Beaufort News

Briefly Wednesday

DeMint visit open to the public

Lowcountry residents will have a chance to see U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint on Thursday when he visits Beaufort County for the Heritage golf tournament.

DeMint, R-South Carolina, will be the host of a free, public event at 11 a.m. in the auditorium at the Technical College of the Lowcountry on Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

Fire codes will limit capacity to the first 150 people.

"We will be handing out passes at the door to any and all interested residents, students, tourists and guests," according to Angel Flewelling, president of the Beaufort Area Republican Club.

Parking will be limited because TCL is in session.

The event will be televised on the County Channel, according to a news release.

County conserves farmland near air station

Beaufort County, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, has purchased conservation easements on 10.33 acres to prevent development from encroaching on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The property is owned by Halbrook Sanders, according to a news release, and is split into two sites: 10 acres in the middle of the McLeod Farm and 0.33 acres at the intersection of U.S. 21 and Detour Road.

The development rights and conservation easements cost $50,000. The county and Department of Defense each paid half.

Family Promise to hold fundraiser

Family Promise of Beaufort County will hold a fundraiser dinner and auction from 6 to 10 p.m. May 19 at the Hampton Hall clubhouse in Bluffton.

All proceeds will benefit Family Promise's "Bring Home the Children" campaign to end childhood homelessness in Beaufort County, according to a news release.

Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner, entertainment and auction. They can be purchased at the Levy Family Center at 164 Bluffton Road or from Family Promise by calling 843-815-4211.