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Two County Channel shows earn Emmy nominations

Two of The County Channel’s award-winning nature series, “Coastal Kingdom” and “Night Skies of Beaufort County,” have been nominated for Southeastern EMMY Awards for 2019 in multiple categories. 

“Coastal Kingdom,” hosted by naturalist and educator Tony Mills and a production partnership between The County Channel and The LowCountry Institute on Spring Island, received two nominations for the episodes “Remarkable Birds” and “The Sandhills.” Mills, who won last year for best on-camera talent, was nominated again this year, as well. 

The stargazing series “Night Skies of Beaufort County,” was also nominated for its episode “Supermoons & King Tides.” 

This is not the first Emmy nomination for The County Channel, but it is the first time Coastal Kingdom has received three nods in one year. 

The Southeast Emmy Awards are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Winners will be announced in June.

Watch all programming for The County Channel live 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

African Queen to address PAFEN 5th Anniversary meeting

Her Majesty Queen Mother Dowoti Desir Hounon Houna II, Queen of the Palace of Dada Daagbo Hounon Houna II Guely, Supreme Spiritual Chief of Vodun Hwendo, Benin, West Africa, will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Anniversary annual meeting of the Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The free, public event will be held at the St. Helena Island Branch Library.

The Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network is a part of leading regional efforts to protect the ownership of black-owned ancestral homes and land. Since 2015, PAFEN’s “HELP SAVE GULLAH-GEECHEE LAND CAMPAIGN” has helped to prevent the loss of Gullah-Geechee-owned property with an assessed value of more than $6 million, according to tax records in Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, and Horry counties.

TCL hosting appreciation event for military, veterans 

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting its fourth annual “Day of Service” event. Active duty military, veterans and their families are invited to a free barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18. 

The event will be held outside Building 12 at the TCL Beaufort Campus at 921 Ribaut Road and will include barbecue and bingo, plus bounce houses and face painting for children.

The Day of Service is presented by Technical College of the Lowcountry through support of the Veterans Resource Center, Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Coca-Cola.

Cash donations are appreciated and will benefit Student Veterans of America. For more information,  visit or contact Christina Welsch-Copeland at or 843-525-8264.

Marines will hold live-fire training

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be commencing live-fire training from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21.
The marsh and waterways in the range impact area will include Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek and Edding Creek. These areas 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.

City permit fees can now be paid online

The City of Beaufort has announced the ability for all citizens to pay for city permits online through the Beaufort Self Service portal found at This is a quick, easy, and secure way for citizens to make payments for permits from the comfort of home or on the go from a mobile device. For more information, contact the Economic Development Department at 843-525-7011/7049. 

Davis, Covert will speak to Beaufort Tea Party

State Senator Tom Davis and Mike Covert, a candidate in Congressional District 1, will be the guests at the Beaufort Tea Party’s May meeting held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 20th at Fuji’s Teppanyaki Restaurant on Lady’s Island. Come early, as seating will be limited.

SC’s shellfish season closes May 31

South Carolina’s 2018-2019 season for the harvest of oysters, mussels, clams and all other bivalves from State Shellfish Grounds and Public Shellfish Grounds will close on Friday, May 31, 2019 at one half hour after official sunset, according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officials. 

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 the fall, when water temperatures begin to cool and ensure that shellfish are once again safe for harvesting and consumption. Shellfish harvesting is expected to reopen Oct. 1. 

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