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Oct 22, 2020

OCTOBER 30 IS FILING DEADLINE FOR SPECIAL ELECTION

The deadline for candidates to file for the open City Council seat is Friday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. (NOON). 

The council seat became open in October when Rev. Dennis Bailey resigned after being called to another church in the upstate.    Because of the required waiting period, the special election cannot take place in November and will be held Tuesday, December 22.
Oct 19, 2020

GOV. MCMASTER ANNOUNCES MINORITY, SMALL BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT RELIEF GRANTS

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. McMaster has announced that two new South Carolina CARES Act grant programs, the Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program and the Nonprofit Relief Grant Program, will begin accepting applications on Monday, October 19, 2020. The programs will provide financial reimbursement to South Carolina's small businesses and nonprofits for COVID-19 related financial or operational impacts. Read More
Oct 07, 2020

CONTINUING THE PENNY SALES TAX WILL BENEFIT MANY ENTITIES

A referendum question will be included on all ballots in Florence County in the November 3 election.   A “yes” vote to continue the tax already being assessed will ensure funding of numerous projects in and around Johnsonville for the next seven years.

The boost to our local economy, increase in public medical services, added fire protection and improved roads will benefit the whole community.  Those projects include:
New EMS Station in Johnsonville area
$2,670,000
Upgrades to Station 1 Johnsonville Fire Department
$   370,000
Upgrades to Johnsonville Fire Department
$1,100,000
Upgrades to Station 2 Johnsonville Fire Department
$   250,000
New Emergency Management communications tower in Johnsonville
$1,000,000 - $2,000,000
Improvement to sports and recreation facilities including golf course
$3,900,000
New manned convenience center (sanitation) in Johnsonville area
$1,000,000
Paving of parking lots at Johnsonville athletic complex
$   565,000
Road improvements in District 2
$4,300,000

Sep 30, 2020

POLICE EQUIPMENT FUNDRAISER TO BE HELD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

The Johnsonville Police Department will go ahead with plans for the 19th Annual Equipment Fundraiser on Friday, October 30.   The pileau dinner will be held at the Johnsonville Rescue Squad building on Broadway Street between 11 am and 1 pm.

Eat-in or carry-out plates are available for a $7 donation and additional contributions are accepted.

“Individuals and businesses that donate $100 or more will be put on a published list of sponsors,” said Johnsonville Police Chief Ron Douglas.  “However, we realize and understand that some businesses and individuals have struggled during the past year with the current economic conditions and may not be in a position to make financial commitments as they have done in the past.” 

All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase:

  • Annual warranty for license tag readers and in-car video and body camera systems
  • Reserve Fund for future replacement of license tag readers, in-car cameras and mobile data terminals
  • Other equipment as funds permit

“The blessings the citizens and sponsors have given us cost about $6,000 per year for the warranties and maintenance agreements, so we decided to go ahead with the fundraiser so we don’t lose the good position we are in,” said Chief Douglas.  “We have taken very good care of what you have given us and plan to use each piece of equipment until it completely crashes.   We have a plan in place to build our account from year to year so we can replace anything that breaks without having to work without these amazing tools.  We are very grateful to those who support our fundraiser and make it possible for us to keep providing the same level of service that we have become known for,” he concluded.

Jul 16, 2020

MAYOR HANNA SUBMITS LETTER TO THE EDITOR REGARDING GOLF COURSE

The following "Letter to the Editor" was submitted to the Florence Morning News on Monday, July 13:

Recently, a lot has been said and several articles have been written about the Capital Penny Sales Tax III (CPST III) that residents of Florence County will be voting on in November.  The additional penny tax on goods and services proposed by County Council would bring much-needed revenue to the smaller municipalities in our county, as well as the City of Florence.  Investment in capital projects in these municipalities will greatly benefit these areas specifically and, in some instances, will impact the entire county.

 One such project is the renovation of the Ellis Maples designed Wellman Club golf course in Johnsonville.  Our golf course was started by a group of local community leaders in 1966 as a nine-hole course.  In 1971 Wellman Industries founder A. O. Wellman and his son, John G. (Jack) Wellman, finished the layout to provide employees and residents of our City with a much-needed recreational facility. The course quickly became one of the top inland courses in South Carolina, as reported by the “Golf Traveler Magazine” (February 1986).

 As Mayor of Johnsonville, I support this project which will again provide a recreation facility to be used not only by the residents of the greater Johnsonville area, but by residents of the surrounding cities and town in our county.  Other municipalities in Marion, Horry, Williamsburg and Georgetown will benefit from it as well.

 The Wellman Course has a long and rich history in our city.  The course is well known from as far away as the New England states, as far west as Oklahoma, to the tip of Florida.  Our course has hosted tournaments such as the Class A High School State Championship (11 times), The FMU Invitational and Peach Belt Conference collegiate events, USGA major qualifiers, numerous SCGA and SCJGA events, Hooters Tour events, and one-day qualifiers for the then PGA backed Nike Tour event in Florence.   Traffic generated by renovating the course and hosting these events as well as everyday play, will boost the economy of our city, raise county tourism numbers and provide much needed job growth.

 Tom Watson and his partner, Robert Gibbons, have agreed to take on modernizing the golf course which will include new tee boxes and green complex locations, as well as new fairway contouring.

 A thriving golf course in our town will create an economic engine that will spur retail growth and services all along the Highway 41/51 corridor.  Spending our share of the CPST III revenue to renovate and revitalize The Wellman course is an investment in our city’s future.  Our water and sewer infrastructure is in better than average condition and is in the best condition it’s ever been.  Our City Administrator, Jim Smith, has worked diligently working on all areas of our city’s infrastructure since his arrival in July 2017.  We recently completed a $4.7 million water project that will provide our city with a new much-needed water supply, as well as provide clean, treated water to our customers in our rural areas.

 A championship golf course will not only benefit the 41/51 corridor, it will also be a catalyst for the development of Johnsonville’s downtown and residential areas.  City leaders have taken the first step by investing in a new $2.1 million municipal complex on Broadway Street (Highway 341).  We anticipate that increased traffic downtown will attract new retail businesses, and in return make our downtown area a more desirable location.

 If given the opportunity, I hope the voters will approve the CPST III proposal in November.  It will have a tremendous impact on Florence County and it's municipalities as it has in the past.  The Wellman Golf Facility as a public recreation facility will not only benefit the economy and residents of our city, but all residents of Florence County and beyond.

 Sincerely,

 Johnny Hanna, Mayor
City of Johnsonville

Jun 02, 2020

DUKE ENERGY PREPARES FOR HURRICANE SEASON DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the June 1 start of hurricane season has arrived, Duke Energy is preparing to respond to power outages as quickly as possible – while also adapting to the extra challenges of protecting the health and well-being of the company’s employees, customers and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Now more than ever, our customers are depending on us for the essential energy they need to power their homes and workplaces, which in many cases are one and the same,” said Harry Sideris, senior vice president of customer experience and services. “We recognize that even brief outages in this pandemic are no longer simple inconveniences but disruptions, so it’s important that we, along with our customers, plan now for any impacts a major storm may create.” 

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May 21, 2020

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.

May 21, 2020

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.

Apr 23, 2020

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.

  • Most lenders are continuing to accept applications. Nav’s lender partners are still open to applications and they’re connecting thousands of businesses daily.
  • There is still hope for small-dollar loans. Nav customers have seen PPP approvals under $50,000 through our partners. You can easily complete Nav’s short form to get matched to a PPP lender or partner instantly.

 

 

Decided on applying? We recommend you have these documents ready so the lender can quickly process your loan:

  1. Payroll Documentation –You must provide a document that shows 12 months of payroll costs. You can use a payroll processing provider’s PPP report if you work with one already. If you don’t use a payroll provider, upload a spreadsheet showing the data for your estimated loan amount calculation.
  2. Employment Tax Documents – Form 941 for Q2, Q3, Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. Please make sure these IRS documents are in line with your calculated loan amount.
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Apr 14, 2020

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!

Apr 09, 2020

FLORENCE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP OFFERS RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

Click the link below to access a list of resources compliled by the Florence County Economic Development Partnership.

Covid-19 Resources
Apr 08, 2020

FLORENCE COUNTY EMD ISSUES UPDATE ON COVID-19 MEASURES

Florence County EOC remains at OPCON 2 (Enhanced Awareness) and continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
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
 
State Status:
 
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
Mar 30, 2020

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ADDS COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER

The South Carolina Department of Commerce has added a page to its website offering helpful information to small businesses dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic:

https://sccommerce.com/doing-business-here/join-community/emergency-preparedness


Mar 16, 2020

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.

Feb 10, 2020

JOHNSONVILLE SUBMITS ENTRY FOR HGTV'S HOMETOWN TAKEOVER

The City of Johnsonville has submitted an entry application and video for a Hometown Takeover by HGTV.  Ben and Erin Napier will host the six-episode television show next year when they lead a team of renovation professionals and makeover a small town somewhere in America.   To read more and view Johnsonville's video, click the headline above. Read More
Nov 11, 2019

DUKES RECOGNIZED FOR 38 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CITY

The City of Johnsonville recognized mayor Joseph Stevens Dukes for 38 years of service to the City with an engraved train bell at its City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 5.  Dukes was elected to Johnsonville City Council in 1981 and has been serving as mayor since 2004.

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Nov 07, 2019

Johnsonville Elects New Mayor and Three City Councilmen

The Florence County Board of Elections & Voter Registration has confirmed election results for the City of Johnsonville.  Johnny Hanna has been elected Mayor and Frankie Poston and Dennis Bailey have been elected to City Council for terms of four years.  Gary Arthurs has been re-elected to another four-year term on Council.

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Oct 28, 2019

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.

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Aug 21, 2019

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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Jun 27, 2019

HOUSING AUTHORITY DONATES GAZEBO

The Lake City Housing Authority has donated a wooden gazebo to the City of Johnsonville.  The City placed the gazebo near the boat ramp at Odell Venters Landing for public use.

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.
Jun 26, 2019

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.

Jun 24, 2019

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.



Jun 18, 2019

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.
The proposal evaluation process will be completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of proposals, and the prospective provider of this service will be identified. The pricing data reflected in your proposal must be good through June 30, 2019.

All offerors may submit questions or requests for clarification in writing no later than 12:00 pm on Friday, July 5, 2019. After that date, additional questions or requests will not be accepted.

The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received as a result of this request for proposals, to negotiate with all qualified offerors, or to cancel in part or in its entirety, this request for proposals if it is in the City's best interest to do so.

The City reserves the right to retain all proposals submitted and to use any ideas in a proposal, regardless of whether the proposal is selected.

This solicitation does not commit the City to award or to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation of your proposal, or to procure or contract for any good or services.

Proposals must be signed by an official of your company authorized to commit and enter into a formal contract for goods and services.

The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of goods and services.

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Jun 05, 2019

HASELDEN ASSUMES CITY COUNCIL SEAT

Marie Haselden was sworn in as a member of the Johnsonville City Council by Judge John Kirven on Tuesday, June 4.  A native of Johnsonville, Haselden won the seat in a special election held in May 2019. 

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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May 22, 2019

HERITAGE FESTIVAL CONTEST WINNERS

CAKE COOK-OFF 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
May 20, 2019

Heritage Festival draws hundreds to Venters' Landing

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  • May 17, 2019

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.

Apr 09, 2019

HERITAGE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE JOSH BRANNON BAND

The Josh Brannon Band will be the featured entertainment on Friday, May 17 at the Johnsonville Heritage Festival.  The local band from Georgetown County will play country music favorites from 8:00 until 11:00 p.m. 

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!
Mar 27, 2019

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.

Mar 20, 2019

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.

 View the video tutorial overview to learn how to navigate and become familiar with the new outage map. You can also access a list of FAQs about the new tool.

Mar 13, 2019

Johnsonville Fifth Grader Wins National Beta Club Award

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Present for the John W. Harris Leadership Award announcement were: Johnsonville City Administrator Jim Smith, Florence School District Five Superintendent Randy Smiley, award recipient Alycesaundra Lyerly, Beta Club Sponsor Adrian Filyaw, and JMS Career Specialist Sally Coker.

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Mar 06, 2019

SCE&G and SCANA Are Now Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy has merged with SCANA to become one of South Carolina's largest energy providers.  Dominion Energy has operated in South Carolina since 2015 as the owner of Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission (in 32 counties) and operates one of the largest solar facilities in the state. 
Learn more about Dominion Energy and what this merger means for customers at:
Feb 07, 2019

Councilman Patrick Nettles Passes

The City of Johnsonville is sad to announce the sudden passing of City Councilman Patrick Nettles, age 47, on Wednesday, February 6.   Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kim, and the Nettles family. 

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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Dec 05, 2018

Kingsburg Water Tank Gets Facelift

The tank which serves Johnsonville water customers in the Kingsburg area was repainted recently.  The lower part of the tower is painted sprearmint  green and the message "Visit Johnsonville South Carolina" in matching color is featured on both sides of the white tank.



Dec 03, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out for Christmas Parade Despite Rainy Weather

Rainy weather did not stop Johnsonville from holding its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 1.  Hundreds of local citizens came to see a variety of vehicles and floats parade down Broadway Street.  Rain did not dampen the Christmas spirit and on went the show.  Click the headline to see more photos. Read More
Oct 03, 2018

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.”

Sep 24, 2018

Chic Hosts Free Supper for Flood Relief Workers

The Johnsonville Police Department coordinated a free supper for flood relief workers at the Chic Restaurant on Friday, September 21. 

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.
Jun 16, 2018

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.

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