Review Category : Beaufort News

Beaufort women attend inauguration


From left: Sandra Gaulding, President Beverly Brady, Governor Haley, First Husband Michael Haley.

Beaufort Republican Women’s Club President Beverly Brady & Board of Directors Member Sandra Gaulding attended Governor Nikki Haley’s Inauguration last Wednesday. Governor Haley was re-elected to a second term in November. Beaufort Republican Women’s Club hosted Governor Haley at a campaign event on Beaufort’s Old Bay Marketplace rooftop in October.

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Holiday closing for Beaufort County Convenience Centers

All Beaufort County Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, January 19, 2015 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday.  All centers will reopen on their regular schedules Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Residents are encouraged to check their local center for operating hours and plan accordingly.

If you have questions concerning the change in center operating hours, please call the Solid Waste and Recycling Office for more information at 843-255-2736or visit their website at .

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LowCountry Habitat for Humanity annouces Resolution Run


Photos courtesy of Eat Sleep Play Beaufort

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Resolution Run 5K Race on January 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. on Dataw Island.

Come to beautiful Dataw Island to kick-off the New Year with a great start on that New Year’s Resolution to be active and healthy by participating in the 4th Annual 5K Race to benefit LowCountry Habitat for Humanity.  Participants will have a fast, flat course and may enter the 5K race or simply walk or stroll the beautiful scenery at your own pace.  Awards will be given to first place race finishers in eight categories.

Early bird registration is only $25 with discounts available for active duty military and participants under 18 years of age. Registration after January 11th will be $30. Registration fee includes a t-shirt. Online registration is available at  Links to this site are posted on our website and Facebook page (simply click the Sign-up Tab on our Facebook page to register).

Stop by our office to pick up a registration form and learn more about how you may help LowCountry Habitat create a world where everyone has a decent place to live!

About LowCountry Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat ReStores were developed to provide Habitat affiliates with another income stream for building houses while providing a place where still useful building materials and supplies can be recycled and gently-used home furnishings can be resold to new owners reducing the burden on local landfills. For more information about LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, please call the Habitat office at (843) 522-3500.

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Get your Valentine Ball Tickets this week

For 25 years now, on one magical evening in February, many of Beaufort’s most gracious hosts and hostesses have come together in support of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation. This year on Saturday February 7th these homeowners will once again open their homes, hosting dinner parties for guests on their way to attend the hospital’s 26th annual Valentine Ball.

“The dinner parties are our favorite part of the Ball,” according to co-chairs and former dinner party hostesses Laura Beall and Ryan Christian. “We love how they bring together the most interesting people of all ages, people we might not have known otherwise but can now count among our dearest friends.”
Over 500 people are expected to attend this year’s black tie fundraising event, and each guest will be

The private pre-ball dinner parties are what make the Valentine Ball special.

The private pre-ball dinner parties are what make the Valentine Ball special.

invited to attend a small pre-ball dinner party held at some of Beaufort’s finest homes.  After dinner, guests will progress to the Ball for an evening of dancing, silent auctions, and elaborate desserts.   Because each dinner party is unique and carefully orchestrated, they are always the most popular topic of conversation at the ball.

Since its inception in 1990, the Valentine Ball has raised nearly $4.2 million for the not-for-profit hospital.  Proceeds from the 2015 event will help finance the renovation and much-needed expansion of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor of the hospital.  The new unit will be able to accommodate 50% more patients, equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac monitors, lift equipment, and special ICU beds.  It will also include thoughtfully designed family consultation and waiting rooms. Tickets to the 26th Annual Valentine Ball start at $150 per person, which includes the pre-ball dinner party.  For more information or to purchase tickets before the January 15th deadline, call (843) 522-5774 or visit

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County Council members sworn in

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Brien Photography,

Photos courtesy of Lisa O’Brien Photography,

Beaufort County saw its newly elected Councilwoman and re-elected Councilmen sworn in this past week. Running for her first term, County Councilwoman Alice Howard (Beaufort/Shell Point/Port Royal/Parris Island) was joined by her husband, daughter and other family members. Councilman Paul Sommerville (MCAS/Beaufort/Ladys Island/Fripp Island), also re-elected Council Chairman, was surrounded by family as well. Other County Councilmen sworn in included Councilman Rodman (Hilton Head), Councilman Stewart (Sun City/Okatie/Pinckney Colony), Councilman Fobes (Hilton Head), Councilman Vaux (Bluffton/Pritchardville/Daufuskie Island) and Councilman Caporale (Bluffton/Hilton Head).

County Council members were sworn in my Beaufort County Master-In-Equity Marvin H. Dukes, III.

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News Briefs

County Planning Director to speak

Mr. Tony Criscitiello, Director of Planning for Beaufort County will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, January 13 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association meeting to be held at 8 AM in the Beaufort Realtor’s Association Headquarters in the Palmetto Business Park (behind BB&T Bank on Lady’s Island Drive). The meeting is open to the public. Mr. Criscitiello assumed his present position as Director of Planning for Beaufort County in 2000.  Since his arrival in Beaufort County, he has guided the initial implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, the development of the Southern Beaufort County Regional Plan, the Northern Regional Plan, the rewriting of the entire County Comprehensive Plan and after 3 years of effort the recently adopted Community Development Code.

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CODA announces winner of tee shirt contest

Island News Editor Submits Winning Entry

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) is pleased to announce that Pamela Brownstein, Editor of the Island News, has won the Race4Love 5K Run/Walk Tee Shirt Design Contest.  This is the second time Brownstein has won this contest, which attracted a number of impressive entries. This winning entry will be represented on race t-shirts, as well as on promotional materials for the race, which is scheduled Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Cat Island.

“We had a number of wonderfully creative design entries this year, which made the decision difficult for the committee,” stated Kristin Dubrowski, CODA’s Executive Director. As the contest winner, Brownstein will receive a $100 prize, a t-shirt featuring her design, and one free entry into the 2015 Race4Love. The contest was promoted through the Race4Love website, Facebook and local newspapers.

For details on the race and to register, please visit:

Since 1986, CODA has been helping survivors of domestic abuse break the cycle and build new lives for themselves and their families. Over the years, CODA has grown from a hotline and emergency shelter to offer a continuum of free services available in shelter and in the community including counseling, case management, legal services, transitional housing and community education.

For more information on Race4Love, contact: or call (843) 770-1074 ext.221.  Please visit  to learn more about domestic abuse and CODA’s services.

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The Lowcountry says goodbye to an esteemed statesman

Former South Carolina Gov. James B. Edwards, who also served as energy secretary under President Ronald Reagan, died Friday at the age of 87.

Former South Carolina Governor James B. Edwards

Former South Carolina Governor James B. Edwards

Edwards, elected in 1974, was the first Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction, The Associated
Press reports.

Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement on the passing of Governor Jim Edwards: “South Carolina lost a great leader, a visionary Republican, and an even more remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Governor Edwards has always been extraordinary not only for all that he has accomplished but the way in which he did so. He had an ever-warm spirit that was infectious for the way that he showed concern and care for so many of us in the Lowcountry and across the state, and in that regard, he will be particularly missed. My prayers and thoughts go to Ann and the family.”

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Fires continue to plague Gray’s Hill

Burton firefighters extinguished another fire late this morning in what Burton fire officials are describing as a string of destruction and close calls in the Gray’s Hill community.

News-Burton Fire Photo_Sunburst_122814aBurton fire crews responded to the report of a house fire just after 10 a.m. this morning on Sunburst Lane in the Gray’s Hill area. Firefighters arrived and found a camper being used as a residence fully involved in flames and threatening nearby homes.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire before other structures were damaged; however the camper, the home for an elderly man, was a total loss. No injuries were reported.

The resident stated he was sleeping and woke to find his bed on fire and was able to escape just in time. There were no smoke detectors in the camper. The fire is still under investigation. This is the fourth fire in just over a month that has left three homes destroyed and one resident critically injured after leaping from a window to escape the flames. Firefighters fear the next fire may have a more tragic ending.

“The one thing in common is all these fires could have been prevented,” stated Burton Fire Lieutenant Tradd Mills who is based out of the Gray’s Hill fire station. “We are asking for the public’s help to help get this under control. We are asking community groups, churches, even individual families to invite firefighters to meet with them to make sure they are safe and have what they need.”

Organizations wishing to invite Burton firefighters to their event please call 521-5550.

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Beaufort Co. is Work Ready

Beaufort County is now a Work Ready Community. That’s according to the SC Department of Employment
and Workforce.

During a ceremony at the State House, a total of eighteen counties were recognized for achieving certification through the South Carolina Work Ready Communities initiative. In order to become a Work Ready Community, each county must reach or exceed goals in the following: National Career Readiness Certificates which is a skill-based certificate assisting individuals in obtaining employment, graduation rates of 73.1% on a three-year county average, soft-skills that provides insight into personal characteristics directly related to on-the-job success and business support of local companies officially supporting the county’s initiative.

“Reaching this level of certification shows that here in Beaufort County, we are taking the appropriate steps towards economic growth and more importantly we are educating our youth who will soon be the future of this county,” said Beaufort County Chairman Paul Sommerville.

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