Whitmire to empty facility

By: By Elyssa Parnell - eparnell@civitasmedia.com

By Elyssa Parnell


WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to find someone to clean out the old Whitmire High School building so the town can proceed with its plans for the facility.

Several members of Town Council recently walked through the building with Matt DeWitt, assistant city manager for Newberry, to gather ideas on how to market the building. The first step was to clean it up.

“We’ve had one person come and look about taking the stuff that is in there,” Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said.

He asked council Monday night how it would like to pursue getting the building cleaned.

Hollingsworth said they hope to find someone to take the metal, wood or other items from the building in exchange for cleaning it up.

Hollingsworth said there are several items the town wants from the building and he has asked other organizations such as the rescue squad if there is anything they want.

“If we can get someone to come in, clean it all up and take what they want I think we’ll be better off,” said Councilwoman Chrystal Harsha.

The building itself is structurally sound, other than the cafeteria. Hollingsworth said the building will need to be brought up to code, but cleaning it out was the first step.

“I will keep you posted on what we find out,” Hollingsworth said.

Program Proposed

In other business, Maria McMurtury asked council and the recreation committee if they would consider starting a healthy eating and living lifestyles program to run just as football and other sports are run by the department.

“It would involve youth as well as adults in the community,” McMurtury said.

She said there is a group in Columbia that will train three adults to oversee the program if they go to Columbia to train and then share the information in the community. The program would stress eating healthy, have a walking program and encourage involvement in local government.

Harsha said she would like more information. McMurtury said she would get more and bring it before council.


Under recreation, Harsha said registration was held Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 and that more than 30 applications for football were given out.

“We’ve gotten quite a number of kids signed up for football,” Harsha said.

Beth Broome said they have scheduled two make-up baseball games and had a doubleheader planned for Aug. 12.

The plan is to have at least two flag football teams this fall, Pee Wee football and then a junior league. Two cheerleading teams are also in the works.

Registration for flag football and cheerleading is $35 per person, while the other football teams are $50 per person.

Broome said she has also contacted two companies for estimates to fix up the tennis courts, which have several cracks and need to be repainted.

Other business:

• For July, the town of Whitmire had a beginning balance of $60,383.83. With deposits totaling $46,712.98 and expenditures equalling $81,136.83, the ending balance was $25,959.98.

• Hollingsworth said Larry Kitchens resigned from streets and sanitation and they have received 25 applications for the job. He appointed council members Michael Thomas and Cassie Fowler to serve on a committee with him to decide who they wanted to interview.

“I want to screen them in detail and do it by the book to be fair with every applicant,” Hollingsworth said.

Reach Elyssa Parnell at 803-276-0625.

Healthy eating, lifestyles program proposed

By Elyssa Parnell


Reach Elyssa Parnell at 803-276-0625.

Reach Elyssa Parnell at 803-276-0625.