News briefs for August 18th-24th

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160804-N-EW322-033 SAN DIEGO (Aug. 4, 2016) – Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jamaan Fripp, from Beaufort, South Carolina, stands in formation with fellow USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay. Capt. Mark Melson relieved Capt. Jon P. Rodgers during the ceremony. The amphibious assault ship is homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clark D. Lane/Released)
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SAN DIEGO (Aug. 4, 2016) – Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jamaan Fripp, from Beaufort, South Carolina, stands in formation with fellow USS Makin Island (LHD 8) Sailors during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay. Capt. Mark Melson relieved Capt. Jon P. Rodgers during the ceremony. The amphibious assault ship is homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Clark D. Lane/Released)

CFL names new donor services associate

Shelly Fulton has joined the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry as a donor services associate.

In this role, Fulton will process gifts and grants, manage donor services for donors and fund representatives, and serve as a donor liaison.

Fulton brings extensive administrative experience, primarily in the healthcare field, to the position.

Her background includes client services, from administrative and financial operations to direct client care services and coordination.

Most recently she worked at Palmetto Anesthesia & Pain. Prior to that, Fulton held positions at Darling Eye Center, The Eye Site of Bluffton and Palmetto Eye Specialists.

Fulton has completed continuing education classes in numerous office administration functions at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, as well as pre-requisite courses toward an RN degree at Technical College of the Lowcountry. She has also completed the SC NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program).

Fulton lives in Bluffton.

Rep. Sanford accepting intern applications

Rep. Mark Sanford is accepting applications for fall 2016 congressional internships in his Washington D.C., Mount Pleasant and Beaufort offices.

“Each year, our office welcomes a number of college students as they join us for our internship program,” he said. “This gives them a glimpse into the legislative process in Washington and a chance to learn more of how Washington works.”

This internship runs from early September through early December, and interested students are encouraged to fill out an application.

Call 202-225-3176.

Possible mosquito spraying through Aug. 19

Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial training, surveillance, and/or spray missions that may include the application of EPA-registered public health insecticides during daylight hours through Friday, Aug. 19.

It uses low-flying aircraft and its aerial spraying is dependent upon ideal weather.

It does not treat the salt marsh habitats for adult mosquitoes during these aerial operations.

For additional information, call 843-255-5800.

County wins award for financial reporting

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Beaufort County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Fiscal Year 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

Beaufort County has earned the CAFR certificate for the past seven years.

“The CAFR certificate is the highest form of recognition that an organization can receive for governmental accounting and financial reporting,” said Alicia Holland, the county’s chief financial officer and assistant county administrator for finance.

“Attaining this certificate represents a significant accomplishment for Beaufort County, our management and contributing staff.  We are very proud of this achievement,” she said.

CAFR requirements for jurisdictions include adhering to all pronouncements issued by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and an annual audit by an external certified public accounting firm.

An impartial panel judged the CAFR to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

“The CAFR is intended to give readers an idea of what Beaufort County strives to accomplish in its financial reporting and public programs and services,” said Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic. “The goal of the CAFR is to present correct and complete data so that county finances will be understood. We also incorporate images from local photographers to visually show the value of what the numbers represent — a treasured quality of life and amazing outdoor environment. The CAFR offers an effective and transparent venue for delivering this important information. We are proud of the recognition Beaufort County has received for our commitment to transparency and excellence.”

To view the CAFR and other county financial reports, visit www.bcgov.net and go to“Finance” under the “Departments” tab.  More details about the award can be found atwww.gfoa.org/awards.

North county Dems to hold monthly meeting

The Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle St. in  Beaufort.

The social gathering is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting  starts promptly at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Beth Young, an experienced campaign headquarter organizer, who will talk about how to run a successful election campaign office.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Attorney organization names new president

The South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ) has named a new president.

Lowcountry attorney Alex Cash of Rosen Hagood is taking over the leadership of the state’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers. He will be replacing R. Alexander Murdaugh, with the firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, whose term has expired.

SCAJ has over 1,300 members and is the state’s leading advocate for matters related to justice and access to fairness under the law.

Cash’s new leadership role became official at the association’s annual meeting recently on Hilton Head.

“Our group works tirelessly to protect the rights granted to us under the Constitution,” said Cash. “Before becoming president, I was an active member for over 15 years. I’m proud of the work the association accomplishes and look forward to helping continue its efforts to gain access to justice for all citizens.”

Cash has practiced law with Rosen Hagood since 1991 and his areas of practice include family law and personal injury cases.

Cash was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of South Carolina’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and he was named as a member of the Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.