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Dr. Christina Melton named District 5 Superintendent 

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Melton on being named successor to Superintendent Stephen Hefner when he retires next year. Melton has been an educator for 23 years and currently serves as the chief instructional officer at Lexington-Richland School District 5. She is involved in a number of professional organizations and has been recognized as one of South Carolina’s top principals and administrators. District 5 is home to more than 16,000 students and includes 22 schools, including six in the greater Chapin area. 

Final Public Hearing & Council meeting of 2017

The Town will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2018 Municipal Budget on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 pm in council chambers. Then at 6:00 pm, the final council meeting of the year will feature recognition of the outgoing council members and mayor. You can view both agendas online

Spreading Holiday Cheer!

Mayor Skip Wilson had the pleasure of judging the Firebridge Homeowners Association’s Christmas decorating contest last Friday evening. Homeowners’ decorations were judged in three thematic categories: Best Religious, Best Children’s and Best Contemporary decorations. The winners were Debra Taylor (161 Firebridge) for Best Religious décor; the Freehly family (155 Firebridge) for Best Children’s theme; and Matthew King – (424 Firebridge) won Best Contemporary honors. Each was presented with a $50 gift certificate to J. Peter’s, not a bad reward for their efforts! Thanks to everyone who participated and brightened the neighborhood with their holiday spirit.

New Location for Community Forum on January 25

The response to plans by the Chapin schools cluster to host a Community Forum on the Social and Emotional Well-being of Our Young People has been so strong that Dr. Akil Ross informed us that they are moving the event to the fellowship hall at Chapin United Methodist Church (415 Old Lexington Hwy). It will still be on Thursday evening, January 25 at 6:00 pm and is open to the entire Chapin community. 

Upcoming Events

December 19             Public Hearing on Municipal Budget 5:30 pm
                                  Chapin Town Council Meeting 6:00 pm
December 25-26        Town Hall offices closed for Christmas
January 1                   Town Hall offices closed for New Year’s Day
January 2                   Special Called Town Council Meeting 6:00 pm
January 8                   Weight Watchers Meeting 12 pm
January 15                 Town Hall closed for MLK Day; Weight Watchers Meeting at 12 pm
January 25                 Community Forum of Social & Emotional Health of Our Children                                           at 6 pm at Chapin UMC 

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Final Thoughts

Since I moved to Chapin in 2005, I have had the privilege and pleasure of communicating important events and issues in our community, organizing and coordinating special events, helping businesses and citizens, and working with our schools, churches and local charities. If you ask me to name the best part of all these tasks, I would definitely say it would come down to meeting some extraordinary people. Some have challenged me, in both good and bad ways. Many have supported me and given me strength to persevere. From those who enjoyed a chuckle or a glass of wine, I have appreciated the friendships and new relationships I have experienced along this Chapin journey. And for that I am certainly grateful!

On January 3rd, I will start a new chapter as Communications Director for the State Treasurer's office. This is a new position at the agency, and I look forward to working with Treasurer Curtis Loftis and the leadership team to serve my state and my fellow citizens the best way I know how - through hard work, a passion for public service, respect for others, and a commitment to excellence in all I do. 

Finally I want to thank Skip Wilson for providing this opportunity for growth and to make a positive impact in my community. I thank all my team members at Town Hall, past and present, for their support and collaboration. To our council members and to my former colleagues and board members at the Chapin Chamber, thank you as well. I am not saying so long - more like see you around as I will continue to be part of the 29036!

Merry Christmas and Godspeed!

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