• D.J. Dougherty climbed into bed on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5 a.m. Hurricane Matthew’s symphony of wind and rain quickly soothed him to sleep in his Gillisonville home. He slept for about 15 minutes before he awoke in a panic.

    “I thought I had made it through the worst of it,” Dougherty said last Thursday. “I heard that tree crack and it was in the blink of an eye.”

    Dougherty awoke to find half of his bedroom, roof and a tree trunk on top of him.


Thomas Heyward earned an important SCISA Region 2-A win Friday night and Ridgeland-Hardeeville fell in a SCHSL Region 8-AAA contest.

The Rebels beat visiting Palmetto Christian 28-14. The win keeps THA (5-3 overall, 3-1 region) in the race for a region crown.

Blake Bannon gave THA the early 6-0 lead with a 1-yard TD run. Palmetto Christian answered to take a 7-6 lead, but Caleb Tufts put the Rebels ahead on a 2-yard run. Logan Thomas hit Bret Mixson for the two-point conversion and a 14-7 lead.


Like many in the county, we felt the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

As we reported on the storm, our office in Ridgeland did its best to survive the 45 mph wind and torrential rain, but it fought a losing battle.

It’s recovering, but we’ve had to move out for a little while.

The office might temporarily be out of commission, but we continue to report on Jasper County and are still accessible.

In the print edition and on our website is a list of sites throughout the county where you can find our newspaper, and our contact information is also listed.

Beaufort News

Thirty-eight weeks pregnant with false labor pains, evacuating to Rock Hill before Hurricane Matthew hit was the only option for second-time mom Lauren Young.