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Lake Welcomes New, Familiar Faces

The town of Lake Waccamaw welcomed some old and new faces back into the fold at their January meeting on Tuesday night.

The vacancies filled included the Public Works manager, fire chief, and the East Ward board seat recently vacated by Rosemary Dorsey near the end of last year.

Karl Bracey was sworn in as the new commissioner by town attorney Scott Sessions. He later posed with his family for pictures and took his chair to join in on his first meeting. Bracey is a Lake Waccamaw resident and retired Columbus County schoolteacher.

Kevin Powell was introduced as the new Public Works manager, and longtime Chief Jerry Gore has stepped out of retirement once more to head the Lake Waccamaw Fire and Rescue Department.

"I'm glad to be back again. Everyone here is like my family," said Gore.

The board took some time to discuss the future of the monthly newsletter maintained in the past by Dorsey.

"It's such a vital tool for the rest of the town," said Commissioner Terry Littrell. "I have talked to several different people, and they all appreciated what that did."

Town Clerk Meredith Parker and Town Manager Damon Kempski volunteered to take the reins and continue the periodical through the Lake Waccamaw webpage.

"Through the website, we do have the option to send out the e-news for free," Parker volunteered. "People are going in through there and putting in their email address, so we do have a list compiled."

The good news continued through the evening. Kempski informed the board that the digging for the third well site has begun and both he and Code Enforcement Officer Chad Smith are looking for grants for improvements at Elizabeth Brinkley Park.

Valerie Riege, the Lake Waccamaw resident who established the pickleball games in the area, suggested the installation of wind blocking nets at the tennis courts at the park.

Smith and other town workers successfully hung the nets Tuesday morning, and Kempski is still looking for a contractor to resurface the courts at a reasonable price.

Kempski also informed the crowd that town buildings and offices will be closed on Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

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