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            Study says room
   for shared port

Posted 1.27.15     
Savannah, Ga. — The Savannah River has enough room for cargo ships to accommodate Georgia and South Carolina adding a new port terminal downstream from the busy Port of Savannah, according to a study presented to officials from both states Monday. 
     For years, the neighboring states have worked slowly toward building a jointly owned, $3 billion shipping terminal on 1,500 acres in Jasper County, just across the river from Savannah. The South Carolina delegation had been reluctant to move forward without determining if a second port could function without causing traffic jams on the water. 
     Engineering consultants told the joint port board, meeting Monday for the first time since May, that they developed models to estimate ship traffic in the river channel in the year 2049. They looked at traffic projections for the Port of Savannah alone, then with the addition of the Jasper County terminal. Their report concluded delays affecting ships likely would be slightly more frequent, and just a few minutes longer, with a second port on the river. 
     “The river is not going to shut down with the addition of the Jasper terminal,” said Michael Rieger, project manager for the consulting firm Moffatt & Nichol. “We can still get ships in and out, and the delays are just a little bit longer than what occurs today.” 
     The findings appeared to satisfy South Carolina members of the joint port board, who previously had expressed doubts that a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to expand the Port of Savannah’s shipping channel and make room for larger cargo ships was insufficient to handle a second port terminal. 
     “We were looking at a go or no-go” situation, said David Posek, a board member of the South Carolina Ports Authority and chairman of the joint port board. “What the study is telling us is there are modifications that are going to be needed, in an efficient way, but the river can accommodate both.” 
     The timing of the Jasper County project remains uncertain. Consultants say they hope to have a draft design ready by September to submit to federal regulators. Georgia and South Carolina officials have said they expect the new port terminal could be permitted, built and operational by about 2030. 
     Engineers are already working to fix some faults with the terminal’s preliminary design. Consultant Jason Ball told the board Monday that the Jasper terminal’s wharf will need to be pushed an additional 500 feet from the river channel so that waves from passing vessels don’t rock ships tied to the dock. He said any rocking motion could slow down crane operators trying to load and unload cargo. 
     Proponents of the Jasper County terminal say both states will need it once their ports in Savannah and Charleston run out of capacity. 
     “In my opinion, Jasper has to be built for the benefit of South Carolina and Georgia under any scenario,” said Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. “And it can’t get moving fast enough.”

          Open Arms offers teen
      after school center

Posted 1.26.15    
Hampton-  Open Arms Fellowship has partnered with the Department of Juvenile Justice to open a teen After School Center in the old skating rink in Varnville, which is now called The Connexxion. The hours between the time that school ends and parents get home from work are often the hours that parents need the most help.
     The program’s goal is to give boys and girls, ages 12 to 17 a safe, fun, educational place to go until their parents can get home from work. The program will provide after school snacks, a game room, recreational activities, tutoring, homework help and end the day with a time for character building. There will be a family dinner night once a month where the students help plan the menu and prepare the meal for the parents.  There are many other programs that are now in the planning stage, and programs will be added as the endeavor grows.
     “It is our desire to help these young people acquire the tools necessary to make good decisions, and become responsible and productive members of our community,” Open Arms stated in a news release. We want to do this by taking the time to build positive relationships and having programs in place that help build character and instill much needed life skills. The old African proverb that says, ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’ is truer today than ever before. We want to come alongside the parents, churches and school to be a part of that village and help in any way we can.”
     The program operates Monday – Thursday each full day of school from 3:30pm until 6:00pm. This program is absolutely free, however, there are only 12 spots available for the spring semester. If you are interested in your child attending or you need more information, please contact Pastor James Porter at 803-943-4044 or Lynne Avant, Director at 803-914-0590, or call The Connexxion at 803-943-3030 and leave a message. Organizers are also looking for individuals and local businesses looking for a way to give back to the community. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to be able to make a difference in our young people’s lives.

        SCE&G a big taxpayer
     in Hampton County

Posted 1.23.15     
Columbia, SC- SCANA Corp. and it's susidiaries, including SCE&G, paid approximately $176 million in property taxes in South Carolina for property assessed in 2014.
     "These dollars helped sopport schools, police, fire and other critical public services and have a significant impact in the communities we serve," SCE&G spokesman Eric Boomhower said.
     The largest single tax payment was made to Lexington County  in the amount of approximately $33.9 million. In Hampton County, SCE&G paid into the tax base to the tune of $2.6 million. In neighboring Jasper County the total amount of property taxes paid was $6.4 million.
     SCANA is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to 686,000 customers in South Carolina. The comany also provides natural gas service to neary 332,000 customers throughout the state. 
     More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.

   Jasper/SCA break ground
       on new spec building

Posted 1.22.15
Point South, SC- The Southern Carolina Alliance broke ground Tuesday on a new spec building to lure businesses to the PointSouth Commerce Park off I-95 in Yemassee.
    The 50,000-square-foot industrial building will have 6-inch concrete floors and 24- to 30-foot-tall ceilings to accommodate manufacturing and distribution operations. The building is the first step in building out the planned 144-acre industrial park, alliance leaders said.
     No business has yet committed to the building, but the alliance is working with developers to market the property to prospective industrial, processing and distribution companies. 
    For more information about the project, go to
www.southerncarolina.org or call 803-541-0023.

            MacDowell to receive 1st
 Spirit & Pride of SC Award
Posted 1.21.15    
Beaufort, SC - Multi-talented actress and model, Andie MacDowell, will be presented the inaugural Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award at the 9th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held February 11 - 15, 2015. The award will be presented during the festival awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14 by internationally recognized best-selling author and Beaufort, South Carolina resident, Pat Conroy. 
     "We are thrilled and honored to announce that movie and television star, model extraordinaire, and native South Carolinian Andie MacDowell will be the first ever recipient of the newly established Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award at the 9th annual Beaufort International Film Festival," stated Festival Executive Director Ron Tucker. The new award is established to recognize that person native to South Carolina or current resident whose career achievements in the industries of film, television, or music have reflected positively on themselves and the state of South Carolina. 
     Ms. MacDowell is originally from Gaffney, a small town located in the upper part of South Carolina. She attended Winthrop College before becoming an Elite model and posing for L'Oreal and Calvin Klein. She is most notable for her acting roles in Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Short Cuts, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Groundhog Day. She currently stars in her own series on the Hallmark Channel, playing a small town judge on Cedar Cove, which is based on the novel by Debbie Macomber. 

   Wild Quail Management
      Seminar March 5-6

Posted 1.20.15    
Garnett- Bobwhite quail populations in South Carolina and the Southeast have been declining steadily over the past 60 years due to major land use change and reduction in suitable habitat. The 27th Annual Wild Quail Management Seminar, sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is designed to instruct landowners and land managers in the proper techniques of creating habitat that will support native populations of bobwhite quail.
     This year there will be only one expanded seminar which can accommodate 35 participants on March 5-6, 2015, at the Webb Wildlife Center (1282 Webb Avenue, Garnett) in Hampton County. The registration fee is $85 and includes meals, overnight accommodations and seminar materials. If 20 participants are not registered by February 10, 2015, the seminar will be cancelled. Space is limited to 35 participants, so register early to reserve a slot. For more information write Quail Management Seminars, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or call the DNR Small Game Project in Columbia at (803) 734-3609, or e-mail
     "Properties that consistently carry medium-to high-density wild quail populations are actively managed to provide quail with all the habitat components necessary throughout the year," said Willie Simmons, DNR Small Game Project Supervisor. "These seminars are designed to improve quail habitat management skills and the information is presented so that anyone with an interest can implement these practices on their property regardless of size."
     Field demonstrations and classroom instruction will focus on habitat practices including firebreak establishment, prescribed burning, forest management, brush control, discing for natural foods and supplemental food patch plantings.      Presentations will be given on wild quail natural history, biology, diseases and parasites, predation and other factors that may be contributing to the population decline. An update on current research will also be presented. Speakers will include wildlife and forestry professionals from state and federal agencies.
     Over 1,385 people have attended the seminar since its inception in 1987. These sportsmen and sportswomen have positively affected thousands of acres across South Carolina by applying basic techniques to improve habitat on their lands.

    Fun stuff & fundraisers
             coming up!

Hampton County resident Elizabeth "Liz" Orr will be reviewing and signing her recently published book "Last Stage - When Life Happens - The Diary of Elizabeth Orr." Liz is not only a Hampton County native but is also a cancer survivor. The book signing is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Feb. 15th at 5:00pm at the Hampton County Library at 601 Locust St. in Hampton. The cost of the book is $13.99
A new exhibit featuring Gullah art
from a
Bluffton artist will be featured at the Port Royal Maritime Center through the end of February, according to a news release.
     The exhibit, presented by the Gullah
Museum of Hilton Head Island, will feature artwork from Amiri Farris and one-of-a-kind sweetgrass baskets from weavers Michael Smalls and Dino Badger. Other artifacts and a series of commissioned “trickster tales” will also be on display.

     The exhibit will run at the center on Lemon Island through Feb. 28th and admission is FREE.
     For a schedule of events, including live demonstrations and a documentary screening, visit
www.portroyalsoundfoundation.org or call 843-645-7774.

Coastal Discovery Museum will host a program about local seafood at 3:00pm on March the 6th at the Museum at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton head Island. Hilton Head Island Sport Fishing Club president and Waddell Mariculture Center tour guide David Harter will offer advice about the best seafood to order when dining in local restaurants and buying from local seafodd distributors. Tickets are $7 and reservations are required. For details call 843-689-6767 ext. 223





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