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Third Aiken ‘state of the city’ event scheduled for Monday night

February 25, 2019

The third annual state of the city address will be delivered Monday, and there’s a lot to be said, according to Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon.

The state of the city kicks off at 6 p.m. at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, which is along Newberry Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Last year — standing before hundreds of people, including state lawmakers — Osbon proclaimed the state of the city as “strong.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that the state of our city is strong and getting stronger and more vibrant each and every day,” he said at the time. “I know everyone here tonight shares my passion for reaching great, new heights through working smart and hard and tirelessly.”

A lot has happened, perhaps changed, in the greater Aiken community in the past year, some of which the mayor is expected to address.

The state-of-the-city event will also include the presentation of several Aiken Awards. The awards — last year given to Beverly Clyburn, Bill Reynolds and the family of Marine Cpl. Matthew Dillon — are presented to “three incredibly dedicated and deserving Aikenites for their lifetime of dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life in our community,” according to an event press release.

Clyburn was a longtime City Council member and is a locally famed educator.

Bill Reynolds has championed improvements to and causes for Hopelands Gardens, Rye Patch and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.

Dillon was killed in 2006 while on patrol in the Anbar province of Iraq. He was 25.