GOOD NEWS: SEWE to host federal junior duck stamp judging on April 21

Staff reports  |  Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is hosting the 2017-2018 Federal Junior Duck Stamp judging in Charleston. The public is invited to attend the judging at Charleston Music Hall on Friday, April 21. This is the 25th year for the Junior Duck Stamp program and the first time the federal judging has been held in Charleston.

“This is a big deal in the duck stamp world,” said Mary Roberts, SEWE marketing director and S.C. Junior Duck Stamp coordinator. “SEWE and our partner S.C. Ducks Unlimited is thrilled to host the event in our hometown of Charleston. It’s a great opportunity to shed a light on this art program and its impact on conservation education.”

SEWE has been the state coordinator for South Carolina since 2011when it assumed administration from SC Department of Natural Resources. The program is an extension of the Federal Duck Stamp program created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For the past 20-plus years, the judging has taken place in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Junior Duck Stamp art contest is a dynamic educational program that uses conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to children K-12. Each state holds its own JDS contest where participants compete to create visually compelling and biologically accurate drawings or paintings of eligible North American waterfowl species.

The judging will take place at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street on Friday, April 21. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., judging starts at 10 a.m. There will be live painting and sculpting with SEWE artists, live animals, face painting, educational activities, and giveaways. The 2017-2018 winner will be announced at 12 p.m.

In other Good News:

Free skin cancer screening.  The Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston will host a free skin cancer screening just in time for the beach season.  The event, which will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 1 at 2180 Henry Tecklenburg Drive in West Ashley, requires registration.  To register, call 843.556.8886 (ext. 1101) or go online to

New store.  Dollar General has opened its newest store at 923 Main Road on John’s Island.  The store will have an official grand opening at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22, with free prizes, special deals and gift cards for early shoppers.

Moot court finalists.  A three-member moot court team from the Charleston School of Law was among the top four finishers in the nation’s premier advocacy competition earlier this month that attracted 192 teams from across the nation.  From left holding multiple awards won in early April at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition are faculty coach Todd Bruno and third-year law students Victoria Watson of Mount Pleasant, Alexandra Heaton of Orangeburg and Andrew Smith of Easley.  (Photo by Daniel Cooper.)

Writer wins prize.  Malinda McCollum, a visiting assistant English professor at the College of Charleston, recently received the Juniper Literary Prize for Fiction for her short story collection, The Surprising Places: Stories.  The prizes, awarded annually by the University of Massachusetts Press and its Amherst MFA program, recognize fiction and poetry.  She began teaching at the college in 2005.

Awendaw Country Market.  Every Sunday through Dec. 24, the Awendaw Country Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tractor Supply  parking lot on U.S. Highway 17 in Awendaw.  Farmers, fishermen and craftsmen will sell their home-made or fresh-caught products.


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