Beaufort News

Sunday news briefs

Motorcycle crash victim identified

The motorcyclist killed in a Friday afternoon collision with a cement truck on U.S. 17 in Jasper County near the South Carolina-Georgia border has been identified as Robert Fitton, 54, of Okatie.

Fitton, who was wearing a helmet, died after he crossed the center line and struck the fender of an oncoming cement truck, according to Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office closed the Talmadge Memorial Bridge to traffic for about two hours after the accident, which occurred at 2:20 p.m. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and expect no charges to be filed in the case.

Holiday art market planned for Honey Horn

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn will host the Lowcountry Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

The market will feature food tastings, book signings and locally made gifts for sale. Proceeds benefit the museum's educational programs, according to a news release.

Details: Call 843-689-6767, extension 0.

Boys & Girls Clubs gala gets magazine's attention

December's Southern Living magazine mentions the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry inaugural holiday gala as an event to attend in the Beaufort area, according to a news release from the Boys & Girls Clubs.

"A Lowcountry Christmas Beaufort Gala 2010" will start at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St., Beaufort.

The event will feature food from Southern Graces Catering, silent and live auctions, and Buddy Kosic and the Lowcountry Jazz Band. Joseph and Delinda Mix are honorary chairmen of the event.

Tickets are $125 per person. "A Lowcountry Christmas Special" of $375 includes two gala tickets, a room at the Beaufort Inn, midnight snacks and complimentary breakfast. Attendees can register online at

Details: Call Liz Vallino of the Boys & Girls Clubs at 843-575-5430. Sponsorships are still available.

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet set for Nov. 20

The St. Helena/Lady's Island branch of the NAACP will conduct the 12th annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Helena Elementary School gym, Sea Island Parkway.

The Rev. Brendalyn Johnson of the Aiken County Branch of the NAACP will speak.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children younger than 12.

Details: Call 843-524-8528 or 843-838-3321.