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Tax-free holiday will be Aug. 4-6

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South Carolina’s popular Sales Tax Holiday weekend will kick off Friday, Aug. 4, and run through Sunday, Aug. 6.

During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of approved school supply items are exempt from the 6-percent state sales tax. 

Shoppers will pay no sales tax on items ranging from clothing and shoes to book bags and computers. Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture and layaway purchases are not exempt.

Here are some questions and answers about the holiday:

Q: When is the Tax Free Holiday? 

A: The Sales and Use Tax Holiday (Tax Free Weekend) takes place annually beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at midnight the following Sunday. 

Q: What is exempt from the sales and use tax during the holiday? 

A: Broadly, exempt items include clothing; clothing accessories including, but not limited to, hats, scarves, hosiery and handbags; and footwear.

Also exempt are school supplies including, but not limited to pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, bookbags, lunchboxes and calculators; computers, printers and printer supplies and computer software.

Other exempt items include bath wash cloths, blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows and pillow cases. 

A list of exempt and non-exempt items is on dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend. 

Q: What is not exempt from the sales and use tax during the holiday? 

A: The exemption does not apply to sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets and watches; sales of furniture; a sale of an item placed on lay-away or similar deferred payment and delivery plan; rental of clothing or footwear; or a sale or lease of an item for use in a trade or business

Q: If I buy an eligible item during the Tax Free Holiday, does it have to be delivered during the holiday in order for the exemption to apply? 

A: Not necessarily. As long as the item is ordered and paid for, and the order is accepted by the retailer during the weekend for immediate shipment, the exemption still applies, even if delivery is made after the holiday ends. 

Q: If I buy an eligible item online, is it still exempt? 

A: Yes, provided the item is eligible for exemption and the sale occurs during the holiday. 

Q: How are returns and exchanges handled during the holiday? 

A: If you purchase an item during the holiday and exchange it for the same item after Aug. 6, no additional tax will be charged.

 However, if you return the item and receive credit for a new purchase, the newly purchased item will be subject to the Sales and Use Tax. 

If you purchase an item before Aug. 4 and return or exchange it during the holiday, no additional tax will be due if the exchanged or purchased item is also eligible under the program.  

Oyster season closes; clam season to close May 31

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South Carolina’s harvest season for oysters and mussels closed on May 15, according to South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officials. 

Clam season will close on Wednesday, May 31, at 30 minutes before official sunset.

Because higher bacterial levels occur when water temperatures exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit, shellfish harvesting during the summer months is limited to commercial harvesters who can meet rigorous handling requirements. 

Coastal waters will remain closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until water temperatures begin to cool in the fall, making shellfish once again safe for harvesting and consumption. Shellfish harvesting is expected to reopen Oct. 1.

SCDNR’s oyster shell recycling and replanting program continues its efforts to encourage the public to recycle their oyster shells. 

Oyster shell recycling drop-off locations are located throughout coastal counties, and collection sites can be at bit.ly/2r8VODS. 

During the summer months, SCDNR returns the recycled shell to shorelines, where it provides an ideal base for larval oysters to attach, thereby replenishing the harvested beds. When the quantity of shell needed to replant shellfish grounds exceeds those that are recycled, SCDNR must purchase shells from other vendors. 

Saltwater recreational fishing license sales provide funding for SCDNR’s shellfish restoration and enhancement efforts.

Late spring and early summer are also the busiest months for SCDNR’s community oyster restoration program, SCORE. 

The public is invited to work with SCDNR staff and other volunteers to create oyster habitat in areas that are not harvestable. The resulting oyster reefs provide a host of ecological and economic benefits, including water filtration, nutrient cycling, and habitat for fish and invertebrates. 

Visit saltwaterfishing.sc.gov.

News briefs for July 28th-August 3rd

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Mosquito spraying may take place through Friday

In accordance with FAA regulations, Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial training, surveillance, and/or spray missions that may include the application of EPA-registered public health insecticides during daylight hours through Friday, July 29.

Beaufort County Mosquito Control uses low-flying aircraft, and its aerial spraying is dependent upon ideal weather. It does not treat the salt marsh habitats for adult mosquitoes during these aerial operations.

For additional information, contact Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800.

Unpaid property tax notices to be posted

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin levying delinquent properties on Monday, Aug. 8.

This is the process in which a “Notice of Levy” sign will be affixed to the property to notify the owner that the property taxes have not been paid.

Delinquent property owners have until Wednesday, Aug. 31, to pay the taxes in full before an additional delinquent fee of $50 is added.

Personal checks will not be accepted after Aug. 31.

The taxes must be paid by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to prevent the property from being auctioned at the Delinquent Tax Sale.

The Beaufort County Delinquent Tax Sale will take place on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Charles Lind Brown Gymnasium, 1001 Hamar St. in Beaufort.

No payments will be accepted for the delinquent property on the day of the auction.

Citizens invited to water quality meeting

Beaufort County will be actively improving and protecting water quality through several projects.

Following priorities and recommendations of the Battery Creek Watershed Management Plan, the Beaufort County Stormwater Department and the city of Beaufort Public Works Department will collaborate to minimize bacteria discharging into local waterways by expanding stormwater treatment practices and improving infrastructure.

This project is important for the region because it helps protect recreational waters and keeps shellfish beds open and safe.

To learn how this project will affect Beaufort County and how to be an active steward in further protecting water quality and the quality of life in the Lowcountry, residents are invited to attend a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the city of Beaufort Council Chambers at 1911 Boundary St. in Beaufort.

For more information, call the Beaufort County Stormwater Department at 843-255-2805.

AmeriCorps funding to help state services

South Carolina has received $3.97 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The governor-appointed South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service will award grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

The law creating AmeriCorps gave a key role to states in determining how national service resources are used and promoting service and volunteering to meet community needs.

In South Carolina, these funds will support 16 AmeriCorps programs meeting community needs in the areas of economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship and disaster services.

In order to achieve the goals of the awarded grants, up to 501 individuals will commit to a year of service as AmeriCorps members. Various levels of service commitments are available throughout the state.

Those interested in learning more about becoming an AmeriCorps Member or programs in South Carolina can visit www.uwasc.org/AmeriCorpsPrograms.

Dock on St. Helena closed for repairs

The floating dock at the Buddy and Zoo Boat Landing on Saint Helena Island is closed temporarily for repairs. An estimated time of completion for the repair work has not yet been established.

For more information, contact David Wilhelm, Beaufort County Public Works Director, at 843-255-2800.

Tourism committee seeking members

The city of Beaufort’s Tourism Development Advisory Committee (TDAC) is seeking to fill vacancies, specifically in the lodging and hospitality industry.

This city committee is tasked with consolidating and recommending to the Beaufort City Council the expenditures of state accommodations funds and generally meets twice a year.

To apply, call 843-525-7018 or visit www.cityofbeaufort.org/application.aspx.

CODA to hold volunteer training in August

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence will be holding volunteer training beginning Saturday, Aug. 20.

Training hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 and will continue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. from Aug. 21-23.

All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities.

CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line, and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA.

Applicants must pre-register and an interview is necessary prior to the start of training.

Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074, ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

Dr. Al M. Panu named to NAIA council 

University of South Carolina Beaufort Chancellor Dr. Al M. Panu has been named as the Sun Conference representative to the NAIA Council of Presidents.

The Council of Presidents (COP) is the NAIA’s chief governing body and takes responsibility for all budgetary and fiscal matters, employment and supervision of the president/chief executive officer, and continuing review, evaluation and strengthening of academic standards.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent the Sun Conference on the Council of Presidents,” Panu said, “and I look forward to working to enhance and broaden the successes of our scholar-athletes, not only at USCB but throughout the Sun Conference and the NAIA.”

Panu was selected by his peers to serve the remaining 2 1/2 years of the term vacated by former Keiser University President Tom Duncan. When Panu’s term expires Dec. 31, 2018, he will be eligible for reelection and the conference may appoint him to a full three-year term.

“I applaud the presidents’ decision to elect the first representative from the northern tier of our conference to lead us for the next two years,” Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Panu to find new opportunities to develop The Sun into the premier conference in the NAIA.”

420 new Marines graduate at Parris Island

The Marines held graduation ceremonies recently on Parris Island.

Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, graduated 292 new Marines.

November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, had 128 new graduates, for a total of 420 new Marines who graduated on July 22.

Veterans offered honor flight to capitol

Beaufort veterans interested in a free trip to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials and other monuments can do so through the Honor Flight program.

Beaufort veterans participate through the Savannah Honor Flight hub, and the next trip will be the weekend of October 14-16.

The priority is for World War II veterans.

If any World War II veteran, or the relatives of any World War II veteran, would like to know more about the Honor Flight program and its requirements, Honor Flight Savannah has two Beaufort residents who can assist or answer questions.

Contact Owen Hand at owenhand@gmail.com or 843-812-6097 or Jim Weiskopf at JWeiskopf@aol.com or 202-607-1067.

Who’s News for the week of April 14th-20th

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WHOS NEWS DUFFIE Fourteenth Circuit Solicitors Office (2)

Photo above from left: Brig. Gen. R. Van McCarty, Assistant Adjunct General – Army, South Carolina National Guard; Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone; Assistant Solicitor Kelvin Wright; and SCESGR State Chair Eli Wishart.

Duffie Stone and the Solicitors Office win award

Solicitor Duffie Stone and the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office were honored this week with the “Above and Beyond Award” from the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (SC ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, for extraordinary support of its employee who serves in the South Carolina Army National Guard.

The ESGR “Above and Beyond Award” recognizes American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve, said Eli Wishart, SC ESGR state chair. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

Assistant Solicitor Kelvin Wright, a Colleton County native, served as a captain in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps with the S.C. Army National Guard’s 351st Aviation Support Battalion. He served for a year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq.

“I believe Solicitor Stone went above and beyond what most employers have to do,” Wright said.

“He helped to contribute to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting my efforts.” Stone and the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office join thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.

Terry Murray
Terry Murray

Beaufort Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees elects new slate of officers

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has re-elected Terry Murray, retired chief financial officer of Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, as chair of the nonprofit hospital’s governing body.

Elected as vice chair is Spring Island resident William A. Himmelsbach, a retired health care executive with extensive experience in nonprofit hospitals and health care organizations.

David Tedder
David Tedder

David L. Tedder, a lifelong Beaufort County resident and a private practice and local government attorney, was re-elected board secretary. He previously served on the boards of Broad River Healthcare and Beaufort Ambulatory Surgery Center. He has served on the Beaufort Memorial Board of Trustees for nine years.

The nine members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by Beaufort County Council and serve rotating terms. Dr. Mark Dean, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in practice for 20 years with Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports and Spine Center, was chosen to fill the seat vacated by board-certified OB-GYN Dr. Patricia Thompson, who stepped down from the board after joining Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners.

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Dr. Mark Dean

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Dean received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed both his internship and residency at the university’s Parkland Memorial Hospital. He went on to train in knee and shoulder surgery at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Dean is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has served as the team physician for the Denver Broncos, the U.S. Pro Ski Tour and the U.S. Olympic Ski Team. Locally, he is the team physician for several high school athletic teams and is a consultant to elite tennis and golf academies.

William Himmelsbach

Now in her ninth year on the board, Murray was elected chair in 2014. Prior to being appointed to the hospital Board of Trustees, she served on the Broad River Healthcare Board of Directors. A resident of Beaufort for 37 years, she has been active in a number of local civic organizations, serving as board chair of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, Beaufort County Open Land Trust and Friends of Caroline Hospice.

Himmelsbach, the new vice chair, was formerly president and CEO of Detroit’s major trauma center, Holy Cross Health System in South Bend, Ind., St. Mary’s Health Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., and The Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., the third oldest psychiatric hospital in the U.S. Most recently, he was president and CEO of New York’s Cardiovascular Research Foundation, a nonprofit academic research organization with a $40 million operating budget.

Buckwalter Dental Care opens new office

Dr. Joel Darrah announced the location of their new offices at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton recently. Dr. Darrah offers comprehensive family and general dentistry as well as procedures including crowns, root canals, veneers, implants, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and dentures.

Buckwalter Dental Care is dedicated to not only serving the community of Bluffton but also the surrounding areas of Sun City and Okatie. With Dr. Darrah at the helm of Buckwalter Dental Care, patients will feel right at home with the newly designed office which includes personal touches and specially designed exam rooms with all the creature comforts of home, including televisions on the ceilings to watch during your appointment.

For more information, visit www.buckwalterdentalcare.com.

Who’s News for the week of April 7th-13th

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The Beaufort Arts Council hires Delene Miller as new President

Delene D. Miller joins the Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy with 25+ years of business experience in sales, marketing, team management, market development, and coaching. Delene’s successful experience with non-profit organizations, grant development and management brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy.

Delene Miller
Delene Miller

Board Chair Dick Stewart comments, “Delene is a terrific addition to lead our team.  We are fortunate to have someone with her skillset to take us to the next level.” The important position Delene is fulfilling will assure fiscal experience and discipline as we continue to serve the Arts Community and grow enrolment and class offerings at Mather Academy.

Currently two weeks into her position, Delene is excited and eager to share the mission of the BAC, “Everyone on the team at the Beaufort Arts Council is passionate about creating ways and implementing strategies to expand the presence of art in the daily lives of residents and visitors. I am confident in the team we have and I look forward to improving upon the success of the organization.”

Although Delene is new to the Beaufort Arts Council, she has lived in Beaufort for 7 years with her husband, Jason. She has served on the Board of the Junior Service League of Beaufort (JSLB) as the Chair of Ways and Means as well as a member of the Sponsorship and Prom Boutique committees for JSLB. She enjoys spending time at the beach and on the boat, working out at the YMCA, and caring for her four cats at home!

U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps perform at Parris Island

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Marines with the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps march during a performance March 15, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines played a variety of modern and traditional music before an audience of more than 1,000 recruits, Marines and civilians. The drum corps is part of the Battle Color Detachment, based at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. The detachment travels across the nation and abroad providing ceremonial musical support and entertainment. The performance was part of the detachment’s 2016 spring tour.  (Photos by Pfc. Carlin Warren)

Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony tour comes to Parris IslandMarines with the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps march during a performance March 15, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines played a variety of modern and traditional music before an audience of more than 1,000 recruits, Marines and civilians. The drum corps is part of the Battle Color Detachment, based at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. The detachment travels across the nation and abroad providing ceremonial musical support and entertainment. The performance was part of the detachment’s 2016 spring tour.

Photos by Pfc. Carlin Warren.

Who’s News for the week of March 24th-30th

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WHOS NEWS Daisy

Photo above: BMH nurse Jana McClendon (center left holding the Daisy award) is congratulated by her 4th floor co-workers and several members of the hospital’s management team.

McClendon receives Daisy Award at BMH

Beaufort Memorial Hospital fourth floor assistant department director Lisa Terwilliger didn’t think anything of it when she saw one of her nurses sitting in an elderly patient’s hospital room caressing his hand and talking softly to him.

The compassion Jana McClendon showed to the dying man wouldn’t have been so unusual, except she wasn’t the nurse assigned to care for him. But he had been her patient during his first few weeks in the hospital and she wanted him to feel someone was there for him in his
final days.

“I saw her go through the ritual on numerous nights,” Terwilliger said. “Instead of going to the nurses’ station at the end of her shift to document reports, she would use the computer in his room so she could sit with him while she worked.”

A month later, Terwilliger watched McClendon take the same care with another hospice patient.

Earlier this month, McClendon was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national tribute reserved for RNs who go the extra mile to care for patients and their families.

“It brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart to see the dignity and caring she showed these patients at the end of their lives,” said Terwilliger, who nominated McClendon for the prestigious nursing award. “You can’t teach that kind of compassion. It comes from within.”

A 2015 graduate of the USCB nursing program, the 24-year-old McClendon has been working as an RN at Beaufort Memorial for less than eight months. She said she felt a special affection for both patients because neither had family members who could be present.

“Jana is a prime example of what a nurse should be,” Terwilliger said. “She’s warm and compassionate and believes in the human touch in caring for her patients.”

Sterling of Bluffton to run for Congress

On March 16, Laura Sterling filed to become a candidate for the 6th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Sterling grew up in Fairfax, SC. She is a married mother of two daughters and an entrepreneur. She currently resides in Bluffton, SC. “Our federal government is broken and I want to go to Washington to fix it,” stated Sterling.

Sterling cited several reasons for her candidacy. She feels that the federal government is out of control, administrative regulation is on the rise, as are taxes and wasteful spending.

“My intentions are to work very hard to earn the people’s vote. As this is the people’s seat, it does not belong to career politicians,” said Sterling. “I will begin by listening to the people of the 6th District to better understand how I can serve them,” said Sterling and also added, “in this year of change, I feel I can make a big difference in making people’s lives better.”

Terry Bennett, Board of Education administrator, earns national recognition

A veteran educator and Beaufort County School District administrator was recognized by a national organization of professionals who work to maximize returns on federal education dollars.

Terry Bennett, a 32-year education veteran and current Director of Grants Management for the Beaufort County School District, was presented with a 2016 State Leadership Award by the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators. Bennett was nominated for the national honor by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators, which he has served as Secretary/Treasurer and President. SCATA serves as a professional development forum for school district administrators of federal Title I programs. Federal Title I funds flow to schools that serve high percentages of students from low-income families. Prior to taking his current district office position, Bennett was principal at Lady’s Island Elementary for eight years, principal at Lady’s Island Middle for three years and also interim principal at Beaufort High.

“Terry is a tremendous asset to the district,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.

New board members elected for LCAHT

The Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT) has reorganized and has installed a new board. Board members will serve for three-year terms and help oversee strategic changes for the non-profit which aims to eradicate human trafficking in South Carolina’s Lowcountry and beyond through awareness, advocacy and action. Board members include: Mary Jo Riley, President; Barbara Pawlishyn, Vice President; Nancy Simonetti, Treasurer; Aysha Merrill, Secretary/Student Representative; Max Fratoddi, member; Beth Gasiorowski, member; Phyllis Rumpp, member; Carol Stephens, member; and Erinn McGuire, member.

Lady’s Island/St. Helena Fire District announces awards

Chief Bruce Kline with firefighter Brian Smith
Chief Bruce Kline with firefighter Brian Smith
Chief Bruce Kline with firefighter Sam Negron
Chief Bruce Kline with firefighter Sam Negron

The Lady’s Island/St. Helena Fire District recently announced at an awards dinner that Lieutenant Brian Smith won Officer of the Year for the second year in a row and Firefighter Sam Negron won Firefighter of the Year. The awards are based on the votes of the firefighters.

Who’s News for the week of March 17th-23rd

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WHOS NEWS - Ms. Parsick is pictured with SC Representative Jeff Bradley, Beaufort District 123

Photo above: Commissioner Denise Parsick with SC Representative Jeff Bradley, Beaufort District 123.

Parsick wins 2015 Commissioner of the Year

Beaufort Soil & Water Conservation District is proud to announce that Commissioner Denise Parsick was selected by the SC Association of Conservation Districts (SCACD) as 2015 Commissioner of the Year. She was recognized and awarded a plaque at the SCACD Annual Meeting in Columbia, SC on February 23. The award was presented at the SCACD Legislative Dinner and Ms. Parsick is pictured with SC Representative Jeff Bradley, Beaufort District 123. The Beaufort Conservation Board informed her of the award at their monthly board meeting on Feb 11th and celebrated her state wide achievement.

Ms. Parsick was recognized for her variety of volunteer activities which educate our County residents and visitors about preserving our precious natural resources. She and the Beaufort Conservation District have taken on the particularly difficult task of promoting best management practices to protect the water quality of our creeks, rivers, and ocean. She participated on several County boards on behalf of Beaufort Conservation District demonstrating her dedication and knowledge.

Michael P. Kuehn, CFA®
Michael P. Kuehn, CFA®

Dividend Assets Capital continues to grow

Dividend Assets Capital, LLC (DAC) is pleased to announce the addition of Michael P. ‘Mick’ Kuehn, CFA®, and Philip T. Scully to its Research Team.

Philip T. Scully
Philip T. Scully

Mr. Kuehn joined DAC as Senior Research Analyst with more than 15 years of experience in equity analysis and portfolio management. He earned his Certified Financial Analyst designation in 2009 and obtained FINRA licenses 7 and 66. Mr. Kuehn earned his MBA from University of Denver and his BS in Business Administration from University of Colorado at Boulder. He will concentrate on equities research for DAC.  Mr. Scully, Senior Research Analyst, joined the DAC team in December with more than nine years of experience in equity analysis and energy research. He earned his MBA from Georgetown University and his BA in Political Science from Kenyon College in Ohio. He relocated here from California. He will also concentrate on equities research for the team.

Dividend Assets Captial, LLC is located at 1323 May River Road, Suite 202 in Bluffton.

Nurse practitioner joins Beaufort Memorial OBGYN Specialists

Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists have added a highly skilled nurse practitioner to its medical team to better serve patients at the busy Beaufort practice and at Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Varnville, SC.

Maggie Bisceglia, CRNP
Maggie Bisceglia, CRNP

Maggie Bisceglia, CRNP, brings more than 30 years of medical experience to the OB-GYN team. Most recently, Bisceglia worked as an OB-GYN nurse practitioner at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. Bisceglia earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her nursing experience includes three years in Allegheny General Hospital’s Labor and Delivery and High Risk Ante-Partum units and 13 years at Pittsburgh’s Passavant Hospital, where she served in the Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum and GYN units and with the general surgery team in the OR.

“I am excited to welcome nurse practitioner Maggie Bisceglia to our practice,” said Dr. Tolbert. “She has specialized in women’s care for years and, in addition to her ability to provide our patients with routine gynecological and pregnancy care, her expertise in bio-feedback for pelvic floor dysfunction will enable us to offer Lowcountry women a conservative option to address an increasingly prevalent problem.”

Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists is located in Suite 210 of Beaufort Medical Plaza, 989 Ribaut Road and at 1000 W. Pine Street in Varnville, SC. To make an appointment with Bisceglia call (843) 522-7820.

Zeoli of Beaufort wins 2015 Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Management

The South Carolina Emergency Management Association (SCEMA) held their annual conference in Myrtle Beach recently where Major David Zeoli (Deputy Director of Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management) was presented with the SCEMA award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.

Who’s News for the week of March 10th-16th

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WHOS NEWS LONI REAL ESTATE

Photo above: Loni Lueke

Lueke joins Keller Williams Realty on Hilton Head Island

German American Real Estate Expert Loni Lueke has joined Keller Williams Realty on Hilton Head Island. Lueke also plans to establish a reciprocal real estate office locally in order to work not only with Americans, but also with Germans who are interested in the American real estate market.

Lueke’s first job in Germany was at a real estate office, and then she moved on to being a private investor for many years in Germany and Portugal for residential and commercial properties. After moving to the U.S. from Germany in 2014, Lueke founded Face the Facts and was a business and communications coach for politicians and CEO’s for over 30 years.

“With my history as a business coach, I believe that good relationships are the secret to substantial success and I love the way Keller Williams supports and trains people to better understand how to help our clients. That’s what’s most important,” said Lueke. For more information, go to www.hlonimlueke.com. You can contact Lueke directly at 843-505-1193 or email her at loni@lonimlueke.com.

SunGate Medical Group announces the additional location of Island Medical Spa

Dr. John Searles
Dr. John Searles

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon John Searles and Nurse Practitioner Jessica Lowther will begin to see patients at SunGate Medical Group’s new Island Medical Spa in Beaufort beginning March 16th.

Dr. Searles will see both cosmetic and reconstructive patients, specializing in skin cancer, breast surgery, facial plastic surgery, liposuction and body contouring. Searles completed his residency in general surgery and a head and neck fellowship at Emory University, followed by a three-year residency in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

“We are thrilled to be able to extend our reach to the Beaufort area, with the addition of the new spa in Port Royal,” said Dr. Searles. “I look forward to delivering high-quality care to our Beaufort patients.”

Jessica Lowther
Jessica Lowther

Nurse Practitioner Jessica Lowther will also see patients at the new location, using her expertise in dermatology and plastic surgery. She will attend to patients needing skin exams, skin cancer diagnoses, skin diseases, as well as adolescent and adult acne treatments. Lowther earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, and worked with a Mohs surgeon prior to joining SunGate. Jessica is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

Located at 2206 Mossy Oaks Road in Port Royal, the full-service spa will also offer facials, massages, fillers, Botox, anti-aging procedures, as well as hair and nail services. For additional information go to www.islandmedicalspahhi.com.

Two district office staff move into new positions

Two veteran educators are taking on new responsibilities at the Beaufort County School District’s central office. Geri Henderson, the district’s lead counselor for two years, will become Director of Secondary Education with responsibility for improving student achievement in middle and high schools.

Henderson replaces Bonnie Almond, who will become the district’s Director of Innovation with responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the district’s academic programs and developing innovative approaches to improving student achievement. “Geri has a track of success in everything she’s done,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “I’m confident that she will do a terrific job in her new position.”

Henderson has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in Augusta, Ga. She holds certifications as a school guidance counselor, family preservation counselor and military career and education counselor. She was recently accepted into an education leadership development program run by the South Carolina Department of Education.

Almond, who has served as Director of Secondary Education since 2013, is a 30-year veteran who has served in North Carolina schools as a teacher, assistant principal, elementary school principal and high school principal. She earned Lee County (N.C.) Principal of the Year honors in 2008.

“Educators who’ve worked with Bonnie know what a strong and capable professional she is, and I’ll be excited to see what she accomplishes in her new position,” Moss said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that our students will benefit academically from what she brings to the table.”

Almond has a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College and a master’s degree in school administration from North Carolina State University.

BMH hires nurse practitioner for Mobile Wellness Unit

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has hired a highly skilled nurse practitioner to travel with its LifeFit Mobile Wellness Unit, offering free clinical screenings to area residents in various locations throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Susan Draves
Susan Draves

Susan Draves, FNP, will be performing clinical breast exams, digital prostate exams, skin cancer screenings and blood pressure and blood sugar checks from the wellness unit, a 40-foot van equipped with a private examination room, blood-draw room and waiting area. She also will attend community events and provide health information to the public.

A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a master’s degree in Nursing, Draves has been a nurse practitioner for 18 years, most recently at Lowcountry Urgent Care. Prior to moving to Beaufort two years ago, she worked 16 years in a family practice office at Marion General Hospital in Indiana.

The LifeFit Mobile Wellness Unit was purchased by the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation in 1999 to provide the community with easier access to simple, routine health screenings. Last year, it made some 160 stops at businesses, schools, churches and community events in the Lowcountry. More than 3,200 people took advantage of the preventative services it provides.

Along with free clinical screenings, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, the unit also offers PSA blood tests and Lipid profile cholesterol tests for $10 each. For more information on the program and a schedule of upcoming stops, visit www.bmhsc.org.

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