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Port Royal Skate Park gets a makeover

Above: Volunteers work together to remove a section of the old plywood decking at the Port Royal Skate Park on Friday afternoon. About 35 volunteers helped to repair the popular park. Photos by Bob Sofaly By Bob Sofaly A small army of about 35 volunteers from all walks of life converged on the Port Royal… Keep Reading

Can Port Royal and Beaufort learn chutzpah?

The more things change the more they stay the same.  Longtime readers of this column may remember a study that was referenced here in 2015 that concluded that, according to Beaufort County and Beaufort County School District figures, 60- plus percent of all the money raised in the seven bond and penny sales tax referenda… Keep Reading

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Elsa hits Port Royal hard

Possible tornado associated with storm causes a lot of damage By Mike McCombs As Tropical Storm Elsa made its way up the South Carolina coast late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, northern Beaufort County was hammered high winds and heavy rains. But the Town of Port Royal got the worst of the deal, suffering… Keep Reading

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Indecent Conduct

Former firefighter’s checkered past went unchecked for years before joining fire district How did Brandon Thomsen – with a history of reckless, violent behavior, run-ins with law enforcement and a previous connection to another case involving sexual assault of a minor – land a job in the public trust? By Mindy Lucas When Brandon Thomsen made his first… Keep Reading

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Boat burns on Beaufort River

Couple escapes flames with no injuries By Mike McCombs Two boaters are safe, but their boat was a total loss after it burned on the water Sunday during a trip up the Beaufort River. A little before noon, a couple from Bluffton were headed upriver toward Beaufort when an engine warning light came on as… Keep Reading