Bringing Our Community Together


Parris Island hosts distinguished visitors

Above: Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC) Ramon “CZ” Colon-Lopez speaks with staff Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Drill Instructor School aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Photos by Sgt. Dana Beesley, USMC. From staff reports  19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Troy E. Black… Keep Reading


Post-graduation leave reinstated for new Marines

From staff reports  According to a post on MCRD Parris Island’s Facebook page, Lt. Gen. Kevin Iiams, the commanding general of Training and Education Command, has made the decision to reinstate the 10 days of leave for all Marines following their graduation of recruit training.  The 10 days of leave had been a casualty of… Keep Reading

What To Do


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


Fight, handgun put Beaufort High on lockdown

 By Mike McCombs  Beaufort High School was on lockdown Tuesday morning as a result of an altercation in the parking lot resulting in the discovery of a handgun on campus.  At approximately 10:30 a.m., City of Beaufort Police say a bystander intervened in a fight between 22-year-old De-Quarious Major, of St. Helena, and a relative. … Keep Reading



A Shrimp Fest smash: Event draws record crowds after a Covid cancellation Above: Three thousand, nine hundred and forty-four plastic shrimp were released into the Beaufort River from the shrimp trawler Palmetto Pride during the annual Sea Island Rotary Club Shrimp Race with nothing more than the tide to carry toward the finish line. Photos… Keep Reading


Applauding success that comes with shared purpose

By Jennifer Tuckwiller Succulent shrimp, ice cold beer, rocking music, perfect weather and lots of smiling faces – all the essential ingredients for a great Lowcountry weekend were in abundance at the 2021 Beaufort Shrimp Festival.  Community festivals are beloved by locals and visitors alike. They foster the hospitable hometown feeling we all love about… Keep Reading


Food Truck Festival returns Saturday in Port Royal

 By Mike McCombs  The Lowcountry Jaycees are hosting the 4th annual Beaufort Food Truck Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9 on Paris Avenue in Port Royal.  “I’m excited for it, looking forward to the best festival we’ve had yet,” Lowcountry Jaycees President Nicklas Mayrand said.  The festival is free and open… Keep Reading

Lowcountry Life


Beaufort’s Debbie Barrett of Beaufort caught this sunset Saturday, Sept. 24, from The Sands in Port Royal. 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… Keep Reading

Letters to Editor


An open letter to Campsen, Erickson Dear S.C. Senator Chip Campsen and S.C. House member Shannon Erickson, I have heard rumblings that some S.C. legislators have talked about seeking a “forensic” audit of the 2020 election – where their Republican candidate WON the state!? I want you both to know that if such insanity in… Keep Reading


Beaufort Executive Airport hosting 5K, open house

From staff reports In recognition of South Carolina Aviation Week, Beaufort County Airport will be hosting a 5K run and an open house from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Beaufort Executive Airport, 39 Airport Circle, Lady’s Island. The open house is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature… Keep Reading



Beaufort’s Ken Eshleman, 76, joined the United States Marine Corps in 1970 in Colombia, Pa. After Boot Camp at Parris Island and Infantry training, he became a Combat Engineer and was sent to Okinawa and Japan. The following tour saw him at Lejeune training as a Special Weapons courier. His next assignment was to Parris… Keep Reading