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Beaufort’s Jennifer Picklesimer found this alligator hanging out in the duckweed earlier this year at the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands. 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… Keep Reading



Beth Hawks, center, of Lady’s Island spins as she dances with her friend Pat Johnston during the Port Royal Street Music concert Saturday on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. The brutal heat and high humidity gave way to a gentle sea breeze coming off Battery Creek and made for a near perfect night. The next… Keep Reading


Port Royal still cleaning up after Elsa, tying up loose ends on Port property  PORT ROYAL – The i’s have been dotted, the t’s crossed and representatives of Grey Ghost Properties LLC are believed to have updated agreements with the town of Port Royal which will make it easier to sell the 315-acres of waterfront… Keep Reading

I am reminded why I love this town

It is Saturday morning, and I’m on my slightly-worse-for-the-wear deck. This morning I have my coffee (Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend), a Food Lion-brand Chocolate Chip Cookie (“dare to dunk differently”) and a view of my side yard. That yard presents a tableau that looks like the Somme Battlefield complete with an uprooted tree and two… Keep Reading


Tornado takes toll on Port Royal businesses

 Port Royal Veterinary Hospital closed indefinitely  By Mike McCombs  As a tornado that came out of Tropical Storm Elsa ripped through the Town of Port Royal late Wednesday and early Thursday morning, it damaged 44 homes, displaced two families and laid waste to trees and power lines all down Paris Avenue.  But the storm left… Keep Reading


Bertholf named Beaufort’s deputy city manager

From staff reports Reece Bertholf’s part-time job just became his full-time job. Bertholf, the City of Beaufort-Town of Port Royal fire chief and City of Beaufort assistant city manager, will assume full-time duties as Beaufort’s deputy city manager in mid-August. Bertholf has held dual roles as fire chief and assistant manager for more than 18… Keep Reading