Fundraiser planned to benefit Hemingway Police Department

January 11, 2019

HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Hemingway businessman Dale Johnson expressed his plans at a council meeting Thursday evening to host a fundraiser for the Hemingway Police Department.

He said he wants to host a plate sale on Feb. 22 with proceeds benefiting the police department. The fundraiser will be similar to one held yearly in Johnsonville.

“We’re going to probably do a plate sale of chicken bog and maybe some leg quarters and sell tickets up to that day,” Johnson said. “And hope for a good turnout.”

Plates will be ready by 10 a.m. on Feb. 22, and Johnson said he plans for the fundraiser to continue until the food runs out. He said if he sees where there is enough food to serve supper plates, he will.

Johnson said no one has ever hosted such a fundraiser for Police Chief Bryan Todd and the department. He hopes to have tickets available by next Friday.

Hemingway Mayor Grady Richardson said proceeds from the fundraiser will have to be used for non-budgeted items.

The Morning News will provide more information about the fundraiser as it becomes available.

In other business, J.P. Truesdale, owner of a septic pumping company, asked the council for permission to dump sewage from septic tanks in the town.

“It’s just residential and commercial sewage,” Truesdale said. “It’s not hazardous waste or anything like that.”

Truesdale said he is now dumping the sewage in Johnsonville. The process generates about $200 to $300 in fees, he said.

Hemingway Public Works Director Ken Laster said the sewage could be dumped in a controlled location such as a manhole. He said the town would have to look at costs and set up a fee schedule for the dumping.

Once an ordinance is drafted, it would take two readings for it to pass.

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