Photo by Rūta Smith

Volunteers across the state will span the coast by boat and by foot Saturday to pick up litter from beaches, debris in marshes or floating trash along waterways. It’s time for the state’s annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep.  

Last year, 2,225 volunteers picked up more than 20,000 pounds of debris along beaches and rivers statewide. The event is held in partnership with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium the state Department of Natural Resources

Volunteers in the Charleston area will work around 20 different area sites, including the marsh in front of downtown’s Waterfront Park and Shem Creek. Those who sign up will be provided with the proper tools and equipment to help clean up the city’s waterways.  More information can be found on the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium or S.C. DNR websites. The efforts will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

In other headlines: 

Charleston leaders looking to address vacant buildings. Charleston City leaders met Thursday evening during the Community Development Committee meeting to discuss ideas on what to do with the vacant buildings around the city. The number of vacant buildings has been reduced to half in the past decade, but more than 200 remain.

Buxton Books to host political talks ahead of midterm elections. Buxton Books is hosting a special Sept.24 talk with Dr. Annie Andrews and Lisa Ellis. Andrews is Democratic candidate in the 1st Congressional District and Ellis is the Democratic candidate for South Carolina superintendent. The event is free to the public.

Potential puppy abuse under investigation. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into an animal cruelty case after an abandoned and beaten chihuahua was found in a store bin in the Midland Park area. Charleston Animal Society is offering $5,000 for any information to help solve the case. 

Literary legends come to Charleston in November. Charleston is hosting its annual Charleston Literary Festival Nov. 4 to Nov. 13. Award-winning authors will come to the city for intimate on-stage conversations. Tickets now are on sale at

Moncks Corner property owners to see tax increase. Homeowners and landowners in Moncks Corner will be seeing a property tax increase for the first time in 17 years. Property owners will see a 15% tax increase starting Oct. 1.

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