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Features : Editorial Last Updated: Jul 23, 2014 - 9:56:22 AM

DI History - July 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014 - 9:54:09 AM

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Five Years Ago
In the July 23, 2009 edition of the paper in business news, we reported that Japan Karate Institute extended their lease for 5 years; that plans to build Daniel Island’s Town Square – a 1.1 million square foot mixed-use facility with retail, residential and a hotel – are definitely still on, according to executives at Hill Partners, Inc., which is developing the project.
In other news, a group of condominium owners residing at 254 Seven Farms Drive – a complex comprised of over 170 condo units –raised concerns that a non-profit organization, Faith Haven, was taking actions in violation of their association’s covenants in regards to providing housing for the organization’s participants in a sober living program.
In school news, we reported that for the third time in four years, the Daniel Island School was looking for a new principal. Lori Dibble, who had served at the school helm since the summer of 2007, announced that she is leaving to accept a new position as principal of Summerville Elementary School. Dibble took over the Daniel Island post from Carolyn Morris, who stayed in the position just one year after opening the K-8 school in 2006.
We also reported that the Daniel Island Rotary awarded five Henri L. White Scholarships to local high school students worth a total value of $6500 and that Pastor Don Flowers was the recipient of the Murray L. Vincent Outstanding Prevention Professional Award in recognition for significantly impacting the prevention of adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina.
Our centerfold feature included survey results concerning whether Daniel Island residents should favor Daniel Island businesses. Over 90 percent of readers say residents should favor island businesses. In the latest Daniel Island News reader survey, 91 percent of readers said that yes, where possible, area residents should make a special effort to favor Daniel Island businesses. All told, 63 readers weighed in on the issue, with 57 saying yes, five registering no and three not sure. Again and again, readers drove home the point that if residents don’t support island businesses, they won’t be here.
In sports, Alesya Macatol was heading up the weight loss leader board at the end of week one of the Get Fit Challenge, losing 7% of her body weight. In conjunction with the Get Fit Challenge, badminton was being offered by the City of Charleston Recreation Department on Mondays in the field behind the Daniel Island School.
Our advertisers included: Drs. Davis and Spicer, First Fidelity, Life Matters Counseling, Ali Baba, Charleston Pediatric Dentistry, Royal Ace Hardware, Daniel Island Animal Hospital, Alex’s Restaurant, Dr Danziger, MUSC Weight Management, Camp Bow Wow, Simply Spay & Neuter, Plantation Shutter Company, Workplace Benefits, Prestige Real Estate, Daniel Island Hearing, Dr. Basha, Daniel Island Real Estate, Daniel Island Academy, Waldrop Jewelry, Sienna, Doodlebugs, Andy on Call, Home. Island Eye Care, and The Fulp Company.

Ten Years Ago
In the July 22, 2004 edition of the paper our cover and centerfold features were about spiritual retreats. Local writers described their experiences at Mepkin Abbey, a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 and located on the Cooper River just north of Charleston; and about the Saint Christopher Conference Center, which encompasses 300 acres on Seabrook Island, is run by the Episcopal Church Diocese of South Carolina, and provides comfortable and affordable facilities for youth and adult groups, as well as a private retreat for individuals, couples and families.
In news, we reported that island baritone Benjamin Lee would give an opera performance at Providence Baptist Church, on the efforts of islanders Elayne Cree and Julie Croner in lobbying the city for a dog park on Daniel Island (including raising over $1000 for the cause).
In sports, the Daniel Island Flying Fish finished 23rd in their first City Meet.
Our advertisers included: Morris Sokol, Daybreak Adult Care, realtors Sherrill Holland and Dave Lorenz, Dr. Jill Aiken, Dr. Michael Bannister, Cristin Davis Realtor, Daniel Island Nursery, Dr. Davis, Dr. Sahn, Libby and Steve smith Realtors, Longpoint Eye Care Center, Clyde Hiers, Carolina Custom Security, Rick Iriart State Farm, Chris Carson, and Best Buy Blinds.

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