What is dog food? The Yuck Factor, part one

By Tracie Korol It would be nice if our dogs actually received the foods manufacturers lead us to believe are in each bag of chow. Plump whole chickens, choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, crunchy, fresh vegetables; all the wholesome nutrition your dog will ever need! This is what the U.S. pet food industry, at a profit of $18 billion per year, wants us to believe we are buying when we purchase their products. It is logical that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet foods are a convenient way for slaughterhouse leftovers and offal (oogly bits), grains considered “unfit for human consumption” and similar wastes to be turned into cash. Dogs, as omnivores, do well on a primarily meat-based diet. The protein (meat) used in pet food comes from a variety of sources. When cattle, swine, chickens, lambs or other animals are slaughtered, lean muscle tissue is trimmed away for human consumption, along with the novelty organs that people like to... ...

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What To Do

Grand opening for new Dockside restaurant Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Dockside’s second location Thursday, March 1. Opening at 4:30 p.m. at 71 Sea Island Parkway next to Lady’s Island Marina. Beaufort High theater presents ‘Hairspray’ Welcome to the 60’s! BHS Theater program will present “Hairspray” on March 1-3 and 8-10 at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center at Beaufort High School.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and those with active military ID.  Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Call 322-2152 for more information. Local All Pro Dad Day Chapter to meet Fathers and students will gather for breakfast, family fun, and a little encouragement at next month’s All Pro Dad’s Day on Friday, March 2, at 7 a.m. in the Coosa Elementary School Gym.  This month’s meeting topic is “Being Detailed Oriented” where you’ll learn practical methods for being a better dad and enjoy some quality time with your kids. There is no charge for this event, but you must... ...

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Spring means sprucing up…the neighborhood

With spring right around the corner, its the perfect time to start sprucing up a bit.  The folks over at Piggly Wiggly on Ribaut Road in Port Royal got a jumpstart with a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the building recently. Not only does this liven up the store front, it also says we care about our community. When you’re thinking ‘spring cleaning’, think outside the box and look around outside. Do you have a neighbor that could use a fresh coat of paint on the porch or perhaps an overgrown lawn that could have used tending to last year? Maybe you could organize a neighborhood cleanup project for your neck of the woods. A few hours, some trash bags, a can of paint or two and you will reap the rewards of taking pride in were you live, work and play. After all it’s “our” community and every little bit helps to maintain its beauty. ...

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Enjoying Tuesday’s sunshine

Temperatures rebounded a bit in the Beaufort area today and the change brought Beaufortonians of all ages out to enjoy some of the sun.  Some lucky ones at downtown’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park playground made new friends too.  According to the National Weather Service, we can look for even warmer temperatures tomorrow, and then Beaufort flirts with the low 80’s on Thursday before the rains move in again for the start of the weekend. ...

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New information on suspect, memorial set up at site

The site on Ribaut Road where the Port Royal fire truck took the life of a Port Royal man and then crashed on Friday has been turned into a memorial for the victim of this tragic accident.  The outpouring of emotion regarding this tragedy has been very profound.  The memorial has been set up by strangers. Reports have surfaced that the suspect in the case, Kalvin Hunt, had escaped from the Naval Hospital after Veteran’s Affairs took him there on Friday.  Also, according to a TV news interview with Hunt’s family over the weekend, Hunt is suffering from PTSD after serving our Country in Afganistan. Friday afternoon at around 4:30, Kalvin Hunt of Sumter, SC allegedly stole the fire truck in Port Royal while it was on a call at a local apartment complex.  At the time, Hunt was described by witnesses as ‘disturbed’.  He drove the truck up Ribaut Road plowing into vehicles near the intersection at the McTeer Bridge, and caused multiple vehicle accidents and one fatality as Justin Nicholas Miller was struck and... ...

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Bands Brews & BBQ takes over Paris Avenue

This past Friday and Saturday, Paris Avenue in Port Royal was ground zero for plenty of good eating.  Friends of Caroline Hospice held their Bands Brews & BBQ two day fundraising event. The crowds at the event were met with less-than-favorable weather on Friday, but yesterday it was crisp and clear for the main South Carolina BBQ Association-sanctioned cook-off.    Here are some photos of the fun, and a few of the winners too.                                                                                                                                                                                                      ... ...

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Update on yesterday’s Ribaut Road tragedy: Names released

In an update on yesterday’s tragic incident along Ribaut Road, authorities have released the names of both the victim, and the suspect. The man struck and killed by the stolen Port Royal FD fire truck is Justin Nicholas Miller, of Port Royal, and the suspect is Kalvin Hunt, of Sumter, SC. Reports state that Hunt is currently still in Beaufort Memorial Hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained in the incident. Yesterday afternoon at around 4:30, Hunt allegedly stole the fire truck in Port Royal while it was on a call at a local apartment complex.  At the time, Hunt was described by witnesses as ‘disturbed’.  He drove the truck up Ribaut Road plowing into vehicles near the intersection at the McTeer Bridge, and caused multiple vehicle accidents and one fatality as Miller was struck and killed. The truck crashed into a tree outside of the new Dollar General store near Ribaut Lanes.       ...

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Man steals Port Royal FD fire truck, smashes cars, kills one

At around 4:30pm today a Port Royal FD fire truck was stolen while on a call in Port Royal by a man who has been described as ‘disturbed’.   The man allegedly drove the fire truck up Ribaut Road plowing over top of vehicles near the McTeer Bridge, and caused at least six vehicle accidents, some with drivers trapped inside.  One pedestrian was struck and killed by the truck as the path of mayhem ended when the driver crashed the vehicle into a tree outside of the new Dollar General store at the interscetion of Pine Court and Ribaut Road. The Island News will have more on this story as more information is made available. ...

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School district releases statement about resignation of Principal Durbin

This morning Dan Durbin submitted his resignation as principal of Beaufort High School effective Friday, February 24. Normally, the district would not make any other comments regarding this personnel matter.  But with Dr. Durbin’s permission, we can say that earlier this month, the district office received a report that a Beaufort High School teacher was concerned that the principal was changing student grades.  An internal investigation by a district office team was conducted, and based on its preliminary findings, a separate inquiry was conducted by an external team.  Among the findings was that Dr. Durbin had made 200 grade changes affecting 33 students.  When presented with the data, Dr. Durbin took full responsibility for making the grade changes, explained his reasoning behind each incident and offered to resign. The district can provide more details if Dr. Durbin provides a signed release to that effect.  Without his authorization, the administration will be limited in the topics it can discuss. In accord with the law, the district will not discuss details of... ...

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Beautiful Baby Contest Finalists

Vote for the winner from the top five finalists. The winner receives a photo session courtesy of Captured Moments Photography plus one 20×10 framed composite plus a $50 gift certificate from Carolina Wiggle Wear. Click HERE to vote: Beautiful Baby VOTING!   ...

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