Waste pesticides will be collected Thursday, Oct. 26, at Orangeburg's Mixon Seed Co.

The pesticides will be collected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the business located on 1438 Joe S. Jeffords Highway.

The event is being sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

The original event was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

The pesticide and chemical program is open to all private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators in the state, as well as homeowners.

For more information, contact SCDA’s John Stokes at 803-737-9696 or jstokes@scda.sc.gov or Ken Webb with ECOFLO, Inc., the company handling the disposal, at 336-617-2733 or kwebb@ecoflo.com.

Tax relief for Irma victims

Victims of Hurricane Irma in parts of South Carolina may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in South Carolina. Following the recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced that affected taxpayers in South Carolina will receive tax relief.

 Individuals who reside or have a business in Bamberg, Allendale, Anderson, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Edgefield, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, McCormick, Oconee, and Pickens counties may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area.

State Fair manager retiring

COLUMBIA -- The 2017 South Carolina State Fair closed the gates on the 148th anniversary fair Sunday night after welcoming 427,466 guests during the 12-day run.

“We had a great run,” said State Fair Manager Gary Goodman, who is retiring this year after 33 years in that role.

Goodman said this year’s attendance took an early hit because of extremely hot weather the first several days, noting those numbers improved once cooler temperatures moved in the first weekend. The second Saturday of the fair drew 61,484 guests, marking the highest attendance ever for a second Saturday.

In honor of Goodman’s retirement and his 33 years as general manager, North American Midway Entertainment donated $10,000 to the fair’s Ride of Your Life Scholarship fund.

State Fair Assistant Manager Nancy Smith will become the fair’s general manager in January.  The 2018 S.C. State Fair will run Oct. 10-21 in Columbia.

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