North Augusta City Council began planning Monday night for a banquet to celebrate the state championship victory by the North Augusta High School girls basketball team - dubbed "South Carolina's UConn" by Mayor Lark Jones.
The celebration will likely be held around mid-April - after the Masters and before prom - and will include a speaker of some note, as tradition demands.
The last time the city held such a banquet was 1997, when the school's baseball team won state. The speaker that year was Ray Tanner, coach of the University of South Carolina baseball team.
Players and parents will be treated at the banquet, which probably will be held in the city Community Center, and tickets will be sold to the general public.
The city will also coordinate its efforts with the Yellow Jacket booster club, which traditionally pays for state championship players' rings. If the timing works, the players could receive their rings at the banquet.
The city will also begin efforts to get a road sign declaring the team's accomplishments.
The matter was discussed in study session, which precedes the regular meeting, so no vote was taken. Pat Carpenter and David McGhee volunteered to head up the effort.
Also in study session, City Administrator Todd Glover said a camera would soon be pointed toward the Project Jackson construction site so people can watch the work through their computers or smart phones. The camera also will take still images at regular intervals so a time-lapse video can be made when work is complete.
During the regular meeting, council voted 6-0 to certify the results of the recent municipal election, and declared that the previously scheduled general election in May no longer needed to be held because no other candidates had declared their intent to run or seek election as write-ins.
In that election, Bob Pettit won the mayor's race and Carpenter, Fletcher Dickert and McGhee were re-elected to council. Jones did not seek re-election.
In other action, council gave first- and second-reading approval to the annexation of 110 Edgewood Ave., at the request of the property owner.
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