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20 Dec Very Strong Letter for Reconstruction Era Monument

To date the ad hoc group working to advocate a Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort County have received huge support from more than 160 noted scholars, local and state governing bodies, friends of national parks and people like you and me. As we get closer to a decision,I thought I would share one of the stronger and more substantive letters.   Honorable Sally Jewell Secretary of the Interior U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington DC 20240 Dear Secretary Jewell: We write to ask that you recommend to the White House the designation of a National Monument to...

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20 Dec Early Preview: The Beaufort International Film Festival

Take out your calendars and mark the dates as you will not want to miss the 11th annual Beaufort International Film Festival February 15-19.  Over the coming weeks festival organizers will likely roll out highlights of the coming Festival. Stay tuned and read the following extracted from the Packet/Gazette. Robert Smalls screenplay, Hilton Head documentary among Beaufort film finalists...

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20 Dec Did we lose the fight?

Though believed we had won the fight for a permanent ban on seismic testing and offshore drilling, this may not be the case. We succeeded in removing the Atlantic Coast from the five year plan, but it appears hard press by industry lobbyists and the incoming administration may have gotten in the way of  a permanent ban and could even reverse the decision on the five year plan.  This does not mean we give up, it means we have to fight even harder when the time comes. Offshore drilling opponents staggered just when they...

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20 Dec 2016: A Year of Progress in Beaufort

From opening a new fire station to kicking off construction on Boundary Street, opening the long-awaited Southside dog park to launching an incubator for technology companies, progress was the key word for Beaufort in 2016. The overall goal is to create new higher-paying job opportunities and broaden the city’s economic base. Year-end also saw a packed house of support for a National Park Service Reconstruction Monument designation for critical sites across Beaufort County, including in downtown Beaufort, Port Royal and St. Helena Island. “After months and sometimes years of planning and review,...

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20 Dec The Food Truck is here and others will follow

Beaufort City Council worked hard to establish a simple to understand and easy to regulate policy on food trucks doing business in the city. So far so good, through there are many restrictions within the policy to be mindful of existing businesses and public safety. We welcome the entrepreneurs who we believe will bring business and vitality to the areas where and when they are permitted to operate. The first truck signed up for a license and others are likely to follow. For food trucks in the city of Beaufort, this orange decal...

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20 Dec Fripp Audubon Weighs in on Seismic Testing and Offshore Oil Exploration

Audubon Clubs across the state are writing letters to the White House regarding the issue of off shore drilling and gas leasing on the Atlantic coast. Attached is Fripp Island Audubon's letter to the White House.  This is of vital importance to our coastal waters, barrier islands and marsh habitats which are critical in providing the foundation for Beaufort and South Carolina’s very large and important seafood industry. Letter to the White House ...

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20 Dec Wreathes Across America – An amazing sight

This years' laying of the wreathes, on the graves of those who fought to defend our rights and county,  was absolutely incredible. Almost 9,000 wreathes packed into Pepsi Cola trucks were escorted to the cemetery by a brigade of over 150 veterans on motorcycles. Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol unloaded and distributed them. Literally hundreds of volunteers, more than I could count, went to work.  It was a sight to see and a joyous occasion. Last year about 3,600 wreathes were laid. The event is growing. With the good will of...

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20 Dec TCL honors 18 nursing graduates

TCL honors 18 nursing graduates The Technical College of the Lowcountry honored 18 associate degree in nursing graduates at its December 15 pinning ceremony.   “We are so proud of these graduates for their perseverance and commitment to nursing excellence,” interim program director DeAnne Johnson said. “The TCL nursing program in particular is rigorous but produces extremely qualified and successful graduates, giving them the confidence they need to walk proudly into the nursing field.”   In the last five years, more than 200 students have completed TCL’s associate degree in nursing program. TCL’s two-year ADN...

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13 Dec Downtown Community Center? Share your thoughts.

Since the Boys and Girls Club no longer has room for Downtown residents, with the exception for Bridges Preparatory students, and the Charles Lynn Brown Center is running a shorter schedule,  many downtown residents are without a community center. Recently a small group of greater downtown residents began to consider if the community could again support a community center.  In order to explore the need and community interest, the group created a questionnaire. If you live in the Downtown area and believe there is a need, please share your thoughts by responding...

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