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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