Beaufort News

Briefs: Red Cross counselors needed; Beaufort council filing begins; paratroopers seek parade marchers

Counselors needed to help disaster victims

The Red Cross needs licensed mental-health workers to help victims of tornadoes and flooding in the South.

The Charleston regional chapter is holding training sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center at 1050 Ribaut Road in Beaufort, according to a news release. Volunteers must be able to deploy for at least one week -- and preferably two -- after the training.

Information: Contact Phil Woody at 843-764-2323, extension 365, or

Filing for Beaufort council seat opens

Filing opens Friday for those who want to be candidates for the Beaufort City Council seat formerly held by Councilman Gary Fordham, who died last month.

Candidates must file by noon June 4 with the Beaufort County Election Commission and pay a $150 fee to appear on the ballot.

Checks should be made out to the city of Beaufort.

The filing should say, "I hereby file notice that I am a candidate for election to the office of council member in the special municipal election to be held on July 19, 2011. I certify that I am a qualified elector and resident of the city of Beaufort," according to a city news release.

The City Council is composed of five nonpartisan members -- a mayor and four council members. All members are elected at-large.

Fordham, whose term expires in 2012, died April 22.

Paratroopers seek marchers in parade

The Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will march in the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade on May 30.

All chapter members and any other paratroopers, active or inactive, can march with the group, according to a news release.

The group will hold remembrance ceremonies after the parade at the graves of Ben Vandervoort and Ruben Tucker.

Details: Contact Dennis Conlon, 912-897-309,; or Jim Andrews, 843-522-9013,