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Tracking the wild ponies of Little Horse Island

Volunteers fight to preserve wild marsh pony population in Beaufort County.

In an attempt to control the herd of wild ponies to be self sufficient, workers will geld all the colts and introduce a reproductive vaccine to all the Mares as well as ID each horse and give each horse an examination looking at their overall health. Being a small isolated herd of ponies they have some disadvantages.  The herd hasn't had any opportunities to introduce new genetics to the herd. The hope is that now the herd can focus on nutrition and developmental issues opposed to reproduction year after year.  Concerns and recent events — one pony was struck and killed by a car last month when it wandered from the marsh — have propelled the community into action. Unable and unwilling to accept a Little Horse Island without the ponies, they are working to protect and preserve this Beaufort County treasure.

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.

PHOTO: Back-to-school party on Hilton Head

Ruthie Schrader, 17, of Hilton Head Island, laughs as her friend Megan Rader, 17, also of Hilton Head, tries to make a clean jump from a zorb ball...

Theophil Syslo, Staff photo
Ruthie Schrader, 17, of Hilton Head Island, laughs as her friend Megan Rader, 17, also of Hilton Head, tries to make a clean jump from a zorb ball during a friendly race Sunday at a “Waterworks Back to School Party” at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. The zorb balls were provided by KidzPlay Party Rentals of Bluffton.

Former Marine building 'Born on Parris Island' brand

Most Marines who have gone through boot camp in the Lowcountry know the line "Born on Parris Island." Former Marine Jay Joseph hopes to turn that ...

After 25 years, Hilton Head-based LINKS Magazine works to stay fresh in digital age

As traditional media go digital, LINKS Magazine publisher Jack Purcell said his quarterly golf publication's niche -- a focus on travel and lifestyle...

Hilton Head Island's only national magazine recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Business

I-77 Alliance markets “100-mile” industrial park between Charlotte and Columbia

The I-77 Alliance was formed in November 2013 by officials in York, Chester and Fairfield counties to market the I-77 corridor. Richland County recently...

In marketing the I-77 Alliance, Rich Fletcher is likely to talk about Charlotte or Columbia first as people recognize those places, and then get to what the counties of York, Chester, Fairfield and Richland have to offer.

New day rising in the I-77 corridor

Three big job announcements this year – one in normally placid Chester County – signal the start of a new chapter of commercial development...

SC Gov. Nikki Haley signals 4, the number of tire manufacturers now operating in South Carolina. Giti Tires announced in June their first North American manufacturing facility in Chester County.

Springs Memorial doctors focus on esophagus treatment

Four doctors at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster trained to treat pre-cancerous condition know as Barrett’s Esophagus

Sunday business calebdar, November 23

Upcoming events planned by Midlands area associations and clubs.

Business Notebook

Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model. When equipped with a 2.7-liter...

Features

At Music To Your Mouth festival, bacon grows on trees

At Palmetto Bluff's Music To Your Mouth culinary festival on Saturday, David Hussey stood looking over the May River amid a copse of mossy oaks.

Palmetto Bluff's Music To Your Mouth Festival on November 22, 2014.

Plant a tree to celebrate Arbor Day and counter land-clearing in Lowcountry

There was never a better time to celebrate Arbor Day than this year. The destruction of trees to clear land to build commercial stores and other business...

Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts fifth-graders -- students from the Junior Garden Club -- tour the island to identify oak trees.

Hunting Island State Park hosts: Friends who wear many hats

Thanks to Mike and Norma Allen for giving us a look into what goes into being a host at Hunting Island State Park.

Pictured are Mike and Norma Allen.

Top 10 ways the Beaufort County Library can kickstart your Christmas season

Are you ready for holiday parties, family gatherings and road trips? Let the Beaufort County Library help. Here are the top 10 ways your library can...

Check out your local library for Christmas cookbooks, movies and music.

Review: John Grisham's 'Gray Mountain' all research, no story

One day, Samantha Kofer is a promising young lawyer at the Wall Street firm of Scully & Pershing, making $180,000 a year and looking forward to a ...

Opinion

Thanksgiving starts with giving and ends with thanks

Two Lowcountry women tell why they would travel the globe to help people living in poverty.

<p class="p1">Beverly Lawyer Berry stands at far left with the Habitat for Humanity International team building a brick home in <span class="s1">Malawi</span>, Africa. They are posing as "Charlie's Angels" because that's what the team called itself.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Bill Cosby, serial rapist? That's a lot to forgive

Wow. Just ... wow.

McClatchy cartoons for the week of 11/23/14

Kevin Siers / The Charlotte Observer (November 21, 2014)

Column: Civil rights giants return to Penn Center, still pushing

The Penn Center Civil Rights Symposium on Friday and Saturday will spend a day looking back and a day looking forward.

Dave Dennis

Hilton Head is ready for new mayor, new day

Congratulations to the Town of Hilton Head Island's mayor-elect David Bennett. The Palmetto Dunes resident and former chairman of the town's Planning Commission scored a decisive victory in Tuesday's runoff, handily defeating Drew Laughlin by a nearly...

South Carolina

Snowville at EdVenture Museum

What's there to do at the Snowville exhibit at EdVenture Museum in Columbia? On opening day, Nov. 22, 2014, parents and children alike found lots of cool things to do!

Woman charged with fleeing with child seeks bond

A woman arrested in Australia on charges of abducting her infant daughter from South Carolina 20 years ago wants to be released on bond. But a federal...

Dorothy Lee Barnett

SC to preserve nearly 32,000 acres this year

The South Carolina Conservation Bank plans to buy 26 properties totaling 31,600 acres this fiscal year.

In Photos: Snowville

EdVenture Museum's "Snowville" exhibit features educational information on both the North and South Pole as well as fun activities for children. Snowville...

Parents and children fill EdVenture's "Snowville" exhibit on opening day, Nov. 22, 2014. The exhibit features educational information on both the North and South Pole as well as fun activities for children. Snowville runs through  Feb. 22, 2015.

More SC residents driving to Thanksgiving feast

AAA Carolinas says South Carolinians traveling this Thanksgiving holiday will enjoy the lowest gas prices in five years.

Nation/World

Climate change threatens to strip the identity of Glacier National Park

What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone? A century ago, this sweep of mountains boasted 150 ice sheets, many feet thick. Today, ...

Daniel Fagre, a U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist, at the base of Mount Clements at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park Montana, Oct. 7, 2014. In a century, the number of glaciers in Glacier National Park, on the Canadian border, has dropped to about 25 from 150.

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. ...

In this July 6, 2009, photo, former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry attends a news conference in Washington. Barry, who staged comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78.

Fence-mending in Turkey, Biden commits to ‘transition’ in Syria

Vice President Joe Biden assured Turkey Saturday that the U.S. plans to strengthen Syrian rebels and ensure a political transition “away from...

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak to the media during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Seeking balance on Ferguson, governor finds it’s easy to slip

He was criticized for waiting too long to get involved when the protests began in August and more recently for jumping the gun with a state of emergency...

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, speaks at a news conference to announce law enforcement planning on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. From the very first days of the protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black man here, Gov. Nixon has been accused of hitting the wrong notes at the wrong times.

Humanity has made the moon into a garbage pile

Since America conquered the moon and rendered it our property via eminent domain in 1969, we have turned it into a landfill.

Since America conquered the moon and rendered it our property via eminent domain in 1969, we have turned the moon into a galactic landfill.
Sports

Dye leads Clemson to 28-0 win over Panthers

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt was glad for two things against Georgia State — the victory and the boost of confidence it gave the Tigers heading...

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) runs after a catch as Georgia State cornerback Bruce Dukes (27) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Clemson, S.C.

South Carolina gets bowl eligible with 37-12 win

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier asked everyone to give his defense credit at least four different times after the Gamecocks 37-12 win over South...

South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) throws down field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Kickoff time and network for USC-Clemson game

South Carolina’s regular-season finale at Clemson on Nov. 29 will kick off at noon and be broadcast on ESPN, the ACC announced on Saturday night.

South Carolina safety Brison Williams (12) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

USCB cross country posts impressive performance at NAIA National Championship

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of South Carolina Beaufort cross country team wrapped up its season with its most impressive performance ever at the...

Week that Changed USC Football: ‘Ten years later, I’m still disgusted’

The USC-Clemson brawl, November 20, 2004, was nastiest moment in series history.

Clemson running back Yusef Kelly, right, kicks an unidentified South Carolina player in the head during a fourth-quarter brawl which spanned 60-yards of the playing field and took law enforcement more than 10 minutes to control, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, in Clemson, S.C. The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference will review tapes of the fight before deciding on penalties.
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