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'Clock is ticking' to seal deal for Hilton Head Ironman, race leader says

Now local leaders and Sheriff P.J. Tanner must compromise on a race route in a hurry to keep world-renowned triathlon committed to Hilton Head Island.

Lifeguards observe the swimmers during the Ironman Texas triathlon, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in The Woodlands, Texas.

Farrell: How do you fix a hanging muffler? With a bra, of course

Women wined, dined and given lessons on basic car maintenance at "Women Auto Know" event at H&H Auto Service on Hilton Head Island.

H&H Auto Services holds a seminar on basic auto maintenance for women on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Beaufort County man picked for SC's highest civilian award

Beaufort County resident Thomas W.L. Cameron has earned the state's highest civilian honor.

Thomas W.L. Cameron

Sewer service coming soon to some low-income Hilton Head residents

The Hilton Head Island Public Service District will install a sewer main on Gumtree Road. The project comes as public officials search for ways to ...

A map of a portion of Gumtree Road shows easement areas relating to a sewer access project planned for the area.

Island Packet Readers' Choice 2015 ballot (deadline tonight!)

Vote for your favorite Hilton Head- and Bluffton-area businesses between May 13 and May 22 at midnight!

Business

Town of Bluffton attorney defends Willow Run tree-cutting settlement

Some critics contend the town went easy on a developer who cut more than 6,000 trees on his property. The town and the developer settled for $71,500...

The town of Bluffton has settled its lawsuit against Indian Hill Associates LLC for clear-cutting more than 6,000 trees to sell for timber on more than 107 acres of the 162-acre Willow Run tract in Bluffton.

Farrell: How do you fix a hanging muffler? With a bra, of course

Women wined, dined and given lessons on basic car maintenance at "Women Auto Know" event at H&H Auto Service on Hilton Head Island.

H&H Auto Services holds a seminar on basic auto maintenance for women on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Sewer service coming soon to some low-income Hilton Head residents

The Hilton Head Island Public Service District will install a sewer main on Gumtree Road. The project comes as public officials search for ways to...

A map of a portion of Gumtree Road shows easement areas relating to a sewer access project planned for the area.

Long-secret Hilton Head Ironman plans come to light as race route divides leaders, sheriff + survey

Routes for a proposed Ironman 70.3 triathlon race are dividing area leaders and Sheriff P.J. Tanner, who cannot agree on where and how to close parts...

Concerns about emergency access and traffic snarls have Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and Emergency Management Commander Lt. Col. Neil Baxley questioning the viability of the county and Hilton Head Island hosting an Ironman 70.3 triathlon event. They discussed the basis of their concerns at a news conference on Hilton Head on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Father-son team to open combined restaurant, cooking school in Habersham

This summer, a new establishment in Beaufort's Habersham Marketplace may make you want to throwdown Bobby Flay-style in cooking school -- or maybe...

10 Market co-owners Rick Slade, left, and Tyler Slade are pictured at the Bottles & Barrels event in early May at Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort.
Features

Beaufort church sees largest confirmation class

First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort will receive 17 youth into membership through confirmation May 31.

Q&A: Beaufort becomes setting for best-selling author Karen White's latest novel

It was only a matter of time before best-selling author Karen White wrote a book set in Beaufort.

Karen White

5 artists to watch at Hilton Head weekend art festival

Birds carved from tree stumps, fossil sculptures and wall art made with beach sand are just a few of the items that will be available at this weekend...

Len and Debbie Marucci's booth of metal sculptures.

2-day art fest planned for Hilton Head this weekend

The seventh Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seafoam: 'Old gang' from former Hilton Head Playhouse gather for reunion

Thanks to Barbara K. Clark of Hilton Head Island for sharing the story an interesting reunion on the island.

Friends of the Hilton Head Playhouse attend a reunion party at Barbara K. Clark's home on Hilton Head Island.
Opinion

Farrell: How do you fix a hanging muffler? With a bra, of course

Women wined, dined and given lessons on basic car maintenance at "Women Auto Know" event at H&H Auto Service on Hilton Head Island.

H&H Auto Services holds a seminar on basic auto maintenance for women on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Liz's Notebook: Finally ... a video game where we can all be cat jerks

Catlateral Damage lets players be the kind of cat who likes to knock all your things to the ground.

Firehose Games description for this video: "Are you tired of your cat having all the fun? Do you just want to cat? WELL NOW YOU CAN CAT... WITH CATLATERAL DAMAGE! Catlateral Damage comes to Steam and OUYA in late May 2015. Play as a cat on a rampage trying to knock over everything before your human gets home.

Farrell: New Aging Gracefully group says it's not about the wrinkles and gray hair, friends

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton residents explore real issues on the minds of those 65 and older.

<span>Jessica Johnson, mobility manager at Palmetto Breeze, gives a presentation on public transportation options in the Lowcountry on Wednesday at the Hilton Head Island library, where the newly resurrected group Aging Gracefully met.</span>

Letter: Some good ideas for better bicycling

I recently visited Madison, Wis., and while Beaufort is hardly the size of that city, there was one big thing that Madison has and does that Beaufort should look at providing.

Letter: The correct question on going to war in Iraq

The question being put to today's presidential candidates about the Iraq war is being asked incorrectly.

South Carolina

Authorities say toddler's body found in pond near home

The coroner in Berkeley County says a 22-month-old boy has died after wandering away from his home.

Era ends in Charleston as mayor opens his last Spoleto

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who helped establish the internationally known Spoleto Festival USA in South Carolina nearly four decades ago...

Members of the Shakespeare's Globe acting company performing the prologue to the company's production of "Romeo and Juliet" during the  opening ceremonies of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., Friday, May 22, 2015. The show is one of the productions being presented during the 39th season of the internationally renowned arts festival that continues through June 7, 2015.

Man convicted in 1 NY murder pleads guilty to another

A serial stabber already serving time for one murder has pleaded guilty to another.

1 dead, 1 hurt in Spartanburg County shooting

Officials say one person is dead and another has been hurt in a shooting in northern Spartanburg County.

Atlantic Beach Bikefest gets underway with more security

The Atlantic Beach Bikefest is underway on the Grand Strand amid heightened security after violence last year.

Nation/World

DNA tests, technology and justice: A brave and uncertain new world

The testing of certain types of DNA evidence is not standardized and can lead to different results with the same traces, even as technology raises...

Criminalist Nikki Sewell works on trying to extract DNA from a jacket in a robbery case in the violent crime lab. She wears a mask and gloves as she searched for blood, seaman and saliva at the Sacramento County DA's DNA crime analysis lab.  Photo taken June  13, 2013 in Sacramento, CA.

After 50 years of hostility, neglected U.S. consulate in Havana shows its age

Heat, sun, high winds and salt air have taken their toll. Throw in the hostility that has marked U.S.-Cuban relations for most of the past five decades...

The oceanfront U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, is like a "ship at sea," exposed to salt air, high winds and tropical sun. It may soon revert to its former status as a U.S. Embassy, although it is in almost a constant state of disrepair. Photo taken May 18, 2015.

First batch of Clinton emails reveals little new

The State Department released the first batch of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server, shedding light on ...

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks with employees during a tour of the Smuttynose Brewery, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hampton, N.H.

Yes or no? Ireland decides whether to legalize gay marriage

Voters determined to have their voice heard on gay marriage turned out in strength for Ireland’s most hard-fought referendum in decades, a ...

Members of the Yes Equality campaign gather in the center of Dublin, Ireland, May 21, 2015.

Justice Dept. agrees to new trial for man convicted of killing Chandra Levy

In a stunning legal reversal, federal prosecutors relented and set the stage for a new trial of the man convicted in 2010 of killing former intern...

Assistant U.S. attorneys Amanda Haines and Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, seen here in 2011, were to be returning to D.C. Superior Court in Washington the week of May 26 for crucial post-trial hearings in the Chandra Levy murder case. In a stunning move, prosecutors advised defense attorneys that they would no longer oppose a motion for a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of Levy&#x2019;s murder.
Sports

'Clock is ticking' to seal deal for Hilton Head Ironman, race leader says

Now local leaders and Sheriff P.J. Tanner must compromise on a race route in a hurry to keep world-renowned triathlon committed to Hilton Head Island.

Lifeguards observe the swimmers during the Ironman Texas triathlon, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in The Woodlands, Texas.

Even without games, area football teams face challenges in the spring

In spring football, the name of the game is improvement. It's about tinkering and finding out what you have in the cupboard as the weather heats up and summer camp creeps closer.

Hilton Head Christian tennis coach out of hospital, recovering

"It's overwhelmingly humbling. It's remarkably uplifting. I'm fortunate to be on this side of the earth. My care has just been absolutely top-shelf." - HHCA tennis coach Eric Wammock

Track's Morrison, basketball's Freeman named Dolphins' best athletes

Battery Creek's Quamecha Morrison has had quite a week.

It’s official: Savannah baseball team moving to Columbia

Columbia’s new professional baseball team is coming from Savannah, Ga.

A view of the area Thursday where the new stadium is being constructed.
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