Lee County transportation group gives thanks to supporters

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 11/15/18

Lee County Transportation Services held its annual luncheon on Nov. 8 to give back some of the support the community and supporters give local transportation on a daily basis.

The event was held on Nov. 8 at the Chappelle Park Recreation Center …

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Lee County Transportation Services held its annual luncheon on Nov. 8 to give back some of the support the community and supporters give local transportation on a daily basis.

The event was held on Nov. 8 at the Chappelle Park Recreation Center at 397 Chappelle Drive in Bishopville.

"It gives the Lee County Coalition along with Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation an opportunity to say, 'Thank you,'" said Bettye Scott, mobility manager for Lee County Transportation Services.

This is the 11th year the luncheon has been held, she said.

During these events, transportation services focuses on key supporters and organizations that have been pivotal in the successes of the mission of bringing reliable public transportation to Lee County.

This year, transportation services recognized: the South Carolina Department of Transportation's Office of Public Transportation; Johnny M. Mmanu-ike, director of transportation; Curtis Sims, South Carolina Rural Transit Assistance Program manager; Alan W. Watkins, Lee County administrator, who was also guest speaker for the luncheon; and Alexander Boyd, mayor of the city of Bishopville.

Scott said the event was well-attended by Lee County residents and community leaders such as state Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter; Third Judicial Circuit Solicitor Ernest "Chip" Finney III; members of Bishopville City Council; local school board members; superintendent Wanda Andrews; Debra Canty, chairperson of the Sumter Chapter of National Federation of the Blind; Saundra Ligon, representing South Carolina Human Affairs Commission in Columbia; representatives of South Carolina Office of Rural Health; and ministers from Richland, Lee and Sumter counties, among other guests.