A Day in the Life on Dempsey Farms

By Tess Malijenovsky About a 60 acre plot of history grows out on St. Helena Island by the name of Dempsey U-Pick Farms. The local farm, now passed along three generations, began in the 1950s when Davis Dempsey’s father bought the plot of land and built a house for his family. Davis took over in 1968, continuing the family tradition of running on tomatoes and cucumbers, and the “u-pick” came about a decade later with the 1978 trucker’s strike. “We had tomatoes in the field and we couldn’t ship them because the truckers went on strike,” says Davis. He remembers giving his son Davey a small field patch off to the side for growing tomatoes at age 9. “He went down there and sold his first 120 buckets of tomatoes and got them all in one dollar bills. He came back home with a stack of bills, I tell ya’. ” Ever since, customers have made their way to the farm to pick their fresh vegetables and fruits. Just ask Ed... ...

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The Civil War in 3D

As the first year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial draws to a close, historians, educators and Civil War buffs will have a unique opportunity to journey through The Civil War in 3-D on Friday, November 11 at the University of South Carolina Performing Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Civil War photography expert, Bob Zeller, will present “Lincoln in 3D,” a complete stereoscopic slide show on the history of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and the battlefield photography of America’s epic Civil War. Wearing 3-D glasses, viewers will feel as if they literally stepped into the tableaus of many iconic photographs of the Civil War era, including  more than a dozen portraits of Lincoln, photographs of both of his inaugurations, his visits to Antietam and Gettysburg, his summer home, the White House, the city of Washington, the hanging of the assassination conspirators, and many of the most famous images from the battlefields of the Civil War. The 45-minute digital presentation will be shown in the original stereographic format. ... ...

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Tree Board recommends pilot areas for burying utility lines

Three Beaufort neighborhoods are recommended as pilot areas for moving overhead power and communications cables underground, according to a report from the Beaufort Tree Board. Still under study: How to pay for the estimated $1 million pilot project. Options include special assessments on utility bills; the city’s partner, SCE&G, allows for such joint ventures between utility and customer through its Non-Standard Service Agreement. Using similar funding from other low-voltage providers is one possible avenue of funding. Sections of the historic Point, nearby Pigeon Point and Mossy Oaks should be the first locations where power poles are removed and cables buried. That’s largely because of the existing tree canopy and number of quality live oaks impacted, Tree Board Chairwoman Barb Farrior said. The Tree Board, working with city staff and at the City Council’s direction, began meeting about a year ago to find ways to improve Beaufort’s protection of live oaks and other trees, to improve safety and to stop or reduce the utility companies’ major limb trimming that happens every... ...

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Weekend Crime Reports

EMBODY: Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up and pretend to be someone or something else, just for one night? Well it’s all fun and games till the law gets involved because someone takes his costume a little too far, like the guy last weekend who slashed two unsuspecting car tires valued at $350. Just because you’re a cow on Halloween doesn’t mean you can milk yourself; and just because you dress up like a knife-happy criminal doesn’t mean you can go around slicing things open, please. PUNCH DRUNK LOVE: Saturday night, 30 minutes till last call at Panini’s a female called the police after she was reportedly punched in face for no good reason. The woman throwing punches was said to be starting trouble with the victim, then BAM. She left the victim with a bloody lip and wondering, where is the love? DOPE DUMMY: A marijuana “manufacturer” on Cedar Grove Circle was caught last Saturday growing plants with evidence of intent to sell. Officers obtained a search... ...

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Iraq veteran, Parris Island Commanding General to headline Veterans Day events

The Beaufort County Office of Veterans Affairs hopes residents will turn out in good numbers on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 and show their support for our retired and active duty military. Edward Ray, Beaufort County Veterans Affairs Officer, said small tributes like attending the parade and ceremony go a long way in showing appreciation. “Our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen deserve a great deal of appreciation for preserving our freedom and our American way of life. The gratitude of our citizens means a lot to them.” Sgt. Major Carl R. Green, USMC, (Ret.), a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom was selected parade grand marshal and Brigadier General Gen. Lori Reynolds, USMC, Commanding General, MCRD/ERR, Parris Island, will be the keynote speaker at the 11 a.m. ceremony at Beaufort’s National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will follow the downtown Beaufort parade route which begins at Rogers Street near the national cemetery, moves along Boundary Street toward downtown, turns right onto Bay Street, right onto... ...

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Citizen input sought for future of St. Helena Island

Members of the St. Helena Island Community Preservation/Cultural Protection Committee and the Beaufort County Planning Department hope island residents will participate in a series of design and planning workshops which will affect the future of their communities. The first workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 at St. Helena Island Elementary School. Children are invited and refreshments will be served. It is being called a “Visioning Kickoff” by County Planning Director Tony Criscitiello. “Citizens of St. Helena are urged to attend. We understand how loyal St. Helena residents are to their culture and to their community. Without their opinions, ideas and concerns, we cannot develop a good plan. We need to take the best of the past and see what the community values most and put that in the planning toolbox to envision what happens next.” Consultants with Opticos Design of Berkeley, Ca., will also participate. The company is known for its work in form based codes, which are a response to modern challenges of suburban sprawl, deterioration... ...

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Councilman Sommerville to be LIBPA guest speaker

District 7 County Councilman Paul Sommerville will be the guest speaker at the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association  November 8 meeting which will be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort County Realtor’s Association Headquarters (in the Professional Village behind BB&T on Lady’s Island Drive). Sommerville was first elected to represent District 7 as a member of Beaufort County Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He is a Beaufort native, a U. S. Army veteran and a management consultant with extensive experience in labor relations. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of County Council, he serves as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, Chairman of the Development Agreement Negotiations Committee and a member of the Finance Committee and Public Facilities Committee. Councilman Sommerville has been requested to include in his discussion the following subjects: • Can we afford an extension of the Rural and Critical Land Program? • Should we begin now defining the projects to be included in the next (2012) 1% sales tax referendum? •... ...

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Fire safety lesson at school saves lives

A five-year-old Beaufort girl who learned about fire safety this month during a classroom lesson helped save her mother and five other children from an apartment fire earlier this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, at about 3 p.m., the young girl alerted her mother that she saw smoke and that they needed to get out of the apartment in the 2200 block of Southside Boulevard. Firefighters from the Beaufort / Port Royal Fire Department, assisted by crews from the Burton Fire District, responded to the smell of smoke and were able to locate and extinguish the fire quickly, Fire Chief Sammy Negron said. “This young child learned how to react to a house fire in a recent fire prevention class conducted by Beaufort-Port Royal firefighters in her school as part of October’s Fire Safety Month,” Negron said. “The training session included classroom instruction along with hands-on education on what to do in case of a fire. By paying attention, this young lady may have helped save lives.” The cause of... ...

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Pretty ponds: Trevor Strever creates serene garden features

By Lanier Laney Trevor Strever never imagined he would one day be know as the “water feature expert of the Lowcountry” when he married Sharon Carter, a Kingsport, Tenn., native, 21 years ago in the remote bush country of Transkei, Africa. Trevor was a game ranger there, having gotten a biology and nature conservation degree from the College of Praetoria in his native South Africa, the country next door. Sharon was there doing physical therapy for children with polio in the remote villages with a medical group of visiting doctors.  She had signed up for three months but ended up staying for three years. After Sharon and Trevor met on a guided nature hike, they fell in love and married in the tiny remote village of Umtata. Sharon eventually had to return to the United States and Trevor was apprehensive at first about coming to America because he loved his job in the wilds of Africa. But he found a job as a biologist for the Florida Department of Natural... ...

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