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Heath Springs accepts $200,000 grant

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By Johnathan Ryan

HEATH SPRINGS – The money keeps coming in the form of grants for the town of Heath Springs.

Mayor Ann Taylor accepted a heavy cardboard cutout depicting a $200,000 check from S.C. Department of Transportation Commission Chairman Bobby Jones on Thursday afternoon.

The grant will be used to extend sidewalks from Heath Springs Elementary School to the planned Heath Springs Industrial Park on the eastern side of U.S. 521, just north of town limits.

"This allows for a safe route for pedestrians between the school and park," Taylor told the small crowd inside the Town Depot who gathered for the check presentation. Town and state officials were on hand, as were officials from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments.

Taylor asked people to come back and see the new sidewalk once completed in a few months.

Heath Springs has received $631,000 in the past 10 years from SCDOT grants.

Jones, the 5th District DOT commissioner, once lived in Heath Springs and remembers the community fondly.

He teared up after talking about how the people of Heath Springs were kind to him when he was just a young man starting out on his own and living there.

"I fell in love with this town," he said.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, commended Jones for all his help in getting SCDOT grants for this area of South Carolina. Sheheen's district includes parts of southern Lancaster County.

"Bobby spreads the thanks around a lot, but really the credit is with him and COG (Catawba Regional) for writing the grants," Sheheen said. "He has really gone to bat for us."

Heath Springs was one of five municipalities in the 5th District to receive transportation-enhancement funds. The funds come from the federal government but are administered by SCDOT.

The crowd applauded the town and Catawba Regional officials' efforts in writing a successful grant.

"Heath Springs is a special place," Sheheen said. "I admire what you all have accomplished. It's tremendous for a town the size of Heath Springs."

Contact Johnathan Ryan at

416-8416 or

jryan@thelancasternews.com