Ashley Jean Reese, The Island Packet

Ashley Jean Reese

The Island Packet

Bluffton, SC, United States

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Past articles by Ashley:

Remembering Sgt. Major Donna Dunbar: A Bluffton mom, realtor and retired U.S. Marine

Sgt. Major Donna Dunbar retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island in 2016. The 46-year-old woman was a mother of two and realtor in Bluffton, S.C., before she died unexpectedly in May 2019. → Read More

Tiger Woods just made history with Masters win. Has he ever played at RBC Heritage?

Everyone's asking why Tiger Woods isn't at the 2019 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. Has he ever played in the Hilton Head, S.C., golf tournament? → Read More

Underage drinking major health concern in US, SC. Binge drinking can make it deadly

From the age of the first sip to the prevalence of binge drinking, these statistics show why underage drinking is "one of our state's most troubling health issues," according to the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. → Read More

How the trial of a serial rapist in Georgia helped secure Isaiah Gadson’s conviction

Detective Bob Bromage helped send Teddy Powell to prison in 1998. But after he was released on a reduced sentence, he raped again. Here's how Bromage used the "prior bad acts" law to secure his conviction — and later Isaiah Gadson's. → Read More

The ‘penny tax’ passed in Beaufort County’s midterm elections. Here’s what that means

A one-percent transportation tax referendum — known as the "penny tax" — passed by almost 58 percent in the 2018 midterm elections. Here's what that means for Beaufort County roadways — and consumers. → Read More

Bring your ‘I voted’ sticker to these Beaufort County businesses to score a sweet deal

Multiple businesses across Beaufort County, SC, are rewarding voters in the midterm election on Tuesday. Voters who bring their “I voted” sticker to these locations are eligible for free items or discounts. → Read More

Dead or alive? 3 ways to spot the difference between a live sand dollar and souvenir

Taking live sand dollars home from a South Carolina beach could cost you a heavy fine. Here's how to tell if the sea creatures are dead or alive. → Read More

Alligator swims outside Hilton Head Island S.C. Skull Creek Dockside restaurant

An alligator swam in a saltwater creek and dined on a "fish buffet" outside Hilton Head's Skull Creek Dockside restaurant. The saltwater can dehydrate the animal. → Read More

Man dies from drug overdose off I-95 in Hardeeville, police say

A white male has died of a drug overdose near exit 8 off I-95 in Hardeeville, according to police. → Read More

Think Hilton Head traffic is bad this week? Try record-breaking. There's more to come

Tourism numbers for Easter week in 2018 are looking comparable to a typical Fourth of July, according to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, officials. This could be an indicator that summer 2018 it will be another busy tourism season. → Read More

This alligator spotted in southeast Florida might be the biggest you've ever seen

Woman films 'monster' alligator in Florida wetlands that dwarfs resident 9-foot gator. → Read More

Need help getting to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day? How about a cruise or party bus?

Bluffton and Hilton Head Island residents and visitors have a number of options to get to Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festival — including a ferry, a party bus or even reserving parking spots ahead of time. → Read More

USC women's team finishes ninth at Darius Rucker Intercollegiate golf tournament on Hilton Head

The country rocker was on Hilton Head Island this past weekend to host the annual Darius Rucker Intercollegiate golf tournament at Long Cove Club. → Read More

This SC man shot a deputy after ‘life-threatening’ domestic dispute, police say

A domestic dispute in Berkeley County, SC in Saint Stephen area resulted in the exchange of gunfire between a deputy and a suspect early Friday morning. → Read More

RBC Heritage turns Hilton Head Harbour Town lighthouse plaid

Here’s how they turned the Harbour Town lighthouse in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island plaid to celebrate RBC Heritage’s 50th golf tournament. → Read More

Dog starts house fire after sneaking pancakes off of stove

A dog helped itself to some pancakes that were left on the stove in Southwick, Mass. Then a fire started. → Read More

Beaufort sailors surprised by group of dolphins: ‘Oh my goodness, we’re rocking’

A couple took their sailboat out in a Beaufort creek and came across a very playful pod of dolphins. → Read More

Watch it snow on Beaufort County traffic cams from home

Beaufort County traffic cam views show snow falling across northern Beaufort County. → Read More

SC snow forecast, closings for Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort

Winter storm to hit Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, South Carolina, area with snow and ice Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Here are the latest forecasts, traffic, power outage updates. → Read More

Craziest crimes caught on camera in the Lowcountry 2017

From a machete-wielding robber to a drunk and disorderly celebrity, here are the craziest crimes caught on video in Savannah and the Lowcountry in 2017. → Read More