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How Long Will Your Water Heater Last?

With the right maintenance and care, your home's hot water heater should last a long time. In general, a well-kempt water heater should last more than ten years. Like all things, however, nothing lasts forever. With time, your water heater will get to a point where it will need heavy maintenance or even replacement before your life is interrupted.

At Delk Plumbing, our team of experts can help repair or replace your home's water heater - whichever is best for your budget and your situation.

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Common Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Is your family complaining that the hot water is out? Have you heard strange noises coming out of your water heater? If so, your water heater may be compromised. Here are a few of the most common signs you need to call Delk Plumbing for water heater repair services:

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1.Hot Water Doesn't Last

Your water heater is designed to give you hot water any time. That's why it has gallons of hot water inside. But if you notice your water going from hot to cold quickly without using the cold water, call Delk Plumbing. Your water heater is probably in need of repair.

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2.Discolored Water

When you get water out of the tap, it should be clear and colorless. If it's grey, brown, or rust-colored, chances are your water heater is to blame. Contaminated water is a big health issue, so be absolutely sure you don't drink it. Instead, call Delk Plumbing. Our team will be out to your house ASAP to help resolve the issue.

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3.Strange Water Temps

When you use your hot or cold water, you expect it to be hot or cold, not lukewarm or freezing. If you notice irregular water temperatures in your home, it should be a red flag. Call Delk Plumbing for a thorough, efficient water heater inspection.

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4.Bangs and Pops

While older water heaters will buzz occasionally, loud knocking and banging are not common for any water heater. If you hear unusual sounds from your water tank, it's time to call our team of plumbers in Walterboro, SC. Our specialists will inspect your system and provide detailed repair and replacement options for you to consider.

Plumbers Drain Cleaning FAQS

As Walterboro's top choice for plumbing services since 1978, we've learned a thing or two about drain cleaning over the years. To keep yourself educated and up-to-date, here are answers to some of the most common questions we're asked:

Q:How many times per year should I have my drains cleared?

A:That all depends on what's going down your drains and how often they're used. If you have a large family, leftover grease from food and hair from showers will cause clogs quickly. In this scenario, you should clear your drains often. If you live alone and don't use your kitchen or laundry drains often, you shouldn't have to clear them as frequently as a large family.

Q:More than one of my drains is moving slowly. What's happening?

A:When two or more drains are moving slowly, you may have a main sewer line problem. These clogs are often caused by wet wipes, tree roots, and kitchen grease.

Q:How do you clean clogged drains?

A:That depends on the type of drain that's clogged. You can clean sink drains with simple household items like vinegar and baking soda. Other drains, like bathtub drains, are best cleaned with a zip stick to remove hairballs. If you're unsure how to clean a clogged drain, it's always best to rely on professional plumbers like Delk Plumbing. Don't make the situation worse than it already is!

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When you need a residential plumber you can trust, nobody is more qualified to serve you than Delk Plumbing. With quick response times, years of experience, and stellar customer service, we can handle any plumbing job, large or small.

Unlike other plumbing companies in Walterboro, we aim to exceed expectations with transparent pricing that is easy on your wallet. No sketchy fine print. No awkward upsells. Only reasonable rates and the highest quality plumbing services in town.

Whether you need a simple leak inspection or a complicated sump pump replacement, we're here to help. Contact our office today so we can learn more about how we can serve you.

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Walterboro residents to shut down halfway house at council meeting, despite no set plans

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) — The fight against a halfway house continues in Walterboro as residents will take their concerns to the Colleton County Council for the first time tonight.Several Walterboro residents are worried the proposed halfway house located on Barracada Road, can bring dozens of sex offenders to the area.However, despite a conversation on the county council’s agenda tonight, officials say Shield Ministries has not revealed plans yet.Shield Ministries purchased the land of an old, abandoned chur...

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) — The fight against a halfway house continues in Walterboro as residents will take their concerns to the Colleton County Council for the first time tonight.

Several Walterboro residents are worried the proposed halfway house located on Barracada Road, can bring dozens of sex offenders to the area.

However, despite a conversation on the county council’s agenda tonight, officials say Shield Ministries has not revealed plans yet.

Shield Ministries purchased the land of an old, abandoned church—speculated to be the future halfway house.

According to Colleton County Council Chair, Steve Murdaugh, no permits were filed by Shield Ministries, an action required for a residential facility to come before the council.

Despite the lack of action, residents say they want to get ahead of the issue, showing the county their concerns regardless.

“We don't expect an answer tomorrow. Really, we really don't expect an answer. We just want to present our case,” Walterboro resident Lisa Langdale, “Our plan is to give the county [our concerns], present our case and give the county every piece of ammunition we can to be able to say no to this because we just so feel like it's not the right thing for our community, and especially our neighborhood.”

Murdaugh says he does believe the proposed location is not suitable for the halfway house and could push for action to be taken tonight.

Shield Ministries responded to resident’s concerns in a statement saying, “right now, we are exploring all options with the property.”

In Shield Ministries' 2021 annual report, 70 percent of their applicants are registered as sex offenders. The company says between 40 and 50 men will live at the Walterboro location.

The proximity of the location on Barracada Road of the proposed halfway house worries residents, as it’s a quarter mile from a Jehovah’s Witness meeting location, Kingdom Hall Church and at least four schools within an eight mile radius.

The South Carolina law states sex offenders can’t live within 1000 feet of a church or a school bus stop. The proposed location is just over 1000 feet from Kingdom Hall by a hundredth of a mile, and many bus stops are in the immediate area.

“Ultimately our goal is to stop this because we don't want it in our neighborhoods. We have children, we have families. It is residential. It's not secluded, or isolated and I think that's what it was called at one point--and it's not,” Langdale said.

Sex offenders haven’t been a consistent problem for the town. Colleton County Sheriff’s Office reported statistics for sex offenses from 2020-2021 reveal sex crimes decreased nearly half, while other violent crimes increased.

Crime statistics Colleton County:

All of this and more will be discussed at the Colleton County council meeting tonight at 5:15 p.m. in Walterboro.

Stick with ABC News 4 for updates.

Kontrolmatik Technologies establishing operations in Colleton County

$279 million investment will create approximately 575 new jobsCOLUMBIA, S.C. – Kontrolmatik Technologies, via its subsidiary Pomega Energy Storage Technologies, today announced plans to build a 3 gigawatt-hour (GWh) capacity lithium-ion battery factory in Colleton County. The company’s $279 million investment will create approximately 575 new jobs.Founded by Kontrolmatik Technologies in 2022, Pomega Energy Storage Technologies is a manufacturer and integrator of battery energy storage systems (BESS). BESS can be pai...

$279 million investment will create approximately 575 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kontrolmatik Technologies, via its subsidiary Pomega Energy Storage Technologies, today announced plans to build a 3 gigawatt-hour (GWh) capacity lithium-ion battery factory in Colleton County. The company’s $279 million investment will create approximately 575 new jobs.

Founded by Kontrolmatik Technologies in 2022, Pomega Energy Storage Technologies is a manufacturer and integrator of battery energy storage systems (BESS). BESS can be paired with renewable energy installations or can serve as standalone systems to support existing energy grids. BESS offers a variety of existing grid support functions including increasing grid efficiency, providing grid stabilization, lowering the cost of electricity to consumers or supplying backup power during outages.

Located in the Colleton Industrial Campus, near Walterboro, Pomega Energy Storage Technologies’ new facility will not only manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, but will also produce the modules and other elements of the company’s containerized energy storage solutions. The factory’s 3GWh capacity will exclusively target the grid-scale energy storage market.

Operations are expected to begin in 2024. Individuals interested in joining the Pomega Energy Storage Technologies team should visit the company’s website.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.

QUOTES

“We are very excited to locate our flagship factory in South Carolina, and we appreciate the warm welcome we have received everywhere we’ve gone throughout the state. South Carolina was very clear in expressing their commitment to attracting top global technology and manufacturing companies to their state, and we are convinced that we will accomplish great things with the state’s support. In particular, the exceptional vocational training programs provided by South Carolina’s community colleges will afford us access to the trained, skilled workers required for modern technological manufacturing.”

-Kontrolmatik Technologies and Pomega Energy Storage Technologies Chief Executive Officer Bahadir Yetki

“Pomega Energy Storage Technologies will offer industry-leading energy storage solutions for the nation, produced locally in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The company’s commitment to our state and our people is a testament to South Carolina’s workforce solutions for advanced, high-tech talent. We’re proud to be home to this innovative company and look forward to building our relationship for many more years to come.”

-Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina is proud to welcome Pomega Energy Storage Technologies to Colleton County. Our state is committed to growing its innovative, high-tech and advanced manufacturing footprint, as our people and existing supplier network consistently produce world-class products. The lithium-ion battery cells and BESS products produced by Pomega Energy Storage Technologies have the potential to change the energy industry around the country, and South Carolina is proud to play a role.”

-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“We are elated that Kontrolmatik Technologies has selected Colleton County to locate its first U.S. based lithium-ion battery factory. A project this size will have a huge impact on our community and our local economy. The jobs created by this project will improve the quality of life for our citizens and will attract new residents to our community. As chairman of county council, I look forward to working with the management team from Kontrolmatik Technologies and Pomega Energy Storage Technologies to ensure a smooth transition.”

-Colleton County Council Chairman Steve Murdaugh

“SouthernCarolina Alliance congratulates Pomega Energy Storage Technologies on choosing Colleton County for their manufacturing location, and we congratulate Colleton County on the announcement of 575 new jobs. We appreciate Pomega Energy Storage Technologies’ commitment to our workforce and our communities, and we look forward to supporting their operations and success.”

-SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Marty Sauls

FIVE FAST FACTS

Kontrolmatik Technologies, via its subsidiary Pomega Energy Storage Technologies, is establishing operations in Colleton County.

The company’s $279 million investment will create approximately 575 new jobs.

Pomega Energy Storage Technologies is a manufacturer and integrator of battery energy storage systems (BESS).

Located in the Colleton Industrial Campus near Walterboro, S.C.

Individuals interested in joining the Pomega Energy Storage Technologies team should visit the company’s website.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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What Joy When God Delivers!

Have you ever prayed, praised, and waited on God for a blessing or a miracle for a long time, and it seemed as if He were not going to deliver? Did you reach a point of wanting to give up? Psalm 126:1-2 (ESV) declares, “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” The people celebrated God’s amazing work when it finally came about....

Have you ever prayed, praised, and waited on God for a blessing or a miracle for a long time, and it seemed as if He were not going to deliver? Did you reach a point of wanting to give up? Psalm 126:1-2 (ESV) declares, “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” The people celebrated God’s amazing work when it finally came about. “The mercy was so unexpected, so amazing, so singular that they could not do less than laugh; and they laughed much, so that their mouths were full of it, and that because their hearts were full too” (Charles Spurgeon). They dreamed about God’s deliverance, but when God finally did so, it was not what they had dreamed, but much more than they could have ever imagined. Likewise with us today, when we are waiting on God to bring us through, what joy floods our souls when He finally delivers!

One thing we all have to realize, and that is, we must trust God and believe that He will deliver on His promises. While we are waiting on Him to deliver, He wants to know if we truly believe in Him. Last week, one of my dear close family members was expecting a particular outcome of a situation that we all had been praying for about a year now. The outcome was not as we had expected, but God… He told me that he mustered enough energy after the letdown to attend church today, and one of the speaker’s main points was, “If God did it before, He will do it again.” It was just what he needed to hear. Glory to God!

While we are praying, praising, and waiting on God to deliver, the enemy tends to play all kinds of tricks on our minds, even going as far as trying to get us to stop believing. Satan is envious of God and His relationships with His people, so when this “author” of lies, chaos, confusion, and destroyer of your goals and dreams knocks at your door (heart), kindly ask Jesus, “Will you answer that for me, please?” In this chaotic world in which we live now, we cannot afford to let Satan steal our joy because he didn’t give it to us. God gave it, and the world can’t take it away!

Always abound in the faith, and never leave home without Him!

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The Top 15 Cities for Families

(Family Features) Finding a home that fits your dream list can be difficult. Add in a child (or two), and the criteria can get even tighter.Take the McGinnis family, which was on the hunt for a more spacious home that could accommodate two home offices in the Dallas area.“Working with Opendoor, my wife and I were able to buy a new...

(Family Features) Finding a home that fits your dream list can be difficult. Add in a child (or two), and the criteria can get even tighter.

Take the McGinnis family, which was on the hunt for a more spacious home that could accommodate two home offices in the Dallas area.

“Working with Opendoor, my wife and I were able to buy a new home, sell our current house and skip the hassle of preparing for open houses with two small kids,” Billy McGinnis said. “The entire process was quick and easy, and allowed us to stay in our preferred location and school district for our kids.”

With schools across the country in session, the experts at Opendoor are helping parents and guardians find their perfect homes with this list of top cities and towns for families based on family-friendly features, including parks, picnic sites, swimming pools and proximity to schools.

The top 15 family-friendly cities and towns:

Other key criteria for family-friendly places to live include:

Academic Excellence According to a real estate trends report, among the most common reasons homeowners cite for selling their homes is to seek a better school district.

The Great Outdoors Research from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shows children who play outdoors have lower stress levels, develop stronger immune systems and play more creatively. If you’re looking to maximize outdoor experiences, you can feel right at home in Denver, Colorado; Portland, Oregon; or Ann Arbor, Michigan. Each of these areas offers wide open spaces where children can learn and explore.

Small-Town Feel If you’re seeking a small-town feel with big city amenities nearby, look no further than Arlington, Virginia or Avondale Estates, Georgia. Both locations offer areas for outdoor play, neighborhoods with strong community feel and a wide selection of restaurants and coffee shops the entire family can enjoy.

“Deciding where to settle down and buy a home is a difficult decision, especially for families with children,” Opendoor’s Consumer Trend Expert Beatrice de Jong said. “We found that most family-friendly cities on our list have quite a few common features – whether that’s a small-town feel or plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. With Opendoor, families can buy, sell and move at the tap of a button. Buyers can take advantage of virtual tours to view properties without leaving home, and sellers can receive preliminary offers in minutes while skipping the hassle of stagings and open houses.”

Whether you are buying or selling your home, visit opendoor.com for a streamlined experience.

Methodology: Opendoor’s family-friendly cities and towns are identified by analyzing and averaging the number of OpenStreetMap ‘family friendly’ tags that are within 3 miles of all addresses in a city where Opendoor Brokerage operates. These indicators include such phrases as: community center, garden, museums, park, picnic site, playground, school, swimming pool and supermarket.

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Business of Education Series

On Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Colleton County School Board during the Superintendent’s Operational Update included Information Technology from Angela McAdoo.On Tuesday, Dec. 13 the CCSD board meeting was held in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) at CCHS (Colleton County High School).Information Technology ReportOn Tuesday, Nov. 29 Colleton County School District staff personnel Angela McAdoo delivered the Technology Report to the school board and community in attendance regarding district-wide technological programming...

On Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Colleton County School Board during the Superintendent’s Operational Update included Information Technology from Angela McAdoo.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13 the CCSD board meeting was held in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) at CCHS (Colleton County High School).

Information Technology Report

On Tuesday, Nov. 29 Colleton County School District staff personnel Angela McAdoo delivered the Technology Report to the school board and community in attendance regarding district-wide technological programming.

In a report, McAdoo explained that during the planning phase for rolling out a “Multi-factor Authentication” (2FA) system throughout the district they ran into some challenges. It was indicated that many of the schools do not have a reliable signal due to the rural area that the schools are in. As a result, staff members are receiving a second prompt for logging in.

McAdoo and her team engineered a solution that will allow them to create a “Safe Haven.” This “safe haven” will bypass the multi-factor authentication step staff are on-site at each of the district-owned properties. However, if any staff member attempts to access district resources off campus, they will be prompted for a second authentication factor.

McAdoo shared that after a discussion with her executive cabinet, it was decided to move to a new and improved help desk and asset management solution. The new solution allows the ability to monitor SLA metrics, which determines how long it takes to respond to and close tickets. It also monitors response times to these actions. The program also gives better visibility into the equipment and work orders for the district.

Currently, the district operates on two different platforms. One platform is used to track assets and an additional platform is where tickets are housed. The new system will also improve reporting capabilities. Additionally, there will be cost savings of approximately $15,000 by consolidating the separate platforms into one by comparison to the current multiple platform systems in place. McAdoo and her team plan to embark on this new system as a joint effort with buildings and grounds so that when work orders need to be submitted, everything will go through the same system.

McAdoo and her team are also looking at a partnership with the South Carolina

Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Program (SC CIC). This program will offer Phish testing and vulnerability scans monthly, along with incident response when needed. The application process for this program has been started and it is a free opportunity for the district.

McAdoo said that they are also partnering with the Department of Education

to get access to the “Nessus Professional” on-premises network vulnerability scanning program. This program is free, with no cost to be used for one month. It is a program that scans and tracks vulnerabilities. Reports are sent to their CISO (chief information security officer) to be viewed and then reports of their findings will be sent back.

McAdoo described the partnership with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce in the works in order to get the team certified in security. This program has a $5,000 value for each person, which will be free for our district through the SC CompTIA IWT Scholarship. There are eight employees are slated for certification.

Additionally, the department is also in the middle of performing a security audit on the environment. The results of the audit will help establish a baseline of where the district is with cyber security and insurance readiness. It will also give a better picture of which direction needs to be taken to improve and get the district in a more secure position. This step will also help the district in obtaining cyber insurance.

Upon the conclusion of the presentation, school board member Sharon Witkin asked if the cost of the security audit was a budgeted item. McAdoo said it was not a budgeted item. Witkins asked district office personnel, Ramona Barrett, if the cost of the audit would be put under procurement in order to put out a bid for auditors and then come before the board. McAdoo stated that they worked with the chief procurement director and assured the board that everything fell within the guidelines. Barrett and Witkin then discussed a few details that were then determined would be covered in the finance report.

School board member Lynn Stroble also inquired about the district website and communications. It was discussed that currently, the district website is not very user-friendly in terms of locating information relevant to school board meetings and times, and Stroble wanted to share that so it can be remedied.

*UPDATE: On Tuesday, Dec. 13 the CCSD board meeting was held in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) at CCHS (Colleton County High School). Due to raised concerns, CCSD office personnel, Ramona Barrett gave clarification from the finance department that data of the district such as employee social security numbers, bank information, and district bank accounts was not subject to the cyber-attack. All the data for district employees is secure.

CCSD personnel Ellen Fitch responded regarding the work order system that the district currently uses. She indicated that the technology department currently uses multiple platforms throughout the district to manage several operations, but the department is looking at condensing the system for work orders to one platform in order to save the district some money. The current projected goal for transition into one platform is slated for July 1.

**Additionally, Colleton County School District staff personnel Angela McAdoo submitted her formal letter of resignation to the school district on Wednesday, November 30 following the school board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29. McAdoo’s official last day is December 31.

More information will be combined with upcoming reports. The next school board meeting was held on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The press and standard will be presenting an educational series with a weekly column breaking down each of the department reports to help provide the minutes of the meeting as a source of information for the community.

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