DI News History - August 10, 2017
TEN YEARS AGO - Bridges are a concern
In the August 9, 2007 issue of the Daniel Island News, one of the main stories was about the tragic event of a bridge collapse that occurred in 2007 in Minnesota. The South Carolina Department of Transportation issued the following update concerning the status of South Carolina’s bridges.
Secretary of Transportation (at the time) Chip Limehouse said, “South Carolina has a critical need for funding in terms of maintaining the bridges and highways in our state, but we are doing everything possible to make sure that all bridges can be used safely.” He added, “Safety is our highest priority, and no one in South Carolina will travel over a bridge this unsafe to use.”
The feature article was all about Back to School activities. Even though school had not opened yet, Daniel Island School was already aflutter with “osprey” activity in anticipation of the new school year. Teachers were organizing instructional materials and updating classroom décor.
The 2007 school year at the Daniel Island School started with more than 740 students, a 20 percent increase in the 2006 starting enrollment.
FIVE YEARS AGO - School bond referendum approved
In the August 9, 2012 issue of the Daniel Island News the top news story was about the Berkeley County School Bond Referendum being approved, which paved the way for the new schools on Clements Ferry to be built. “A new middle school serving Daniel Island and Cainhoy area students would likely be built first, followed by a high school in the same vicinity,” said Doug Cooper, who was the chair of the Berkeley County School Board at the time. The need for the new schools came from the Daniel Island School being overcrowded. “Finding space to accommodate rising enrollment at Daniel Island School continues to be a priority,” continued Cooper.
Also in the news, about 25 Daniel Islanders gathered to commemorate “National Night Out” with a Flashlight March sponsored by the City of Charleston Police Department. Armed with informational flyers, residents and police officers took to the streets to educate the community about crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch. Participants finished off the evening with a stop at Vespa on Seven Farms Drive, where Gruff the Crime Dog made an appearance.