BEAUFORT, SC - United Way of the Lowcountry is mobilizing resources and providing assistance to help people rebuild their lives and this community by collecting donations for disaster relief efforts and responding to needs through the United Way Helpline.
Please be advised that the following Town parks will be re-opened to the public as of 10/18/2016:
Looking for Hurricane Matthew recovery updates? Find links to the latest news and information here:
The Town’s contractor, Weeks Marine Incorporated expects to restart beach renourishment activities in South Forest Beach no later than October 19, 2016.
The Town desires to replace the sand washed from our design template along the central oceanfront beach as a result of Hurricane Matthew. While the storm related sand losses from the template are measureable, the majority of the sand recently pumped on the beach remains in place.
Citizens' Drop-Off Sites will be activated on Friday, October 14, 2016. These Drop-Off Sites are for the use of residents/property owners only and will accept landscaping debris, construction debris, and white goods (household appliances) only at these locations. No commercial use is authorized. The Drop-Off Site locations are as follows:
Those wishing to make a donation to or volunteer for recovery efforts are asked to work through Community Foundation of the Lowcountry In the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, individuals, groups and corporations wishing to donate to recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Lowcountry can make donations to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the organization of record to receive donations for disaster recovery and rebuilding in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton Counties.
Improving the lives of Beaufort’s County’s children, one child at a time
Pristine beaches, meandering bike paths and manicured golf courses create a pretty picture of island living. For most tourists and residents of Hilton Head Island, this epitomizes their way of life; a life that is aesthetically pure and surrounded by beauty and relaxation. There are, however, island residents who live more in the shadows than in the sunshine.
“When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female or speak in a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone … describes the world and you are not in it, (it feels) … as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.” — Adrienne Rich, poet
Hilton Head Island recently received more high praise from the travel magazine Travel + Leisure. The publication ranked Hilton Head No. 2 out of 15 on its list of “America’s Favorite Beach Towns.” It stated, “Repeat visitors have been championing this South Carolina golf and beach resort for decades.
Southern Living recently included Bluffton on its list of 15 “Best Places to Retire.” The magazine focused on towns that have unique amenities, a low cost of living, opportunities for volunteering, part-time work and continued learning. Other important factors were a stable housing market, access to medical care, and an airport or train station close by.
An English teacher with more than 30 years of classroom experience was named the 2016-17 Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year. The selection of Elizabeth MacMurray, who teaches ninth-grade English at Hilton Head Island High School, was announced during a recent breakfast celebration to honor teachers of the year from all of the district’s schools.
More South Carolinians will soon be able to harness the power of the sun, thanks to a new solar energy initiative by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. The company recently announced plans to launch a community solar partnership with Clean Energy Collective. An alternative to rooftop solar, CEC’s RooflessSolar will give SCE&G residential electric customers, schools, churches and municipalities the opportunity to subscribe to or purchase panels in solar farms and receive credit for solar generation on their energy bills each month.