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Special election will fill County Council seat
As a result of County Council Chairman Weston Newton’s pending resignation, a special election will be held to fill the Beaufort County Council District 9 seat. This is a partisan office. Candidates seeking party nomination must file with their respective political party.  Candidates must submit at the same time, and to the same filing officer, a Statement of Intention of Candidacy, a copy of the Statement of Economic Interest Form, and the filing fee of 207 dollars. Filing opens on Friday, November 30, 2012 at noon and closes on December 10, 2012 at noon. Party primaries will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, as needed.
Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot via petition must submit a petition and a copy of the Statement of Economic Interest Form to the Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration no later than Friday, January 18, 2013, at noon.  A successful petition must have the valid signatures of no less than five percent of the number of voters registered in the County Council District 9.
The special election to fill the remainder of the Beaufort County Council District 9 unexpired term will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

County Council names America Recycles Day
At its meeting Monday, November 5, Beaufort County Council proclaimed November 15 “America Recycles Day” in the county. In the proclamation, Council Chairman Weston Newton encouraged citizens to take a few minutes on that day to commit to recycling and buying recycled products. Recycling protects our environment, is a wise use of our natural resources and supports the economic well-being of the county.
One unique feature of the America Recycles Day campaign is the opportunity for people to sign a personal pledge to recycle. Download the forms at www.americarecyclesday.org.

Islands of Beaufort has annual charity auction
Residents of the Islands of Beaufort held their annual charity auction to raise money for local charities in anticipation of the holiday season.  More than $1,700 was raised and evenly divided in donations to CODA and HELP of Beaufort. The auction was hosted by Catherine and David Stewart of the Islands of Beaufort, and was well attended by residents who bid on items as varied as a two-night stay at the Beaufort Holiday Inn and lessons in conversational French.
“Residents of our community are pleased to support our local charities, and many of our neighbors also volunteer throughout the year to lend a helping hand to our local benevolent organizations.” stated Catherine Stewart, hostess of the event,  and a member of the Board of Trustees of CODA.
For more information please contact Joan Byrnes on 843-379-3215