Choosing the right hair salon in Cottageville, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.
With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.
An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.
Where the most talented hairstylists in Cottageville help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.
Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.
The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.
Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.
That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.
Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Cottageville, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.
Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.
Our professional hair coloring services in Cottageville are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.
Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Cottageville. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.
Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.
At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.Appointment Request
Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.
Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.
Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.
Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.
Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.
Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Cottageville:
If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.
The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Cottageville, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.
If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.
This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:
To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.
There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.
Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.
Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.
Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!
This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.
Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.
If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!
Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.
While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.
Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Cottageville, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.
If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.Appointment Request
Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have...
Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.
Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.
“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have ‘Friends of the Park’ which is comprised of people who helped develop the park into what it is now.” He says there are also plans at the park to install a memorial with engraved bricks to honor veterans. This will be accomplished by applying for grants and accepting donations.
Santorella, who plans to initiate the chamber, will serve as a temporary director. He says he already has seven merchants who are interested in joining.
“We want to make Cottageville a destination. Red Brick Pizza and Beer Garden is the anchor store for starting the chamber,” said Santorella. “It’s a one-of-a-kind business in the entire region. Once the chamber officially opens, we want to pick a member of the chamber and promote that business each week, and once a month promote everyone. There will be a rotation, and this will be good for everybody.”
He went on to say that the brick-and-mortar stores are the life of Cottageville, not the transient businesses. He feels that transient businesses will not want to invest their funds in the chamber, but the stationary businesses are here to stay.
“I think the people of Cottageville will be positively affected by the chamber and will accept it with open arms. Hopefully, this will bring even more businesses our way. Our only option now is to travel to Summerville or Walterboro to purchase some items. That’s between 15 to 20 miles away. Cottageville has a lot of people in the rural areas, and though our local gas stations try hard to serve the needs of the community, it would be nice to have boutique shops here. We already have a new vape store that has a coffee bar. So we are starting off well,” said Santorella.
He is hoping to have the new chamber up and running by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
“There will be a fee for stores to become part of the chamber,” said Santorella, who gathered ideas and patterned the Cottageville chamber after the City of Walteboro’s. “I received ideas on how to structure the fees. They won’t be impressive because social media provides a lot of free advertising. We will have a website and newsletter for the community. We will be out there,” he added.
Anyone interested in joining the new chamber can write to: Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 464, Cottageville, SC, 29435. Businesses can also contact Santorella on Facebook at Friends of the Park or call The Vape Stop at 843-701-4262.
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COTTAGEVILLE — Detectives arrested a man in connection with a Christmas Day bomb blast used in an attempt to rob an ATM on Edisto Island. What helped them identify the suspect: the wig and jacket he wore to conceal his identity.David Earl Ammons II, 38, is charged with second-degree burglary, safecracking and using a destructive device, authorities said. Ammons was booked into the Charleston County jail on Jan. 19 and waived his right to a bond hearing on Jan. 20.If found guilty for safecracking, he could face up to five ...
COTTAGEVILLE — Detectives arrested a man in connection with a Christmas Day bomb blast used in an attempt to rob an ATM on Edisto Island. What helped them identify the suspect: the wig and jacket he wore to conceal his identity.
David Earl Ammons II, 38, is charged with second-degree burglary, safecracking and using a destructive device, authorities said. Ammons was booked into the Charleston County jail on Jan. 19 and waived his right to a bond hearing on Jan. 20.
If found guilty for safecracking, he could face up to five years in prison. If convicted of burglary, he could face 10. He also could face 25 years if found guilty for using a destructive device.
Detectives with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ammons on Jan. 19 after locating him in Cottageville, a small Colleton County town, department spokesman Andrew Knapp said. His arrest came two weeks after Charleston County deputies appealed to the public for more clues in the explosion.
Deputies previously released surveillance video of the incident, showing a heavily disguised person placing what appears to be a pipe bomb next to the ATM structure outside Enterprise Bank of South Carolina on Edisto Island, just after 9 a.m. on Dec. 25.
The device smoked for around 40 seconds before exploding, after which the suspect re-entered the frame and approached the building’s door, which was knocked off its hinges by the explosion’s force. Although the explosion caused enough damage to allow Ammons to enter the structure, the ATM itself was not breached and no money was stolen, Knapp said. No injuries were reported in the explosion.
The person in the video is dressed wearing a long-haired black wig, a camouflage hunting jacket and carrying a pink backpack with flowers on it, according to an arrest affidavit.
The surveillance footage also shows Ammons fleeing from the ATM in a black Audi hatchback, the affidavit said. Witnesses informed detectives this was the getaway vehicle, driven by a second person, it said.
It was the second time law enforcement came across the defendant in the hatchback. A deputy from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office contacted Ammons in the same vehicle in late October, the affidavit said. The deputy located a long-haired black wig on the front seat of the hatchback, which was captured on the deputy’s dash- and body-camera video, according to the affidavit.
After the Dec. 25 incident, detectives recovered a jacket, wig and remnants from the explosive device, which were apparently discarded along a nearby dirt road. The seized wig was similar to the wigs shown in both the October and December footage. The jacket also looked similar to the one the bomber wore at the bank, the affidavit said.
Witnesses told detectives Kelsie Lynn Ammons, the defendant’s 35-year-old sister, was seen driving the hatchback on Dec. 25. Cellphone records also captured her phone in use on Edisto Island around the time of the attempted robbery, Knapp added. Authorities are searching for Kelsie Ammons as a second person of interest in the case.
Knapp encouraged anyone with information on the woman’s whereabouts to contact the sheriff’s office at 843-202-1700 or dispatch after hours at 843-743-7200.
Voters in multiple towns and cities are going to the polls next week to choose new leaders, as several towns and cities are holding individual municipal elections.Perhaps the biggest seat up for grabs among these contests is that of mayor for the City of Walterboro: longtime incumbent Walterboro Mayor Bill Young is facing challengers Chrissy Johnson and Alex Cavazzoni in the upcoming Nov. 2nd election.(Please see separate section on these candidates inside this week’s issue).Besides time served in public office, th...
Voters in multiple towns and cities are going to the polls next week to choose new leaders, as several towns and cities are holding individual municipal elections.
Perhaps the biggest seat up for grabs among these contests is that of mayor for the City of Walterboro: longtime incumbent Walterboro Mayor Bill Young is facing challengers Chrissy Johnson and Alex Cavazzoni in the upcoming Nov. 2nd election.
(Please see separate section on these candidates inside this week’s issue).
Besides time served in public office, the largest differences among the candidates is what they would do if elected as mayor.
Johnson says she wants to focus in increasing homeless shelters, drug assistance programs and overall economic development in the city.
Young said he wants to complete ongoing projects happening in the city, which include water and sewer expansions and updates, improving drainage in and around Ireland Creek and finishing the more than decade-long beautification project, which has improved signage, lighting and the overall aesthetics of the city’s downtown area and its exits from Interstate 95.
Cavazzoni said that instead of focusing on specific projects or goals in the city, he wants to focus on a movement that encourages residents and newcomers to focus on life in Walterboro: “live here, work here, play here.”
This movement, as he calls it in his campaign, would increase recreational opportunities, including the construction of a public pool and create a swim class program; offer incentives for new businesses to locate in Walterboro; and provide more affordable housing and educational opportunities for residents.
In addition to the mayoral ballot, registered voters can also vote for city council: Walterboro City Council candidates are incumbents Carl Brown, Greg Pryor and James Broderick.
There were no new candidates who filed for city council.
In other election news:
Three people will be running for open seats on Cottageville Town Council. These candidates are Walter “Will” Williams, who is running to fill an unexpired term on council; Elizabeth Green, who is running for town council; and Jay McGrew, who is also running for town council.
This is a non-partisan election, meaning there is no political affiliation for any candidate.
The Cottageville Town Council election will be held on Nov. 2nd.
In Smoaks, the filing deadline has passed and there are two people running for Smoaks Town Council – Jimmy Avant and William Ty Barnes.
This is a non-partisan election. The Smoaks election will be held on Nov. 2nd.
In Lodge, two people are running against each other in hopes of becoming the town’s next mayor. Candidates Larry Carter, Sr. and Richard Christopher Smith have both filed to run for mayor. Candidates who have filed to run for Lodge Town Council are Brenda Connelly, E. Richard “Bo” Ryan, Rose S. Varnadoe and Christy C. Terry.
The Lodge election for mayor and for town council will be held on Nov. 2nd.
Only one person in Edisto Beach will be on the ballot for the town’s upcoming special mayoral election. Crawford Moore is the sole candidate seeking the town’s mayoral spot.
Moore, who is also the town’s current interim mayor, will fill a two-year spot left on the seat’s four-year term. The current two-year vacancy was created when former Mayor Jane Darby resigned on August 5th, leaving two years into the four-year term.
Additionally, Edisto Beach has two open seats for its town council. Filing for these council seats has ended, and the candidates who have filed to run for these two council seats are James “Jay” R. Watts II and Robert “Bob” N. Renner.
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The contagious Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus has once again been found in Colleton County, with one horse testing positive for the disease in rural Colleton County and another horse testing positive for West Nile virus. The location of the positive case of EEE is not being disclosed, at the request of the horse owner. The positive case of the West Nile virus in a horse is in Cottageville. Local animal control officials say they are hoping to stop the virus in the entire county by providing additional mosquito spraying: the E...
The contagious Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus has once again been found in Colleton County, with one horse testing positive for the disease in rural Colleton County and another horse testing positive for West Nile virus. The location of the positive case of EEE is not being disclosed, at the request of the horse owner. The positive case of the West Nile virus in a horse is in Cottageville. Local animal control officials say they are hoping to stop the virus in the entire county by providing additional mosquito spraying: the EEE virus is commonly spread through mosquitoes. “There has been one EEE and one West Nile virus diagnosis in our county. We are spraying to stop it,” said Laura Clark, director of Colleton County Animal and Environmental Services. “These diseases are sad, but preventable,” said Clark. “Even though a horse has been fully vaccinated, most owners are unaware of the advice from equine vets to vaccinate twice a year for EEE and WNV.” This is the first positive case of EEE and the first positive known case of West Nile in Colleton County this year. However, this isn’t the first time the disease has been found in Colleton and in nearby counties. Clemson confirmed on Aug. 25, 2020, that two cases of horses with EEE had been found: a four-year-old paint mare in Colleton and a two-year-old paint colt in Jasper County. Both horses had to be euthanized. Now, another horse has tested positive for EEE and horse owners have been put on alert. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-transmitted diseases in the U.S. The virus spreads from wild birds to mosquitos. The mosquitos then pass the virus to humans, horses and other birds. Officials at VetMed say that birds are like reservoirs for the virus. Mosquitoes and other biting insects carry the pathogen from infected birds and transmit it to horses when they bite. A horse affected with EEE is not contagious and poses no risk to other horses, humans or birds. The mosquito has to bite an infected bird and then a horse or human to transmit the disease. The virus is the cause of brain infections (encephalitis) in people, horses and other mammals. In people it also causes meningitis, but in horses, it is more deadly. Symptoms in horses include: weakness, staggering gait, unable to stand, depression and anorexia, high fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, drowsiness, hyperexcitability, tremors of the face and neck muscles, convulsions, cranial nerve paralysis, facial paralysis, weakness of the tongue, head tilt, droopy lip, muzzle deviation, incoordination or complete paralysis of one or more limbs, colic, and muscle twitches in neck, flank and shoulders. There is no effective treatment, and horses infected with EEE have a 75 – 95 percent morbidity rate. However, the disease can be prevented in horses with a twice-yearly vaccination. The West Nile Virus (WNV) infection was recently diagnosed in Cottageville in Cassey Spell’s sixteen-month-old Appaloosa mare named “Reba.” “I noticed that Reba had tremors, a quivering lip, walked stiffly, and was weak in her back legs. Her fever spiked at 103.3, and when the vet came, we put her in a stall. Eventually she couldn’t stand at all,” said Spell. The vet took blood and sent it to Clemson, where West Nile was diagnosed, but it took seven days to get the results. Fortunately, the vet had prescribed strong antibiotics to try and get her back on her feet. “For three days, I stayed with her and made a soupy mash for her to eat. Day by day she got a little better, but was able to stand for only 10 minutes at time before she would collapse,” said Spell. “On day three, the vet gave the horse a diuretic to flush the virus, and that seemed to help. Day four she grazed a little and walked for about 30 minutes before she went down. On day five, her tremors were gone, and by day six, she was much better. “On day seven the blood work came back as West Nile,” she said. Spell dumped all water troughs and bleached them, but there was nothing she could do about the puddles of rain water across the farm and along Highway 17A.
“This has been a definite concern, so we contacted the County Animal Services to get help with spraying around the area. We are taking every precaution we can. Oddly enough, we have 12 horses, and this was the only one infected,” Spell said. Symptoms of West Nile may include fever, incoordination, stumbling, falling, weakness, muscle twitching, seizures, drooping lips, lip smacking, head drooping, grinding teeth, and abnormal sensitivity to touch or sound. Serious cases may be unable to rise, and then death.
How to protect your horses and yourself Humans are able to contract these two diseases; therefore, precautions need to be taken to prevent transmission. According to the CDC, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors to prevent mosquito bites. Get rid of all standing water if possible. Spray for mosquitos outdoors around property. There are environmentally friendly homemade repellents that people can also use. Recipes are found online. For horses, the American Association of Equine Practitioners suggests that horse owners keep all horses up to date on vaccinations. The first initial vaccination is followed in 4 to 6 weeks with a booster, and yearly revaccination is recommended. More frequent boosters twice yearly are recommended in areas with year-round mosquito seasons and in endemic areas such as the Lowcountry.
Mosquito management Practice mosquito management on all properties where horses are kept: -Use insect repellents frequently; re-apply after rain. -Keep horses in at night when possible, and apply insect repellant. -Eliminate or minimize standing water. -Stock tanks or ponds with mosquito-feeding fish. -Eliminate brush piles, gutters, old tires and litter. -Remove all equipment in which standing water can collect.
Mosquito Spraying Schedule in Colleton County In an effort to minimize the mosquito population in the area where the horse was recently infected, Colleton County will be doing a ground spray application of mosquito control product on the following dates, weather permitting. Ground spray will be conducted between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021; Thursday, October 7, 2021; and Thursday, October 21, 2021. The chemical that will be applied contains Permethrin and Piperonyl Butoxide as the active ingredients. If bee keepers are in the area, they need to notify Animal Services. The following roads/areas in Cottageville will be included in the application: Jacksonboro Road from Griffiths Acres Dr. to Hwy 17A, Amber Court, Dairy Lane, Durant Avenue from Goos Lane to Griffiths Acres Drive, Goos Lane, Nuthatch Lane, Mistletoe Lane, Rehoboth Road from Hwy 17A to Van Dyke Road, Peirce Road from Hwy 17A to Rhode Drive and to Depot Road, Hwy 17A from Depot to 12403 Hwy 17A (Lone Fox Farm), Cottageville Elementary School, Sally Ackerman Drive, Hwy 17A from Joyland Lane to Reevestown Road, Caboose Court, Depot Road, and Clydeville Lane from Hwy 17A to Kennedy Lane, Gatch Lane, Cone Court, Majestic Oak Way, Bama Road from and to Hwy 17A, Farmer Road, blocker Lane, Kim Lane, Miller Willilams Lane, Saint Charles Place, Welch Lane, and Angelic Lane. For questions regarding this program, contact Colleton Animal Services at 843-893-2651, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, which meets weekly in Cottageville at the Methodist Church, celebrated its year end awards night and the accomplishments of its members. During this Tuesday meeting, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Nathan Mercer accepted the position of Cadet Commander during a time-honored Change of Command Ceremony.C/1st Lt Nathan Mercer succeeds his older brother, Cadet Major Payton Mercer, as the Cadet Commander of the squadron. C/Maj Payton Mercer has served as the Cadet Commander—the first ever for ...
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, which meets weekly in Cottageville at the Methodist Church, celebrated its year end awards night and the accomplishments of its members. During this Tuesday meeting, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Nathan Mercer accepted the position of Cadet Commander during a time-honored Change of Command Ceremony.
C/1st Lt Nathan Mercer succeeds his older brother, Cadet Major Payton Mercer, as the Cadet Commander of the squadron. C/Maj Payton Mercer has served as the Cadet Commander—the first ever for ACE Basin—since April 2019. During this time period the squadron earned three consecutive Quality Cadet Unit Awards—the first time ever to earn this national award. The squadron continued to earn the Aerospace Excellence Award yearly. C/Maj Payton Mercer, who holds a pilot’s certificate and is now a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University worldwide, will move to Huntsville, Ala., in January to begin working at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. He credits the leadership and aerospace lessons he has experienced in Civil Air Patrol since age 12 with helping him reach the goals he’s been dreaming about for years.
The ACE Basin Composite Squadron has seen a decline in the number of active members who are participating on a regular basis due to two years of COVID-19 stops and starts. However, the squadron’s mission, in keeping with Civil Air Patrol’s outreach, is to reach the adults and youth of the Walterboro, Cottageville, and Summerville communities with lessons about leadership, aviation, aerospace, and military life. No members are required to have previously served in the military and no cadets are obligated to perform military service after their membership in Civil Air Patrol.
Members often get to perform unique missions in times of disaster, which locally has included performing Foreign Object Debris (FOD) walks at the Lowcountry Regional Airport following the 2020 Walterboro Tornado and performing site security at the location of the 2021 Colleton County plane crash. Anyone interested in learning more can visit the squadron’s Facebook page (@ACEBasinCAP) or its website at www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
The Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and more than 2,000 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually.