Beaufort News

Briefly Tuesday

Hargray removed from blacklists

Hargray customers temporarily blocked from sending messages to some non-Hargray subscribers became unblocked Monday, a company official said.

Hargray officials discovered Sunday that the company had been placed on lists that Internet service providers use for protection from spam messages, said Chris McCorkendale, Hargray's vice president of operations and engineering.

Hargray was placed on three to five of more than 100 such lists because list organizers noticed a high volume of spam that appeared to be coming from a Hargray address, McCorkendale said.

The company was removed from the last list, which caused the most problems because it is used by the most providers, at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, he said.

Messages that had been blocked began to be delivered.

McCorkendale said it is unclear if the culprit was a Hargray user or someone posing as one.

Traffic stop planned Friday on Lady's Island

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office will conduct a checkpoint from midnight until 2 am. Friday on Sea Island Parkway near Beaufort High School on Lady's Island.

Drivers passing through the checkpoint will be asked to show their driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, according to a news release.

Bluffton fire district launches website

The Bluffton Township Fire District launched a website this week, according to a department news release.

At, readers can find up-to-the-minute information about approaching tropical storms and hurricanes, news releases and a link to a customer-satisfaction survey. Users also can watch a video about the department and its history at

Learn gardening tips while you eat

The Clemson University Extension Office and the Lowcountry Master Gardener Association will present a free "Lunch and Learn" gardening seminar series at the Port Royal Farmers Market.

The classes will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and will continue every other Saturday throughout the summer.

Issues to be addressed include plant propagation, citrus for the Lowcountry, proper pruning, making worms work, beautifying with camellias, rain gardening and planting a fall vegetable crop. Participants should bring a lawn chair.