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Hampton LakeWhen times were flush pre-2008, many people saw opportunities to get good — and sometimes great — returns by investing in one of the many developments in the Bluffton area.

Hampton Lake LLC, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection, was one of those developments.

It was an attractive investment for a number of reasons. The community was billed as a lake community, that is, it centered around a 165-acre freshwater fishing and boating lake. It was also special because the many family-friendly, resortstyle amenities were built before houses started going up. There’s a beach, boating, parks, tennis, camping, a spa, a fitness center, nature trails and more.

BuningOfBlufftonBy 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. 

Bluffton-Pkwy-renderingThe 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.


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.


In general, what are the biggest challenges facing Bluffton right now?

The biggest challenges facing Bluffton are job creation for our residents and the (health of the) May River.


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.


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.

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.”