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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 116th Founders’ Day Celebrated

On January 15, 2024, Dillon County Interest Group “Pearls of Promise and Purpose” celebrated Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 116th Founders’ Day.

Sheriff Jamie Hamilton Is Guest Speaker For Dillon County Historical Society

Sheriff Jamie Hamilton was the guest speaker at the Dillon County Historical Society meeting on Thursday.

Top Five Scams Of 2023 Listed

Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Carolinas (BBB) has released its list of the top 5 scams reported during 2023. These scams were reported to BBB Scam Tracker in our 48-county service area throughout last year:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African-American Dillon County Sheriff With The First African-American President

While neither were elected at the time of this photograph, this is the first African-American Sheriff in Dillon County Douglas Pernell with the first African-American President Barack Obama. This picture was taken during Senator Obama’s visit to J.V. Martin Junior High School.

World Vision’s Global 6K For Water To Take Place May 18th

On May 18, 2024, World Vision’s Global 6K for Water will unite people around the world to walk/run on the same day for the same cause.

Dillon School District Four Trustees Honored For 15 Years Of Service

Two Dillon District Four School Board members were honored for a milestone in their school board service at the January meeting.

City Of Dillon Visitor Center Is Partner In Discover South Carolina’s Front Porch Program

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) has named the City of Dillon Visitor Center a partner in Discover South Carolina’s Front Porch Program.

Annual Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey Is February 16-19

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will conduct its annual Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey Feb. 16-19 in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count. The state natural resources agency is interested in the status and distribution of these colorful songbirds that are wintering in the Palmetto State.
If you currently have Baltimore orioles coming to your feeders or have had them in the past years, SCDNR encourages your participation. Survey participants count and record the largest number of Baltimore orioles they can see at one time, on one, two, three or all four days of the survey period. Even if you cannot participate during the survey period, SCDNR would still like to record your oriole numbers seen during the winter months of December through February.
Survey participants need to be able to correctly identify Baltimore orioles from other bird species. To participate, you can access the survey form and materials from this link: South Carolina Wintering Baltimore Oriole Survey (arcgis.com) The survey form and materials are available through your web browser or through the Survey 123 app (free download through your device’s app store). The Survey123 form can be used to report Oriole observations either during the survey period (Feb. 16-19) or outside of the survey period (December through February). For more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count and counting all species of birds, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.
This year marks the ninth annual survey, and South Carolina continues to report large numbers of wintering Baltimore orioles.
Historically, these birds have wintered in southern Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America. However, during the last several decades, they have been wintering along the East Coast in greater abundance.
South Carolina had 25 counties reporting orioles last year, up from 22 counties in 2022. The majority of reported birds wintered along the coastal plain from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head Island. Charleston County was the 2023 hotspot, with Beaufort, Dorchester, Horry and Florence counties also leading the pack. Good numbers continued to extend inland, with the Upstate reporting Orioles as far west as Oconee County.

Though SCDNR is not sure why these birds have begun overwintering in large numbers in the state, they are responding well to the popularity of backyard bird feeding. Orioles are best attracted to feeders where the homeowner is already feeding birds in general. Orioles are attracted to the activity of other birds at feeders. If conditions are right for them, they are likely to frequent the feeders where they can find food, water, and shelter. They will eat a variety of foods and seeds, suet products, some seed mixes, nuts and fruit mixes, but their favorite food by far is grape jelly. Since these birds have become more common at the winter feeders, you can find an assortment of feeders that cater to them and their foods, especially at bird-feeding specialty stores.
The survey will enable scientists to learn the distribution and abundance of Baltimore orioles wintering in South Carolina. Information from the survey and the Great Backyard Bird Count can provide a “big picture” about what is happening to Baltimore oriole populations and other bird species. SCDNR appreciates the public’s support and efforts in helping collect the valuable information in this survey.

Owners Of Backyard Poultry Flocks And Pet Waterfowl Urged to Keep Their Birds Away From Wild Waterfowl

Clemson University animal health officials are urging owners of backyard poultry flocks and pet waterfowl to keep their birds away from wild waterfowl and the waters they inhabit.

Woodmen Life Chapter 120 Holds Productive Meeting

The Woodmen Life Chapter 120 had a productive meeting on Thursday evening.