The Reconstruction Era National Monument on St. Helena Island could become a national park if a bill filed in April is approved. The bill would formerly expand the monument’s footprint to include the city of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, including four other historic attractions. This will make it easier for sites in those two cities to be added to the park, if relevant to Reconstruction. The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and Mark Sanford.

The 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was without a car auction, but a change to South Carolina law could bring it back for this year’s event. A bill allowing car auctions at the festival was approved in May and is waiting for the governor’s signature. In the past, ambiguity in the law led the festival to avoid an auction, but the new bill clears up any confusion.

Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss has submitted his resignation to the  Beaufort County Board of Education, effective July 31. Upon departure, Moss will be paid his 2017-18 salary of $220,000, plus $44,000 in earned annuity and payments for benefits and unused leave days. Moss has served as superintendent four five years.

Hilton Head Island may see a mobile home subdivision on a 2.34-acre lot off of Gumtree Road. The goal is to offer residents of Hilton Head an affordable housing plan, with lots starting at $89,000. Owners will provide their own mobile homes. If the project receives approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island, the subdivision will begin development.

Mayors in northern Beaufort County held a news conference in May to warn residents about a future potential threat: Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the coast could stir up unexploded bombs, weapons and radioactive waste that were dumped on the ocean floor decades ago, they said. The group called on the federal government to investigate the matter before any testing work is permitted. Currently, eight permits have been issued to explore the Atlantic Ocean for natural resources. The S.C. Environmental Law Project is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal to block any testing.

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area has launched www.411.org, a nonpartisan website that features candidate bios, responses to league questions, sample ballots and more. Visitors to the site can enter their addresses for personalized ballot information. The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.

jeff bradleyQuestion. What do you think should happen in the SCANA nuclear plant debacle? Is this what you think will happen?

Answer. I think that management and shareholders should suffer the brunt of the failure of the nuclear power plant. I think we should reduce the nuclear rate premium to zero and put some — if not all — of the bad actors in jail. But another company like Dominion will probably acquire SCANA and assume responsibility for the Jenkinsville construction site. The General Assembly fired the Public Service Commission and has moved to reconstitute the Public Service Commission board. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

Baynard MausoleumHILTON HEAD’S OLDEST STRUCTURE UNDERGOES RENOVATION

Dating to 1846, Baynard Mausoleum is the oldest standing structure on Hilton Head Island. Constructed by Hilton Head planter William Eddings Baynard, the mausoleum survived the Civil War, the development of the island and several hurricanes. Over the years, however, the building fell into disrepair — the stone ridge supporting the 2,500-pound bluestone slabs of its roof cracked in half, making it only a matter of time before the roof collapsed.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded more than $150,000 in grants to three local nonprofit groups on March 21. The foundation distributes grants three times a year as part of its competitive grant program.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has launched a first-of-its-kind mobile app that will help law enforcement better respond to potential threats at area schools. The P3Tips app lets users anonymously submit tips about possible threats and track officers’ response.

Democratic candidates for South Carolina governor and the open District 1 congressional seat will host an evening of fun, food and music from 5-7:30 p.m. May 10 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island.

Red Cedar Elementary has earned a certification in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — instruction after an on-site visit by an outside review team. Red Cedar is the seventh Beaufort County school district school to earn the certification from AdvancED, giving Beaufort County more STEM-certified schools than any other district in South Carolina.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has installed sand fencing along more than five miles of beachfront, from Alder Lane in South Forest Beach to Singleton Beach near the Folly.