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Stewart named 2019 SC Paramedic of the Year

Beaufort County paramedic Angie Stewart was named the 2019 S.C. Paramedic of the Year recently during the South Carolina EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach.

Stewart, a veteran paramedic for more than 26 years, also volunteers with the Colleton County Fire Rescue and was instrumental in implementing the First Responder Assistance and Support

Team in Beaufort County. FAST provides mental health education and support for first responders. 

Citizen input sought for Hwy. 170 study

The Lowcountry Council of Governments has announced that citizens are encouraged to get involved in a newly initiated S.C. 170 Corridor Access Management Study as part of the Lowcountry Area Transportation Study (LATS)

The SC 170 corridor currently carries an average of 33,000 vehicles per day. This area has experienced significant growth, which has led to increased congestion and safety concerns along the corridor.

The study will develop management strategies to minimize traffic congestion and improve safety and traffic flow. The portion of highway being studied begins at the intersection of SC 170 at Okatie Center South and includes 4.5 miles of SC 170 to the intersection of SC 462. The project is estimated to conclude by the fall of 2019.

Beaufort County residents interested in reviewing the project and making a comment can click here, sign in, then click on “Add a Comment” box, move the icon to the section of the highway, click to select it, go to the dialogue box that appears and write in comments.

For more information, contact planning director Ginnie Kozak at or 843-473-3990 and Ryan Eckenrode at or 864-234-8931.

Beaufort County convenience centers closed Easter

All Beaufort County convenience centers will be closed Sunday, April 21, in observance of the Easter holiday, but will resume their normal schedule Monday, April 22. Residents are encouraged to check their local center for official operating hours and are asked to plan accordingly.

For more information, please contact the County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Section at 843-255-2736 or visit

Beaufort County to help residents properly dispose of prescription drugs April 27

The Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department, in partnership with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, is participating in the DEA National Rx Take Back program that allows people to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, and from 9 a.m. to noon, at Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center on Duke Street.
The following items will not be accepted: inventory from medical practices, liquid medicines, syringes or needles or medical waste.
For more information, call the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department at 843-255-6013.

County Treasurer’s offices closed April 24 for training 

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Offices will be closed on Wednesday, April 24, in order to conduct a Professional Development Day Training with staff. Offices will reopen under normal business hours on Thursday, April 25 at 8 a.m. Visit for information or to make a payment.

Parris Island holding live fire training

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be commencing live fire training from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, April 22-23 and 25.

The marsh and waterways in the range impact area, including Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek, and Edding Creek, will be closed to boater traffic.
For questions regarding firing times and waterway closures, please contact the Weapons and Field Training Battalion Range Control at 843-228-3170.

New Coastline episode discusses F-35 training, Air Show

A new episode of The County Channel’s series Coastline discusses F-35 training and the upcoming 2019 MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Joining host Rick Forschner is Second Lieutenant Kevin L. Buss and Captain Frank “Chomps” Zastoupil of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
The Air Show is scheduled for April 27-28 and will showcase Naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels. 

General admission is free.
Coastline, a monthly news show filmed in-studio and produced by The County Channel, airs on The County Channel at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. Fridays.

Watch The County Channel on Comcast Ch. 2, Hargray Chs. 9 and 113, and Spectrum Ch. 1304. Viewers can also watch programming live and on-demand at The County Channel’s website at

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