News briefs for March 23rd-29th

New TV show focuses on Beaufort County

Beaufort County has introduced a new television show “Beaufort County Compass.”

“We’re proud to introduce this new show to our residents,” said Monica Spells, an assistant county administrator for Beaufort County. “It provides them with access to parts of the county they don’t get to see every day. It also gives us a digital platform to showcase our unique community.”

The show includes three segments:

• “County Capsule,” which takes a look at legislative happenings from Beaufort County government, hosted by Stephanie French of the County Channel;

• “County Spotlight,” which takes viewers behind the scenes of a Beaufort County department in each episode, hosted by Carizma Brown, Beaufort County communications coordinator;

• “County Culture,” which features a unique aspect of life in Beaufort County, voiced by Rob Lewis of the County Channel.

“Beaufort County Compass” will air five times weekly: at 9 p.m. Tuesdays; 11:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays;  and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. 

The broadcast will air on local cable networks: Comcast’s Channel 2, Hargray’s channels 9 and 113, and Time-Warner Hilton Head’s Channel 63. The show also will air at those times on the County Channel’s website.

The first episode featured a summary of the recent Beaufort County Council Leadership and Strategic Planning Session; a guest appearance by Bill Love, executive director of Beaufort County’s Department of Disabilities and Special Needs; and a look at the live oak tree.

Civil Air Patrol takes part in certifications

Numerous Civil Air Patrol cadets and senior members participated in a weekend SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) at the Ridgeland Airport March 4-5. 

During this two-day event, cadets and adults received 31 total certifications in seven different search and rescue areas: Ground Team Member, Urban Direction Finding, Mission Staff Assistant, Mission Radio Operator, Mission Scanner, Mission Observer and Mission Pilot. Civil Air Patrol trains cadets through its cadet programs in many areas, but emergency services training is one of the three main missions of Civil Air Patrol. 

Thirty-five cadets and senior members from the Low Country Composite Squadron and the Beaufort Squadron were able to participate in the SAREX and receive training in multiple disciplines.  

For more information, contact squadron Commander Crystall J. Eudy at 843-368-4302. Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. 

Public Library Foundation launches campaign

The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County has launched its major fundraising campaign to raise $250,000. The funds will expand the foundation’s impact on the future of the library and its goal of maintaining its position as a first-class library, meeting the needs of the citizens of Beaufort County. The campaign will focus on donors designating gifts to the foundation through their wills, charitable trusts and gifts of cash. 

The Public Library Foundation Board also announced the creation of the Pat Conroy Legacy Society. 

In addition, the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County will hold a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, to give community members the opportunity to meet Beaufort County Public Library Director Ray McBride and hear his vision for the future of the library system. 

RSVP to plfbc@outlook.com.

People interested in discussing a gift to the foundation in confidence can contact Roth by e-mail at atplfbc@outlook.com or through the foundation website at beaufortlibraryfoundation.org.

State conducts open burning on St. Helena

Residents may notice smoke in the air across some areas of Beaufort County over the next two or three weeks due to the state conducting open burning. Southern Disaster Recovery is operating a small burn site on St. Helena Island to burn storm-generated logs brought in from Hunting Island.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the contractor is in compliance with the Debris Management Sites permit requirements. SCDHEC will ensure that best management practices are used throughout the open burning project, a release states.

The contractor expects to complete the open burning project by Saturday, April 1.

Residents should refer any questions or comments directly to Shawn Iams, Environmental Health manager at SCDHEC, by calling 843-846-1030. 

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