The moments following the crash are often a blur when you're involved in a car accident. However, per South Carolina law, those on the scene must adhere to legal responsibilities and obligations.
First, try to stop your car and ensure it is positioned safely near the scene of the crash. Then, call 911 to report the accident. While most folks go into full-blown panic mode, you need to stay calm so you can process the situation. If you notice that there are injured people, give them "reasonable assistance." Per South Carolina Code of Laws, that could include transporting hurt people to a hospital or calling an ambulance for them.
If you're in a car crash, you need to be prepared to exchange contact information with other drivers at the accident scene. If the person who caused the collision is present, make sure to get their name, phone number, address, and insurance info. If witnesses are present, get their contact info, too, in case our team needs to obtain their account later.
Next, try to piece together how the car crash happened. This is an appropriate time to take photos of the cars, wreckage, and debris. Ask yourself if you think a vehicle failed to follow the rules of the road, like speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign.
Regardless of how minor your injuries may appear and who may be to blame for the accident, get legal advice from Theos Law Firm first before giving any recorded statements or refusing medical care.
Time and again, auto accident victims agree to early settlements provided by insurance companies because the offer seems like a lot. But what if you return to work after recovering from an accident, only for your pain to return?
With adjusters, lawyers, and investigators at their disposal, insurance agencies will do everything in their power to minimize the compensation you deserve. Don't let them pick on you or silence your voice. If you or a loved are victims of a negligent car or truck accident in South Carolina, contact Theos Law Firm today. We have the team, tools, and experience to fight back on your behalf, no matter how complicated your case may seem.
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Here’s what to know about visiting Beaufort, one of South Carolina’s most beautiful towns.0 seconds of 59 secondsVolume 0%This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 224003)Charleston may get most of the attention when it comes to South Carolina’s many cities, but the history, culture, and (of course) Southern ch...
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Charleston may get most of the attention when it comes to South Carolina’s many cities, but the history, culture, and (of course) Southern charm that make it so special can also be found in smaller and less expensive places in the region. If you’ve ever watched “Forrest Gump” or read anything by the late author Pat Conroy, you may be familiar with Beaufort, a harbor town on Port Royal Island. Its narrow streets, oak trees, and historic district that pre-dates the Civil War are similar to those in Charleston, but Beaufort is remarkable and magical in its own right. Plus, it doesn’t draw the same crowds that tend to flock to notable Holy City hangouts like King Street, Folly Beach, and the Battery.
Before you read any further, though, you need to know how to properly pronounce the name. Not to be confused with Beaufort, North Carolina (said like “bow-fert”), the coastal town has a pronunciation more akin to “bew-fert.” Mistaking the two will immediately identify you as a tourist — and it won’t sit too well with the locals. Once you have that squared away, you can start planning your trip to Beaufort, the second-oldest city in South Carolina.
In 1969, Beaufort became one of the few U.S. cities with an entire downtown designated as a historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, so exploring the neighborhoods filled with Victorian, Greek Revival, Neoclassical, and Federal-style homes is at the top of most travelers’ lists. At Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, you’ll spot Woods Memorial Bridge, recognizable from the aforementioned Tom Hanks blockbuster. Stretching your legs is also encouraged along the Spanish Moss Trail, a 10-mile greenway that weaves by Beaufort’s marshes and through trees draped in Spanish moss. Given its waterfront location, Beaufort should also be experienced by boat; book a Dolphin & History Boat Cruise with Coastal Expeditions or an ecology tour with Beaufort Kayak Tours. Paddleboarding is another option, with rental equipment available at Higher Ground Outfitters.
Beaufort’s ties to the literary world are strong; visiting the Pat Conroy Literary Center (Beaufort was Conroy’s adopted hometown) or one of the three independent bookstores in town — NeverMore Books, McIntosh Book Shoppe, and Beaufort Books — is a must for book lovers. For those interested in local art, there’s the Gullah Art Gallery and Museum, Legacy Art Gallery, Rhett Gallery, Thibault Gallery, or Atelier Off Bay.
Many of the best things to do in Beaufort are found further outside of downtown. About 17 miles east is Hunting Island State Park, with its pristine beaches, marshes, maritime forest, saltwater lagoon, and the Hunting Island Lighthouse, which was destroyed during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1875. St. Helena Island (a 13-minute drive away) is home to Penn Center — one of the United States’ first schools for formerly enslaved individuals — as well as the family-owned Dempsey Farms, where you can pick in-season fruits and vegetables. Local produce can also be acquired on Saturdays at the nearby Port Royal Farmers Market.
An overnight trip to Beaufort is best accompanied by a stay in one of the town’s upscale inns. Slow Southern mornings paired with a home-cooked breakfast can be enjoyed on the expansive wooden porch at The Rhett House Inn. Guests can also book the more modern Rhett House Inn Cottages, which sit across the street from the main building. Once a Union Army hospital, Anchorage 1770 overlooks the Beaufort River and offers a fine dining experience at the Ribaut Social Club. The Beaufort Inn first opened its doors in 1897, and the property’s modern-day chapter features several fully renovated buildings within the town’s historic district.
As with most Southern cities and towns, food is a major part of the local culture. If you’re a traveler who plans their vacations around meals, you’ll want to start your day at Blackstone’s Cafe or Herban Market and Cafe. If you’re exploring Beaufort during the day and want something quick, order a fried chicken sandwich or po’boy from Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe. Chapman’s Grocer also has grab-and-go treats, wine, and craft beer. Old Bull Tavern is a lively gastropub open only for dinner, Saltus River Grill is great for indulging in seafood, and those craving Italian should dine at Griffin Market. Gullah Grub Restaurant on St. Helena Island is one of the area’s most famous restaurants (it appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations); get the shrimp gumbo.
A South Carolina summer is hot and humid — there’s no getting around that. To explore Beaufort in the most comfortable climate, your best bet is to go in either early spring or late fall. April and October are ideal for having plenty to do (winter is far from bustling) while simultaneously avoiding the sweltering weather synonymous with the South.
If you’re flying into Hilton Head Airport (HHH) or Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) — both are under an hour away — you’ll need to rent a car to fully experience Beaufort and its surrounding area. Charleston International Airport (CHS) is also an option, although it’ll take about 90 minutes to get to Beaufort.
The Saturday, October 14th, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. It will be visible in parts of the United States, Mexico, and many countries in South and Central America, but we’ll only get a partial solar eclipse here in Beaufort, SC.That’s good enough.During the eclipse, the Moon will cross in front of the Sun, spending up to 5 minutes 17 seconds centered on the brilliant solar disk, but it will cover at most 90% of it. The remaining 10% will appear as a blazing “ring of fi...
The Saturday, October 14th, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. It will be visible in parts of the United States, Mexico, and many countries in South and Central America, but we’ll only get a partial solar eclipse here in Beaufort, SC.
That’s good enough.
During the eclipse, the Moon will cross in front of the Sun, spending up to 5 minutes 17 seconds centered on the brilliant solar disk, but it will cover at most 90% of it. The remaining 10% will appear as a blazing “ring of fire” around the Moon’s black silhouette viewable by only the lucky ones in the western part of the U.S. Only eight U.S. states, from Oregon through Texas, will see the ‘ring of fire’.
Here in Beaufort, SC and the surrounding area, the partial eclipse will last about 3 hours and 1 minute starting on Saturday, October 14th around 11:51am. It will reach its maximum for our area at around 1:21pm and will end at 2:53pm.
During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon, the Sun and Earth don’t align in a perfectly straight line, and the Moon casts only the outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth, according to timeanddate.com. From our perspective, this looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of the Sun.
Sometimes, the Moon covers only a tiny part of the Sun’s disk. Other times a partial eclipse looks almost like a total eclipse. The size of the eclipsed area is referred to as eclipse magnitude.
But be careful. During partial and annular solar eclipses, the Sun remains dangerously bright. There’s no time during the October 14th solar eclipse when you can look directly at the Sun without eye protection, no matter where you’re viewing it from in the Lowcountry.
In 2017, South Carolina was lucky enough to experience a total solar eclipse, where the whole sun was covered in the path of totality. It’ll be coming again next year, too.
For safety tips, check out this video from the folks at EarthSky.com.
The next solar eclipse coming to Beaufort will arrive early next spring. It’ll be the total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024. That one will be safe to observe with the naked eye at totality. After that, there are several eclipses coming our way in the next few years.
Referendum question to be on ballot for November 7 electionBy Delayna EarleyThe Island NewsOn November 7, Beaufort County citizens will go to the polls and cast their votes for or against a near half million-dollar bond referendum to aid the Beaufort County School District (BCSD).The bond referendum, which essentially gives residents of a school district the chance to vote for or against a district’s request to borrow money, requests $439 million in bonds ...
By Delayna Earley
The Island News
On November 7, Beaufort County citizens will go to the polls and cast their votes for or against a near half million-dollar bond referendum to aid the Beaufort County School District (BCSD).
The bond referendum, which essentially gives residents of a school district the chance to vote for or against a district’s request to borrow money, requests $439 million in bonds to help deal with overcrowding in schools, bolstering security measures and modernizing outdated facilities.
Candace Bruder, spokesperson for BCSD, said this would be the largest bond referendum they have had.
The BCSD has held informational sessions hosted by Superintendent Frank Rodriguez to inform parents and voters about the November referendum.
The final session was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
The Beaufort, S.C. Regional Chamber of Commerce has said in a press release on Oct. 10, that it will fully endorse the bond referendum and went on to say it believes “this referendum is a critical step toward advancing education quality, enhancing school safety and accommodating the future workforce needs of our growing community.”
On October 8, the Military Enhancement Committee also issued a press release announcing their support for the bond referendum stating that “quality schools are not only essential for the education of our children but also for the well-being and morale of our military personnel and their families.”
2019 Bond Referendum
Beaufort citizens previously voted for a $344 million referendum in 2019, which passed with about 70% of the vote and included renovations to district athletic facilities, safety and security measures, playground equipment improvements at elementary school facilities, expansions to schools to help deal with capacity issues that the schools are facing as the population continues to grow.
The funds also went to construct the new Robert Smalls Leadership Academy opened earlier this year.
Rodriguez made a promise that if the referendum in 2019 passed, he would establish a citizen led oversight committee made up of CPAs, urban planners, civil engineers and project managers.
This committee was called Citizen Led Oversight Committee (CLOC) and was established as an independent group of volunteers who monitored all referendum building projects, schedules, budgets and expenditures.
If the upcoming bond referendum passes, this same committee will be overseeing this bond referendum.
2023 Bond Referendum
There were more than 900 volunteer hours of reviewing facilities’ needs over a five-month period as the Community Project Review Committee (CPRC) 2.0 visited facilities county-wide to assess them and decide what needed to be addressed.
Work on the current referendum began in December 2022, according to a presentation by Rodriguez.
Originally, the committee sought to replace Hilton Head Island High School and Lady’s Island Middle School, purchase land for future schools, expand the career and technical education opportunities, improve safety and security, build a new elementary school in Bluffton, replace HVACs, build a gym for Riverview Charter School and establish a technology warehouse imaging center all without increasing the millage.
Rodriguez took their recommendations combined with the Facility Condition Assessment, school district needs, two cost estimators and financial advisor input and he compiled a 2023 Referendum Project List.
In June 2023, Rodriguez spoke to the BCSD Board of Education and provided them with a breakdown of the proposed funding before they voted to submit the referendum in November.
Most of the money will go to rebuild Hilton Head High School ($167.4 million), replace Lady’s Island Middle School ($65 million) and build a new elementary school in Bluffton ($56.6 million).
Career and technical education renovations and additions cost $36.4 million, a new gym for Riverview Charter School will cost $19.2 million and a new Early Childcare Center in Bluffton is $29.7 million.
The rest of the money will go toward additional safety and security enhancements, parking lots, drives, sidewalks, furniture, HVAC replacements, constructing a kitchen for Right Choices Alternative Program and building a technology warehouse imaging center.
According to Rodriguez, if the referendum passes, they could be moving forward with some of these projects as early as spring 2024, while some aspects would be implemented in coming years.
The official ballot question is as follows:
Shall the Board of Education of the School District of Beaufort County, South Carolina (the “School District”) be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in a principal amount of not exceeding $439,035,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs (including architectural, engineering, legal and related fees) of the following:
If the voter wishes to vote in favor of the question, fill in the oval next to “In favor of the question/yes;” if the voter wishes to vote against the question, fill in the oval next to the words, “Opposed to the question/no.”
If passed, taxpayers would not see a change in the amount they pay because of the millage rate, which is the number of mills imposed on taxpayers to meet the district’s budget.
One mill is equal to 1/1000 of a dollar, according to the Beaufort County Auditor’s website.
Delayna Earley lives in Beaufort with her husband, two children and Jack Russell. She formerly worked as a photojournalist for The Island Packet/The Beaufort Gazette, as well as newspapers in Indiana and Virginia. She joined The Island News in 2022. She can be reached at email@example.com.
There's a moment at Hunting Island State Park as you're biking along the Lagoon Trail—ocean breezes and intoxicating beach vistas playing peekaboo to your left—when the sandy path turns inland and a sign points to Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail. A good idea? Yes."Yes," it turns out, sums up the ...
There's a moment at Hunting Island State Park as you're biking along the Lagoon Trail—ocean breezes and intoxicating beach vistas playing peekaboo to your left—when the sandy path turns inland and a sign points to Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail. A good idea? Yes.
"Yes," it turns out, sums up the best way to experience Beaufort, South Carolina, and its environs, including Hunting Island. Yes, the path less taken is an excellent idea, as is the Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market. Spending hours strolling through The Old Point and gazing at historic homes and even older live oaks offers endless enchantment. But with my eyes peeled for rattlers, I was (yes) relieved that the only serpentine thing I discovered was more of the winding trail along old dune ridgelines through a primordial wonderland.
The trail affirms why Hunting Island, a breathtaking 25-minute drive from Beaufort, is South Carolina's most popular state park. With a dozen similar paths and 5 miles of pristine beach, this place leads you back eons in time through an untouched maritime forest with towering pines and ospreys soaring overhead as well as magnolias and saw palmettos tangled with yaupon hollies and wax myrtles in the dense understory. Here you breathe deeper and look more closely. Life slows down, and a sense of awe percolates up.
Take a seat on one of the bench swings at Beaufort's Waterfront Park. Wide and welcoming, they move back and forth in a rhythmic lullaby. You can't help relaxing, especially if you happen to catch a sunset or tune into the soft lapping of the Beaufort River against the floating dock, hearing the jingling clink of pulleys against sailboat masts—a mariner's wind chime.
Saltus River Grill, where the scenic setting rivals the exceptional food and drink. PHOTO: Peter Frank Edwards A slice of the sweet life from Beaufort’s upscale Saltus River Grill. PHOTO: Peter Frank Edwards
Waterfront Park showcases the smart civic planning that makes Beaufort such a delight: The town's best vistas are protected and preserved. There are thoughtful amenities (parking, public bathrooms, an amphitheater, picnic tables, and plenty of green lawn for kids and dogs to play on). Plus it's all conveniently adjacent to an enticing array of restaurants, coffee shops, and stores along Bay Street. What better nightcap than to sit and swing a spell after enjoying grilled scallops or top-notch sushi at Saltus River Grill?
Historic Craven Street. PHOTO: Peter Frank Edwards A rooftop sunset at Anchorage 1770. PHOTO: Peter Frank Edwards
Beaufort is subdued in the best possible way. She has the same deep history and stunning architecture that her nearby sisters, Charleston and Savannah, are celebrated for, but she's fine staying slightly out of the limelight. Wise and mature, Beaufort wears her age like the badge of honor it is. Her Lowcountry aura feels elemental, with more patina and less pomp. Along Short Street at the edge of The Old Point, moss-heaped limbs cradle historic mansions. Beaufort's treescape shouts of grandeur in whatever language oaks speak. Gardens and yards aren't so much manicured as they are magical. It's easy to see why Hollywood frequently comes calling (a stairwell at The Beaufort Inn features posters from major motion pictures filmed here). Longtime resident Pat Conroy was so smitten that he wrote, "When I came to Beaufort I had struck upon a land so beautiful I had to hunt for other words."
Not far from Short Street, the First African Baptist Church, a Gothic Revival gem built by freedmen in 1865, bears witness to Beaufort's African American, Gullah, and Reconstruction-era history. "Robert Smalls was a member here. This document notes his Sunday school attendance and that he put a few cents in the offering plate," says the Rev. Alexander McBride, a jovial former marine and the church's pastor of almost 20 years, pointing to framed, yellowing pages hanging behind the sanctuary. A statue of Smalls, an enslaved crewman who heroically commandeered a Confederate ship and later served as a U.S. Congressman, is less than a mile away at Tabernacle Baptist Church, where a monument to Harriet Tubman is also planned.
Both churches are worthy stops, along with the Penn Center across the bridge on St. Helena Island, the Gullah Art Gallery/Museum on Bladen Street, and the Legacy Art Gallery on Bay Street. Each place gives a deeper insight into the region's vibrant and enduring African American and Gullah Geechee culture. Providing an overview of Beaufort's past, Capt. Henry Brandt of Coastal Expeditions offers a boat tour that cruises through the area's Native American, Spanish, and French history; Union occupation; and a view of Camp Saxton's tabby ruins, where the Emancipation Proclamation was first read in South Carolina—all interspersed with musings on estuary ecosystems and the fecund marvels of pluff mud.
"You don't fully experience Beaufort until you see it from the water," Brandt claims. After watching dolphins curl and glide from the boat's bow and admiring the town's steeples rising in the background, I absolutely believe him.
Anchorage 1770Boutique hotel in an 18th-century mansion with fine dining at the Ribaut Social Club; anchorage1770.com
The Beaufort InnHistoric main inn plus several cottages clustered around a courtyard; beaufortinn.com
Blackstone's CaféClassic diner-like options; blackstonescafe.com
Common GroundCoffee, lattes, baked goods, and sandwiches; commongroundbeaufort.com
Lowcountry Produce KitchenLocally sourced salads and sandwiches and a legendary tomato pie; lowcountryproduce.com
Chapman's GrocerGrab-and-go items plus beer, wine, and snacks; facebook.com/Chapmans-Grocer-Beaufort
Saltus River GrillFine dining with fresh local seafood, Southern fare, steaks, sushi, and a well-curated wine list; saltusrivergrill.com
Old Bull TavernGastropub featuring a lively bar scene anda lamb shank that does not disappoint; oldbulltavern.com
Scout Southern MarketUnique gifts and home goods as well as delicious treats like the famous float at the Sweet Tea Bar; scoutsouthernmarket.com
Bachelor Hill AntiquesOffering treasures galore; bachelorhillantiques.com
Cabana22Coastal-chic boutique; cabana22.com
The Chocolate TreeConfections such as fudge, truffles, and peanut brittle; thechocolatetree.us
Legacy Art GalleryGullah-inspired works; legacyartgallery.com
Hunting Island; southcarolinaparks.comSt. Phillips IslandPat Conroy Literary Center; patconroyliterarycenter.orgCoastal Expeditions; coastalexpeditions.comReconstruction Era National Historic Park; nps.govSpanish Moss Trail; spanishmosstrail.comCraven Street en route to The Old Point to explore historic neighborhoods
Hey y’all. Beaufort did it again. Beaufort SC was just named one of the Best Small Towns in America by CNN, the most popular news outlet on Earth.“The vast majority of Americans may live in big cities (more than 70%, according to the 2020 census), but there’s an enduring affection for small towns and cities,” CNN said. “The United States boasts tens of thousands of towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people. So there’s no lack of choice when it comes to visiting America’s ...
Hey y’all. Beaufort did it again. Beaufort SC was just named one of the Best Small Towns in America by CNN, the most popular news outlet on Earth.
“The vast majority of Americans may live in big cities (more than 70%, according to the 2020 census), but there’s an enduring affection for small towns and cities,” CNN said. “The United States boasts tens of thousands of towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people. So there’s no lack of choice when it comes to visiting America’s diminutive destinations. But how do you choose which are the best?”
Enter, Beaufort, South Carolina.
“Founded in 1711, this charming town is the second-oldest in South Carolina, after Charleston. Stately mansions built before the Civil War surround the commercial hub along Bay Street,” the popular outlet published in its July 21st article 15 Best Towns & Cities in America, which named Beaufort SC #4 on its list.
In a nod to our waterfront dining, CNN said, “a pleasant park along the waters of the Beaufort River is just beyond the street lined with restaurants and shops. Shade and sustenance – with waterfront views – are available on the porches and patios at Plums, Saltus River Grill and Lowcountry Cider Co. & Superior Coffee.”
“Exhibits and artifacts inside the old Arsenal show how Beaufort was in Yankee hands for most of the Civil War, while the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park (one of the newest units of the US National Park System) spins tales of the post-war American South.”
“Beaufort is bullish on festivals including an oyster festival in January, Original Gullah Festival over Memorial Day weekend, and shrimp festival in September.”
And, not leaving out our cultural history, CNN added, “a string of barrier islands is just across the bridge. St. Helena is rich in the culture of the Gullah Geechee people, descendants of formerly enslaved West and Central Africans.”
And our beaches and amazing natural environment even got a mention. “Farther on, the state’s most popular park, Hunting Island State Park, boasts thousands of acres of maritime forest and marsh fronted by five miles of unspoiled beach.”
It’s good to be consistently included among the best, but this isn’t really that much of a surprise if you’ve ever visited Beaufort SC.
Beaufort is in some good company on the list, too. Other towns made the list include Saranac Lake, New York, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Taos, New Mexico, Moab, Utah, Whitefish, Montana and Mackinac Island Village, Michigan.
The accolades really have been pouring in for Beaufort recently, and we couldn’t be more proud.
Trips To Discover recently named Beaufort the Best Summer Vacation Destination in South Carolina, one of the Most Friendliest Towns in the U.S. and one of the 20 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the U.S.
In 2022, Southern Living magazine named Beaufort the #1 Best Small Town in the South.
We’ve also recently been named one of the 25 Best Small Towns in America by Architectural Digest; the Most Charming Small Town in South Carolina; one of the Cutest Towns in the U.S. and the Most Quaint Town in South Carolina.
In addition to those, Southern Living magazine named the Old Sheldon Church ruins one of the South’s Most Beautiful Chapels; named Hunting Island State Park one of the Best State Parks in the South; and named downtown Beaufort’s Craven Street one of the South’s Most Beautiful Streets.