Local officials will gather Aug. 28 to discuss Merriwether Community: Planning for Our Future.
The meeting, hosted by the Merriwether Community Coalition, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Merriwether Elementary School, 565 Spring Haven Road.
Panelists include: county council members Genia Blackwell and Dean Campbell; Rep. Bill Clyburn, district 82; Sen. Shane Massey, district 25; Joey Smith, fire chief for Merriwether Fire District; Adell Dobey, Edgefield County Sheriff; Roger DeLuc with Edgefield County Department of Roads and Bridges; Lynn Strom, administrator for Edgefield County; and Todd Glover, administrator for the city of North Augusta.
The panel discussion is a way for members of the Merriwether community to hear officials' plans and visions for the community, said Linda Anderson, one of the coalition's organizers.
"We're bringing some people together to talk about where they see the community going," she said. "This gives the community an opportunity to hear what their plans are, where our representatives see us going, and actively take part in the discussion and the planning."
There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
The Merriwether Community Coalition was organized in January as a way to bring the community together to talk about topics that effect residents. The coalition hopes to create a strategic plan in the near future for the Merriwether community.
"We want to identify what residents see as our needs and what we want our part of the county to look like in the future," said Anderson.
Part of that is creating an identity for the community, she said.
"Merriwether is not a village or a town," she said. "It's a community and that's part of what we want to do-identify who we are, where we are and where we want to go."
To get involved with the coalition or to learn more about its efforts, visit merriwethercommunitycoalition.weebly.com.