2017-05-19 / News

Richland County Council members recognize Emmanuel Cunningham, Marcus Edmond, and Richland County Public Works

By Mike Cox

Richland County Council meeting May 16 began with three proclamations. In the first one, Norman Jackson read the accomplishments of Emmanuel Cunningham, a recent graduate of Cardinal Newman High School. Young Mr. Cunningham’s time in high school read like a Hollywood story too good to be true.

Emmanuel learned to swim only five years ago and this past season won the 50 yard freestyle and finished third in the 100 yard freestyle in the SCICA 3A state swim meet, was a member of a state champion wrestling team, and took the Gold in the state 400 meters in track.

Emmanuel is also a volunteer for the election board, participates in the dance marathon fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, and is making plans to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. His grandmother, speaking for the family, thanked the council for the honor and Jackson for “always being there to help.”

The second proclamation, also read by Jackson, recognized Marcus Edmond, a Hopkins High graduate who was honored by the council for “his success leading the Clemson Tigers to the National Championship.”

As the quarterback for Hopkins, Edmond led the Diamonds to their first playoff game since 1999 and also ran the 400 meters in track. As a Clemson defensive back last season, he made game saving plays in victories over Louisville and North Carolina State. Edmond graduated in May but has one season of eligibility remaining.

Edmond thanked “family and coaches for helping him along the way and allowing him to get to where his is.”

The third proclamation was read by Greg Pearce, who honored the employees of Richland County who are part of public works. The nation celebrates Public Works Week May 21-27. The recognition started in 1960. Public Works Director Ismail Ozbek thanked the council for remembering the day and for recognizing the folks who do all the unrecognized work that keeps Richland County running.

Council Chair Joyce Dickerson introduced the new COMET/CMRTA interim director. Ann August has spent a lifetime working in transit. She has held director positions in Sumter and Birmingham and also worked in transit in Philadelphia. In her spare time, August served 30 years in the Army Reserve.

During the report of the rules and appointments committee by Bill Malinowski, James H. Hill was added to the employee grievance committee, Chui Ping (Karen) Yip was named to the planning commission, and Douglas J. Fabel was voted onto the Central Midlands Council of Governements. Two other appointments were re-advertised.

During the clerk of council report, Michelle Onley reminded the council of the Moving Forward Together Youth Summit, which is June 12 and 13, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., at the Convention Center.

And finally, during Citizen’s Input, Tony Forrester was told that after so many episodes of his entertaining story, no member of council could figure out what he was leading up to and what he wanted the council to do. Forrester was asked to consider the purpose of his story and put it in writing so the council can help him with his issue.

Chair Joyce Dickerson, Vice Chair Bill Malinowski, Calvin “Chip” Jackson, Norman Jackson, Gwendolyn Kennedy, Paul Livingston, Jim Manning, Yvonne McBride, Dalhi Myers, Greg Pearce, and Seth Rose were present. www.rcgov.us.

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