On Dec. 29, 2014, the society paid our contractor David McGee (Sitec LLC) the last payment of our $25,000 Aiken County Accommodations Tax Grant and completed the grant part of the construction of our new country store building. Construction costs went a little over our $25,000 budget, and Contractor David McGee generously donated that overage to the society. Construction on the building did not begin until September 2014 with the laying of the cement blocks donated to the society by Jim Farmer and Augusta Concrete Block Co. on the concrete pad that had been poured in 2005.
All that remains to be completed are wiring, heat and air, insulation, floor covering, interior walls, ceiling, door hardware, caulking and exterior painting. It is the responsibility of the society to finish this work. There still is about $3,000 left in the store account from earlier donations. Painting will begin as soon as the weather permits. If you want to donate cash, building materials or your time toward completing this work, please call Jackie Bartley at 803-827-0184.