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The Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division released Thursday that 21 preventable fires occurred over the holidays.
That number is an increase from 14 fires in 2011. The division tracked the number of preventable fires from Nov. 23 to Jan. 2 through its “Keep the Wreath Green” project, which changes light bulbs from green to white each time preventable fire broke out.
Some elementary schools in the district will have new visitors today.
Deputies who are part of a new School Resource Officer program aimed at young kids will be dropping in.
The 16 deputies chosen to participate went through an intensive training Monday to prepare them for their new roles. Instead of being posted at a particular school, the new SROs will float around the district during their regular shifts.
Read my article about the new program here.
S.C. Highway Patrol Troop Six will set up the following checkpoints in Beaufort and Jasper counties through the New Year’s holiday:
Friday, Dec. 28
• 10 a.m. on Pine Grove Road in Beaufort
• 9 p.m. on S.C. 170 at S.C. 46 in Bluffton
Saturday, Dec. 29
• 1 p.m. on Roseida Road in Beaufort
• 11 p.m. on Marshland Road on Hilton Head Island
Sunday, Dec. 30
• 2 p.m. on Levy Road in Hardeeville
• 9 p.m. on Club Ridge at Saxonville on Saint Helena Island
Monday, Dec. 31
• 10 a.m. on Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island
• 10 p.m. on Burnt Church Road in Bluffton
More than a million South Carolinians will hit the roads this holiday — making Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 one of the deadliest travel times of the year, according to AAA Carolinas.
In 2010-2011, the last year that data is available, 68 people died on South Carolina roads during the holidays. This averages to 6.2 fatalities per day — nearly three times higher than the daily average of 2.2 traffic fatalities during the rest of the year, a news release said.
Christmas came early for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Beaufort County, which recently received an $88,500 gift.
The money came from the trust of the late Georgette Langsam of Hilton Head, S.C. According to her attorney, Richard Allen of Fraser & Allen, LLC, Langsam felt compelled to make the donation after a recent string of underage drunk driving crashes that have killed several Hilton Head teenagers.
The Bluffton Township Fire District will present a check to benefit a 7-year-old leukemia patient at noon Wednesday at Station 35 on U.S. 278.
The money was raised during the fire district’s annual Boston Butts Fundraiser. This year the money will offset expenses for the family of 7-year-old Leo Vannoni, diagnosed with leukemia this summer and currently being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Leo’s mother, Kelly, is a teacher at H.E. McCracken Middle School and has had to take off from work to care for him.
Public safety officials in the town of Bluffton are preparing for their yearly visit from Santa Clause, but he won’t be arriving in a sleigh.
Clause and the Mrs. will be riding through neighborhoods on a firetruck, escorted by volunteers from the Bluffton Township Fire District beginning the evening of Dec. 10 through Dec. 21.