Beaufort News

Thursday's news briefs

Pot left unattended on stove sparks fire

A pot left unattended on a stove in an apartment Wednesday caused a small fire and about $3,000 worth of damage, according to the Beaufort Fire Department.

The fire at Mossy Oaks Village Apartments on Johnny Morrall Circle was confined to the kitchen. Firefighters spent a total of about five hours extinguishing the blaze and removing smoldering attic insulation, Fire Chief Sammy Negron said.

"We want to remind the public to never leave anything cooking on the stove unattended," Negron said.

Hargray says competitor cut cable

Some Hargray customers on Hilton Head Island lost TV, Internet and telephone service Wednesday morning after a competitor cut the company’s cable, a Hargray official said.

Crews digging for Time Warner severed the cable in multiple places near Lighthouse Road in Sea Pines, Hargray vice president of sales and marketing Andrew Rein said. Damage was extensive, and Hargray will be billing Time Warner, he said. He expected service to be restored Wednesday evening.

Time Warner spokeswoman Rose Dangerfield said the company is doing some construction in the Hilton Head area and that contractors cut Hargray’s cable once. She said Time Warner is working with Hargray to restore service.

Roads to close as roundabout nears completion

Westbound traffic on Beach City Road at Mathews Drive will be closed today and Friday while a roundabout is built there, according to a Town of Hilton Head Island news release.

Eastbound Beach City Road traffic will remain open. Mathews Drive will be closed at the approach to the intersection, and traffic will be detoured through Cardinal Road.

Signs, message boards, traffic-control devices and flagmen will direct traffic at the work zone.

Details: Jennifer Lyle at or 843-341-4779.

Boy Scouts to hold preparedness fair

In advance of hurricane season, Boy Scouts in Beaufort are hosting an emergency-preparedness fair from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

The event will include booths, demonstrations on outdoor cooking, evacuation maps and children's activities, according to a news release. It will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 704 Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort. The fair is an Eagle Scout project organized by candidate Landon Morgan.

Information: Morgan at 843-524-4355.

Kubic's Bluffton hours canceled today

Gary Kubic, Beaufort County administrator, will not hold Bluffton office hours today because of scheduling conflicts, according to a news release.