Monday, December 31, 2012

Recycler of the Month - Ruth Nielsen

Ruth Nielsen is the City of Hartsville’s December 2012 Recycler of the Month.

Nielsen, a Hartsville native, said she has sorted out recyclables for many years, filling her bin most weeks. Magazines, she said, tend to accumulate, and she enjoys being able to recycle them along with other paper items.

“I think it’s very worthwhile,” she said. “I feel like I’m helping the environment.”

The Recycler of the Month award provided Nielsen with a $25 gift card to the Village Cafe, 119 W. Carolina Ave., as well as a real-estate-style sign announcing the award. The award program is part of an effort to promote the recycling partnership of Sonoco and the City of Hartsville. Next month, the City will choose another winner.

To learn more about City of Hartsville pick-up schedules and what recyclable materials are accepted, or to request a recycling roll cart, call Environmental Services at 843.383.3019.

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Moment with the Manager - 2012 in review

By Natalie M. Zeigler, City Manager
2012 has nearly ended, and what a year it has been for Hartsville. Our city has seen advancements in its organizations, physical improvements and even in its laws in the past year. Before 2013 brings new opportunities and challenges, this year’s accomplishments are worth reviewing.

The City of Hartsville has been working to update and adapt our community in the past year. In the historic Oakdale neighborhood, a $500,000 grant was received for sidewalk and lighting upgrades, security cameras and housing for a resident police officer. In South Hartsville, an attractive new stage, new landscaping and other refurbishments came to Pride Park.  Downtown, renovations began for the new City Hall, bringing a new use to the historic building which housed the Bank of Hartsville and Bank of America before becoming vacant.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Moment with the Manager - Home Heating Safety

By Natalie M. Zeigler, City Manager

Some mild, almost warm days have come this first half of December, but winter has still arrived. Overnight lows have already gone down into the 30s, and the coldest few months of the year will arrive shortly.

Residents make heavier use of their heating devices when this time of year comes around. When these devices are not properly maintained or operated, however, they increase the risk of a residential fire. The U.S. Fire Administration tells us 50,100 heating-related residential fires occur nationwide every year, causing 150 deaths. Most break out in the early evening hours, 5 to 9 p.m., and nearly a quarter of all such fires take place in January alone.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

South Carolina Arbor Day in Hartsville

The City of Hartsville, which has been designated a Tree City by the National Arbor Day Foundation for more than 25 years marked the state's Arbor Day today with the planting of a new long-living Bur oak to provide shade in the city’s Pride Park. Councilman Bob Braddock helped place the soil for the tree.

The city, which works in conjunction with local tree-planting nonprofit Trees for Tomorrow, has for years met the requirements to be a Tree City USA community, and is now one of 38 in the state. This designation requires a city to have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, at least $2 spent per capita on trees and an Arbor Day celebration and proclamation.