News briefs for October 4th

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Local firefighters lend hand in Pee Dee region

The Lady’s Island-St. Helena Fire District had the honor to lend a helping hand to those in need in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina following Hurricane Florence. 

The department’s first deployment of firefighters consisted of a four-man engine crew to Darlington. Battalion Chief Robert Anderson, Lt. Keith Kelley, and firefighters Hunter Hartl and Prior Rooney deployed for a 24-hour period to stand in and run calls so that the men and women of Darlington County Fire District could go home to their families and get things in order, as well as rest. 

This past week, the local department sent a team of six firefighters to Horry County to man one of their busiest stations. Lt. William McKay, Lt. David Sewell and firefighters Michael Dailey, Tony Roberts, Rodney Warren, and John Thompson ran numerous calls to include vehicle accidents, a structure fire, and evacuations of stranded citizens from rising floodwaters. 

In addition, Battalion Chief Will Vaigneur was tasked by the state to serve as a Division Supervisor in charge of all state resources deployed to Georgetown County. 

County offers free tarps to reduce litter

The Beaufort County Public Works Department and Keep Beaufort County Beautiful are offering “Secure the Load” debris tarps to cover pick-up truck beds. All trucks transporting debris should be covered to help reduce roadway litter. The tarps are free of charge to county residents and will be available while supplies last.

Tarps can be picked up from 10 a.m. until noon at the following County Convenience Centers:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 80 Shanklin Road, Beaufort
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 104 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 639 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 26 Summit Drive, Hilton Head 

The tarps are made available through a grant from Keep South Carolina Beautiful and with the support of PalmettoPride.

For more information contact Caroline Jordan Dolbey at or call Beaufort County Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling at 843-255-2734

Mossy Oaks Drainage Task Force Update

The Mossy Oaks Task Force will hold a meeting open to all residents within the Mossy Oaks area to discuss and share the results and recommendations of the recently completed engineering study. 

The one-hour presentation will be followed by a one-hour question-and-answer period, from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Beaufort Middle School cafeteria at 2501 Mossy Oaks Road, Beaufort. Parking is available in the parking lot behind the school. 

The Mossy Oaks Task Force is comprised of political and appointed leaders from the state, county, City of Beaufort, and the Town of Port Royal as well as homeowners, conservation groups, and a utility service provider. 

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