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27 Jun Another Gift to the People of Beaufort

It seems like just weeks ago when I met Pastor Randy Roberts and his wife Pastor Theresa Roberts. They wanted to share with me their congregation's plans to re-open the Family Bowling Center on Ribaut Road. Knowing that one of our communities challenges is to find safe place, constructive activities and mentoring by those who can teach them, I jumped on board with support financial and otherwise. It must have been more that a few weeks ago, because since that meeting the Bowling Center has been renovated and reopened, there are recreational, educational...

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27 Jun Boundary Street Update: Three Down, One to Go!

You  may have noticed that last week the former Sea Eagle, abandoned Huddle House and old fire station were removed as part of a collaborative effort between the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, the Beaufort County Council and City Council.  Once the area is cleared, it will be seeded and used as a passive space and view shed putting Beaufort back into the gateway of our beautiful historic city. What you may not have noticed is that the gas station has closed and will also be removed making the open space...

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27 Jun Senior Leadership Class FULL

Dear Local Media, Good morning! I am pleased to inform you that the Beaufort County Senior Leadership Class of 2018 is now full! With your help, 15 spots were filled within two weeks of publishing the recruitment notice in your respective media. In my opinion, this demonstrates readership interest in the BCSL program through your publications. We are particularly excited to inform you that eight of the 35 participants reside South of the Broad! Folks from Hilton Head, Bluffton, Sun City, Yemassee and Callawassie heeded the call to attend the program. This is huge! We...

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27 Jun They start by painting the eye of the Dragon!

Every day in Beaufort is special though some days are even more special. Not just because of the warm sun, the breeze coming up the river, the beautiful surroundings. It's because of the almost magical demonstration of compassion, humanity and hard work some from our community. Saturday was Dragon Boat Race Day.  Teams of energized dedicated humans from throughout the region were hosted by Dragon Boat Beaufort which organized an event that filled the park and brought unusual like to the waters. The day not only raised about $70,000 to help those struggling...

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27 Jun HUGE ACHIEVEMENT by Justin Massillon

With so many young people making poor choices,  I love to celebrate young men and women who are making good choices.  I hold them up as an example and hope they will help their peers to see and pursue the option of good choices. Monday night Justin  Wayne Massillon was recognized for his accomplishing Eagle Scout and a well deserved distinction for this young man who worked long and hard for years accomplishing this feat. Congratulations Justin!   ...

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20 Jun Work Force Housing

Work Force Housing Since I was first elected to public office in 1992, I have heard the words "affordable workforce housing" at every level of government . The Beaufort Housing Authority and Habitat have done an admirable job stretching very limited resources to create and maintain subsidized rental units and homes for families who could otherwise not afford homeownership or rent. Unfortunately that only addresses a small part of the concern. Police officers, fire fighters, school teachers, health care workers and others who work hard every day have slipped through the cracks. Lack...

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20 Jun Tradition! Something Very Special about Warsaw Island and Residents

A Special Time on Warsaw Island Growing up in Beaufort there was a very special person in my life and in the lives of my siblings she  managed our household,  prepared most of our meals, washed our clothes, cleaned the house, sent us off to school and met us when we returned.   Though careful not to compete with our parents, she listened to our secrets and gave sage advise.  Her name was Maybelle Gardner Mack and she was part of the Gardner clan who grew up on,  and protected their homeland,...

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20 Jun Sea Turtles Nesting Starts Strong

Knowing the number of good people who work the turtle project at Hunting Island and along our states coastline, I thought this would be interesting. For those who are not familiar with the Friends of Hunting Island State Park or the Turtle Project you might  get a better understanding of our friends who get up at zero dark thirty in the morning to watch over the turtles and their eggs. South Carolina sea turtle nesting starts strong after record season last year  ...

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20 Jun Have You Heard of Blue Zone and Could Beaufort Be One?

Not long after being elected Mayor I hosted several meetings with the Chancellor of USCB, the President of TCL, the CEO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Director of Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services to pitch the idea of finding financial and technical support toward establishing Beaufort as a wellness destination.  The vision was simply to train healthcare and community workers to address our community's largest health challenge (juvenile diabetes) and in the end have a cadre of healthcare or wellness professionals to market our community as a destination...

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20 Jun Unified Interfaith Coalition Presents Important Gatherings

  A night to remember a tragedy that brought and should keep us together. Over the weekend, the United Interfaith Coalition of Beaufort (all religious groups) hosted two events, the first on Friday night at the new Grace Chapel AME Church on Ladys Island and the second at St John's Lutheran Church also on Ladys Island. Friday night was filled with song, prayer and reflection about the tragedy of the Emanuel 9 including the our own Senator Clem Pinckney.  One of the many highlights of the evening were the Bell Ringers from the Baptist Church of...

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