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Bell’s Bits – Congratulations to our new Mayor, GP McLeer, and our three other new Councilmembers AJ Dearybury, Jay Thomason, and Mack Blackstone. They join Councilmembers Phil Clemmer, John Mahony, and Anthony Cunningham as the elected leaders of our community. I want to thank previous Mayor, Sam Lee, and Councilmembers Matthew King, Michael Maier, and Rose Ann Woods for their years of service and dedication to Fountain Inn.

Shawn Bell, Fountain Inn City Administrator

Fountain Inn Natural Gas customers, did you know you can sign up for auto pay and/or electronic billing just by going to
Our three weeks of Christmas festivities, known as “Christmas Inn Our Town”, has begun. Our renowned horse drawn carriage rides through the Inn Circle neighborhood will continue through December 22nd. Special rates for large groups will be held on December 18th. You can purchase carriage ride tickets online at or in-person at the Chamber of Commerce on Depot Street. Tickets are $8, but Seniors 55 and over may ride for $6. Children three and get to ride for free.
New this year is a small petting zoo on the grass in front of the stage in Commerce Park on the 13th, 14th, and 15th. We will have carolers on December 14th and 20th and live music by The Flashbacks on December 21st. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ChristmasInnOurTown when posting your pictures on social media!

Fountain Inn High School is set to announce the school mascot and colors on December 19th. The final four choices were the Blue Devils, the Wolves, the Falcons, and the Fury. Stay tuned to find out which one was chosen!
Be on the lookout for some new businesses set to open in downtown in 2020. Our small-town charm, special events throughout the year, downtown splash pad, numerous restaurants and specialty stores, and more has made downtown Fountain Inn a destination!

“When the lights go down in the City (of Fountain Inn)” … Save the date for Departure: The Journey Tribute Band on January 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Younts Center for Performing Arts. Also, Rick Alviti will be back just in time for Valentine’s Day with his “That’s the Way It Was” Tribute to Elvis Tour. Showtime is on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

Emanuel Sullivan Sports Complex is nearing completion. Details on a ribbon cutting ceremony are forthcoming.

Shawn Bell is the City Administrator of Fountain Inn.

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