Beaufort News

Friday's news briefs

TCL massage therapy program accredited

The Technical College of the Lowcountry massage therapy program recently earned special accreditation from the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.

It is the first and only program in South Carolina to earn the accreditation, according to a TCL news release.

Out of nearly 1,500 massage schools in the United States, about 100 have achieved and maintain the accreditation, which requires rigorous standards for massage teachers, the curriculum and program management.

Applications for fall entry to TCL's one-year massage therapy certificate program are being accepted. Details: Contact program director Denise Van Nostran at 843-470-6020 or at

Temporary closings set at Hilton Head, Bluffton libraries

The Hilton Head Island and Bluffton libraries will close for part of a day next month while new self-checkout machines and other technology updates are installed.

The Bluffton branch will be closed Tuesday until 4 p.m. Customers will have to use the side entrance until May 9 or later as work continues.

The Hilton Head branch will be closed May 17 until 4 p.m. Customers must use a side entrance until May 23.

Drive-up book returns at both branches could be out of service during the work. Work is scheduled throughout the county library system until summer.

Bluffton needs votes for dog-park award

Bluffton is in the running in a national contest to win $100,000 for a dog park, but residents will have to show their support online in the coming months to bring the money home.

PetSafe is sponsoring the "Bark for Your Park" contest. Through June 1, residents can log on to to comment on why a dog park would benefit the community. The company will announce finalists July 13, and popular vote on the website will determine the winner by Aug. 5.

County hires first compliance officer

Beaufort County has hired Monica Spells as its first procurement and contract compliance officer.

Spells will review and analyze contracts to ensure they meet county policies and requirements, according to a news release.

She also will help administrators plan for small- and minority-business participation in county projects.

Annual book sale slated this weekend in Beaufort

The Friends of the Beaufort County Library will hold its annual spring book sale Saturday at the Beaufort Library branch.

The event at 311 Scott St. runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a selection of books, videos and DVDs for all ages and interests.

Cash and checks will be accepted, according to book sale chairwoman Geni Flowers.

Information: 843-255-6458.