South Carolina Nurse Retention Initiative

Keeping Nurses in Beaufort and Jasper Counties

South Carolina Nurse Retention Initiative

Keeping Nurses in Beaufort and Jasper Counties

South Carolina Nurse Retention Initiative

Keeping Nurses in Beaufort and Jasper Counties


SC Nurse Retention Initiative gets $36,000 grant

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The SC Nurse Retention Initiative (SCRI), an effort dedicated to attracting and retaining top nursing talent in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, has been awarded a $36,000 grant from Power:Ed, a philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation.

The SCRI fund, administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, awards recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates up to $12,000 (BSN) and $6,000 (ADN) over two years based on merit, dedication to the nursing profession, financial need, educational mobility and long-term commitment to practice nursing in the Lowcountry.

This gift marks the second round of funding from Power:Ed to SCNRI and will support three to six nursing scholarships. Because the recipients can use the funds for any purpose, including furthering their education or contributing to housing costs, this program supports both the community priorities of workforce development and affordable housing solutions.

USCB to host communications workshop

Professionals and experts from USC Beaufort’s Business and Communications department will lead a discussion and share strategies to help participants build skills to develop and strengthen confidence in their professional and everyday communication. The free, interactive workshop and discussion will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30 at USCB’s Center for the Arts. The program is part of The Center for the Arts ENGAGE series and is open to everyone. For more information visit

Fort Fremont History Center closed through Sunday

Fort Fremont History Center will be closed through Sunday, April 2 for ceiling repairs.

The park itself will remain open every day from dawn to dusk, and the restrooms will still be open to the public as well. The history center lobby and conference room are not available, and the Friends docent tours will not be occurring during that time.

County to hold Stuart Point sidewalk meeting

Beaufort County will hold a public meeting Tuesday, April 4, for the Stuart Point Road Sidewalk project, one of the 24 locations included in the 2018 One Cent Sales Tax Referendum. The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Whale Branch Middle School, 2009 Trask Parkway, Seabrook.

The County will present the proposed 8-foot sidewalk project design for Stuart Point Road. The purpose of the project is to increase and enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety by providing a separate facility from the roadway from U.S. 21 (Trask Parkway) to Sea Crest Lane/Delaney Circle.

The meeting will be conducted as an informal, drop-in format. There will be displays that depict the proposed design, and representatives from Beaufort County Engineering, J. Bragg Consulting, and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering will be available to discuss the proposed improvements, answer questions, and listen to feedback. No formal presentation will be made.

The proposed design exhibits and other project information are available on the virtual meeting webpage through Thursday, April 20. Visit to view the information and submit comments by April 20.

For questions or persons requiring additional assistance due to language barriers, contact the Engineering Department at 843-255-2700.

BSDC meeting set for April 13

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s (BSDC) April meeting will be held Thursday, April 13, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7.

The Cobia are returning, therefore, Capt. Danny Rourk of Tailwind Charters will be the presenter. Rourk will present rods and reels, choice of lines, and baits of choice. He will also discuss offshore versus inshore fishing, along with rules and regulations for Cobia.

Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply, Butler Marine, and Danny Walsh and the Achurch Real Estate Group again are our monthly $50 drawing sponsors. Remember to weigh in your favorite catch at the Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply at 1734 Ribaut Road, Port Royal during regular hours. Congratulations to Gregg Digiovanni, last month’s winner. Winners must be present at the next month’s meeting to receive the cash award.

Guests are welcome. Reservations are not needed. For additional information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email

South Carolina Bluebird Society holding presentation

Glen Hendry, Trail Director for the South Carolina Bluebird Society (SCBS) is providing a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 21 on local cavity nesting birds, including the Eastern Bluebird. Hendry has a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding cavity nesters.

The presentation will be held at the Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to the SCBS are welcomed.

Contact Becky McCollam at to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Sail and Power Squadron requests expired flares, offers boat inspection

The Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron, now recognized as America’s Boating Club of Beaufort, in conjunction with the Town of Port Royal, fire chiefs, and S.C. Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring an event for boaters to turn in expired flares and get a free boat inspection.

This event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 13 at the Sands Beach Landing in Port Royal. No reservation is required.

For additional information, contact Captain Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email