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Abbie Turner is the grand prize winner of the Name the Improvement Movement Art Contest in Olanta.

OLANTA, S.C. – The town of Olanta has been taking strides to make improvements for residents and visitors, from a new water treatment facility and water expansion, the Olanta Creative Arts and Science Magnet School, new town hall and many small projects.

However, sometimes the progress gets overlooked by busy lives, according to a media advisory from the town. To highlight the wins, the Name the Improvement Movement Art Contest was announced. The contest was launched in early April and the winner was chosen and announced on April 20 at Olanta's annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The winning art and slogan will be produced on signs and displayed at all future town improvement projects to emphasize the great strides taken in the community.

Many entries were received, and several prizes were awarded. The judges included Randy Wilson of Community Design Solutions and local artists Linda Lawhorn and Dannie Welch. The grand prize of $500 was awarded to 13-year-old Abbie Turner.

"I am excited for our community and all of the great things to come,” Abbie said. “And I am excited to get the prize money too."

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance, Walmart and the town of Olanta made the prizes possible, and the members of the Olanta Women's League, Mayor Michael Welch and graphics designer Nancy Matthews helped make this event a success, the media advisory said.

Stay informed on what is happening in Olanta by visiting olantasc.com or Olanta Happenings on Facebook. Look for the winning signs around the town.

This project is made possible through funding from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance's Quarterly Grants Program, which is funded in part by an award from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, and due to the local support of Honda of South Carolina, the advisory said.

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