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15 Feb Legislators who campaign on “less government” seek to build a new bureaucracy

I will never forget, during my four years in the SC House, how hard with others I tried to sunset if not repeal special sales tax exemptions, at the time amounting to about  37% of the state budget that was "given away" every year to special interest lobbyists.  Senator Tom Davis has worked on this, but has like the rest of us who tried, realized how difficult it is to back a gift that over time became an entitlement to special interests. As I wrote last week, it appears the SC...

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07 Feb Another Downtown Icon

In last week's post I mentioned a significant number of downtown businesses in transformed downtown spaces.   I am not sure how I could have missed Jeff and Kimberly Bisger's fabulous restoration of the landmark historic Lipsitz Department Store. The restoration was quickly occupied  by a a new upscale food store, Artist Studio's and Tony Royal's renowned Bay Street Outfitters.  The structure, with studios above and retail below, may be the largest wooden structure in Beaufort. For those who do not know, Bay Street Outfitters sets a standard, as with his four captains/guides, they attract visitors...

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07 Feb Annexation – An Irate Letter and Explanation

Since the City proceeded with plans to annex certain properties on Ladys Island I have received  surprisingly few letters from Ladys Island residents. A few were simply vetting anger while others were seeking to simply understand.  Given I know this is very much on the mind of many on the Island, I thought I would share questions and my responses. The following comes from a resident of Ladys Island by email: Dear Mayor, I am very disappointed that you say the annexations on LI were voluntary. It has been quite clear that some businesses were...

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07 Feb Fabulous Song to Beaufort

Lina Koutrakos was a "Military Brat" who spent time in Beaufort as a child but has, like many others not the least was our dear friend Pat Conroy, could never get Beaufort out of her brain. At the last City Council meeting Lina presented this song to the City of Beaufort.  It is fabulous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDfA6styrts...

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07 Feb Learn about how to renew your business license online

Feb. 6, 2017 Contact: Kathy Todd, Beaufort Finance Director, 843-525-7009 Beaufort online business license renewal workshops start Tuesday To help Beaufort-area businesses with the optional online business license renewal system, Beaufort leaders have scheduled drop-in workshops. Participants should bring their own laptop or tablet, but it is not required to establish your account and accessibility. The drop-in workshops are scheduled for: · Tuesday, Feb. 7 -- 8:30 to 10 a.m. · Thursday, Feb. 9 -- 4 to 5:30 p.m. · Feb. 14 -- 8:30 to 10 a.m. · Feb. 16 -- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Business owners are encouraged...

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07 Feb How Far is Columbia’s Reach?

During my years in the SC House of Representatives, (1992-96) I was often told "the only time the state is safe is when the legislature is not in session."  Of course I took it in jest since I believe members of the General Assembly are good people doing their best to serve the people who elect them. (Well, most of them!) That said, I did not run for a third term because I felt there was little collaborative focus, the body jumped from one issue to another without reason and over sight of government...

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07 Feb Pop Up Art – The Winners Are

ArtPop Beaufort Program Announces 10 Winners BEAUFORT, SC, – In partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising and ArtPop, the Beaufort Arts Council held their second annual ArtPop Beaufort program, a program that promotes local artists work through available media space. Submissions opened on November 14, 2016 and closed January 15, 2017 for artists in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. The second year of ArtPop more than doubled in submissions from the first year, totaling 150 pieces. The Beaufort Arts Council would like to announce and congratulate the 10 winners of the 2016-2017...

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07 Feb CODA + Hope Haven Have Become Hopeful Horizons

January 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: CJ Akins | 843-524-2256 | hope9@hopehavenlc.org CODA + Hope Haven Have Become Hopeful Horizons Merged into one organization to strengthen their impact to end abuse and change lives. Beaufort, SC - Today, CODA + Hope Haven have merged to become Hopeful Horizons, a Children’s Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis center. The merger will expand the impact in the community and provide an umbrella of services under one roof to make it easier for families to seek help. “As a united team, we can do even more to advance...

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