The Beaufort County School Board unanimously voted to hire Herbert Berg as interim superintendent to replace Jeff Mos. Berg has worked as a superintendent for more than 35 years in Washington, Virginia and South Carolina. He was awarded Superintendent of the Year in 2006 and has been named one of the Top 100 American School Superintendents twice during his career. Moss’ resignation goes into effect July 31.
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In the Republican primary, Katie Arrington defeated incumbent Mark Sanford and Dimitri Cherny for U.S. House of Representatives District 1. Incumbent Sheriff PJ Tanner defeated JoJo Woodward for Sheriff. Incumbent Jim Beckert defeated George Wright for Auditor. Incumbent. Jeff Bradley defeated Phil Hartman for S.C. House District 123. In the Democratic primary, James Smith defeated Phil Noble and Marguerite Willis for Governor. Joe Cunningham defeated Toby Smith for U.S. House of Representatives District 1. Democratic primary voters in South Carolina voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The advisory ballot measure, which is not binding and does not change any laws, was approved by an 82 percent to 18 percent margin.
Officials are warning Lowcountry beachgoers about possible Portuguese man o’ wars washing up on shore this summer. A number of the jellyfish have been spotted on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, while two sightings have been reported on Hilton Head this year. The brightly colored creatures are highly venomous, even when dead, and should be avoided and reported to the proper authorities. For more information, call 843-785-3494.
The catch limit for red drum in the South Carolina Lowcountry will be decreased from three fish to two fish per day, beginning July 1. Overfishing by saltwater anglers and fishermen has caused the species population to decline.
Three Beaufort County residents have been selected for National Merit Scholarships: Rasikh N. Hamid of Beaufort, Jacob S. Palchak of Hilton Head Island and Matthew V. Porter of Bluffton. Hamid plans to study medicine, while Palchak wants to go into sports medicine and Porter will study computer programming. Hamid and Palchak graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Porter is a graduate of at May River High School.
The Bluffton Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy. The 12-week course will focus on the four divisions of the Bluffton Police Department, traffic enforcement, radar operation, evidence collection, fingerprint recovery, defensive tactics, firearms and more. The course will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Aug. 7 to Oct. 23. Apply in-person at the Bluffton Police Station or go to www.townofbluffton.sc.gov/police-department/home.
The Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces the launch of The Artist's Gallery at Town Hall, an initiative to celebrate Hilton Head Island's art community. The gallery is slated to open at the end of September and local artists are invited to submit their work to be considered for the gallery. An online application is available at www.hiltonheadartsdaily.org.
An anonymous donor wired $511,386.99 to the Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bluffton in May, covering the remainder of the mortgage for the chapel. Pastor Dr. Jon R. Black is calling the donor the church’s “guardian angel.” Now that the debt for the church building has been taken care of, the congregation will focus its efforts on investing money into the local community.
COMPLETION OF LONGER RUNWAY TO DRAW MORE REGIONAL JETS
Air travel to the Lowcountry is changing: Larger, sleeker, commercial airliners soon will start landing on the newly expanded runway at Hilton Head Island Airport.
Now that the project is completed, regional jetliners will start arriving July 5. The larger Embraer 175 jet will replace the familiar sight of the American Airlines Dash 8 Turboprop descending from the island’s blue skies in approach to the airport. The more modern Embraer 175 has 76 seats and is configured for first class and coach. Depending on the model, the Dash 8 carries up to 48 passengers.
OFFICIALS EXAMINE LOCAL RECYCLING PROGRAMS
It’s a good idea to think twice about tossing that plastic bottle in the trash —the landfill that serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the rest of Beaufort County is filling up fast. But if you care and take the time to seek out a recycling bin, you may find yourself wondering: Before I recycle this, do I need to remove the cap?
BEAUFORT COUNTY AND S.C. VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS
South Carolina will hold primary elections on June 12, with runoff elections, if any, to be held June 26. Registered Beaufort County voters can cast their ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primary — but not both. For more information on the primary or to find out where to vote, go to bcgov.net/vote.
Women in Philanthropy held its annual grant awards and business luncheon on May 16 at Colleton River Plantation. The local philanthropic organization’s 2018 theme is “Addressing Women’s Health, Wellness, and Justice,” and grantees this year are: YMCA of Beaufort, $2,000; Neighborhood Outreach Connection, $2,000; Bluffton/Jasper County VIM, $3,500; Women of Faith and Power Ministries $5,000; Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic, $6,000; Osprey Village $8,000; Hopeful Horizons $10,000; Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry, $15,500; Hilton Head Volunteers in Medicine $10,000.
On May 19, these top five finalists came closest to the pin in Palmetto Electric’s Touchstone Energy Million Dollar Hole in One Shootout. (l to r) Stan Dever, first place; Danny Morgan, second place; Andrew Swanson, third place; Ted Morris, fourth place; and Davis Owens, fifth place.
The SunTrust Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity. The money will be added to proceeds from Habitat’s annual golf tournament to fund the group’s next home construction project. SunTrust has supported the annual golf tournament and Habitat for Humanity for years; the 21st annual tournament and auction will be held Sept. 24 at the Oldfield clubhouse.
In collaboration with i2recycle and Waste Management, the town of Bluffton held its annual May River Cleanup on April 28. This year, roughly 340 volunteers — including residents and local civic organization — collected 2,893 pounds, or 1.44 tons, of trash from the river and its surroundings. Approximately 17 percent of that waste was recycled and diverted from area landfills.
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.