State ○ This month, broadband expansion projects are beginning across the state in 23 counties. The $50 million project received funding from the CARES Act, which must be spent by the end of the year. The Office of Regulatory Staff will reimburse half of the project costs to broadband companies. (The State)
Civic ○ The Isle of Palmsis seeking $7 million to the island’s more than 30-year old marina. Officials say that the docks need to be replaced along Morgan Creek + infrastructure needs to be installed where the creek empties into the ocean. In order for construction to begin, if approved by the council members, it would require one more voting. (WCSC)
Cause ○ Salvation Army is launching their Operation Rescue Christmas campaign early this year by opening up online applications for the Angel Tree, which helps to provide families in need with gifts during the holidays. Online applications will officially open starting Mon., Sept. 21 + in-person signup begins Mon., Sept. 28. Find more info about the Salvation Army in Charleston here. 🎄 (WCIV)
Development ○ Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders announced it will be making its way to Charleston. This restaurant serves tenders, sandwiches, wraps + salads. The chicken spot already has locations in Florida, Georgia + Mississippi. Specific location details haven’t been released yet, but updates will be posted in a future newsletter. 🐔
Show ○ The Charleston Gaillard Center released an instructional video on patron safety + social-distancing guidelines as they reopen the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall to in-person events. New policies include required face coverings, temperature checks, social distancing, one-way patron flow + more. You canview the video + detailed instructions here.Tickets for performances are on sale here. 🎭
Dish ○ Happy Hour is back at Ms. Rose’s(1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.) every Mon.-Sat. for food + drink specials from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy items from their new menu such as whole chicken wings, pretzel sticks with cheese sauce + Chefs Egg Rolls. Also, deals include $1 off well drinks, $1 off house wine, and $1 off domestic drafts, bottles, + cans. ○ In celebration of the 2020 NFL Season kicking off, the Dashi has launched a new to-go Game Day Party Pack, available all season long (through January). For $50, guests will receive three tacos, two burritos + three steam buns of choice, along with a six pack of local beer. 🍽️
Health ○DYK knee pain can affect people of all ages? But, when does it become serious enough that requires a visit to the doctor? The health professionals at Roper St. Francis Healthcare explain the warning signsof when an ache can become a major problem + the steps you should take if you need to get help. Ⓟ
TodayIs ○ National Guac Day, and no need to make your own: Lowes Foods’ Pick & Prep section has you covered. (Pro-tip: They also have a spicy habaneroversion.) 🥑Ⓟ
Giveaway ○ Hey, did you miss the launch of our Relaxing Weekend Giveaway?Click here to enter now through Sept. 30 so you don’t miss out on winning a weekend getaway with $3,000 in expenses paid (covering lodging, travel, spa treatments + more).
Events ○ N.E.N.O Summit | Sept. 16+17 | Begins at 8 a.m. | Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. | $79+ | “An event merging a dynamic network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, collaborators, non-profits, students and professionals.”
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Have you seen these purple berries around the Lowcountry? If you look close enough, you have a good chance of spotting these violet eye-catchers, also known as American Beautyberry, around town.
The scientific name for this berries is called Callicarpa americana (Callicarpa also means beauty) and is native to the southern region of the United States and Mexico + West Indies.
This deciduous shrub loses its foliage in the falland re-emerges with new growth the following spring + has a moderate growth rate and can reach up to about 8 ft tall and 8 ft wide.
This vibrant fruitcertainly earned having “beauty” in its name because of the beautiful purple color + intricately circular shape making them stand out in nature. Learn more about this American beauty here. 🍇
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Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
○ A new face mask mandate was passed for the Town of Mount Pleasant during a council meeting Tuesday afternoon. The mandate was put up for vote following backlash from the rejection of a mask extension earlier this month. People will now be required to wear a mask or face covering in grocery stores, pharmacies + town buildings. Read more here. (WCBD)
○South Carolina courts will be allowed to resume normal schedules + in-person operationson Mon., Sept. 21, per an announcement made by Supreme Court Chief Justice Don Beatty. SC’s court system was shut down mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and operations will be resumed under certain safety protocol. Beatty noted that judges will still be allowed to determine whether to conduct remote hearings. (WCIV)
○ DHEC is implementing new updates from the CDC for tracking + reporting cases of the coronavirus. The three most notable changes are that a positive antibody test is not classified as a probable case, a positive antigen test is classified as probable case, and that a new “suspect case” category was created for positive antibody or antigen tests from autopsy specimens not previously identified as a case.
○ Mount Pleasant Waterworks has been participating in a study led by SCDHEC + UofSC’s Arnold School of Public Health that uses water samples to calculate how many people in a community have COVID-19. Since March, MPW has provided two liters of wastewater each week, and there was a spike in the virus’ presence reported in July. Read more on the study + what it could mean for the future here. (WCBD)
○ Do you need to get tested for COVID-19? Visit the DHEC website for information on one of the 300+ testing events across the state happening daily. More info on the locations + times can be found here. (ABC Columbia)