Top news roundup for Beaufort County + Tuesday’s nature photo of the day

Friday’s news roundup for Beaufort County + nature photo of the day


Good afternoon on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Here’s today’s top news:

1. Beaufort natives Hunter and Jessie Cozart scrimped and saved and worked toward the goal of one day opening their own restaurant. Earlier this summer, their dreams became reality as Locals Raw Bar opened its doors on Lady’s Island. Sushi, oysters, seaweed salads, crab and shrimp are just a sampling of the menu.

2. An anonymous tip led to the detention of a 17-year-old Burton teen who police say is responsible for a July shooting at the Hilton Head Gardens apartments that injured one person. The teen faces five charges, including attempted murder, unlawful carry of a firearm and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Reporter Evan McKenna shares this update.

3. Nearly two months ago, a woman and her 2-year-old son were reported missing after leaving Beaufort to head for their home in Sumter. Since then, four law enforcement agencies have remained silent about the investigation into the disappearance of Sophia Van Dam and her son Matteo. Reporter Karl Puckett spoke to Van Dam’s mother about her anguish and her fears.

4. There’s a private, beachfront estate nestled on Kiawah Island that could be your dreamhome. That is, if you have $21 million to spend. Reporter Sarah Claire McDonald takes us along on a tour of the four-story, 8,400-square-foot residence.

Photo finish

Kristi Smith shared this photo taken at Station Creek. Love that blue sky and those gorgeous clouds!

Kristi Smith shared this photo taken at Station Creek.

Kristi Smith shared this photo taken at Station Creek.

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