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Bluffton resident, veteran Navy SEAL focus of new car restoration show

Carlos Moleda, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and Bluffton resident, and his Buick are the focus of the pilot episode of a TV show that helps veterans such...

Carlos Moleda, right, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran who was wounded in a firefight and is now the subject of a TV show filming on Hilton Head Island, is shown with the show's host, Dean Cain.

Beaufort County judge's decision to toss out conviction of executed teen gains national attention

Friends and colleagues of a Beaufort County judge say her landmark decision to exonerate a teenager in a 1944 double homicide this week was in line...

Judge Carmen Mullen

Former district teacher's legacy lives on in donated children's books

Colleen Skibo, who died in 2013, lives on in the pages of her more than 1,500-book collection -- not one of them the same and all of them in pristine...

Rick Callahan, a mover with GCA, packs some of the 2,000 children's books that were owned by Colleen Skibo, a Beaufort County School District teacher who passed away a year ago, on Friday morning at the home of Tyra Wahl, Skibo's friend, in Bluffton. Skibo asked for her books to be donated to an organization where children would be able to enjoy them and Wahl, who cared for her during the last five years of her life, chose to donate them to the Beaufort County School District to honor the 32 years that Skibo working for them.

District considers changing school calendar to improve opportunities for students

Starting next school year, students and teachers might be out for the summer in May -- but at the expense of losing several days off in the fall.

The year in local news: Our (and your) top picks for 2014 in news, photos and video

The Island Packet staff reviewed its work in 2014 and came up with these top local news stories, overall and in a few subcategories. We also rank the...


Editor's picks: Top Local Business Stories for 2014

Our editors' picks for the top local business stories:

Planning for your lifelong financial journey

This will be my last article after two years as a guest columnist for The State newspaper. I hope you have learned a lot about various areas of financial planning.

Sunday business calendar, Dec. 21

Upcoming events planned by Midlands area associations and clubs.

Midlands people and achievements, Dec 21

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank was announced as the winner of an Award of Excellence in Business Process Management and Workflow in honor of the AgVUE platform created by AgFirst.

Dolphins rally past Vikings 37-35; Philbin to keep job

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stood on the sideline at the end of Sunday's wild victory sharing a laugh with those around him, his mind made up...

Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin looks up at a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

What's her secret?: 'I am inspired by the many people who work with children with special needs'

Bethany Biaett Byrne, a mom of three in Beaufort, talks about her most challenging moments and the friend who inspires her.

Bethany Biaett Byrne of Beaufort is pictured with her husband, David, and their three children, Olivia, George and Samuel.

Recommendation from 13-year-old Evan Fent of Beaufort: 'Steelheart'

Evan Fent, a seventh-grader at Lowcountry Montessori School, talks about why he'd recommend Brandon Sanderson's book and how he organizes his book collection.

Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims

Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a TV crew member attaches a lavalier microphone on Haider Ali Motar's yellow prison costume, as Motar performs a scene from "In the Grip of the Law," a reality show produced by Iraqi state TV, in Baghdad, Iraq. Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in the reality TV show.

US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington...

FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership...

FILE - A Wednesday Dec. 21, 2005 photo from files showing pop star Elton John, right, and his longtime partner David Furnish, embracing as they wave to members of the media and the public after they had a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor, England.  Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time this weekend, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that the ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples could form civil partnerships, which carried the same legal status as marriage but without the title.

Allow veterans groups to use national cemetery

The snubbing of members of a local veterans organization must be addressed to avoid a repeat.

Concepcion Leon of Worrell Contracting Co. of LaGrange, N.C., makes sure one of the headstones is level Wednesday morning at Beaufort National Cemetery. Calvin Chaplain, site supervisor, said they are aligning the stones, which lean to one side or another over time.

Deep Well inspires with its amazing work

Being a transplanted Yankee, I was befuddled when I first started hearing about Deep Well.

Shame on Congress for shady spending bill

I was incensed by the Republicans as well as some hypocritical Democrats for what emerged on Capitol Hill regarding the spending bill.

Be very careful with Graves plan

Recent proposals to spend county taxpayer money on the Graves tract worry me. Specifically:

Find better spot for Bluffton dog park

I am a member of the Bluffton Park Community Association board. It has come to my attention that a dog park is proposed for the corner of Eighth Avenue and Pin Oak Street in Oscar Frazier Park. As far as I am aware, it is being considered without...

South Carolina

Most wanted – Theodore Edwards James Brailsford Jr.

DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 2, 1988

Theodore Edwards James Brailsford Jr.

63-year-old Rock Hill man killed in Sunday morning wreck

The driver was killed after his car went off South Anderson Road and struck a tree

Man robbed, shot at car wash; deputies searching for suspects

Richland County sheriff's deputies are looking for two suspects involved in a shooting Sunday afternoon that left one wounded.

The scene of a shooting on Parkland Road near Two Notch Road.

Traffic stop in York leads to two pounds of marijuana, plus crack cocaine

A man running from a traffic stop with a backpack was reportedly found to be carrying a large amount of drugs

Charleston releasing city mobility study

A study on ways to better get people around downtown Charleston is being released.


Wisconsin prison workshop provides outlet for inmates, toys for kids

Jamie Bowens and other inmates in the woodworking program at Waupun Correctional Institution are busy making toys, Christmas items and other crafts...

Inmate Lyle Traxler spent five months creating this 3/4 scale wooden replica of a 1903 Harley-Davidson, made entirely out of scrap wood, on December 8, 2014, at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wis. Working on a two-year rotation, a group of 15 inmates at the maximum-security institution create works such as this that are then donated to charities or sold with the proceeds going back to fund the program. Inmates are paid about 23 cents an hour. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS)

NYC gunman bragged about plans to shoot officers

The man who shot and killed two police officers in New York City on Saturday, targeting them solely because of the uniforms they wore, boasted to...

Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, seen here after a 2009 arrest, ambushed two New York City police officers in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station.

Rubio’s machine is tops in raising money – but not in sharing it

Rubio, a Republican senator from West Miami, Fla., and a potential presidential candidate for 2016, controls a leadership PAC that topped all others...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., prepares his statement before a news conference. Rubio, a potential presidential candidate for 2016, controls a leadership PAC that topped all others this election cycle, bringing in more money than nearly 300 similar fundraising outfits in Congress, according to an analysis of federal campaign records.

FAA drone approvals bedeviled by warnings, conflict

The Federal Aviation Administration proclaimed a new era in aviation in September when it granted permission to six Hollywood filmmakers to fly drones...

The Sensurion Aerospace Magpie commercial drone is seen on the ground after it crashed during launch Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, near Boulder City, Nev. The attempted flight was at an event to announce the FAA’s first issuance of an unmanned aerial systems test site special airworthiness certificate.

Opponents formulate strategy to derail new Cuba policy

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’...

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, expresses his disappointment in President Barack Obama’s initiative to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Panthers beat Browns 17-13, move into first place

Cam Newton's teammates have never doubted his toughness.

Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (28) runs as Cleveland Browns' Jim Leonhard (30) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.

Hilton Head Island freshman Liggett tops All-Area Girls Cross Country team

Hilton Head Island High School seems to churn out distance runners at an unparalleled rate. The Seahawks might have found a long-term gem in their ...

Hilton Head High cross country athlete Mallory Liggett is photographed in the school gym on Dec. 19.

Report: Mississippi recruit QB Chad Kelly arrested

Mississippi recruit Chad Kelly faces numerous charges, including resisting arrest, after an altercation at a downtown Buffalo restaurant, The Buffalo News reported Sunday night.

QB Jameis Winston cleared in conduct hearing

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

Romo, Cowboys reach playoffs in 42-7 rout of Colts

Tony Romo helped dump a bucket on Jason Garrett and playfully shoved him the same way the Dallas coach often does to his players.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, left, and Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, right, greet each other on the field after their NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys won 42-7.