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Black chamber fire under investigation by feds

Photo above: Agents from SLED and the ATF were busy Nov. 14 investigating the cause of a fire that gutted the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce building in Beaufort. Photo by Bob Sofaly. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) has begun a joint investigation into the fire… Keep Reading


Vets saluted at parade, special ceremony

Photo above: Marine Corp veterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Photo by Bob Sofaly. Thousands of people turned out to honor veterans of the armed forces at the Beaufort Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 that included a ceremony at… Keep Reading

Election 2016/Local News

Local voter turnout higher than national numbers

The Island News goes to press early Tuesday nights, therefore, we did not have election results available. However, here are the results: • Voter turnout in Beaufort County was about 61 percent, which was higher than the national turnout of about 52 percent. The national voter turnout was the lowest in over 20 years. •… Keep Reading


Lowcountry Life

A storm rolled in on Hunting Island while Susan Dohren and Waverly Landrum play in the sand. Hunting Island was closed after Hurricane Matthew and officials say it likely won’t reopen until after the first of the new year. To submit a Lowcountry Life photo, you must be the photographer or have permission to submit… Keep Reading


BMH’s Valentine Ball adds Friday night party

Photo above: Richard and Joyce Gray will serve as the honorary chairs at the Valentine Ball. There are a couple of new twists to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Valentine Ball. Not only is there a brand new downtown venue at Tabby Place, but for the very first time, the foundation is also offering a special… Keep Reading


Golden hair, golden heart

Photo above: Rhyleigh Conley, who donated her hair to Wigs for Kids, experienced getting a blow dry for the first time, which she said “tickled.” By Kat Walsh Rhyleigh Conley was always the little girl with the long, golden hair, the goldilocks of Broad River Elementary School. For three years, she was a regular sight at… Keep Reading


Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents ‘Elf The Musical Jr.’

Lowcountry residents will embrace their inner “elf” when the Beaufort Children’s Theatre presents its production of “Elf The Musical JR.” from Friday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 20. The show features 60 aspiring actors ages 7-18. “’Elf The Musical JR.’ is an uplifting musical about one boy’s quest to find his true identity,” said music… Keep Reading

Local News

Police blotter for November 17th-23rd

Sheriff’s office investigating armed robbery The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that took place at the Folly Grocery on Seaside Road on St. Helena Island. According to victims and witnesses, two African-American men wearing gray masks entered the store and demanded cash at gunpoint. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and… Keep Reading


2016 Boots & Bling fundraiser success for YMCA of Beaufort County

More than $46,000 was raised at the Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County’s 7th Annual Boots & Bling Fundraiser and Silent Auction Presented by CBC National Bank on Oct. 22. Well over 250 people enjoyed a lovely fall evening at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort, supporting the 2016 YMCA capital campaign in the process. The… Keep Reading

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