Special Reports

Hurricane

Close calls and regrets: Those who didn't evacuate for Matthew tell us about their night

When Hurricane Matthew passed just 5 miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island in the early hours of Oct. 8, an untold number of Beaufort County residents — those who ignored Gov. Nikki Haley’s order to evacuate days earlier— experienced the storm from inside their homes, from nearby shelters, from their boats, from their cars and, in at least one case, from under the overhang of a small-town gas station.

Golf

The best 18 holes of golf on Hilton Head Island

We asked our readers to pick the best 18-hole, par 72 golf course imaginable on Hilton Head Island. Local golf pros submitted their courses' favorite holes and we opened up their list to public voting. More than 6,000 votes later, we had our dream 18.

Special Reports

Hilton Head is growing older fast: How it helps, what it costs

About this series: From 2000 to 2014, the Town of Hilton Head Island aged at almost three times the national rate, according to census data released in December. Today about a third of residents are older than 65 — up from 24 percent in 2000. Is this necessarily a bad thing? We take a look at why we should embrace this trend, and why we should worry.

Special Reports

Tracking the wild ponies of Little Horse Island

The wild ponies have called the island home since the 1950s. Those lucky enough to see the blend of marsh tacky horses and Shetland ponies hope they will be there for a long time. But the ponies face several threats — a limited food source, inbreeding and encroaching development, among them — that put that future at risk.

Videos

'Cook them 'til they're gone': serving oysters for up to 800

It takes two teams of oyster chefs to steam the oysters needed to feed the 600-800 oyster roast-goers at the annual Rotary Club of Bluffton Oyster Roast, which was held on Feb. 18, 2017. Here, they describe the task at hand, and how they accomplish it.
Jay Karr The Island Packet
'Cook them 'til they're gone': serving oysters for up to 800 1:24

'Cook them 'til they're gone': serving oysters for up to 800

'That's flak': Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton on his first combat mission over Vietnam 1:40

'That's flak': Gen. Lloyd 'Fig' Newton on his first combat mission over Vietnam

Ridgeland-Hardeeville bounces Loris, on to Lower State semis 0:52

Ridgeland-Hardeeville bounces Loris, on to Lower State semis

Archaeologist on the origins of centuries-old canoe found near Daufuskie Island 1:20

Archaeologist on the origins of centuries-old canoe found near Daufuskie Island