Kacen Bayless, The Island Packet

Kacen Bayless

The Island Packet

Hilton Head Island, SC, United States

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Past articles by Kacen:

One dead after head-on car, tractor-trailer crash on US 17 Friday

A Ridgeland man is dead after a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer Friday night on U.S. 17 in Jasper County, officials say. Two others were transported to area hospitals with injuries. → Read More

Crash at Hilton Head bridge, expect delays eastbound on US 278

Crash at Hilton Head bridges causes traffic jam. Drivers going eastbound expect delays. → Read More

Endangered Hilton Head man still missing, police say

Scott Foraker left his Hilton Head home on foot Tuesday morning. His family has not seen him since. Foraker has a medical condition and may need medication, according to police. → Read More

Transparency does not need to be top priority, Council chairman says

On May 2, Beaufort County Council chairman emailed council members that transparency was not a top priority. Other council members say they disagree. → Read More

Council tried to have a citizen removed from a public meeting. The police refused

When local critic Skip Hoagland confronted Council members at County Council about transparency, Councilman Stu Rodman called for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office to remove him. The officers refused to remove Hoagland. → Read More

Beaufort Co. residents complained about councilman’s bow tie. So the website removed it

South Carolina website owner removed Mike Covert’s Confederate flag bow tie after Island Packet article and Facebook backlash over 2017 photo. Claims bow tie solely patriotic not the Rebel banner. → Read More

Expect to see lots of law enforcement in Bluffton and Beaufort on Thursday. Here’s why

A hurricane evacuation exercise will test lane reversal plans for the major coastal areas of South Carolina. Law enforcement personnel will be stationed on roads leading out of Hilton Head, and Beaufort. → Read More

Beaufort Co. councilman called out for wearing Confederate flag tie. But was it really?

A 2017 photo of Beaufort County SC Councilman Mike Covert in a bow tie similar to the Confederate flag was posted Facebook Monday. He said it represents “Americana.” Others say it looks like the Rebel banner. → Read More

Have you been noticing longer waits in Bluffton drive-thrus? There’s a reason for that

Short staffing has caused several Bluffton, SC fast food restaurants and stores to open late or close early in the past weeks. McDonald’s and new Buckwalter Kroger are latest victims of the workforce shortage. → Read More

Think you know the fastest-growing town in the Lowcountry? The answer might be surprising

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Hardeeville is the fastest-growing city in the Lowcountry. This comes as the city is in the middle of several new developments. → Read More