Beaufort News

Sunday's news briefs

Charter school to show documentary

Riverview Charter School will show the documentary film "Waiting for Superman" and have a panel discussion Monday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, in Building 12 on the Beaufort Campus.

The film, which focuses on students hoping to be selected for charter schools, will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the panel discussion will begin at about 7:30 p.m. Panelists include Riverview representatives, Beaufort County Board of Education Chairman Fred Washington Jr. and state Rep. Shannon Erickson, R-Beaufort.

The free event is part of a series of activities planned by Riverview to celebrate National Charter Schools Week. Tours of the school will be available at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Details: Call 843-379-0123.

Study gauges local attitudes toward public transitTwo University of South Carolina Beaufort professors have completed a study of public transportation in northern Beaufort County that will help determine bus routes, according to a news release.

To gauge attitudes toward public transit, the team surveyed 725 residents and 285 visitors or potential visitors to the city of Beaufort. Of residents, 90 percent said they would use public transit; 45 percent would use it for work; and 78 percent said there is a need for public transit. Of visitors, about 84 percent said they would use public transit while on vacation.

This is the second public transit survey the two professors, John Salazar and Jim Glasson, have completed for the Lowcountry Council of Governments.

Tea Party to hold open meeting

The Beaufort Tea Party will hold an open meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beaufort County Airport on Lady's Island.

The group is beginning to plan for the 2012 elections and wants ideas and comments on how to increase public participation.

Details: 843-524-0443 or

Volunteer Medicare counselors sought

The Lowcountry Council of Governments needs volunteer insurance counselors to assist Medicare beneficiaries.

Six sessions of training will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for six weeks beginning May 25 at LCOG at Point South, off exit 33 on Interstate 95 and U.S. 17. Volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage, and lunch will be provided.

Details: Call Susie Gordon or Ashley Young at 843-726-5536 or toll-free at 877-846-8148.