Beaufort News

Friday's news briefs

Weather Channel show on Parris Island postponed

The Weather Channel's episode of "Cantore Stories" featuring Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island originally scheduled to air Thursday was postponed.

The show will air instead at 8 p.m. Saturday. In it, meteorologist Jim Cantore explores extreme weather conditions during recruits' final 54 hours of training, called the Crucible, an intense rite of passage in stifling summer heat.


Free tax help available at USCB

The University of South Carolina Beaufort will continue its partnership with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance of the Lowcountry this year to provide free federal and state income-tax preparation and electronic filing.

All faculty, staff, students and local residents can use this free service at USCB on Saturdays, except March 12, through the tax season, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room at 65 University Parkway, Bluffton. No appointment is necessary.

Details: Contact Kyle Williams at 843-208-8362 or

To find out other VITA site locations and times, go to

Hilton Head mayor to speak at GOP lunch

Mayor Drew Laughlin will speak to the Hilton Head Island First Monday Republican Lunch Group at noon Monday at Aunt Chiladas Easy Street Cafe, 69 Pope Ave.

The cost for lunch, beverage, tax and tip is $10, payable upon arrival.

Details: Call Tom Hatfield at 843-681-2170.

United Way accepting applications for campaign

Nonprofit health and human service organizations in Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and surrounding counties can now apply for the annual Combined Federal Campaign, the only authorized workplace solicitation of military and federal employees.

Applicants must demonstrate a substantial local presence and meet eligibility and public accountability standards, according to a news release from the United Way of the Lowcountry, which administers the program locally. They will be included in the CFC Contributor's Guide, which individuals use to select the charities to give to, the release said.

Applications are available from Pamela Reading-Smith at the United Way office in Beaufort at 843-982-3040 or online at Applications must be sent to United Way's Beaufort office by 5 p.m. March 1.

Details: Call Reading-Smith at 843-982-3040.