Beaufort County

Investigators looking for leads in 2003 Beaufort Co. cold case

Deputies say a number of witnesses were in the house when it happened, but none were “effectively identified.”

Bluffton kicks off week-long arts and seafood festival

Autopsy confirms 70-year-old Beaufort County woman was victim of homicide

Beaufort County testing new voting machines

Hilton Head Island medical clinics recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Family on vacation finds more than a half-a-million dollars worth of cocaine at SC beach

Water shut down scheduled for area of Beaufort

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  Dog honored after waking owner up during Beaufort County house fire

Hilton Head Island named No. 1 Island in the U.S. for 3rd straight year

Lowcountry residents feast on shrimp at Beaufort festival

Beaufort County testing new voting machines ahead of election

Town of Yemassee increases voting population by around 150 people

  Sheriff: Girl armed with knives threatened to kill boy over crush at elementary school

  SC Department of Education releases report cards on schools, districts

The South Carolina Department of Education released school, district and state report cards Tuesday morning.

Deputies release surveillance image in Hilton Head armed robbery

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who recognizes a man shown in a surveillance photo to come forward.

One killed in single-vehicle crash in Beaufort County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said one person died in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning.

SNAP recipients in areas affected by Hurricane Dorian to receive automatic replacement of benefits

The South Carolina Department of Social Services announced Thursday counties and zip codes eligible to receive automatic replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits because of losses from Hurricane Dorian.

Beaufort Co. detectives believe new technology could help solve cold case murder

Walmart will trade old car seats for gift cards

SC deputies: Twins arrested for breaking into cars during hurricane evacuation

  Hurricane Dorian impacts sea turtle nests on Hunting Island

Lowcountry school districts reopening after Dorian

St. Helena Island residents recover after Hurricane Dorian

Schools, businesses begin to reopen after Hurricane Dorian

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Sunday calling for the closure of schools and state government offices across eight coastal South Carolina counties.

Only 1 boil water advisory in effect for Lowcountry; utilities ask people to conserve wastewater

Many people have been asking about whether they need to boil water before using it for cooking or drinking in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

  FIRST ALERT: Dorian leaves thousands out of power after hurricane skirts coast; breezy conditions continue

Hurricane Dorian left more than 200,000 Lowcountry customers in the dark after the Category 3 hurricane skirted the South Carolina coast on Thursday, and some breezy conditions are expected to continue into Friday.

Beaufort County under hurricane, storm surge watches

Beaufort County leaders called a news conference to provide an update on preparations the county and municipalities are making for the approach of Hurricane Dorian.

Beaufort County leaders urge preps for Dorian, but no evacuation plans yet

Leaders from across Beaufort County held a news conference Sunday urging people to do everything they can now to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

Deputies searching for man accused of sexually assaulting woman at gunpoint

Deputies are asking for the public’s help to locate a man who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint at a Lowcountry home.

Hilton Head residents: Go-kart track tacky like Myrtle Beach

Some neighbors living near a proposed go-kart track on Hilton Head Island say it's a tacky idea that turns their island closer to Myrtle Beach.

  Helicopter pilot becomes 1st female Marine to pilot F-35 jet

A former commercial helicopter pilot has become the first female Marine to pilot the F-35, a next-generation joint strike fighter aircraft.

  Coastal flood warning expires in Lowcountry

A coastal flood warning is continuing for Beaufort County until 1 a.m. Friday. The flood warning for Charleston and Colleton counties ended just before 11 p.m. Thursday.

You (Didn’t) Pay For It: VW Settlement funds propane school buses

Several state school districts are getting new propane-fueled school buses worth more than $100,000 each.

20-year-old killed in jet ski accident on Hilton Head Island

A jet ski accident on Hilton Head Island claimed the life of a 20-year-old woman Tuesday afternoon.

Study ranks U.S. 17 as S.C.’s most dangerous highway for summer travel

A new study ranks U.S. 17 as South Carolina’s most dangerous highway for summertime travel.

  Detectives turn to genetic genealogy to solve cold cases, debate over the privacy of your DNA

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is turning to genetic genealogy to help close some of its oldest cases, but it comes at a cost to law enforcement agencies and to your privacy, some argue.

Hilton Head man reported missing found safe

Charleston Police say a man who was believed to have disappeared in the West Ashley area has been found safe.

Gullah cookout raises funds for historic church restoration

Lowcountry residents filled the Heyward House on Saturday for a Gullah-themed cookout to help raise money dedicated to restoring a historic church.

Beaufort County man charged with drug trafficking

A Beaufort County man is facing a long list of charges after deputies found a stash of drugs and several guns inside his home.

Residents enjoy pounds of food during Lowcountry Supper at the Beaufort Water Festival

As the 64th annual Beaufort Water Festival continues, Thursday night was a big night as they hosted the annual Lowcountry boil.

Hilton Head mayor defends spending almost $17,000 on town-funded trip

The Hilton Head mayor and town manager are back from a trip to Italy.

Gullah Geechee Task Force making headway in preserving historic neighborhoods

The Gullah Geechee Task Force is close to giving their final recommendations to Town Council about a plan to preserve historic neighborhoods on Hilton Head Island.

Mother, son killed in Beaufort County crash

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says that a 7-year-old boy that suffered serious injuries from a bad car crash has died.

Beaufort County deputies searching for suspect who fled traffic stop

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect who reportedly ran from a traffic stop on Saturday.

Deputies searching for missing man who may be in need of medication

Beaufort County deputies are asking everyone to be on the lookout for a 59-year-old man reported missing and endangered by his family.

1 dead, 2 injured in unrelated Lowcountry shootings

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate shootings between 11 and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

  SC Highway Patrol mourning off-duty death of Lowcountry trooper

A Lowcountry state trooper who also worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician has died, the South Carolina Highway Patrol says.

  FIRST ALERT: Severe thunderstorm warning expires for the Lowcountry

The Live 5 First Alert Weather Team has declared the second day of summer as a First Alert Weather Day because of the chance of severe thunderstorms and because of a heat index in the triple digits.

  Women escape man they mistook for Uber driver; deputies searching for him

Deputies say two women in Beaufort County are lucky to have escaped a man they mistook for their Uber driver early Friday morning.

  Thousands left without power, trees downed as storms move through

The National Weather Service extended a severe thunderstorm warning that now includes five Lowcountry counties.

  State issues warning after local Portuguese man o’ war sightings

State officials are warning South Carolina residents to be careful after a few sightings of Portuguese man o’ wars in the Lowcountry.

  FIRST ALERT: Potentially-dangerous heat continues with slight cooling by weekend

A string of excessive heat will persist throughout the Lowcountry for a few more days.

  FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory issued for Sunday

Temperatures during the Memorial Day weekend will be near record-breaking highs and could hit the century mark.

Beaufort Co. School District hires new superintendent

The Beaufort County Board of Education has approved a four-year, $210,000 contract for the district’s new superintendent.

  Deputies searching for missing 17-year-old last seen Wednesday night

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing girl whose family is concerned about her safety.

  Marine Corps punished SC instructors over hazing claims

The Marine Corps has punished at least eight drill instructors amid allegations of hazing and abuse at a training center in Parris Island, South Carolina.

15 SC counties, entire Lowcountry, now facing drought conditions

State climate and water utility officials are urging people to take steps to conserve water after a state committee declared 15 counties, including all of the Lowcountry, to be under a drought Tuesday.

  FIRST ALERT: All severe watches dropped for the Lowcountry

All severe thunderstorm watches for the Lowcountry have ended.This follows after an afternoon of storms that passed through the area Sunday afternoon.

Deputies searching for missing 25-year-old woman and small child

Beaufort County deputies are searching for a woman whose family is worried about her safety and the safety of her young daughter.

  LOOK HERE: 2 Lowcountry districts cancel school ahead of Wednesday teacher rally

Two Lowcountry school districts have announced plans to close schools Wednesday because of the number of teachers they anticipate will travel to Columbia for an education rally.

Bluffton man boasts collection of 15,000 golf balls

Belfair residents have opened their homes to host players throughout the week, but one resident let us look inside his home to see that his passion for golf goes beyond the range and into his attic.

Man who admitted killing woman in 1988 now charged with rape

Authorities say a man in prison for nearly 18 years for killing a newspaper carrier has now been charged with her rape through more advanced DNA testing.

Sea turtle season has earliest start remembered in SC

Biologists say the sea turtle season in South Carolina has gotten an early start and a visit from a type of turtle seen less than once a decade.

  Kaitlin Stansell rides along with Blue Angel #7 ahead of MCAS Beaufort air show

As the country is battling a global pilot shortage, the US Navy Blue Angels have continued to wow air show fans for 73 years. The team of 130 active-duty Sailors and Marines are back in the Lowcountry this weekend to inspire others aboard the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort air show.

Man wins $100K by playing same lottery numbers for decades

A South Carolina man has won $100,000 playing the same lottery numbers that he's played for more than 20 years.

Deputies continue search for leads in 2012 cold case murder

Beaufort County deputies are asking for anyone with information in the shooting death of a 23-year-old man to come forward.

Deputies investigating source of bomb threat called in to school

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says no explosive device was located after a search at a high school where a bomb threat had been called in Wednesday.

Refiled lawsuit in deadly Beaufort Co. boat crash names former 14th circuit solicitor

A woman who lost her 19-year-old daughter in a boating accident in Beaufort County has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a former solicitor.

Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office advising Verizon users to call alternate number for emergencies

Officials with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens in the county who use Verizon to call an alternate number for emergencies since the phone company is experiencing connection issues.

Hilton Head Principal issued reprimand by state for “unprofessional conduct”

A Hilton Head Island principal has been issued a reprimand by the state of South Carolina for unprofessional conduct.

Search for missing Hampton County boater enters fourth day

The search for a missing Hampton County teen who went missing from a boat near Parris Island early Sunday morning has entered its fourth day.

Sheriff’s Office identifies body found in vehicle behind Bluffton Target

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the person whose body was found inside a vehicle behind a Target store in Bluffton Thursday morning.

  Autopsy confirms remains found are those of missing 18-year-old

A teenager reported missing in December from Lobeco in Beaufort County was shot to death, according to deputies.

Beaufort County deputies seek clues in 1975 cold case murder

Forty-four years ago Monday, Beaufort County deputies were called to investigate a woman’s disappearance. It would quickly turn into a murder investigation.

Reward doubled as search continues for teen missing since December

Relatives of a missing South Carolina teenager have doubled the reward for information leading to the Lobeco teen who vanished on his way to school.

Deputies arrest man accused of selling heroin

Beaufort County deputies arrested a man they say sold heroin while he was out on bond for an earlier arrest on heroin and crack cocaine charges.

Boil water advisory lifted for City of Beaufort

Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Wednesday that the latest water sample analyses indicate the water in the City of Beaufort is free from bacteria and is safe for human consumption.

Boil water advisory issued in city of Beaufort

Authorities issued a precautionary boil water advisory for residents in the city of Beaufort after a contractor hit a water line.

South Carolina drivers can now cash in on gas tax

Attention South Carolina drivers! Did you save your gas receipts last year? Starting this year, you can claim a portion of that money you spent on gas on your income taxes.

  Beaufort deputies continue search for missing 18-year-old

Beaufort County deputies are searching for a missing teen whose car was found in a rural area of the county.

Coroner identifies body found on side of road in Beaufort County

The Beaufort County Coroner’s Office has identified the man found on the side of a road in Burton. Lamar Johnson, 41, was discovered on the side of Billy Hill Road at approximately 8:00 a.m., according to a statement by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.