Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Blogs
Nope, it’s so: The New York Times reported earlier this week that the former Cubs slugger is the latest to be busted using performance-enhancing drugs of some sort, which, we guess, isn’t all that surprising but nonetheless is distressing. A-Rod, Clemons, Bonds ... yeah, they all used, but they were all pretty jerky. Sammy was the fun one. The life of the diamond. An idol to millions of children. Sigh ... Another childhood hero tarnished forever, like these:
A second employee of Beaufort Performing Arts Inc. charged with stealing money from the organization is scheduled to face trial in August, according to Beaufort County court records.
An internal audit of the organization’s finances earlier this year uncovered that Melanie Lashawn Daniels, 36, had been writing checks to herself from the organization’s accounts to the amount of $36,649, according to Capt. Michael Lee, spokesman for the Beaufort Police Department.
It likely will be seven to nine months before versions of the Marine Corps’ variant of the Joint Strike Fighter will undergo test flights, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway told the Senate Armed Services Committee on June 4.
Conway told Congress that jets being built by defense giant Lockheed Martin are expected to be ready for testing this fall, but claimed the delay would not affect when the jet would enter service. The first of the Corps’ short-takeoff, vertical-landing variants of the jet are scheduled to be delivered in 2012, according to the Corps.
More news from the weird and wacky world of puppy cloning:
Scientists in California say they have cloned a dog that helped with search-and-rescue after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Five German shepherd puppies cloned from a dog named Trakr have been delivered to owner James Symington, a former police officer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who now lives in Los Angeles.
Mayor Billy Keyserling sent an e-mail to constituents outlining what he considers benefits of outsourcing city residential garbage, yard debris and recycling collection. City council will likely discuss the issue at its Tuesday meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the new city court building on Boundary Street. The e-mail reads:
Outsourcing Garbage, Yard Debris and Recycling!
City Council will soon decide whether or not to outsource the collection of garbage, recycling and yard debris. I think it is important to share available facts, my view on the issue and answer any outstanding questions. If you like to review the data, it can be found on the http://www.cityofbeaufort.org> City of Beaufort website.
Three Hilton Head Island juniors came away with singles titles at the 53rd annual Wachovia Palmetto Championships, a prestigious junior state tournament that wrapped up Friday in Belton and Anderson.
Hilton Head Humane Association is hosting an adoption event at Oldfield from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20. Bring the whole family, including your pooch. The event will include “Best Dressed” and “Best Trick” contests for dogs in attendance. Hot dogs and lemonade will be served, and animals in need of homes will be available for adoption.
Despite a tremendously successful debut season, USC Beaufort baseball coach Rick Sofield felt his team had some pressing needs to fill if the Sand Sharks are going to improve in their second season, and Sofield has begun to address those needs. The school announced the signing of six baseball recruits, who you can find out more about below (and I went ahead and threw in LHP Adam Miller, who isn't technically a new recruit but will be a new face for Sand Sharks fans next season). I haven't talked to Sofield about the signings yet, but you can see below that he has addressed his concerns about pitching depth and shoring up the middle infield, while also adding some veteran players to a young roster by adding four transfers (not counting Miller).