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FREE The Island News formerly Lady’s Island News YOUR Local Newspaper Bringing our community together Aug. 20 - Aug. 26, 2009 Covering Beaufort, Lady’s Island, St. Helena Island, Dataw Island, Fripp Island, Port Royal Beaufort Salutes! to honor WWII heroes Please see page 4 Deputy Charles Wilson wins Criminal Justice Academy honor Beaufort County Sheriff ’s Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Wilson earned the SC Criminal Justice Academy’s J.P. Strom Award. Wilson was presented with the honor during the Academy’s graduation ceremonies held earlier this month in Columbia. The J.P. Strom Award is given to the student with the highest cumulative point total for all written tests given during the State’s mandatory nine-week basic law enforcement training. The award is named after J. P. Strom who headed the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for more than 30 years. Strom was considered the driving force behind professionalism in South Carolina law enforcement. For his outstanding achievement, Wilson was awarded a plaque on behalf of the Academy. He will also receive a customary incentive payment. Wilson, a native of Chattanooga, TN, joined the US Marine Corps in 2002, where he served four years as a fire team leader and armory custodian. After deployments to Japan, the Strait of Malacca, and Iraq, Wilson ended his active service in 2006. He has since joined and continues to serve in the US Marine Corps Reserves. Wilson joined the Beaufort County Sheriff ’s Office in January 2009. Following last week’s successful completion of the SCCJA Basic Law Enforcement training, Wilson will now serve as a road patrol deputy for the Sheriff ’s Office Northern enforcement division. First day fun at Riverview Charter and other public schools by John C. Williams Beaufort County’s first charter school opened its doors Monday to laughing youngsters, relieved parents and excited teachers. Riverview Charter School’s opening had been in question earlier this summer due to issues about the racial makeup of its enrollment and its compliance with a federal desegregation agreement for the Beaufort County School District. Monday, though, all that was forgotten as children entered the renovated building at Burroughs Avenue in downtown Beaufort – temporary digs until Riverview finds a permanent home, expected to be closer to the Habersham neighborhood in Burton. Riverview first day of school Beaufort Elementary first day of school - Jennifer Morillo In This Issue “We did it!” said Alison Thomas, one of Riverview’s continued on page 2 NEWS PROFILE NEWS Tom Davis update Alaina Floyd Island Notes SEE PAGE 3 SEE PAGE 5 SEE PAGE 2

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