Beaufort News

Briefly Tuesday

Man's death ruled as accidental drowning

An 84-year-old Hilton Head Island man probably fell off a Skull Creek Marina dock and drowned Saturday, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott.

The body of George Brown, who lived full-time on his boat at the marina at 1 Waterway Lane in Hilton Head Plantation, was discovered Sunday morning by an employee at the marina, Ott said.

Based on preliminary autopsy results from the Medical University of South Carolina, the coroner ruled Monday that Brown's death was an accident.New director hired for Family Promise

Elliott Brown has been named executive director of Family Promise of Beaufort County, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter to homeless families.

Brown directed Family Promise in Austin, Texas, for two years and volunteered with that organization for nine years, according to Family Promise. She most recently was grants manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.

Information about Family Promise: Call 843-815-4211, email or go to

Boaters beware! Base conducting fire training

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will conduct extended live-fire training from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.

The marsh and waterways in the range impact area, which include Archers Creek, Ribbon Creek and Edding Creek, will be closed to boat traffic.

For questions regarding firing times and waterway closures, call the Weapons and Field Training Battalion range control at 843-228-3170.

Verizon to bring 4G service to Hilton Head

Verizon Wireless announced it is turning on its "4G LTE Network" Thursday on Hilton Head Island.

The technology's name stands for "Fourth Generation, Long Term Evolution." The service promises data transmission speeds up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network, a company news release said.

Verizon said coverage will be provided throughout Daufuskie Island, Moss Creek, Bluffton, Rose Hill, Buckwalter, Sun City Hilton Head, Jasper County and Pritchardville.