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Since an effort about two weeks ago to raise awareness of a critical food shortage, Bluffton Self Help has received thousands of pounds of food to restock its pantry, but the nonprofit still needs donations.
“We have received hundreds of cans of vegetables, which we needed, and are grateful for,” said Bluffton Self Help vice president John Orth. “But we are still very low on boxed cereals, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauces and paper goods.”
Columbia-based McNair Law Firm, P.A. has become a sponsor of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton.
The firm, which has an office on Hilton Head Island, recently donated between $5,000 and $9,999 — at the center’s “Silver Level” — to become the center’s fifth primary corporate sponsor.
The center is a public-private program supporting new technology company formation and development in Bluffton.
Heather Jones, a developer of the Beaufort Commerce Park, is among three community technology advisers recently named to Connect South Carolina, an initiative to improve broadband service.
Jones, who served five years as the Allendale County administrator, also helped develop Bluffton Technology Park as executive director of the Greater Beaufort-Hilton Head Economic Partnership.
The Clemson graduate will join Lindsay Conrad and Sheila Dugan in coordinating and managing the activities of the Connect South Carolina community technology planning teams.