Beaufort News

Friday's news briefs

Native island church gets historical marker

St. James Baptist Church will host a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. May 22 of a state historical marker recognizing its founding on Hilton Head Island in 1886.

The church is the oldest continuously operating cultural institution remaining within historic Mitchelville, the first freed-slaves' town that was erected on Hilton Head in 1862. The marker was approved by the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the S.C. African American Heritage Commission.

The ceremony will be on the church grounds at the corner of Beach City and Dillon roads. Refreshments will be served.

Details: Call Perry White at 843-681-4308.

Ferguson declines to discuss hospitalization

Hilton Head Island Town Councilman Bill Ferguson said Thursday his recent hospitalization will not affect his ability to serve his constituents.

The Ward 1 representative and longtime council member made the comment when reached by phone Thursday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Charleston.

"It's something I have to do," said Ferguson, 63, of his hospitalization.

TCL Foundation to host Teaching Collection

The Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation will host the inaugural exhibition of the college's teaching collection -- an assortment of donated fine art, antiques, artifacts and memorabilia -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19-20 at the New River Campus.

"An Exhibition of Acquisitions 2010-2011" is free and open to the public.

Details: Call 843-525-8294 or go to

County business-license renewals due

Beaufort County business-license renewal forms are due May 31, after which a 5 percent fee will be added for each month late.

Any business in unincorporated Beaufort County must have a county license, according to a news release. Licenses don't expire until the end of the year, but the renewal process begins now.

Renewal applications were mailed in February but can also be found on the "Business" page at or at the county's two business-license offices: the second floor of the administration building at 100 Ribaut Road in Beaufort, or the third floor of the Myrtle Park Professional Center at 4819 Bluffton Parkway in Bluffton.

Processing and approval usually takes seven to 10 business days, the release said.

Details: 843-255-2270.