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NEESES – Neeses is working to recruit more young people to sign up for its baseball program.

Mayor Kenneth Gleaton, who serves as recreation director, and others on Neeses Town Council say participation in the program was down in 2018 compared to previous years, and they want more children to suit up this spring.

“I really want the word to get out about this,” Gleaton said at council's January meeting.

He discussed a recruitment plan for the 2019 baseball season, noting that from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 19; Saturday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 2, he will have coaches who are going to be working with the baseball teams in place at Neeses Town Hall to recruit and sign up players.

Gleaton said a co-ed T-ball team and a co-ed machine pitch team will be formed. He said there will be at least two boys' teams for Dixie Youth Baseball -- one for ages 9-10 and the other for ages 11-12.

Parents will need to bring identification for proof of age for boys ages 11 and 12, the mayor said. The registration fee is $40.

Also during the meeting, Gleaton provided an update on construction of the town's Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center.

“We started the sheet-rock work last month. It has been completed. We will be laying out the concrete for one large porch and three small porches this week,” he said.

Councilman Jimmy Hoffman asked if funding through the Orangeburg County penny sales tax for the center was being worked out with Orangeburg County Councilman Heyward Livingston.

Gleaton assured him that it was.

Councilwoman Sandra Griffith said she had made progress on the cookbook fundraiser to purchase furnishings for the new seniors' center.

In other business:

  • The mayor announced the town will participate in this spring's Orangeburg County Clean Where You Live/Work Challenge, which will focus on cleaning up the roadsides. Keep Orangeburg County Beautiful and Orangeburg County Litter Control will help sponsor the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, April 27.

Gleaton said the Neeses Adopt-a-Highway group will select the dates it will participate in the challenge at the Neeses Crime Watch meeting/potluck at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, at town hall.

  • Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton encouraged residents to bring recyclable items to fill up the bird sculptures in front of town hall.
  • The mayor asked council to submit recommendations of people to fill a vacancy on the Municipal Election Commission and a vacancy on the Zoning Board.
  • Council scheduled a work session for Tuesday, Jan. 15, to discuss the town welcome signs.
  • Lee Mikell of Dominion Energy introduced himself as the utility's liaison with the municipalities in Orangeburg County.

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