Ground Broken for Community Center in Timmonsville

by Matthew Christian

Florence County Council Secretary/Chaplain Mitchell Kirby had a message to deliver Friday morning: The wait for a community center in Timmonsville is over.

Kirby, along with state Rep. Robert Williams, Timmonsville Mayor Darrick Jackson, County Council Chairman Waymon Mumford and County Councilman Alphonso “Al” Bradley were among the officials to break ceremonial ground Friday morning for the construction of the community center just off of Main Street in Timmonsville.

“Today, I’d like to tell you that the day has finally come,” Kirby said. “I know y’all have heard for three years now that, ‘Hey, we’re going to have a community center.’ The journey takes a little bit longer. After we announced at the beginning of the referendum, people were saying, ‘When you going to get it done?’ The journey takes a while from the time that its put on a referendum to the time it takes to collect the money, then get the architects and put it out for bid. And now today, we’re having groundbreaking.”

The Timmonsville Community Center was one of the projects listed in the 2013 edition of the capital project sales tax program for Florence County.

“This is a proud day for myself, county council and city council,” Kirby added. “We’re improving the downtown area, and there’s much things to come.”

Kirby added that the new community center would be around 3,500 square feet and have an auditorium, a gym and a kitchen. The community center can host family reunions and town meetings and will be a permanent home for senior activities in the community, he said.

Williams said it was a great day in Timmonsville and he added that when local governments work together, a lot can be accomplished. He said the local governments need to continue to work together.

Jackson said it was a very inspiring day in the town of Timmonsville. He thanked the county council and the residents for working to provide a community center for the town.

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