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News Briefs for Sept. 6, 2023
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Roots & Rivers Festival celebrates Black entrepreneurs, community growth

Special to the Herald


BLUFFTON, SC - BlacQuity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs, presents the inaugural Roots & Rivers Festival, a celebration of local businesses and community spirit on Sept. 9, from 4-9 p.m. at the river view of Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St., Bluffton, SC.

The Roots & Rivers Festival is designed to invigorate Coastal Beaufort County by providing a marketplace for small businesses, artisans, and Black entrepreneurs to showcase their unique products. The festival aims to support the local economy and foster community growth by offering a platform for these talented individuals, creating a positive and inclusive environment for all.

"The inaugural Roots & Rivers Festival is dedicated to empowering BlacQuity and its mission to uplift small Black-owned businesses," said Gwen Chambers, executive director of BlacQuity. "Through the festival, we hope to provide a snapshot of these talented and dedicated entrepreneurs and inspire additional students to join our 12-week Black Equity University program and become part of our community's diverse framework of small business owners. It's a true win for everyone!”

The festival includes a beer garden and live music performances by Deas Guyz, an group known for their energetic mix of Motown, R&B, blues, and more. There will also be food trucks and vendors with unique products and services.

Early Bird general admission tickets for the Roots and Rivers Festival are now available for $25. Tickets at the gate will be $30.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click on


Victim in fatal single-vehicle crash identified 

EFFINGHAM COUNTY -- The victim involved in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 2 in Effingham County has been identified.

Deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Shawnee Egypt Road and Fifth Street in Egypt just after 7:30 p.m.

An SUV was traveling westbound on Shawnee Egypt Road when the driver, 42-year-old Jackie Blocker, lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.

Blocker suffered fatal injuries from the crash and died at the scene.

Deputies say speed was a factor in this crash.


Input, ideas sought from Guyton residents for Recreation Master Plan

The City of Guyton held a public meeting to gather the public’s input and ideas for a Recreation Master Plan we're working on

Guyton Rec Master Plan meeting
with POND Engineering. Tony Catchot from POND facilitated the meeting on Aug. 31 at the Guyton Gym. Residents can still access the link to submit their feedback: (Submitted photo.)


Effingham County Sheriff’s Office holds Recruitment Event

RINCON -- The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a few good men and women to join the team. 

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Recruitment Event Sept.  7 from 9 a.m. until noon at the WorkSource Coastal Effingham Job Center, 410 S. Columbia Ave., Suite B, Rincon.

If you have an interest in being a jail officer, communications officer, deputy sheriff or a school resource officer, among other positions, then bring your resume and come see us. Starting pay for certified deputies begins at $22.63/hour, and starting pay for jail deputies is $19.96/hr., plus paid benefits and much more.

ECSO Hiring event
The Effingham County Prison will also be in attendance looking to fill correction officer positions.

If you’re ready to take the next step to better yourself, Saint Leo University Savannah Center will be there as well, talking to prospective students looking to start school with flexible class schedules.  

Applicants must be at least 18 years or older to apply. For more information, click on the ECSO website:


County Democratic Committee to hold yard sale


The Effingham County Democratic Committee is hosting a yard sale Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 8 a.m.

The yard sale is being held at Rutland Tire & Wheel, 420 S. Columbia Ave., Rincon.

Tables can be rented for $20, payable to the Effingham County Democratic Committee, and sellers keep the proceeds of their sales.

You can also donate your saleable items to the ECDC for a donation receipt.

For more information, contact Tony Chiariello, ECDC Chairperson, 732-604-1204, or Cloyce Gardner, ECDC Secretary, 912-484-4587.