FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
In the Feb. 16, 2006, issue, ninth-generation Daniel Lesesne, who taught history at Bishop England, was interviewed about the Lesesne family who settled on Daniel Island in 1700. There is a family gravesite located along the Wando River and marked with an obelisk off the trail behind the Family Circle Tennis Center. The family had a plantation on Daniel Island from 1709 to 1808.
In business news, a $45 million, five-star hotel planned to overlook Philip Simmons Park along River Landing Drive near the corner of Seven Farms Drive received first-stage approval from the city of Charleston’s Commercial Corridor Design Review Board. Dubbed the Carnegie Hotel, the project never happened and now the Simmons Apartments are at that location.
TEN YEARS AGO
In the Feb. 17, 2011, issue, the top news was the hiring of Rodney Thompson to replace former Berkeley County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Anthony Parker after his surprise departure from the district. Thompson, who had worked with Berkeley County Schools since 2002, with his most recent prior post as the district’s chief administrative officer, stepped into the top post on Feb. 14, 2011. Thompson has since left the office.
The centerfold featured the Windwood Farms for Children story of help, hope and healing and the Pork & Pearls Oyster Roast fundraiser for the facility, which was being held on Daniel Island.
In sporting news, Hanahan High School won the boys’ state wrestling championship.
FIVE YEARS AGO
The cover and centerfold of the Feb. 18, 2016, issue highlighted the upcoming Intergenerational Forum. The event was held in Bishop England High School’s Performing Arts Center and featured 10 panelists – five high school seniors and five senior citizens – selected from a pool of applicants. The panel weighed in on a variety of issues impacting the world, including: the national debt, education, the environment, critical thinking, diversity, gun control, economic opportunities, and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Also in the news, a string of vehicle break-ins, damage to property, and a theft from a garage in Smythe Park and Center Park prompted police to step up patrols in the area.