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Features : Editorial Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 - 12:31:41 PM

Ten and Five Years Ago in The Daniel Island News - January 16, 2014
Jan 14, 2014 - 5:30:33 PM

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The following excerpts were pulled verbatim from the January 15, 2004 edition of The Daniel Island News.
DELAYED: The elation over last year’s School Board vote to fund and build the Daniel Island School sunk last week as the School District announced that the Daniel Island School opening date will be moved back by a least one year. Construction was originally scheduled to begin this week but has been delayed until spring as permit and other construction issues are settled. The delay and change in opening date puts a crimp in many Island residents’ plans for sending their children to this new kindergarten through eighth grade public school. Parents hoping to send their children to the school beginning in 2005 will likely have to wait at least until 2006, provided there are no more additional delays in construction.
    GOVERNOR SANFORD UNVEILS BALANCED BUDGET: Governor Mark Sanford last week un-veiled the first executive budget of his administration, a balanced, $5.1 billion, 301-page spending plan built around structural reform, efficiencies to the taxpayer, targeted prioritization of resources, sale of non-essential state assets, selected privatization, a dramatic reduction in annualizations and a commitment not to raise taxes.     
DANIEL ISLAND ANIMAL HOSPITAL HOLDS OPEN HOUSE: Pets and owners alike were welcomed into the Daniel Island Animal Hospital last Saturday as part of the business’s open house ceremony. Guests entered the bright and friendly reception area where they were greeted by Dr. Lynne M. Flood, D.V.M., as well as Missy Baldwin, licensed animal health technician…Visitors toured the facility’s spotless exam rooms, which were adorned with take-home goodies such as Frisbees, healthy pet treats, vaccine information, stickers and youth-oriented workbooks about pets.  The employees also made available to guests the surgery room, x-ray room and kennel area, complete with stuffed animal models and balloons…The DI Animal Hospital has already seen over forty patients, despite the fact that it only recently opened on January 5th, 2004. They primarily care for dogs, cats, ferrets, guinea pigs and other “pocket pets,” however Dr. Flood welcomes exotic pets like birds and snakes…”  
ADVERTISERS from ten years ago included: Saab of Charleston, GymMasters, Best Buy Blinds, Daniel Island Animal Hospital, Maid Brigade, Dr. Lucy Davis, Dr. Jimmy Smith, Dr. Sahn, Family Circle Cup, and the Field House.

The top news story involved the DI SPA port land and the following excerpt was pulled verbatim from the January 15, 2009 edition of The Daniel Island News.
DI SPA LAND STILL EXPECTED TO GO ON THE MARKET: The State Ports Authority (SPA) is forging ahead with plans to sell a portion of its 1300-acre tract on Daniel Island. Although the property, known as the Cooper River Tract, has not yet been put up for sale with a national real estate firm, SPA officials report plans to list the property are still on track….The SPA’s Cooper River tract was originally intended to serve as the “transportation corridor” for a proposed massive Global Gateway Port on Daniel Island which was nixed in 2002 after strong local opposition to the project was voiced... In July of 2008, the Daniel Island Property Owners’ Association (POA) put forth of letter of intent to SPA Board Chairman David Posek expressing the desire to purchase all of the port’s Daniel Island property for $25 million. The figure, based on the SPA’s historical cost of acquiring the land plus what the POA called a “reasonable profit,” was rejected by the port.
ADDITIONAL STORIES INCLUDED: The feature story was about oysters, including kids say and roving reporter questions about oysters, as well as a feature on the upcoming Daniel Island community oyster roast. In sports, Bishop England wrestling team continued to compete in the high school league and Coach Spence was also organizing a youth wrestling program to introduce the sport to a younger group prior to reaching high school. Residents running for DINA offers were featured, including Stacy Lindbergh for president, Frank Walsh for vice-president, Brittney Thrasher for secretary and Al Vitalo for treasure. On our viewpoint page, Mayor Riley and Governor Sanford debated their differing views on economic stimulus.
ADVERTISERS INCLUDED: Dragon Palace, Centex, Clawson & Staubes, A Closet Case, DI Hearing, Dr. Danzinger, Island Eye Care, DI Academy, Cupcake, Budget Blinds, Island Medical, DI Dental, Workplace Benefits, Ali Baba, Andy on Call, Home Telecom, Palmetto Custom Carts and Cupcake.

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