One lucky resident will have something to smile about this fall thanks to Bluffton Orthodontics, a new state-of-the-art orthodontic center that opened in July. The grand prize winner of its “New Smiles for a New School Year” contest, which started Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 12, will receive a free set of braces braces, plus all costs for the duration of treatment.

Arrhythmia Alliance and the town of Bluffton placed five public access defibrillators around Bluffton in August as part of Arrhythmia Alliance’s #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. This contribution will equip the Bluffton community with the necessary tools help save lives in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.

On Nov. 7, Bluffton voters will cast their ballots for two Town Council seats in the municipal general election. To vote in the election, Bluffton residents must be registered by Oct. 6. The filing period for candidates opened Aug. 9 and closes at noon Sept. 8.

WHEN BLUFFTON CONTINUES TO GROW IN THE FUTURE — AND IT WILL — SPACE WON’T BE AN ISSUE. THERE ARE ACRES UPON ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND. WHAT WAS A NO-DESTINATION VILLAGE JUST 10 YEARS AGO HAS EMERGED AS THE FASTEST-GROWING MUNICIPALITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Private schools in the area, however, have been squeezed by space limitations and growing student enrolments. But they have taken steps to resolve their growing gains. Here’s a look at what’s going on at local private schools.

THE TRENDY OLD TOWN AREA IS GETTING A LITTLE BIGGER. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT.

Just a few months ago, the buzz among the employees at Downtown Deli was palpable. Some kind of big meeting was coming up. But no one knew what it involved, why the staff was being kept in the dark, and why they were going to the old Piggly Wiggly building, of all places.

Deputy Chief Joseph Manning has been promoted to police chief, according to Bluffton town manager Marc Orlando.

“Maj. Manning has demonstrated his ability to lead our police department,” Orlando said. “His unrelenting work during Hurricane Matthew, his day-to-day ability to foster and support our community policing program, along with his extensive law enforcement experience and education, make Maj. Manning a natural and obvious choice to move into the role as our next police chief.”

Auxiliary BlufftonAmerican Legion Auxiliary Bluffton Unit 205 is working with the town of Bluffton to build a veterans memorial park in Old Town. The park will pay tribute to veterans from all branches of service who served in all wars.

Bluffton Town Council voted in June to approve a plan to build a 365- home neighborhood on roughly 232 acres near the intersection of New Riverside Drive and Old Palmetto Bluff Roads — squarely between May River High School and the headwaters of the May River.

The planned private gated community will be built in phases, with construction starting later this year, according to town documents. A specific builder for the homes has not been identified.

Taking stock of Bluffton’s surging growth.

In those heady days before the economic collapse of 2008, it was a phrase you’d read in every newspaper, magazine and real estate pamphlet in town: Bluffton is Booming.

The town of Bluffton is seeking applicants for its Neighborhood Assistance Program, which offers repairs to homes and properties of low- to moderate-income residents. This program, which is operated through the town of Bluffton’s Affordable Housing Committee, offers assistance with repairs for projects such as leaking roofs, unstable or unsafe floors, failing septic tanks, inaccessible private roads, removing broken or unwanted items from a resident’s property, removing unsafe structures from a resident’s property, ensuring local emergency services have an official address to a resident’s property and assisting in obtaining proper paperwork for heirs’ property.