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Former SC education head endorses Harrison

Jim Rex, South Carolina’s 16th Superintendent of Education, endorsed Jaime Harrison’s candidacy for U.S. Senate in South Carolina.

“Jaime is a lifelong, passionate advocate for students, and a leader who will bring sorely needed common sense and problem-solving skills to the United States Senate,” Rex said in a release. “Education was the key to success in Jaime’s life, and when elected Jaime will fight tirelessly so that every child in South Carolina will reach their full academic potential. I’m proud to offer Jaime my full support.”

Rex in 2006 was elected to serve as South Carolina Superintendent of Education, a position he held until 2011. After leaving that post, Rex co-founded the American Party of South Carolina, which later became known as the Alliance Party, which advances centrism and non-partisan solutions to public policy issues.

Rotary Club hosts S.C.’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The Rotary Club of Beaufort, Beaufort’s oldest Rotary, hosted Retired Army Major General William F. Grimsley, the state of South Carolina’s first Secretary of Veterans Affairs, at its Wednesday, Sept. 23 luncheon.

Secretary Grimsley, from Beaufort, assumed this position in March 2020.

General Grimsley framed his remarks around his department’s mission statement: “… serving veterans and their families. They are our customers and customer service is our first and most important job.”

Since assuming his position in March, he has focused on establishing and leading a state-wide coalition of partners to ensure a common goal of taking care of South Carolina’s service members, former service members, and their families. 

There are an estimated 405,000 veterans residing in South Carolina, and approximately 23,000 veterans in Beaufort County.

The Rotary Club of Beaufort conducts “hybrid” meetings, with approximately half of its membership attending a luncheon meeting while the other half participates virtually via Zoom.