Group touts petition to merge three Aiken County towns

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, October 19, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C. -- It's day three of a mission to get as many voters as possible to sign a petition to bring three Aiken County towns together.

It's all to get the message out. About 75 volunteers are talking to people who live in Graniteville, Vaucluse and Warrenville area. Their message: your voice needs to be heard.

Susan Dustin and her husband are on a mission. They're two of about 75 volunteers going door to door, asking registered voters to sign a petition.

"I'm Susan Dustin. I'm a volunteer for the GVW petition drive. It's basically a petition drive for the inclusion of Graniteville, Vaucluse and Warrenville. Have you heard anything about it?"

"Vaguely," said one man.

It's all to get at least 15 percent of the about 3,800 voters to sign. That means the petition needs about 565 names--and add another one to the list, because this stop was successful.

But not the next one. One man told Susan he's not signing the petition because bringing the three towns together would raise his taxes. So, on to the next stop.

"I'm not here to ask you if you're for it or against it, all I'm here to do is to give you the rights as a registered voters to sign the petition," said Susan.

"I'm for it, I'll tell you right now. Anything to get the town in better shape," said Jerry McGee, a resident.

Cleaning the streets, and, more importantly, having a police force are Jerry's reasons for supporting the petition.

"I can sleep better at night knowing we got police rotating the town and checking things out and doing things for us," he said.

Susan is looking to get every one of her 235 voters to sign the petition.

"As a registered voter, it should be everyone's opportunity to vote for the petition, either for it or against it, to give them their right," she said.

If this petition heads to a vote, local high school students could have a say in the city's name. Volunteers will be knocking on doors until November 2nd, and that's when they will send the petition and all its signatures to Columbia.

After it's reviewed and if approved, Susan expects voters to see a ballot question sometime around February or March of next year.

If you miss any of the volunteers coming to your door, you can head down to Napier Hardware in Graniteville to sign the petition yourself. All you need is a photo ID.

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  • by upset Location: warrenville on Nov 29, 2007 at 07:06 PM
    The site of the petition says it all, Napier hardware. Fire cheif, police cheif and anything else that he can get his nose into!
  • by Belinda Location: Wagener on Oct 20, 2007 at 12:07 AM
    I want the whole world to know mother in wagener did not murder daughter's boy-friend it just look's that way. she was holding the knife he pulled it into himself. It should not have happened at all. This situation should wake alot of us up. All the mother wanted was the young man to leave her home and he wouldn't. Sad for all involved young amn is gone and a mother/grandmother is in jail alot of live's hurt truely said for all... Need to get mother out of jail and pray for young man's family through this hard time. They need to know it didn't happen the way it look's. I realize it will be hard for them to get an understanding of his death, it should not of happened, can't say it enough. No one has the right to come into your home and try to take over and that's what he tried to do. That doesn't work when a single parent is taking care of her family. She had just got out of the hospital been in icu/room for many day's right before all this happened. Did not need more trouble in her life
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