Beaufort Republican Women, Tabernacle Baptist hosting lecture series

The Beaufort Republican Women’s Club and the Tabernacle Baptist Church are hosting a three-part lecture series entitled “Race Relations and Unity” from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 901 Craven Street, Beaufort.

Reverend Kenneth Hodges will begin with a lecture entitled “Robert Smalls-Founder of the S.C. Republican Party,” followed by Al Jenkins with Senator Tim Scott’s Office with a lecture entitled “An Uncomfortable Conversation With A Black Man,” and the final lecture entitled “Can We Be Different and Respectful At The Same Time?”

The program will end with a panel discussion. The event is free; however, donations to the Harriet Tubman Memorial fund will be accepted. Seating is limited. RSVP to handyabc@gmail.com by March 30.

Beaufort County business license renewals due April 30

Businesses that operate within the unincorporated boundaries of Beaufort County must renew their County business license by April 30 or face penalties for being late. Renewal information and forms are being mailed to all business owners at this time.

The S.C. General Assembly passed Act 176, SC Business License Tax Standardization Act, to streamline the business license process by creating the same process for taxing jurisdictions across the state. The new regulations are as follows:

As of January 1, 2022, all municipalities, and counties in South Carolina that levy a local business license tax must comply with the law.

Details of the Business License Standardization Act

The standard due date is April 30.

The standard license year is May 1 through April 30.

The standard calculation for business license tax using gross income will be based on prior calendar year or business fiscal year.

The standard application will be accepted as approved by the SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

All businesses will be listed in the standard class schedule according to their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code.

Standard class schedule will be used as adopted by SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office.

For more information visit the Beaufort County Business Services website or call here at 843-255-2270.

Hopeful Horizons receives grants from Berkeley Hall, Hargray

Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation and Hargray Caring Coins have awarded grants to Hopeful Horizons to support services for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Hargray Caring Coins funding will support staff training, which is critical to providing trauma-informed, evidence-based services for victims of abuse. Training and therapist supervision is required by the state of South Carolina for licensure of counselors and therapists.

Funding from Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation will help fund services that are offered through Hopeful Horizons’ Bluffton office and will also enable the organization to leverage federal funding.

The services provided at the Bluffton office include family advocacy, crisis intervention, child forensic interviews (which Hopeful Horizons provides at the request of law enforcement or the Department of Social Services in cases of alleged child abuse/neglect) and counseling and therapy for adults and children.

“We are grateful to partners like the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation and Hargray Caring Coins for providing support that helps victims of abuse in Bluffton and the surrounding areas,” said Hopeful Horizons CEO Kristin Dubrowski. “These local partners have a tremendous impact on our work.”

The organization’s support line operates 24/7 and can be reached at 843-770-1070.

SC Humanitiesaccepting nominees for Governor’s Awards

South Carolina Humanities has announced that nominations for the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities and the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Awards are now being accepted through May 14.

Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards celebrate the Palmetto State’s humanities academics and advocates. SC Humanities recently introduced the Fresh Voices in the Humanities Awards as a way to recognize innovative individuals who use culture and history to bring people together, but whose efforts may have gone relatively unnoticed beyond their own community. SC Humanities awarded 94 Governor’s Awards since 1991 and 10 Fresh Voices Awards since 2018.

All nominations should be sent by May 14, to the attention of Randy Akers, SC Humanities, P.O. Box 5287, Columbia, SC 29250. Nominations can also be emailed to rlakers@schumanities.org. Nominations must include: a letter describing the contributions of the nominee (up to three pages); a resume or C.V. for nominated individuals; two to three letters of support for nominated organizations/institutions; and contact information for the nominee, including name, phone number, and email address. Please note that individuals, organizations, and/or institutions may not nominate themselves.

The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Award Ceremony will be held at the Pastides Alumni Center on Thursday, Oct. in Columbia. Table sponsorships are available, as well as individual tickets. To reserve one or more tables or to purchase individual tickets, call 803-771-2477.

To learn more about the Governor’s Awards and see a list of past winners, visit www.schumanities.org/annualevents/govawards.

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