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January 2012

McDonald’s of Beaufort to hire 105 new employees

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McDonald’s of Beaufort is having a Hiring Day on Wednesday February 8th from 9am to 6pm, and will be conducting interviews for prospective new employees at Carolina Cove Executive Center on Boundary St, Suite 205 (behind Enmark). 

The fast food restaurant is looking to hire 105 new employees in anticipation of it’s March 29th opening after construction of a new building.  McDonald’s spokesperson Michelle Thornton added that “we are offering benefits inculding medical and dental insurance to qualified employees”.

Beaufort PD: Murder Suspect Arrested

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the January 28th fatal shooting of 48 year old
Michael Edward Smith of Adventure Street. 29 year old David Legree of St. Helena has been
charged with Murder in connection to this case. A dispute over drugs is believed to have been
the motive.  The investigation is still active at this time and more information will be released shortly.


Irish Festival coming in February

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The Beaufort Irish Festival is coming February 25th & 26th.  This year, ‘A Weekend in Ireland’ benefits Habit for Humanity, and gives us Irish entertainment, dancers, food, and vendors at the Quality Inn Beaufort on Boundary Street, and both a music ‘jam-session’ and an Irish Pub Night at Luther’s Rare & Well Done in downtown.  Check out the Lipsitz Department Store building on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort where all of the event information is posted, or go to the Festival’s website at


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At 4:53 p.m. on January 28, 2012 Beaufort Police Officers were called to a report of a gunshot
victim at 610 Adventure Street. Responding officers met with witnesses who reported hearing
gunshots and seeing the suspect leave the scene on foot. In the residence they found a 48 year
old man who had been fatally shot. Additional witnesses reported seeing a suspicious person
fitting the suspect’s description near some apartments in the 1900 block of Duke St. An officer
spotted the subject lying down in a wooded area behind the apartments and got in a foot
chase with him. The suspect was last seen in the area of an abandoned house. Beaufort Police,
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Port Royal Police units set up a containment perimeter
around the area. The suspect was thought to be hiding in the attic of the house. Beaufort
County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and K-9 units searched the house but the suspect was not located.

This is an active investigation and investigators have been working through the night
processing evidence and interviewing potential witnesses. The motive for the crime has
not been determined at this point but it is not believed to be a random act. Crime Scene
technicians from SLED responded to assist with the evidence collection at the scene. The
suspect is described as a tall African –American man with dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing
a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and jeans. Anyone with information regarding this case is requested
to call Investigator Carter at 322-7912 or the 24 hour dispatch office at 524-2777. This is all
of the information available at this time. Updates will be released as soon as new information
becomes available.

New Harmonies series continues at Beaufort Branch Library

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Tunes & Tales with local Irene Goodnight was the performance this afternoon in the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music series at The Beaufort Branch Library.  The Smithsonian exhibit moves on after February 4th, but if you haven’t attended yet, there’s still more to see.   Check out the link for more information…

Have a rice day!

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By Jack Sparacino

I love rice. One really nice thing about coming to the Lowcountry was discovering the wonderful local rice. Having never before lived in an area that produced rice, I couldn’t resist doing a little research on the subject.  Here are ten interesting things that quickly popped up:

1 (a) Worldwide, there are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice. World rice consumption increased 40 percent in the last 30 years, from about 135 to 189 pounds per person per year (milled rice, or what remains after the husk, germ and bran layers are removed).

1 (b) The international rice trade is roughly 25-27 million tons per year (a mere 5-6 percent of world production) compared to a staggering 113 million tons of wheat.

2. Speaking of big numbers, there are 12,768,996,452,894 rice recipes. Oops, I forgot Aunt Helen’s recipe for rice and beans with minced shallots and water chestnuts. Make that 12,768,996,452,895. Oh, plus rice pudding. Rice wine vinegar too. Plus sake. And Rice Krispie squares, I guess. Yikes, my calculator just broke!

3. Apparently, rice was first domesticated in the region of the Yangtze River valley in China. Chinese rice cultivation dates back roughly 12,000 years, way before Rice-A-Roni.

4. According to the USA Rice Federation, “Rice is a nutritious food that is fortified with folic acid, which has helped contribute to a reduction in some birth defects in infants.”

5. After the 15th century, rice spread throughout Italy and then France, later to all the continents during European exploration (the “Rice Capades” perhaps).

6. Rice arrived in South Carolina in 1694, probably originating from Madagascar. The predominant strain of rice in the Carolinas was from Africa and was known as “Carolina Gold.”

7. Rice quickly became a staple in the diet of colonists in the Carolinas and grew rapidly as an export crop.

8. A terrible hurricane in 1911 devastated the Lowcountry and its rice infrastructure, such as docks, warehouses and rice mills in Charleston. The water carried away the partially harvested rice crop, and according to planter Duncan Hayward “a scene of activity and prosperity was changed into one of stillness and desolation.”

9. Today, people can visit the only remaining rice plantation (established in 1718) in South Carolina that still has the original winnowing barn and rice mill. It’s located at the historic Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown.  10. Most of the rice now produced comes from China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines and Japan. These farmers contribute over 90 percent of the world’s total rice production.

I’m still trying to find out when the first person decided to keep a few grains of rice in their salt shaker to prevent the salt from clumping. I hope they received some type of fancy award for this vital discovery. Perhaps this person also started the practice of throwing rice at weddings. One last thing: It might be a good idea for someone to design a scientific test to try to figure out whether rice or dried spaghetti keeps longer in your pantry. Hearing the result will be a good thing, since it will probably mean I lived to be at least 120. In the meantime, I’m betting on rice!

Church offers ‘DivorceCare’ Program

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Marriages are breaking up, leaving a trail of hurting families and congregations that struggle to find the right response. People who are hurting from divorce and separation are showing up in churches seeking help and healing. The Parish Church of St. Helena is a church wanting to help in the healing and recovery process. “DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4 Kids” meets on Tuesdays. The class began January 24, but it is not too late to join. The 13-week program is designed to deal with divorce and separation issues. Classes are held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Parish Church of St. Helena located at 507 Newcastle Street in downtown Beaufort. Please call Carole Cash at 379-5944 to register, or call Tim Edwards at 522-1712 to register kids from age 5 to 12.

Fraternity holds MLK Unity Breakfast

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(From left to right): Reverend Doctor Kenneth C. Doe, Mr. Johnnie Thompson, Lawrence “Baby” Washington

The Brothers of the Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Beaufort, SC, presented their 12th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Unity Breakfast on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The annual theme was “Agenda 2012: Continuing to Build the Dream.”

The Chapter recognized and honored three Community Members with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award:

Reverend Doctor Kenneth C. Doe (Beaufort, SC), Pastor of the Bethesda Christian Fellowship, Community Leader and Mentor

Mr. Johnnie Thompson (Walterboro, SC), Retired Veteran, Former Walterboro City Councilman, Tuskegee Airman and Community Leader

Mr. Lawrence “Baby” Washington (Seabrook, SC), Deacon, Retired Community and Civil Rights Activist and a former businessman

The MLK Unity Breakfast Speaker was the Reverend Doctor Edward A. Johnson (Beaufort, SC), Pastor of the Union Baptist Church (Port Royal, SC), Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter President SC District MLK Memorial Chairperson and a Guidance Counselor with the Beaufort County School District.

New park to open at Factory Creek vista

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The Open Land Trust, in partnership with Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort purchased land along Factory Creek for creation of a passive public park and a dock for fishing and crabbing.

The property consists of four parcels located at the base of the Woods Memorial Bridge east of the Lady’s Island Boat Ramp.  There are four buildings on the site which will eventually be razed to accommodate the park.

Purchase of these properties was made possible by a private donation to the Open Land Trust from the Judith Haskell Brewer Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. The park will have a dedicated memorial to Mrs. Brewer honoring her contribution.

The four parcels were purchased for a total of $1.45 million, the majority paid by the Trust through the donated Gift from the Brewer Fund, the remaining portions picked up by the County’s Rural and Critical Land Program and the City of Beaufort.

Approximately 20,000 cars a day travel between Meridian Road and Highway 802 and by opening up the view and access to Factory Creek  it will assist in the revitalization of Lady’s Island. “This will provide another iconic land legacy for the citizens of the County. The Open Land Trust thanks all who helped us make this project successful. We feel strongly that the scenic beauty of Beaufort is what creates a ‘sense of place’ and makes our community so very special.”

Paul Sommerville, Vice Chairman of Beaufort County Council, said the property will benefit citizens for many generations. “The people of Lady’s Island will enjoy this park in perpetuity. It will offer a much needed resource in the way of passive recreation for individuals and families and serve as a place where folks can come together to fish, crab and enjoy nature. I am pleased the County could contribute to this joint effort.”

Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said he is pleased with the purchase and plans for a public park. “I am delighted that the partnership between the City of Beaufort, the Open Land Trust and Beaufort County is progressing so that, through collaboration we can share resources to protect view sheds and open space for the betterment of all who live here and those who visit us. Special thanks from the City Council to the advisors of the Judith Haskell Brewer Fund for their generous contribution that leaves a permanent imprint on our wonderful community.”

The Beaufort County Open Land Trust was the first land trust in the state. Its mission to preserve the scenic vistas of Beaufort County has had the support of citizens and local governments since it began in 1971. Notable examples of success exist on the Bay Street “Bluff” and at Bellamy Curve entering the City of Beaufort.

The Open Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect land permanently by working with private citizens and communities.  The Trust accepts donations of properties and conservation easements and helps landowners preserve their land forever.

The County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program was overwhelmingly approved for funding by voters and has saved more than 18,000 acres of undeveloped land for parks, buffers, animal habitat, environmental and economic protection and for cultural and historic preservation.

Local midwife celebrates 100th delivery, The Island News’ editor gives birth to healthy baby boy

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Pamela, Daniel and Wolfe Brownstein with Donna Andrews

By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

Congratulations are due to proud parents Daniel and Pamela Brownstein. On January 10, 2012, Sanford Wolfe Brownstein was brought into this world weighing 7 pounds and measuring 21 inches in length.

Donna Andrews, who celebrated her 100th delivery with the Brownstein birth, delivered baby Wolfe. So, congratulations are extended to Andrews as well.

This birth is especially humbling to me. Knowing both the parents and Andrews, I was particularly excited to write an announcement.

Pamela Brownstein, editor of The Island News, initially met Donna Andrews at Coastal Obstetrics and Gynecology when Andrews took the first ultrasound at five weeks. Andrews remained Brownstein’s nurse throughout the entire pregnancy.

“She (Andrews) is so friendly and down to earth. She makes herself available to her patients. When my delivery date neared, she gave me her cell number and told me to text her if I went into labor or had any other questions,” Brownstein explained.

Andrews has been working at Coastal OB-GYN with Dr. Ardra Davis-Tolbert since July of 2010. She’s been a certified nurse-midwife since December of 2001, when she graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Andrews has delivered 100 babies in Beaufort; yet she’s been involved with about double that amount, attending births and assisting her supporting physician, Dr. Davis-Tolbert. She’s worked and trained in several hospitals over the years and been inspired by midwives.

“I decided to go into midwifery because I loved everything about my job as a Labor and Delivery nurse in the birthing area of the hospital. Assisting a woman in birth is a very emotional situation. And the emotions can span from fear, pain and excitement, to bliss.  It is such an accomplishment for the mother regardless if the birth is vaginal or by surgical birth ‚ the first or the fifth—it is like climbing to the top of a mountain for that moment,” said Andrews.

Her 100th delivery was very special, of course. Throughout the nine month pregnancy, the Brownsteins formed a strong bond with Andrews during their visits to Coastal OB-GYN.

“I was glad she could be there with us for the birth of our baby, because we had developed a good relationship with her and we trusted her. She has quick hands too, because after 45 minutes of pushing, Baby Wolfe came out like a slingshot and Donna caught him,” exclaimed Brownstein.

Andrews described baby Wolfe’s birth: “I think my strongest emotion  when Wolfe was delivered was pure relief, then quickly followed by joy. That first cry is such beautiful music to my ears!”

Best wishes to the young family, and nice work on a job well done. Happy #100 Donna, and Happy #1 Pamela and Daniel.

For more information about midwifery, please visit the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ website at

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