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28 Mar 149 district students honored at banquet as 2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 22, 2016   149 district students honored at banquet as 2017 South Carolina Junior Scholars   BEAUFORT – One hundred forty-nine Beaufort County eighth-graders were honored tonight for being named Junior Scholars by the South Carolina Department of Education.   The students and their parents were recognized at a Junior Scholars Banquet sponsored by the Beaufort County School District.  This year’s 149 honorees eclipsed 2016’s total of 130 honorees district-wide.   “This recognition recognizes your potential to become a success in school and in life,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Whether you live up to...

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21 Mar Congratulations Chelsea Roland, Youth Exchange Student

Chelsea Roland, a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student addressed the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its March 8th meeting. Chelsea spent her senior year of high school in Belgium, then attended the College of Charleston before being accepted as a Rotary Ambassador Global Scholar and attending graduate school in Vancouver, British Columbia....

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21 Mar “How our deadbeat Legislature is shorting cities and counties — again”

For the past several years, I have been writing seemingly complicated essays outlining my views about how the SC Legislature is abusing home rule, meddling in local government and essentially manipulating local tax payers and the public. The following by Cindi Ross Scoppe, editorial writer for The State Newspaper, pretty much sums it up more clearly that I have been able to do. How our deadbeat Legislature is shorting cities and counties — again  ...

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21 Mar Reconstruction Era Monument Dedicated

  Though it will likely be thirty to forty-five days before the Superintendent for the Reconstruction Era Monument will be in place and likely 90 days before the community wide planning process is launched, Federal Officials came together over the weekend at Penn Center to dedicate the monument.  It was a glorious event and clearly a moment in history as the struggle t0 established a monument is over and the plans to create it are launched. Beaufort leaders join kick-off celebration for National Reconstruction Era Monument Under warming sunny skies Saturday, local and...

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21 Mar Short Term Rentals

At City Council's work session this evening at 5 pm,  the Short Term Rental Task Force will present their findings and recommendations  for the best way for the City to manage this new business enterprise while doing our best to protect the quality of life in the City and most certainly each of our unique and complementary neighborhoods. The issue has been front and center. The City Council engaged a citizens task force including a balance between those who are engaged in the business and those who fear that their neighborhood or the...

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21 Mar Santa Elena and Ribaut Cup

I am very excited to see our promoters of history return to the sea to promote important periods in our community history. As a child growing up in Beaufort, sailing was a central part of entertainment for those who could afford it. With the YMCA's boating safety program, which offers safe boating courses to all, even those who may not be able to afford it, are getting out on our special waters.  I hope we are reopening and re-harnessing our legacy of recreational boating for all. For the past few years, I have mentioned...

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14 Mar Business License Proposal to State Retirement System

If it's not one this it's another. While it appears that the business license proposal that could have cost SC municipalities serious dollars, fortunately,  went back to committee so the parties could try to work out an equitable arrangement, it now appears government employees and local governments will be called upon to make up dollars lost to a poorly managed state retirement system. Deductions from public employee pay checks could raise to 9% while the employer share could approach if not exceed 20%.  Over the years this could cut deeply into services at...

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14 Mar New Group to Fight Seismic Testing and Drilling in the Atlantic

On Monday I met with Frank Knapp, the President and CEO of the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce who has worked with us in the fight to prevent offshore exploration of oil and gas and who facilitated our rising sea level task force. Frank is traveling the coast seeking businesses to join an organization called "Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast" (BAPAC) to continue to oppose off shore testing and drilling in the Atlantic. If you have any interest in joining the group you can go to their website: https:/protectingtheatlanticcoast.org to...

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14 Mar Should Beaufort Ban Plastic Bags?

It was not until after the State Legislature considered a proposed law that would have prevented local governments from banning the sale of plastic bags by cities and towns, that I heard from anyone suggesting that the city consider banning the sale of such bags. That said, with the state measure put to rest for at least a year, I am now hearing with some frequency from individuals suggesting the city consider such a ban.  Let me know your thoughts, please. And you may want to respond the Packet/Gazette questionnaire: Should Beaufort ban...

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