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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies and members of the Lake Murray Community Center will dedicate a new children’s playground at the community center, 1003 St. Peters Road, Lexington, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Deputies and Lexington County Fire Service firefighters and former firefighters built the playground, which was financed by donations from businesses and citizens in Lexington County.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said West Lexington Resident Deputy Miles Rawl coordinated construction of the children’s playground as a community service project. Russell Rawl, who retired as the county Fire Service coordinator, Paul Arnold, a former volunteer firefighter, and Nolan Wessinger, a firefighter with the Fire Service, helped Miles Rawl, Resident Deputy Joe Auckerman and Code Enforcement Officer Ty Haigler build the playground.

The new children’s playground replaces an older one, Metts said. The new playground includes a spiral tube slide, scoop wave slide, two rock walls, one sand box and six swings. The project included installing railroad ties as a barrier around the playground and placing rubber mulch in the playground area in order to make it safer for children to use the playground.

“Miles and other deputies wanted to create a safe place for children in the Lake Murray community to exercise outdoors and have fun,” Metts said.

Metts said donations to build the children’s playground were received from the following businesses and civic groups: Lake Murray Community Center, Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc., Red Barn Kennels, Cherokee Industrial Tire, Inc., Ultimate Audio, Express Wash, C.R. Jackson, Inc., RPW Development, Inc., Herndon Chevrolet, Stock Building Supply, Taylor’s Quality Landscape Supply and Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Construction of the children’s playground at the Lake Murray Community Center reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.

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