• University of South Carolina Beaufort students, faculty, staff and locals recently volunteered in a Crop Drop to package 40,000 pounds of potatoes to distribute to local food pantries and our neighbors.


  • The Technical College of the Lowcountry’s (TCL) Cybersecurity program recently received a grant from the City of Beaufort that will go toward creating a Securities Operation Center (SOC). Its Physical Therapist Assistant program has received the Anatomage Table, equipment that enhances the way anatomy is taught. TCL has also partnered with the S.C. Department of Veterans Affairs to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition, which works to improve care for veterans, their spouses and family members.


  • The Foundation for Educational Excellence recently awarded grants to 10 first and second year teachers across the Beaufort County School District.
    • Sandos Abed, May River High School
    • Molly Birth, Hilton Head Island Elementary
    • Ann Marie Campbell, May River High School
    • Taylor Cooley, Port Royal Elementary 
    • Jess Dougherty, Mossy Oaks Elementary
    • Valisa Griswold, May River High School
    • Deystinee Lightner, Robert Smalls International Academy
    • Elizabeth Pelfrey, Robert Smalls International Academy
    • Michale Rubel, M.C. Riley Early Childhood Center
    • Melissa Vargas, Bluffton Middle School
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  • River Ridge Academy had three teams qualify for the Worlds VEX IQ Robotics Championship taking place April 25-May 7 in Dallas.
  • Eleven outstanding Beaufort County seniors - including two Junior Leadership alumni - have been named Heritage Classic Foundation scholars for the 2022-2023 school year, receiving between $16,000-$20,000 scholarships over the next four years. The following graduating seniors were selected:
    • Battery Creek: Ella Gordon                                                                                                
    • Beaufort Academy: Benjamin Steen
    • Beaufort High School: Megan Alvarez, Susan “Elizabeth” Livesay             
    • Heritage Academy: Kellen Kubec                                                                     
    • Hilton Head Island High School: Cynthia Gudaitis, Benjamin Lewis, Laurel Hawkins
    • Hilton Head Preparatory School: Emma “Hayes” Wilkinson
    • John Paul II Catholic School: Samantha Reilly
    • Homeschooled: Levi Bates
  • Minto Communities USA - which owns Latitude Margaritaville in Hardeeville - has been ranked 18th among the Top 100 Private Home Builders in the U.S. by Home Builder Executive magazine based on 2022 home closings. 


  • Two transportation industry associations have recognized the team at Palmetto Breeze Transit for excellence. The maintenance team earned the First Place Transit Fleet Maintenance Award at the Transportation Association of South Carolina / SCDOT Annual Conference and Bus Roadeo. The American Public Transportation Association also recognized Palmetto Breeze’s “Breeze Trolley ROCKS!” ridership campaign with a first place marketing and communications award.


  • Congratulations to these amazing finalists in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, including first place winner Zhonghua Wei (left).


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