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Savannah biologist preserving natural beauty at Belfair

Jeff Williams, a wildlife biologist at Savannah-based Sligh Environmental Consultants, has implemented a technology at Belfair in Bluffton - rice trunks - that's more than 200 years old. Once used to flood rice fields, Williams told us on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, that the rice trunk he installed over a bridge on Belfair's West Course has improved water quality, and been a boon to wildlife and the natural habitat as a whole.

Real Estate News

Bluffton’s Graves House coming back to life

The first phase in an ongoing restoration and renovation project at Old Town Bluffton’s Graves House recently wrapped up. The Bluffton United Methodist Church, which owns the century-old building, has partnered with a local developer and architect to stabilize the structure and rebuild its porch. The next step is expanding the building and renovating its interior to provide a home for the church’s pastor.

Education

Day 1 at May River High; 're-grand opening' at HE McCracken Middle

For students at Bluffton's May River High School and H.E. McCracken Middle School, the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, came with an extra dose of the usual Day 1 jitters: everything was new. At May River, of course the facility is brand new. McCracken, meanwhile, is back to the traditional 6th-to-8th-grade configuration after several years as an 8th- and 9th-grade school. That, new principal Jerry Henderson said, meant "all of our students are completely brand new to the building."

Business

Bluffton food fight: Restaurants vs. food trucks

Bluffton leaders discussed Tuesday the possibility of changing regulations to allow food trucks to operate within the town. Food truck operators from around Beaufort County squared off during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting with owners of brick and mortar establishments, who worry the mobile vendors could hurt their businesses and exacerbate traffic congestion in Old Town.

Real Estate News

Could tiny homes make a big splash in Bluffton?

Bluffton town officials recently discussed the possibility of supporting the construction of tiny homes in an effort to improve housing affordability and attract young homebuyers. Tiny houses have become increasingly trendy thanks in large part to television shows such as FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” and HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living.”

Beaufort News

Experimental treatment has had some success fighting brain-amoeba illness

A medication typically used to treat cancer and a tropical disease spread by sand fleas has been rushed from its Florida-based manufacturer to Charleston in an emergency effort to save a patient who came into contact with a brain-eating amoeba. Miltefosine, produced in the United States exclusively by the drug company Profounda, costs $48,000 for a round of treatment.

Local

New-look Bluffton Community Center to expand kids programs

Renovations at the Bluffton Community Center on Goethe Road finished Wednesday. Along with a new look, the center plans to begin offering new programs aimed at helping neighborhood kids with academics and life skills. The center’s facelift came courtesy of volunteers from the local Lowe’s Home Improvement store.

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Savannah biologist preserving natural beauty at Belfair

Jeff Williams, a wildlife biologist at Savannah-based Sligh Environmental Consultants, has implemented a technology at Belfair in Bluffton - rice trunks - that's more than 200 years old. Once used to flood rice fields, Williams told us on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, that the rice trunk he installed over a bridge on Belfair's West Course has improved water quality, and been a boon to wildlife and the natural habitat as a whole.
Josh Mitelman The Island Packet & The Beaufort Gazette
Savannah biologist preserving natural beauty at Belfair 0:55

Savannah biologist preserving natural beauty at Belfair

Day 1 at May River High; 're-grand opening' at HE McCracken Middle 0:48

Day 1 at May River High; 're-grand opening' at HE McCracken Middle

Andrea and Emma Dewey steadily recovering from fatal crash 1:13

Andrea and Emma Dewey steadily recovering from fatal crash

Bluffton BBQ owner Ted Huffman on return of 'Flossie' 0:57

Bluffton BBQ owner Ted Huffman on return of 'Flossie'