Beaufort News

Friday's news briefs

Sheldon group to discuss health grant

Sheldon Township residents will meet Saturday to discuss a three-year health and fitness program. A $750,000 grant for the project was announced last month by the Kresge Foundation.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the media room of the Whale Branch Early College High School.

Black Chamber to provide housing counseling

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce will serve as a housing counseling agency for Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties after it was awarded a contract by the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority.

South Carolina was given $295 million in federal funds to help homeowners in hard-hit housing markets who are at risk of mortgage default or foreclosure, according to the chamber.

The program aims to help those in need who have a temporary or permanent reduction in income.

To schedule time with a counselor, call 843-986-1102 or go to

Library to hold African-American genealogy workshop

The Hilton Head Island library will host a free instructional session next month on using library resources to conduct African-American genealogy research.

The workshop will be in the library's computer lab from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Anyone older than 12 can attend.

Registration is required; to sign up, call 843-255-6525 or go to the library's reference desk.

Let it snow Saturday on Hilton Head Island

Shelter Cove Community Park will become a winter wonderland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The area will be covered in snow and feature a 35-foot inflatable slide, a marshmallow roasting pit and concessions. Admission for children ages 2 through 18 is $10. Children under 2 and adults get in free. All proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association's children's scholarship fund.

No pets are allowed.