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Beaufort County schools maintain 'B' grade on federal report card

More Beaufort County public schools met rising federal standards last school year, but two schools failed to make the grade.

Hilton Head Island Middle School student Eleanor Rosenberry, center, works during a practice PASS test in the class of English teacher Kathleen Clark on March 6, 2014. All grades take the English, Writing and Math sections while select grades take the science or the social studies. This is the state-developed test to measure if students are meeting the state's standards.

Graves House mover faces concerns by residents, committee

A new site for a proposed move of the historic Graves House in Bluffton is meeting opposition from residents and concerns by a town committee.

Bluffton's historic Graves House

Boat anchored near Colleton River Plantation declared abandoned by DHEC

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has ordered the removal of an anchored boat in a creek near Colleton River Plantation that ...

Mark Hyner, of Bluffton, talks about an abandoned boat while cruising in Gilbert Creek near the Chechessee River and Port Royal Sound on October 17, 2014.

Daily ticket prices rise $5 for RBC Heritage

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing fans will pay $5 more than last year for daily tickets to the April golf tournament.

Former H.E. McCracken principal goes to court to appeal his termination

Almost a year after a public hearing in which the Beaufort County Board of Education upheld the firing of Phillip Shaw, the former H.E. McCracken Middle...

Former H.E. McCracken Middle School principal Phillip Shaw listens Nov. 2, 2013, to opening arguments during his hearing to appeal his firing by the Beaufort County School District.
Business

Local chambers of commerce seek funding boost from Beaufort County

Two local chambers of commerce are proposing a substantial increase in funding from Beaufort County beginning in 2015.

Graves House mover faces concerns by residents, committee

A new site for a proposed move of the historic Graves House in Bluffton is meeting opposition from residents and concerns by a town committee.

Bluffton's historic Graves House

Daily ticket prices rise $5 for RBC Heritage

RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing fans will pay $5 more than last year for daily tickets to the April golf tournament.

BJWSA honored for fiscal conservatism

The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority has received the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies' Sustainability Award.

Group urges yes vote for land referendum

A group of residents is pushing for approval of $20 million worth of bonds to protect and preserve land in Beaufort County.

Features

Professional Opinion: Will reading in the dark really ruin my eyes?

This week, Dr. Mark Siegel, an opthalmoligst at Sea Island Ophthalmology in Beaufort, discusses the common fear that reading in dim light will ruin...

<div>Dr. Mark Siegel, an opthalmoligst at Sea Island Ophthalmology</div>

A Little Advice: Should you share Halloween candy?

Lowcountry youth discuss whether to share their Halloween candy -- and what to keep for themselves.

Lowcountry youth tell if they'll share their Halloween spoils and if they do, what candy will they keep for themselves.

Against all odds, unathletic klutz's son actually hits a baseball

Some terrible day in the reasonably near future, my son will discover that his cellular structure will seem to exist for the sole purpose of making...

Kids playing Fall Ball may spend a lot of time drawing circles with their cleats in the infield dirt or juggling their caps, but every now and then, they get a hit.

Study Break: 'No group of students is scratch paper -- you can't practice on them'

Dora Fletcher, a math teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, offers advice to new teachers.

Dora Fletcher is a math teacher at Hilton Head Island High School.

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa. Double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, who shot and killed Steenkamp through a toilet cubicle door in his home last year, had earlier been convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing.
Opinion

Rescue help at sea takes hit from Uncle Sam

U.S. Coast Guard budget cuts are bad news for Beaufort County. Soon, fewer helicopters will be available for search-and-rescue missions.

Redevelopment is good, but spare beautiful trees

Controversy over the Shelter Cove project abounds. Few would dispute that something had to be done about the mall, as something needs to be done about other derelict buildings, such as those on Office Park Road.

Let your voice be heard by casting a vote Nov. 4

A writer wrote a very good letter on Oct. 15, and I agree with him whole-heartedly. We have got to take back our country before we lose it altogether. We're not far from that happening, and I can only hope it is not too late.

Blame executive branch for many US problems

I have tried desperately to comprehend Washington's inability to take strong decisive stands with appropriate actions based on strategies to ensure our well being. We as a nation have, during our existence, withstood many external assaults on our "...

Darryl E. Owens: Saving lives can mean facing death for health-care pros

With a cough, everything changed.

South Carolina

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Debate

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles...

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and Jamie Self, reporter for The State Media Co. questioned the candidates. 10/20/14

ELECTIONS 2014: Common Core debate cools between candidates to head schools

Common Core isn’t the hot-button issue it was during South Carolina’s primary season for candidates vying to be superintendent of education...

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and Jamie Self, reporter for The State Media Co. questioned the candidates. 10/20/14

Rock Hill beauty supply store manager accused of selling counterfeit items

The manager of a beauty supply store in Rock Hill is accused of selling $12,000 in counterfeit items.

Khalid Ziada

Lancaster sheriff's office investigating armed robbery

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at a self storage facility, according to a news release.

Driver in critical condition after tractor-trailer carrying live turkeys overturns

The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying live turkeys in crates was trapped inside the truck’s cab after it overturned and scattered the live...

Nation/World

Suspect in Indiana serial killings has violent past

The convicted sex offender who was named Monday as the suspect in the serial killings of seven women in northwest Indiana – and in perhaps ...

This Oct. 19, 2014, photo shows a house in Gary, Ind., where the body of a woman was found on Sunday.

Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. He could be released after 10 months in ...

Oscar Pistorius, arrives outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius received a five-year sentence for culpable homicide by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.

Deepening U.S. commitment to Kobani ties Obama’s Islamic State effort to Kurds’ fate

The U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State, launched in August to stop the takeover of Iraqi Kurdistan and to rescue a trapped religious minority...

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters.

Your ideology determines your media habits, study finds

Die-hard liberals and down-the-line conservatives have segregated themselves into strikingly different news universes, relying on sources of information...

The front pages of selected newspapers including the Idaho Statesman and the Chicago Tribune are on display outside the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on Monday, January 19, 2009.

CDC acknowledges old Ebola treatment rules were too lax, imposes new ones

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will now require that medical personnel train, practice and show competency in the donning and removal...

In this Oct. 16, 2014, photo, registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment, as he and registered nurse Fred Serafin, right, demonstrate proper protective procedures to doctors and nurses during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, Oct. 20 for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.
Sports

Hilton Head Prep girls grab SCISAA state tennis title

Hilton Head Prep girls tennis made it three in a row Monday, stretching their streak of SCISAA state championships and toppling a rival in the process...

Hilton Head Prep&#039;s Lindsay Zimmermann hits a return to Hilton Head Christian Academy&#039;s Madison Dillon during their No. 1 singles match on Monday at South Beach Racquet Club.

World Series: How the Giants and Royals match up

A position-by-position look at the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals going into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium...

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner talks to the media before baseball practice Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21.

Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius gestures as he leaves the high court, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Clemson Football: Offense juggles mix of injuries

As injuries mounted, Clemson coaches employed additional creativity to prepare the offense.

Hilton Head's James Hammond commits to swim at Indiana

Hilton Head Island’s James Hammond, a senior swimmer at the Heritage Academy, has committed to swim for Indiana University.

Heritage Academy senior and Hilton Head Aquatics swimmer James Hammond has committed to swim at Indiana University.
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