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City manager Prokop recovering from cardiac bypass surgery

Beaufort City Manager Bill Prokop underwent cardiac bypass surgery at the MUSC Health University Medical Center on Dec. 29. Once discharged from the hospital, he is expected to recover at home for four to six weeks.

Assistant City Manager Reece Bertholf is the interim city manager during this period, and will assume all of Prokop’s normal duties. 

Alcohol and Drug Abuse offices closed

The Beaufort and Bluffton Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department offices will not be open to walk-ins, until further notice. For assistance, call either Beaufort at 843-255-6000 or Bluffton/Hilton Head at 843-255-6020.

Colonel Clean Carwash to celebrate grand opening

The City of Beaufort and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Colonel Clean Carwash with a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

The new, state-of the art facility is located at 242 Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort. The owner, Lex Brown, will also present a check to The Wounded Warriors Project during the ceremony. The event will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

The concept for the carwash was developed through Brown’s aviation background as a Marine Corps fighter pilot and his multiple tours of duty at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. After Brown’s retirement he wanted to open a local business that would honor the military and first responders.

To learn more about Colonel Clean Carwash, call 843-441-2300 or visit their website at

Parris Island holding extended live-fire training

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be conducting extended live-fire training from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12. The marsh and waterways in the range impact area to include 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.

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