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Jeffrey Griffin Joins Chapin News Staff

Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 8:59 pm. Posted to Business, Community, Government, Sports.

Chapin News is pleased to welcome to our staff, news and sports contributor and sales associate Jeffrey Griffin.JeffreyGriffin

Jeffrey is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina. He has written for CollegeBaseballDaily.com and ChatSports.com, along with his blog titled “Griffin’s Starting Lineup.”

Jeffrey served as a vehicle mechanic in the United States Air Force for six years before attending the University of South Carolina. While in the Air Force, he completed tours overseas to both Iraq and the Republic of Korea.

He’s married to Jessica Griffin, and they have two dogs, Ralph and Snoop. Jeffrey is a big fan of anything related to football or baseball and loves writing about any aspect of either sports.


Council Moves Forward With Sewer Expansion Plans

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 9:34 pm. Posted to Community, Government.

Plans for building a new orbital activated sludge waste water treatment plant with an estimated construction cost of $12.2 million moved forward Tuesday with action by the Chapin Town Council.

Council was advised that the town’s existing treatment plant has a capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day, (which equates to approximately 4,000 taps), and has already sold more than 1,000 taps over capacity. In addition, SCDHEC has recently imposed a 35 percent load restriction, which further impacts the plant’s capacity.

Utilities Director Andy Metts said that if council were to take no action, a moratorium on sewer tap sales by the town would be necessary very soon.

Council members were in general agreement that sewer plant expansion is necessary, but they argued over whether the council should delay the permitting process by requiring that the firm which will be tasked with developing the design of the plant and overseeing construction be chosen through a bidding as required by Town Code. (The Firm of Hussey, Gay, Bell was selected from among three proposers earlier this year based on professional qualifications to prepare a preliminary engineering report.)

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Chapin prepares to celebrate 37th Labor Day Festival & Parade

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 9:46 am. Posted to Community.
 
ProfileImage (2)The Town of Chapin is getting ready for its biggest party of the year and is looking forward to hosting Midlands residents and visitors from across the state for its 37th annual Labor Day Festival and Parade. The festival will feature many of the activities and events that families and individuals have come to enjoy, including live music, classic car show, arts and crafts, street vendors, food and the parade.  The theme for this year’s event is Chapin – The Heart of Lake Murray.
Presented by Lexington Medical Center, the weekend kicks off with the Walk or Run a Crooked 5K at Crooked Creek Park on Saturday morning to benefit the park’s senior programs and Meals on Wheels. Then on Sunday evening, Blues on Beaufort Street will offer a free musical concert featuring Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins.
On Monday, the festival features a variety of activities for all ages.  Sgt. Robert Barber, one of Chapin’s soon-to- be new residents thanks to Homes for Our Troops, will serve as the Grand Marshall for the parade  on Monday. The Fort Jackson Army Marching Band will be playing in this year’s parade which follows the same route as last year’s parade, straight down Chapin Road (SC Hwy 76) from the GIS parking lot (917 Chapin Road) to the Bi-Lo Shopping Center (1419 Chapin Road).

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Laura Culler Named Director Of Finance and Administration

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 8:07 am. Posted to Community.

Laura Hilton Culler, of Chapin, has been named Director of Finance and Administration Support for the Town of Chapin, succeeding Carl Stevens.

Mrs. Culler, who holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Presbyterian College, has been employed by the McNair Law Firm, in Columbia, since Octobcullerer 1995.

She served there as Accountant, Trust Manager, and Legislative Lobbyist manager until May 2003.

She was promoted to Billing Manager in June 2003 and served in that position for eight years. She supervised and assisted the Billing and Accounts Receivable staff,was responsible for the Electronic Billing Process from set up of new clients or matters to billing and collection, and was Project Manager for implementation of new document image software – Expert Image. She prepared the Firm’s monthly internal Financial Statements and was responsible for the preparation and management of schedules and documents for the yearly audit and tax.

She was named Controller at the McNair Law Firm in September 2011 and has held that position five years. She supervised and assisted the Accounts Payable, Billing and Accounts Receivable staff. She was responsible for the general ledger including the preparation of the Firm’s monthly internal Financial Statements and preparation and management of all schedules and documents for the annual audit and tax. She assisted in Financial Management and analysis as requested and prepared monthly bank reconciliations.

Carl Stevens, who had held the Finance and Administration position at Chapin since March 2015, and is resigning his position in July to accept other employment.


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