Medal of Honor Museum to remain for now on Patriots Point carrier under new deal
The Congressional Medal of Honor Museum has signed up for another five-year hitch for duty aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown in Mount Pleasant.
The Patriots Point Development Authority last week approved the extension of the contract that allows the exhibit to be housed on the carrier.
An effort is getting started to raise money to build a $100 million free-standing national Medal of Honor museum on land owned by Patriots Point next to the main parking lot entrance.
The S.C. Budget and Control Board last month approved a 99-year lease at $1 per year for 7 acres at the state-owned waterfront tourist attraction to be used for the museum.
Southwest Airlines recently cut two of its seven daily nonstop departures from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, but the low-cost carrier says no permanent cuts are being made to its schedule in the lower part of the state.
Instead, the Dallas-based air carrier is adopting seasonal cutbacks in departures out of Charleston International Airport, according to spokesman Brad Hawkins.
Charleston International will see seven flights a day through October. Then, from November through January, Southwest will offer six by temporarily grounding one of its two daily flights to Chicago Midway. “Seems to be seasonal changes in flying, nothing structural for Charleston,” Hawkins said.
The schedule has not been announced beyond January. This past winter, Southwest also dropped a flight to Chicago in January and February, traditionally Charleston’s slowest tourist months.
The carrier started service in South Carolina in March 2011 in Charleston and Greenville.
Colleton County is offering a glimpse back at yesteryear this weekend as part of the 80th anniversary of the Lowcountry Regional Airport near downtown Walterboro.
Organizers said they plan on Saturday to re-create “a celebration very similar to the one that was held on June 15, 1933, eighty years to the day, to mark the then dedication of what was originally known as the C.C. Anderson Landing Field.”
The celebration is open to the public and runs 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Flight demonstrations and other activities also are planned.
“From humble beginnings eight decades back, our airport has become a model for the region and our state, and has opened many doors for tourism and economic development in our immediate and nearby communities that would not have otherwise been possible,” said Walterboro Mayor Bill Young,
Lowcountry Regional said it’s the largest general aviation airport in the state. It has three runways ranging in length from 5,500 to 6,007 feet
“Our runways were recently resurfaced, and our primary runway was extended to make it safer for larger jets, allowing commercial jet traffic up to and including a Boeing 737,” said Tommy Rowe, manager.
An online shoe business out of Mount Pleasant got a huge boost recently when the fourth hour of “The Today Show” with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb featured its product on the morning TV program May 31.
“Today” style editor Bobbie Thomas talked about Cinderollies after she bought 60 pairs of the easily packable roll-up shoes as wedding favors. Business owner Chris Capbert said the plug boosted business immediately. Go to http://tinyurl.com/l5j75pe to see a clip.
This month starts tours of the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse, touted as a showcase of coastal home innovation, decor and construction on a deepwater home site overlooking the Wando River on Daniel Island.
The new home built by Max Crosby Construction will be open to the public tours June 28-Oct. 20. Tickets are $15 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets are available at danielisland.com/coastalliving or on-site during regular tour hours.