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Jessicah Lawrence

Economic development corporation talks budget, role within county

The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation is seeking to rebuild trust and confidence between elected officials, the private sector and taxpayers.

Steel cables to replace wood railings on Boundary Street boardwalk

Orange traffic barrels are not the only thing blocking views of the marsh on Boundary Street.

Courtesy of city of Beaufort Wood railings were installed by mistake on the Boundary Street boardwalk.

Beaufort’s security cameras now up and running

Beaufort’s downtown now has extra eyes to aid the police department in deterring and solving crime.

Photos courtesy of Gene Brancho Security cameras were recently installed at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park’s pavilion.

Groups protest sheriff’s request for immigration taskforce

Marching down Ribaut Road toward the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office as others rallied near Old Town Bluffton, dozens of people protested Sheriff P.J. Tanner’s request that the Department of Homeland Security reinstate a taskforce dedicated to enforcing federal immigration laws.

Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today The Beaufort Indivisible group protested outside the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday in response to Sheriff P.J. Tanner’s request that Homeland Security to reinstate the 287(g) program.

Group starts petition to ban plastic bags in Beaufort

A group called Lowcountry Citizens Ready for Change wants to eliminate plastic bags in Beaufort.

Whale Branch advocates for arts center, Moss proposes $120M referendum

A $4.4 million gymnasium at Whale Branch Early College High School is on the Beaufort County School District’s to-do list for 2018.

Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce rebuilding after November fire

A fire may have destroyed the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce’s building, but it hasn’t damaged the organization’s vision.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Demolition of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce building is underway. Once the site is cleared, the rebuilding process can begin.

Beaufort police add therapy dog

A dog has joined the Beaufort Police Department to comfort victims and officers who need to relieve some stress.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy stands with the department’s therapy dog, Misdemeanor.

Sanford town hall covers health care, immigration

Paper signs reading “agree” or “disagree” popped up across the room, showing Congressman Mark Sanford how his constituents felt about his stances on issues like the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Congressman Mark Sanford answers a question from the crowd during a town hall Friday at MacLean Hall at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort.

Business license legislation sent back to committee

The waiting game continues for South Carolina municipalities that would be impacted by a pair of Statehouse proposals to standardize local business licenses.

First paint strokes kick off Community Mural Project

Helen Brown, a 1939 alumna of the Mather School, held the paintbrush and took the first symbolic stroke on the Community Mural Project to beautify the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s tunnel under Ribaut Road.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Helen Brown, 98, fills in the Adinkra symbol, starting the Community Mural Project on Friday.

Pat Conroy Literary Center’s poetry event opens conversation on race

People packed into the pews of a downtown Beaufort church last week and listened intently as writers read poems addressing a tough topic: racism.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Tim Conroy introduces poet and writer Al Black.

Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation plans to hire director

The Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation plans to hire an executive director this summer and consider joining a regional alliance by the fall.

Hundreds attend Lady’s Island forum on future growth

With barely any room to stand in the Lady’s Island Elementary School cafeteria, a forum hosted by the Coastal Conservation League and Sea Island Corridor Coalition did what it set out to do: give residents a voice on future growth.

Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today A forum hosted by the Coastal Conservation League and Sea Island Corridor Coalition brought together hundreds of Lady’s Island residents to talk future development and growth.

City to replace H dock at marina

After nearly 40 years, the city of Beaufort’s “H” dock will be replaced.

Photos courtesy of city of Beaufort The H dock at the marina, built around 1978, is being replaced.

4 running for District 3 school board seat

The Beaufort County Board of Education seat left vacant when Michael Rivers was elected to the state House of Representatives will be filled in a March 28 special election.

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Beaufort High’s Cruz receives class ring

A bright Eagle green shines on Antonio Cruz’s class ring, a symbol that he is one step closer to graduating from Beaufort High School.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Beaufort High School senior Antonio Cruz shows off his new class ring.

City of Beaufort leaders oppose business license bills

Beaufort and Port Royal leaders are speaking out against two bills they say would strip local control of business license fees.

Beaufort leaders set two-year goals

Economic development will be a top priority for city of Beaufort officials over the next two years.

Lady’s Island concept plan introduced

Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling says adding more pavement is not the answer to relieving traffic on Lady’s Island.

Photos by Jessicah Lawrence/Beaufort Today Mayor Billy Keyserling addresses a large crowd that gathered to hear the proposed concept plan for Lady’s Island.