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VANCE - Vance Town Council's Feb. 27 meeting turned out to be primarily an informational session about upcoming events and activities in the town. 

“This is mostly an informational meeting because we don’t have any pressing decisions that need to be made,” Mayor Michael Aiken said.

Vance Fire Chief Bill Snider reported the fire department responded to 30 calls for assistance in January and 26 to date in February.

In addition, Snider reported that two young men who recently turned 18 had begun training to assist the fire department.

Aiken announced that the Highway of Connections nonprofit, led by Dana Vogt, will host a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Family and Friends Center. Representatives will be on hand from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, the Lanier and Burroughs Law Firm of Orangeburg and Keller Williams Realty in Orangeburg, he said.

In addition, the mayor reported New Direction Community Church with Pastor George Moore will hold a special event at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Vance Community Park to celebrate the coming of Easter the following weekend.

It was also announced that Vance-Providence Elementary School will hold its Cancer Prevention Awareness Walk on April 14. The walk will begin at Vance Community Park and proceed north on Camden Road (Highway 310), turn right on Old Number Six Highway and proceed to the intersection of Vance Road and Highway 210). At Vance Road, marchers will again turn right and proceed down Camden Road to Vance Community Park, it was noted. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. A variety of health professionals will be on hand to provide information about cancer prevention and care.

It was noted that personnel of the South Carolina Department of Social Services and S.C. Works will be available to assist residents at the Vance Family and Friends Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. For more information about this, call 803-608-0516.

Aiken also reminded council members and guests of the need to apply for a Real ID, which all U.S. citizens will need to travel aboard commercial airlines, enter federal facilities or visit military bases beginning Oct. 1, 2020. The cost of a REAL ID is $25. For more information on the documents needed to successfully apply for it, visit A Real ID brochure is also available to residents at Vance Town Hall, the mayor said.

Vance Town Council's next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.

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