Recreation group wants to see YMCA in county

The push to bring more recreational activities to Barnwell County made positive strides last week, according to Barnwell County Councilman Jerry Creech.
Creech said he is optimistic a YMCA will be built in the county. He said before the meeting he thought, "Can it happen?" but now thinks it's just a matter of time before the groundbreaking begins.
But he stressed that the whole county will have to get behind the project if it is to become a reality.
Money will have to be raised to construct a building to house the YMCA, Creech said. He said a possible location is next to the Gail Reyes Senior Center on U.S. 278.
Creech said there is a lot of backing for the project and people he talks to about it are 100 percent in favor of it.
The meeting was held at the SouthernCarolina Business Center with representatives from various groups, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Carolina, the YMCA of Augusta, Generations Unlimited, schools and churches.
Creech said it will be "something positive for Barnwell County if we can pull it off."
Another meeting is planned for Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Gail Reyes Center. The public is encouraged to come and provide input.