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Bands, Brews & BBQ coming this weekend

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This weekend will be full of food, music and fun at the 9th annual Bands, Brews & BBQ to benefit FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice. On Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24., Paris Avenue will be the location of this official South Carolina Barbecue Association sanctioned event that kicks off the 2018 season and is hosted by the Town of Port Royal.

Friday night is the Wing Throw Down from 6 to 9 p.m. where attendees can sample a variety of wing recipes and craft beer while enjoying live music by the Walker Harris Band. Saturday is tasting day from noon to 4 p.m., with cook teams from across the Southeast serving award-winning barbecue. Kids can play in the fun zone while adults enjoy live music and entertainment by Broke Locals, The Brewer Band, Frogmore Stu and Chris Jones. Awards will be presented on Saturday by the South Carolina BBQ Association.

General admission passes are available online and at the gate for $10 per day, with children 12 and under free.The sampling of wings Friday night and barbecue Saturday will be available by purchasing tickets for $1. Beer, wine and soda will also be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 843-525- 6257.

A.J. Croce brings soulful show to Beaufort

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By Pamela Brownstein

A.J. Croce, son of the late musician Jim Croce, will be performing “Two Generations of American Music” at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort on Saturday, March 3. At this very special show, A.J. and his band will play some of his dad’s best known songs, songs that influenced them both and his own work.

“It stays fresh, stays fun,” Croce said of the show. “It’s really enjoyable.”

With an ensemble that includes electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and piano, audiences should expect an upbeat, energetic stage presence. Croce, a Nashville-based musician who has toured with legends such as B.B. King and James Brown, said, “We’ve got a great group of musicians, and it’s critical to have the entertainment factor.”

“It’s going to be a fantastic show and everyone, young or old, will enjoy A.J.’s incredible talent,” said Center for the Arts Director Bonnie Hargrove.

A.J. (short for Adrian James) Croce started touring and performing when he was 18. “I had known what I wanted to do for all my life,” he said. 

Now at age 46, Croce has been featured on The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CNN, MTV, and VH1. His nine albums have been released by both major and independent labels and he has had 17 singles on the Top 20 charts.

He has touched many genres of music during his career — blues, jazz, Americana — but his sound can best be described as “soulful music of all varieties. Soulful means heartfelt, there’s no questioning the sincerity of the songwriting,” Croce said. “I’m not trying to play old music, but I want to pay respect for what came before.”

Throughout his career, people expected A.J. Croce to play his father’s songs, but he never did, until he came up with the idea for this show — a little bit of his dad, a little bit of his own work, and a little bit of the blues. “It would be more interesting to me to be able to play music that influenced both of us,” A.J. Croce said. “Like the old blues, stuff that we both love.”

On his most recent album, Just Like Medicine, which was released last August, Croce was able to collaborate with many artists, including Grammy award-winning singer Vince Gill, Steve Cropper, David Hood and the McCrary Sisters. He said initially he wrote a song with Dan Penn, a longtime writer and producer from Muscle Shoals. But after listening to the song, Croce realized it might be the beginning of an album, and from there he worked with many talented musicians to create a contemporary collection of songs that have distinct roots in blues and an old school sound. The album even features an unreleased track that was written by his dad, called “Name of the Game.”

Anyone with any reverence for classic rock and roll will recognize Jim Croce’s songs such as “Operator,” “I’ve Got A Name,” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” which reached the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart in July 1973. Tragically, two months later, Jim Croce died in a plane crash, when A.J. was only 2 years old.

“A lot of people don’t realize his whole career was recorded in 18 months,” A.J. said about his father’s brief, but enduring, body of work.

He added, “When it comes to lyrics, you can’t get more honest or soulful than my dad.”


What: Two Generations of American Music

Where: USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street, downtown Beaufort

When: Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military, and $15 for students. 

Contact: Call 843-521-4145 or email Bonnie Hargrove at 

Fire station dedicated to Deloach

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Photo above: Capt. John Robinson, left, of the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department, and Port Royal Mayor Sam Murray, right, watch as Chief Reece Bertholf reads the inscription from the plaque during the re-dedication of the Port Royal Fire Station on Paris Ave. in honor of former Town Councilman Vernon DeLoach on Tuesday, Feb, 20. DeLoach had also served as chief of the Port Royal Volunteer Fire Dept. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of DeLoach’s death at age 88. Photo by Bob Sofaly.


Young Leaders of Beaufort visit Bayview Manor

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By Kat Walsh and Andres Rivero-Martinez

On Tuesday, January 30, the Young Leaders of Beaufort visited the residents of Bayview Manor, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Beaufort. Andres Rivero-Martinez, a student at Bolden Middle School and member of the Young Leaders, wrote the following summary of the group’s visit:

“We met the most wonderful people, who also happen to live at Bayview Manor, and experienced what kindness and creativity really feels like. The residents told us about their daily lives at as well as what they did in their lives prior to Bayview. Some of them experience speech and physical disabilities, so the Young Leaders of Beaufort helped them in any way we could. We assisted them by pushing their wheelchairs and even helped them paint pictures … amazing masterpieces that will soon be hung on the walls of Bayview Manor. An artist in residence helped prepare the canvases for us and assisted during the painting class. After enjoying lunch with the residents we played Bingo before leaving for the day. The admissions director, Mrs. Susie Siegel, mentioned that anyone of us would be welcome to return as a volunteer. We’d like to thank Ms. Weezy Alcott, the artist in residence, as well as Julia Sanford for guiding us through the activity and Agape Hospice for donating all the art supplies to make this great activity happen.  Our visit to Bayview Manor was awesome.”

The Young Leaders of Beaufort is a program designed to foster community and civic leadership in middle school students from Beaufort Academy, Lady’s Island Middle, Beaufort Middle, Whale Branch, Robert Smalls International Academy, Bridges, Riverview, Bolden, and Lowcountry Montessori. Working together, students develop problem-solving skills as they experience the different facets of Beaufort’s judicial system, parks, municipal government, and military presence.  The goal is to foster civic leadership by helping students understand the government entities that manage our community.

The group’s next field trip will be on February 28th to the Reconstruction Era Monument.

Port Royal woman awarded for hard work

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Photo above: A ceremony honoring Weller and two others took place January 31 in Chicago.

Tanya Weller recognized for contributions at Helena Place senior living facility

Enlivant, a leading provider of assisted living communities, recently announced Tanya Weller as a recipient of its 2017 Mission-Vision-Values (MVV) Award. Weller was one of three winners selected from Enlivant’s more than 7,000 employees nationwide.

As a housekeeper at Helena Place in Port Royal, evacuating residents during a hurricane is not in Weller’s job description, but that didn’t stop her from volunteering when Hurricane Harvey hit South Carolina last year. It’s just one of the many ways she goes above and beyond at Helena Place. In addition to caring for residents, Weller often spends her break time taking residents’ pets on walks. Her can-do attitude has secured her the title of “the woman that can do anything” by residents.

“Tanya truly exemplifies what it means to be a team player and she is all about the residents” said Lorie Kesler, Executive Director, Helena Place. “She has a wonderful relationship with all of our residents and many of her coworkers admire her work ethic and ability to bond with the residents.” 

As the daughter of a Marine, Weller often found herself relocating when her father received new orders. In 2011, the family was stationed in Beaufort, her father retired from the military and they decided to make this their permanent home.  Weller graduated in 2015 from Whale Branch Early College High School where she earned college credit while attending high school.  She then began work with the local Vocational Rehab after graduation and shortly after was hired at Helena Place through the program. 

Weller is the oldest of three children in her family, and assists her mother in caring for her two younger sisters, one of whom suffers from cerebral palsy and the other from an autoimmune disease. Weller herself has a learning disability called auditory dyslexia after suffering a traumatic brain injury when she fell as a child. 

“Although Tanya has her share of challenges, she doesn’t let it define her,” said Kesler. “She comes to work every day with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Her resiliency doesn’t go unnoticed.”

Brady bowls a 300

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By Bob Sofaly

Bill Brady of Port Royal stood on the approach lane Monday, Feb. 12 at Station 300 looking at all 10 pins as a substitute bowler during league play in Bluffton. 

It was the eighth frame and he had all strikes. It was week before his birthday.

“I thought it would be a great birthday present to myself if I bowled a perfect 300. I bowled another strike into the ninth frame and thought this might be the day,” Brady recalled.

A better than average bowler, Brady had bowled three perfect games in the past during tournaments. But this was league play, it was different.

He let loose the first ball of the tenth frame and it too was a strike. “I started getting nervous. My knees were starting to shake a little,” he said. “The ball came in a little light and threw pins all over the place but they all went down.”

“My eleventh strike went perfect and the pins exploded.”

“Then I’m standing there ready to bowl my twelfth strike and I thought to myself ‘here I go again.’”

Brady said his biggest fear was rolling a gutter ball. “Not shooting a gutter ball was I could think about.”

To clear his mind, he went over all the details. “I started going over all the fundamentals. I didn’t want the ball to go too far right so I tugged it just a little bit when I released it. It was a perfect strike,” Brady said with a broad smile.

Suddenly, there were hi-fives all around and strangers were congratulating him. “It was exciting,” he said. “I have to admit, it was pretty cool.”

“I’ve been league bowling for more than 40 years and have come close lots of times,” Brady said. He’s even had a couple 299s but never the perfect 300 in league play.

Brady said there is no great secret to bowling a perfect game. “The key is getting involved in a league where you can learn from other people and practice — a lot — and just have fun,” he said.

Annual Meeting celebrates a successful 2017

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Photo above: New YMCA Board members with Board Chair Jennifer Tuckwiller. (l tor): Andy Thacker, N’kia Campbell, Jennifer Tuckwiller, Chris Bowman. Not Pictured: Taylor Malphrus.

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 the Wardle Family YMCA welcomed members and guests to their Annual Meeting, which recognized volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of our community. 

The Y celebrated the positive impact made through Y programs and services as $350,000 in scholarship funds were raised and distributed in 2017.  This assistance helped thousands of youth and families through YMCA membership, sports, summer camps, childcare, preschool, youth boating and swimming lessons. The annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser and Silent Auction raised over $48,000 for the annual Y capital campaign.

The meeting was presided over by incoming YMCA Board Chair, Jennifer Tuckwiller, and Y CEO, Michael Bostwick. The Y celebrated the many programs, services and opportunities they provide and, most importantly, gave thanks to the volunteers that truly bring magic to the non-profit.  

The Y welcomed four new board members: Dr. N’kia Campbell, Director of Academic Initiatives for Beaufort County School District; retired educator Andy Thacker, State Farm insurance agent Taylor Malphrus; Chris Bowman, branch manager at South State Bank. Outgoing board members, Dr. Gregory McCord and Cheryl Comes were thanked for their many years of service to the Y. Also, Bostwick recognized past board member Peter Post, who was inducted into the National YMCA Hall of Fame.

Kaylin Garst, Y Branch Executive Director of the Wardle Family YMCA reported on the improvements and changes made at the Wardle Family YMCA during 2017. These included refinishing the basketball gym floor, new pool heater and filter, new membership software, a new bus for childcare and implementation of a stoplight report for Y staff and members. YMCA senior-specific programming was highlighted by Wellness Director Denice Fanning, and Y member and volunteer Larry Schaefer reported via video on Togetherhood, the Y member-driven service committee.

During the Annual Meeting, two volunteers received special recognition for their service to the Y. Larry Schaefer received the 2017 Robert V. Wardle Service to Youth Award.  This award is given in honor of Robert V. Wardle, whose donations were significant in the founding and continued operation of the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry. Larry Schaefer has been the Togetherhood committee chair for the past 2 years and has been instrumental in leading this volunteer group in projects ranging from the Postal Carriers Food Drive benefiting HELP of Beaufort to building custom flower boxes for the Senior Center on St. Helena Island to building and installing a little lending library for the Y. In 2017 their volunteer hours exceeded 500 hours and included a fundraiser for the Y, raising $500 for our Learn to Swim Program. 

Bethany Byrne was named the annual Youth Sports Volunteer Coach for 2017. Ms. Byrne has been a volunteer aquatics coach over the past several years volunteering her time to assist with the BYAC Tiger Sharks Swim Team and aquatics department.

Tuckwiller also reviewed the YMCA association name change to Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry, which better communicates the Y’s original charter to serve both Beaufort and Jasper counties. She also announced that the YMCA now offers nationwide membership, which allows any active Y member to visit any participating Y in the USA, free of charge.

Heroic Headstone

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Ceremony honors actions of local WWII veteran William Pinckney

Photo above: Members of the U.S. Navy give a final salute following the unveiling of the revised headstone of William Pinckney last Saturday at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

By Bob Sofaly

In late October 1942, the Japanese mounted a counter offensive to take back the island of Guadalcanal. A major naval battle raged off the Santa Cruz Island and the out-gunned American Navy suffered heavy losses including the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Although heavily damaged, the USS Enterprise stayed in the fight until it had to withdraw.

During the battle, a bomb burst in one of the Enterprise’s ammunition magazines, setting off a fire that killed many sailors. William Pinckney, an African American from Dale, S.C., was a Ships Cook First Class aboard the Enterprise. His assigned battle station was in the magazine as an ammunition handler. His job was to pass ammunition from the bellow-decks magazine to an elevator that took the ammo to the gunners. The bomb exploded but miraculously did not ignite the ammunition. Pinckney carried his wounded chief petty officer over his shoulders and climbed a ladder through the fire so Navy corpsmen could save his chief’s life. Then Pinckney climbed back down through the fire to rescue four more severely wounded shipmates, who unfortunately did not survive. Pinckney was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism, as well as a Purple Heart. He died in 1976 on Lady’s Island and was buried at Beaufort National Cemetery.

But for a clerical error that omitted his Navy Cross award from Pinckney’s headstone, his story would have ended there. However, local veterans and civic groups took it upon themselves to make things right. On Saturday, Feb. 10, scores of family, friends and officers from all three military branches in Beaufort County, looked on as Pinckney’s new headstone was unveiled.

Pinckney’s brave actions were recognized in 2004 when the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Pinckney (DDG 91) — an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer. 

The new headstone for WWII Navy veteran William Pinckney now reads Purple Heart and Navy Cross. Pinckney was awarded the nation’s second highest medal for valor for his unsurpassed bravery while rescuing his shipmates after a Japanese bomb exploded in the ammunition magazine in which Pinckney, a ship’s cook, was assigned as his battle station aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise during the Battle of Santa Cruz in October, 1942.
The new headstone for WWII Navy veteran William Pinckney now reads Purple Heart and Navy Cross. Pinckney was awarded the nation’s second highest medal for valor for his unsurpassed bravery while rescuing his shipmates after a Japanese bomb exploded in the ammunition magazine in which Pinckney, a ship’s cook, was assigned as his battle station aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise during the Battle of Santa Cruz in October, 1942.
Flanked by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, local historian Larry Rowland describes his involvement in getting a new headstone for WWII veteran William Pinckney.
Flanked by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, local historian Larry Rowland describes his involvement in getting a new headstone for WWII veteran William Pinckney.

Have a Heart

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Photo above: Kevin Underwood and Dr. Demetrajane Kokinakis

Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation held its annual Valentine Ball last weekend on Feb. 10. There was a great attendance to this fundraising event. Photos by Eat Sleep Play Beaufort.

Sallie and Leigh Stone
Sallie and Leigh Stone
Tara Walker, Judi and George Babalis
Tara Walker, Judi and George Babalis
Susan Clark and Betty Helig
Susan Clark and Betty Helig
Ashleigh Andrews and Jeremy Taylor
Ashleigh Andrews and Jeremy Taylor
Debbie and Greg Schuchmann
Debbie and Greg Schuchmann
Dr. Majd Chahin, JC Codding, Dr. Dan Ripley
Dr. Majd Chahin, JC Codding, Dr. Dan Ripley
Dr. Susan Hohenwarter
Dr. Susan Hohenwarter

What’s happening in Beaufort?

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This fun monthly event will be held today, Thursday, Feb. 15 at Hair Play, 1211 Newcastle Street, Suite A, Beaufort, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Marlena Smalls, Elaine Lake and Velma Polk with the Lowcountry Jazz Band directed by David Hershey will be at the USCB Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

This exciting festival will take place Wednesday, February 21 through Sunday, February 25 at various places around town, but with most of the film showings at the USCB Center for the Arts auditorium, 805 Carteret Street. Visit for a full schedule of events.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will conduct an annual Baltipmore Oriole Winter Survey February 16-19 in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count. For more information about how to participate, vist

The Technical College of the Lowcountry honors 150 years of The Mather School with a variety of events.

• Mather presents An Evening of Jazz with the Earl Fleming Trio featuring Marlena Smalls at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, TCL Beaufort Campus.

• Mather History & Education Day will be held Friday, Feb. 23, at the TCL Beaufort Campus.

• Mather presents the Sesquicentennial Semi-Formal Gala with the Lavon Stevens Band at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at the Beaufort Holiday Inn.

• Mather presents the Sesquicentennial Luncheon Celebration at noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Beaufort Holiday Inn. Visit for details.

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