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Beaufort 5th grader knows her words

Angela Estrada, a fifth-grader at Beaufort’s Broad River Elementary, is one of five Beaufort County School Distict students and 68 students nationally to earn a perfect scores in the winter edition of a national vocabulary competition.

The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets for nearly 150,000 students during each school year.

“Having command of an extensive vocabulary is a key component of being an effective communicator, and these students are obviously off to a strong start,” interim Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Herb Berg said in a release. “We’re proud of them and their teachers, too.” 

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that encourages students to become familiar with new words that are considerably harder than grade level, then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies that express various kinds of logical relationships. 

Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.

Free health screenings offered

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church’s Med-I-Assist program, along with S.C Department of Health and Environmental Control, AccessHealth Lowcountry and Beaufort Memorial Hospital will be providing free health screenings from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Beaufort Health Department at 1407 King Street for those citizens in need and wanting to get one or more screenings done.

Available screenings include: prostate, glucose (sugar), hypertension and/or cholesterol. Also Welvista Prescription Assistance, eye exam and eye glass vouchers will be available.

Historic beaufort foundation holding annual luncheon

The trustees and staff of the Historic Beaufort Foundation will hold their annual meeting and luncheon at noon Tuesday, April 9 at the Sea Island Inn.

The event will be highlighted by Cynthia Cole Jenkins’ presentation “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” an overview of preservation in South Carolina.

Reservations for the event, catered by Debbie Covington, are $20 per person and can be made by calling 843-379-3331.

Beaufort history museum to tell tales about sheriffs, coroners

Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort branch of the Beaufort County Library, will present a lecture titled “History and Tales of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.

Speakers will include Beaufort County coroner Ed Allen and Lieutenant Colonel Neil Baxley, emergency management director of the Beaufort County Sherriff’s Office.

The lecture is free to the public although a $5 donation is requested.

Advance registration is required. If you have pre-registered, you will be admitted first – before those who may walk in — as long as you are present 5 minutes before the announced starting time.

Register at

100 women who care beaufort to meet

The second meeting of the quarter for 100 Women Who Care Beaufort will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 9 in the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort’s fellowship hall.

The organization brings together women four times a year to choose and donate $100 each to a worthy, non-profit organization in northern Beaufort County. Since 2015, the organization has raised $240,705.

For more information, call 703-472-1780.

Beaufort league of women voters to talk climate

The League of Women Voters of Beaufort will host a presentation and discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11 by the non-profit group, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby at Beth Israel Synagogue regarding the Energy Innovation Act (H.R. 763).

More information on the topic may be found at or at

League meetings are open to the public and held the second Thursday of each month.The League of Women Voters of Beaufort, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information, contact the League of Womens Voters pf Beaufort at or 704-641-7357.

Lady’s island middle school robotics featured

The Lady’s Island Middle School 8th Grade Robotics Team will be featured at April’s Fridays @ the Corridor event. The hour-long event will take place at 8 a.m. April 12 at the Beaufort Digital Corridor’s BASEcamp at 500 Carteret Street.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and free parking will be available until 11 a.m.

The team, which won the Excellence Award at the VEX state championship, will be one of three S.C. teams representing S.C. at the VEX World Championships to be held April 24-27 in Louisville, Ky.

Seat’s can be reserved by emailing Any donations from this event will go toward the team’s trip to the worlds. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is a community-sourced initiative to attract, nurture and promote Beaufort’s technology entrepreneurs and the region’s tech economy through an array of programs, products and events.

TCL Hosting Open Houses

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting a series of open houses this spring. 

All events are free and open to the public, and prospective students and families, business representatives, and community members are invited. 

The open houses include:

– Business & Industrial Technologies and Public & Human Services Open House, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, Building 14, Beaufort Campus

– Health Open House, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 11, Building 4, Beaufort Campus

– Latino Open House, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 25, New River Campus, Bluffton

Visit to RSVP and for more details.

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