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Central Area Wreaths Across America project will expand to 9 Cemeteries for 2021
Please help Central Sponsorship Group for Friends of Pickens Cemetery & Central SC Cemeteries purchase enough wreaths to honor all the Veterans buried in the area by placing a Fresh Maine Balsam Wreaths from the Wreaths Across America program on their grave. Central Area will expand to 9 cemeteries with a total of 780 wreaths for our Veterans’ graves! We have 419 wreaths so far. Please help ensure that all our Veterans have a wreath on December 18, 2021.
Until Jan. 15, 2021 all wreaths sponsored through a registered Wreaths Across America Sponsorship Group will be matched by WAA HQ. If you sponsor 2 wreaths for $30, the group will receive 5 wreaths! Please use the link below to be sure your donation only goes to Central Area Cemeteries
The Central Sponsorship Group for Friends of Pickens Cemetery & Central SC Cemeteries (SC0164) link has been updated for 2021:
Central and Pickens Chapel Veterans Honored
Fresh Maine Balsam Wreaths from the Wreaths Across America program were placed on all 365 Veterans graves during four formal ceremonies and three smaller ceremonies on National Wreaths Across America Day, December 19 and later on December 20. The wreaths were donated by the Town of Central, Central Heritage Society, and several generous anonymous donors.
There were 100 volunteers who came to Mt. Zion Cemetery at noon on Saturday to Honor the Veterans-Remember them by saying their names thanking them for their service- and Teach the children to do the same by having the children place wreaths. Mayor Martin started the ceremony with a letter from Senator Lindsey Graham and then introduced Senator Rex Rice and Representative Gary Clary who laid wreaths. This was an opportunity for Central to come together as families to honor their veterans. Wrenn High School Navy JROTC was the Honor Guard at Pickens Chapel and at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Clemson C-4 Pershing Rifles giving a 21 Gun Salute at Mt. Zion followed by Wrenn Bugler playing taps. Local Veterans presented the Honor Wreaths for all six branches of the military and a special wreath remembering the POW & Missing Action service members.
Saturday at the 10 am Formal Ceremony at Pickens Chapel Cemetery managed by Southern Wesleyan University there were 65 volunteers who placed wreaths on the 46 Veterans buried there. Before Sunday Church Service, members of White Oak Springs Missionary Baptist Church placed wreaths on their 8 Veterans graves. After Sunday Church Service, the congregation of New Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church placed wreaths on their 31 Veteran’s graves at their cemetery that is shared with Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. Wreaths were also placed at The Mount Church, New Poplar Springs Church, and Twelve Mile Cemetery (known as Ballentine Cemetery).
WAA’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington, as well as at veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states. Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. In 1992 the first wreaths (5,000) at Arlington were donated by Morrill Worcester and Worcester Wreath Co. In 2005 the Iconic photo of wreaths in snow became a viral sensation.
Next year the Central hopes to add Memory Gardens and another cemetery where Central Veterans are buried bringing a needed wreath total to about 800! Starting on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 19, and running through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 - all wreaths sponsored through a registered WAA Sponsorship Group like the one local volunteers manage will be matched by WAA HQ for placement next December 18, 2021. If you sponsor 2 wreaths, we will receive 4! This link will take you to our Central Cemetery & Pickens Chapel (SWU’s program) so that your donations will go to our cemeteries only:
Our Group Location name is Pickens Cemetery & Central SC Cemeteries, Easley, SC 29642 (SCPKNS) 161721
From Pickens Chapel
L to R
George Ayer, Albert Futrell, Rick Gambrell, Michael Goodnough, Willie Reed, Doug Masters, Roger McNeely
From Mt. Zion:
Wren JR ROTC
Sgt First Class Earl Bowers II with Army wreath saluting American Legion Post 151 Central Post Adjutant Willie Reid
Clemson C-4 Pershing Rifles
Mayor Martin and his grandchildren
Senator Rex Rice
Representing Pershing Rifles, an Honor Salute after placing a wreath
From White Oak Missionary Baptist Church:
At Rev. Lyda Lord Davis’ grave, Reverend Russell Oglesby with his grandson Jaziah A. Oglesby, and US Army Captain Bryan R. Black
From New Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church:
Mrs. Eloise Myles and her grandchildren
Community Needs Assessment Survey
The Town of Central is applying for a CDBG grant to reburbish the waterlines in your neighborhood located on Church St., Berry St.,PepperSt., Hedge St., James Cir., Summey St.,College St.,Clayton St., and Amanda Dr. If you received the income survey in the mail your property is in this grant. Please take a moment and complete the needs assessment survey by clicking on the link below.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 639-6381.
The Central Police Department are accepting applications for citizens to serve on a Police Advisory Board. Please click on the the links below for information on this position. The guidelines is the first link and the second link is the application. If you have any question please contact Chief Steve Thompson.
Face Coverings for the Town of Central
Please click on the link below to read the Ordinance for face coverings in the Town of Central. The extension is through February 22, 2020.
New Guidelines for Disc Golf
Upon the recommended orders by SC Governor Henry McMaster, the Town of Central will reopen the Grand Central Station Disc Golf Course on Saturday, May 2 starting at 8am with certain rules and regulations in place.
1: No more than 3 disc golfers per group per hole. No Exceptions !! No more than 3 congregated around a tee box or any other area of the Disc Golf course. Groups that begin “stacking up” due to others ahead are to spread out and obey all social distancing rules and regulations applied by the state.
2: Due to limited resources and reduced staff due to Covid 19, Bathrooms will remain closed until further notice.
3: Please avoid touching the basket when retrieving your disc to help stop the spread of disease.
4: If you have been exposed to someone with Covid19 or showing any symptoms of Covid19 or the flu, including fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain headache, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell, please do not enter the Disc Golf Course property.
The Grand Central Station Disc Golf Course will be monitored by both video surveillance and property watch. Due to protecting the safety of our Police officers, town employees, and recreation staff, violations will not be addressed but rather will force the closing of the Disc Golf Course in-order to stay in compliance with the State of SC Pandemic Orders.
The Town of Central is applying for a CDBG grant to reburbish the waterlines in your neighborhood located on Church St., Berry St.,PepperSt., Hedge St., James Cir., Summey St.,College St.,Clayton...