Former land owner takes exception

Dear Editor,

As the owners of the Court Street property recently sold to the Ti Federal Credit Union, we wish to state unequivocally and for the record that Elizabethtown Supervisor Noel Merrihew had absolutely no involvement in the referral of credit union officials to us, negotiations concerning the sale of this property, nor any other matters related to our sale of this property at any time. We only learned about Mr. Merrihew and his fictitious claims about our property when we arrived in Elizabethtown this past Wednesday evening (Sept. 19) and read a copy of Whitney Jackson's initial article on this subject in the August 25th edition of The Valley News. At no time did Ms. Jackson ever contact or interview us concerning the sale of this property. The facts are as initially stated by Mr. Malcolm Martin in his letter to this newspaper and are contrary to those of Mr. Fenimore in his letter published in the September 22nd issue. The sale price of our property, as noted in Mr. Fenimore's letter, is irrelevant to the issue of Mr. Merrihew claiming credit for a transaction in which he had absolutely no involvement. The attorneys used in this transaction and Mr. Gregory Johnson of the credit union are available to verify this fact. As tax payors of this town and tax supporters of its schools for more than 20 years, we are most appalled that Ms. Jackson would never contact us about this transaction before preparing her article or that Mr. Merrihew would claim any such credit for bringing buyer and seller together, which he most surely did not.

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.
Patricia M. Barkley
Managing Members of Barkley & Sons, LLC
Mount Pleasant, SC.

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