The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce recently installed the following new board members: Herbert Ford of Hilton Head Island, Gary Littlejohn of Bluffton, and Attorney Bernard McIntyre of Beaufort. Herbert Ford is a native of Hilton Head Island and is returning after retirement from a career with the CIA. Gary Littlejohn is the owner of Jackson Hewitt with several locations in the Beaufort and surrounding areas. Attorney Bernard McIntyre has practiced law in Beaufort for over 30 years. Keep Reading
Gold Star Mom and Columbia, SC artist, Suzy Shealy will be selling her “Iraq Series” Prints at the Courtyard Art Gallery, 149 1/2 East Bay St. 5 – 8pm this Friday, May 6th in Charleston, SC. All proceeds will be donated to the Independence Fund to benefit our severely injured troops via the Lt Dan Weekend. Keep Reading
DATAW ISLAND COMMUNITY TO EXPAND
In 1983, when Alcoa decided to develop Dataw Island and the nearby 32 acre Oak Island, they requested permission from Beaufort County to build 1,143 single family units and 403 multi-family units on its property. Beaufort County approved the request as a planned unit development (PUD). If every authorized home was built the community would have a gross density of 1.78 units per acre. To place this density in perspective the New Point community on Lady’s Island has a density of 2.45 units to an acre. Of the total 1,546 dwelling units authorized only 1,194 have actually been built leaving another 352 units which could legally be built on the remaining property. Keep Reading
The Fifth Annual Beaufort Memorial Cycling Classic sped through Beaufort last week, bringing 200 professional cyclists to town. Male and female competitors raced around Bay, Scott, Newcastle and Craven Streets at speeds up to 40mph.
Prior to the event Tuesday, BMH also sponsored Cycling Sunday, a kid’s bike safety rodeo that featured an obstacle course with rolling hills, bike fittings, and free bike helmets. Keep Reading
The festival kicks off Friday, May 6, from 6-10 p.m. with Shaggin’ With A Taste. DJ Jim Bowers will be playing the best beach music and co-sponsors, The Beaufort Shag Club, will be teaching the six basic steps of Shag at 7 p.m. Keep Reading
Dr. Valerie Truesdale is completing her fourth year as superintendent of Beaufort County School District. Before coming to Beaufort, she was the superintendent for Oconee County School District. Prior to that, she was the Chief Instructional Services Officer for Lexington and Richland counties and served as senior executive assistant for the South Carolina Department of Education. She is a former high school principal, assistant principal, personnel administrator and teacher. Keep Reading
A special election will be held July 19 to fill the Beaufort City Council seat left vacant with longtime leader Gary Fordham’s passing.
The filing deadline is noon Saturday, June 4, for candidates interested in the position. The Beaufort City Council approved the required resolution last Tuesday evening. Keep Reading
Beaufort County EMS, in partnership with Low Country Safe Kids and the Beaufort Kiwanis Club, will teach people how to maximize protection of their young passengers at a free car seat inspection Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Beaufort Town Center, located on Boundary Street near Kmart. Keep Reading
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