Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 10:08 pm. Posted to Community.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has advised that the Town of Chapin will have to bear the cost for relocating sewer lines to make way for construction of a roundabout at Murray Lindler Road and Old Lexington Highway
Two of the lines in this area are main wastewater lines to the wastewater treatment plant – two 12-inch force mains that come through this intersection, and one 8-inch diameter force main that connects to them. “These are major, major transmission lines for our wastewater system, said utilities engineer Danny Lambert.
He has been advised that DOT has no funds to contribute to the cost of moving these lines, and town engineers have made a “very preliminary cost estimate” which could be between $175,000 and $236,500. The estimate doesn’t include anything for easement acquisition in the event some of the lines have to be moved out of the highway right-of-way onto private property. He recommended that the town budget $250,000 for this project, pending a confirming letter from DOT, and that any money not needed for the project be returned to the utility department’s fund balance. He also requested that the Utilities Department be authorized to secure three bids for the relocation work in anticipation of having to move quickly to move the lines.
He said work has already begun on the project as of Feb. 13, with electric power lines being moved and survey stakes being placed.
Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2017 at 1:51 pm. Posted to Community.
“On behalf of the people who donated to help get this house built and Homes For Our Troops and our whole family, I’d like to give you a ceremonial key to your home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director of Homes For Our Troops Saturday as the ribbon was cut on a new home for Army Sgt. Robert Barber, his wife, Heather, and his three children, Robert, Haley and Aiden.
More than 150 people, cheering and waving flags, and shouting “Welcome Home” lined the driveway on Glenwood Road in Chapin as the family arrived, escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders.
The non-profit organization Homes For Our Troops builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. For the Barber family home, Gage Construction of Chapin was the project contractor.
“There’s over 100 complete adaptabilities in the home, like pull down cabinets, wider doorways, pull down shelving in the closets,” said Barber. “Pretty much everything in the house has some sort of thought put into it regarding the person that’s in a wheelchair or that needs more accessibility.”
“We don’t see what we do as charity, because this isn’t charity,” Ivey said. “We see ourselves as an organization that can help the American people repay a debt we owe these men and women who have been so badly injured and made such significant sacrifices. The really important part is helping our veterans get on with their lives and rebuild their lives. We stay with our veterans after we hand them the key, they’re part of the family. Family is forever.”
Barber was at a dismounted traffic control point (TCP) conducting operations with the 133rd Military Police Company when a suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device. After the blast, while attempting to stand he fell down in a ditch. When Sgt. Barber was pulled out, he began having difficulty breathing.
Once he was loaded into the vehicle, engineers performed CPR during his transportation to Forward Operating Base Salerno, where a doctor performed an open-heart massage. She later told Sgt. Barber she had not expected him to survive the flight to Bagram Air Base.
Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 11:11 pm. Posted to Community, Sports.
Hillsborough, NC Could Have Been Talladega
By Tom Poland, a Southern Writer
(Published by Chapin Media Group with permission of the author)
Back in the early 1950s men in Hillsborough, North Carolina, could see stockcar races for free. Climb a tree edging the second turn and they had a grand view of the .9-mile dirt oval. That plan carried a bit of risk but all was fine as long as the drivers didn’t spin out.
Then Fireball Roberts lost control in turn two one day and smacked a tree. It was raining men, as the disco song went. How a horse track became a stockcar track makes for a good story. The track’s roots literally reach—not into the earth—but into the air.
In 1947, NASCAR’s founder, Bill France Sr. was flying over Orange County, North Carolina when he spotted a horse racetrack one General Julian Carr owned. France made the General an offer he couldn’t refuse, bought the track, and prepared it for NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season.
Over the next twenty years, NASCAR’s drivers raced one another on the dirt track. Fonty Flock, Curtis Turner, Herb Thomas, Bill Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, Fireball Roberts, Tim Flock, Joe Weatherly, Cotton Owens, Ned Jarrett, and Richard Petty duked it out.
Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 11:41 am. Posted to Community.
Essential Southern Flowers
By Tom Poland, A Southern Writer
(Published by Chapin Media Group with permission of the author)
The trumpeters of spring are ahead of schedule. From the ground burst daffodils, those green-and-yellow harbingers of spring. The warm spell a few weeks back ago must have accelerated things. I don’t generally see them until February is well underway. Though it’s generally cold when they bloom, daffodils provide the first sign that spring is coming. For sure, more cold weather is on the way, and who knows (weather folks don’t) we may even get a snow.
Don’t expect cold weather to end until pines cloud the sky with yellow pollen and hardwoods bud out. Then you know spring is here, but daffodils first give us hope that winter is fading.
A member of the genus Narcissus, daffodils go by other names. My mom often called them jonquils. I’ve heard people refer to them as narcissus too. Whatever you call them, they’re here. This past weekend I explored Edgefield County and on my drive down highway 378 through McCormick County on into Georgia, I saw daffodils everywhere. But some places you can always count on seeing them, and those two places are old churches and abandoned home places.
Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 1:56 pm. Posted to Community.
The Chapin Town Council will hold Public Hearings on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. and its Regular Town Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (or upon the completion of the Public Hearings) in the Council Chambers at Town Hall (157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC 29036). The meeting agendas are attached.
PUBLIC HEARINGS JANUARY 17, 2017 – *5:45 PM
- CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINE QUORUM, SC FOIA STATEMENT
- PRESENTATION TO ADOPT BY REFERENCE THE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE OF LEXINGTON COUNTY #16-04 INCLUDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT MANUAL – CHRIS CLAUSON
- PUBLIC COMMENTS
- COMMENTS BY TOWN COUNCIL
- PRESENTATION TO AMEND THE BUSINESS LICENSE PROVISION OF TOWN CODE TO FURTHER CLARIFY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT CLOSEOUT PROCEDURES – LAURA CULLER
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