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Women in Unity New Location Burglarized
web posted January 17, 2013
EDGEFIELD – While Essie Nicholson
fellow volunteers have been busy getting the new Women in Unity
building ready for their grand opening later this month, thieves were
busy targeting the non-profit for burglary yet again. Sometime after
the women left Tuesday afternoon, burglars pried open a back window to
gain entry into the building.
Once inside the thieves made off with two 36" flat screen televisions,
one mounted on a wall in one of the classrooms and the other on the
floor waiting to be installed. "They didn't even take to remotes," one
The Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigator was called to process the scene
for evidence and photograph the scene. Ms. Nicholson said she was told
the person or persons were wearing gloves. "Here we are trying to do
something good for the children, and this happens," she said.
Ms. Nicholson said they have purchased a security system, but it has
not been installed at the present time. "That's the next thing we're
going to do," she said.
The new building on Pecan Park will
allow Women in Unity to tutor up to
30 elementary school age children in the two classrooms. The non-profit
group mentors and helps children get the basics that they may not be
getting in school. Many end up being on their school's A and A-B Honor
"None of us get paid," Nicholson said. "We do it because we love the
children and want to give them a chance." She said that by helping the
children master the basics in math, English and other subject the
children are less likely to drop out of school because they have fallen
so far behind and give up. "With an education they won't get involved
in crime or drugs."
Of course, the theft isn't the only setback the group had to face on
Wednesday as they prepare for the planned January 26 Grand Opening. The
Edgefield County Building and Planning Office issued a "Stop Work"
order adding insult to injury, Nicholson said.
"They (the county) said we have to have an architect draw up plans for
the building," Nicholson said. "What plans? We're just trying to clean
up and paint the walls." She said they did install a sink, and that was
considered remodeling from what she understood.
Nicholson found comfort, however, in spite of all that took place
Wednesday. "We know that the Lord's hand is on everything, so it will
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