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School board to vote on masks

Decision postponed until Board of Education can get legal, medical advice   By Mike McCombs  They finally got around to “the elephant in the room.”  After an hour and 45 minutes of business, the Beaufort County Board of Education eventually got to the topic on everyone’s mind as school’s opened during the recent resurgence of COVID-19: masks. … Keep Reading


BMH tightens policies as COVID surge goes on

 From staff reports  In developments that go hand in hand, the surge in COVID-19 continues locally and nationwide and Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) is tightening its policies to protect patients, staff, and community members.  South Carolina reported 2,286 new cases Tuesday, down from the seven-day average of 3,397. That’s a 65 percent increase in the… Keep Reading

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By Lolita Huckaby Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to school they go… BEAUFORT – Back to school used to mean new clothes, maybe a new haircut, new book bags and school bus route. Maybe for some families that’s still the case but, for the county’s 20,000 public school students headed back this week, it meant… Keep Reading


Schools set to open amid COVID surge

By Mike McCombs  Uncertainty. Apprehension. Nervousness.  For parents and students, alike, these can be common emotions as the beginning of a new school year draws near. But this year, they are for all the wrong reasons.  With the delta variant and a low vaccination rate helping COVID numbers to spike, it could be a risky… Keep Reading


County Planning Commission closing in on their part of Comp Plan  BEAUFORT – Members of the Beaufort County Planning Commission demonstrated Monday night they’ve been doing their homework – reading and pondering the 300-page “Envision Beaufort County,” aka the Comp Plan.  The Commissioners took less than an hour of their regular monthly meeting to review the… Keep Reading


Masks are back at MCAS Beaufort, Parris Island

From staff reports  As a result of an updated mask guidance for all Department of Defense Installations issued by the Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks on July 28, masks are once again required in indoor settings aboard MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island.  Both installations made the changes known via their official Facebook pages. … Keep Reading