Final Notes From the County Council Meeting on June 5

A few more items of interest were presented to the Calhoun County Council at the meeting on June 5th. These are the items discussed outside of the articles already submitted:

In the Calhoun County Animal Control Report to Council it was noted that in the month of May 52 complaints were filed which led to 55 complaint trips. 42 dogs and 5 cats were taken during the month. There was one euthanization and the rest were redeemed by their owner, adopted, or sent to a rescue organization. There were no court cases in May and the shelter took in $543 in donations. There were $3,791.43 in medical expenses.

As noted in an earlier Ledger article the county received a grant for mosquito control from SCDHEC. Although there are no known cases of Zika virus in Calhoun County it is an issue that is getting serious attention. The county will be hosting an educational event targeting women in child-bearing years. This event will help educate them to know and understand the dangers of contractor this virus if they are or intend to become pregnant. More information will follow on this event. Much information about Zika virus and mosquito control can be obtained by visiting

County beekeepers are encouraged to register their apiaries with Calhoun County Animal Control by calling Ron Gibson or Cheryl Price at 803-874-2914. Every attempt will be made to notify beekeepers when mosquito spraying is expected in their area.

Beekeepers can register their apiaries by calling CC Animal Control at 803-874-2914.

Approval was given to a sealed bid sale of 62+/- acres bequeathed to the Historical Commission of Calhoun County by the late C.R. “Dick” Banks. Once the bid deadline has passed the bids will be brought before the council for the required three readings and public hearing. The monies raised from the sale of this property are expected to be used to fix the bungalow home of Mr. Banks. The sealed bid instructions and map will be published separately from this article.

And finally, the Calhoun County Honey Jubilee and Farm Fest Report outlined the events that took place over the three

days beginning with the Farm-to-Table Dinner on Thursday, June 1st, where over 120 people were served a five-course dinner by Dupre Catering & Events. The dinner featured products grown or produced in Calhoun and surrounding counties prepared with a honey-based twist. Some of the featured foods from our county were Golden Kernel Pecan, Sallie's Greatest Jams & Jellies, and Old Swamp Apiary.

The six beekeeping and gardening workshops on Friday had more than 50 attendees. The workshops were held in the Gressette Children's Garden, the library's program room, and the Quick Jobs Center classroom. Lunch was served to the attendees.

The Honey Jubilee & Farm Fest was held on Saturday, June 3rd on the lawn between the Courthouse and the Annex, the Annex parking lot, in the Gressette garden and the grassy area beside the garden. There were 40 vendors and it is estimated that at least 1000 people attended. There were various educational programs on beekeeping, gardening and agricultural drone use. Musical entertainment was found on the courthouse steps, great food was served by a variety of vendors, and children enjoyed making a mason bee house in a project sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources' Harry Hampton Foundation. Local volunteers sold beverages to raise money for youth programs around the county, including the Calhoun County Recreation Department.

It is too early to know the economic impact of the festival. Vendor surveys are being reviewed. They will provide the estimated earnings.

The Executive Session addressed a contractual matter with The Regional Medical Center. There were also discussions concerning an economic development project, Project Ganymede. Since these were part of the Executive Session no notes are available at this time.

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