Gov. Sanford plans farewell tour of SC

Governor Mark Sanford
Governor Mark Sanford

COLUMBIA, SC - Gov. Mark Sanford plans to spend most of his final full week in office crisscrossing South Carolina to thank his supporters.

Sanford will start his farewell tour Tuesday with breakfast in Rock Hill. He will also release one final budget proposal to legislators at a stop in Spartanburg later in the day.

"Almost 10 years ago, we began our first grassroots campaign for governor by traveling the highways and dirt roads of this state and meeting hard-working South Carolinians where they lived, where they worked, and where they ate," said Gov. Sanford. "We're going to end this Administration the same way we began it -- by going from one corner of the state to the other, touching base with people from all walks of life, connecting with friends old and new, and saying 'thank you' for the grace and support extended to me and my family over the years."

"I'd wish each and every South Carolinian the best in the New Year, and invite them to stop by any of the events," said Sanford.

Sanford will travel from Anderson to Hilton Head Island, and from Murrells Inlet along the Grand Strand to the state's smallest county with a stop in McCormick along the Georgia state line.

Sanford has 10 events in all planned over the next seven days.

Here is a list of public events the outgoing governor will attend:

Tuesday, Jan. 4:

--Breakfast at Anna J's (9:15 a.m., 1025 Camden Ave., Rock Hill)

--Spartanburg First Monday Club (12:00 p.m., 2600 East Main St., Spartanburg)

--Unveiling of 2011-12 Executive Budget (1:15 p.m., 2600 East Main St., Spartanburg)
--Anderson grassroots meeting (5:30 p.m., 3725 Clemson Blvd., Anderson)

Wednesday, Jan. 5:     

--Breakfast at Debbie's Restaurant (9:30 a.m., 2621 Cambridge Rd., Greenwood)

--McCormick grassroots meeting (11:30 a.m., Little Italy Restaurant, 108 Main St., McCormick)

Thursday, Jan. 6:

--Final Press Availability / Tax Proposal Press Conference (9:30 a.m., Governor's Office)

--Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet grassroots meeting (7:15 p.m., Fontinello's Restaurant, 3956 Bypass 17, Murrells Inlet)

Friday, Jan. 7:

--Small Business Visit - Cut Rate Drug Store (2:20 p.m., 32 South Main St., Sumter)

Monday, Jan. 10:

--Hilton Head First Monday Club (12:00 p.m., 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head)

Sanford's eight years as governor end Jan. 12 when fellow Republican Gov.-elect Nikki Haley is sworn in.

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