New downtown crosswalks painted for horse carriages in Beaufort

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMarch 16, 2012 

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The horse carriages now have crosswalks at the intersection of Bay and Newcastle streets in downtown Beaufort, a change that city officials and carriage operators hope will improve safety.

The city's Department of Public Works painted the lines this week, city manager Scott Dadson said, after receiving approval from the S.C. Department of Transportation, which owns the roads.

The city also is ordering a reflective crosswalk sign like the ones on Bay Street at the intersections of Scott and West streets.

The changes are a long time coming for carriage operators like Walter Gay of Sea Island Carriage Co., and Peter and Rose White, the couple who owns Southurn Rose Buggy Tour.

Peter White said a sign should help slow drivers who shoot around the curve at Bay Street near the intersection where the horse carriages start their tours and pedestrians cross the street.

NEW FAMILY DOLLAR

The former Piggly Wiggly in Sheldon, vacant for about a year, is getting new life as a Family Dollar.

The store at 70 Charleston Highway opened about two weeks ago, manager Lynn Cline said.

The 17,181-square-foot space was empty when Family Dollar started preparations. The shelves were stocked and the store was ready within 10 days, she said.

Including Cline, the store currently has about nine employees.

Store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/EyeonBeaufort.

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