Lt. Dan Weekend

Thursday: Conflict Zone photography exhibit On Thursday, Sept. 15, the wounded veterans, their caregivers, volunteers and other members of the community were invited to a reception at the Loft in Beaufort’s City Hall to view the national photography exhibit “Conflict Zone.” The images were all taken by some of the most celebrated combat journalists of this generation, and the show was inspired by Joao Silva, the New York Times photographer who lost both legs in an Afghanistan explosion. The event was catered by Palm Key Catering, and volunteers also brought many other delicious homemade dishes. It was a wonderful opportunity to mingle, enjoy a good meal and see thought-provoking — sometimes even heart wrenching — images from the war zones. The show is sponsored by The Independence Fund and will be on display through Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.conflictzone.org. Friday: Lt. Dan Band concert in the park           Saturday: 5K run and Beaufort 300th parade    ... ...

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Beaufort’s fall social season begins

By Lanier Laney Beaufort’s grand “Old Guard” along with younger generations and friends turned out on the first cool day of fall this past weekend for Marjorie Trask’s porch and garden party to watch the 300 Birthday Parade go by on Bay Street. Beaufortonians seem to go into some sort of hibernation during the hottest, most humid months of summer, and people greeted each other with gusto after not seeing one another for so long. Thoughts of Beaufort’s history were in the air as the charming parade passed by with costumed float riders. An older gentleman next to me remarked, “You know, if we had never separated from England, Marjorie Trask would be a Duchess!” he said with a smile. Marjorie’s father was Angus Fordham who was Mayor of Beaufort for 17 years and Marjorie’s family, the McLeods, celebrated 100 years in the house with a family picnic this past April. The beautiful, many-columned home, built in 1813 is featured on the cover of “Beaufort’s Historic Homes” coffee table book... ...

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Local student featured in Seventeen

By Tess Malijenovsky Seventeen, a popular teen magazine, selected 15 college freshman to keep a blog about their first year away at school. One of the students chosen was Jaymie Baggerly, who graduated from Beaufort Academy and is now a freshman at College of Charleston. Jaymie never thought she’d have her face next to her story in the magazine she grew up reading, and now she’s one of Seventeen’s featured “Freshman 15.” “It feels really weird,” Jaymie said. “You know, you grow up reading that magazine, and I always thought that if I was going to be in it, I’d be in the section with the embarrassing stories.” Every other week readers can find Jaymie’s latest blog entries with pictures and videos posted on Seventeen’s website. Making videos won’t be hard for Jaymie since she’s been making them with her friends for years ever since her grandparents gave her a video camera for Christmas. After all, she won her spot in Seventeen with a blog entry about poaching an egg... ...

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A fair bankruptcy attorney: It’s all in the name

By Lanier Laney Philip Fairbanks grew up in the Philadelphia area, graduated from Temple University, and earned his law degree at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he served on the Law Review. Following graduation in 1977, he hopped on a train headed for his first job as a staff attorney with the federal Legal Services Office in Beaufort. He never looked back and today his deep knowledge of the region informs his judgment. Phil found his specialty in bankruptcy, an area where he feels he can make a personal difference helping solve financial problems when it is needed most. For the past 15 years, Phil estimates he has filed cases for more than 2,000 people from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head as well as throughout Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties. In his spare time he likes to garden, get on the river, and travel with his wife, Dale Friedman. Says Phil “We have helped people of all ages, professional achievement, and income levels who come to us because they... ...

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Photos chosen for county calendar

A photo of Stony Preserve by Bluffton resident, Stan Abrahamson, was selected for the cover of the 2012 Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands Calendar. The photo shows a forested lagoon area at the preserve, which was purchased jointly by Beaufort County and the Town of Hilton Head Island for conservation as a passive park.  Twelve other photos selected from entries submitted in the county’s annual photo contest include three by Beaufort photographer and artist Karen Peluso, who entered shots of Lands End, The Green in Beaufort’s Old Point neighborhood and White Hall Landing. County Administrator Gary Kubic, the calendar’s executive editor, said he is always impressed with the quality of the pictures taken by local photographers. “Those who enter the contest year after year are to be applauded regardless of whether they were selected for the calendar or not. Their love for the natural outdoor beauty of Beaufort County is evident in the excellence and the integrity of their work. We are grateful to them all for helping us... ...

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It’s horse carriage war (again)

By Tess Malijenovsky The Tourism Management Advisory Commission (TMAC) came to Beaufort City Council once again in hopes of passing an ordinance that would, among other things, change hours of operation on Thursdays to accommodate for family day on Paris Island, change the bid process for touring horse carriage slots, and change the point system to allow for stricter violation laws. Tour business owners are upset and fear that these changes will not only take them completely out of business, but that they simply won’t work. Two-thirds of the complaints that TMAC receives are from the actual touring personnel. It’s carriage war between horse buggy companies. Local tour carriage companies are out to get one another, dropping manure and urine chalk intentionally onto the streets to frame the competitor. In fact, the biggest challenge that TMAC currently faces is mediating between the two competing tour companies, Carolina Buggy Tours and Southurn Rose Buggy Tours. Law enforcement is frustrated that current laws don’t allow for immediate citations when one company tattletales... ...

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Exchange Club names top firefighter, investigator

Beaufort Firefighter Ross Vezin is the Exchange Club of Beaufort’s Firefighter of the Year and Beaufort Police Investigator George Erdel is the 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. “This is an exceptional honor and we are proud to have both these fine public servants working in the City of Beaufort,” Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said. “It was so appropriate that the Exchange Club of Beaufort presented these awards during the 9-11 ceremonies Sunday in the Waterfront Park,” Dadson said. “At a time when our nation remembered the great sacrifices of first responders during that tragedy, we also got a chance to celebrate the continuing good works of our police and fire departments.” Vezin joined the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department in June 2008 as a recent graduate from the Palm Beach Community College Fire Academy and a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Through aggressive training from the South Carolina Fire Academy on his part, he was promoted through the firefighter ranks quickly and recently earned... ...

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Weekend Crime Report

FAMILIAL DISOBEDIENCE: A few officers were dispatched to the area of Monson and Washington streets when a  “suspicious” subject was reported causing a disturbance in the middle of the roadway. The male subject had an active family court bench warrant for his arrest, meaning he did not show up for Family Division Court to face his family like he was suppose to. When he was searched the officer also found a small plastic bag with what was suspected to be marijuana (although this must be confirmed with testing). What could this mean? Someone is trying to avoid his mama. UP, UP AND ARRESTED: At 9:45 p.m. on Sunday night ,a caller phoned the police about a possible burglary. Suspects were spotted loading property into a truck at the incident location. When a responding officer stopped a truck fitting the description, it was revealed that the two suspects had taken a ladder and other miscellaneous items from the yard of a house. They were arrested for trespassing and petit larceny. Yes,... ...

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Church presents colorful ‘Joseph’ musical

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber will be presented at The Baptist Church of Beaufort on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 and 7 p.m. Based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the book of Genesis in the Bible, this light-hearted show was first presented as a 15-minute pop cantata at the Colet Court School in London on March 1, 1968. It then morphed from a 15-minute production to a 35-minute production and was referred to as a pop oratorio. In 1970, Lloyd Webber and Rice used the popularity of their second rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, to promote Joseph — which was advertised in America as a “sequel” to Superstar. Its popularity eventually led the show to its first Broadway performance at the Royal Theatre where it ran for 749 performances. The show was restaged in 1991 at the  London Palladium in an expanded version which toured off-broadway in America for a... ...

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Sidewalk art sale

Now is your chance to find a true treasure at a great price from various collections of eclectic art. Several of the dealers from the Collectors Antique Mall are organizing a one day sale of art ranging from traditional to contemporary. Included will be works from emerging artists of the Lowcountry and art from collections whose owners have travelled internationally. The sale is a one day event on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Collectors Antique Mall is located at 102C Sea Island Parkway, in Lady’s Island Shopping Center. ...

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