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February 2012

What is dog food? The Yuck Factor, part one

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By Tracie Korol

It would be nice if our dogs actually received the foods manufacturers lead us to believe are in each bag of chow. Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, crunchy, fresh vegetables; all the wholesome nutrition your dog will ever need! This is what the U.S. pet food industry, at a profit of $18 billion per year, wants us to believe we are buying when we purchase their products.
It is logical that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet foods are a convenient way for slaughterhouse leftovers and offal (oogly bits), grains considered “unfit for human consumption” and similar wastes to be turned into cash.
Dogs, as omnivores, do well on a primarily meat-based diet. The protein (meat) used in pet food comes from a variety of sources. When cattle, swine, chickens, lambs or other animals are slaughtered, lean muscle tissue is trimmed away for human consumption, along with the novelty organs that people like to eat, such as tongues and tripe.
About 50% of every food animal does not get used in human foods, however. Whatever remains of the carcass — heads, feet, bones, blood, intestines, lungs, spleens, livers, ligaments, fat trimmings, unborn babies, and other parts not generally consumed by humans — is used in pet food, animal feed, fertilizer, industrial lubricants, soap, rubber and other products. These “other parts” are known as “by-products.” By-products are used in feed for poultry and livestock as well as in pet food.
Better brands of pet food, the “super-premium,” “natural” and “organic” varieties, do not use by-products. On the label, you’ll see one or more named meats among the first few ingredients, such as “turkey” or “lamb.” These meats are still mainly leftover scraps; in the case of poultry, bones are allowed, so “chicken” consists mainly of backs and frames — the spine and ribs, minus the expensive breast meat. The small amount of meat left on the bones is the “chicken” in the pet food.
Meat meals, poultry meals, by-product meals and meat-and-bone meal are common ingredients in dry pet foods. The term “meal” means that these materials are not used fresh, but have been rendered. Rendering is “to process as for industrial use: to render livestock carcasses and to extract oil from fat, blubber, etc., by melting.” (Webster’s Dictionary) In other words, raw materials are dumped into a large vat and boiled for several hours. Rendering separates fat, removes water, and kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other organisms. However, the high temperatures (270°F/130°C) also alters or destroys natural enzymes and proteins found in the raw ingredients.
To complete the horror story, the amount of grain and vegetable products included in pet foods has grown over time, often, in some cases, completely replacing the meat proteins. Early on this practice led to severe nutritional deficiencies and many animals had to die before science caught up to this practice.  Now, gluten meals, the high-powered protein extracts (and the iffy stuff from China) are used to boost meat protein percentages. Corn gluten is most common because it’s really cheap. Wheat gluten is used to create the “shapes” we think dogs like to eat. It’s also used as the thickener in dog food “gravy.” Think glue. As you might expect, foods containing high levels of vegetable proteins are among the poorer quality foods.
To make pet food nutritious, pet food manufacturers must “fortify” it with vitamins and minerals. Why? Because the ingredients they are using are not wholesome, their quality may be extremely variable, and the harsh manufacturing practices destroy many of the nutrients the food had to begin with.
Proteins are especially vulnerable to heat, and become damaged, or “denatured,” when cooked. Because dry foods ingredients are cooked twice — first during rendering and again in the extruding process — problems are much more common than with canned or homemade foods. Altered proteins may contribute to food intolerances, food allergies and inflammatory bowel disease.
Next in this series: additives, chemicals and preservatives. Yum.

What To Do

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Grand opening for new Dockside restaurant
Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Dockside’s second location Thursday, March 1. Opening at 4:30 p.m. at 71 Sea Island Parkway next to Lady’s Island Marina.

Beaufort High theater presents ‘Hairspray’
Welcome to the 60’s! BHS Theater program will present “Hairspray” on March 1-3 and 8-10 at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center at Beaufort High School.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and those with active military ID.  Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call 322-2152 for more information.

Local All Pro Dad Day Chapter to meet
Fathers and students will gather for breakfast, family fun, and a little encouragement at next month’s All Pro Dad’s Day on Friday, March 2, at 7 a.m. in the Coosa Elementary School Gym.  This month’s meeting topic is “Being Detailed Oriented” where you’ll learn practical methods for being a better dad and enjoy some quality time with your kids. There is no charge for this event, but you must RSVP to as space is limited and a head count in needed for breakfast, complements of Chick-fil-A.  For more information, please contact Mike Mashke, Team Captain at 843.525.5154.

Black Chamber to hold networking event
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will have its First Friday Networking Event on March 2 at Whale Branch Elementary School located at 15 Stuart Point Road, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  James J Davis Early Learning Center and Whale Branch Elementary Young Artist Showcase for 2012 will feature artwork from students in grades K-4.  This showcase is presented in recognition of Youth Art Month. Housing counselors will be in attendance to discuss the South Carolina Mortgage Help program that is designed to help homeowners who may be facing foreclosure. Drawings, prizes and refreshments. Details call 986-1102.

Daughters of American Revolution to meet
The Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their next Meeting on March 8 at Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, in the first floor meeting room beginning at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Grace Cordial, Historical Resources Coordinator for the library. This will be proceeded by the business meeting and the afternoon will end with refreshments and the opportunity to meet with our speaker. For more information please call Regent Nancy Crowther at 521-0134.

St. Helena presents Charleston orchestra
As part of the continuing celebration of its Tricentennial year, the Parish Church of St. Helena will host a concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. Helena’s.
According to Pat Gould, Music director and organist for St. Helena’s, and the Standing Committee Chairperson for the Tricentennial’s overall special music program, the symphony will play an exciting program featuring music from those three centuries. “The orchestra will play works of Handel, Holst and Mozart, as well as Elizabethan Consort Music for brass and timpani,” Gould said.
Because of generous donations from parishioners and the community, the church is pleased to offer the concert at only $10 per ticket for adults, and Free to students 18 and under. Reserved sponsorship seating is available but other seats are on a first come basis.
Gould said she is overjoyed that the church is able to provide an orchestra of this caliber to the community, and to expose symphonic music to families who might not otherwise be able to hear an orchestra, and to that end, the church is providing a nursery, also at no charge.
Those wanting to take advantage of the nursery must make reservations.
The Parish Church of St. Helena is located at 505 Church Street, Beaufort.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the church office at 843-522-1712 or visit  For information on sponsorship packages, contact

Square dance club celebrates anniversary
The Square Dance Club in Beaufort, the Beaufort Squares, dances the first and third Saturdays of each month.  On Saturday, March 3 the club will celebrate its 49th anniversary at the Pinewood Fire Station in the training room. For those people who may be interested in learning to Square dance, get in touch with Joann Bright at 525-1756.

Spend an evening with state elected officials
Spend an evening with State Senator Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, and special guest Congressman Tim Scott on Friday, March 16. For host and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Desiree Watson at or 803-348-5416.

Bay Street Outfitters holds fly fishing classes
One day fly casting classes will be held Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 and May 12. Fly tying classes will be on the third Thursday each month at 6 p.m. Please call for details and to reserve your spot. Bay Street Outfitters is located at 815 Historic Bay St. For more information, call 524-5250 or visit

A call for artists for Artist Showcase 2012
The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce announces the Artist Showcase 2012 scheduled for May 25-26 in historic downtown Beaufort. Artists must submit their application by April 1 to secure exhibit space which is limited to 20.
The 10th annual event is open to local and visiting exhibitors presenting original and print work in a range of media to include paintings, folk art, basket weaving and mixed media.
The Artist Showcase will be open at Sea Island Best Western, 1015 Bay Street, Beaufort, on May 25 from Noon until 8 p.m. A free reception from 5 until 7 p.m. will feature popular recording artist Mahoganee. The show will be open May 26 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Artists may obtain an application at the chamber office or via emailed request to More online at

Beaufort Dog to hold advanced training class
Beaufort Dog is enrolling for an Advanced Training class. This class will focus on dealing with distractions while in “real world” situations like walking on a leash.  This is a precursor for therapy dog training as well. Please call 812-5394 to pre-register.

Low-cost vaccine, clinic will be held for pets
Palmetto Veterinary Hospital and Beaufort Dog will provide a low cost dog and cat vaccine and wellness clinic in Habersham on April 14, 2012 at Beaufort Dog at Habersham from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.  It is in conjunction with the Pet and Kid’s fair. Appointments strongly recommended. Please call 812-5394 to reserve a spot.

Applications available for Zonta scholarships
The Zonta Club of Beaufort is once again giving one $1,000 Working Women’s Scholarship and one $1,000 Scholarship for graduating high school seniors. All applicants must reside in Beaufort County north of the Broad River. All applications must be received in the mail by the deadline of April 13. Please send to P.O. Box 2234, Beaufort, SC 29901. Email to request a specific application.

Beaufort Writers meet
Beaufort Writers meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Lady’s Island Airport Conference Room.

Spring means sprucing up…the neighborhood

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With spring right around the corner, its the perfect time to start sprucing up a bit.  The folks over at Piggly Wiggly on Ribaut Road in Port Royal got a jumpstart with a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the building recently.
Not only does this liven up the store front, it also says we care about our community.
When you’re thinking ‘spring cleaning’, think outside the box and look around outside.
Do you have a neighbor that could use a fresh coat of paint on the porch or perhaps an overgrown lawn that could have used tending to last year?
Maybe you could organize a neighborhood cleanup project for your neck of the woods.
A few hours, some trash bags, a can of paint or two and you will reap the rewards of taking pride in were you live, work and play.
After all it’s “our” community and every little bit helps to maintain its beauty.

Enjoying Tuesday’s sunshine

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Temperatures rebounded a bit in the Beaufort area today and the change brought Beaufortonians of all ages out to enjoy some of the sun.  Some lucky ones at downtown’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park playground made new friends too. 
According to the National Weather Service, we can look for even warmer temperatures tomorrow, and then Beaufort flirts with the low 80’s on Thursday before the rains move in again for the start of the weekend.

New information on suspect, memorial set up at site

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The site on Ribaut Road where the Port Royal fire truck took the life of a Port Royal man and then crashed on Friday has been turned into a memorial for the victim of this tragic accident.  The outpouring of emotion regarding this tragedy has been very profound.  The memorial has been set up by strangers.

Reports have surfaced that the suspect in the case, Kalvin Hunt, had escaped from the Naval Hospital after Veteran’s Affairs took him there on Friday.  Also, according to a TV news interview with Hunt’s family over the weekend, Hunt is suffering from PTSD after serving our Country in Afganistan.

Friday afternoon at around 4:30, Kalvin Hunt of Sumter, SC allegedly stole the fire truck in Port Royal while it was on a call at a local apartment complex.  At the time, Hunt was described by witnesses as ‘disturbed’.  He drove the truck up Ribaut Road plowing into vehicles near the intersection at the McTeer Bridge, and caused multiple vehicle accidents and one fatality as Justin Nicholas Miller was struck and killed.  The truck crashed into a tree outside of the new Dollar General store near Ribaut Lanes.

Photo by Gene Brancho

Bands Brews & BBQ takes over Paris Avenue

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This past Friday and Saturday, Paris Avenue in Port Royal was ground zero for plenty of good eating.  Friends of Caroline Hospice held their Bands Brews & BBQ two day fundraising event.
The crowds at the event were met with less-than-favorable weather on Friday, but yesterday it was crisp and clear for the main South Carolina BBQ Association-sanctioned cook-off.    Here are some photos of the fun, and a few of the winners too.


Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller
Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller


Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller

Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller
Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller


Photo by Amanda Nicole Miller



Update on yesterday’s Ribaut Road tragedy: Names released

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In an update on yesterday’s tragic incident along Ribaut Road, authorities have released the names of both the victim, and the suspect.
The man struck and killed by the stolen Port Royal FD fire truck is Justin Nicholas Miller, of Port Royal, and the suspect is Kalvin Hunt, of Sumter, SC.
Reports state that Hunt is currently still in Beaufort Memorial Hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the incident.

Yesterday afternoon at around 4:30, Hunt allegedly stole the fire truck in Port Royal while it was on a call at a local apartment complex.  At the time, Hunt was described by witnesses as ‘disturbed’.  He drove the truck up Ribaut Road plowing into vehicles near the intersection at the McTeer Bridge, and caused multiple vehicle accidents and one fatality as Miller was struck and killed. The truck crashed into a tree outside of the new Dollar General store near Ribaut Lanes.




Man steals Port Royal FD fire truck, smashes cars, kills one

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At around 4:30pm today a Port Royal FD fire truck was stolen while on a call in Port Royal by a man who has been described as ‘disturbed’.   The man allegedly drove the fire truck up Ribaut Road plowing over top of vehicles near the McTeer Bridge, and caused at least six vehicle accidents, some with drivers trapped inside. 
One pedestrian was struck and killed by the truck as the path of mayhem ended when the driver crashed the vehicle into a tree outside of the new Dollar General store at the interscetion of Pine Court and Ribaut Road.

The Island News will have more on this story as more information is made available.

Photo by Gene Brancho

School district releases statement about resignation of Principal Durbin

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This morning Dan Durbin submitted his resignation as principal of Beaufort High School effective Friday, February 24.

Normally, the district would not make any other comments regarding this personnel matter.  But with Dr. Durbin’s permission, we can say that earlier this month, the district office received a report that a Beaufort High School teacher was concerned that the principal was changing student grades.  An internal investigation by a district office team was conducted, and based on its preliminary findings, a separate inquiry was conducted by an external team.  Among the findings was that Dr. Durbin had made 200 grade changes affecting 33 students.  When presented with the data, Dr. Durbin took full responsibility for making the grade changes, explained his reasoning behind each incident and offered to resign.

The district can provide more details if Dr. Durbin provides a signed release to that effect.  Without his authorization, the administration will be limited in the topics it can discuss.

In accord with the law, the district will not discuss details of any individual student’s academic record.

Terry Bennett will serve as Interim Principal at Beaufort High School until the search for Dr. Durbin’s replacement has been completed.  Mr. Bennett is an experienced administrator in Beaufort County having previously served as Principal of Lady’s Island Elementary School and Lady’s Island Middle School.  He currently serves as the district’s Director of Grants Management.

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