Katherine and Ashley Hefner: Home is where their heart is

By Lanier Laney Ashley and Katherine met in fourth grade at Beaufort Academy. They started dating in high school, but went to different colleges and graduate schools for eight years. Katherine went to the University of North Carolina and the Medical University of South Carolina to pursue a degree in dentistry, while Ashley went to SCAD for a Masters in Architecture. But through it all, they stayed together, got married in 2003 and moved back to their beloved Beaufort. They just celebrated their ninth anniversary but really, “too many to count years together,” said Katherine with a laugh. They have two very active boys, Vann, 5, and Ford, 3. All of their parents are Beaufortonians: Beth and Gene Grace, and Lana and Al Hefner.  Says Katherine, aka Kat, “We are very involved with our extended families here since both sets of parents, and my sister, Chilton, and her husband Heath Simmons, live here. Ashley’s parents have taught both boys how to swim on their weekly swim visits, even adopting my... ...

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