Beaufort News

Sunday's news briefs

Fire at Bluffton apartment complex displaces eight

A 6 a.m. blaze in a corridor at Hallmark Apartments on Malphrus Road in Bluffton caused fire damage to one apartment and water damage to others.

Capt. Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District said the small fire burned through the front door of one apartment. It appeared to have been put out by a dry chemical by the time firefighters arrived, Hunter said.

Sprinkler systems were set off in two apartments, causing an unknown amount of water damage, Hunter said.

The fire is under investigation.

Red Cross volunteers provided seven adults and one child with shelter, money for food and personal emergency supplies, according to a news release.

Memorial Day ceremonies in Beaufort County

Memorial Day ceremonies are planned for May 30 in Beaufort and on Hilton Head Island.

The Navy League will sponsor the 18th annual Memorial Day Observance on Hilton Head. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the veterans monument in Shelter Cove Community Park. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis will speak. World War II veterans will be recognized.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a Memorial Day program beginning at noon at Beaufort National Cemetery. Joseph Walker Jr., a Beaufort native and former Army lieutenant colonel who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, will speak. Details: Donald I. Owens, cemetery director, at 843-524-3925.

HHSO guest conductor to receive honorary degree

The University of Windsor in Canada will present an honorary doctor of laws degree to John Morris Russell, the newly appointed principal guest conductor of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, at graduation ceremonies June 16.

"During his 10 years as music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Russell has fostered unprecedented growth and invigorated the musical life of the Windsor-Essex region," the university said in a news release. "He is widely considered North America's leader in orchestral educational programming."

For more about Russell and the Hilton Head orchestra, go to