Beaufort News

Saturday's news briefs

Simmonsville, Buck Island connector completed

The expansion of Plantation Park Drive in Bluffton has been completed and is open to the public.

Two sections of the road -- between Plantation Park Way and Westbury Park Drive, and between Plantation Park Drive and Simmonsville Road -- were extended. The road now provides another connection between Simmonsville and Buck Island roads.

Filing date, special election set for council seat

Gary Fordham's vacant Beaufort City Council seat will be filled in a July 19 special election.

Fordham, 64, had served on City Council since 1999, until his death last week.

Candidates for the at-large, nonpartisan seat can file with the Beaufort County Election Commission by noon June 4, according to a city news release. The filing fee is $150.

City Council has five members -- a mayor and four council members -- who typically meet on Tuesdays three times a month.

Council members are paid $4,800 a year.

Cathouse' to open at animal rescue farm

Maranatha Farm, a Ridgeland animal-rescue shelter, will open the Cathouse, its first feline facility, at 1 p.m. today.

The public is invited to the grand opening. Animals also may be seen every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the farm, which is on Crabapple Lane off Bees Creek Road. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $50 for cats, which includes vaccination and sterilization.

Details: Call 843-816-6676 or go to

Buckwalter farmers market to open Tuesday

The weekly Buckwalter Place Traditional Farmers Market will open for its second year from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The farmers market will be in a new location, near the roundabout in the field across from CareCore National.

Information: Call market manager Larry Hughes at 843-836-3134.

Deep Well seeks furniture for those in need

The Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island needs gently used furniture and free-standing appliances to be distributed without charge to the needy.

To arrange for pickup, contact The Deep Well office at 843-785-2849. Items also may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 154A Beach City Road.