As Mayor Johnson bows out, Summerville gears up for wide-ranging, expensive race: The race for the town’s next mayor is already on pace to triple how expensive it was to get elected just four years ago. With current Mayor Wiley Johnson confirming this week he would not seek a second term, the three candidates jockeying to take his place have already raised more than $145,500. Full story here.
VIDEO: Berkeley County Deputy credited with saving the life of newborn: On June 11, a Berkeley County deputy was conducting a routine patrol in the unincorporated Summerville area of Berkeley County when he stopped a vehicle for speeding. Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver immediately exited the car and exclaimed that the baby in her vehicle had stopped breathing. That's when Deputy W. Kimbro sprang to action, knowing he needed to act immediately to save the baby’s life. Read the story and watch the video here.
Potential rain this weekend: Today there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. Tonight there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 p.m. Saturday showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. View the full forecast here.
Editorial: Huge new Berkeley County developments are unsustainable: If a large parcel of land in Berkeley County that recently sold to a developer for just over $25 million were to be fully built out, it would be part of an area as big as some of the larger municipalities in South Carolina.
If developers of that tract along with the adjacent Cane Bay neighborhood were to eventually build the maximum allowable number of residences with an average household of just two people, it would be the 13th largest unincorporated “town” in South Carolina, just behind Goose Creek and slightly ahead of Aiken. But unlike Goose Creek and Aiken, the small town-size development on the so-called Wildcat tract will not likely have its own fire, police or emergency departments. It won’t have a stormwater management team or town planning staff. Full story here.
Residents express concern over zoning changes along Highway 78 corridor: In Summerville, large industrial businesses line a western end of Highway 78 while one part of the road touches Summerville’s Historic District. Alongside that road,nestled between industrial and business properties, there is a pocket of residential properties. These modest homes are within walking distance of an elementary school, two parks and the heart of downtown Summerville. Full story here.
Santee Cooper Board names Mark Bonsall new CEO: The Santee Cooper Board of Directors today named Mark Bonsall, a proven utility executive who most recently served as CEO of the Salt River Project (SRP), as its new President and CEO. Full report here.
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