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Veterans Day closings

All Beaufort County offices, to include Library branches and Parks and Recreation facilities, will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.

All Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, but will resume normal schedules Tuesday, November 12. Residents are encouraged to check their local center for official operating hours and are asked to plan accordingly. For more information, please contact the County’s Solid Waste and Recycling Section at 843-255-2736 or visit

Operations at the Hilton Head Island Airport and Beaufort County Airport on Lady’s Island will remain available during the holiday, as well as emergency and public safety services.

County closing two pools for maintenance

The Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Department will be closing two pools for maintenance.

Beaufort Pool, at 35 Youmans Drive, will be closed November 12 through November 17. Battery Creek Pool, at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, will be closed November 18 through November 23.

For more information about Beaufort County Parks and Recreation, visit or call 843-255-6710.

BJWSA wins 2nd Sustainable Water Utility Management Award

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority received its second Sustainable Water Utility Management Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies on Oct. 21 at its 2019 Executive Management Conference in Newport, R.I. 

BJWSA was one of 19 agencies nationwide to receive this distinction. The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States.

The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award recognizes water utilities that have made a commitment to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors. 

New Coastline episode focuses on holidays

A new episode of The County Channel’s series Coastline features upcoming events, parades and activities around Beaufort County to welcome the holiday season. Joining host Suzanne Larson, is Blakely Williams, President and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jean Heyduck, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and Charlie Clark, Vice President of Communications for the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Coastline airs on The County Channel Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Fridays at 9 a.m. Coastline is a monthly news show filmed in-studio and produced by The County Channel.

Watch all programming for The County Channel on Comcast Ch. 2, Hargray Chs. 9 and 113, and Spectrum Ch. 1304. Viewers can also watch programming live and on-demand at The County Channel’s website at

Wild turkey harvest in SC down slightly last spring

Approximately 50,000 turkey hunters take to the woods annually in South Carolina with hopes of harvesting a wily gobbler, and the 2019 spring turkey season was no exception. With an estimated harvest 15,783 adult gobblers and 1,591 jakes for a total of 17,374 birds, the spring turkey harvest was down a little over 3 percent from 2018. 

Legislative changes that went into effect in 2016 provided an earlier starting date and increased number of days in the turkey season in 34 of 46 South Carolina counties. The effect of this season change was a 50 percent increase in opportunity (days) for the majority (74 percent) of the state. Although the harvest was up a combined 24 percent the first two years of the new framework, it has been down 10 percent the last two years.

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