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White Knoll Business Coalition presents early Christmas gift to Sheriff’s Department

Red Bank, SC – The White Knoll Business Coalition presented the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department with a Palmetto State Armory assault rifle Monday night during their annual Christmas drop in at the Red Bank home of SC Senator Katrina F. Shealy and her husband Jimmy Shealy. Sheriff Jay Koon and Red Bank area Resident Deputy Joe Hart were on hand to accept the weapon on behalf of the department.

The White Knoll Business Coalition is an organized group of business men and women that was formed to promote the attributes of the Red Bank / White Knoll area of Lexington County. They meet quarterly to encourage the area and its business, religious, and governmental leaders.

Often, they host speakers at their meetings that cover interesting and important topics that encourage, educate, or enhance both their businesses and the community as a whole. In the past, Senator Katrina Shealy, Sheriff Jay Koon, Lexington County Councilman Bobby Keisler, and county 911 Coordinator Nikki Rodgers have presented to the group, among others.

The rifle that was presented on Monday, will be permanently assigned to the resident deputy of the Red Bank area of the county. This un-incorporated area, is one of the fastest growing in a dynamic and popular county where thousands relocate annually for the high quality of life and excellent schools.

It is home to one of the top performing Wall-Mart Supercenters in the state. White Knoll High, Carolina Springs Middle, and Carolina Springs Elementary Schools, each sprawling complexes that have high performing students who excel in sports, academics, and the arts, also call this area home.

There is also a fast-growing business community that has recently added commercial neighbors like Marco’s Pizza, Taco Bell, an AT&T cellular store, and Bela Family Dentistry of White Knoll. A new NTB tire and battery store and a large self-service storage facility are currently under construction as well.

The board of directors of the coalition presented the assault rifle after the area’s resident deputy pointed out the need for increased fire power in the event of an assault by a criminal or mentally ill perpetrator with mayhem on their minds. The current resident deputy, a US military veteran, already has extensive training in the use of such an assault rifle, but will still be required to qualify with the one presented Monday night. The coalition included the necessary ammunition for that qualifying process with the rifle.

Normally, because of budget constraints, the Sheriff’s Department’s assault rifles are spread out across the county. In the event of an attack by someone armed with a high-powered rifle or a large cache of weapons or explosives on one of the schools, a business, or one of the many churches in the area, the deputy assigned to the community would be armed with just his sidearm until backup arrived. This type of rifle helps to even the odds and allows deputies to multiply their heavy firepower faster so that they can act quickly before multiple casualties are suffered.

During the presentation, Sheriff Jay Koon thanked the coalition for its activism and support of his department’s mission in the area. He pointed out that one of the founding members of the organization was a former resident deputy in the area and he spoke of the importance of his department having a strong partnership with the businesses, houses of faith, and the citizens of the community.

Each year, the coalition raises money through members’ dues and fundraising projects. In early summer, they hold the Patriot’s Run 5K race at White Knoll High School. Monies raised at that event are presented as scholarships to deserving students from the high school.

To learn more about White Knoll Business Coalition, or how you can become a member, contact Mark Rouse at (803) 957-9001.

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