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04 Apr One kind of economic development overlooked

I was delighted to see Chairman Gerald Dawson's Governmental Committee of Beaufort County Council vote unanimously to support the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation's vision and mission statements, work plan and budget.  Very refreshing to see a once fractured, relative to economic development, county council come together with the four Mayors and/or their appointees to the Commission. Next step will be County Council's Finance Committee and then the full County Council.  Let's hope and urge them to stick together to give the initiative a chance.  If there is one missing...

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04 Apr And why are SC roads such a mess?

If you wonder why potholes are not fixed, why state rights of ways are not maintained and drainage ditches overflow and why repaving is erratic and inconsistent, you may want to learn a little about the past and current history of roads in South Carolina.   As a member of the State Legislature, I gained insight into why a small state that is at the back of the pack in many important indices, not the least of which is education, is at the front of the pack in others. But the two...

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28 Mar The Cameras are up and running

Parts of downtown Beaufort now under video surveillance to boost safety and security Fourteen video cameras now monitor and record parts of downtown Beaufort 24 hours a day, including the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, to improve safety and security. The cameras provide video feeds to the Beaufort Police Department and are expected to provide evidence in court as well as deter crime, Beaufort City Manager Bill Prokop said. The Beaufort Police Department demonstrated the system at a City Council workshop March 21. “Our downtown area is popular with residents and with visitors,...

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28 Mar H Dock Replacement at City Downtown Marina

Hurricane Matthew destroyed the "H Dock" at the Downtown Marina.  The dock is being replaced now. This is the weekly update on the H-Dock demolition & replacement project. Very similar in design to what is being taken out and replaced, the new H Dock will feature complete water and electrical service along with a redesigned gangway and fingers. OQuinn Marine Construction (OMC) was selected to construct the H-Dock and Dave McSweeney was chosen as the Engineering Consultant. This project remains on track for an on-time & budget for delivery no later than the first week...

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28 Mar Congratulations Scott Gibbs

Just weeks ago our friend and active community member Scott Gibbs retired from his work at the SC Department of Social Services.  Not only through his paid job, but through this passion for his hometown Scott has been and will continue to be an active member of our community. March 28, 2017 Dear Scott: I write to recognize and celebrate with you, your friends, family and colleagues your retirement which brings to an end your thirty plus year career working for the people of Beaufort County and beyond with the SC Department of...

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28 Mar Neighbors who help neighbors is what a small city is about

Master Gardeners, volunteers, Beaufort leaders join hands to beautify Northwest Quadrant’s Duke Street Dozens of Beaufort volunteers, including Master Gardeners, joined the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission Monday to plant hundreds of flowering bushes, ornamental grasses and groundcover to beautify Duke Street in downtown Beaufort. The work is part of the Redevelopment Commission’s Street-by-Street Infill Initiative, focused on Duke Street from July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017. The program includes incentives for property owners to improve properties and build upon vacant lots. “Seeing people coming together for a common cause, even something as simple...

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28 Mar Senior Leaders Learn about Important Role of Military in Beaufort

Military Ties and History Day, By Terry Rice 22 March 2017 BEAUFORT COUNTY SENIOR LEADERS LEARN ABOUT MARINES ON LAND AND IN THE AIR Ask any of the 35 class members who spent all day with Marines from both Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station and they’ll tell you what an outstanding firsthand experience they had. “I never realized how demanding the training is for recruits and how professional the Marines are at every level”mentioned Mike Chambers, one of the class members. Sponsored by Clemson University Extension Service and the Beaufort Regional Chamber...

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28 Mar Did you ever meet PUG? A friend and inspiration to many

When home from the holidays in 1973, as a graduate student at Boston University, John Trask, Jr. asked me to go with him to Charleston to meet his friend Charlie Ravenel.  I went, met his friend also known as Pug and was very impressed with his vision about a proposed campaign for Governor of South Carolina.  Pug was a fresh face, had new ideas and would be a very attractive alternative to the Democratic Party establishment.  The reality is Pug was a refreshingly out of the box thinker who spoke...

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