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Pee Dee Coalition Executive Director Ellen Hamilton was taken by surprise when Greeleyville Mayor Jesse Parker presented her with a check that will be used to help with renovations to a satellite Crisis Center. From left: Mayor Pro Tem Virginia Moore; Greeleyville Mayor Jesse Parker; Councilman Ben Pack; Ellen Hamilton; Councilman Louis Reid; Trauma Counselor Teavis Young, and Councilman Charles Landreth.

Photo by Michaele Duke

Greeleyville Town Council made a huge donation to a deserving organization. Council announced during their May 13, meeting the town was donating $20,000 to the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault to further their renovations to a building in Kingstree.

Greeleyville Mayor Jesse Parker said the town would use a portion of its Victim’s Advocate fund, which is generated from tickets written, court fees and fines, not taxpayers’ money. “We just don’t have those kind of crimes in the Greeleyville area so that money just sits there,” said Parker before the meeting. “We haven’t used a dime of it since I became mayor.” However, recent state law mandates any unused funds must be transferred to the state. “I’d rather keep it in Williamsburg County,” said Parker.

Pee Dee Coalition Trauma Counselor Teavis Young and Executive Director Ellen Hamilton were present when the mayor announced the donation. She was taken by surprise. “Oh my,” she said holding her hands to her head. “I’m not speechless often but you got me tonight. Bless your heart.”

The donation will go toward renovation of the local satellite Crisis Center. In April, staff and volunteers with Pee Dee Coalition hosted an open house celebrating acquiring the building, which will house the center through a major donation in the upstate. The space will provide a place where victims of abuse can find valuable information. The building is located at 2 Courthouse Square, which is situated beside the Williamsburg County Courthouse, and surrounded by agencies that have everything to facilitate victims’ needs. An open house is scheduled for May 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In other business, several grants are being applied for, what to do about dilapidated buildings and repairs to C.E. Murray Blvd. were discussed. Parker said the SCDOT is scheduled to begin work in the next week or so.

As for derelict homes and businesses, the town must follow a lengthy process that begins with notification of the property owner. The legal process can take months, even years to come to a resolution. Flag Day is scheduled for May 24 and May 25. The annual event will add more children-oriented games.