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2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Jeremy Hsieh, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Aug. 5--The developers behind the Greenheath community on Lady's Island want extra time to build it before their zoning expires in 2010, a request the head of the Beaufort County Planning Commission expects from other long-dormant planned unit developments in the near future. With an eye on the precedent Greenheath could set, the commission voted 7-0 on Monday to recommend a 10-year extension on its 98-acre zoning along with conditions laid out...

2008-08-04 15:00:26

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Aug. 2--You could not see Best Buy's computers unless you saw Chris Dunston first. He stood next to the "Tax-Free PC Table" laden with stacks of questionnaires and pamphlets Friday morning. He was in charge of a retractable belt barrier limiting the number of people who could look at the computers. "We'll sell out this weekend," said Dunston, product process manager at the Beaufort store. "Let's just put it that way." Since midnight...

2008-08-03 18:00:16

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Aug. 3--The Beaufort County School District's uniforms issue is one that's been fueledmostly with anecdotes. There is the angry mother at the school board meeting, tired of seeing scantily clad girls in school, the similarly fed-up father or teachers and school leaders who believe uniforms will curb teasing, eliminate distractions and end questions about dress codes. So, which problemwill school uniforms solve? Well, it depends on whom...

2008-07-31 21:00:32

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 31--The Beaufort County School District has scheduled the first meeting of a committee charged with recommending one calendar for all schools, even as the district continues to search for members, a district official said. The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Robert Smalls Middle School, said John Williams, a district spokesman. The meeting was changed from Aug. 12 after district officials realized it conflicted with a town...

2008-07-30 21:00:25

By Patrick Donohue, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 30--If a tree falls in Beaufort -- or at least part of one -- everyone hears it. To prepare for an upcoming $3.57 million project to repave parts of Ribaut Road and U.S. 21, S.C. Department of Transportation trimmed back low-hanging tree limbs on a section of Ribaut Road this week, drawing the ire of residents upset with the haphazard nature of the work being done. "They were using a buzzboom, and that is a completely inappropriate...

2008-07-30 21:00:25

By Jeremy Hsieh, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 30--The Jasper County Council's proposed ban of sagging pants could have been on the books as early as Monday, but the chairman put the brakes on the proposal pending further study. The proposal sailed through its first reading in June, and a combined second reading and public hearing last week, despite dozens of glaring questions about its legality, applicability and enforceability. Three readings and votes are required for an ordinance...

2008-07-25 00:00:39

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 24--A teaching assistant and two-time challenger to former Beaufort County Board of Education member Margie Jenkins is taking her third stab at winning the board's District 8 seat in September. Aleatha Williams, a kindergarten teaching assistant at Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School, was the first to file Thursday for the seat Jenkins vacated last month, citing continued acute allergy complications. The special election is Sept. 23...

2008-07-20 09:00:33

By Jonathan Cribbs, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 20--The Beaufort County Board of Education has asked the school district to figure out how to provide pre-K programming for all at-risk 4-year-olds. About 130 children are on waiting lists to join pre-K classes at district schools, according to district data. The majority of them, 73, are in northern Beaufort County. Board members and district officials have said pre-K education is crucial to preparing low-income students for...

2008-07-20 09:00:28

By The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 20--Looking for an economical road trip? No need to drive all the way to California to visit Hollywood. An exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum brings movie magic to Columbia. "Hollywood Comes to South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State," opened Jan. 12 and runs through Oct. 19. "The exhibit showcases the significant number of movies produced in the state over the past 100 years and gives our guests an idea of the complexity...

2008-07-17 06:00:32

By Alexis Garrobo, The Beaufort Gazette, S.C. Jul. 17--The grass was barely visible for the people at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as friends and family showed up to cheer on competitors in the Water Festival's Talent Show on Wednesday evening. Unable to decide which dance troupe had more talent, the judges declared a tie between Beaufort Academy of Dance's Teens and its Dancers in the youth dance division of the show. The Teens performedto Vanessa Amorosi's "Absolutely Everybody"...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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