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St. George Tennis Receives $164,400 Grant

    A grant for $164,400 was presented to the St. George Jr. Team Tennis to go towards the cost to build four new tennis courts and an expansion to the existing building. State Representative Patsy G. Knight and State Sentator John W. Matthews, Jr. attended the year-end "Tennis Social" at the Klauber Building on Sunday, November 6th. Mayor Pro Tempore Margie Ladson and Town Council members Clarine Barton and Darrell Hinton accepted the check. Also in attendance were County Council member Willie Davis, School District #4 Superintendent Jerry Montjoy, School Board Chairman Dr. Kenneth Jenkins, and Judge Jackie Jenkins.

     Rep. Knight spoke first, saying she had been watching the volunteer work of Barbara Jones and the volunteer tennis coaches. "With close to one hundred people in attendance, it shows how important this project is to the St. George community."  Sen. Matthews said that the economic impact of the project is in line with the I-95 Corridor Authority.  "People coming to the tennis tournaments in St. George will bring in the revenue dollars for the town," Matthews explained.

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     Barbara Jones gave the year-end recap of the many experiences and awards our Jr. Team achieved in 2011.   Dr. Butch Byron spoke about the future of an adult program at the facility, and said that as a Rotarian and one of several active tennis players in town, he was proud of the support his group had given to the tennis program. The USTA S.C. Deputy Exec. Director Graham Cox was special guest speaker and focused on the great accomplishments he has seen from Barbara Jones and St. George JTT in recent years, as well as how proud the USTA SC office is of the program's success. 

     Local groups such as the St. George Rotary Club and the LOUD (Lower Orangeburg Upper Dorchester) organization responded to the tennis program with support. The LOUD group provided greenery and a palm tree, while the Rotary Club helped in the clean up and purchasing of equipment for the program. The tennis program also received $2300 from the "Best Tennis Town in America" fund.

     Coach Mary Thomas was Mistress of Ceremony and Rev. Charles Smoak, also a coach, gave the invocation. Coach Dion Straub gave the closing words.  Other coaches in attendance were Peggy Carn, Laren Clark, Ian Jones and Daniel Walters.  Phyllis Shuler helped to coordinate the refreshments.  The social was also attended by many of St. George JTT's players, parents, extended friends and family, and our great volunteers.

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