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26 Sep Beaufort High teacher honored as 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 22, 2017   Beaufort High teacher honored as 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year   BEAUFORT – A biology teacher with more than a decade of classroom experience was named today as the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year.   The selection of Nancy Ungvarsky, who teaches biology at Beaufort High School, was announced during a breakfast celebration to honor teachers of the year from all of the district’s schools.   “As teachers we put our hearts and souls into what we do every day,” Ungvarsky said, “and it’s really validating to know that it’s...

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26 Sep And some wonder why some of us are so keen on Beaufort Digital Corridor

Though we know it will take time to catch hold, I have no doubt that the Beaufort Digital Corridor provides hope to youngsters of this generation and even more so to the next. At a time when our city is losing our younger worker populations and becoming exclusively a tourist and retirement destination, it is very important that we reach out to create opportunities like technology.  Not only are there direct benefits, but there are ancillary benefits to seeding technology available to our students and families. The ripple effect of info...

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26 Sep Meet Zeke Wilson from St Helena Island – He took on the Court and won

Monday morning I met an interesting man with an interesting story. He wrote and book that is in the process of being developed into a screen plan.  You may want to meet Mr. Wilson, purchase he book or google his story. And who is this man? Every day the rights of MILLIONS of common men and women are violated. Most people take this treatment because they feel they don’t have the MONEY, EDUCATION, or KNOWLEDGE to do anything about it. The fact is, anyone can stand up and fight for their rights, and...

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26 Sep Plastic bags made into something useful

The battle is on between those who want to ban or otherwise regulate plastic bags which do harm to wild life, clutter the sides of our roads and clog aging and fragile stormwater systems. I am not sure that I will support a "ban", a return policy or a fee to dispose of and clean up rubbish. Some in Columbia, if they had their way, would not let us do anything. As the county and all municipals in Beaufort County move forward in a discussion about which there are many opinions, I only...

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26 Sep Boundary Street: Here come the medians!

    Sept. 25, 2017 Contact: Neal Pugliese, Director of Public Projects and Facilities / Military Liaison, 714-470-3512 / npugliese@cityofbeaufort.org Photo: Artist’s rendering of what the raised, landscaped center median will look like on Boundary Street.   Landscaped medians coming to Boundary Street Starting Saturday night Sept. 30, crews will begin re-striping Boundary Street to provide lane shifts for the upcoming construction of raised, landscaped center medians. During this initial work, all four lanes of traffic will remain open. When construction of the medians begins in mid-October with lane restrictions, much of that work will be done at night...

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26 Sep “Billy, I want to give you a heads up”

Early Friday morning the telephone rang.   I answered to a friend saying: "Billy, I want to give you a heads up.  The mothers who started "Beaufort Rocks!" are upset that the workers from the Greenery are taking away rocks that children decorated and left for others to find in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and other places in the City." Having no earthly idea what she was talking about, I held my breath (for fear that I was going to hear a complaint about rocks being thrown and hurting people) and...

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26 Sep Irma and Harvey delay millions of dollars in storm relief funds to South Carolina counties

You may or may not have seen the news stories in the Packet/Gazette about Bluffton and other local governments not receiving funding for Matthew recovery.  Of the over $500,000 the city spent on cleanup, staffing first responders and public works staff who were constantly on call and stationed away from their homes and sites which were accessible, I believe we have only seen about $60,000.  One of the problems, it appears from staff who worked tirelessly on assembling the data and filling out forms, is that more information and documentation was...

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26 Sep What’s the future of flood insurance?

Last year the city engaged the services of an intern to verify, confirm and or correct flood elevations on the proposed new flood maps.  We believed that by doing so we could make the flood maps more accurate and likely lower the costs of flood insurance.  See the story in the Post and Courier. Preliminary flood-risk maps raise insurance and building code concerns along South Carolina coast  ...

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26 Sep Grants make City projects possible

When I served on City Council and during my first term as Mayor, the city did not earn many grants.  Do you know why?  Because we did not submit applications with well defined and documented needs.  Over the past year, we have seen a difference with a part time grant writer, strong statements of needs by staff and the will to ask. In the past two weeks we received grants for: Police – Highway Safety one for traffic and one for DUI - $ 270,000.00 Fire – Homeland Security “Safer Grant” $1,568,000.00 Economic Development...

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