Council members said they were interested in buying a digital records system for the Police Department, but wanted to make sure they could get the best deal. A digital system would replace the department’s antiquated paper records and improve its efficiency, Chief Freddie Norton said.

Venecia’s Foundation is named after Piedmont resident Venecia Butler, who died of cancer in April 2015. About a year ago the organization began the paperwork to start the creation, design and state approval of the tag, said Randa Carroll, Venecia’s sister.

The kayaking business has steadily grown in the area for years, bringing with it regional and out-of-state visitors and their wallets, kayak rental shop owners say. And with more tourism comes more money for some businesses and more tax dollars for Piedmont.

Mike Pody, president of the Piedmont Athletic Booster Club, said Tuesday that his nonprofit is working to file all the applications needed to take advantage of a recent state law that raised bingo payouts in Calhoun County to $1 million, the highest in the state.

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