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City board vacancies need to be filled
The City of Beaufort currently has several vacancies on city boards and commissions.  The city is seeking qualified volunteers with specific interest and experience to serve on these boards. The boards with vacancies are:
•     Tourism Development Advisory Committee
•     Historic District Review Board
•     Zoning Board of Appeals
•     Election Commission
•     Beaufort Housing Authority
•     Tourism Management Advisory Committee
Some specific criteria is required to serve on some of these boards and commissions.  If you have an interest, please contact me via email or phone.  Applications can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.cityofbeaufort.org

County offers recycling and shredding day
The Beaufort County Division of Solid Waste and Recycling is holding a special Electronic Goods Collection and Document Shredding event Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations. Residents are encouraged to bring their broken computers, televisions, and other electronic items for recycling.  S.C. Law 48-60 enacted last year prohibits dumping electronic items  in the landfill or at County convenience centers.  Secure shredding of personal and tax documents will also be provided at no charge at the event. Two county public works sites will accept the items: the Public Works North site at 140 Shanklin Road site near the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, and the Public Works South site at 9 Benton Field Road off Burnt Church Road, Bluffton. If you have questions concerning Electronics or Shredding Event please call Carol Murphy at the Solid Waste and Recycling Division for more information at 843-255-2734 or www.bcgov.net/recycle. Check SC DHEC’s website for more in-depth information about recycling http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/.

Sheriff’s Office
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of thefts that occurred overnight Saturday. Sheriff’s deputies fielded several reports Sunday morning of vehicles that had been entered throughout the Cat Island community. No sign of forced entry or damage was observed to any of the vehicles, and it is believed all were left unlocked by their owners. Among the items reported stolen were cash, jewelry, and sunglasses. One victim reported that a golf cart had been stolen from their driveway; however, it was recovered a short time later, abandoned off Islands Causeway. At this time there is no information regarding any possible suspect(s). Residents are encouraged secure their vehicles and property by keeping windows up and doors locked, and to refrain from leaving behind keys and/or items of value when vehicles are unattended. Any noted suspicious person(s) or activity should be reported immediately by contacting the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

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