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The haunted house

 Famous Beaufort residence The Castle, long rumored to be haunted, open for Halloween night   By Ryan Copeland  Southern tours, even the kind taken by car with the intent of prospecting a good retirement option, generally involve stopping at roadside markets and charming bed and breakfasts and trying to decide whether or not to pull at the… Keep Reading


All signs point to Cook Out coming to Beaufort

 By Mike McCombs  If you’ve been hungry for another fast food option in Beaufort, you could be in luck. All signs point to Cook Out coming to Robert Smalls Parkway.  Two parcels totaling 1.881 acres at 122 Robert Smalls Parkway – the site of the now-closed Golden Corral steakhouse – were sold Jan. 8, 2021… Keep Reading


Chamber’s Civitas Awards honor Beaufort’s finest

 From staff reports  More than 175 Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and community members gathered Thursday, Oct. 14 on the lawn at the Coosaw River Club for the Chamber’s annual Civitas Awards, where the individuals and businesses that make Beaufort special were honored.  This year’s winners include:  Torchbearer Award for overall economic impact – Beaufort… Keep Reading


Lady’s Island man shot, killed at residence

 From staff reports  The Beaufort County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased man in a Saturday, Oct. 16 shooting incident at a residence on Brickyard Point Road North on Lady’s Island as 47-year-old Laventis Cohen.  Late in the afternoon, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found… Keep Reading

Lowcountry Life


Phil Saracin captured this dragonfly on a Bird of Paradise plant at Coffin Point. 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. Please submit high-resolution photos and include a description and/or names of the people in the picture… Keep Reading



Beaufort’s Gerald Wynn, 69, a Beaufort High School graduate, joined the Army National Guard in 1972 and went to boot camp at Fort Ord, Calif. He trained to operate ground surveillance radar. In additional to regular National Guard training he was called up for S.C. hurricane recovery work five times. After 9/11, his unit was… Keep Reading

Letters to Editor


Lee Scott: Gone but not forgotten A year ago this month The Island News lost its award-winning humor writer Lee Scott. She even wrote her own obituary for the paper. At the time of her passing I sent a letter to the paper explaining my friendship with Lee. Before Lee passed away she asked Christine, Cindy… Keep Reading

Contributors/Lolita Huckaby/News


Pair of significant issues on ballot for Nov. 2  BEAUFORT – There’s a lot going on here in the Lowcountry as fall graces us with some tolerable weather and fall festivals are flourishing.  But DON’T FORGET: there’s a county-wide vote Nov. 2 on two issues – a local option sales tax and a slight restructuring of… Keep Reading


Beaufort man pleads guilty to armed robbery, sentenced

From staff reports  A 23-year-old Beaufort man who robbed a gas station while armed and masked is headed to prison.  Jordan Tyrese Jahlil Burgess of Ambrose Run pleaded guilty Monday to armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. His jury trial was scheduled to begin later in the… Keep Reading


Beaufort lifts mask mandate in City buildings

From staff reports  As of Monday, Oct. 18, masks are no longer be required inside City of Beaufort buildings, with the exception of Municipal Court.  Municipal Court must follow the policy set forth by Chief Justice Donald Beaty of the South Carolina Supreme Court. He requires that anyone in courtrooms in the state wear a… Keep Reading


Friends of Beaufort Library Fall Book Sale returns

This year’s bookstravaganza includes new Meet the Authors program  From staff reports  The Friends of the Beaufort Library (FOL) has announced the return of the annual Fall Book Sale November 5-7.  Because of the pandemic, the 2020 sale was canceled, so this year’s sale promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event kicks… Keep Reading



Cheyanne Genovese and Lucas Diez compare pumpkins they just harvested Saturday afternoon at Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island. The couple couldn’t decide which one was best, so they ended up buying both. Dempsey Farms U-pick Pumpkin Patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and from 1… Keep Reading

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