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The Cottageville Library is hosting a series of upcoming events for the community, especially for teens and families. These events are launching this month, and will continue through the early winter.Starting on the third Thursday of the month, the library will show a teen and adult movie night. The movie will be showcased at 5:30 p.m.As part of their community events, the library is hosting a Bingo Night for local families. Bingo Night will be held on Sept. 1st, Oct. 6th, Nov. 3rd and Dec. 1st at 6 p.m. at the Cottageville Lib...
The Cottageville Library is hosting a series of upcoming events for the community, especially for teens and families. These events are launching this month, and will continue through the early winter.
Starting on the third Thursday of the month, the library will show a teen and adult movie night. The movie will be showcased at 5:30 p.m.
As part of their community events, the library is hosting a Bingo Night for local families. Bingo Night will be held on Sept. 1st, Oct. 6th, Nov. 3rd and Dec. 1st at 6 p.m. at the Cottageville Library.
Another event that is being held at the Cottageville Library is for avid readers: The Page Turners’ Book Club is being held on Sept. 10th at 3 p.m. The book of choice is “The Personal Librarian,” by Marie Benedict. For more information, contact the library at 843-835-5621.
On Oct. 8th, at 3 p.m., the book club will also feature a question-and-answer series with Vitell Webb, the author of “I Am: A Poetic Ensemble.”
Chat-n-Chew is also being hosted as a community event in Cottageville. The event is being held regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:0 p.m. This event features a conversation on local, national and world news. Event-goers will also receive a cup of coffee and a snack. For more information, call 843-835-5621.
Teen Time is held each Saturday of the month, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the library. “During this program, teens and tweens will get together to talk about not only books, but movies, music, fashion, social media, food, crafts, culture, TV shows, games.... you name it! If it interests our young patrons, we’re going to be talking about it and hopefully sharing some great library experiences together,” said Rhonda Kierpiec, the Cottageville Librarian. “We hope to have young ladies and gentlemen show up to make friends, share interests, eat snacks and have a great time!”
Other upcoming fall and winter events that are being held at the Cottageville Library include:
The library is also hosting a special Spooky Story Contest on October 8th, according to information provided by Kierpiec.
A craft club is being held on the second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.
An exercise club is being held on the first Saturday of each month, at 2 p.m.
A garden club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Rock painting on the third Saturday of the month, at 11 a.m. for kids and families and again at 1 p.m. for teens and adults.
There will be a Cupcake Decorating Class. This is being held on October 15th at 2:00PM.
A Carved Pumpkin Display/Contest on October 29th at the Cottageville Library.
“Exciting things are happening at the Cottageville Library,” said Carl K. Coffin, director of the library. “Keep your eyes and ears open for our announcement about increased open hours and possible expansion … We need YOU to make those dreams a reality,” he said. Coffin said members of the community taking advantage of these events are critical. The library is looking for more attendance at their events. “Your use of our library and participation in our programs is what makes our growth possible. You are the reason we are here, so stop by and check out a book, participate in a program, work on the computer and see what else we have to offer,” he said.
The library does require advanced sign-up for all these classes. If interested, please call 843-835-5621.
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Annually students in grades three through eight participate in state assessments for the content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. These assessments measure a student’s mastery level of grade level standards. The test administered for English Language Arts and mathematics is the South Carolina College-and-Career Readiness Assessment (SCREADY) while the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) assesses science. The SCPASS is given to students in grades four and six only.Key Points:...
Annually students in grades three through eight participate in state assessments for the content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. These assessments measure a student’s mastery level of grade level standards. The test administered for English Language Arts and mathematics is the South Carolina College-and-Career Readiness Assessment (SCREADY) while the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) assesses science. The SCPASS is given to students in grades four and six only.
• Overall, there was positive growth between the school years 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 in all content areas as indicated in Figure 1.1. The data indicates English Language Arts experienced 5.49%, mathematics 2.81%, and science 6.18% of growth. This growth can be attributed to the initiatives implemented during 2021-2022 school year. Those initiatives include but not limited to refining professional learning communities (PLCs), the implementation of a reading curriculum in kindergarten through grade five, an increase of focused professional learning opportunities for all staff and focused leadership development.
• There is positive progress for both ELA and Math in grades three, five, six, seven, and eight when comparing the percentages of students scoring meeting or exceeding expectations from the 2021-2022 school year to the 2020-2021 school year as indicated in Figure 1.1.
• While progress can be noted in English Language Arts in grade four, regression was seen in mathematics and science between the 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 school years as indicated in Figure 1.1.
• When comparing the achievement performance of Colleton County School District students versus their grade level peers across the state, while we have made progress one can determine that our students are still not performing at the level of their peers across the state as indicated in Figure 1.1 and 1.2.
• One can compare the growth between the 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 school years for both the district and the state. It should be noted in this comparison, students in grades six, seven and eight had more growth than their grade level peers across the state as indicated in Figure 1.3.
• When looking at the percentage of students scoring meeting and exceeding between the school years 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 in Figure 1.1, the following points can be made about each school location:
o Bells Elementary, Hendersonville Elementary, and Colleton County Middle School saw positive growth for all grade levels and in all content areas.
o Cottageville Elementary demonstrated positive growth in all grade levels for mathematics and science along with third grade English Language Arts.
o Forest Hills Elementary noted positive growth for fourth and fifth grade English Language Arts along with third and fifth grade mathematics.
o Positive growth can be noted at Northside Elementary for fifth grade English Language Arts along with third and fifth grade mathematics.
District staff has utilized the data trends to inform the decision-making process in regards to student learning and the 2022-2023 school year. Schools will continue to implement the initiatives from the 2021-2022 school year along with implementing new innovative practices so that we can meet the needs of all students. Some of the innovative practices that will be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year are ArtsNow, STEM, Coding for the Littles, Focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching, the continued implementation of a reading curriculum for kindergarten through grade five, and the implementation of a mathematics and reading curriculum for grades six through eight.
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Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have...
Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.
Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.
“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have ‘Friends of the Park’ which is comprised of people who helped develop the park into what it is now.” He says there are also plans at the park to install a memorial with engraved bricks to honor veterans. This will be accomplished by applying for grants and accepting donations.
Santorella, who plans to initiate the chamber, will serve as a temporary director. He says he already has seven merchants who are interested in joining.
“We want to make Cottageville a destination. Red Brick Pizza and Beer Garden is the anchor store for starting the chamber,” said Santorella. “It’s a one-of-a-kind business in the entire region. Once the chamber officially opens, we want to pick a member of the chamber and promote that business each week, and once a month promote everyone. There will be a rotation, and this will be good for everybody.”
He went on to say that the brick-and-mortar stores are the life of Cottageville, not the transient businesses. He feels that transient businesses will not want to invest their funds in the chamber, but the stationary businesses are here to stay.
“I think the people of Cottageville will be positively affected by the chamber and will accept it with open arms. Hopefully, this will bring even more businesses our way. Our only option now is to travel to Summerville or Walterboro to purchase some items. That’s between 15 to 20 miles away. Cottageville has a lot of people in the rural areas, and though our local gas stations try hard to serve the needs of the community, it would be nice to have boutique shops here. We already have a new vape store that has a coffee bar. So we are starting off well,” said Santorella.
He is hoping to have the new chamber up and running by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
“There will be a fee for stores to become part of the chamber,” said Santorella, who gathered ideas and patterned the Cottageville chamber after the City of Walteboro’s. “I received ideas on how to structure the fees. They won’t be impressive because social media provides a lot of free advertising. We will have a website and newsletter for the community. We will be out there,” he added.
Anyone interested in joining the new chamber can write to: Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 464, Cottageville, SC, 29435. Businesses can also contact Santorella on Facebook at Friends of the Park or call The Vape Stop at 843-701-4262.
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COTTAGEVILLE — Cottageville will have a national audience with a segment about a local general store on “American Pickers” this weekend.The former Hunt’s General Store will be featured at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.Lawrence Otho Hunt opened a general store in the 1930s and his grandsons Brad and Bruce Hunt welcomed Mike and Robbie Wolfe of “American Pickers” to give them an opportunity to find antique treasures.“American Pickers” debuted in 2010 and is centered around Mark and...
COTTAGEVILLE — Cottageville will have a national audience with a segment about a local general store on “American Pickers” this weekend.
The former Hunt’s General Store will be featured at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.
Lawrence Otho Hunt opened a general store in the 1930s and his grandsons Brad and Bruce Hunt welcomed Mike and Robbie Wolfe of “American Pickers” to give them an opportunity to find antique treasures.
“American Pickers” debuted in 2010 and is centered around Mark and, at the time, Frank Fritz, who travel to junkyards and antique stores all over the country to find valuables and collectibles to buy and resale.
The Hunt brothers were always fans of the show and Brad said he and their mother Dorothy would watch it together over the years. Dorothy passed away last January and after Bruce and Brad acquired the old business, Brad decided to reach out to the show.
Hunt’s general store was operational in Cottageville from about the 1930s to 1989. Grandsons of the original owner and founder were on the “American Pickers” show which airs this weekend. The bottom photo is a house next door to the store. (Photo Provided)
“We have a lot of old stuff that I’ve seen them buy and I thought they’d like to look through (it). We watched the show a lot (and) it kind of felt like (we) knew them before they got there. They were very personable. They were there to work; they were cordial,” Brad Hunt said.
Cottageville was one of two stops in West Virginia, and Brad said the episode will delve into his family’s history and grandfather’s legacy.
“A lot of them are excited about telling the backstory; that’s a lot of the show on top of them buying and reselling stuff,” Brad Hunt said.
Lawrence “L.O.’s” store was a catch-all place that sold milk, groceries, hardware, guns, appliances and clothing. It was also a butcher shop.
“Those were common back then. There were not Walmarts, and every little community had its own little store that had everything,” Brad Hunt said.
L.O. ran the store until his passing in the ’90s, except when he was serving in World War II, during which time his brothers worked in his place. L.O. was a postmaster in the Navy and Cottageville, and his store was also the local post office at the time.
“He was the judge, jury and executioner; he kind of ran the town. He was a community servant,” Brad Hunt said.
Going forward, Brad says he and Bruce want to use the space as a man cave where they can store tools, work on projects and spend time together.
“We’re going to use a lot of the old stuff for decoration,” he said.
Mark Whitley, director of Jackson County Economic Development, said he’s looking forward to watching the episode since he’s a huge fan of the show.
“I never try to miss an episode and when they come into a community, it opens up our eyes to different parts of the country that we normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see,” Whitley said. “Any kind of exposure we can get from this is going to be very beneficial.”
Whitley said Jackson County has a rich history and he’s grateful for the Hunt brothers’ work to be featured on the show.
“Jackson County residents have so many interesting treasures, I think they could spend quite a few days here and not even scratch the surface for the things that would be of interest to the national population,” he said.
When “American Pickers” features a piece of Jackson County history, Brad Hunt hopes people across the nation will learn something about the community’s culture.
“I wish my mother was still alive to be able to see it and participate. It was a fun experience and we hope everybody enjoys getting a little history lesson of the little town of Cottageville and our grandfather,” he said.
The show airs 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, on the History Channel.
Candice Black can be reached at email@example.com.
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“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry....
“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.
The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Wintering in South America, the prothonotary warbler can be found in spring and summer in the Carolinas where breeding pairs can be spotted in trees along the riverbank or deep in the swamp. Its song is a bright twee-twee-twee-twee and as it darts among the low branches above the black water of a swamp, it seems to almost demand a photo.
This spring morning, as I paddle a quiet stretch of the Edisto River, a warbler darts among the branches of a low willow hunting snails and insects. With its yellow colors flashing like a lightning bug in daytime, I am compelled to stop once again and fill the memory card on my camera with photos of tree branches in an obsession that seems to amuse the little bird. Finally, both of us are relieved as I obtain a photo or two and both of us depart satisfied from the encounter.
The subject of my photo lives with others of his kind along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Edisto River that you can ever see. The Edisto River is the longest river system contained entirely in South Carolina. Rising from Saluda and Edgefield counties, the Edisto corkscrews 250 miles along the Lowcountry to the sea and forms the “E” of the critical ACE Basin water system.
Artesian wells and crystal clear springs bubble from the limestone bedrock along the upper river and near the coast it becomes a rich, blackwater river where deep swamps open to salt marsh horizons. To spend time kayaking or boating along the Edisto is to experience a special paradise on earth.
This section of warbler-haunted Edisto described above runs approximately seven miles from Good Hope Landing to Sullivan’s Ferry near Cottageville. Good Hope Landing is a beautiful, easily accessible boat landing that allows you easy access to the river. Its 10-foot sandy bluff is crowned by a majestic live oak and the river here is wide and relatively straight.
As the current carries you along you can spot an abundance of wildlife. Egrets and herons wade in the shallows, songbirds (including prothonotary warblers) inhabit the trees and in the water, terrapin, gar and even the elusive alligator can be spotted. The river is filled with redbreast bream, catfish and bass — making this a popular as a destination for anglers.
A few miles downstream there is a narrow portion, where willows grow close and fallen trees can snag unwary boaters or those floating along in innertubes, a favorite summer pastime for hundreds of visitors every year. At four miles, you will pass Long Creek Landing, another serviceable launching location, and shortly after will pass beneath the highway bridge of U.S.-17A at the privately owned Jellico’s Landing.
Up to this point, the Edisto has been wild and scenic with few houses or other reminders of human habitation. From the bridge at Jellico’s, well-sited river houses and cottages line the river and form the community of Sullivan’s Landing. Dating from at least as far back as 1820, Sullivan’s was one of many such river crossings in the Lowcountry before bridges and modern highways took hold. The 1820 record of the South Carolina state legislature reveals that the toll for Sullivan’s Ferry was “for every two-horse carriage, 50 cents … horse and rider, 10 cents, and 5 cents for every foot passenger and head of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs …”
Recently, I kayaked from Good Hope to Sullivan’s Ferry with a group of friends and we found the old ferry site to be far quieter that it might have been in 1820. We enjoyed a beautiful spring day with the smooth Edisto reflecting the deep blue of a sky filled with lazy clouds. Recent rains had raised river levels and we enjoyed exploring side channels into coves of swampy flooded forest and hidden oxbow lakes.
After many hours leisurely exploring and encountering wildlife, we arrived at Sullivan’s Ferry for the journey home. We were all of the opinion that this section of the Edisto River was the most beautiful we had ever encountered — and I am certain that you will feel the same way. Should you chance to encounter a little yellow bird in a willow tree, I am certain he will share his opinion of the river, too.
Good Hope Landing and Sullivan’s Ferry Landing are both located near Cottageville and are only a little over an hour’s drive from the Beaufort area. To get there, take Interstate 95 or U.S.-17-A to Walterboro and stay on 17-A to Cottageville. In Cottageville, turn left onto Pierce Road. At 4 miles, turn right onto State Road S-15-35 to the dead end at Good Hope Landing. Sullivan’s Ferry is located at the end of Sullivan’s Ferry Road approximately 3 miles from Cottageville just off 17-A. Both landings are managed by the South Carolina DNR and are well-maintained. There are no facilities, so pack accordingly.
The river in this section is swift when the water is up but very easy to manage, despite a few areas of overhang and snags. Careful preparation and good company will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable day on the water.
For more information, visit the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail site at https://ercktrail.org or obtain a detailed map at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/river/edisto-guide.html