Fire leaves family homeless

By Tess Malijenovsky Last week a mobile home went up in flames when a Pop-Tart started shooting flames from a toaster. The wife was just returning from the hospital for the holidays, said Fire Fighter Dan Byrne. The Burton firefighters arrived in minutes to the scene on Winsor road in the Shell Point area, but were forced to exit the burning house as the roof weakened and the fire grew beyond their hose line. In the middle of the operation, a home oxygen tank inside exploded with enough force to result in several 911 calls from the surrounding area and sent firefighters scattering; however, no one was injured. Firefighters from Port Royal and Parris Island were called to the scene for assistance, along with Beaufort County EMS. The Beaufort County Fire Scene Investigation Team is conducting an investigation and while the investigation is still ongoing, Burton Fire Chief Harry Rountree states they have no reason or evidence to think there is another cause at this time. Burton fire officials encourage... ...

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The Island News asked: What are your resolutions?

Rarely do I ever make resolutions for the New Year because I take such things very seriously.  The last one was two years ago when I resolved to stop smoking — cold turkey — and did.  As you can see I try to keep resolutions for the big, serious, life changing stuff. Well, this year I am going to make another biggie resolution.  I have gotten rather rotund (my nice way of saying fat) and badly out of shape. and if I don’t do something to change my direction soon I will easily win a Jabba The Hut look alike contest.  So the serious regimen to change my ways starts January 1, 2012! If I have the same success as with stopping smoking, I should be looking for another big resolution next year. Maybe learning how to Shag!                                                       Buck Boone, General Manager “It is with sincere conviction that I resolve to attempt my greatest fear: To think before speaking and say it anyway. Or possibly guard my words and thoughts... ...

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Celebrate the new year at Founders’ Night II

By Tess Malijenovsky It’s been a long year celebrating Beaufort’s 300th birthday, but now it’s time to wrap up the year with a bang. That’s why the city is kicking off Beaufort’s fourth century with a free, family-oriented New Year Eve’s event December 31, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Waterfront Park. This special community event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and will feature the noted singer Marlena Smalls with musical performances by Sumitra Stewart, Marlena Smalls and the Delbert Felix Trio, and choirs from Tabernacle Baptist, Carteret Street United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches. Between musical productions, locals Anita Singleton-Prather, Bill Harvey Jr. and Jeff Evans will present brief snapshots of Beaufort’s history ranging from the city’s humble beginnings in 1711 to its economic growth and wars during the last 300 years. Beaufort was named after Englishman Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort (1684-1714), one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. It was on January 17, 1711, that the English founded Beaufort’s formal charter. The... ...

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Start a more organized life in 2012

By Roxanne Cheney For many, the New Year is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make.  And every year, many of us end up making the same resolutions.  One that shows up on just about every New Year Resolution Top Ten List is to “get organized.”  That’s not surprising when you consider these statistics: • 23 percent of adults admit to paying bills late (incurring late fees and suffering credit report effects) because they lose bills among the clutter; • 25 percent of people with two-car garages can’t park even one car because of the other items stored there; • 1 in 11 American households spends more than $1,000 annually on rented self-storage space; • The average American spends one year of his/her life looking for lost items. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite guests over on the spur of the moment, or simply want your papers organized enough to find addresses or receipts in under a minute, the... ...

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Take the Pelican Plunge

By Pamela Brownstein The tradition of starting the new year by braving the cold Atlantic Ocean continues on Hunting Island State Park during the 4th Annual Pelican Plunge on Sunday, January 1, 2012. Registration starts at noon at the North Beach Lighthouse Shelter, and the plunge will be at 1 p.m. Last year the event attracted 200 plungers, but with spectators on the island, the number was more like 700, said this year’s chairwoman Denise Parsick. Sponsored by Friends of Hunting Island, the Pelican Plunge raises money to support the Discover Carolina educational program that allows teachers and students to visit the park for a day of learning. Denise calls it “an excellent, hands-on science-based experience” that gives students the chance to have a deeper understanding and appreciation for their environment. This year, a steel drum band will be playing and free coffee and cocoa will be available for all participants. Denise said the warm-up activities are always fun, and all plungers will get a kazoo. Costumes are also encouraged.... ...

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Holiday Closings

Administration, Libraries, PALS, and Courthouse: All Beaufort County administrative offices, libraries, Parks and Leisure Services and the County courthouse will be closed Monday, January 2 for the New Year’s holiday and will reopen for business Tuesday, January 3 at 8 a.m. Convenience Centers: All Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling Convenience Centers will close Saturday, December 31 at 1 p.m. for the New Year’s holiday and will remain closed New Year’s Day, Sunday January 1. They will re-open Monday, January 2 and operate as normally scheduled. Animal Shelter: The Beaufort County Animal Shelter will be open to the public as usual on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 and closed to the public Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2. The shelter will re-open for business Tuesday, January 3 at 9 a.m. for those turning in an animal or seeking a lost pet. ...

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Generations: The work of James Denmark & Dimitri Denmark

Start 2012 with a generational look at beauty: James Denmark, the renowned artist and collagist (including a spot in the Absolut collection in Stockholm) and his grandson Dimitri, based in Florida, join forces to fill the spacious gallery at ARTworks with an opening reception Friday, January 6, 2012, from 6-8 p.m., through February 29. In his studio in Yemassee, James Denmark creates compositions that go beyond the superficial and transitory. He focuses, instead, on what is eternal and universal. Denmark’s work is consistently and eagerly sought after by galleries and collectors worldwide: most notably New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Trust and faith creates confidence, which allows me to move forward with my work,” stated Denmark. “I leave everything to the spirits. I step back every so often to peek at found collage materials, and to ponder new possibilities. I am a party to improvisation, found materials, and the impact of color.” Born in 1935, Denmark was exposed to color and form at an early age by his grandmother, a... ...

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Author to sign copies of book ‘The Boy Project’

A book signing for “The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister” by Beaufort author Kami Kinard will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The book, published by Scholastic, is a social science experiment for anyone who’s ever felt that boys were a different species. Meet the author at ARTworks from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary St. Kami Kinard’s debut novel “The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister” is a good-hearted look at the trials and tribulations of eighth-grader Kara McAllister who has one huge problem: Kara is the only person in her grade to have never had a boyfriend. Thirteen and wildly creative, Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. Masked under the pretense of a social experiment for the school science fair, Kara plans to take careful notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? But, as luck would have... ...

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‘Pencils, Words & Kids’ is new creative app

The ‘Pencils Words & Kids’ app is a how-to guide for kids and their mentors to get the words flowing. Learning to write is like weight lifting, every repetition makes you stronger. This app, for iPhones and iPads, is not about grammar and spelling, and it’s good for all ages, like a one room schoolhouse. The creative writing process is presented in 81 entries and 203 photos of kids writing, original artwork, and inspiring scenes. The photos show what real writing looks like, and will fuel stories, essays and poems. Many are scenes from Beaufort. Preview it all at http://sutromedia.com/apps/Pencils_Words_Kids. ...

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A look at the upcoming legislative agenda with Rep. Shannon Erickson

By Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort ‘Tis the season and I will soon return to Columbia for my fifth year as your South Carolina House District 124 Representative.  I want to humbly thank you for the honor of serving you and let you know how much your trust and confidence means to me each and every day.  There is no other place I’d rather be than beautiful Beaufort — except making sure that we have a strong Beaufort voice in Columbia. So, some good news: South Carolina is ending the year on a brighter economic note than it began. Indicators in the past few months have rendered several encouraging economic forecasts for the state. S.C. Economy Continues to Recover: By measuring the state’s sales and income tax collected, South Carolina’s economy is continuing its slow recovery. The state’s general fund revenue was up 6% in November from the same month a year ago. We’re apparently buying more — sales tax collections were up nearly 5%. Personal income tax collections were up 4%... ...

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