Recognitions top Blackville council meeting
Recognitions topped the Blackville Town Council’s Dec. 18 meeting.
Councilman Steve Jowers was appointed as the new mayor-pro-tem. The mayor pro-tem fulfills the mayor’s duties whenever the mayor is absent or otherwise unable to. Jowers takes over for Councilwoman Vivian Alston, who has served as mayor pro-tem for seven years.
Former Blackville-Hilda High School head football coach David Berry was recognized for his 30-plus years of service, which included 257 wins and only 97 losses, three state championships (1995, 2005, 2007), 13 region championships, 28 winning seasons and coaching in the North/South All-Star and Shrine Bowl games. Councilman Fred Orr, who worked with Berry for 18 years, said the coach has a great ability to make halftime adjustments. Berry was inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and the S.C. Football Coaches Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Mayor Michael Beasley said Berry has also done a lot behind the scenes for the school and community.
“He’s a humble guy. I appreciate him and the leadership he’s shown to make me grow,” said Mayor Michael Beasley, who is also the high school’s athletic director and principal.
BHHS senior Dawon Joyner was also recognized for his accomplishments on the football field, including being an All-Region and All-State player. He played in the North/South All-Star game where he was named MVP for the North team. Joyner will play in the Border Bowl on Jan. 6.
Councilwoman Ann Pernell then recognized three Blackville natives for their acts of kindness. While none of them live in Blackville anymore, they continue to give back to their hometown.
Alicia Delao, a 2006 graduate of BHHS, did 30 acts of kindness for her birthday this year, including purchasing backpacks and school supplies for students in Blackville. Former NFL player Troy Brown purchased 40 tickets to Blackville-Hilda’s homecoming game this year and handed them out to people. Victory “Vic” Pernell was recognized for organizing a toy drive in November. The toys were given to Macedonia Elementary School to go to students who were not already being assisted by donors through the school’s angel tree program.
“Don’t stop there. We need everyone’s contribution,” said Councilwoman Pernell of the importance of having all residents give back to the community. She said even the smallest act of kindness can make a big impact.
Mayor Beasley concluded the meeting by encouraging residents to be “changers” and find ways to change people’s lives for the better. “We really need to love one another,” he said.
In other news:
• Beasley announced that the town is “on budget for this fiscal year.”
•A resident complained of her water having a bad odor and asked what could be done. Beasley said they are doing regular flushing to try to help, but the water there needs to be looped because it’s at a dead end and becomes stagnant. The town is working on a grant to loop the water. “Unfortunately we have these problems in town and we have to fix them,” said the mayor, who acknowledged progress will take time.