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Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor recently received a nice surprise.
Taylor, the Heath Springs mayor since 1990, received the Hettie Ricket Leadership Award last month in North Myrtle Beach.
The award was presented by the S.C. Community Development Association which honors community development leaders. The group is affiliated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The Hettie Ricket Leadership Award is named after Hettie Ricket, a Cassatt native from neighboring Kershaw County who worked to get water service for her community.
Ricket became involved with the Cassatt water district in 1972, when water service wasn’t available in that area. She worked tirelessly to make the service available in her community.
Taylor puts forth a similar effort in leading Heath Springs.
Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Grazier Rhea, community development director for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG), nominated Taylor for the award.
“Improving quality of life has been my ambition, and I hope that has happened,” Taylor said.
Taylor has played a key role in Heath Springs receiving repeated grant money to replace the town’s old water lines.
She also had a major hand in securing funding to build the town’s senior citizens center and the creation of the industrial park off Kershaw Camden Highway.
She has served on the board for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments for 30 years.
Taylor is also involved with the S.C. Association of Regional Councils and serves on the board for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.
Taylor might have been stunned at her award, but it’s quite obvious she is determined to help Heath Springs prosper as much as possible.
Her work will impact citizens, old and young, for years to come.
It’s no surprise Ann Taylor is deserving of her recent honor. She has delivered in a big way for Lancaster County’s smallest municipality.