Get ready to do the LoCo Motion

By Marie McAden Come on, join Beaufort Memorial Hospital this fall and do the LoCo Motion. The three-day, 30 mile walking and running event—set for Sept. 28-30 on Callawassie and Hilton Head Islands—is the signature fundraiser of Carolina Cups, a Lowcountry non-profit organization supporting breast cancer education, screening, treatment and clinical research. For the second year, Beaufort Memorial will serve as the lead sponsor of the event, expected to draw more than 1,000 participants from across the country. In addition to being a sponsor, Beaufort Memorial’s Keyserling Cancer Center is one of the recipients of the proceeds. “Part of our mission is to improve the health of the community,” said Connie Duke, Beaufort Memorial’s director of oncology services. “This event gets people exercising and raises awareness of the health benefits to being fit. It’s not just about fighting cancer; it’s about decreasing your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.” Trekking 10 miles a day, three straight days requires some advance training. To help participants build up... ...

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Supporters of the arts get Pickled on the Porch

By Lanier Laney Bonnie Hargrove organized Pickled on the Porch, a recent fundraiser to benefit the USCB Center for the Performing Arts. The event took place on the porch of a beautiful home on the Point and included wonderful pickled shrimp recipes, and of course a bit of wine.  Thanks to all those who came and helped raise money for Beaufort’s new local arts school.  Here are some pics for you:   ...

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Pickin by the River

On Saturday, June 2, from noon to 5 p.m., come play or listen to bluegrass, country and folk music in Waterfront Park downtown. There will be a stage show and open jams. All acoustic instruments please, no drums, no alcohol, no amps. If you have a group and would like to play on stage, call 843-379-9084. The gathering seems a way to pay tribute to one of the greatest pickers, Doc Watson, who passed away Tuesday at age 89. ...

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Artist Showcase 2012 a success

By Lanier Laney The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce welcomed local and visiting exhibitors to the Artist Showcase 2012 last weekend at the Sea Island Best Western in downtown Beaufort. In its 10th year, the wonderful event is produced by the Black Chamber along with Liz and Charlie Mitchell of the Mitchell Group and showcased almost two dozen artists. Alyss Valerio and Hailey Grooms were the youngest exhibitors after their work was chosen from their class. Here are some artist pics:   ...

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Lowcountry Broil: Sounds like parking is still a hot button issue

Orange parking tickets unfriendly for guests The city has listened and has tried hard and has made positive decisions on downtown parking.  But come on, this weekend is the Gullah Festival, May 26 and 27. People come from all over the region to attend the festivities and bring lots of money, goodwill and fun to our town, as does all of the other festivals.  It is a poor state of mind to see these people getting orange envelopes on their windshield, just an unfriendly way to greet our visitors on a special occasion.  How do you visit this town for an all day and evening event and contend with a two-hour meter? Could not the main day, like usually a Saturday, be free parking? Hey let’s get creative and have weekend free parking. Yes, dollars are lost to the city on the meters but the increase in business to the downtown just might compensate for bigger retail sales and higher business license fees and other taxes. And our guests do... ...

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Beaufort beauty vying for Miss South Carolina, passionate about organ donor awareness

By Tess Malijenovsky Twenty-year old Samee Cannon of Beaufort won Miss Colleton County Rice Festival and is now in the running to become 2012 Miss South Carolina, a branch of the Miss America Pageant. Aside from holding the title of “prettiest eyes and smile” in the Miss Colleton County Rice Festival, Samee has an important platform that she will be talking about with the judges — organ donor awareness. When Samee was only 11 she learned that her older brother, Sean, was diagnosed with PSC, a liver disease that’s definitive treatment is liver transplantation. When Samee graduated from Beaufort High School, she postponed going to college to move in with her brother and help pay the bills since he had to take a year off work. “I think that’s when the seriousness of the matter hit me,” said Samee. Sean’s been on the donor list for nine years now still waiting his turn. “There’s not nearly enough organ donors in the world,” said Samee. She and her family promoted organ... ...

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New businesses launch

By Lanier Laney Congratulations to Beaufort’s own Rachel Loomis for the debut of her new Fabulous Girl Clothing Line at three special “trunk show” events this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The clothes are mostly for young girls, mainly sizes 2-8. She also makes baby bibs, burp cloths, jewelry items and other accessories. She just started a baby boy line “Buddy Boy Duds”.  For ladies, she does make hostess gifts such as aprons and Glamour Girl dish gloves. And she will soon be debuting some new ladies’ clothing. The owner/designer of Fabulous Girl Clothing lives in Battery Point and she has invited the whole town to see her new spring/summer line at 101 Palmer Lane, Beaufort, Battery Point Subdivision. Here’s a link to her blog: www.fabulousgirlboutique.blogspot.com. Thursday, May 31, 7-9 p.m., is Oh! So Fabulous Ladies Night Out; Friday, June 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., is Mom’s Morning to be “Charmed;” Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it’s a Charming Day in the Neighborhood. Also congrats to Bernie Schein for... ...

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New principal named at Beaufort High School

Corey Murphy, a high school principal in Chester County and a U.S. Army Reserve captain who recently returned home from a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan, will take over as the new principal of Beaufort High School on June 18. The Board of Education unanimously approved his selection at a special meeting Tuesday, May 30. In Murphy’s five years as principal of Great Falls High, the school’s on-time graduation rate improved from 74 percent to 83 percent. Great Falls High serves about 500 students in grades 6-12. “Everyone who has spoken with Mr. Murphy has come away very impressed,” said Superintendent Valerie Truesdale.  “He sets high standards not only for students’ academic performance, but also for their personal behavior and decorum.” “I’m tremendously excited to have the opportunity to lead such a fine school,” Murphy said.  “My family and I are looking forward to becoming part of a great community of students, parents, educators and school supporters.” Before becoming principal at Great Falls High five years ago, Murphy was an assistant... ...

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Stories from the Surf

By Jack Sparacino My wife, Jane, sometimes tells people that I must have been born with a fishing rod in my hands.  Well, not quite, though I have been at it a long while and it is a passion. Some of my very favorite fishing experiences have been off the beaches and piers of both coasts, including acrobatic blues from the surf at Great Point in Nantucket and muscular bonito and kelp bass off the famous Malibu and Santa Monica piers in California.  Along with the wonderful scenery and fishing, I’ve been fortunate to meet some interesting people, both fishermen and “non’s” alike, and to harvest a string of memorable stories.  Collectively, they represent a box of unforgettable keepsakes in my mind. That lucky string rolls along here.  Last year, my friend Steve Brotzman and I met more wonderful people while fishing at Hunting Island.  The first story here comes from an afternoon of surf casting, the second from the pier.  While we caught fish both days, these stories are... ...

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