Liz Farrell, The Island Packet

Liz Farrell

The Island Packet

Bluffton, SC, United States

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Past articles by Liz:

Beaufort Co. Council wants ‘the Josh thing’ to go away. Don’t let that happen

The problems in Beaufort County SC government outlined in the leaked summary of the investigation into the legality of former interim county administrator Josh Gruber’s consulting contract should worry you. → Read More

Beaufort Co. school board hasn’t agreed on terms for a new superintendent to start July 1

Although the Beaufort County Board of Education voted April 16 to hire Palm Beach Fla.’s Frank Rodriguez as the school district’s new superintendent, no contract has been signed for a July 1 start date. → Read More

Beaufort Co. superintendent planned to fire O’Nan over her ‘dishonesty,’ scathing email shows

A March email from Beaufort County Schools interim superintendent Herb Berg to now former Hilton Head Island High School principal Amanda O’Nan says he will recommend she be fired, calls her “unfit” and “unprofessional.” → Read More

Hilton Head principal gets $35,000 in agreement to resign after sex allegations, documents say

The Beaufort County School District agreed to pay former Hilton Head Island High principal Amanda O’Nan in exchange for her resignation May 6 after allegations arose that she had sex with deputy on school grounds in 201. → Read More

‘Burnt monkey’ and ‘cracker’: Beaufort Co. middle school ‘roast’ turns racial, deputies say

A fight that included racial slurs broke out May 7 in the cafeteria at Whale Branch Middle School after a student’s roast included comments another boy’s mother, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office SRO said in a report. → Read More

Hilton Head principal Amanda O’Nan resigns in Facebook post months after SC reprimand

Hilton Head Island High School principal Amanda O’Nan resigned Tuesday months after accusations resurfaced that she had an affair with a deputy on school grounds. She had been on paid leave since January. → Read More

No cuffs. No jumpsuit. No jail. Paul Murdaugh gets a gentleman’s treatment in SC court

Paul Murdaugh, the 20-year-old Hampton Co. man facing 3 felony boating under the influence charges in the fatal crash that killed Mallory Beach in Beaufort County SC, was allowed to take his mugshot wearing his own clothes. → Read More

‘It is NOT only about salaries’: Beaufort Co. teachers take their concerns to SC statehouse

Hundreds of Beaufort County SC teachers joined the 10,000 others from across the state who marched in the SC for Ed rally at the Columbia statehouse Wednesday in support of higher pay, more resources for students, schools. → Read More

4 gun owners report their weapons were stolen over the weekend in Beaufort Co., deputies say

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received 4 reports of stolen guns: a Ruger .380 LCP from Lands End; a Ruger 9 mm and 9mm High Point from Burton; and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson M&P compact from Lady’s Island. → Read More

Beaufort Co. woman beaten after awaking to find strange man in her apartment, deputies say

A Burton SC woman awoke Thursday morning to find an unknown man “looming over her,” according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. She was beaten by the man and taken to the hospital, police report says. → Read More

A quarter of Beaufort Co. teachers have called off tomorrow. School is still on — for now

On Wednesday, thousands of South Carolina teachers are expected to rally for higher pay and more resources in Columbia. More than 400 Beaufort County teachers — out of 1,700 — have asked to take off the day. Is school open? → Read More

DNA evidence links Hilton Head man to a 1988 rape of 60-year-old Bluffton woman, police say

DNA evidence linked Eckerin Odell Frazier to the 1988 rape of a 60-year-old Bluffton woman who was found dead off Spanish Wells Road. Frazier is in prison for her death and will face another charge. → Read More

Here’s what you might see in Beaufort Co. school board’s contract with new superintendent

The Beaufort County SC school board is in contract negotiations with superintendent hire Frank Rodriguez of the Palm Beach County Florida school district. Here’s what you might expect to see in it. → Read More

Beaufort Co. teachers to march for pay, resources May 1. How will this affect schools?

On May 1, at least 2,000 teachers from across South Carolina, including some from Beaufort County, plan to march in Columbia for higher pay, smaller class sizes, more mental health resources. Will it close school? → Read More

‘Out of control’ 13-year-old boy found possibly OD’ing at Bluffton playground, deputies say

A Bluffton SC boy, 13, was found “high” and possibly overdosing Saturday night in the playground area of Avalon Shores apartment complex, according to a report from Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputies. → Read More

Boeing flyover canceled at RBC Heritage due to weather on Hilton Head

Boeing’s popular flyover of 787 Dreamliner at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at Harbour Town Golf Links 18th hole in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is now canceled due to weather. → Read More

Hilton Head’s biggest drinking event of the year starts now. Hope you can handle it

The RBC Heritage presented by Boeing is through April 21, 2019, in Harbour Town at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The annual golf tournament is the biggest drinking party of the PGA Tour → Read More

Beaufort Co. school board names Rodriguez superintendent

The Beaufort County Board of Education chose Frank Rodriguez of School District of Palm Beach County in Fla. on Tuesday evening to be next school superintendent. Rodriguez was a finalist along with Terry Dade of Fairfax County, Va. → Read More

‘Google away’: Beaufort Co. superintendent finalists meet the public, talk integrity

Finalists for Beaufort County School District superintendent Terry Dade of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia and Frank Rodriguez of the School District of Palm Beach County in Florida met public Saturday. → Read More

Beaufort Co. school board names its top 2 finalists in search for new superintendent

The Beaufort County school board has chosen 2 finalists — Terry Dade of Fairfax County, Virginia, and Frank Rodriguez of Palm Beach County, Florida — in its search to replace superintendent Jeff Moss who resigned in 2018. → Read More