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Rising revenues, attendance nearly make state parks self-sufficient

Record attendance and rising revenues at South Carolina's state parks in the past fiscal year nearly made them self-sufficient for the first time in...

Beachgoers play in the surf earlier this summer at Hunting Island State Park.

Lifeguards' return to Hunting Island in 2015 unclear

After a summer of operating with a smaller group of lifeguards than expected at Hunting Island State Park, state and county officials say it's unclear...

Hilton Head High to delay dismissal time to ease traffic

When the new school year began last week, Hilton Head Island High School's dismissal time was already about an hour later than last year. Beginning...

Hilton Head Island High School students troop toward the main entrance just before the school's new, later start time of 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 21. Before this year, the school day commenced at 7:45.

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but patient advocates still see wiggle room for companies to avoid covering the sickest and costliest patients. An Associated Press survey in 2014 found that some of the nation's top cancer centers were excluded from the networks of insurance plans sold on state exchanges.

PHOTO: Strong currents make local boater's day an adventure

Kurt Fineis of Beaufort pulls his Bonito sailboat toward the Pigeon Point dock Sunday as his pet Lab, Maizy, makes a dive for shore after a local ...

Theophil Syslo, Staff photo
Kurt Fineis of Beaufort pulls his Bonito sailboat toward the Pigeon Point dock Sunday as his pet Lab, Maizy, makes a dive for shore after a local boater towed them from the Beaufort River area. “The current was just crazy,” Fineis said. At about 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Charleston issued a high-risk advisory for Beaufort County for rip currents. The advisory is in effect through Monday evening.
Business

Rising revenues, attendance nearly make state parks self-sufficient

Record attendance and rising revenues at South Carolina's state parks in the past fiscal year nearly made them self-sufficient for the first time ...

Beachgoers play in the surf earlier this summer at Hunting Island State Park.

County to build new office to lure businesses to Bluffton

If you build it, they will come -- or so Beaufort County hopes.

Bluffton pool closed for repairs

The Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services Bluffton pool is closed to the public because of a broken part in the pump room.

Tickets, sponsorships available for polo event

The Okatie Rotary Club is accepting sponsorships and patron slot reservations for the 21st Polo for Charity to be held Oct. 12 at the historic Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton.

Federal bank debate hits home for Chester Co. businessman

Jay White arrived at Tuesday’s meeting at the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Rock Hill wearing jeans. Most of the other businessmen...

Morrison Textile Machinery on Lancaster Highway in Fort Lawn. Jeremy Outen lifts a large stainless steel roller.
Features

Chef Charles Pejeau of Charbar Co.: 'I like burgers in between messy and neat'

Executive chef Charles Pejeau of Charbar Co. on Hilton Head Island talks about his perfect burger and favorite condiment.

Charles Pejeau is the executive chef at Charbar Co. on Hilton Head Island.

Beat the heat with cool, refreshing fruit salads

This summer, it's been the usual: hot and humid, humid and hot. For those of us who like to exercise outdoors and enjoy nature, it's been a bit of ...

Nothing scarier than a new boat owner with no common sense

I rarely fish on the weekends. Back in the day I used to do it, but as more and more people started getting boats, I simply couldn't take their obvious...

If you don't know the basic rules of boating, take the time to either take a safety course or hire someone to show you the ropes.

Local fine diners celebrate opening of the Bluffton Room

Margie Backaus and James Soules have upped the fine-dining expectations in Bluffton.

A rendering of the Bluffton Room, which is now open at the Promenade in Old Town.

Technology is helping people to live more fully in Christ through charity

Anyone who even loosely pays attention to social media knows that it comes with its fair share of narcissism. Self-promotion, selfies and the lack ...

<span><strong>In this image from video posted on Facebook, former President George W. Bush reacts after participating in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. </strong></span>
Opinion

More officer training would reassure public

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office should consider improvements to its interrogation and investigative techniques if two recent high-profile cases are an indication of its routine methods.

IRS letter writer up to same mischief

I found it ironic that the author of a letter, "Columnist got it wrong about IRS," accused columnist Jeff Bergner of selectively excluding facts from an article about the IRS -- then attempted to support his accusation with his own selected...

SC school problems go beyond classroom

South Carolina schools do not produce the results we need. Everybody offers ineffective Band Aids and micromanagement rather than comprehensive reform.

The word 'legal' key to immigration debate

How do we define immigration? President George W. Bush once said, "We are a nation of immigrants." What is missing from most definitions is that we are a nation of legal immigrants, a melting pot of personalities, talents and intellect, all woven ...

Martin Schram: How to fix the NFL's 'Redskins' problem � and more

Official Washington, most notably Congress, is still away on its extended pre-Labor Day vacation, a fact that hasn't altered the zero-sum rate at which your problems are being solved.

South Carolina

In photos: Aggie midnight yell

Texas A&M fans carry out a long-standing tradition by conducting Aggie Yell Practice on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.

Texas A&M fans carry out a long-standing tradition by conducting Aggie Yell Practice on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.   8/27/14

Aggie Yell Practice in Gamecock Country

Texas A&M fans carry out a long-standing tradition by conducting Aggie Yell Practice on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.

In photos: USC Welcome

The Office of Student Engagement welcomed sophomores back to school during a USC Welcome Back Carnival, Wednesday.

Freshman Faisal Almutawa, 20, of Saudi Arabia, attempts to throw a football into one of three holes during the USC Welcome Back Carnival.  The Office of Student Engagement welcomed sophomores back to school during a USC Welcome Back Carnival, Wednesday.  The event served to distribute information from several departments on campus including the offices of Student Engagement, Study Abroad, Student Success Center, Pre-Professional Advising, Career Center, USC Connect, Undergraduate Research and more. Students received free food provided by local vendors and participated in carnival games, a bungee run and inflatables. 8/27/14

Drumline Show

Drumlines from three high schools, Benedict College and S.C. State University performed as a kick-off to the Capital City Classic.

In photos: Drumline performances kickoff Capital City Classic

Drumlines from Lower Richland and Eau Claire High Schools and Benedict College and S.C. State performed as a kick-off to the Capital City Classic. ...

Members of the drumline from S.C. State University perform at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Drumlines from Eau Claire, Lower Richland and Columbia High Schools and Benedict College also performed as a kick-off to the Capital City Classic. The game between Benedict and S.C. State will be Saturday at 5. p.m. at Charlie W. Johnson Sadium. 8/27/14
Nation/World

Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor

A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Scottish businesses: no case for independence

A group of 130 business leaders in Scotland have signed an open letter arguing that the case for independence from Britain has not been made.

Better Together leader Alistair Darling, left, and Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, both gesture whilst they take part in the second television debate over Scottish independence at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, David Cheskin) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but patient advocates still see wiggle room for companies to avoid covering the sickest and costliest patients.&#xA0;An Associated Press survey in 2014 found that some of the nation's top cancer centers were excluded from the networks of insurance plans sold on state exchanges.

As Iraq crumbles, Kentucky town hit especially hard by sorrow

On an unseasonably cool August day, Zola Hamlin pulled up to a small square cemetery on the outskirts of town, saluted the headstone of her fallen...

Zola Hamlin collects her emotions during a during a visit to her grandson's gravesite at the edge of London, Ky., on Aug. 14, 2014. Her son, Christopher, was killed while serving in Iraq. Zola's own headstone is to the left.

Workers win supermarket president’s job back

After the intervention of two governors and an enormous public outcry, the chaos that has paralyzed the Market Basket supermarket chain ended Wednesday...

in this photo taken with a fisheye lens, shopping carts are arranged forming the letters &#x201C;ATD&#x201D; in the parking lot of a Market Basket Supermarket in North Andover, Mass., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. The former CEO says &#x201C;onerous&#x201D; terms are preventing him from regaining control of the company from relatives amid a bitter feud that has prompted employee walkouts and customer boycotts. Demoulas was fired in June by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Sports

2014 High School Football Preview: Beaufort High wearing target after drop to 3-A

The tone is set. Now comes the pressure to maintain.

Members of the Beaufort High School football team secondary -- clockwise from top left: Malcolm Simmons, Jawan Mack, Michael Dickson and Nathan Parker -- are photographed on August 14.

Indications are Hilton Head Island's DeAngelo Clark will remain eligible

There was no official update Wednesday on the football eligibility of Hilton Head Island High School senior wide receiver DeAngelo Clark, though indications...

DeAngelo Clark

Jasper school board member sends son to Beaufort County public school

A member of the Jasper County school board says she remains eligible to serve in office, even though her son is playing football for a public school...

Alina Hamilton-Clark

Recreation briefs, Aug. 27: Fripp Island hosting 24th Kingfish Tournament

The Fripp Island Marina is hosting the 24th annual Fripp Island Kingfish Tournament Aug. 29 and 30 to benefit the Fripp For a Cure foundation.

Prep roundup, Aug. 28: Beaufort High downs Summerville in girls tennis

Beaufort High improved to 2-3 on the young season with a 6-0 win over former Region 8-AAAA rival Summerville.

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