Beaufort News

Wednesday's news briefs

Man burned in pickup truck fire

A man was taken to a Savannah hospital after his pickup truck caught fire at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman.

The man was driving west on U.S. 278 near Buckwalter Parkway when parts of the truck's cab burst into flames, Capt. Randy Hunter said. Fire officials do not know what started the fire, which Hunter said might have flared up because of fumes trapped in the truck.

The man pulled over near the median and leapt out. The fire was out by the time fire crews arrived, Hunter said.Fire officials would not release the name of the driver, who was taken by ambulance to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition was unknown Tuesday, Hunter said.

Abandoned mobile home destroyed by fire

An abandoned mobile home on Phoenix Road near Simmonsville Road in Bluffton was destroyed by fire Monday, according to a Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman.

At about 10 p.m., district crews responded to a call from a resident who thought someone was burning debris. They arrived to find the single-wide mobile home nearly burned to the ground, Capt. Randy Hunter said. No one was inside and no injuries were reported, he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Charities benefit from motoring festival

Organizers of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance have presented grants to local organizations that helped manage last year's festival.

Checks from the event's Driving Young America charitable fund were presented to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Heroes on Horseback, the Hilton Head Island High School Jazz Band, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Junior Leadership and St. Luke's Preschool.

The 10th annual event is Oct. 28 to Nov. 6.


County wins financial-reporting award

The Beaufort County Finance Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association's highest honor for governmental accounting, according to a news release.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting goes to financial reports that meet high standards and a spirit of full disclosure, the release said.

The county also received the award last year for its 2009 annual report.