Bringing Our Community Together


Let’s try diplomacy, discussion, cooperation

We can work together to keep Beaufort’s downtown beautiful, vital and welcoming   Above: A photo of the front of the Sea Island Hotel from Bay Street taken in the early 1900s. One of the largest structures ever in downtown Beaufort, the hotel was torn down in 1959 to make way for what is now the Best… Keep Reading

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OktoPRfest returns to downtown Port Royal

 From staff reports  After a year off because of COVID-19, the Town of Port Royal and the Old Village Association of Port Royal welcome OktoPRfest beck to town from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday on Paris Avenue.  The event will feature German and American festival food with a variety of craft, imported, and… Keep Reading

Lowcountry Life


Sofia Karen Dow was waiting for the Port Royal Post Office to open after lunch and wandered over to the Cypress Wetlands, where she caught this white egret looking for lunch just as the wind kicked up to make a beautiful wave pattern. To submit a Lowcountry Life photo, you must be the photographer or… Keep Reading



Beaufort’s Matt Swinsick, 79, joined the Navy in 1960 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. After Boot camp and Electronics Technician school in Great Lakes, Ill., he was assigned to the USS Bushnell (AS-15), a large floating submarine maintenance facility in Key West just as the Cuban Missile Crises broke out nearly next door. While serving aboard, he… Keep Reading

Letters to Editor


Thank you Thank you for reporting the Beaufort City Council’s recent decision to remove Helen Spalding from the city’s Election Commission. Since she was in open defiance of the most important requirement of her position – nonpartisanship – it was the only decision possible. While it is acceptable for the rest of us to align… Keep Reading


City Council appoints 3 to Tourism Advisory Committee

From staff reports City Council appointed three new members to the Tourism Development Advisory Committee (TDAC) at its Sept. 14 Regular Meeting. They are: Henry Brandt, of St. Helena Island: Brandt is the owner/CEO of Coastal Expeditions South, and has worked in the eco-tourism industry since 2005. Mickey Minick, of Savannah: Minick operates the Kelly… Keep Reading

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Bindon Plantation back in the news with preliminary green light for development YEMASSEE – New life has been pumped into the long-awaited, much-debated Bindon Plantation in the rural hinterland of Yemassee. With a quick show of hands, the Yemassee Town Council last week gave unanimous approval to a preliminary development plan for the 1,317 acre… Keep Reading



Firefighters stop vehicle fire, save home Burton firefighters and Beaufort County EMS were able to safely extinguish a vehicle fire within feet of a home, preventing any damage to the residence. Just past 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, the Burton Fire District was dispatched to what at first was reported as a house fire on… Keep Reading

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Shorts at High Noon Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesdays through Nov. 17, Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Beaufort campus. A collaboration between the Beaufort Film Society and TCL, screenings are free and open to the public. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m. All films are from the 2021 Beaufort International Film Festival. Schedule and trailers for… Keep Reading


City selects company to restore windows at historic building

From staff reports The City of Beaufort has selected Shenandoah Restorations of Irmo, S.C., to restore the 29 windows in the historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Beaufort. Several of the windows were damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. In July 2020, the City was awarded a grant of $188,500 from the South Carolina Historic… Keep Reading

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