May 11 2018

The Woman Behind The Songs

By Carol Antman  for The Island Connection Quiana Parler was 7 years old when she started voice lessons with the renowned June Bonner. “Sing your ass off no matter the audience.” June told her. “I wish I could say ‘thank-you’ now,” Quiana says. So would local and international audiences.  “I’ve always been a singer; I’ve …

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May 10 2018

John Zepke Is “Youth Of The Year”

By Lorraine Leary for The Island Connection John Zepke, St. John’s High School Senior was awarded Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club’s “Youth of the Year” Award, a $4,000 scholarship, on Wednesday evening, April 18. John is Valedictorian of his class and earned a perfect score on his PSAT test. He has received several letters of acceptance to …

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May 09 2018

122 Turnberry Ct. To Be Condemned

By Gregg Bragg, The Island Connection Senior Staff Writer The Town of Kiawah Island filed paperwork with the Charleston County clerk to condemn 122 Turnberry Ct. in January of this year, and offered $0 for the property. The figure was intended to elicit a reaction from the property owners who have not responded to the …

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May 07 2018

Oyster Season To Close May 15, Clam Season To Close May 31

By Erin Weeks for Island Connection South Carolina’s season for harvest of oysters and mussels from State Shellfish Grounds and Public Shellfish Grounds will close on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at one half hour after official sunset, according to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officials. Clam season will close on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at one …

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May 07 2018

Letter To The Editor: Ready, Get Set, Vote

Dear Editor, Voters in our communities will soon be casting votes in the South Carolina Primary Election. Eligible citizens have until May 13 to register so they can vote in the June 12th Primaries and June 26th Primary Runoffs (runoff if needed).  Now is also the time to familiarize ourselves with the candidates on the ballot and the offices up …

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May 04 2018

Ernst & Young Gifts $20,000 To Kiawah Cares

Staff Report for The Island Connection A primary focus of the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) is supporting education throughout Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Now, thanks to a generous donation from multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young, the foundation will be able to continue this mission by providing vital resources to high school students on …

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May 04 2018

Kiawah Partners Makes Impact With Donations

By Ali Buendo for The Island Connection In 2017, Kiawah Partners supported more than 70 nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses and community associations with in-kind and monetary donations totaling $431,405. The majority of the charitable gifts were related to improving health and education within the Charleston region. Some of the larger partnerships in 2017 included providing …

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May 03 2018

South Carolina High School Writing Finalists Announced

Staff Report for The Island Connection Forty-one high school juniors and seniors from across the state have been named finalists in the fifth South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Johns Island residents, Maria Traver and English Calhoun Walpole, both juniors at Charleston County School of the Arts and Jasmine Smith, a senior at Porter-Gaud, are …

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May 03 2018

Alyssa Gallo

By Jennifer Meshanko for The Island Connection Volunteer service has been an integral part of Alyssa Gallo’s life. Growing up in New York, she served as a volunteer camp counselor and basketball coach. After attending her first two years of college at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., she transferred to the College …

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May 02 2018

WaterProof Needs Volunteers

Staff Report for The Island Connection WaterProof is a volunteer 501c3 organization of members of the Seabrook, Bohicket and Kiawah communities that has been giving free water safety and swimming instruction to kindergartners and first graders of local schools for the last 6 years. This year’s 2-week, morning, teaching program called “WaterWise” will run May …

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