Discover Huspa Plantation

By Tess Malijenovsky Tucked away in the Beaufort countryside is a 350-acre equestrian park called Huspa Plantation. Visiting horse riders nearing its white picket fence continue down a long dirt road lined with giant oak trees. They’ll pass the horse arenas, then the owner Nick’s collection of small private planes and finally some open pastors before reaching the horse barn. The stunning property was always tended by horse lovers, but until more recently expanded its equestrian passion to the public. In a memorial of sorts to Nick’s former wife and daughter, both big equestrians who passed away in separate car accidents, Nick has begun to expand the cross-country trails they once started with his new wife Christina. Nick and Christina would ride horses daily together and recently became married. With Christina’s encouragement and a visit from an Irish horse trainer friend, the three made plans to open up the expansive property to others. “Having such a beautiful place, it seemed sort of selfish to be able to enjoy it daily... ...

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Happy Independence Day, Beaufort!

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will host a traditional Independence Day Celebration with The Parris Island band and an incredible fireworks display. There will be free Cracker Jacks and giveaways. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q. The event will be at the Parris Island Peatross Parade Deck. Gates open at 5 p.m., the band starts at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks are slated for approximately 9:15 p.m. The annual Fourth of July celebration at the Sands Beach in Port Royal will begin at 5 p.m. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, Chinese dumplings, ice cream and popcorn. Soft drinks, water, beer and wine will be available. There also will be music and face painting. Both fireworks shows on Parris Island and Port Royal are clearly visible from the Sands. Fireworks begin at dusk. Sponsored by the Town of Port Royal and the Historic Port Royal Foundation. For more information, contact 522-9923. ...

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A wine to f loat your boat

By Terry Sweeney One of my fondest Fourth of July memories is lying on the deck of my friend’s boat on the Beaufort River looking up at the technicolor fireworks extravaganza exploding in the night sky above me. Now I’m not totally sure whether it was the fireworks themselves or the cardboard box onboard with the little green frog on it, from whose pull-out spigot flowed a most delicious wine that was oh-so-easy to drink and that seemed to last forever, that made it such an unforgettable holiday boating experience. Of course this frog wine was from the land of frogs — France, which may account for its superior quality over any other white boxed wine I had ever tasted. Extremely well-balanced with outstandingly good acidity, I could just imagine eating clams, crab claws, shrimp, flounder, red fish, or any other fish for that matter with it.  I say imagine because my ship mates did not have one morsel of food aboard except a cheap bag of salty snack food. ... ...

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Who will be crowned River King and Queen?

Do you reign supreme at the Sandbar? Or do you find others worshipping your boat? We’re looking for a man and a woman to be named the first River King and Queen of Beaufort. Post a picture of yourself looking royally hot having fun in the sun to The Island News’ Facebook page. The top six photos — three women and three men — with the most likes will be featured in the paper and on our website where others will vote for the two winners. They will be crowned just in time for Water Festival! ...

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Beaufort City Council balances budget, doesn’t raise taxes

Beaufort’s 2012-13 budget avoids raising taxes, includes a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for employees but eliminated a new fire truck or street sweeper following action Tuesday, June 26, by Beaufort City Council. Responding to directions earlier this month by council, the city administration axed the $400,000 fire truck and $155,000 street sweeper to help balance the budget after council earlier this month nixed the idea of a $35 per private vehicle fee that would have raised $313,390. The administration also recommended using $28,680 of the city’s fund balance toward the $15,614,646 Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Council unanimously approved the budget and the ordinance to levy taxes at 45 mills for the general fund operations and 15.62 mills for general obligation debt service. The tax rate stays the same. City Council will reconvene in mid-July to consider an increase in the stormwater management fee, currently at $65. The fee increase, if approved, could allow the city to adjust the budget if equipment needs to be bought. “We have a new budget... ...

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Ocean Motion benefits new local nonprofit, Port Royal Sound Foundation

By Tess Malijenovsky This Saturday at Yoga Chandra Studio will conclude a month-long celebration of world oceans. The yoga studio is taking over the Lady’s Island Marina with “Ocean Motion,” a full day of yoga, arts and crafts, sustainable lectures and the screening of the documentary “Bag It.” Entrance to the all-day event is $20, but guests are welcomed to leave and return as they wish. All proceeds benefit the new local nonprofit The Port Royal Sound Foundation whose mission is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural and economic well-being of our area, the region and the Atlantic Ocean. Events will take place in the Crow’s Nest, Studio Sky and Wellspring Massage Studio of the Yoga Chandra Center (next to Dockside restaurant). There will also be standup paddle boarding all day on the water. For a full list of events, visit www.yogachandracenter.com. ...

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News briefs

New show features mayor ‘Straight Talk’ This week, Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling introduces a new television show on WHHI, Channel 8 on Hargray, called “Straight Talk with Billy K.” The purpose is to introduce new ideas, to discuss old ones and to stimulate conversation among the citizens about issues in and around Beaufort. “Straight Talk” will air several times each week as follows: Wednesday at 4 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.; Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Presentation focuses on form-based code The city is hosting a presentation on Thursday evening, June 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (1911 Boundary Street) by Craig Lewis with the City’s Office of Civic Investment to describe the upcoming process to completely overhaul the city’s Unified Development Ordinance. For more information, please contact Craig Lewis, Office of Civic Investment at clewis@cityofbeaufort.org or Libby Anderson, planning director, at landerson@cityofbeaufort.org or at 843-525-7011. BJWSA customers may notice tap smell BJWSA customers may notice an “earthy” smell in... ...

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Pick a row

By Martha O’Regan This was the closing statement of a very inspiring speaker at a local business meeting several years ago.  Admittedly, I don’t remember the exact context, but I believe she tied it to picking corn in Iowa. Regardless, the line has stuck with me and lately has become one of my primary “shift” thoughts, especially when I am feeling overwhelmed from the limitless rows to choose from these days. Just pick a row, choose a path, or as my father used to say, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” In other words, commit to something and do that something well. With all of the advancements since our ancestors’ day, we can get strangled with information overload, wasting precious time on distractions rather than what is really important to our overall enjoyment of life — family, recreation, health, etc. We can get so bogged down with wanting to be, do or have everything that we actually end up with nothing. Or, we commit to doing it all,... ...

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Paparazzi Hair Studio brings out celebrity in you

By Takiya Smith Walking into Paparazzi Hair Studio, one is instantly taken by the Hollywood hues of ultra chic teal met with pops of leopard print paint and decor.  The studio style floor plan mingled with upbeat tunes jamming from the surround sound further sets the stage as you make your way past the red carpet and are seated and prepped for perfection. At just 23 years old, owner and licensed cosmetologist Alayshia Harvey has made leaps and bounds by opening and establishing her own salon.  Alayshia has been enamored and dedicated to designing and styling fabulous hair since her teen years. In 2007, she took steps to complete her dream by graduating from the Technical College of the Lowcountry with a diploma in Applied Sciences, Cosmetology. After obtaining her state license, dedication, experience, faith and hard work all paid off with the grand opening of Paparazzi Hair Studio in March 2012. With much thought and consideration into naming her establishment, Alayshia finally settled on Paparazzi Hair Studio after having... ...

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Beaufort Dentist Receives Mastership Award

The Academy of General Dentistry — a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public — is pleased to announce that Stephen W. Durham, DMD, MAGD, of Beaufort, received the association’s 2012 Mastership Award during the 2012 Annual Meeting and Exhibits, held June 21 to 24 in Philadelphia. The Mastership Award is the highest honor available at the academy and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Durham completed 1,100 hours of continuing dental education. As a recipient of the Mastership Award, Dr. Durham joins more than 2,300 active Masters who understand that providing great smiles and good oral health for their patients is the result of going above and beyond basic requirements. Durham Dental (www.drstephendurham.com), located in the Beaufort Town Center at 2015 Boundary Street, Suite 104, is involved with the most modern and effective forms of general and cosmetic dentistry. ...

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