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Friday's news briefs

Firefly finders sought to aid bug count

Step out back tonight and count the flashes.

In the second year of a firefly study conducted by the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, organizers are asking residents to make their own one-minute backyard counts of lightning bugs sometime between 8 and 10 p.m. and report results.

The study is the first real firefly population survey in the South, said Clemson University entomologist J.C. Chong, one of the organizers.


Traffic checkpoints set for Hilton Head

S.C. Highway Patrol officers will set up two checkpoints on Hilton Head Island and one in northern Jasper County this weekend, according to Lance Cpl. Bob Beres.

Checkpoints will be at these times and locations:

  • 11 p.m. today on Spanish Wells Road off William Hilton Parkway.
  • 10 p.m. Saturday on Dillon Road off William Hilton Parkway.
  • 10 p.m. Sunday on Snake Road off S.C. 170 in Jasper County.
  • The times are subject to change, Beres said. All state laws will be enforced, with emphasis on violations related to drunken driving, driver's licenses, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, he said.

    Local Boys & Girls Club wins award

    The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island has earned the Excellence in Technology Program Award sponsored by Microsoft. The award is presented annually to one of the Boys & Girls Club of America's nearly 4,000 clubs, according to a news release.

    The club was singled out for its "innovative use of technology programs and implementation into club members' lives and extra-curricular activities," the release said. The award comes with $2,500 in cash.

    Jasper County to consider 'Project Defense'

    Jasper County Council will discuss an economic development project in closed session Tuesday.

    The council will discuss "Project Defense" at 11 a.m. in council chambers, 358 Third Ave., Ridgeland.

    County administrator Andy Fulghum doesn't expect the council to vote after the closed session. He said the Lowcountry Economic Network has been working on the project.

    It's not clear what the project entails. Network officials declined to comment.