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BJWSA board releases general manager

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) Board of Directors released Ken Griffin of his duties as General Manager, effective immediately.

Ed Saxon, Deputy General Manager for Engineering and Operations, has been named acting General Manager. Mr. Saxon has over two decades of service at BJWSA, and looks forward to continuing in his new role.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Monday, February 4, ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted: Amy Glass to Sheriff’s Tech III.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Monday, February 4, ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted: Amy Glass to Sheriff’s Tech III.

“We look forward to continuing to serve our customers with superior water and sewer services, and have the utmost confidence in Ed and our excellent staff to do so,” said Brandy Gray, BJWSA board chair. “This is a personnel matter, and we will not discuss details due to privacy considerations,” she added.

Man makes bomb threat, gets arrested

A Beaufort man was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31 after making a bomb threat to a local car dealership.

Just before 10 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to Dan Vaden Chevrolet (2811 Boundary Street) in reference to the business receiving a bomb threat via phone. Employees advised that a male caller had stated that everyone needed to get out of the building because he had put a bomb inside.

The business was evacuated and searched by members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Team, however, no device was located.

During the course of the ensuing investigation, the call was traced to a payphone in the area of Sunhouse Petroleum (3448 Trask Pkwy). Upon review of video surveillance from the store, investigators observed a white male making a call from the phone at the same time the bomb threat was received.

The suspect, identified as 39-year old Tarrie Daniel Reynolds, was located at nearby Sunshine Auto Sales, where he was working as a mechanic. After being positively identified, Reynolds was placed under arrest and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center where he remains awaiting a bond hearing.

The motive for the threat remains unknown.

Residents learn about tax credits, VITA

Some Beaufort and Jasper County residents can find out if they qualify for free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Program. (VITA). Here is a list of some VITA Tax Preparation Sites:

• Beaufort Library: Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays 1:30 to 7 p.m.

• CBC Bank in Port Royal: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon

• Piggly Wiggly on Boundary Street: Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• SCB&T on Boundary Street: Tuesdays – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• St. Helena Library: Mondays, 5 to 7:30 p.m.