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Hunting Island drains swamp

Photo above: In preparation for the park’s reopening, four contracting companies are working there. One is clearing the 1,500 trees that fell in public areas, another is building new bathhouses, and two other companies are working to clear away buildings submerged or squashed by trees. Here, park rangers at Hunting Island State Park not only have… Keep Reading


Gullah fest to be celebration of Reconstruction

Staff reports One of South Carolina’s award-winning events, the annual Original Gullah Festival, returns Memorial Day Weekend and will be held from Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, at Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.  The theme for this year’s festival is “Come Home to a Celebration of Reconstruction … The Untold Story.” The… Keep Reading


Confederate Memorial Day celebrated

Photo above by Chris Clayton.  Confederate Memorial Day was celebrated on May 10 to honor the Confederate dead. May 10 is the day in 1863 that Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died.  The General Richard H Anderson Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #47 and Stephen Elliott Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, commemorated… Keep Reading

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Noise, parking focus of panel

By Lisa Allen A panel assembled by Main Street Beaufort, an organization representing downtown businesses, recently said property owners better keep their tenants in line regarding nighttime noise before the police do it for them. “It’s gotten down to simply being reasonable,” said Graham Trask, who owns several downtown properties. “It comes down to taking… Keep Reading

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Walmart officially opens its doors

Photo above: Traffic was smooth and drivers well-behaved after the official grand opening of Walmart on May 17 on Lady’s Island. However, traffic picked up in the area as the week wore on. Photo by Bob Sofaly. Staff reports  Walmart on Lady’s Island has officially opened its doors and the megastore has been continually busy… Keep Reading


Lowcountry Life

In keeping with National Bike Month, the Gullah/Geechee Nation invited black motorcyclists to join the Gullah/Geechee Bike & Beauty celebration May 27 at Martin Luther King Park on St. Helena Island near Penn Center. Pictured here is U.S. Air Force veteran Marcilia “Slim Shadie” Merriweather on her 2014 Yamaha 1300 Delux. Merriweather is part of… Keep Reading

School News/Schools

School briefs for May 25th-31st

Exchange students make presentations One of the major programs that Rotary Clubs provide is sponsoring area youth exchange programs. This year, two exchange students attended Beaufort-area high schools: Emma Anderson, of Denmark, who attended Beaufort High School, and Karolina Struhárová, of the Czech Republic, who attended Beaufort Academy. Recently, both made presentations to the Rotary… Keep Reading


Callawassie gets nod for environmental excellence

Photo above: Callawassie Island officials plan to preserve and enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources on its golf courses for years to come. Photo provided. Callawassie Island has achieved designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.  Billy Bagwell, director of agronomy, led the effort to… Keep Reading


Chamber Corner for May 25th-31st

Chamber announces leadership graduates The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce recently announced the graduates of the Leadership Beaufort Class of 2017. The chamber also encourages others to apply for the upcoming Class of 2018.    Each year, a group of local leaders learn not only what is going on but how to make a difference in… Keep Reading

Lafayette St.

Taxpayers got snookered on Lafayette Street

Photo above: The Lafayette Street Cottages as they appeared last week: no curbs, no sidewalks, no street lamps. By Bill Rauch The PALS baseball season is in full swing and the Beaufort Police Department is doing their job patrolling the parking at Pigeon Point’s Basil Green Complex. That’s news because this year there is no parking… Keep Reading

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