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Community meeting on St. Helena Island
Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner will moderate a community meeting Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Helena Elementary School.  The community is invited to attend this open forum to discuss criminal activity on St. Helena Island.

Beaufort to replace playground equipment
Damaged play equipment at Beaufort’s Pigeon Point playground will be repaired under warranty with the hope of having it ready for kids by mid-September, city officials said.
The multipurpose play stations were installed in 2006 when Beaufort upgraded the park on Pigeon Point Road. In early June, though, wooden support posts were found to be rotting.
“Our public works team noticed the problem on June 1 and we have dismantled that particular piece of play equipment for safety reasons,” said Eliza Hill, Beaufort’s landscape architect. “It’s a shame that this happened right as summer vacation started, and we feel bad for the children who haven’t been able to play at Pigeon Point Park.”
The decaying materials are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty and will be replaced without charge other than labor, said Isiah Smalls, Beaufort’s director of public works.
Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said the repairs are a priority for the city. “We value our parks and playgrounds and the Pigeon Point Park has been exceptionally popular with the younger children even since it re-opened in 2006,” he said. “We’ll get the equipment fixed and back in the swing as soon as possible.”

New Crimestoppers number for county
Effective as of Friday, July 13, Beaufort County residents will have a new number to dial to reach Crimestoppers, a statewide program dedicated to receiving and disseminating information to law enforcement agencies.
Anytime, day or night, citizens can call the Crimestoppers hotline at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) to provide any tips they may have to contribute to ongoing criminal investigations. Should information lead to an arrest or major development in an investigation, the providing caller will be eligible to receive a cash reward.
Citizens also have the option of sending information online at sccrimestoppers.com or by texting TIPSC and their message to CRIMES (274637).