The Greater Bluffton Republican Club will host a public forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 for candidates running for Bluffton Town Council. The event will be held at Bluffton Town Halll, 20 Bridge St. in Bluffton. The candidates are Larry Toomer, Fred Hamilton and Ted Huffman. There will be moderated questions for each candidate and select questions from the audience will be accepted. The election is Nov. 7.

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Every weekend, locals put in at Alljoy Boat Landing or the boat landing at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park and cruise the May River up to the famed sandbar. A new party emerges every weekend, bringing in a rising tide of Bluffton-style reverie.

Lisa Sulka is in her third term as mayor of Bluffton, having shepherded the town through the Great Recession and the resurgence of its Old Town area.

She fended off a rough-and-tumble challenge in 2015 from Cynthia Bensch — then a member of Beaufort County Council — to win her third term with 79 percent of the vote.

One lucky resident will have something to smile about this fall thanks to Bluffton Orthodontics, a new state-of-the-art orthodontic center that opened in July. The grand prize winner of its “New Smiles for a New School Year” contest, which started Aug. 1 and ends Sept. 12, will receive a free set of braces braces, plus all costs for the duration of treatment.

Arrhythmia Alliance and the town of Bluffton placed five public access defibrillators around Bluffton in August as part of Arrhythmia Alliance’s #BlufftonHeartsMatter campaign. This contribution will equip the Bluffton community with the necessary tools help save lives in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.

On Nov. 7, Bluffton voters will cast their ballots for two Town Council seats in the municipal general election. To vote in the election, Bluffton residents must be registered by Oct. 6. The filing period for candidates opened Aug. 9 and closes at noon Sept. 8.

WHEN BLUFFTON CONTINUES TO GROW IN THE FUTURE — AND IT WILL — SPACE WON’T BE AN ISSUE. THERE ARE ACRES UPON ACRES OF UNDEVELOPED LAND. WHAT WAS A NO-DESTINATION VILLAGE JUST 10 YEARS AGO HAS EMERGED AS THE FASTEST-GROWING MUNICIPALITY IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

Private schools in the area, however, have been squeezed by space limitations and growing student enrolments. But they have taken steps to resolve their growing gains. Here’s a look at what’s going on at local private schools.

THE TRENDY OLD TOWN AREA IS GETTING A LITTLE BIGGER. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT.

Just a few months ago, the buzz among the employees at Downtown Deli was palpable. Some kind of big meeting was coming up. But no one knew what it involved, why the staff was being kept in the dark, and why they were going to the old Piggly Wiggly building, of all places.

Deputy Chief Joseph Manning has been promoted to police chief, according to Bluffton town manager Marc Orlando.

“Maj. Manning has demonstrated his ability to lead our police department,” Orlando said. “His unrelenting work during Hurricane Matthew, his day-to-day ability to foster and support our community policing program, along with his extensive law enforcement experience and education, make Maj. Manning a natural and obvious choice to move into the role as our next police chief.”

Auxiliary BlufftonAmerican Legion Auxiliary Bluffton Unit 205 is working with the town of Bluffton to build a veterans memorial park in Old Town. The park will pay tribute to veterans from all branches of service who served in all wars.