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30 Jan What’s next on Ladys Island?

I am happy to announce that County Council, Town of Port Royal and City of Beaufort officials have agreed to a collaborative planning effort to update previous master planning for Ladys Island. Traffic is one issue, and the traffic study is underway, but before we make costly decisions seeking outside help for funding new and/or expanded roads, one has to vision what the Island and its citizens want to see in the future.  That may or may not make currently being developed responses to the traffic study headed in the right...

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24 Jan Beaufort Ancestry Classes – January, 2017

Beaufort Ancestry Classes – January, 2017 The new Beaufort Branch of the Heritage Library located in the Santa Elena History Center now offers ancestry classes. For a complete list, visit HeritageLib.org. January 19 - Genealogy 101 Presented by Mary Somerville and Philip Cromer If you are just starting family research, this class is for you!   Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists. ...

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24 Jan Bluffton Branch Library Offers Let’s Make a Movie and I Heart Making Crafts

NEWS RELEASE   January 17, 2017   Bluffton Branch Library Offers Let’s Make a Movie and I Heart Making Crafts   Event Name:  Let’s Make a Movie Short Description of the event: In this club we will make a movie from start to finish.  We will get to use camera equipment, editing software, and even a green screen!  For Ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Time and Date of the Event:  Mondays, February 6 and 20 at 4:30 pm Location of Event: Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: 843-255-6510, kbaxter@bcgov.net Website:...

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24 Jan New book about Robert Smalls coming in June

New book about Robert Smalls, "Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union"  by Cate Lineberry, will soon be released. Cate Lineberry's first book "The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines" is a mesmerizing tale of the courage and heroism of ordinary people. It tells not only a new story of struggle and endurance, but also one of the daring rescue attempts by clandestine American and British organizations amid the tumultuous landscape of the war. Lineberry was a staff...

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24 Jan Beaufort publisher wins prestigious award

Our LOCAL TELEPHONE DIRECTORY WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION!   CPC Yellow Pages wins prestigious Gold Book Award at Association of Directory Publishers annual convention BEAUFORT, SC, Jan. 18, 2017 — CPC Yellow Pages, publisher of the Lowcountry Phone Directory, was named Directory of the Year at the Association of Directory Publishers’ 2016 Convention and Trade Show, held recently in Las Vegas. This Yellow Pages industry awards recognize members for outstanding directories, as well as mobile, online and marketing innovations. All ADP publishers in the United States, Canada, Germany and the Virgin Islands are eligible. CPC Yellow...

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24 Jan Thanks to Edgefield County for standing up

Each Spring,  when local governments begin their budget process,  we wonder how many of the state dollars that are supposed to flow to local governments will come. As I recall only just over 70% of the dollars due county and municipal governments were appropriated last year. While the following story is about Edgefield County, which is different from Beaufort in many ways, it explains the dilemma local governments face when commitments from the State are not fulfilled.   http://www.edgefieldadvertiser.com/2017/01/not-state-government-but-local-government/...

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24 Jan Background on Annexations in Northern Beaufort County

About thirteen years ago, the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal and Beaufort County Council were sometimes at hostile odds over how municipalities would find rational and civil ways to look at how we grow through planned annexations and collaboration on service delivery.  Over a period of likely five years, a resolution was agreed upon, thanks to leaders like Skeet Von Harten from the Country, Bill Rauch from the City and Sam Murray from Port Royal.  The outcome is known the Northern Regional Plan which outlines agreed up boundary lines...

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24 Jan Reconstruction sparks collaboration

I think it is fair to say that the establishment of the Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort will bring a new awareness about our rich history and culture. Events, lectures, a second national teachers institute on Reconstruction, historic markers and new art installations that tell parts of the story are in progress before the National Park Service begins their community planning for the multi-site monument. Thank you Reverend Ken Hodges and the Congregation of Tabernacle Baptist Church for the campaign you have launched to erect a statue of Harriet Tubman on your...

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24 Jan Learn how to file your business license online!

City of Beaufort schedules drop-in sessions to teach new online business license renewal The new year brings a new way for companies to renew their business licenses with the City of Beaufort – through an online payment service. The service is free and is available through the city’s website www.cityofbeaufort.org and click on Online Payments in the upper right corner. The traditional method of renewing business licenses by paper, either through the mail or in person, remains available. “We have been working to put more of our services and information online, from our OpenGov financial...

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24 Jan Let’s give the Don Ryan Center for Innovation a warm welcome to Beaufort

As a compliment to the new Beaufort Digital Corridor in our efforts to stimulate better jobs closer to home for those who grow up here and those who move here, the City of Beaufort and the Town of Bluffton's Don Ryan Center for Innovation will be opening on the first floor of City Hall.  Join your City Council in welcoming them and embracing this new opportunity. Successful small business incubator to open Beaufort branch at City Hall The Don Ryan Center for Innovation-Beaufort launches this month to help new businesses take root...

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