CITIZENS URGED TO COMPLETE 2020 CENSUS
Everyone living in the United States is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
As of May 25, only 39.2% of Johnsonville's citizens have responded. This is compared with a national response rate of 60% and a response rate of 55% among Florence County residents.
Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important. That's why your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.
Why is the census so important? The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. State and local officials also use census counts to draw boundaries for congressional, state legislative, and school districts.
And while you are required by law to participate, the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. Your responses are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information.
The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.
The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.
The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.
The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.
State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.
The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.
The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.
Please complete the 2020 Census today!
Individuals that don’t have access to the internet my call 844-330-2020 to complete their census form by telephone.
COUNCILMAN STONE RECEIVES SPECIAL GIFT
The Johnsonville Festival Committee presented very special woven throws to Johnsonville City Councilman Doolittle Stone and his daughter, Melexa, recently. The throws featured pictures of Stone’s late wife, Hazel, taken during her time serving on the committee before she passed away in December 2019.
Hazel Stone was one of the original members of what was the Founders Day Committee from 2004 to 2015. She was the head committee member over the chicken cook-off each year.
“After her hip problems, she gave up the committee but was a major fixture at the event each year and the cookers, along with the committee members, loved her dearly,” commented committee member Kem Poston.
The committee members had planned to dedicate the 2020 Heritage Festival at the River in her memory and present the throws on opening day. This year’s festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
2020 GRADUATES HONORED WITH BANNERS
The City of Johnsonville, along with Florence School District Five and the Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce (JACC), is recognizing the 2020 graduating class of Johnsonville High School with banners attached to utility poles along Highway 41/51 and Broadway Street in town.
Each double-sided banner features a picture of a graduate and their name and will given to the senior once the banners are removed.
“We are doing this as a kind gesture to the graduates who were not able to have the traditional celebration and recognition given to Seniors before them,” said Johnsonville Mayor Johnny Hanna.
JACC president Barbara Black added, “These seniors had so much taken away from them because of the pandemic. This is our way of making a positive impact on their graduation year.”
“The Board of Trustees and Florence five staff are very proud of the accomplishments of the senior class of 2020” commented Florence School District Five superintendent Randy Smiley. “The banners, donated by the town, Chamber of Commerce and the Florence 5 Board of Trustees serves to honor each of our graduating students as they move to the next phase of their lives,” he added.
Johnsonville High School principal Sam Tuten concluded, “The collaborative effort between the entities to recognize the Class of 2020 at Johnsonville High School displays the commitment to the young people of our community and the school.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, JHS will not be able to have tradition graduation exercises. The school has prepared a plan to allow each of our seniors to graduate in the gym with their family present.
DUKE ENERGY FOUNDATION DONATES $150,000 TO S.C. AGENCIES HELPING PAY ENERGY BILLS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
About 550 households will receive support through the Energy Neighbor Fund and Share the Warmth programs.
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June 9 Primaries to be Held as Scheduled Qualifying Voters Urged to Vote Absentee
• Those who qualify are urged to vote absentee as soon as possible.
• If voting absentee by mail, you should apply now.
• In-person absentee voting at county voter registration offices begins May 4.
• Qualifications include:
Vote on Election Day
• Election officials are taking steps to protect the health of voters and poll managers:
• Voters should prepare by:
DUKE ENERGY PROGRESS BILLS TO DECREASE
Fuel savings will decrease bills for Duke Energy Progress customers in South Carolina beginning this summer
If approved, typical residential customers will see their monthly bills go down $4.11 beginning July 1
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EMPLOYERS CAN STILL SUBMIT PPP APPLICATIONS
An additional $310 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding has been proposed and could be approved as early as this week, which means employers are still able to complete a PPP loan application with a lender or agent. Cardpoint is working with Nav to connect you to multiple paths to PPP funds.
Decided on applying? We recommend you have these documents ready so the lender can quickly process your loan:
A MESSAGE FROM MAYOR JOHNNY HANNA REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
TO: The Citizens of Johnsonville
FROM: Mayor Johnny Hanna
SUBJECT: Covid-19 Pandemic
First, I want to commend and thank you all for your compliance with social distancing suggestions by our state and national leaders. These measures are working to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and keep you and your families safe and healthy.
City employees have reported that no one has tried to use the basketball courts and other equipment at the City Park, there are no boat trailers parked at Odell Venters Landing, and there is a significant decrease in traffic around town. This indicates to me that Johnsonville’s citizens and area residents are staying home unless they are conducting necessary business or errands. Thank you and please continue to do so.
I want to thank the numerous restaurants and businesses that have remained open to serve the community in whatever capacity they can. I encourage citizens to continue to support businesses offering “essential services” during this time.
We have been posting helpful information for citizens and businesses on this website. Disaster assistance is being offered through programs with the S.C. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and other agencies. The City of Johnsonville has no funding set aside for business assistance. However, if your business has some type of dire need as a result of this pandemic, bring it to the attention of City Council and we will gladly review it and see what we can do to help.
Again, I want to thank you for your compliance with what our leaders are trying to do to lessen the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Together we will get through this unprecedented crisis facing our community, our nation and our world. May God bless your family and loved ones!
YOUR ONE-STOP GUIDE TO DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, AT HOME
FLORENCE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP OFFERS RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
FLORENCE COUNTY EMD ISSUES UPDATE ON COVID-19 MEASURES
Florence County Council’s Emergency Proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for Florence County remains in effect.
Restricted public access to all county facilities remains in effect.
As of Tuesday, April 07, 2020, there are five (5) confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Florence County and forty-five (45) confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
Health Care Information:
There are two locations in the Pee Dee area designated for “First Responder” testing. Those are locations are: Hartsville Medical Associates 206 Swift Creek Rd Hartsville SC 29550 and North Strand ER - Ambulance Bay Entrance 806 Hwy 17S N. Myrtle Beach SC.
McLeod Health is now offering FREE virtual screenings for the Coronavirus in South Carolina through McLeod TeleHealth. If you are experiencing fever, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath, you can connect through video with a trained medical professional anytime from anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet. To access this free service, enter the code COVID19 when you sign-up.
MUSC Virtual Care visits and Prisma Health Virtual Care visits are free. Use the promo code "COVID19." Additional healthcare facilities may offer free virtual care soon. https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html https://www.palmettohealth.org/medical-services/other-services/smartexam Lab Corps and Quest can now test for COVID-19 in addition to DHEC. SC Department of Health and Environmental Control Website: https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease- 2019-covid- 19 Center of Disease Control and Prevention Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Per DHEC, projections for new cases of COVID-19 in the state through May 2 are 8,053 cases; however, projected data is estimated and may change significantly due to various factors.
On Tuesday, April 07, 2020, DHEC reports 2,417 cases and 51 deaths in South Carolina. Contact investigations show there is a possibility for community spread.
Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all South Carolinians must remain at home or work unless visiting family, exercising, or obtaining essential goods or services.
Governor’s Henry McMaster is holding COVID-19 Press Conferences daily.
Daily prevention measures South Carolinians can take to protect the health and safety of everyone include: • Social distancing when all possible • staying home if you’re sick and contacting your health care provider • washing your hands often • covering your cough, • Regularly and effective cleaning commonly touched surfaces
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ADDS COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER
JOHNSONVILLE TAKING PROACTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 VIRUS
The City of Johnsonville has made changes to daily operating procedures and closed some public venues to protect its citizens, customers and employees in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I have met with City Administrator Jim Smith and we have decided to take a proactive approach to this pandemic rather than be reactive,” said Johnsonville mayor Johnny Hanna.
The following temporary procedure changes are effective immediately in Johnsonville:
- No visitors or walk-in payments are allowed at City Hall. Customer are required to make payments at the drive-thru window.
- The Community Building is closed and not available for public or private events.
- The City will not disconnect any water service for non-payment in order to give customers extra time to make payments. The City will continue to read meters and send bills and customers are encouraged not to build big account balances.
- City employees who must interact with customers have been instructed to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) safety guidelines.
Mayor Hanna and the Johnsonville City Council urge all citizens to stay calm during the Coronavirus pandemic and use these common-sense practices:
- Avoid close interaction with other people and use social distancing.
- Avoid public gatherings of 50 or more persons.
- Wash you hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water.
- Use sensible buying habits and do not hoard products that may prevent others from spreading the virus.
“The City is simply urging citizens and customers not to panic and keep Johnsonville safe.
Together we will get through these difficult times,” concluded mayor Hanna.
The City of Johnsonville will continue to monitor the continuously changing situation with the Covid-19 virus pandemic and issue updates as needed.
SCDHEC ISSUES UPDATES ON THE CORONAVIRUS
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is closely monitoring a rapidly emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in the city of Wuhan, China. DHEC has added a page to their website to give the public up to date information on the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to see the DHEC information. If you are concerned about your own personal health or are showing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call your personal doctor or healthcare provider.
If you have questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help.
Call 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
JOHNSONVILLE SUBMITS ENTRY FOR HGTV'S HOMETOWN TAKEOVER
DUKES RECOGNIZED FOR 38 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CITY
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Johnsonville Elects New Mayor and Three City Councilmen
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CITY COUNCIL MODIFIES WATER RATES
At a special called meeting on Tuesday, October 22, Johnsonville City Council voted unanimously to modify some aspects of the water rate increase which took effect in July of this year.
Water customers will be billed for the specific amount of water consumed on a monthly basis. The rate structure had been set up to round up to the next 1,000-gallon increment on bills.
Depending on the exact amount used, consumers should see a slight decrease in the total bill amount.
“Council decided to take another look after hearing feedback from customers,” said Johnsonville Mayor Steve Dukes. “We understand that many of our customers live on tight budgets. Although it is not a significant amount, we are happy to make the adjustment to help our citizens,” Dukes concluded.
NEW WATER AND SEWER RATES TAKE EFFECT
The City of Johnsonville has adopted new water and sewer rates which are taking effect for the first full billing cycle of the new fiscal year which began July 1, 2019.
City Council approved the new rates based on the results of a rate study conducted by The Wooten Company. In a presentation at the City Council meeting on June 4, company representative Gary Hartong explained that the new rates would change from a declining rate to a fixed rate with a variable rate for every thousand gallons used.
“This cost of service study was performed earlier this year and reflects actual costs to serve Johnsonville water, sewer and sanitation customers,” said City Administrator Jim Smith.
“The City has not increased utility rates for several years and the new rates will allow Johnsonville to remain cost-competitive with surrounding municipalities in Florence County,” added Smith.
City Council meetings are open to the public. Agendas are posted at the Johnsonville Post Office, front door of City Hall and at www.cityofjohnsonville.com at least 24 hours before each meeting. Anyone with questions regarding the new rates can contact City Hall at 843-386-2069.
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HOUSING AUTHORITY DONATES GAZEBO
Johnsonville Police Chief Ron Douglas acquired the gazebo and volunteered to replace some of the railings and stain the woodwork.
Odell Venters Landing , statue of General Francis Marion, the park shelter and the gazebo are maintained by the City of Johnsonville Streets and Sanitation Department.
CITY COUNCIL TO REMAIN AT SIX SEATS
Johnsonville voters defeated a proposal to reduce the size of City Council from six seats to four in a referendum held Tuesday, June 25. The unofficial results show 93 residents voted “no” and only 25 voted in favor of reducing the council size.
“With the Mayor and two Councilmen not running for re-election in November, we saw this as a good time to reduce the size of council if the citizens wanted,” commented City Administrator Jim Smith.
“Also, with that many races for open seats, the election will cost the taxpayers in the City of Johnsonville over $10,000 this November,” Smith added.
In the past, there has not been a lot of interest in running for Council seats. Smith hopes citizens who strongly opposed the reduction, will step up and run for office.
The filing period will begin in August for candidates wishing to run for Johnsonville City Council or Mayor.
“The voters have spoken, and we do not see a downside either way,” Smith concluded.
FORMER COUNCILMAN DWIGHT CARRAWAY PASSES
Edward "Dwight" Carraway, Jr., died Saturday, June 22 at his home in Myrtle Beach. He was a resident of Johnsonville from childhood until the early 1980's.
Carraway was elected to Johnsonville City Council at the age of 20 in 1976 which is the South Carolina record for the youngest person ever elected to public office. He was a classmate of current Mayor Steve Dukes.
Graveside services will be 5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Harmon Cemetery, Hemingway. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Carolina Funeral Home, Scranton.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
CITY ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARATION AND AUDIT SERVICES
The City of Johnsonville is soliciting sealed proposals from qualified vendors for financial services for the fiscal periods ending June 30, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Sealed proposals are due prior to 2:00 pm, July 16, 2019. One (1) original and two (2) copies of sealed proposals should be hand carried or delivered by traceable means to the City Administrator, Attention: Jim Smith, at PO Box 428, Johnsonville, SC 29555. All proposals should be clearly marked "RFP Financial Services". Proposals must address all issues reflected in the attached requirements document/questionnaire and the proposal price summary attachment to be considered responsive.
HASELDEN ASSUMES CITY COUNCIL SEAT
Johnsonville City Councilman Patrick Nettles died suddenly in February. Haselden will serve the remainder of that term which expires in December 2021.
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HERITAGE FESTIVAL CONTEST WINNERS
1. Laura Taylor
2. Sara Martindale
3. Renetta Evans
4. Brandi Gaskins
5. Brandi Gaskins
6. Kayla Cribb
ANYTHING RICE COOK-OFF WINNERS
1. Gregg James
2. Kevin Davis
3. Myron Wise
4. Wayne Douglas
5. Barry Collins
6. Terry Johnson (Tie)
6. Jamie Altman (Tie)
BAR-B-QUE CHICKEN COOK-OFF WINNERS
1. Kevin Davis
2. Ray Suggs (Piggly Wiggly)
3. Randy Prosser
4. Dexter Stuckey
5. David Martin
6. Phil McCracken
Heritage Festival draws hundreds to Venters' Landing
Food, clothing and craft vendors lined the space along with a bounce house, rock wall and other activities for children.
D.J. Dan E. Lockemy hosted Friday’s festivities. He started the festival with a tribute to fallen Florence officers Farrah Turner and Terrence Carraway who died following an ambush in October.
The Josh Brannon Band performed Friday following the national anthem and an invocation.
Festival organizers said 34 decorated cakes were entered in this year’s cake-baking contest. Six people judged the cakes, but as of press time, the winners had not been announced. Monetary prizes will be given to the winners:
>> First place – $300
>> Second Place – $200
>> Third Place – $ 100
Cakes were to be auctioned off after judging.
An Anything Rice contest was also held on Friday. Tents were set up on the lawn where people cooked and associated with each other. As of press time, the winners of the Anything Rice contest were also not announced.
Lockemy is also set to emcee the event today. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and include free canoe, kayak and pontoon board rides, free face painting by Ha-Ha the Clown, a balloon artist and the Palmetto Cruisers Car, Truck and Bike Show.
There will be live music, a barbecue chicken cook-off, militia soldiers, vendors and games, among several other activities.
More information about the festival can be found at johnsonvilleheritagefestival.com.
HERITAGE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE JOSH BRANNON BAND
Radio D.J. Dan E. Lockemy will be at the festival Friday night and all day Saturday (May 18) with games and other entertainment for kids and the whole family. HA HA the Clown also will be at the festival Saturday offering free face painting.
The festival features a baking contest on Friday and a barbecue chicken cook-off on Saturday. Vendors will be selling food, arts, crafts and other goods during the two-day festival. Admission is FREE!
FORMER MAYOR WILSON HARDEE PASSES
Wilson “Sonny” Cox Hardee, 84, passed away Monday, March 25, 2019 at the McLeod Hospice House. Hardee was born on October 6, 1934 and served as Mayor of Johnsonville from May of 1968 until May of 1970.
The Visitation will be held Friday, March 29 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Johnsonville United Methodist Church, 250 N. Georgetown Highway, in Johnsonville. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge.
DUKE ENERGY LAUNCHES NEW OUTAGE MAP
Duke Energy has officially launched a new and improved online outage map. The new map was designed based on feedback from nearly 2,500 customers. The company asked customers how it could improve the outage map and their overall experience when using the platform. Based on their feedback, the map has several new features:
- Shows the number of affected customers (rather than the number of outages)
- Provides information on the status of crews responding to outages
- Includes more intuitive icons
- A new mobile-friendly format that expands to fit your mobile screen for an optimal experience
When you visit the map for the first time, you will be guided through a brief tour. The tour provides an overview on how to interact with the map including how to view an outage summary by county, outage history, how to search outage information for a specific location and how to find details about an outage such as the cause and status of the responding crew.
You can access the new map by visiting duke-energy.com/outagemap. Once on the page, select the state to review outages and bookmark the page for future reference.
Johnsonville Fifth Grader Wins National Beta Club Award
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SCE&G and SCANA Are Now Dominion Energy
Councilman Patrick Nettles Passes
Funeral services will be Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Garden of Devotion cemetery.
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Kingsburg Water Tank Gets Facelift
Hundreds Turn Out for Christmas Parade Despite Rainy Weather
Waste Water Treatment and Streets Department Workers Talk Trash With Kindergarten Students
City of Johnsonville employees from the Waste Water Treatment and Street Departments paid a visit to Kindergarten classes at Johnsonville Elementary School on Tuesday, October 2 and gave the students a chance to see the sanitation truck up close and even sit inside.
“The kindergarten classes enjoyed the visit by Johnsonville sanitation truck,” said Florence School District Five Superintendent Randy Smiley. “The students thought it was the biggest truck they had ever seen,” Dr. Smiley continued.
According to Smiley, all this week kindergarten classes are being visited by community helpers. “They are being visited by EMS, the City of Johnsonville, mail delivery, a nurse and the police. This will help students see all of the helpers in our community that provide services to them and keep them safe.”
Chic Hosts Free Supper for Flood Relief Workers
A free meal was provided to 25 police officers and firefighters from the Nashville, Tennessee area as well as local National Guard members working in lower Marion County.
The Chic Restaurant provided the meals at no charge in appreciation for the services these workers are providing to our community.
Odell Venters Landing Opens to the Public
The newly renovated Odell Venters Landing was officially opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 16. Senator Hugh Leatherman and Representative Roger Kirby were among the public officials invited by the City of Johnsonville to open the landing on Highway 41/51 just north of the city.
“Odell Venters Landing is used not only by the Johnsonville community, but by boaters and fishermen from surrounding towns and counties as well,” said Johnsonville Mayor Steven Dukes. “On behalf of all of them, I want to thank Senator Leatherman, Representative Kirby and the rest of the Florence County legislative delegation for securing the funding to create this exceptional recreation facility.”
Proceeds from the “Water Recreational Resources Fund” were used to fund the $460,000 renovation project. The fund is distributed to each county based on boat registrations for purposes related to public waterways.
The City of Johnsonville contracted R.L. Morrison and Sons, Inc. of McClellanville to make the improvements which include a reinforced concrete dual ramp, a new 8’x100’ aluminum floating courtesy dock and a resurfaced parking lot. Contactor representative Ron Rose of Alpha Construction Company supervised the installation of the ramp.Read More