Shellie Murdaugh, Bluffton Today

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Recent articles by Shellie:

Lowcountry governments debate mask requirements

Elected officials throughout the Lowcountry have been discussing the best ways to encourage residents to wear face masks in public, which health experts → Read More

Memorial to mark 5 years since Pinckney’s death

As the Clementa Pinckney Memorial Observance Committee prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the state senator’s death, its members encourage the Lowcountry to remember his love for Jasper County and its residents.The annual Clementa Pinckney memorial prayer vigil will be held at noon Friday at Harold Turpin Park in Ridgeland. The public is invited to attend as Pinckney and those who have… → Read More

Aiken defeats longtime Jasper County coroner Sauls in primary

Last week’s Democractic primary brought a new candidate to victory in the Jasper County coroner’s race as longtime incumbent Martin Sauls lost the nomination to Willie Patrick Aiken III.Aiken, in his first run for office, received 2,863 votes (52 percent) while Sauls received 1,591 (29 percent) and is poised to become the county’s first African American coroner after the November general… → Read More

Hardeeville cancels Festival on Main

A Hardeeville festival that drew more than 3,000 people last year has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.City Council voted May 21 to → Read More

Columbia man dies in 1-car accident in Ridgeland

A Columbia man died and three passengers were injured early Tuesday in a one-car accident near mile marker 20 on Interstate 95, according to the Ridgeland → Read More

Lowcountry dentists, physicians see patients return to offices

As new dentists in Ridgeland, Drs. Emerson Gower and Melissa Migliozzi opened High Point Family Dentistry in November — only a few months before the → Read More

Many Lowcountry residents focus on home improvement during pandemic

Managers at several Lowcountry hardware stores say they are optimistic about the outlook for their industry as many customers have used extra time at home → Read More

Coronavirus fight impacts Lowcountry nurses at work and home

Michael Still looks forward to the day when he and his wife can once again be met at the front door with hugs from family members after working their shifts as nurses.Still and his family reside in Hampton County. Since graduating from nursing school last year, he has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville. His wife of 14 years also… → Read More

Nursing homes testing residents for coronavirus

Nursing homes throughout South Carolina are testing staff and residents for the coronavirus after Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the precautionary measure to → Read More

Lowcountry restaurants begin reopening doors for dine-in service

Lowcountry restaurants are working to mitigate losses and return to relative normalcy after the coronavirus pandemic caused shutdowns, lost business and → Read More

John Paul II provides ‘ray of sunshine’ for teachers

Digital communication was replaced by a brief parade as John Paul II Catholic School found a way to hold its teacher appreciation day last week amid the → Read More

Beaufort-Jasper ACE director fosters kittens that were rescued after tornado

Beaufort-Jasper Academy of Career Excellence director Michael Lovecchio has learned a lot about kittens in his time at home during the coronavirus → Read More

Lowcountry health care workers part of daily coronavirus battle

They don’t wear fatigues, but they go into battle every day.Jasper County residents Allison Pace and Janine Wilson are among the many thousands of health care workers across the country who are fighting an enemy that cannot be seen in the coronavirus.More than 9,000 health care workers nationwide have contracted COVID-19 as they help fight the pandemic, according to a CDC report released April… → Read More

Hardeeville business owner gives away food, supplies

A Hardeeville business owner wanted to help his community as it copes with the coronavirus pandemic, so he has been giving away pizza and supplies to those who need them.“The reason behind me giving away pizzas, water and weather radios is because I know I cannot help out each person every day,” said Ronak Patel, who runs several businesses in Hardeeville. “I want to give them a moment to forget… → Read More

Latitude Margaritaville residents offer help during pandemic

Many Latitude Margaritaville residents have been assisting their neighbors and local first responders as they face the coronavirus pandemic together. → Read More

Some Lowcountry businesses begin reopening after coronavirus closures

Josie Anderson had a customer walk into her business last week for the first time in more than a month.Anderson’s store, Josie’s Creative Designs in Ridgeland, is among those in the Lowcountry that have started reopening after Gov. Henry McMaster started loosening restrictions on some non-essential businesses that had been ordered to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We are back,”… → Read More

Veterinarians work in new ways because of COVID-19

Many businesses have changed the way they operate because of the coronavirus pandemic, and that is no different for veterinarians in the Lowcountry. → Read More

5 dead after possible tornado in Hampton County

Severe damage from a possible tornado in a storm that trekked across several counties Monday morning led to at least five deaths in Hampton County, emergency officials said.The possible tornado, which had not been confirmed by the National Weather service as of Monday afternoon, appeared to have touched down in the Nixville community.Emergency officials were attempting to get to people who were… → Read More

Flower donations brighten residents’ days at Ridgeland Nursing Center

An extra bit of kindness in the form of flowers was recently placed around the Ridgeland Nursing Center to help residents as they deal with changes in → Read More

Coronavirus has Lowcountry funeral homes adjusting services

Funeral services typically give families a chance to gather and remember their loved ones all in one place, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the → Read More