Bluffton residents could be on the hook for a $337K police overtime bill. Here’s why

When Hurricane Matthew pounded the shores of South Carolina last year, the Town of Bluffton saw the least amount of estimated structural damage of any incorporated area in Beaufort County. Yet Bluffton stayed under emergency conditions for the longest amount of time, causing its police department to accrue a disproportionately high overtime bill compared to other police agencies in the county, including the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees emergency operations for the entire county, an investigation by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette found.

Of thee they sing with feeling

I’ve been riding around the country on a bus for six weeks, doing a dog-and-pony show that, among many other things, included me walking into the crowd and humming a note and the audience singing, a cappella , “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty” and singing very well, sometimes awfully well, and if so, we swung into “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Love Me Tender” and two verses of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” including the one about sounding forth a trumpet and the jubilant feet. People had paid $40 to see the show but they were not disappointed to be the show. It was a beautiful thing.

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'Like a fairy tale come true': May River Montessori co-founder talks 30 years in operation

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Lady's Island water rescue after boat found 'traveling in circles with no one inside it'

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Meet the Lowcountry's gentlemen smugglers – a mini-trailer

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Though the storm is far out to sea, waves generated by Hurricane Maria have arrived in the Lowcountry, bringing with them a high surf advisory. This was the scene at high tide on Sunday at Hilton Head's Coligny Beach.
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Waves from Hurricane Maria arrive on Hilton Head's beaches

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