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Colleton families take “Sunday Supper” pledge

More than 200 members of the Colleton County community have made a public commitment to eat dinner together as part of a unique dining pledge.
The National Sunday Supper Pledge is being sponsored locally by the Colleton County Memorial Library. The pledge is part of a national effort called “National Sunday Supper Month.” It celebrates January as a way to encourage families to eat together around the table without the distraction of technology.
The mission was created eight years ago by Isabel Laessig, a self-described “foodie” who wants families to connect over a shared meal. She has since become a wine and food expert who often appears on nationally-televised morning shows.
The social movement began with a blog when Laessig began asking families to create memories over dinner. Her mission has since become a trend and is designed to occur around the time of the Super Bowl. She uses bloggers and social media to encourage families to take the pledge.
Locally, the pledge became a reality when a leader at the library decided to ask library guests to commit.
The Sunday Supper display was created inside the Colleton County Memorial Library by the library’s Young Adult Librarian, Lashonda Linder.
The display is filled with actual dinner plates, which patrons of the library are asked to sign. Once their names are listed on the dinner plates, the Colleton residents and library guests have essentially promised to have dinner with their family.
“We have 265 patrons taking a pledge that they will enjoy family time around the dinner table,” said Carl Coffin, director of the Colleton Memorial Library.
To take the pledge, visit the library and sign a plate on display.
For more information on the pledge, visit www.sundaysuppermovement.com.

In other news:
Walterboro house destroyed in Monday blaze
A Colleton County family of four is homeless this week after their Conway Street residence was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 27th. The fire began when the two adults in the home were cooking with grease, according to information provided by Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
In addition to the two adults in the home at the time of the fire, there were also two children in the house. All four people got out of the house safely and were not injured in the blaze.
According to Colleton County Fire-Rescue, crews arrived at the house and found flames coming out of the windows of the house. The majority of the roof was also destroyed in the blaze.
The American Red Cross is helping the local family following Monday’s fire.

Public asked for input on proposed 2020-2021 school calendar
The Colleton County School District is asking its stakeholders to help district leaders decide on a new instructional calendar for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
Parents, community members, students, district staff, and teachers are all asked to review the calendar and then give their opinion in an online survey.
The survey closes at 5 p.m. on January 31st. It can be found on the district’s Web site, at www.colletonsd.org.
Once the survey is closed, the Colleton County School Board will review the survey results and considered them while making their decision. The school board has final approval on the instructional calendar. There is currently only one draft for the public and parents to consider.
In this draft, students will start school on August 17th of 2020.
The school year will end on June 4th of 2021.
Fall break for the instructional year will happen on November 25-27th, and Spring Break is slated from April 5th through April 9th of 2021.
Inclement weather make-up days are listed on Nov. 2nd, Dec. 18th and March 19th. These days are required by state law.
The calendar also includes monthly early-release days for students. These are proposed on one Thursday of each month, from September through April. These early-dismissal dates are proposed for Sept. 17th, Oct. 15th, Dec. 17th, Jan. 14th, Feb. 11th, March 18th, and April 23rd.
Once the survey closes on Friday, the school board will vote on the proposed calendar during an upcoming regularly-scheduled board meeting. If approved, the calendar will then be published by the district on its Web site.

Voter registration deadline for Democratic primary is this week
This week is the final deadline for Democratic voters to register to vote and subsequently cast a ballot in the upcoming Feb. 29th Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.
The deadline to register to vote is this Thursday, Jan. 30th.
The Democratic Presidential Preference Primary will happen on Saturday, Feb. 29th, ahead of the November U.S. Presidential Election.
For the February primary in Colleton County, all voting locations and precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Any registered voter wanting to vote must bring their photo identification to the polling location, according to Angela Upchurch, director of the Colleton County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.
Voters without an ID can get one before the primary from S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Following the primary, the Colleton County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing on March 5th to “determine the validity of all provisional ballots” that are cast in the preference primary, said Upchurch. This hearing will occur at the Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office.
There is no Republican Presidential Preference Primary: however, there will be Republican primaries in June for state and national offices.

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