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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme – high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Cottageville, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren’t 100% satisfied with our work, we’ll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 – before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in Cottageville, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in Cottageville, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know – having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it’s time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn’t matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought – we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner’s components.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment’s ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn’t blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to “auto.” If that doesn’t work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Burning Odors

It’s normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn’t been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit’s heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won’t be able to cool your home off in the summer when it’s needed the most.

Our Special Offers

One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don’t ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you’re in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in Cottageville, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn’t have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Cottageville.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in Cottageville, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, “that sounds like my AC unit,” it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner’s time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won’t dissipate over time, it’s crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

Cottageville AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the “$5,000 rule” if you’re considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner’s cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it’s best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn’t have the “pizzaz” that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

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Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in Cottageville, SC, give our office a call today.

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Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Cottageville, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn’t grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

If you’re having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren’t caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home’s value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

Latest News in Cottageville

Cottageville gun ordinance hearing yields confusion, unanswered questions

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCIV) — A lot of confusion and unanswered questions stemmed from Tuesday night's public hearing on gun ordinances in the town of Cottageville.Mayor Tim Grimsley said he called the emergency meeting because of possible gun ordinance changes that he said were causing confusion in the town.The mayor said the meeting was held to address rumors he felt were causing confusion in the town. Even though that was the goal of the night, many people left with concerns about the wording of their gun laws.There...

COTTAGEVILLE, SC (WCIV) — A lot of confusion and unanswered questions stemmed from Tuesday night's public hearing on gun ordinances in the town of Cottageville.

Mayor Tim Grimsley said he called the emergency meeting because of possible gun ordinance changes that he said were causing confusion in the town.

The mayor said the meeting was held to address rumors he felt were causing confusion in the town. Even though that was the goal of the night, many people left with concerns about the wording of their gun laws.

There was only standing room by the start of the meeting at Cottageville Town Hall. The Mayor said the town could change the language of the current ordinance.

“Pellet rifles, slingshots, or other devices — we changed the word other device to other firearms. Somehow that got misconstrued,” said Grimsley.

He said this word change would only clarify the current laws that are in place.

“It got all turned around that we are trying to infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights,” said Grimsley.

Grimsley explained that there is no need for an open carry on town property, including the park next door.

“We are not trying to limit or take anything away. We just want you to be safe and use commons sense. Unfortunately, common sense is out of the window nowadays.”

However, some people in the crowd don’t think a word swap will do the job. Gerald Grenier said he owns a gun for protection and wants better protection from town leaders.

“It’s not that I am against what they are trying to do. It’s just that they need to incorporate the laws that exist to do it,” said Grenier.

John Dodson said he isn’t a gun owner but still wants more transparency from officials.

“I think it’s a step forward to something else. Or else they wouldn’t change it in the first place,” said Dodson.

It’s a change some believe could be the difference between life or death.

“When you are dead it’s too late. People can smile and say well at least you weren’t carrying a firearm. But you’re dead. You are dead because you couldn’t defend yourself,” said Grenier.

The Mayor clarified that the potential changes would only apply to the town's property such as town hall, not everywhere in town limits.

Grimsley wasn’t able to give a timeline on when any changes to the ordinance could happen. Grimsley explained that he doesn’t expect any changes to be made.

The emergency meeting comes on the heels of the last Cottageville Town Meeting where the proposed ordinance was announced.

Horses endangered in Colleton with positive cases of EEE and West Nile

The contagious Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus has once again been found in Colleton County, with one horse testing positive for the disease in rural Colleton County and another horse testing positive for West Nile virus. The location of the positive case of EEE is not being disclosed, at the request of the horse owner. The positive case of the West Nile virus in a horse is in Cottageville. Local animal control officials say they are hoping to stop the virus in the entire county by providing additional mosquito spraying: the E...

The contagious Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus has once again been found in Colleton County, with one horse testing positive for the disease in rural Colleton County and another horse testing positive for West Nile virus. The location of the positive case of EEE is not being disclosed, at the request of the horse owner. The positive case of the West Nile virus in a horse is in Cottageville. Local animal control officials say they are hoping to stop the virus in the entire county by providing additional mosquito spraying: the EEE virus is commonly spread through mosquitoes. “There has been one EEE and one West Nile virus diagnosis in our county. We are spraying to stop it,” said Laura Clark, director of Colleton County Animal and Environmental Services. “These diseases are sad, but preventable,” said Clark. “Even though a horse has been fully vaccinated, most owners are unaware of the advice from equine vets to vaccinate twice a year for EEE and WNV.” This is the first positive case of EEE and the first positive known case of West Nile in Colleton County this year. However, this isn’t the first time the disease has been found in Colleton and in nearby counties. Clemson confirmed on Aug. 25, 2020, that two cases of horses with EEE had been found: a four-year-old paint mare in Colleton and a two-year-old paint colt in Jasper County. Both horses had to be euthanized. Now, another horse has tested positive for EEE and horse owners have been put on alert. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-transmitted diseases in the U.S. The virus spreads from wild birds to mosquitos. The mosquitos then pass the virus to humans, horses and other birds. Officials at VetMed say that birds are like reservoirs for the virus. Mosquitoes and other biting insects carry the pathogen from infected birds and transmit it to horses when they bite. A horse affected with EEE is not contagious and poses no risk to other horses, humans or birds. The mosquito has to bite an infected bird and then a horse or human to transmit the disease. The virus is the cause of brain infections (encephalitis) in people, horses and other mammals. In people it also causes meningitis, but in horses, it is more deadly. Symptoms in horses include: weakness, staggering gait, unable to stand, depression and anorexia, high fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, drowsiness, hyperexcitability, tremors of the face and neck muscles, convulsions, cranial nerve paralysis, facial paralysis, weakness of the tongue, head tilt, droopy lip, muzzle deviation, incoordination or complete paralysis of one or more limbs, colic, and muscle twitches in neck, flank and shoulders. There is no effective treatment, and horses infected with EEE have a 75 – 95 percent morbidity rate. However, the disease can be prevented in horses with a twice-yearly vaccination. The West Nile Virus (WNV) infection was recently diagnosed in Cottageville in Cassey Spell’s sixteen-month-old Appaloosa mare named “Reba.” “I noticed that Reba had tremors, a quivering lip, walked stiffly, and was weak in her back legs. Her fever spiked at 103.3, and when the vet came, we put her in a stall. Eventually she couldn’t stand at all,” said Spell. The vet took blood and sent it to Clemson, where West Nile was diagnosed, but it took seven days to get the results. Fortunately, the vet had prescribed strong antibiotics to try and get her back on her feet. “For three days, I stayed with her and made a soupy mash for her to eat. Day by day she got a little better, but was able to stand for only 10 minutes at time before she would collapse,” said Spell. “On day three, the vet gave the horse a diuretic to flush the virus, and that seemed to help. Day four she grazed a little and walked for about 30 minutes before she went down. On day five, her tremors were gone, and by day six, she was much better. “On day seven the blood work came back as West Nile,” she said. Spell dumped all water troughs and bleached them, but there was nothing she could do about the puddles of rain water across the farm and along Highway 17A.

“This has been a definite concern, so we contacted the County Animal Services to get help with spraying around the area. We are taking every precaution we can. Oddly enough, we have 12 horses, and this was the only one infected,” Spell said. Symptoms of West Nile may include fever, incoordination, stumbling, falling, weakness, muscle twitching, seizures, drooping lips, lip smacking, head drooping, grinding teeth, and abnormal sensitivity to touch or sound. Serious cases may be unable to rise, and then death.

How to protect your horses and yourself Humans are able to contract these two diseases; therefore, precautions need to be taken to prevent transmission. According to the CDC, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors to prevent mosquito bites. Get rid of all standing water if possible. Spray for mosquitos outdoors around property. There are environmentally friendly homemade repellents that people can also use. Recipes are found online. For horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners suggests that horse owners keep all horses up to date on vaccinations. The first initial vaccination is followed in 4 to 6 weeks with a booster, and yearly revaccination is recommended. More frequent boosters twice yearly are recommended in areas with year-round mosquito seasons and in endemic areas such as the Lowcountry.

Mosquito management Practice mosquito management on all properties where horses are kept: -Use insect repellents frequently; re-apply after rain. -Keep horses in at night when possible, and apply insect repellant. -Eliminate or minimize standing water. -Stock tanks or ponds with mosquito-feeding fish. -Eliminate brush piles, gutters, old tires and litter. -Remove all equipment in which standing water can collect.

Mosquito Spraying Schedule in Colleton County In an effort to minimize the mosquito population in the area where the horse was recently infected, Colleton County will be doing a ground spray application of mosquito control product on the following dates, weather permitting. Ground spray will be conducted between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021; Thursday, October 7, 2021; and Thursday, October 21, 2021. The chemical that will be applied contains Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide as the active ingredients. If bee keepers are in the area, they need to notify Animal Services. The following roads/areas in Cottageville will be included in the application: Jacksonboro Road from Griffiths Acres Dr. to Hwy 17A, Amber Court, Dairy Lane, Durant Avenue from Goos Lane to Griffiths Acres Drive, Goos Lane, Nuthatch Lane, Mistletoe Lane, Rehoboth Road from Hwy 17A to Van Dyke Road, Peirce Road from Hwy 17A to Rhode Drive and to Depot Road, Hwy 17A from Depot to 12403 Hwy 17A (Lone Fox Farm), Cottageville Elementary School, Sally Ackerman Drive, Hwy 17A from Joyland Lane to Reevestown Road, Caboose Court, Depot Road, and Clydeville Lane from Hwy 17A to Kennedy Lane, Gatch Lane, Cone Court, Majestic Oak Way, Bama Road from and to Hwy 17A, Farmer Road, blocker Lane, Kim Lane, Miller Willilams Lane, Saint Charles Place, Welch Lane, and Angelic Lane. For questions regarding this program, contact Colleton Animal Services at 843-893-2651, or email ccaec@colletoncounty.org.

Blue Collar grows in spite of Covid

It’s hard to believe that anything good could come from the pandemic, but for one couple, something good did come out of it - a thriving business.Florida natives April and Aaron Williamson moved to Summerville, SC after they married 16 years ago. Finding the town “drastically changing,” they moved to Cottageville near the Edisto River. The family visited it the same day they saw the ad and bought it just weeks later.Aaron is a SC Dual Licensed Optician, but has a background in financial services. He also worked in sales, se...

It’s hard to believe that anything good could come from the pandemic, but for one couple, something good did come out of it - a thriving business.Florida natives April and Aaron Williamson moved to Summerville, SC after they married 16 years ago. Finding the town “drastically changing,” they moved to Cottageville near the Edisto River. The family visited it the same day they saw the ad and bought it just weeks later.Aaron is a SC Dual Licensed Optician, but has a background in financial services. He also worked in sales, served as a regional sales trainer, recruiter and was eventually vice president of Branch Development. Now, he writes children’s books. April is vice president of marketing for Cornerstone Advisory Group in Summerville, but she has a background in web design, writing and business consultation. In their professional lives, they have worked for fortune 100 businesses with big problems to solve, as well as small, upstart family-owned businesses. Those experiences taught them the value of effective communication, solid branding and creativity.“After years of sharing our experience with our employers, we decided it was time to go directly to our customers with our talent, to make ourselves more accessible, more effective and to allow us to work together as a husband-and-wife team to grow our business,” said Aaron.Aaron and April decided to go into business for themselves and meet the needs of Colleton County businesses, as well as online business that need help to expand and have a better online presence.For new businesses, timing is everything.Ironically, the Williamsons found themselves opening the doors of Blue Collar Marketing, only to find the pandemic spreading out of control across the nation before they could even cut the ribbon. Worried that this might affect their business goals, the Williamsons pushed harder and focused on creating close relationships with customers and helping them develop new ways to generate revenue and become more competitive.Because so many employers and employees were working from home during the pandemic, the computer became a vital tool for everyone. Employers were eager to find other ways to do business rather than owning a storefront.This desire for finding alternative business plans drove many customers to Aaron and April who readily assisted them in finding new pathways to market themselves.Surprisingly, the Williamsons found themselves flooded with work, even during Covid.During the pandemic, Blue Collar Marketing has now added three remote designers and two writers who assist with larger projects.“Frankly, we aren’t interested in growing Blue Collar to the point where we can’t put eyes on everything that goes out the door,” Aaron said. “What we enjoy the most is meeting new business owners, learning their industry, and figuring out how to place them to be competitive. Helping owners either grow their businesses or bring them to life is the fun part,” he added.The Williamsons were eventually able to meet their next-door neighbors in Cottageville and found to their amazement that the property owners were needing assistance marketing their new project… an alpaca farm.Aaron and April worked with Herd it Here Farm on Sullivans Ferry Rd. in Cottageville to prepare for their grand opening. That project included creating a website, marketing materials and consultations. Then, they showed the owners how to take charge of the project and continue the marketing strategy themselves.“Once we learn your business and what makes you different, we plug you into our protocols and execute what we’ve designed. We also teach our customers as much as we can about what we do, so they can be more confident in marketing for themselves instead of being locked into a never-ending contract,” said Aaron.The Williamsons say they have a simple goal for Blue Collar Marketing. “We want to make the path to a solution as easy and affordable as possible and ensure that businesses move on with tools and confidence to keep going and growing. “We want to leave them more profitable and optimistic than when we met,” said Aaron.“I think a lot of people don’t know there is a specialty marketing company right here in their backyard. We want to help businesses grow while remaining a small, family owned, and local business right here in Colleton County.”

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Four Colleton towns to hold elections

Filing is open for candidates who want to run for elected seats for several different towns in Colleton County. Four towns in Colleton County are each holding their own municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd: The towns of Smoaks, Cottageville, Lodge and Edisto Beach. Filing for candidates in each of these elections begins on noon on Monday, August 9th and runs through noon until Monday, August 23rd.Smoaks The Smoaks General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd for electing two town council members. This is a...

Filing is open for candidates who want to run for elected seats for several different towns in Colleton County. Four towns in Colleton County are each holding their own municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd: The towns of Smoaks, Cottageville, Lodge and Edisto Beach. Filing for candidates in each of these elections begins on noon on Monday, August 9th and runs through noon until Monday, August 23rd.

Smoaks The Smoaks General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd for electing two town council members. This is a non-partisan election, meaning there is no political affiliation on the ballot. Filing for candidates opens at noon on Monday, August 9th and runs until noon on Monday, August 23rd. There is no filing fee. Anyone wanting to file for a seat should go to the Voter Registration and Elections Office, located at 2471 Jefferies Highway in Walterboro. Election Day voting in Smoaks will be held at the Colleton County Fire-Rescue Station No. 7, located at 27250 Lowcountry Highway in Smoaks. The poll opens at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Only people who live within the town limits of Smoaks can run for office.

Lodge In Lodge, the town’s election for a mayor and two council members will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd. This is a non-partisan election. Interested candidates should go to the county’s Voter Registration and Elections Office, located at 2471 Jefferies Highway in Walterboro. Filing for candidates opens at noon on Monday, August 9th and run through noon on Monday, August. 23rd. There is a $15 filing fee for this election. Election Day voting will be held at the Colleton County Fire-Rescue Station No. 3, located at 8667 Lodge Highway in Lodge. The poll opens at 7:00 a.m. at this location on election day and will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

Edisto Beach The Town of Edisto Beach will hold its election on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd to elect two new council members. Each council member will serve a four-year term. This election will also be for a mayor to finish two years on a current four-year term: current Mayor Jane Darby resigned from her post on August 5th. (See related story in this issue). Candidates in the Edisto Beach election are nominated by petition. Each council candidate wanting to run for a council seat must complete a petition: a petition must contain the signature of at least five percent of the qualified registered voters in the town. Information on the mayoral special election is not yet available, as of press deadline. Filing for Edisto Beach Town Council candidates opened on August 2nd. The petition must be filed with the Town Clerk by noon on August 19th. Petition forms may be acquired from Town Hall or online at scvotes.gov. Also, candidates must file Statement of Economic Interest forms, which are also found online at www.ethics.sc.gov. The Edisto election will happen at Edisto Beach Town Hall, located at 2414 Murray Street at Edisto Beach. The polls will be opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. This is a non-partisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Cottageville The non-partisan Cottageville municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd and is for the election of two council members: one council member has a term ending in 2025 and the other is for an unexpired term that ends in 2023. Anyone desiring to be a candidate for Cottageville Town Council may file at the Cottageville Town Hall, located at 72 Salley Ackerman Drive in Cottageville. Filing opens at noon Monday, August 9, 2021 until noon Monday, August 23, 2021. There is a $50 filing fee for the Cottageville election. Election Day voting will be held at the Cottageville Elementary School, located at 648 Peirce Road in Cottageville. The poll opens at 7:00 a.m. on election day and will remain open until 7:00 p.m.

Any run-off elections for these municipalities will be held two weeks after the election on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Candidate Information Candidates wanting to run in any of these municipal elections should begin filing their required state forms. These forms are required, in addition to any filing fees that might be required by the individual municipalities. To obtain the ‘Nonpartisan Statement of Intention of Candidacy’ form, candidates should go to www.scVotes.gov/candidate_information then select ‘Filing for Municipal or other Nonpartisan Offices’. Copies of this form are also at the county’s voter registration office. All candidates must also file the ‘Statement of Economic Interest’ and ‘Campaign Disclosure’ forms with the State Ethics Commission. These forms must be completed online at www.ethics.sc.gov.

Registering to Vote Any resident who wants to vote in an upcoming election and who is not yet registered to vote can do so now. The voter registration deadline for these elections Oct. 3rd. To register, visit the Voter Registration & Elections Office at 2471 Jefferies Hwy, Walterboro, SC 29488 or register online at www.scVotes.gov. Voter registration by mail applications will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, October 4. Absentee ballots may be requested now from the Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Office by calling 843-549-2842. Anyone wanting to cast their absentee ballot in person can do this beginning Monday, Oct. 4th by going to local Voter Registration & Elections Office, which is located at 2471 Jefferies Highway in Walterboro. Absentee ballots done in person will continue from October 4 until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. The elections office is open Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Deputies make arrests after body found in Cottageville woods

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged.A third man, Brad Skipper, has also been charged with an outstanding warrant from Col...

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have made a number of arrests after a body was found in the woods in Cottageville in the same area where a hunter went missing.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Schuyler Rene Andrulat of Cottageville and 33-year-old Nathan Baughman of Summerville have been charged with obstruction of justice. According to court records, the charges against Andrulat were dismissed and expunged.

A third man, Brad Skipper, has also been charged with an outstanding warrant from Colleton County.

The body was found around 8 p.m. on Thursday in a wooded area off Red Oak Road, the same area where a hunter went missing last Friday

The sheriff's office says the missing hunter was staying with friends who waited until Sunday to report him missing.

The coroner is doing an autopsy to determine the cause of death and identify the body.

The arrests stems from an incident that began on Aug. 21 when a Colleton County deputy responded to a home on Peirce Road in reference to a missing person.

The deputy spoke to Andrulat who said a friend of hers, Orin Patrick, had come to her home to go hunting Friday evening.

According to a report, Andrulat said she dropped Patrick off along the woodline on Peirce Road with a shotgun.

"Andrulat stated that several hours later, she received a call from Patrick stating that he was lost in the woods and he wanted her to drive along the road and beep the horn so that he could find his way back to the road again," the report states.

Andrulat told investigators that she did this around 9 p.m. on Friday but could not find him.

According to authorities, Andrulat said she received another call from Patrick that only last a few seconds and had since been unable to reach him through his phone again. Andrulat told deputies that she did not know any more information about Patrick.

In the incident report, the responding deputy reported that when he first met with Andrulat, she was unable to give any information about Patrick. The deputy then told Andrulat to get in contact with some of Patrick's friends or family so that he could get enough information to do a report.

Authorities also spoke with Patrick's friend, Baughman, who told investigators over the phone that he and Patrick had been staying at a home on Lakeview Drive in Summerville.

Baughman said the last time he saw Patrick was on Aug. 19, but was unsure of the time "because they had both been drinking so he did not remember much about that day."

The incident report states Baughman told investigators that this was not the first time Patrick had just "gone away, but it has never been for this long and never without making contact with him."

Detectives reported that they had Patrick's cell phone pinged to find the last location for it which was in Summerville.

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