Sheriff’s Office promotions

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Monday, July 2, ceremony, the following civilian personnel have been promoted: Jennifer Burns: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II, Sharon Chavis: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II and Lori Tuten: Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech II. ...

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Civitas awards honor local business leaders

The best and brightest of northern Beaufort County’s business leaders earned recognition with Civitas Awards Friday night at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual event. Held at the Dataw Island Clubhouse, the annual meeting and Civitas Awards included Chairman Jon Rembold handing the gavel to new chair Frankie Denmark of Hargray, and an overview of 2011’s accomplishments and 2012’s goals by President Blakely Williams. There were 34 nominees for 12 Civitas Awards this year. The highest honor, the Lifetime of Leadership Award, went to Robert DeLoach. Other nominees included Bernie Kole and Larry Mark. The award recognizes an individual who has made great contributions to his/her community with their lives through various avenues of service. Service may come in the form of business growth and development, setting higher standards and/or demonstrating great leadership skills. DeLoach has lived in Beaufort all his life with the exception of his college years and his World War II service in the Navy.  He has positively impacted the lives of Beaufort residents over... ...

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News briefs

Stewart to speak at LIBPA July meeting Dick Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of 303 Associates, will be the guest speaker for the July 10 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association to be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort Realtors Association Headquarters located in the Professional Business Park on Lady’s Island Drive.  The meeting is open to the public. In addition to serving as the Founder and Managing Member of 303 Associates, Stewart is the founder and managing member of a hospitality company that operates the Beaufort Inn and Grid Properties, LLC a property company with holdings in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Stewart and his wife Sharon gave the original Crystal Lake property to the county for the purpose of it becoming a park and recently provided financial support for the creation of the Port Royal Sound Foundation. US 21/Boundary Street project topic of event Beaufort County and the City of Beaufort have scheduled an informal open house regarding the US 21/Boundary Street road improvement... ...

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Local Marine recipient of Purple Heart

By Pamela Brownstein When James Wesley Colman III was growing up, he always looked up to his dad, Jim, a veteran who spent more than 20 years in the Marine Corps. So when James, who goes by Jimmy, decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Marines, he said, “I knew better than 99% of the other people what I was getting into.” Even though he had been around Marines his entire life, Jimmy, 26, had to experience first-hand the reality of being deployed and what it means to protect his country. He started boot camp in March 2011, and by December his unit was sent to a small base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. While on patrol there in February of this year, he was shot in the leg by enemy fire. What Jimmy calls “a routine gun shot,” the bullet went straight through his calf, and after two surgeries, he was on the mend. After a month in the hospital, instead of going home or back... ...

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Cubes for the Cure: Firefighters create nonprofit in honor of Bob “Banny” Banfield

On April 25, Beaufort lost a brother firefighter and dear friend to cancer. Robert “Banny” Banfield was an avid runner, competition swimmer, husband, nature enthusiast and health nut. He was only 54 years young when he lost his battle with neuroendorcrine cancer. Many of Banny’s family, friends and co-workers knew that Bob was the most physically fit person for his age group and was a person who lived a healthy lifestyle. He ate healthy/organic foods, ran marathons, biathlons, and competed in swim meets often. Bob even competed in the Hunting Island Biathlon months before passing away to show defiance towards his cancer. Bob always put an emphasis on his physical fitness because he wanted to be in the best shape possible every time he stepped off the fire truck ready to act. Cancer is a major illness that can threaten anyone at any given time. Firefighters are against more alarming odds than the general public. In a three-year study completed in 2005 by the University of Cincinnati, researchers concluded that... ...

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Notable Beaufort gardens on tour

By Lanier Laney A delegation from the renowned Charleston Horticultural Society, including Co-founder Karl B. Smith along with Committee Chairs  Susan Epstein and Mary Miller, toured 15 notable Beaufort Gardens this past week and were very impressed with the gardening skills they saw. “My admiration of and attraction to the city has grown immeasurably because of this visit,” said Karl Smith. “What a fabulous day we had in Beaufort,” said Plantasia and Tours Director Susan Epstein.  “Every stop we made was a gem!” said Andre Michaux Committee Chair Mary Miller. Below is a list of gardens they visited, including  the wonderful gardens at Dean Hall Plantation where Gay Fowler has done a truly amazing job with the design of her old rose, formal gardens, and outbuildings. Woody and Lynne Collin’s magical sustainable organic farm in Seabrook was also a favorite on the trip.  Woody is the founder of Friends of Gardens Corner, the new group that is working toward putting a historical marker up to honor Dr. Alexander Garden who... ...

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Put ‘proper breathing’ on your list: Take care of yourself by learning to take a deep breath

By Danette Vernon I recently found a list of “25 Things to Do Before You Turn 25” by January Nelson. I thought, well, even at age 52, it’s never too late to accomplish what I might have started at 25. Number 1 on the list was, “Make peace with your parents (check). Whether you finally recognize that they actually had your best interests in mind or you forgive them for being flawed human beings, you can’t happily enter adulthood with that familial brand of resentment.” Other random, yet pertinent advice: “Kiss someone out of your league. Minimize your passivity. Make a habit of going outside. Enjoy the light. Relearn your friends. Forget the internet. Learn to say no — to yourself. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and something to which you look forward. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be. Finally, Number 25: “Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act... ...

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The truth about eyelash extensions

By Takiya Smith For the past two and a half years, I have professionally, knowledgeably and successfully practiced as a trained and certified beauty consultant. My area of expertise allows me to specialize in semi-permanent eyelash extensions, which differ greatly from self-applied false eyelashes. I have been questioned about eyelash extensions and have heard others offer incorrect information, thus improperly educating clients. In this article, let’s discuss the truth about eyelash extensions. First, the proper name for professionally applied lashes is semi-permanent eyelash extensions, which are individual, synthetic fibers that are grafted to each natural lash, one at a time.  The fibers, ranging from real or faux mink, plastic and even human hair, are adhered using a surgical grade adhesive that can not be purchased in stores and is only sold to and recommended for use by trained and certified specialists.  Hair extension glue, super glue and nail glue, among others, are not acceptable nor professional and can cause rash, irritation and infection to the sensitive eye and surrounding skin.... ...

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Protect your eyes this holiday weekend

By Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO The holidays are a favorite time for Americans to shoot fireworks. Yet mishaps with fireworks could make the holiday memorable for all the wrong reasons. Each year, thousands of Americans are injured using fireworks, and 1,300 people injure their eyes. Eye injuries from fireworks include cuts, burns, abrasions, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, and complete blindness. This damage is often permanent. Young children and teenagers account for more than half of all fireworks injuries in the United States. In one memorable case, a six-year-old boy found an M-80 firework in his home and lit it with a barbecue lighter. The explosion resulted in a traumatic injury that impacted the boy’s throat, face and eyes. His parents called 911 for help and his eye injuries required an immediate cornea transplant and lens replacement, and he has undergone several additional eye surgeries since then with permanently reduced vision. Our eyes are very delicate, and you only get two of them, so a fireworks... ...

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