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Architect selected for Whale Branch gym, arts center

The Beaufort County school board voted last week to proceed with contract negotiations with an architectural firm to design a gymnasium and performing arts center for Whale Branch Early College High School.

City of Beaufort makes staff promotions

The city of Beaufort has announced a pair of promotions it says will better align its staff with City Council’s strategic plan.

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Yemassee man convicted in 2015 double homicide

Joshua Poacher, 22, was found guilty April 12 of two counts of murder and one count each of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the Aug. 16, 2015, deaths of Kantibhai Patel, 72, and his wife Hansaben Patel, 67, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

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Lowcountry events

TODAY

Port Royal celebrates Soft Shell Crab Festival

The town of Port Royal and Old Village Association held their 14th annual Soft Shell Crab Festival on Saturday.

Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Classic cars were on display at the Soft Shell Crab Festival in Port Royal on Saturday.

Keeping score: Volunteers work behind the scenes at RBC Heritage

One of the most familiar behind-the-scenes faces at the RBC Heritage hopes she doesn’t get noticed.

DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Sheila Buck and Cheryl Pearce are the vice chair and chair of the ShotLink walking scorers committee for the RBC Heritage. Buck has worked the tournament for 18 years and Pearce is in her 26th year.

Gullah Farmers Cooperative to lease county property on St. Helena

A building with a small farmer’s namesake will now be used by many small farmers in Beaufort County to distribute produce around the area.

Birder’s Eye View: Spring is the time to sing

If you go out in the field with a “real birder,” you’ll notice right away that he or she spends as much time listening as watching.

Diana Churchill

Dangerfield repeats as Beaufort’s shrimp and grits recipe champ

For the second year in a row, Jason Dangerfield of Cooking Just for Fun took home the trophy for the best shrimp and grits recipe at the fourth annual Bridges Prep Block Party.

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort/For Beaufort Today Jason Dangerfield won the People’s Choice Award for his shrimp and grits recipe.

Replicas of Columbus’ ships sailing to Beaufort

On Thursday, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships the Nina and Pinta will sail into Port Royal Sound and be open to the public for tours in downtown Beaufort from April 21-25 before they depart April 26.

Beaufort County drug treatment programs reaccredited

Several Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department programs recently were reaccredited for a three-year period.

Holy Trinity appoints development team

Two people have been appointed to a new development team that will raise money to support Holy Trinity Classical Christian School’s mission of meeting the educational and spiritual needs of children in the Lowcountry.

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Port of Port Royal sale pending as chains are cut from gate

The chains that once kept the public away from the Port of Port Royal were cut Friday, representing what is planned to be a new beginning for the property.

Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation works on structure

Plans for how the recently formed Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation will work toward its goals were presented to County Council’s governmental affairs committee last week.

Shrimp and grits block party benefits Bridges Prep

Ameris Bank presented the fourth annual Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off benefiting Bridges Preparatory School on Saturday.

Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Vendors line the street in Port Royal on Saturday for a Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off benefiting Bridges Preparatory School.

‘A long time coming’: Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center opens in Beaufort

Rev. Kenneth Hodges has cornered the market on Gullah/Geechee history.

Shellie Murdaugh/For Beaufort Today Queen Quet, left, explains to Zadie Reeves and Sandra Davis the way to greet her as a member of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

Birder’s Eye View: Sorting birds in the spring

At this time of year, I don’t just watch birds — I sort them. I know that sounds like a lot of work, but it helps me figure out what they are up to, and where they are headed.

Diana Churchill

Lowcountry events

THURSDAY

Trivia night benefits Beaufort Young Life

More than 250 people attended the second William Trask and Holly Konoza Trivia Night fundraiser on April 1 in support of Beaufort Young Life, an organization that serves hundreds of area teens.

Courtesy of Beaufort Young Life The winning team, Tidal Creek Turtles