There have been some changes in recent years — a new library, a new water tower, a new sports complex, and so on. Investment from the public sector will soon be followed by investment from the private sector: a new development is coming to the S.C. 153/81 intersection, which has come to be recognized as the center of Powdersville.
But one of the most exciting things coming is a new high school — which will be next to Powdersville Middle and Powdersville Elementary in 2011.
Powdersville has not been immune to the recession, but it has not been affected nearly as much as most of the rest of the country.
We’ve heard some people refer to Powdersville as a “modern-day Mayberry.” This is a tough reputation to maintain when 92,000 motorists drive by nearby I-85 every day, and when about 32,000 drive by S.C. 153 every day. When you grow this fast, it’s important that we work hard to maintain our community feel.
Powdersville Middle School’s PTSO, the Powdersville Fire Department and many other members of the community have worked to do just that. Lisa Troup, a member of Powdersville Middle’s PTSO and one of the main people who organized the 5K run, said from the beginning that she wanted to make Saturday’s 5K run more than a fundraiser, but an event that would bring the community together.
And from there, she and many others went above and beyond the call of duty to do just that. Well over 100 people participated in the race, raising about $11,000 for Powdersville Middle School.
Don’t forget, Powdersville Middle students will be the ones attending Powdersville High School, the one place that will bring this community together more than just about anything else.
Powdersville Fire Department Chief J.T. Tingen said firefighters helped with crowd control, adding that this was one of the bigger community event they’ve taken part of.
What could have been a typical school fundraiser became much more than that — it became a major community event.