Beaufort News

Sunday's news briefs

Historic Foundation to celebrate Beaufort's tricentennial

Beaufort's 300th birthday will be observed by the Historic Beaufort Foundation on April 30 with "Time & Tides: A Celebration of 300 Years."

The event will be from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Tidewater, a historic home at 302 Federal St. overlooking the Beaufort River. The celebration, timed to coincide with high tide, will be catered and include toasts, live dance music and an open bar, according to the foundation.

During a silent auction, guests can bid on an overnight hunting trip and various other excursions and gifts.

Tickets are $75 per person for those under age 35; $100 otherwise. For reservations, call the foundation at 843-379-3331 or go to and click "Shop."

Observer editor to speak on urbanism

The Charlotte Observer's Mary Newsom will speak on community-building and growth during the Congress for the New Urbanism's lecture series.

Newsom is an associate editor, editorial board member, op-ed columnist and blogger who has written about cities, urban design, neighborhoods and the environment for more than a dozen years, according to a news release.

The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry's main auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Details: Call 843-986-9610 or email

DOT service alerts drivers about traffic

Drivers can dial 511 for real-time traffic information on all South Carolina interstate highways and some coastal highways, including limited coverage of S.C. 170, U.S. 278 and U.S. 21.

The system can advise drivers on construction, lane closures, wrecks, congestion and severe weather, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation. Users also can go to to set up personalized alerts that will notify them of traffic information by phone call, text message or email.

The service is free, although cellphone or text messaging charges may apply.