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NEESES – The Town of Neeses raised about $500 for the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center during the recent Health Fair and Community Services event, town council members were told at the November meeting.

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At the event, yard sale vendors who participated gave a portion of their proceeds to the town. Also, the town sold hot dogs, corn dogs and desserts as well.

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Councilwoman Renee Olenick, who helped organize the yard sale portion of the event, said, “The health fair was awesome, and the (yard sale) vendors want to do it again.”

Town Clerk Sonja Gleaton said, “The Regional Medical Center does an awesome job of doing our health checks for the event.”

She also mentioned the abundance of health information that was available from the medical center and from health vendors and others.

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She also thanked participants in the fair, including the Regional Medical Center, dentist Dr. Craig Draffin Jr., the Orangeburg County Soil and Water Conservation District, Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, CASA, Silver Springs Water District, North Branch Library, Calvary Baptist Church, Neeses Baptist Church, Beaver Creek Baptist Church, Neeses United Methodist Church, the Neeses Volunteer Fire Department and others.

In other business:

• Mayor Kenneth Gleaton said the town wants to get a concrete date for the grand opening of the Seniors Recreation and Leisure Center, but the upcoming holidays have made it difficult to schedule.

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“The grand opening will either be in December or January,” he said.

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• Mayor Gleaton next gave an update on the five town signs that are being made by Brandrite Sign Company of Orangeburg.

“All materials are in. They still have to complete the signs,” he said.

Brandrite gave the low bid of $12,500 to make the signs. Funds for the signs are coming from Orangeburg County penny sales tax funds.

• The Neeses Crime Watch meeting was scheduled to be held Monday, Nov. 11, at the town hall. A traditional Thanksgiving menu was planned as well as a Veterans Day observance..

• Mayor Gleaton read Gov. Henry McMaster’s proclamation declaring November as Native American Heritage Month.

The mayor also stressed the importance of town residents participating in the upcoming 2020 census because of potential redistricting and federal funding issues.

• Christmas decorations were scheduled to go up on Thursday, Nov. 14.

• The next council meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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