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11 Apr Neighborhoods come together for the common good

Do you want to enjoy a community garden? Help plant the seeds! Cast your vote today, tomorrow and every day after until the Seeds of Change Community Garden Grant contest ends April 18. Over past years, the residents of Pigeon Point the took it upon themselves to donate labor and money to improve their neighborhood park when funds were not available. They set the bar for what a neighborhood/community can do to partner with the city. They are now reaching out to help volunteers supplement what the city can do. They have...

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11 Apr Arts District?

The Beaufort Arts Council has proposed to City Council that we establish an Arts District in the core of Beaufort known as the Northwest Quadrant.  They proposed that more affordable houses and studios will bring vitality to the neighborhood that has been struggling to hold on as residents have moved out and homes left to decay. Currently about 40% of what was once a vibrant community celebrating the city's authentic diversity is dying and we need to continue working to make improvements. In 2009 Pete Palmer,  with the guidance and support of...

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11 Apr Jobs

Last week I wrote about young people leaving Beaufort. It's my understanding that good jobs and less than affordable housing are sending them the signal to leave. More than any email this year, I heard from literally dozens of people, young and older,  through email and Facebook messages.  Some live here, but many reached through Facebook are natives who would like to come home but cannot find jobs. Councilman Stephen Murray is leading economic diversification efforts for the City Redevelopment Commission and City Council.  He is making headway on a couple of fronts.  But, like...

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Hope Haven

11 Apr Our non-profits never cease to amaze me

It never ceases to amaze me at how much our many non-profit organizations give back to the community. Over the weekend I attended two events which warmed my heart while being an enjoyable learning experience. Light up the Night On Friday evening, I attended Hope Haven's annual Light Up the Night Celebration in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. It was moving to hear the stories of women who have been sexually abused as well as Sheriff Tanners talk about ways to escalate programs to prevent sexual abuse. Then there were young...

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YLOB

04 Apr Young Leaders of Beaufort walk the walk on SMT

The Young Leaders of Beaufort, a group of 7th and 8th graders, met at the Spanish Moss Trail last month for a session on city duty. Students walked part of the trail while considering “Who are the stakeholders and their points-of-view.” The walk encouraged students to open their eyes to see the many perspectives and factors involved when it comes to their beautiful city. Mayor Billy Keyserling explained to the students that being a good leader means listening and looking at all the perspectives. “One day you will be leaders this...

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NOC

04 Apr NOC making a difference

An article on NOC appeared yesterday in the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. The article also appeared in Real Clear Markets and on the front page of CapX, which is owned and produced by the Centre for Policy Studies in London. Opinion: A higher minimum wage is no way to solve the problem of poverty ...

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Santa Elena

04 Apr Santa Elena Foundation Announces 450th Commemoration Schedule, Grand Opening of History Center

Santa Elena Foundation Announces 450th Commemoration Schedule, Grand Opening of History Center   For Immediate Release April 4, 2016   Beaufort, SC – During the upcoming month of April 2016, the Santa Elena Foundation will host a series of events, along with partner organizations throughout Beaufort County, to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Santa Elena, the 16th century Spanish town on present-day Parris Island, in 1566. This date was nearly forty years before the founding of Jamestown and about sixty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The significance of the 450th...

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BAC

04 Apr The Beaufort Arts Council Hires Delene d. Miller as President

The Beaufort Arts Council Hires Delene d. Miller as President For Immediate Release March 30, 2016 BEAUFORT, SC, – Delene D. Miller joins the Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy with 25+ years business experience in sales, marketing, team management, market development, and coaching. Delene’s successful experience with non-profit organizations, grant development and management brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the Beaufort Arts Council/Mather Academy. Board Chair Dick Stewart comments, “Delene is a terrific addition to lead our team.  We are fortunate to have someone with her skillset to take us to the...

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04 Apr We won the battle but the fight is not over

It appears we won the battle but the fight continues! When the Obama Administration removed the South Atlantic Coast from its five year plan for oil and gas exploration, it was a big victory for the 100 plus local governments and tens of thousands who spoke out against it. What was left out of the story is that, prior to the federal decision, the State of South Carolina issued  permits to drilling companies to explore through seismic testing.  While the issue is generally regulated by the Federal Government, through the Coastal Zone Management...

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Santa Elena

04 Apr April is huge for Beaufort and Port Royal

After several years of hard work, impressive community engagement, generous financial investment and collaboration among a broad array of scholars and citizens, The Santa Elena History Center will formally open with a series of very important and impressive events. If you missed the story in the Packet/Gazette, you will want to read it as it is jam packed with excitement about the formal launch of the Santa Elena History Center. The opening is set on the 450th anniversary of the discovery and settlement of North America by Spanish explorers.  Yes, as...

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