussions as well as a small business financial literacy class, in which the town partnered with the local TD bank branch, are just some of the series that were offered.
“We like to use our local resources,” Mayor McClary said referring to using the local bank branch.
Tracie Flowers, the Victim Advocate for the Town of Andrews Police Department, in partnership with the South Carolina Bar Association, will start hosting free legal clinics. There will be six clinics dealing with family law, real estate law, criminal law, probate law, workers’ compensation law and elder law.
The clinics will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Andrews Branch Library on Sept. 5, 19 and 26. The other dates are Oct. 10 and 17.
“These clinics are free and they are right here in our backyard,” Mayor McClary said.
A couple of weeks ago, Mayor McClary met with two groups to discuss affordable housing opportunities in Andrews. The groups discussed options for the development of affordable, single family homes in the town.
Mayor McClary is currently forming a housing committee to help assess the towns housing demands and to help develop a housing plan that will appropriately address those needs.
“This will obviously increase the quality of life here in town,” Mayor McClary said.
The mayor plans to have a town hall within the next 30 days to share more details.
Back in 2014, the Georgetown County Council adopted the an ordinance that imposed an additional One Percent Sales and Use Tax within Georgetown County in order to raise funds for approved Capital projects within the county. One of those projects is a new public safety complex for Andrews.
“The current building is repurposed,” Mayor McClary said. “It wasn’t designed for what it is being used for. Through this effort, the police and fire will have what they need to serve the community.”
The Town of Andrews Heritage Festival will be coming up on Sept. 27-28 and will feature a 5K walk/run, cook off, car show, amusement rides and other attractions. The town will be celebrating its 110th birthday.
“This year we are going to block off Main Street and have it there,” Mayor McClary said. “We are going to have a good time and expect it to be a success.”