Beaufort News

Briefly Friday

Ground-level ozone forecast available

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is now issuing daily forecasts for ground-level ozone.

"During the warmer months, ground-level ozone is our state's most widespread air-quality concern," Myra C. Reece, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality, said in a news release. "High ground-level ozone concentrations generally occur on hot sunny days when the air is stagnant."

Ground-level ozone can create breathing problems, especially for children, people with asthma or other respiratory problems, and adults who work or exercise outdoors, the release said. Ground-level ozone can also cause tree and crop damage.

The forecasts are available from:

  • The EPA's EnviroFlash webpage. EnviroFlash can direct the ozone forecast to an e-mail address, cellphone or Twitter page as soon as the ground-level forecast is made. To sign up, go to
  • DHEC's website at
  • A toll-free hotline at 1-866-238-4973.
  • Banker to discuss Thatcher's achievements

    An international banker who lived in Britain during Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister will present a lecture on Thatcher's transformation of the country from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts on the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Historic Beaufort Campus.

    Noel Sloan will assess Thatcher's achievements and place in history, according to a news release from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USCB. Tea and scones will be available before the lecture.

    Details, or to make a reservation: Email or call 843-521-4113, 843-208-8247 or 843-208-8239.

    Ridgeland teacher wins Earth Day award

    A Ridgeland Elementary School teacher has won kudos from a state agency for her dedication to the environment.

    Angelique Liddelow organized the first Earth Day celebration at her school and uses recycled materials, such as newspapers and soda cans, in her art classroom, according to a news release. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recognized Liddelow's efforts Thursday during an Earth Day awards program.