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Family Health Jamboree coming to Dale

The Family Health Jamboree will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 367 Keans Neck Road, Dale, SC 29940.

This massive Event is sponsored by Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Med-I-Assist Program, AccessHealth Lowcountry, Beaufort Memorial Hospital Wellness Mobile Unit and SCDHEC-Community System Team-Lowcountry Region.

The Jamboree is designed to provide “health support services” to families and individuals – both adults and children. You will be able to get the following screenings done: prostate, glucose (sugar), hypertension and/or cholesterol. Also Welvista Prescription Assistance and eye exam and eyeglasses vouchers will also be available.

For more information contact Madie Orage-Green at 843-525-4081.

Beaufort Twilight Run needs volunteers

The Beaufort Twilight Run, set for March 21, needs volunteers to help paper the town with BTR posters and to assist along the race course and throughout the Habersham Marketplace the day of the race.

Volunteers may contact Ashley McCartney with questions at 760-583-6688 or

Erickson, Campsen address Republican Women

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club was joined by State Representative Shannon Erickson and State Senator Chip Campsen at its annual Membership Drive Luncheon on February 22 at the Dataw Island Club. BRWC President Elaine Gantt thanked them for helping to make it a successful event. For information about membership or the next luncheon scheduled for April at the Old Beaufort Bar & Eatery, call Elaine at 843-379-0056 or email

Workshop to focus on historic buildings, taxes

A workshop sponsored by the City of Beaufort and the Historic Beaufort Foundation will focus on state and federal tax incentives available to assist with the costs of preserving historic buildings. Both owner-occupied historic homes and buildings used to produce income, such as stores, offices and apartment buildings, may be eligible for tax incentives.

This workshop, presented by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, is open to the public and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers.

Architects, real estate professionals, interior designers, contractors, developers, accountants, planners, owners of qualified historic properties, and those interested in the economic benefits of historic preservation are encouraged to attend. For more information, and to reserve your space, please call Tara Hodges at 843-379-7519 or email her at

Howard holding meeting on Shell Point drainage issues

Beaufort County Council Member Alice Howard (District 4) will host a community meeting for residents of Shell Point to discuss existing stormwater and drainage issues. Dan Ryback, Interim Beaufort County Stormwater Manager, and Neil Desai, Beaufort County Public Works Director, will be available for questions.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Port Royal Town Hall, 700 Paris Avenue, Port Royal. The meeting is open to the general public. Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, please contact Beaufort County Council Member Howard at, 843-255-2202 (office) or 843-986-7403 (mobile).

County Council’s Howard, Flewelling hosting meeting

Beaufort County Council Members Alice Howard (District 4) and Brian Flewelling (District 5) are hosting a joint public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 about county solid waste and recycle services. The meeting will be held at the Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs Department’s Large Meeting Room, 100 Clear Water Way, Beaufort.

The guest speaker will be Dave Wilhelm, Beaufort County Assistant County Administrator for the Public Works and Sustainability Division. Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, please contact Howard at, 843-255-2202 (office) or 843-986-7403 (cell); or Flewelling at or 843-255-2200.

County hosting 2 meetings on Comprehensive Plan

The Beaufort County Planning Department is hosting two workshops to invite public comment on the County’s Comprehensive Plan. This effort to allow stakeholders an opportunity to articulate their vision for Beaufort County’s future, will be led by Design Workshop, the primary consultant.

Attendees will hear a presentation explaining a comprehensive plan and have an opportunity to participate in an interactive table exercise to articulate their vision for the County’s future.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Battery Creek High School Cafeteria, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Buckwalter Recreation Center (Room No. 2), 905 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton.

For more information, contact the Beaufort County Planning Department at 843-255-2140.

Judge allows SC’s suit to block offshore drilling to continue

A federal judge has ruled that South Carolina’s lawsuit to block offshore drilling off the coast of South Carolina can move forward. United States District Judge Richard Gergel issued the written opinion Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The federal government had asked that South Carolina’s lawsuit be dismissed.

“I would like to thank Judge Gergel for allowing South Carolina’s claims to go forward,” Attorney General Alan Wilson said. “This case is vital to South Carolina and its beautiful coastline and natural resources.”

Then-President Obama issued an executive order withdrawing Outer Continental Shelf Lands belonging to the United States from being leased for oil and gas exploration. President Trump then issued an executive order to undo President Obama’s order. South Carolina Attorney General Wilson argues that Congress gave presidents the authority to withdraw land from leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf but did not give presidents the power to reverse that decision and make such areas eligible again for leasing.

The federal government asked that South Carolina’s lawsuit be dismissed but Judge Gergel agreed with the State and his order allows it to proceed.

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