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S.C. SALES TAX FREE WEEKEND 2018 will be Aug. 3-5 beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight Sunday. A variety of back-to-school items are exempt from the state’s 6% sales tax on these three days. A list of exempt items can be found at

FREE SCHOOL UNIFORMS AND SUPPLIES for grades K4-8 offered beginning with free pre-registration Friday Aug. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 403 Church St.  On Saturday Aug. 4, registration will be from 7:30-9:30 a.m. with distribution from 10 a.m.-noon at the church. Each child will receive two school uniforms, underwear and socks, as well as age-appropriate school supplies and a book to read for enjoyment. Each child may attend only once. Children must be present on Saturday and accompanied by an adult with a driver’s license or government ID.

THE 11TH ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH will be Saturday Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Colleton County High School gym for ages K-12. Activities will include food, games, prizes, free school supplies and music. All activities are free, but parents and children must be present to win prizes or receive supplies. For information call 843-782-4522.

A BROWN BAG LUNCH HOSTED BY THE MASTER GARDENERS Association will be Monday Aug. 6 at noon in room 222 at Clemson Extension Service, 611 Black St. The topic will be fall vegetables. Those attending may bring lunch and discuss fall planting, horticulture and plant problems. For information contact Alta Mae Marvin, or 843-549-2495 ext. 126.

Edgewood Baptist Preschool has openings in its K-5 class for the upcoming school year. Children must be five years old prior to Sept. 1 to qualify.  Call the church office at (843) 549-7928 for more details.

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED by the Colleton County Legislative Delegation for three openings on the Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections and one opening on the Colleton County Transportation Committee. Applications are available at the delegation office, 403 E. Washington St., or by mail, P.O. Box 2103, Walterboro, S.C. 29488. For information call 843-549-7376. The delegation will meet Monday Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Community Center at Edisto Beach.

Ruffin Summer Fun activities include crocheting with Susan Snow, chess with Carl Coffin, aerobics with Magdaline Monroe, basketball camp for young men ages 10-16 with Brandon Givens, and tutoring segments with volunteers from the Colleton County Memorial Library. Activities are held every second and fourth Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the BZS Community Center on Smyly Road. For information email Sirena Memminger,

The Colleton County Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program is under way at the library. The summer reading theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” Participants may register online at, at the library or on the mobile library. All Tuesday and Wednesday programs begin at 10 a.m. and Thursday programs at 6 p.m. Prizes are awarded for attending programs, reading books and participating in programs and contests. Games, reading and book reviews are available online. For information call the library, 843-549-5621.

The 2018 Summer Mobile Farmers Market is open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons at various apartment complexes in the City of Walterboro. The Mobile Farmers Market is a partnership between Clemson Extension, the Colleton Farmers Market, and local farmers.  The market is open to the public and residents of the apartment complexes. The Mobile Market and accepts senior vouchers and WIC vouchers.  The schedule for the 2018 Summer Mobile Farmers Market is as follows:  Mondays: Walterboro Village: 1-2 p.m., Colleton Heights:  2:20-3:20 p.m., Druid Hills:  3:30-4:40 p.m.; Wednesdays: Magnolia Village:  1-2 p.m., Bay Meadows Apartments:  2:20-3:20 p.m., Lincoln Apartments:  3:40-4:40 p.m. For additional information, contact Alta Mae Marvin, Clemson Extension, 843-549-2595, Ext 126 or

Colleton County School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year. The program provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications. Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals. For more information contact School Food Service (SFS) Director Ellen Fitch at 843-782-0039 or by email,



Vocational Rehabilitation Walterboro will host a “Make A Good First Impression” event on Wednesday Aug. 8 from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at 919 Thunderbolt Dr., Walterboro. Emergency service drivers will speak about the importance of their jobs and the vehicles they use. The goal of the day is to educate clients about different jobs that are available in the community. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Lynn Marcom, 843-538-3116.

SIXTH GRADE ORIENTATION AT COLLETON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL will be Aug. 9 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for last names A-J and from noon-3 p.m. for last names K-Z. Students will participate in sessions led by administration and school counselors designed to assist them in their transition to the middle school.

Clemson Extension Service is accepting applications for 2018 Master Gardener training classes through Aug. 10. The classes will be held at two different locations: Jasper County: Aug. 28–Nov. 26. The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 12 noon until 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Heron Nature Center, 321 Bailey Lane, Ridgeland; and Beaufort County: Aug. 30-Nov. 8.  The classes will meet on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m. at the Hilton Head PSD, 21 Oak Park Drive, Hilton Head. The registration fee for this course is $300 per person, which includes all materials and a copy of the South Carolina Master Gardener Training Manual is included. The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program trains, selects and utilizes knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent, by delivering researched-based information to citizens of the state.  In order to earn S.C. Master Gardener certification, participants need to complete the training course and provide 40 hours of volunteer service.  For more information or applications contact Laura Lee Rose at 843-470-5109, Ext. 117 or email



MEET THE TEACHER/BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT will be held on Thursday Aug. 16 at the early childhood center and elementary schools from 4:30-6 p.m.; Colleton County Middle School from 6-7:30 p.m.; and Colleton County High School, 6:30-8 p.m. Students and parents can meet teachers and visit their classrooms.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for both Colleton County and Colleton Preparatory Academy students will be Monday Aug. 20. CPA’s school day will be from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CCSD’s school hours depend on the school: the early childhood center will be from 7:30 a.m.-1:55 p.m.; elementary schools from 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; middle school, 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; and high school, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

THE EDISTO BEACH MUSIC AND SHAG FEST will be Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Bay Creek Park at the beach. Friday and Sunday activities begin at noon, Saturday at 10 a.m. Shagging will be to The Tonez, The Shem Creek Boogie Band, The Band of Oz, and Jim Quick and Coastline, as well as DJ Jim Bowers. An arts and crafts fair with food vendors will be offered all three days.

The Colleton Genealogy Society will hear a discussion of some notable Lowcountry Glover women on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Dot Glover of the S.C. Room at the Charleston Library. The public is invited to attend the free event at 609 Black St., Walterboro.  The CGS center is open each Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with volunteers available to help with family research.

2018 Edisto & Beyond Tour of Historic Plantations, Churches and Graveyards will be Saturday Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-5p.m. Properties featured on this self-driving tour include Bailey House, the Hutchinson House, the Presbyterian Manse, Seaside Plantation, Sunny Side Plantation, Old First Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church on Edisto, Trinity Church and Zion Church. Tickets are $55 and are limited to four tickets per member (two of these may be purchased at the member discount price of $50). Tickets will go on sale to members only on Wednesday July 11. If any tickets remain, they will go on sale to the public on Wednesday Aug. 8. Member tickets may be purchased by mail (order forms will be mailed on June 14) or on-line. Children under the age of 10 are not admitted to the properties. No phone orders allowed. The tour takes place rain or shine, and tickets are non-refundable. For information call 843.869.1954.

THE 10th ANNUAL POLO FOR THE POINT will be Saturday Nov. 10 at Limehouse Polo Field, 7201 Jefferies Hwy. For information call The Colleton Center, 843-549-8360.



Help promote 4-H in Colleton County by donating proof of purchase seals from your empty horse feed bags.  Proof of purchase seals can be found on Southern States® Horse Feed, Legends® or Triple Crown® feed bags.   Collected seals can be dropped into the Colleton County 4-H collection jars located at Ruffin Farm Supply, 11382 Bells Highway, Ruffin, and the Colleton County Clemson Extension Office or mailed to the Colleton County Clemson Extension Office, Attn: Dawn Stuckey, 611 Black Street, Suite 210, Walterboro, S.C. 29488. Funds received from Southern States for the donated seals will be used to promote 4-H programs in Colleton County. To learn more about South Carolina 4-H programs in Colleton County contact Dawn Stuckey, Colleton County 4-H agent, at or 843-549-2595, Ext. 128.

A NEW PROGRAM FOR VETERANS AND SPOUSES LOOKING FOR JOBS started June 21 by the Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office and SCWorks to assist veterans and their spouses in obtaining employment in Colleton County and surrounding areas. Michael Watson, veterans’ consultant for SCWorks in Beaufort, will conduct monthly meetings in Walterboro, every third Thursday at Clemson Extension, 219 S. Lemacks Street, first floor, room 207, from 1-3 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcome. The program offers assistance with resume writing, training referrals for certifications and CDL licensing, employment searches and tips to help prepare for job interviews. For more information, please contact Watson (843) 473-6311 or the Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office (843) 549-1412.

Low cost spays and neuters are available for pets of Colleton County residents, sponsored by FoCCAS, Coastal Pain Care and the Hilton Head Human Association’s Lowcountry Spay-Neuter Clinic (SNAC) in Ridgeland. Costs are female dog, $30; male dog, $20; female cat, $25; male cat, $15; female feral cat, $10; and male feral cat, $10. Transportation from Walterboro to SNAC is available. All animals must have an appointment and belong to Colleton County residents. All pets must be in hard-walled crates, which can by rented from SNAC, 843-645-2500. Feral cats must be in feral cat trips, which can be borrowed from the Colleton County Animal Shelter, 843-893-2651. Pet owners should call SNAC (843-645-2500) to make an appointment and ask to be included in the FoCCAS spay/neuter event.

TEENS CAN TRAVEL THE WORLD during the “Staycation Trip” Summer Reading Program on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the Colleton County Memorial Library. The program runs June 7-July 26. For information call the library, 843-549-5621.

Colleton County School District is participating in the Seamless Summer Option Program to provide summer breakfasts and lunches for all of our school site educational programs at Northside Elementary, Bells Elementary, Black Street Early Childhood Center, Colleton County Middle and Colleton County High School this summer during the district’s summer programs.  Meals will be provided, at a first-come, first-serve basis at the sites and times from June 18-July 19. Programs will be closed on Fridays and closed during the week of July 2-6 except for extended deliveries for band camp and athletic camps on July 20–Aug. 2.

n  Northside Elementary, 1929 Industrial Road, Walterboro: Breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

n  Bells Elementary Migrant, 12088 Bells Hwy., Ruffin: Breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

n  Black Street Early Childhood Center, 256 Smith St., Walterboro: Breakfast from 7:30-8 a.m.; lunch from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

n  Colleton County Middle School, 1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive, Walterboro: Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

n  Colleton County High School, 150 Cougar Nation Drive, Walterboro: Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m.; lunch from 10:45-11:30 a.m.

n  Colleton County High School Athletic Camp lunches: June 18–Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-noon and Band Camp, July 20-Aug. 2, 11a.m.-noon.

Registration for Colleton County parents who seek to have their child attend public school kindergarten or pre-kindergarten next school year (2018-19) has begun. Interested parents with children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2018 should complete kindergarten enrollment packets at the school serving their neighborhood’s attendance zone. Attendance zone information can be found on the Colleton County School District’s website. Parents with children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2018 should register for pre-kindergarten at their neighborhood schools. Because space is limited for pre-kindergarten, 4-year-olds will be assessed for possible enrollment. Children must be registered in advance. For more information about registering a child in Colleton County, call your neighborhood school or the district office’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction at 843-782-4526. Information is also available on the school district’s website at

A GROUP OF CONCERNED RESIDENTS who saw their Colleton County property taxes increase by more than $240 from 2016-2017 is being formed by Kenneth Wilson. For more information call Wilson at 843-729-3108.

“Together We Heal,” a grief support group sponsored by Agape Hospice, will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Coastal Electric Cooperative Community Room, 2269 Jeffries Highway, Walterboro.  This is a free service for people who have lost a loved one and caregivers for seriously ill persons.  No RSVP required. There is no fee for this group. For information contact Paulette Wingard, grief support coordinator, Agape Hospice, (843) 782-4033.

THE LOWCOUNTRY FOOD BANK visits Springtown U.M. Church, 8807 Augusta Hwy., Smoaks, on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 3-5 p.m.

STORYTIMES ARE HELD at the Colleton County Memorial Library on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. for Headstart). For information call 843-549-5621.

CROCHETING CLASSES ARE HELD on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. at the Colleton County Memorial Library. For information call 843-549-5621.

THE WALTERBORO Al-anon family group offers comfort and direction for anyone who has a friend or family member addicted to alcohol or drugs. Meetings are on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at 403 Hampton St. (the corner of Hampton and Memorial streets). Newcomers are welcome. For information call 843-599-1516.

THE COLLETON COUNTY DELEGATION OFFICE is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 403 E. Washington St. For information call 843-549-7586 or fax 843-549-1218.

BINGO IS HELD ON TUESDAYS at 7 p.m. at the Walterboro Elks Lodge, 236 Milestone Ln. Each bingo package is $13.50 with a $100-$150 jackpot. For information call Fran Herndon, 843-893-7012.

THE COLLETON COUNTY CITADEL CLUB is now accepting new members. All Citadel graduates, veterans and graduate school graduates are invited to join. For information call Lee Petrolawicz, 843-549-8231.

THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion building. For information call 843-893-3228.

THE COLLETON MASTER GARDENER BROWN BAG LUNCHES meet on the first Monday of each month at noon in Room 222 at the Clemson Extension Office, 611 Black St. Interested persons may bring lunch and discuss gardening, horticulture and plant problems. For information call 843-549-2595 ext. 126.

THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY POST 93 of Walterboro meets on the first Thursday of each month at the American Legion Post 93, 1852 N. Jefferies Blvd. Meeting starts with a meal before the men and auxiliary hold separate meetings. The post raises money to send young girls and boys to the state capital and law academy to learn how government works from local to state levels. They also set up a Christmas shop at the Veterans Victory House. Any interested person is invited to attend meetings. For information call June Day, 843-538-2776, or JoAnne Boone, 843-835-2135.

A DIABETIC/PRE-DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP called “I’m Sweet” meets from 4-6 p.m. at Walton Options, 2414 N. Jefferies Blvd. The group meets every fourth Monday. Participants may share information, ideas, recipes and resources as well as connecting with others who have experienced similar life-changing symptoms. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Nayvone Smith, 843-538-1600 or

A CROSS-STITCH CLUB for ages 12 and up meets at the Colleton County Memorial Library. For information call 843-549-5621, ext. 3.

Want the bookmobile to visit your community? The Colleton County Memorial Library is now accepting requests from those interested in receiving mobile library service. The bookmobile provides books, DVDs, audio books, downloadable audio books and on-line streaming, as well as free Wi-Fi. Criteria for receiving bookmobile service include: Must be a resident of Colleton County residing outside the city limits; Must be without reasonable access to the main library in Walterboro; Availability of time to provide service; Number of miles traveled to reach a stop; Number of residents who will use the service; Accessibility to the area; Existing services offered in the area. For information, call the library, 843-549-5621.

E-BOOKS AND AUDIO BOOKS are available free from the Colleton County Memorial Library. For information visit or call 549-5621.

The Colleton County LTRG (Lowcountry Long Term Recovery Group) is looking for individuals or groups to volunteer to be part of the recovery effort and help Colleton County residents recover from future disasters. Any organization or group wanting to lend support — financial assistance, clean up, minor and major home repair, crisis and spiritual counseling — to the  Lowcountry Long Term Recovery Group is asked to contact Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency by phone at 843-549-2176 or 843-549-7764 from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Parents of Prodigals,” a support group for parents whose children have gotten into trouble, meets on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Skardon Hall at St. Jude Church, 907 Wichman St. For information, call Cindy Lee at 843-217-9247 or Byron Lee, 843-217-9248.

STORYTIMES FOR AGES INFANT-7 are held at the Colleton County Memorial Library on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for the public and 11 a.m. for HeadStart students. For information call 843-549-5621.

MEETING ROOM SPACE IS AVAILABLE at the new Edisto Beach Chamber of Commerce. The board room is available for meetings, workshops, etc. for $50 for half-day or $100 full-day. For information call the chamber, 843-869-3867.

HEARTFELT CALLING, a program for foster parents, is available in Colleton County. For information on being a foster or adoptive parent, call 888-828-3555 or Colleton County Dept. of Social Services, 843-584-4015.

COLLETON COUNTY BREEZE GROUP for individuals with spinal cord injuries and their family members meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. at Walton Options, 2414 N. Jefferies Blvd. The group connects those attending with others who have experienced similar life-changing injuries to share information, ideas and resources. For information call Nayvone, 843-538-1600 or 843-898-4968.

The American Red Cross Emergency App gives people instant access to weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices. The app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wildfires and more. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to

Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry needs volunteers to offer patient comfort and companionship, music, run errands, do crafts, or assist in the office with administrative tasks. Volunteers are needed in Colleton, Jasper, Hampton, and Beaufort counties. For more information or to join the team, please contact Sharon Pinckney, volunteer coordinator,  843-259 – 0193.

THE BSHEM NEighborhood crime prevention watch for residents of Bay Meadows, Sandhill, Hiers Corner, Evergreen Estates and Meadow Creek meets on the fourth Saturday at 5 p.m. at Sandhill Baptist Church.


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