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In general, what are the biggest challenges facing Bluffton right now?

The biggest challenges facing Bluffton are job creation for our residents and the (health of the) May River.

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Republican frontrunner (as of press time) Newt Gingrich made a campaign stop in Bluffton last month to address a crowd of around 1,000 supporters in a town hall-style meeting in the Promenade, according to the Newt Gingrich campaign website.

The 20-minute speech was followed by a 45-minute question-and-answer period, and was preceded by the unveiling of Gingrich’s Bluffton Victory Office in the Promenade.


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Photo courtesy Bluffton Self Help

When Ida Martin received a call from the White House telling her that she was a winner of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest honor a civilian can receive, she hung up on the caller.

Long-time Bluffton resident and founder of Bluffton Self Help Ida Martin has been selected by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to be among a select few citizens to receive the highest civilian award, The Presidential Citizens Medal, at a ceremony Oct. 20 at The White House. Over 6,000 citizens were nominated for this medal.

This year’s Citizen Award Ceremony celebrates 40 years of recognizing Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens” as described on the White House’s official website.

“We, the staff and the board of Bluffton Self Help, strongly believed that Ida Martin was the perfect person to nominate for this award,” said Lili Coleman, executive director of Bluffton Self Help. “Her untiring energy and tenacious efforts to care for her neighbors has remained consistent throughout her years of service.”