Ronnie Sabb

S.C. Sen. Ronnie Sabb speaks with constituents Tuesday in Hemingway.

HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Williamsburg County residents shared concerns about medical facilities and roads and ditch maintenance, among other things, on Tuesday at a community meeting with S.C. Sen. Ronnie A. Sabb.

Sabb hosted the meeting at the Chavis One Stop building in Hemingway to hear the concerns of his constituents and share information and ideas. He touched on several topics, including technical education.

He said he attended the Williamsburg Technical College graduation, and approximately three or four students had certifications for jobs that they obtained in high school.

“And that’s really what we want,” Sabb said. “We’ve got some other ones who have a degree already but (are) going on to college. So, it can’t be any more beautiful than it is.”

There is an agreement where four-year schools now accept credit for technical colleges, according to Sabb.

“So if a child wants to get a four-year degree, guess what?” Sabb said. “You get two years free, which is going to cut down on the student loans."

However, there is a void. While opportunities are being created for children to get training, there is also an underemployed population.

“So we are working on creating a scholarship program for older folks who are underemployed,” Sabb said.

Senior citizens are able to get “free rides” to school if they choose to go back to college.

In addition to education, Sabb also touched on the marijuana issue in the county. He said it is a serious problem, and he hears from businesses and industries that people are not qualifying for positions because they are testing positive for marijuana.

As for veterans, Sabb said he and others have tried to do a couple things to help them with mental illness, including providing free outreach in nursing homes.

“So that’s part of the legislation that’s been passed dealing with the Department of Health and Human Services,” Sabb said.

He told the people who attended the meeting on Tuesday that money is in place to build a new hospital in the county. He said the best information he has received is that the hospital will be open in two years. The idea is that rural hospitals in the state are suffering, Sabb said.

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