Beaufort News

'The Bricks' around National Cemetery to get polish

A project to rehabilitate the historic wall built in about 1876 around the original sections of Beaufort National Cemetery is set to begin soon and will take about four months to complete, the Veterans Administration announced Friday.

The $851,000 project includes rebuilding damaged wall sections and repairing mortar joints and the foundation.

"Beaufort National Cemetery is a beautiful, lasting tribute for our veterans, and this preservation effort will further increase its overall beauty while maintaining the integrity of the wall," Beaufort National Cemetery director Don Owens said in a news release. "The wall is a treasure that is more than a century old, and it will be able to last for generations to come."

The repairs will maintain the historic integrity of the wall, the source of a nickname for the surrounding neighborhood, "The Bricks." Repairs are not expected to keep visitors from the cemetery or affect traffic nearby, the release said.

The VA awarded the repair contract to the Tradesmen Group Inc., a veteran-owned small business from Dublin, Ohio.

The Tradesmen Group will hire as many as five additional workers from the local area for labor support, the release said. In addition, LowCountry Engineering Consultants, another local company, will provide a daily inspector to monitor construction to ensure contract compliance.

In other changes around town:

  • The McDonald's restaurant on Boundary Street is on track for an early 2012 reopening.
  • Extensive remodeling began in August but recently was stopped so city permits and inspections could be obtained.

    The building will be in the company's newest design, called "Arcade," and include several seating options, Wi-Fi and flat-screened TVs, according to a news release. The roof will have a more modern look and a side-by-side drive-through for faster service.

    "We are longtime neighbors and partners in this community, and as our community and customers evolve, we want to evolve with them," owner and operator John McCoy said in the release. "This remodel project provides our customers with a unique dining experience that welcomes them and their families into a new and comfortable atmosphere."

  • The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is assisting Joli Home Accents with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. today. Joli Home Accents is celebrating its move from Habersham Market Place to 707 Bay St. in downtown Beaufort.
  • Joli offers a collection of home accents, linens, jewelry, men's and women's personal care, baby and children's items, candles, and coastal dècor.

    Refreshments will be served at the ceremony.

    Information: Contact Amy Kaylor at 843-525-8524 or

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