Beaufort News

Thursday's news briefs

Beaufort finance director resigns

The city of Beaufort will seek a new finance director to fill the position left vacant last week with the departure of Mack Cook, according to a city official.

Cook, 59, said he resigned as finance director and comptroller and plans to do contract work while he finishes a doctoral degree in governmental accounting and finance at Rutgers University.

"There's no bad blood," said Cook, who added that controversy surrounding a new downtown parking system that he helped implement "took a toll" on him.

"It was just time to get some balance in my life. It was time for me to move on and work on some other things I want to do," he said.

City manager Scott Dadson said the city will advertise the finance director position immediately.

Cook made about $89,000 a year, Dadson said.

The city also recently lost assistant city manager and chief financial officer Shirley Hughes, who left for a job in Nevada.

Dadson said it remains unclear if the city will fill that position.

Burning ban issued for Bluffton

Bluffton Township Fire District officials issued a ban Wednesday on burning trash and other debris outside in the town of Bluffton because of high temperatures and dry conditions. It is in effect until further notice.

A district news release also asked residents in unincorporated areas to observe the ban.

Information: Capt. Randy Hunter at 843-548-4349.

Fraser inducted into hall of fame

Charles Fraser, who led the development of Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame on Friday during a National Association of Home Builders board meeting in Washington, D.C.

The 5,000-acre development "transformed Hilton Head from a sparsely populated barrier island along the Carolina coast into a world-class resort that combined golf and real estate development into a planned community," according to a news release.

USCB artist to display work

Nationally recognized artist Amiri Geuka Farris, a faculty member of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will display "The Art of Amiri" from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sea Island Best Western in Beaufort as part of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce Artist Showcase 2011.

A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Ten percent of Farris' art sales will benefit the USCB Art Club.