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Aug 07, 2019

CITY ISSUES "INVITATION TO BID" ON MUNICIPAL COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION

The City of Johnsonville has issued an “Invitation to Bid” to general contractors interested in bidding on the construction of a new 7,236 square foot municipal complex.  The building will be located at 117 E. Broadway Street and will house city administration offices, a council chamber/courtroom and an emergency operations center.

The deadline to submit bids is Tuesday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. and there is a non-mandatory pre-bid meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the current City Hall located at 111 W. Broadway Street.

Digital bid packages may be obtained from Rett Harbeson of Johnson, Laschober & Associates, 1296 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901.  Call 706-724-5756 or email Rett at rharbeson@theJLAgroup.com.  There is a refundable plan deposit of $300.

General Contractors must submit bid packages to Johnsonville City Hall, 111 W. Broadway Street, Johnsonville, SC 29555, Attn: David Mace, Downtown Development Director.

In order to submit bids, contractors are required to have a General Contractor’s License Unlimited and Performance and Payment bonds for one hundred percent of contract price. 

The awarded contractor must have a Certificate of Insurance showing workers compensation insurance for general contractor and sub-contractors as required by the bid documents.

Johnsonville City Council passed a second reading of an ordinance for an installment purchase revenue bond (IPRB) with BB&T at its meeting on Tuesday, August 6.  The bond allows the City to finance up to $2.1 million for the construction of the municipal complex including design fees, site work, furnishings and equipment.

The City of Johnsonville hopes to break ground on the project in October and complete construction next summer.

The full “Invitation to Bid” is available at https://www.cityofjohnsonville.com/business/current_rfps.php.

 

 

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.

Click HERE to download the full RFP.




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!
Apr 01, 2019

VOTER REGISTRATION ELECTION INFORMATION

Visit the Florence County website for more information: 
http://florenceco.org/offices/voter-registration/

Register Online - Click here for online voter registration

Register by mail, email, fax - Download a voter registration form, complete it, and return it to your county board of voter registration by mail, fax, or email.

Register in person - Visit your county board of voter registration and register in person.

2018 GENERAL ELECTION VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

  • Registration by Mail:  Must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17.
  • Online Voter Registration: Register before midnight, Wednesday, October 17.
  • Applications submitted by fax or email:  Must be received by county voter registration office before midnight, Wednesday, October 17.
  • In-person applications at county voter registration offices:  Most county offices will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17.  Check locally for specific hours.

County Boards of Voter Registration Contact Information

Download a Voter Registration Application 

Who Can Register?

In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • be a United States citizen -be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time.

You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.

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. 

Click the the headline above for full obituary. 

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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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