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Lowcountry Boil

I work at the Bluffton Post Office and I don’t know why Thurman Way, which goes from the library to the post office, doesn’t have any dividing lines, no white lines or yellow lines. Cars coming and going to the post office should know there are two lanes so that people who are in a… Keep Reading

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Conroy would have been proud of literary center

By Kat Walsh It is a simple, white-sided house in the heart of downtown Beaufort. The Spanish moss drips from the trees in front of the double porches. It is a quintessential Lowcountry home, one that could have come straight out of a Pat Conroy novel. This home, though, is slowly becoming a living memorial… Keep Reading


John Paul II starts first season of 11-man football

By Steve LeMaster There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the John Paul II football program. That’s mostly because the school has made the move to 11-man football. The Golden Warriors have done so under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin Wald, an individual familiar to many area high school football fans. An experienced coach,… Keep Reading


Whale Branch to put new offense to work

By Steve LeMaster In his fifth year as the Whale Branch football program’s head coach, Jerry Hatcher is delivering new offensive looks. The rejuvenated Warriors are looking to spread things out in the 2016 season. Hatcher has compiled a 24-21 record during his tenure as the Whale Branch football program’s head coach. The Warriors finished… Keep Reading


Tax hike could face uphill climb

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories on the Nov. 8 general election.  By Kat Williams On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will head to the polls to not only pick a new president, but also to cast their ballots on three local referendums. One of those is a tax hike to… Keep Reading

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Lowcountry Life

Connie Davison, of Dataw Island, calls this picture of herons preparing the nest for future chicks “Hi Honey, I’m home!” To submit a Lowcountry Life photo, you must be the photographer or have permission to submit the photo to be published in The Island News or The Bluffton News. Please submit high resolution photos and… Keep Reading

Local News

Police blotter for August 25th-31st

Illegal outdoor fire spreads to home A couple and their two children were left homeless after an illegal outdoor fire spread to their home on Sunburst Lane in the Gray’s Hill community. The Burton Fire District responded to a report of a house fire just after 4 p.m. Aug. 19. Initial reports were that smoke… Keep Reading


Smart ladies shop at Smart Girls Consignment

Island Girls Night Out, hosted by The Island News and The Bluffton News, was held Aug. 18 at Smart Girls Consignment at 208 Carteret St. in downtown Beaufort. Always a well-attended event, Island Girls Night Out takes place the third Thursday of every month and gives local women the opportunity to enjoy socializing, shopping, sipping… Keep Reading

Local News

News briefs for August 25th-31st

Drought status upgraded in Beaufort, Jasper counties The South Carolina Drought Response Committee has upgraded the drought status to “incipient” for 17 counties in the state, including Beaufort and Jasper counties. The Bluffton station measured just 4.3 inches of rainfall from June 1 through Aug. 15. Normal precipitation for that time period is 11 to 16… Keep Reading

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