CHURCH & COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Virtual Services at Mt. Calvary
All Services at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will be virtual until further notice. You may view services on our website at mountcalvarymbc.com or on facebook at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of HHI.
 
 

Voter Registration in Beaufort County                                                                          Residents who are not registered to vote in Beaufort County and want to participate in the November 3, 2020 election in the county have a few more weeks to get registered. Voter registration is handled by the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County. Here are upcoming deadlines for voter registration:

  • In-Person: October 2, 2020 by 5 pm. You can register to vote at the County’s voter registration office at 61B Ulmer Road in Bluffton. Office Hours are 9 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm.
  • Email, Fax, or Online: October 4, 2020 by 11:59 pm Visit gov/vote or scvotes.gov for forms and online registration.
  • By Mail (Must be postmarked by): October 5, 2020

 

Voting With Absentee Ballots                                                                                            Residents who plan to participate in the upcoming election with absentee ballots should contact the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County at Absentee@BeaufortCountySC.Gov or 843-255-6900. You can also beaufortcountysc.gov/vote or scvotes.gov/absentee-voting for information on obtaining an absentee ballots.

County offices will be open for in-person absentee voting beginning on September 28 for the 2020 General Election. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply. The County office on Hilton Head Island is located at 539 William Hilton Parkway. You will only be able to vote absentee at this location, but you will not be able to get registered at this location.
 
 

Learn About Local Candidates Seeking Election                                                                There are a number of local and state election races that occurring in addition to national races. If you are seeking information on candidates running for seats on the Hilton Head Island Town Council, Beaufort County Council, Beaufort County School District and SC State Senate, check out the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area League of Women Voters’ website at my.lwv.org/south-carolina/hilton-head-island-bluffton-area/article/candidate-forums-2020. Beginning Saturday, September 12, the league is co-hosting a series of virtual candidate forums; the website includes information on how you can register for those forums.

 

Managing COVID-19 While Voting                                                                                      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/election-polling-locations.html) has prepared guidelines to help voters and poll workers carefully navigate elections during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Free COVID-19 Tests Are Available in Our Community                                                        Free COVID-19 drive-thru testing is available at Hilton Head Hospital from 8 am to noon, Monday thru Friday. No appointment or physician order is necessary. Typically, test results will be e-mailed within 72 hours. Participants are asked to have a valid e-mail address available.

 
 
Stay Up-to-Date With Town of Hilton Head Island Government
Now is the time to connect with the Town of Hilton Head Island via its e-subscription service. Please visit hiltonheadislandsc.gov and subscribe today. This is so important especially now that Hurricane season is underway. Through this service, you will receive updates on Town projects, arts and culture news, emergency information and more. On the sign-up page, you will be able to choose topics you are most interested in. If you have already signed up for this service, we encourage you to go to your subscription page and update your selections. This is something you will need to do because as a self-service portal we do not have access to privacy information to update the service for you.
 
 

Did You Know You Can Get Free Credit Reports?
Consumers can now request one free credit report a week from Experian, TransUnion and Equifax until April 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) encourages consumers to take advantage of this new offer at AnnualCreditReport.com. One reason you may want to check your credit report often is to find and report and suspicious activity. Scammers are out in full force, taking advantage of the pandemic to steal consumers’ information and money. Keep an eye on your credit report to spot suspicious activity before it’s too late! To learn about different coronavirus scams, read SCDCA’s “How to Spot a Scammer” at https://consumer.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/Spotlight/COVID-19 How to Spot a Scammer.pdf.

For an entire credit report guide, check out SCDCA’s new “Credit Reports: What They are and Why They Matter” at https://www.consumer.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/Credit Reports – What They are and Why They Matter.pdf. Consumers who believe they are the victim of a scam or identity theft are encouraged to seek guidance from SCDCA’s Identity Theft Unit. Call (844) TELL DCA (835-5322) or fill out a Scam Report form by visiting the SCDCA website at https://consumer.sc.gov and clicking on the How Do… button, then Report a Scam.

 

 

Burial Plots: The cost for burial plots in Talbird, Elliott and Jenkins Island cemeteries will increase to $500 for members of Mt. Calvary and $800 for non-members, beginning January 1, 2020. If you would like to purchase a plot before January, please contact Bro. Julius Bryan or Sis. Sarah Stewart.

 

Beginning October 1, 2020, your South Carolina driver’s license or identification card must have a gold star to show it’s a REAL ID in order to use it as your identification to board a domestic, commercial flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation. Purchase yours today and avoid longer lines in the future. Check with your nearest SC DMW office or visit www.scdmvonline.com for more information.