News - Bluffton
30 May 2013
- Written by By Jeff Fulgham
By 10 a.m. on the morning of June 4, 1863, the abandoned and war-torn village of Bluffton was engulfed in flames. Approximately two-thirds of the town’s 60 homes, along with acres of magnificent trees and manicured gardens, were ablaze as red-hot embers crackled and popped with heated fury. The thick, wafting smoke clouds emanating from the searing firestorm were witnessed for miles in all directions.
25 Mar 2013
- Written by Sally Mahan
The long and winding road connecting Bluffton Parkway to the first bridge to Hilton Head Island has been one filled with many potholes and bumps.
But the way has now been paved for the flyovers, which will start at Bluffton Parkway’s intersection with Buckingham Plantation Drive and rise up over the marsh between Buckingham Landing and The Gatherings.
It’s a project that has pitted hundreds of citizens against the Beaufort County Council, which also found itself in a fray with the Hilton Head Town Council over the plan.
And despite its pretty much being a done deal, there are still some people who wish the flyover project would simply go away.
03 May 2012
Dear Beaufort County citizens:
When tragic or unfortunate incidents occur, we try to respond by learning from those situations.
When several serious bullying incidents occurred earlier this school year, we re-taught our expectations for respect and responsibility and formed an Anti-Bullying Coalition with a broad-based community membership. When tragic accidents claimed the lives of local teenagers, a community forum was created to refocus parents and teens on the dangers of alcohol and drugs.
In every school and classroom in Beaufort County, we emphasize respect for others. We expect students to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves. We teach personal responsibility and urge students to “say something if they see something” whenever they believe anything harmful is occurring.
29 Dec 2011
Republican frontrunner (as of press time) Newt Gingrich made a campaign stop in Bluffton last month to address a crowd of around 1,000 supporters in a town hall-style meeting in the Promenade, according to the Newt Gingrich campaign website.
The 20-minute speech was followed by a 45-minute question-and-answer period, and was preceded by the unveiling of Gingrich’s Bluffton Victory Office in the Promenade.
28 Oct 2011
Photo courtesy Bluffton Self Help
When Ida Martin received a call from the White House telling her that she was a winner of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest honor a civilian can receive, she hung up on the caller.
12 Oct 2011
Long-time Bluffton resident and founder of Bluffton Self Help Ida Martin has been selected by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to be among a select few citizens to receive the highest civilian award, The Presidential Citizens Medal, at a ceremony Oct. 20 at The White House. Over 6,000 citizens were nominated for this medal.
This year’s Citizen Award Ceremony celebrates 40 years of recognizing Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens” as described on the White House’s official website.
“We, the staff and the board of Bluffton Self Help, strongly believed that Ida Martin was the perfect person to nominate for this award,” said Lili Coleman, executive director of Bluffton Self Help. “Her untiring energy and tenacious efforts to care for her neighbors has remained consistent throughout her years of service.”
01 Apr 2011
- Written by by sally mahan
After years of planning, a dedicated team of volunteers and organizers has gotten the new clinic off the ground.
Jennifer Brown remembers the wintry night in 2009 when she got the boost of confidence she needed to move forward with opening a Bluffton/Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine clinic.
“The weather outside was really, really terrible,” she said. “Hardeeville allowed us to use a community room in the Town Hall to have a meeting that night to recruit volunteers, and I was praying that a few people would show up. But when over 100 people showed, I knew we could make this work.”
28 Jul 2010
- Written by By Tim Donnelly
Bluffton’s current law enforcement facility is so cramped, police officers have to walk prisoners through office space right by the station’s employees’ desks. Officials have carved extra space out of its 5,000-square-foot facility, including building cages in the garage area of the building and leasing some trailers to hold evidence.
“We’ve been as creative as we know how to be,” Chief David McAllister said.