Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rural Colleton Residents Honor Azilee Polk Retirement

Azilee Polk and her three sisters!
Specialty Retirement Cake
Her Family Roasted Her Long Career
On a typical Saturday afternoon in rural Colleton County, the community of Islandton celebrated Azilee Polk's retirement after 35 years of running Polk's Barbecue. Mrs. Polk was born in nearby Hampton County, which lies just cross the Salkehatchie Swamp, but then lived her life in Colleton County. The crown of well wishers, including Mrs. Polk's three sisters, came from Hampton and Walteroro and many rural points in-between the two towns. This was a happy occasion that was hosted by her two sons, and longtime business partners.


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Rural Roots in Islandton like this,
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Edisto Chamber of Commerce - 2016 Business of the Year


Lisa Harrell congratulates Edisto True Value owners,
Brenda Hester and Waylon Cain
It was a typical Wednesday afternoon at Edisto Beach, with the seabreeze causing the surf to run high around five, followed by a brief thunderstorm at seven to cool the sea island off again. Inside the Edisto Civic Center business leaders were gathered on June 15 to conduct their annual Edisto Chamberof Commerce business meeting and recognize community leaders. For supplying locals and visitors with their hardware store needs, the 2016 Business of the Year Award goes to Edisto True Value.
Martha Whetstone Service Award Winner Virginia Woodhead,
Ginger Hodge (left) and Lisa Harell (right)

It's A State Of Mind!
The voting for the Business of the Year Award is done by Chamber members, and there was much anticipation when Director Lisa Harrell announced Edisto True Value as the winner. Owners Brenda Hester and Waylon Cain, a mother and son team, came to the stage to accept a certificate. “The past year has been an awesome experience, and all of our employees deserve credit for working hard,” said Cain. “We want to be the best of the best when it comes to True Value hardware stores.”

            
Wonderful Facility - Available For Rent
The Martha Whetstone service award goes to people who give back to the Edisto community, and the award was created by Mott Parker in 2005, with the inaugural recognition in memory of Whetstone. “We all play a role here at Edisto, but Virginia and Henry Woodhead are tireless cheerleaders for the community, using advocacy from many diverse local organizations,” said Ginger Hodge. Mr. Woodhead was not in attendance, but Virginia came to the stage to receive a certificate and a standing ovation.

To view the entire article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Jim Bost MemorialDolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Field Notes and Photos - June 2016

Four juvenile armadillos 
Luna Moth
Field Notes is a column I began twelve years ago in the Charleston Mercury newspaper, but as the amount of newsprint space in the 'salmon sheets' has diminished, so has the space for my nature photography. Now when I have a fresh batch of observations I share them via Lowcountry Outdoors. 

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Fire Lilly

Sulphur

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Edisto Jim Bost Tourney Won by Joint Venture

Lady angler Laura Purdy caught this 22.2-pound mahi,
fishing with Buddy Hiers on the Joint Venture from Hampton
The offshore fishing season continues to experience a decent bite with lots of calm weather conditions, keeping anglers interested in riding out into the ocean. The Marina at Edisto Beach hosted an offshore tourney on June 11 that honored the passing of longtime Edisto resident Jim Bost, who was also an accomplished saltwater fisherman. Fifteen boats paid the entry fee to fish, knowing that ten-percent of the proceeds would be going to an SCDNR charity that supports the areas marine resources.


Shorey is the man in red with his 2nd place mahi
The Joint Venture is owned by Wallie Hiers of Hampton and the fishing crew included Buddy Hiers. But it was angler Laura Purdy of Hampton that put Joint Venture into first place with her 22.2-pound dolphin, claiming the first place prize for dolphin and the Lady Angler honors too. The second place results for dolphin goes to Shorey Kingsbury the Penny Dear fishing team for their 19.5-pound dolphin for owner Chip Merriman. Team Parts and Labor from Greenville weighed in an 18.7-pound dolphin to claim third place.
            
The youth angler honors went to Penn Warner of Walterboro, for his 16.1-pound dolphin caught from Dealer’s Choice, owned by Scott Rizer. There were some tuna and wahoo weighed in, but they did not count since they arrived at the docks after the official weigh-in time. The Marina at Edisto Beach called the 5 p.m. weigh-in time the “One Rule” of the tourney, since Jim Bost was always punctual about getting back to the docks quickly after a day of fishing.

To view the entire article in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from 2016 at Edisto click on Dolphin Slam - Cobia Tourney - Spring Shorebird Synergy - Bovine Bones on Beach - Edisto River book