News Briefs

Animal Shelter To Be
Named In Honor
of Dr. Huggins
The Dillon County Council voted to name the building where the Dillon County Animal Shelter will be housed in honor of Dr. Kenneth Huggins.  Dr. Huggins was a veterinarian in Dillon County for over 40 years.

Appointment Made
To Dillon County
Library Board
Don Lewis was recently appointed to the Dillon County Library Board by the Dillon County Council.

Sheriff’s Office Receives
Justice Assistance Grant
A public hearing was held at the Dillon County Council meeting on a Justice Assistance Grant that the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office has received.  The grant is a direct award of $28,333.  It will be used for needed equipment such as firearms and supplies.  No matching money is required.

SCDJJ Agreement Renewed
The Dillon County Council was informed that they had received a letter from S.C. DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice) letting them know that they will be billed $50 a day for each juvenile housed in Columbia.

County Council Approves Grant Match for Floyd Dale Fire And Rescue
The Dillon County Council recently approved a $1,365 match for a grant received by Floyd Dale Fire and Rescue.  The total grant received was approximately $27,000.  It was used for turnout gear.

Boy Scout Reports
On Project
Kenneth Fincannon reported to the Dillon County Council on the project he recently completed at Pee Dee Park.  Among the things that were done was building a bench along the river and building a shelter.  The project took about two to three months.

Economic Development Director Completes Four Weeks of Training
At the June meeting of the Dillon County Council, it was reported that new Economic Development Director Tonny McNeil had completed four weeks of training.  He toured several areas of the state looking at the product and workforce development.  He also developed a program of work.

County Board Updated
On Dillon Middle School
In an update to the Dillon County Board of Education on the new Dillon Middle School, District Two Superintendent Ray Rogers said everything was “pretty much the same.”  He said the student enrollment projection is around 900 students.
The front of the school will face toward the Dillon High School track with one side towards the nursing home and one side towards the high school.  The reason for this is traffic flow.

ATEC Report Given
ATEC Director Jerry Strickland gave a report on student successes at the Dillon County Board of Education meeting in June.  At the time of the meetings, five students had passed the CAN test; two students were working for the AYES program this summer; and all 12 students passed and got their cosmetology licenses.

No Funding For
Alternative School
It was reported that at the time of the June meeting of the Dillon County Board of Education that funding for the alternative school was not included in the budget.
It was also noted that there was no expectation that any funding would be available.