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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Walterboro, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Walterboro residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Walterboro, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Walterboro, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Walterboro, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Store in Walterboro, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

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Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $99
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $139
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $149
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $299

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Walterboro with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
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Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Walterboro.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Walterboro.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Walterboro, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Walterboro and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Walterboro, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Walterboro, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Walterboro, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Walterboro, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Historic Walterboro church must hand over property to Episcopal Church in S.C. Supreme Court ruling

A long-awaited ruling passed down last week by the S.C. Supreme Court has the future of one of Walterboro’s oldest and most historic churches hanging in the balance.St. Jude’s Church members in Walterboro will be losing the rights to their property and to their church. The church was established in 1855 and are in the historic district of downtown Walterboro.This ruling was passed down by the S.C. Supreme Court, which has been listening to the legal battle between the Anglican and Episcopal churches for the last 10 ...

A long-awaited ruling passed down last week by the S.C. Supreme Court has the future of one of Walterboro’s oldest and most historic churches hanging in the balance.

St. Jude’s Church members in Walterboro will be losing the rights to their property and to their church. The church was established in 1855 and are in the historic district of downtown Walterboro.

This ruling was passed down by the S.C. Supreme Court, which has been listening to the legal battle between the Anglican and Episcopal churches for the last 10 years. According to the legal opinion, some parishes broke away from the Episcopal Church more than 10 years ago, prompting the ongoing legal battle about property rights. Before the split, all churches were a part of a trust that belongs to the national Episcopal church.

The S.C. Supreme Court issued their ruling on April 20th.

As part of their ruling, 14 of the 29 now-Anglican churches involved in this legal decision – impacted churches are scattered throughout the Lowcountry, from Charleston to Colleton counties – will lose all rights to their property and must begin the legal process of handing over their properties to the Episcopal Church. The other half of the churches involved in the lawsuit will keep their personal property and are unaffected by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

The reason that 15 of the 29 churches can keep their properties is because those churches never conceded to the church law, through the way in which the individual church laws, or “canon,” were written.

St. Jude’s is the only Anglican church in Colleton County impacted by the ruling.

“The decision from the Supreme Court is a difficult one to have learned. Our hearts mourn at the loss of historic buildings where we have worshipped for generations,” said Rev. Newman H. Lawrence, rector of St. Jude’s Church in Walterboro. “But, we know the church is more than a building. We will continue to gather and worship the risen Lord wherever that may be,” he said.

While the ruling has been handed down, details of this case still remain in limbo as legal counsel for both sides continue to weigh in. These details include many “what ifs,” such as how the Anglican churches who are losing their properties will be reimbursed or compensated for “betterments” that were made during the last 10 years while this court case was being heard. These “betterments,” as they are called in the ruling, refer to physical improvements or expansions made to the church properties. They also refer to general upkeep.

Other “what ifs” that are still being decided as part of an ongoing legal conversation include the future of parishioner grave sites that have been bought and planned for by Anglican members; current graves and graveyards; and whether or not the new owners of the property will allow some of the Anglican churches to remain as lease-holders.

According to a letter issued on April 20th by the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina to the church’s clergy and parishioners,

“The ruling raises many issues that will have to play out in the coming weeks before any actions are taken, so our first response must be to quiet our hearts before the Lord as we pray for grace to meet the days ahead. Some of our churches are relieved that the court ruled their property does indeed belong to them. Some are grieving deeply, as the courts ruling went in the opposite direction,” stated The Rt. Rev. Chip Edgar, in his letter to all Anglican churches in the area. “ … The Lord has provided – and always will provide – all we need to proclaim the gospel, bind up the brokenhearted, heal the sick, set the captives free, do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God,” Edgar wrote, in part, in his letter.

Edgar also asked for continued prayers “… for those of us who are called to lead as we sort thorugh the difficult decisions of the days ahead.”

According to the S.C. Supreme Court, the 14 Anglican Churches that must hand over their properties to the Episcopal Church are:

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Charleston;

The Church of the Holy Comforter in Sumter;

St. Bartholomew’s Church in Hartsville;

St. John’s Parish Church on Johns Island;

St. Jude’s Church in Walterboro;

Saint Luke’s Church in Hilton Head;

St. David’s Church in Cheraw;

St. Matthew’s Parish Church in Fort Motte;

Old St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Charleston;

The Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg;

Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach;

Holy Trinity Church in Charleston;

Christ Church in Mount Pleasant;

Saint James Church in James Island.

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Thousands of kids get a free book as part of Colleton’s first community-wide reading day

PRESS RELEASE. In Colleton County’s first Colleton County Community Read (CCCR), organizers of the event say this day of dedicated reading was a “big success,” according to Colleton County Children’s Librarian Shiela Keaise. To orchestrate the event, the library partnered with many community partners, including the Colleton County School District, First Steps, North Walterboro Christian Academy, the Lowcountry Community Action Agency, Colleton Preparatory Academy, the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, the local l...

PRESS RELEASE. In Colleton County’s first Colleton County Community Read (CCCR), organizers of the event say this day of dedicated reading was a “big success,” according to Colleton County Children’s Librarian Shiela Keaise. To orchestrate the event, the library partnered with many community partners, including the Colleton County School District, First Steps, North Walterboro Christian Academy, the Lowcountry Community Action Agency, Colleton Preparatory Academy, the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project, the local library, and some homeschoolers. These groups prioritized reading during the week of April 4 – 7, 2022.

“CCCR promoted parent/child, teacher/child, community/child, and librarian/child read-a-longs for one full week. These relationships are perfect for nurturing the child’s physical, emotional, and social development. Each unique bond that every child and parent/teacher/librarian/community member plays a part in makes Colleton county more literate. These relationships lay the foundation for the child’s personality, life choices, and overall behavior, but their literacy level,” said Keaise.

The program ended on April 8th with the “Big Read,” where more than 77 readers (community leaders) went to schools, daycares, and libraries to read to students in Colleton County.

The books they read were selected from various reading levels and for all ages of children by committee members and staff of the CCCR project.

“I was thrilled with the level of community support during our Big Read day,” said library Director Carl Coffin. “Thank you, Colleton County readers, Colleton County First Steps, teachers, and administrative staff for supporting literacy and education in the lives of our youth.”

As a part of the event, more than 5,900 students in Colleton County received free books, thanks to the $10,000 Save The Children grant and a $23,000 Colleton County Memorial Library (CCML) donation. Colleton Dental Associates donated $500 that helped provide gifts for our volunteers and partners. The Colleton County Memorial Library purchased the Illustrate-A-Book projects written and illustrated by the local children’s librarian and over 100 youths of Colleton County.

“Promoting a love of reading has always been a priority in the Children’s Department,” said Keaise. “We would not have been able to accomplish our first Colleton County Community Read project without the idea and assistance from Colleton County School District Superintendent Dr. Vallerie Cave. Thank you to Sean Gruber, who served as our liaison to the schools and videographer.”

DHEC’s Seasonal Water Quality Monitoring at S.C. Beaches Begins May 1

PRESS RELEASE. To help keep South Carolina beaches a favorite destination during the summer months, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is soon beginning its seasonal monitoring of water quality along the coast. Every state with ocean-facing beaches performs beach water monitoring to help detect instances of elevated bacteria levels that have the potential to impact people’s health.From May 1-Oct. 30, DHEC collects either weekly or bi-weekly water samples at more than 120 locations along Sout...

PRESS RELEASE. To help keep South Carolina beaches a favorite destination during the summer months, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is soon beginning its seasonal monitoring of water quality along the coast. Every state with ocean-facing beaches performs beach water monitoring to help detect instances of elevated bacteria levels that have the potential to impact people’s health.

From May 1-Oct. 30, DHEC collects either weekly or bi-weekly water samples at more than 120 locations along South Carolina›s beaches, from Cherry Grove Beach near the South Carolina-North Carolina border to the southern end of Hilton Head Island. DHEC staff test these water samples for Enterococci bacteria. If elevated levels of the bacteria are detected, the agency issues public notices at that beach location and to local media outlets because high levels of Enterococci bacteria can negatively impact some people’s health.

“If levels of Enterococci bacteria exceed the standard limit, we quickly issue a short-term swimming advisory for that portion of the beach to help alert beach-goers,” said Bryan Rabon, manager of Aquatic Science Programs with DHEC’s Bureau of Water. “A swimming advisory does not mean a beach is closed, it just means that this particular area of ocean water should be avoided until the bacteria levels return to normal. Most short-term swimming advisories last just a single day.”

DHEC tests ocean water for Enterococci bacteria, which are naturally found in warm-blooded animals, including humans. However, high levels of Enterococci in water indicate the potential risk for other organisms that may cause disease in humans, such as gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

DHEC issues two types of swimming advisories: short-term (or “temporary”) and long-term:

Short-term swimming advisories typically last just one to two days and are issued once two consecutive water samples exceed the state water quality standard of 104 colony-forming units per 100 milliliters (104CFU/100mL). Often, short-term swim advisories due to elevated bacteria levels are issued after heavy rains because rainwater carries nearby pollutants and contaminants into the ocean.

Long-term swimming advisories are issued for areas that have an increased possibility of high bacteria levels, typically where stormwater from pipes or small creeks flows across the beach and into the ocean. Signs posted at these locations provide advice about swimming in the immediate area due to the potential of high bacteria levels, usually associated with rainfall events.

“We don’t always know the cause of the increase in bacteria in a certain area because there could be various contributing factors, however, it’s our job as South Carolina’s public health and environmental agency to keep people up to date on bacterial counts in ocean water,” Rabon said. “It’s considered safe to wade, collect shells and fish within a swimming advisory area, but we advise people who enter the water in an affected area to refrain from swallowing it, and we advise people with open wounds or compromised immune systems to avoid contact with the water in a swim advisory area.”

In 2020, DHEC worked collaboratively with the City of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and other Grand Strand-area organizations to pilot the Check My Beach program, which is designed to provide quick access to water quality information as well as general beach safety tips. In addition to being a one-stop-shop for online information about Horry County beaches, local businesses, governments, and tourism groups offer brochures and signage that promote Check My Beach.

DHEC is working to expand Check My Beach to include other coastal communities. For additional information, visit scdhec.gov/beachmonitoring or CheckMyBeach.com.

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Alligator hunting season will soon start

Hunters who want to be a part of a computer-based lottery drawing to hunt alligators on public lands in South Carolina can start applying online on May 1st. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to participate in the drawing and applicants must be at least 16 years old in order to apply. If selected, the permit/tag fee is $100, and if not selected, the applicant will be awarded one preference point for future alligator lottery hunts. All selected hunters are required to possess a SC Hunting License in addition to the $100 permit/t...

Hunters who want to be a part of a computer-based lottery drawing to hunt alligators on public lands in South Carolina can start applying online on May 1st. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to participate in the drawing and applicants must be at least 16 years old in order to apply. If selected, the permit/tag fee is $100, and if not selected, the applicant will be awarded one preference point for future alligator lottery hunts. All selected hunters are required to possess a SC Hunting License in addition to the $100 permit/tag fee. Any nonresident alligator hunter chosen must pay an additional $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee along with the permit/tag fee, and must possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License. Anyone may assist a permitted hunter during the hunt, but all assistants must possess a hunting license unless they are under the age of 16. In addition, ALL nonresident alligator hunting assistants (16 years of age or older) must pay the $200 Nonresident Alligator Hunting Fee and possess a SC Nonresident Hunting License, available from any license sales vendor. The deadline for applying for each year’s Public Alligator Hunting Season is June 15th at 5:00pm. The application link and other details may be found on the SCDNR website. For information regarding the Alligator Program, and licensing requirements for taking, possessing, and sale of alligators or their products, call 843-546-6062 or 803-734-3886 (the Nonresident Alligator Hunting fee for nonresident alligator hunters and nonresident assistants may be paid at any license vendor location, online at www.dnr.sc.gov, or by phone at 1-866-714-3611). According to the S.C. DNR, it is unlawful to feed or entice an American alligator with food (50-11-750), or possess any live alligator without a permit (50-15-40). Areas that are not open to alligator hunting include: Hatchery WMA within Lake Moultrie. Potato Creek Hatchery Waterfowl Area adjacent to Lake Marion. Stony Bay in Sandy Beach Waterfowl Area. Any North Dike WMA Borrow Pits accessed by canal or ditch via Lake Moultrie. Any portion of Yawkey Wildlife Center accessible from a waterway, ditch, or canal. This includes Mosquito, Beach, and Bird Bank Creeks. National Wildlife Refuges, many of which that have navigable waters within their boundaries. Goose Creek Reservoir is owned by the city of Hanahan and is closed to public alligator hunting.

Alligator q&a

1. I was selected to hunt this year. Where can I go alligator hunting? You are allowed to hunt on any of the navigable waters of the state as long as you stay in the alligator management unit you were selected to hunt. In some instances, rivers are the boundary between two alligator management units. In such cases, you will be allowed to hunt in the main river channel on «your side» of the river, and you may only proceed into smaller tributaries and streams on the side of a river boundary contained in the unit you were selected to hunt. You can also hunt on private lands that are not enrolled in the Private Lands Alligator Program as long as permission has been granted by the landowner. WMAs and other state and federal properties (such as parks and refuges) are not open for public alligator hunting. Please note that some WMA and Wildlife Refuges› jurisdictional boundaries extend into the water and thus would not be open to alligator hunting. Check with the managing authority of any State or Federal property located in the area you wish to hunt if you are unsure of the boundaries to ensure you do not accidentally enter into closed hunting areas.

2. Why can’t I just mail in an application with a $10 check, like I do for some of the other DNR draw hunts, why must I do this online? What about refunds? Printing, mailing and entering every application is extremely time-consuming and expensive. Likewise, to issue a refund requires additional paperwork to be processed by the DNR and then by the Comptroller General before anyone can be issued a refund. To do this would potentially cost the state a high percentage of any revenue that it brings from the successful applicants. We believe that the cost of the hunt, as well as monitoring of the alligator population and the hunt itself should be self-sustaining with the costs borne by the participants.

3. I was unable to apply for the alligator hunt until the last day of the application period (June 15th). Won’t this hurt my chance of being selected? Not at all. The computer selection process treats all applications submitted during the application period the same whether you apply on the first day, last day, or any day between May 1st and June 15th.

4. My friend wants to apply but he doesn’t have a computer. How can he apply? In person applications will be accepted at a DNR Regional Office located in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia and Florence. A credit card or debit card will still be required.

5. I do not have a credit card to pay for the application. Can I mail in a check? Unfortunately, at this time only those applications accompanied with a credit card or debit card payment can be processed at this time. This applies to in-person applicants as well.

6. I do not like to pay for things online because I do not want to put any kind of account information on the Internet, shouldn’t there be an alternate method of payment? The online payment system is secure. Many people do not realize that if you have any kind of bank account, credit card, loan, or mortgage, your information already exists on the Internet in a database that you or other banks can access remotely by computer. Every effort has been made to keep your information private.

7. I was selected and paid for the permit but my plans have changed and I cannot hunt this year. Can my friend use my permit, or can I get a refund? No, alligator permits are non-transferrable. Alligator hunting permits are issued to the individual that was selected for the hunt. Only the person selected during the drawing can be issued and use the alligator permit. No refunds will be issued.

8. I was selected for the hunt, but I have not paid for my permit yet. However, my plans have changed and I cannot hunt this year. Can I get a refund? No refunds of the $10 application fee will be issued regardless of selection status.

9. Can I apply just for Unit 1 and 3? Yes, you can apply for any combination of units, including or up to all units (i.e. 1, 2, 3 or 1 & 4, or 3 & 4, or 1, 2, 3, 4, and so on)

10. Does it matter what order I put the units on the application page? Yes, select the management units in the order you would prefer to hunt. Select the site you would like to hunt most in the first slot, the second slot for the next preferred site, and so on. If there are any management units where you do not wish to hunt do not list them on the application.

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Edisto Natchez- Kusso Tribe hosts powwow

The Edisto Natchez-Kusso tribe hosted their 45th Annual Powwow on April 22-24 on tribal grounds on Ridge Road. The tribe lives near Cottageville and Ridgeville in Colleton and Dorchester counties.A powwow is a Native American celebration bringing together families and friends to enjoy food and dancing, participate in centuries old traditions, and honor their culture.The annual event began on Friday evening with families greeting other families while celebrating with food, dancing and fellowship. On Saturday, festivities began a...

The Edisto Natchez-Kusso tribe hosted their 45th Annual Powwow on April 22-24 on tribal grounds on Ridge Road. The tribe lives near Cottageville and Ridgeville in Colleton and Dorchester counties.

A powwow is a Native American celebration bringing together families and friends to enjoy food and dancing, participate in centuries old traditions, and honor their culture.

The annual event began on Friday evening with families greeting other families while celebrating with food, dancing and fellowship. On Saturday, festivities began at 11:00 a.m.

People brought lawn chairs and blankets, prepared to sit and watch the Native American dancers. Food was available, and vendors were on hand to sell handmade crafts.

At 1:00 p.m., the Grand Entry of the host drum, head man, head lady and Chief John Creel officially opened the powwow.

Dr. John Creel is a physician in Walterboro and serves as chief of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso tribe.

On Sunday, attendees were invited back to tribal grounds for a community church service featuring preaching and singing from local tribal members.

Tribal spokeswoman Sabrina Russell said she is excited that the powwow is back after Covid-19 interrupted the festivities for the last few years. “I feel proud that we were able to hold the powwow again,” said Russell. “We are still here in the same area where my ancestors lived.”

At this time, the Edisto Natchez- Kusso people are only recognized in the state of South Carolina as a full-fledged tribe, but there is hope that in the near future, they will be recognized federally as well.

The process of federal recognition has been challenging and ongoing. In the 1990s and early 2000s, journalist Wes Taukchiray and Native American John Israel Muckenfuss conducted a series of interviews of people who were Indians or worked with the Indians of Creeltown, the community belonging to the Edisto Natchez-Kusso people, to document their lives.

Some tribal ancestors came from Mississippi in the 1700s, but most had been born and lived in S.C. on the Ashepoo and Edisto Rivers. Henry Creel who was born in 1880 and his brother Ivy who was born in 1891 were the last two Indians at Creeltown who knew how to make white oak baskets, a craft they learned from their father. The Creel brothers were also the last Indians at Creeltown to carve cypress boat paddles. Although the craft relatively disappeared in 1939, the tribe recently became interested in resurrecting the skill and are working and learning to create the paddles, baskets, draw knives, and turkey calls out of cedar.

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