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Bethune stoplight, intersection nearly finished

Posted: November 22, 2017 4:52 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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The town of Bethune’s main intersection will soon be sporting a new, updated look and stop light.

Councilman Don Witham reported during Bethune Town Council’s November 9 meeting that the intersection improvement project is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

The intersection of S.C. 341 and U.S. 1 has undergone major improvements, thanks to a state grant in the amount of $650,000. The project includes a stoplight, which replaces the four-way stop and caution light set up that has been in place for many years; as well as delineated crosswalks, pedestrian signal controls, and other such pedestrian friendly amenities, Witham said.

In other business, council agreed to purchase new lighted Christmas decorations for the town. This expenditure, in the amount of $11,500, will pay to replace a little more than half of the town’s current inventory, Witham said.

Council also held second reading on the town’s comprehensive plan, during which council heard a report from Susan Lanfried, regional planner with  the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, who has been assisting the town with the comprehensive plan update.  Council then adopted the updated plan, Witham said.

Council also heard reports from Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Kinard, who spoke about the upcoming Shop Small event on Saturday and from Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns, who gave a brief update regarding the recent reassessment process and EMS funding. 

 Also, council welcomed and congratulated Jimmy Luca, Jr., who will join council in January. Lucas was elected as a write-in candidate to council during the November 7 municipal election. 

Council also passed a proclamation designating the week of Nov. 11-19 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

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