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Rincon gearing up for Freedom Rings

POSTED: June 16, 2014 7:15 p.m.

The city of Rincon has at least five World War II veterans identified to honor in the annual Freedom Rings parade.

The honorees will be recognized at a reception before the June 23 city council meeting, according to city planner Lameisha Kelly.

The parade will be held June 28 and the laser show will be held the evenings of June 27 and June 28.

“I like the whole multi-day operation,” said council member Paul Wendelken.

Earlier this year, council members approved a $17,500 contract with Peachtree Laser. Last year’s event at Freedom Park was a one-night affair and drew a huge crowd.

“We’re really excited,” Kelly said. “We wanted to take it to another level.”

Rincon also has undertaken advertising in Richmond Hill and in South Carolina for the laser show.

“If someone doesn’t know about it,” Kelly said, “it’s because their ears are closed.”

Kelly said the response from entries has been good compared to years past, adding previously most have waited until the day of the event.

Rincon Fire Chief Corey Rahn also told council members that the city’s station No. 4, currently under construction off Blue Jay Road, will be up and running by July 1. The city signed an agreement with Effingham County to provide fire protection for nearly 300 homes in the area. Under the agreement, the county will pay Rincon $11,314 a month to support a 24-hour firefighter at the location.

The county has a three-year deal with the city to operate the station and can back out of the deal with a one-year’s notice.

Rahn said they will hold a walk-through for county commissioners before the station opens, and a formal ribbon-cutting will be scheduled between mid-July and the start of August.

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