Stephen Fastenau, The Island Packet

Stephen Fastenau

The Island Packet

Beaufort, SC, United States

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Past articles by Stephen:

The Beaufort Water Festival starts Friday. What to know before you go

The annual Beaufort Water Festival begins Friday in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, SC. Find out the festival schedule, concert and ticket information, and plan which shows to attend. → Read More

‘Hero’: How a Beaufort teen helped save her family from potential disaster

A family was rescued from a potential fire in their apartment in Beaufort, SC, after a teen used a fire extinguisher and helped family members evacuate. → Read More

There’s a new plan for a marina at the Port of Port Royal. Here’s how it might look

An updated proposal to build a marina in Battery Creek on the Port Royal waterfront is being reviewed by federal and state regulators. Developers plan a 214-slip marina and associated buildings. → Read More

10-year sentence upheld for Parris Island drill instructor guilty of abusing recruits

A military court upheld a sentence for a Marine Corps drill instructor found guilty by court-martial in 2017 of abusing Muslim recruits, including Raheel Siddiqui. Joseph Felix was sentenced to 10 years in prison and received a dishonorable discharge. → Read More

Report: Parris Island and other military bases need help preparing for climate change

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is subject to more flooding and hurricane damage due to the effects of worsening weather and sea level rises associated with climate change. A new report says the Pentagon can better help bases prepare. → Read More

A mama sea turtle was attacked by sharks in Beaufort Co. She’s recovering. Slowly

A loggerhead sea turtle rescued after being stranded off Hunting Island this month is recovering at a turtle hospital in Charleston, SC. The turtle had been attacked by a shark in Beaufort County waters. → Read More

Beaufort Co. teen charged after man shot in the head outside apartment complex

A Beaufort County teen was arrested last week and charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Port Royal apartment complex. Damaujae Jenkins is in jail on three felony charges. → Read More

Hunting Island lighthouse needs a $3M makeover as part of widespread park changes

Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County, SC could get new cabins, beach improvements and work on its historic lighthouse as part of work planned by the SC State Park Service. → Read More

Hunting Island lighthouse needs a $3M makeover as part of widespread park changes

Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County, SC could get new cabins, beach improvements and work on its historic lighthouse as part of work planned by the SC State Park Service. → Read More

Police make arrest in Beaufort fast food robbery

A Port Royal man was arrested by Beaufort Police on Friday and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Brandon Lee Simmons is being held on $50,000 bond on the robbery charge. → Read More

Beaufort man reunited with prosthetic ear after it washed ashore in Florida

A Beaufort, SC man will be reuinited with a prosthetic ear he lost while on vacation swimming at a Florida beach. Holmes Beach Police Department posted a photo of the ear searching for its owner. → Read More

Could a microbrewery come to northern Beaufort Co.? There’s interest in Port Royal

There appears to be growing interest in a microbrewery in Port Royal, SC. While breweries operate in Bluffton, there are no craft beer brewers in northern Beaufort County. → Read More

After fence, more changes may be coming to Old Sheldon Church ruins. Here are the plans

In the wake of reports of more vandalism and misbehavior at one of South Carolina’s most known historic sites, officials overseeing Old Sheldon Church ruins promise more changes to protect the property but allow visitors. → Read More

People repeatedly desecrated one of SC’s most picturesque spots. Now it’s behind a fence

A fence has gone up around Old Sheldon Church Ruins in the Beaufort County town of Yemassee. The historic site is one of the most visited and photographed in South Carolina. → Read More

Own a pet in Beaufort County? You’ll now be fined for these common violations instead of going to court

New animal rules throughout Beaufort County SC mean officers can now issue fines instead of violators going to court. Fines can be issued for dogs running loose, excessive noise or not having rabies shots. → Read More

Beaufort has settled a legal dispute over popular festivals. Here’s what it means

A federal lawsuit between the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city of Beaufort has been settled, city officials announced. The court filings disputed ownership of the Shrimp Festival and Taste of Beaufort. → Read More

Beaufort fast food restaurant robbed at gunpoint twice in less than 2 weeks, police say

A Burger King fast food restaurant in Beaufort was robbed by someone with a gun on Tuesday, police said. The same restaurant was robbed by someone with a gun on June 3. → Read More

New restaurant is coming to a growing Beaufort area. Here’s what’s planned

A new restaurant and cafe will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in Beaufort, SC as well as coffee and frozen drinks. Sand Shark Tank cafe will cater to USC Beaufort college students and the public. → Read More

Beaufort Co. man robbed gas station across the street from police station, cops say

Port Royal police arrested a man this week in connection to robberies at two northern Beaufort County gas stations. Nathaniel Kasper-Little is charged with strong armed robbery and armed robbery. → Read More

Bomb threat reported at Port Royal grocery store. Here’s what we know

Police are investigating a bomb threat at Bi-Lo grocery store in Port Royal. Officers are blocking the store entrance while awaiting a check from a bomb-sniffing dog, a police spokesman said. → Read More