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Civil Air Patrol cadets selling wreaths for veterans’ graves

A group of local youth Civil Air Patrol leaders is selling wreaths to honor veterans who are buried in national veteran cemeteries.
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron is the Colleton County-based Civil Air Patrol (CAP) leader. The CAP is a designated branch of the U.S. Air Force and is comprised of volunteers and youth.
Nationally, all CAP leaders are selling the wreaths for the universal project, which is called Wreaths Across America Day. This is a designated date – Dec. 14th – in which the wreaths will be laid on the graves of veterans who are buried in designated veteran cemeteries.
Locally, the wreaths will be placed on the graves of soldiers who are buried at the Beaufort National Cemetery.
The wreaths cost $15 each.
“Each year, millions of Americans – a third of whom are children – come together to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families and teach the next generation about the value of freedom,” said First Lt. Rachael J. Mercer, public information officer for S.C. Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Mercer works with the ACE Basin Composite Squadron in Colleton County and with cadets in Beaufort County.
Anyone wanting to be a part of the ceremony can go to the Beaufort National Cemetery on Dec. 14th. In 2018, nearly 1.8 million wreaths were laid on veterans’ graves across America.
For more information, or to buy a wreath, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/159941.

In other news:
Trunk or Treat this Thursday
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is also hosting its annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31st. Children will receive candy, cotton candy, and snow-cones.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office will be participating in the Trunk Or Treat event to “ensure the safety” of all children and families who attend, said Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
“First and foremost, our community outreach gives back to the people of our community,” said R. Andy Strickland, sheriff of Colleton County.
The Walterboro Police Department held its first-ever Halloween event for the community last Friday.

Walterboro leaders receive state Honor Roll award
Walterboro City Council is being honored by the state’s Municipal Association of South Carolina for several of the city’s leaders earning a spot on a special Honor Roll.
Walterboro Mayor Bill Young and members of Walterboro City Council were given a plaque at the city’s October 1st Walterboro City Council meeting. The plaque recognized the city’s elected leaders who graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government.
At that Oct. 1st meeting, Municipal Association of South Carolina Field Services Manager Charlie Barrineau presented local leaders with their plaque. The City of Walterboro is one of 23 cities in South Carolina to achieve the Honor Roll distinction, according to Christian Spires, tourism director for the city. According to Spires, the institute provides 25 hours of instruction through a combination of courses, which are completed in-person and online. The courses focus on a variety of topics related to municipal government, from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to municipal policy to finance courses.

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