News briefs for July 28th-August 3rd

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Mosquito spraying may take place through Friday

In accordance with FAA regulations, 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, July 29.

Beaufort County Mosquito Control 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, contact Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800.

Unpaid property tax notices to be posted

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin levying delinquent properties on Monday, Aug. 8.

This is the process in which a “Notice of Levy” sign will be affixed to the property to notify the owner that the property taxes have not been paid.

Delinquent property owners have until Wednesday, Aug. 31, to pay the taxes in full before an additional delinquent fee of $50 is added.

Personal checks will not be accepted after Aug. 31.

The taxes must be paid by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, to prevent the property from being auctioned at the Delinquent Tax Sale.

The Beaufort County Delinquent Tax Sale will take place on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Charles Lind Brown Gymnasium, 1001 Hamar St. in Beaufort.

No payments will be accepted for the delinquent property on the day of the auction.

Citizens invited to water quality meeting

Beaufort County will be actively improving and protecting water quality through several projects.

Following priorities and recommendations of the Battery Creek Watershed Management Plan, the Beaufort County Stormwater Department and the city of Beaufort Public Works Department will collaborate to minimize bacteria discharging into local waterways by expanding stormwater treatment practices and improving infrastructure.

This project is important for the region because it helps protect recreational waters and keeps shellfish beds open and safe.

To learn how this project will affect Beaufort County and how to be an active steward in further protecting water quality and the quality of life in the Lowcountry, residents are invited to attend a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the city of Beaufort Council Chambers at 1911 Boundary St. in Beaufort.

For more information, call the Beaufort County Stormwater Department at 843-255-2805.

AmeriCorps funding to help state services

South Carolina has received $3.97 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The governor-appointed South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service will award grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state.

The law creating AmeriCorps gave a key role to states in determining how national service resources are used and promoting service and volunteering to meet community needs.

In South Carolina, these funds will support 16 AmeriCorps programs meeting community needs in the areas of economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, environmental stewardship and disaster services.

In order to achieve the goals of the awarded grants, up to 501 individuals will commit to a year of service as AmeriCorps members. Various levels of service commitments are available throughout the state.

Those interested in learning more about becoming an AmeriCorps Member or programs in South Carolina can visit www.uwasc.org/AmeriCorpsPrograms.

Dock on St. Helena closed for repairs

The floating dock at the Buddy and Zoo Boat Landing on Saint Helena Island is closed temporarily for repairs. An estimated time of completion for the repair work has not yet been established.

For more information, contact David Wilhelm, Beaufort County Public Works Director, at 843-255-2800.

Tourism committee seeking members

The city of Beaufort’s Tourism Development Advisory Committee (TDAC) is seeking to fill vacancies, specifically in the lodging and hospitality industry.

This city committee is tasked with consolidating and recommending to the Beaufort City Council the expenditures of state accommodations funds and generally meets twice a year.

To apply, call 843-525-7018 or visit www.cityofbeaufort.org/application.aspx.

CODA to hold volunteer training in August

Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence will be holding volunteer training beginning Saturday, Aug. 20.

Training hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 and will continue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. from Aug. 21-23.

All four sessions must be completed prior to beginning volunteer activities.

CODA volunteers will be trained in working with victims of domestic violence, answering the 24-hour crisis line, and a variety of activities working either on site in CODA’s offices and/or the shelter, or at various community events as representatives of CODA.

Applicants must pre-register and an interview is necessary prior to the start of training.

Interested individuals should contact Theresa Lacey at 843-770-1074, ext. 225, or visit www.codalowcountry.org and click on the volunteer tab.

Dr. Al M. Panu named to NAIA council 

University of South Carolina Beaufort Chancellor Dr. Al M. Panu has been named as the Sun Conference representative to the NAIA Council of Presidents.

The Council of Presidents (COP) is the NAIA’s chief governing body and takes responsibility for all budgetary and fiscal matters, employment and supervision of the president/chief executive officer, and continuing review, evaluation and strengthening of academic standards.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent the Sun Conference on the Council of Presidents,” Panu said, “and I look forward to working to enhance and broaden the successes of our scholar-athletes, not only at USCB but throughout the Sun Conference and the NAIA.”

Panu was selected by his peers to serve the remaining 2 1/2 years of the term vacated by former Keiser University President Tom Duncan. When Panu’s term expires Dec. 31, 2018, he will be eligible for reelection and the conference may appoint him to a full three-year term.

“I applaud the presidents’ decision to elect the first representative from the northern tier of our conference to lead us for the next two years,” Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Panu to find new opportunities to develop The Sun into the premier conference in the NAIA.”

420 new Marines graduate at Parris Island

The Marines held graduation ceremonies recently on Parris Island.

Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, graduated 292 new Marines.

November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, had 128 new graduates, for a total of 420 new Marines who graduated on July 22.

Veterans offered honor flight to capitol

Beaufort veterans interested in a free trip to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials and other monuments can do so through the Honor Flight program.

Beaufort veterans participate through the Savannah Honor Flight hub, and the next trip will be the weekend of October 14-16.

The priority is for World War II veterans.

If any World War II veteran, or the relatives of any World War II veteran, would like to know more about the Honor Flight program and its requirements, Honor Flight Savannah has two Beaufort residents who can assist or answer questions.

Contact Owen Hand at owenhand@gmail.com or 843-812-6097 or Jim Weiskopf at JWeiskopf@aol.com or 202-607-1067.