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She lived at Laurel Bay as a child. She's been constantly sick ever since.

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Wonder where alligators go when it's cold? Check this out!

'Bennett, you'll be missed.' Memorial created for Beaufort's icon 0:49

"Bennett, you'll be missed." Memorial created for Beaufort's icon

NASA says 2017 Geminids will be dazzling 0:52

NASA says 2017 Geminids will be dazzling

Spartanburg rocker the 'female Mick Jagger,' performs with the Good Ol’ Girls 0:19

Spartanburg rocker the "female Mick Jagger," performs with the Good Ol’ Girls

Listen as Joseph Dunkle calls 911 on fellow school board member Cynthia Gregory-Smalls 1:17

Listen as Joseph Dunkle calls 911 on fellow school board member Cynthia Gregory-Smalls

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Beaufort mom called fat on flight home for holiday confronts insulter

Ted Turner's private Beaufort County island is for sale. Here's what you get 1:12

Ted Turner's private Beaufort County island is for sale. Here's what you get

Shared memories of Beaufort's legendary Nathaniel Bennett 0:50

Shared memories of Beaufort's legendary Nathaniel Bennett

  • Who was there for this sick 11 year old who called Laurel Bay home? Michael Phelps.

    Jackson Bell, 11, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a disease that makes the simple task of swallowing into an agonizing process. At 2-years-old, Doctors put Jackson on a feeding tube 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although he'll have the tube for the rest of his life, he now can eat a few foods without the tube's help.

Local Military News

‘I just want to go to heaven.’ He grew up in Marine housing. What made him so sick?

Jackson Bell was born when his parents lived in Laurel Bay. He’s been diagnosed with an alphabet soup of ailments, and he gets his nutrition through a feeding tube. His mother believes it has to do with the mold and contamination at Laurel Bay.

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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.

Hurricane

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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Listen as Joseph Dunkle calls 911 on fellow school board member Cynthia Gregory-Smalls

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By the numbers: Opioid overdoses on the rise in Beaufort County

Beaufort County has already had more than twice as many fatal drug-related overdoses than last year. Here are the statistics you need to know.
Ashley Jean Reese areese@islandpacket.com
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By the numbers: Opioid overdoses on the rise in Beaufort County

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