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Ghost Tours for 2021

The CAPA Board of Directors and the Exchange Club have made the decision to postpone Ghost Tours until October 2022, they announced Tuesday afternoon on the CAPA Facebook page.

“We were so excited about the energy and excitement surrounding the possibility of the event in the fall; however, the health and safety of our community, volunteers, and staff is the priority,” the post reads.

County holding meeting Oct. 5 regarding Stuart Point Road Pathway

Beaufort County is hosting a public meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5, to discuss the Stuart Point Road Pathway, one of the 14 priority locations as approved in the 2018 One Cent Sales Tax Referendum. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Whale Branch Elementary School Cafeteria, 15 Stuart Point Road, Seabrook.

Beaufort County staff will present the proposed design for the 8-foot shared-use path on Stuart Point Road from Delaney Circle to U.S. 21. The pathway improves pedestrian and bicyclist safety by providing a separate facility from the roadway.

Visit https://bit.ly/3zR8Kxb for meeting and project details.

For questions or persons requiring additional assistance due to language barriers, contact the Capital Projects Department at 843-255-2700.

Men’s, women’s clubs hosting GOP barbecue fundraiser

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club and the Beaufort Federation of Republican Men will hold a fundraising event from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary Street in Beaufort.

The event will feature a barbecue buffet by Jimmy Fitts, a silent auction, and a beer and wine cash bar. The guest speaker will be State Senator Chip Campsen.

Tickets are $25 each, and there will be no tickets at the door. Mail checks to BRWC, P.O. Box 1835, Beaufort, S.C. 29901 prior to Sept. 22. For more information, contact Elaine Gantt at 843-379-0056.

Public input needed on transportation plan

The Lowcountry Council of Governments (LCOG) is working to update the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Rural Area LRTP.

These plans will identify transportation needs for the urbanized and rural areas over the next 20 years and provide a set of multimodal strategies to address these needs.

In put on the region’s transportation needs with a short survey at http://metroquestsurvey.com/tz0i0l.

The survey closes Friday, October 8. For more information, visit www.lowcountrycog.org, contact Stephanie Rossi, Planning Director for the Planning Department at Lowcountry Country Council of Governments, at 843-473-3958 or email srossi@lowcountrycog.org.

County accepting applications for 2 percent tax grants

The Beaufort County Accommodations Tax Board is now accepting applications from organizations in Beaufort County wishing to receive grants from the 2 percent state accommodations tax fund.

South Carolina law allows for a 2 percent tax levy on the rental of all transient accommodations to help provide financial support to promote tourism and fund tourism-related activities in municipalities and counties within the state.

As a result, individuals staying overnight in hotels, motels, inns, and vacation rentals pay 2 percent in addition to the statewide sales tax and any local sales and use tax applied to their lodging cost.

The current year application (2021/2022) is available online at https://bit.ly/3tioIPo.

Applications will not be accepted or reviewed if received incomplete or after 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Shannon Milroy at atax@bcgov.net or 843-255-2302.

Pough resigns from SC Department of Juvenile Justice

Freddie Pough, who served as director of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ) for more than five years, has resigned from his position, as of Sept. 21.

Eden Hendrick, who most recently served as Assistant General Counsel at the S.C. Department of Administration, will serve as Acting Director of SCDJJ until a permanent director is nominated by Governor McMaster and confirmed by the South Carolina Senate.

Hendrick, who began serving as a Senior Deputy Director at SCDJJ last week, has also served as an attorney with the S.C. Department of Social Services and led the Richland County Family Court Division in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s office from 2015 to May 2020, when she joined the Department of Administration.

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