Beaufort Beauties: Drag show fundraiser was a smashing success

By Lanier Laney The charity fundraiser “Beaufort Beauties” sold out at the Port Royal Performance Center (aka The Shed) with a great audience that was as entertaining as  the action on stage. The judges this year were Holly Jahn, Judge Ned Tupper, Representative Shannon Erickson, City Councilman Mike Sutton and Attorney Jared Newman. They were all great sports during host Lucinda Ravenel’s (Terry Sweeney’s) withering introductions. Attorney Worth Liipfert took the highest honors with his character Crystal Balls and also won Miss Congeniality (for raising the most money) and won the talent competition for his amazing banjo rendition. Councilman Mike McFee as Michelle De Tainedalot came in a close first runner-up and also won the Evening Gown competition. Hank Herring as Hot Chocolate came in third. Of special mention, Brad of Bliss Salon did the best hair of the night with Mike’s amazing curly red hair high rise ‘do. Dusty Conner and Allison Barlow did the great make-up.  Richard Van Bortel of Amazing Rentals did a fabulous job converting The... ...

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Happy Easter: Celebrate with a weekend of events

HUNTING ISLAND EGG HUNT: Hop over to Hunting Island State Park on Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. for an Easter Egg hunt. One hunt is for ages 6-12 and one for children 5 and under. There will also be a drawing contest. Go to www.southcarolinaparks.com and download the coloring sheet and bring it on the day of the hunt or color one on site. Prizes will be awarded for both hunts and both age categories for the coloring contest. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. COMMUNITY BIBLE: Beyond the Cross: Easter Musical, will be Good Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. The Easter Message, Easter Sunday, April 8, is at 9:15 and 11 a.m. at Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, www.cbcofbeaufort.org. An Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. will be at Pick Pocket Plantation in Beaufort, off Burton Hill Road. Free egg hunt, games, jumpers, hot dog lunch, puppet shows and music. For more info, contact 843-525-0089. ST. HELENA:  Good... ...

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City of Beaufort to buy Commerce Park

Seeking a brighter future for Beaufort’s children and for military families, the Beaufort City Council on Tuesday, April 3, approved the purchase of the 167-acre Beaufort Commerce Park for $1.85 million. Last week, the owners of the Commerce Park parcels petitioned their land to be annexed into the city limits. At the same time, City Council approved on first reading the purchase of the Commerce Park for $1.85 million, less than what the property had been appraised at last year. Also on March 27, the City Council approved initial reading of an ordinance to amend the Unified Development Ordinance to create an “industrial park” zoning district for the Commerce Park. The site will be used for heavy and light industrial purposes. Both the annexation and rezoning require additional steps before they are finalized. “I feel a passionate sense it’s our time to take the lead (on local economic development). It’s a new day,” said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling. he area will help Beaufort’s families stay in Beaufort, and also will... ...

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Hospital’s emergency department temporarily relocates entrance

Following DHEC approval, Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s entire Emergency Department (ED) will begin moving Monday from its current location to a temporary location at the Cochrane Heart Center entrance to allow the renovation and expansion project to move forward.  The entire move will take a few days. The temporary Emergency Department entrance will be used for EMS, walk-in patients and visitors. The patient assessment (triage) and Fast Track areas will be located on the first floor in a newly renovated space adjacent to the heart center lobby. The main patient treatment area will relocate to the second floor of the hospital. Private ambulances will drop off and pick up patients at the Birthing Center/Surgery Center entrance. “We will have eight months of very tight quarters, but there’s no getting around it,” says ER Director Kevin Kremer, RN.  “We have to make room for the new construction to continue, so we’ll make the best of it.” Kremer advises the public to be aware that parking around the temporary ER will be even... ...

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Fourth Annual Pet & Kid Fair

By Tess Malijenovsky Beaufort Dog at Habersham and The Green Room present the Fourth Annual Beaufort Pet & Kid Fair, a benefit for rescue animals. This event is not exclusive to your adorable, furry friends — bring the whole family for a jam-packed day of performances, demonstrations, veterinarian clinics, contests, entertainment and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. When Kelley Blackston of Beaufort Dog at Habersham took over the annual Pet Spring Fling four years ago, she brought Beaufort the Pet & Kid Fair. Its first year coincided with the opening of Beaufort Dog. “The concept was to have a benefit where all the rescues could come out at one time,” said Kelley. “A lot of people don’t realize that there are local rescues that have just golden retrievers and labs and puppies. People are shying away from going to rescue sites because they want a certain type of dog.” The Pet & Kid Fair raises money for all participating rescues, but everyone can benefit... ...

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Stone cold delicious: Our local stone crabs

By Jack Sparacino Hello seafood fans, and that’s practically everyone, isn’t it? The Florida stone crab, menippe mercenaria, is actually fairly plentiful in Lowcountry waters — welcome information for newcomers. For those who have been thinking about trying their hand at recreational crabbing, this clunky critter is one of the absolutely tastiest things you can harvest from our tidal creeks and rivers. It is also one of the potentially most dangerous to handle. Let’s start on the bright side.  Though you may very occasionally catch a stone crab while fishing (I do this roughly once every two years) or shrimping, stone crabs are commonly mixed in with the blue crabs one catches in conventional traps.  They are attracted to the same protein-based bait and aren’t terribly picky (the remains from cleaned fish work great, but chicken necks or backs are a reasonable substitute and if you can get them, whole menhaden, mullet or other small bait fish are also quite effective). My experience has been that stone crabs are more... ...

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A Sharp legal mind: Judge Mary Sharp

By Lanier Laney If Beaufort had a upcountry “sister city,” it would be Aiken. The towns are similar in size and both have beautiful historic homes.  There are a surprisingly number of former Aiken residents in Beaufort,  Judge Mary Sharp being one of them. Says Mary, “Aiken was a great place to grow up, and is the kind of place where you can go back, and feel like you never left. And, like Beaufort, it’s beautiful in the spring and fall.” Mary grew up there because her father was a nuclear engineer at the nearby Savannah River Plant and her mother taught English at Aiken High School.  Both she and her sister had their mother as a teacher in the 10th grade, which Mary says, “It may sound bad, but it was probably harder for her than for either of us.” Her parents retired to a house on Lady’s Island in 1996 which is how Mary found Beaufort. “I moved, I thought temporarily, to Beaufort with my parents after taking... ...

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A wine that is cheap and goes with sheep

By Terry Sweeney “Mary had a little lamb Its fleece was white as snow Till Mary baked it in pan And served it with Bordeaux!” If I were you, I wouldn’t share that little ditty with the kiddies this Easter. ‘Cuz as much as a lamb is as cute a creature as they come, we carnivores can’t help but wanna stick one in an oven, in a stew or on a skewer. Come Easter, Christian cultures around the world traditionally celebrate it with a rack of lamb or a lamb roast that is the mouth-watering culinary centerpiece of their holiday feast.  Yet since the animal most identified with Easter is the Easter bunny; why not serve rabbit?  It made me wonder if all the rabbits got together and pulled the wool over our eyes pretending they were the noble bearers of baskets full of chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks and pointed us instead in the direction of those not-too-bright baa-baaing country bumpkins — sheep! Whatever the case may be, roast... ...

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Whale Branch students receive new band instruments

By Tess Malijenovsky Concert band students at Whale Branch Middle School were surprised with brand new band instruments courtesy of Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which donates new and refurbished musical instruments to community and school music programs across the nation. Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation holds that children thrive when given the chance to learn and play music, and that putting instruments into their hands improves the quality of their education and their lives. And yes, it was inspired by the 1995 motion picture about a beloved high school music teacher, works to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression. Over the last 15 years, more than 15,000 new and refurbished instruments have been donated to 1,260 school and community music programs across the country. Whale Branch Middle School Principal Matt Hunt said the school applied for a grant last fall to purchase expensive instruments that most students could not afford and to refurbish larger band instruments that need... ...

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School Improvement Councils statewide recognize local work

Beaufort County Board of Education Chairman Fred S. Washington Jr. has been honored with the 2012 SIC Advocate of the Year Award for his efforts on behalf of School Improvement Councils (SIC). In addition, the Port Royal Elementary School Improvement Council received honorable mention for the South Carolina SIC’s Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence. The award recognizes the significant contributions made to public education by the 14,000-plus local SIC members who volunteer in the state’s 1,100 public schools. “Each year, the SC-SIC Board chooses to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond the call to advocate for School Improvement Councils in their community of influence,” said SC-SIC Associate Director Tom F. Hudson. Port Royal Elementary’s SIC worked with a local church to establish scholarships for after-school care for needy students at the nearby YMCA and sponsored a school clean-up day that involved more than 100 community members and the Town of Port Royal, followed by a community picnic. ...

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