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Beaufort County residents reflect on King’s legacy

Hundreds lined the streets of Beaufort on Monday to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

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'It was openly acceptable to be racist': How a Bluffton pastor endured 'horrific' school integration

Bluffton pastor Dr. Jon Black, of Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, told The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette that enduring school integration while in elementary school in Sumter, S.C., included some "horrific" times. Back then, said Black, 59, racism was "openly acceptable." In the current climate, he added, it's "quasi-acceptable." Our conversation with Rev. Black wasn't all negative. The former Navy chaplain cited his daughter's recent marriage as a sign that with the "social media" generation, real racial progress can happen.

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Bluffton man met 'magnificent' MLK several times

Bluffton resident Jacob Martin was born and raised just down the street from Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, where we spoke with him Jan. 15, 2017. But for a large portion of Martin's life, he worked as a police officer in other cities, including Detroit, where in 1950 he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while working security for a visit by the global icon.

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Happy New Year at Harbour Town!

Hilton Head Island's world-famous Harbour Town was full at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2016, for Sea Pines Resort's sixth annual New Year's Eve Golf Ball Drop. The "Drop" at 7 preceded a second one at midnight. The event is the finale to "Harbour Town Lights," an array of holiday activities which benefit the Deep Well Project — the Hilton Head-based charity that has been helping those in need since 1973.

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The lowdown on New Year’s Eve fireworks in Beaufort County

While fireworks can be sold in Beaufort County, it’s illegal to discharge them without a permit from the S.C. Department of Labor, License and Regulation. In unincorporated parts of the county — as well as in the city of Beaufort and towns of Port Royal, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island — lighting fireworks can result in fines up to $500.

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'It was openly acceptable to be racist': How a Bluffton pastor endured 'horrific' school integration

Bluffton pastor Dr. Jon Black, of Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, told The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette that enduring school integration while in elementary school in Sumter, S.C., included some "horrific" times. Back then, said Black, 59, racism was "openly acceptable." In the current climate, he added, it's "quasi-acceptable." Our conversation with Rev. Black wasn't all negative. The former Navy chaplain cited his daughter's recent marriage as a sign that with the "social media" generation, real racial progress can happen.
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'It was openly acceptable to be racist': How a Bluffton pastor endured 'horrific' school integration 2:35

'It was openly acceptable to be racist': How a Bluffton pastor endured 'horrific' school integration

Bluffton man met 'magnificent' MLK several times 1:00

Bluffton man met 'magnificent' MLK several times

Intrepid souls take the Polar Bear Plunge into 2017 on Hilton Head Island 0:51

Intrepid souls take the Polar Bear Plunge into 2017 on Hilton Head Island

Happy New Year at Harbour Town! 0:53

Happy New Year at Harbour Town!