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Left in the dark on Bay Point Island, county leaders seek seat at annexation table

The Beaufort County Council recently approved a request that state lawmakers tweak annexation laws to give counties a voice in the discussion when a municipality considers annexing an unincorporated area. The request comes after county leaders expressed frustration over what they called a lack of communication from Hilton Head Island officials about the potential annexation of Bay Point Island.

Close calls and regrets: Those who didn't evacuate for Matthew tell us about their night

When Hurricane Matthew passed just 5 miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island in the early hours of Oct. 8, an untold number of Beaufort County residents — those who ignored Gov. Nikki Haley’s order to evacuate days earlier— experienced the storm from inside their homes, from nearby shelters, from their boats, from their cars and, in at least one case, from under the overhang of a small-town gas station.

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