Beaufort News

Thursday's news briefs

Leadership class to open project

The 2011 class of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's leadership program will open the "Gathering Place" at Bluffton's Calhoun Street Promenade at 9 a.m. Friday.

Government and chamber officials will commemorate the opening by lighting the fire pit for the first time.

The "Gathering Place" can be reserved for group outings.

Patio pavers, which can be personalized and engraved, cost $50 each and can be purchased at Proceeds will fund scholarships for the leadership class.

New detours for Mathews, Beach City roads

A section of Mathews Drive on Hilton Head Island will be closed beginning Friday as the town builds a roundabout at the intersection with Beach City Road.

Drivers on Beach City Road wanting to turn onto Mathews Drive from either direction and all northbound traffic on Mathews destined for Beach City Road will be detoured to Cardinal Road, according to a news release.

The detour is expected to last four weeks. Motorists should use caution when approaching the work zone.

Details: Call Jennifer Lyle at 843-341-4779 or email

USCB students help VCB market area

Students from the University of South Carolina Beaufort are creating a marketing communications plan for the Beaufort, Port Royal & Sea Islands Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Five teams of seven students each have until the end of April to complete their plans and present them to USCB and VCB officials, according to the VCB.

VCB officials plan to implement as many student ideas as possible.

County administrator cancels office hours

Beaufort County administrator Gary Kubic has canceled his Bluffton office hours for todayand his Hilton Head Island office hours for April 21 because he will be on leave, according to a news release. Information: Call Suzanne Larson at 843-255-2035.

Deputies locate missing Bluffton man

Beaufort County sheriff's investigators located a 25-year-old Bluffton man reported missing Sunday by his parents.

The missing man, Bryan William Tracy, contacted investigators Tuesday from Connecticut, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said Wednesday.

Details of the case are expected to be released Thursday, she said.