Sanford announces new safety initiative during Walterboro visit

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was in Walterboro Thursday morning to announce a new community safety initiative for Walterboro, Laurens, and Sumter.

Officials met at Walterboro City Hall to announce the initiative that will work to revitalize Walterboro and Laurens neighborhoods and educate children in the area.

One aspect of the program will tear down dilapidated buildings, improve building exteriors, and install security street lighting.

Another part of the initiative will provide at-risk youth with academic mentoring and job skills training.  Officials say the move will help keep kids off the streets between 4 and 7 p.m., which is when children are most likely to be alone.

Sanford was joined by Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor, Department of Juvenile Justice Director Judge Bill Byars, SLED Chief Reggie Lloyd, Mayor Bill Young of Walterboro and Mayor Sharon Brownlee of Laurens.

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