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Man who stole firetruck, killed pedestrian ruled not guilty by reason of insanity

A man who escaped from Naval Hospital Beaufort in 2012, stole a Port Royal firetruck, then struck and killed a pedestrian has been found not guilty...

Kalvin Hunt, right, is escorted through the Beaufort County Courthouse on Dec. 18, 2014. Hunt was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of a pedestrian he struck while driving a stolen Port Royal firetruck in February 2012.

Veterans' check presentation prevented at Beaufort National Cemetery

Members of a veterans group say they were asked to leave Beaufort National Cemetery on Tuesday when they went there to present a donation to an ...

<span>Members of a veterans group say they were told to leave the Beaufort National Cemetery on Tuesday when they showed up to present a donation to an organization raising money to expand the burial grounds. </span>

The Beaufort model trains are back for Christmas

Eight model train sets are on display this week as part of the Beaufort Railroaders 22nd annual Display of Model Trains at the Beaufort library.

Jim Nicholson, of Beaufort, member of The Beaufort Railroaders, talks about his train during the Holiday Train Display at the Beaufort Branch Library on December 16, 2014.

Beaufort County judge: 14-year-old boy shouldn't have been executed in 1944

More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill ...

 In this June 8, 1944, photo, George Stinney Jr., 14, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison in Columbia, S.C. Both were executed in the state&#x2019;s electric chair on June 16, 1944. Stinney had been found guilty of killing two young white girls in Clarendon County.

Sunday beer, wine sales ramping up in Jasper County

Shoppers in Jasper County no longer need to travel outside the county to purchase alcohol on Sundays, but area stores haven't seen much effect from...

Business

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures...

A movie theater worker sweeps rain water under a poster for the movie "The Interview" at the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Sunday beer, wine sales ramping up in Jasper County

Shoppers in Jasper County no longer need to travel outside the county to purchase alcohol on Sundays, but area stores haven't seen much effect from...

Hilton Head, Bluffton housing market takes a dip; Beaufort sales rise

Home and condominium sales in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island have declined modestly this year, but sales in Beaufort have risen by one of the highest percentages in the state as of Nov. 30, according to data from the S.C. Realtors.

Hilton Head Island becomes 'Certified Connected Community'

The Town of Hilton Head Island was recognized Tuesday as a "Certified Connected Community" by Connect South Carolina, a nonprofit group that helps communities expand broadband Internet access.

Greater Bluffton chamber to host marketing series

The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Lowcountry company Nosoco will hold weekly digital-marketing workshops beginning Jan. 7.

Features

Beaufort's Samee Cannon - 'modern-day Patsy Cline' - releases first EP

Beaufort native and country singer song-writer Samee Cannon will release "Pretty Artillery" at Q on Bay in Beaufort.

Beaufort native Samee Cannon will perform at her EP release party Dec. 20 at Q on Bay in Beaufort.

Hilton Head Island native chronicles life with cystic fibrosis in 'Breathe' at Main Street Youth Theatre

Brennen Reeves, a College of Charleston graduate, will perform in "Breathe. A True Story."

Hilton Head Island native Brennen Reeves will perform "Breathe. A True Story" on Dec. 19 and 20 at Main Street Youth Theatre on Hilton Head.

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures...

A movie theater worker sweeps rain water under a poster for the movie "The Interview" at the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Beaufort model trains are back for Christmas

Eight model train sets are on display this week as part of the Beaufort Railroaders 22nd annual Display of Model Trains at the Beaufort library.

Jim Nicholson, of Beaufort, member of The Beaufort Railroaders, talks about his train during the Holiday Train Display at the Beaufort Branch Library on December 16, 2014.

Video: Will the REAL Stephen Colbert please stand up?

Some moments from recent years when Stephen Colbert, known best as his alter ego from "The Colbert Report", appeared in public as ... himself.

Opinion

CIA report encourages terrorists, makes allies reluctant to help

WASHINGTON - Though they preside over the world's most important nation, our leaders in Washington can be startlingly oblivious to the audiences beyond our shores that watch and listen closely to whatever we say or do.

Terrorists have long known the CIA employed torture after 9/11

The Senate Intelligence Committee's release of its report on CIA torture is a welcome step toward transparency. The methods used to wage the "war on terror" are of more than a little public interest.

RedBlueAmerica: Is establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba wise?

President Obama this week announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and ease economic and travel restrictions to the communist island nation.

Carl P. Leubsdorf: Enjoy this whiff of bipartisanship. It won't last long.

The closing days of the dismal 113th Congress provided an unexpected but dismayingly brief hint of a brighter bipartisan future - and its potential pitfalls.

Doyle McManus: Where have Ebola's fear-mongers all gone?

Remember Ebola?

South Carolina

Beaufort County judge: 14-year-old boy shouldn't have been executed in 1944

More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill...

 In this June 8, 1944, photo, George Stinney Jr., 14, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison in Columbia, S.C. Both were executed in the state&#x2019;s electric chair on June 16, 1944. Stinney had been found guilty of killing two young white girls in Clarendon County.

Photos: George Stinney case

Contemporary and historic images from the George Stinney execution case.

 In this June 8, 1944, photo, George Stinney Jr., 14, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison in Columbia, S.C. Both were executed in the state&#x2019;s electric chair on June 16, 1944. Stinney had been found guilty of killing two young white girls in Clarendon County.

Judge in Metts case rose from Hopkins to federal bench

Judge Terry Wooten was enmeshed in nasty U.S. Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Judge Terry Wooten

Sen. Graham, Scott Announce Air Facility Charleston Open Through 2015

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) today said the Coast Guard's Air Facility Charleston will stay open...

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) today said the Coast Guard's Air Facility Charleston will stay open until at least Jan. 1, 2016.

Myrtle Beach man facing charges in eight recent business robberies

A Myrtle Beach man has been connected to a string of business robberies in Georgetown and Horry counties, authorities said after his arrest early ...

David Leland Yelton
Nation/World

Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats

Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures...

A movie theater worker sweeps rain water under a poster for the movie "The Interview" at the AMC Glendora 12 movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Glendora, Calif. The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Beaufort County judge: 14-year-old boy shouldn't have been executed in 1944

More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill...

 In this June 8, 1944, photo, George Stinney Jr., 14, center right, and Bruce Hamilton, 21, center left, enter the death house in the state prison in Columbia, S.C. Both were executed in the state&#x2019;s electric chair on June 16, 1944. Stinney had been found guilty of killing two young white girls in Clarendon County.

Sony film took aim at North Korea’s biggest taboo

If the U.S. government’s claim is correct that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures, no one can say they...

In this undated photo provided by Columbia Pictures &#x2013; Sony, Actor Randall Park, center, portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Columbia Pictures&#x2019; &#x201C;The Interview.&#x201D; If the U.S. government&#x2019;s claim that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen&#x2019;s latest comedy is correct, no one can say they weren&#x2019;t warned. The movie, &#x201C;The Interview,&#x201D; pushed all of North Korea&#x2019;s buttons.

NASA | NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space

It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, ...

It&#x2019;s official &#x97; our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings.

Cuban exile activists release statement following Alan Gross release

Sylvia Iriondo, of Mothers Against Repression, reads a joint statement by Assembly for the Cuban Resistance and Cuban National Civic Resistance Front...

Sylvia Iriondo, of Mothers Against Repression, reads a joint statement by Assembly for the Cuban Resistance and Cuban National Civic Resistance Front during a press conference at  the offices of Directorio Democratico Cybano following President Barack Obama's release of three Cuban spies in exchange for the release of jailed American Alan Gross. Jose A. Iglesias/El Nuevo Herald Staff
Sports

South Carolina's Spurrier reverses his 2 to 3 seasons statement

Steve Spurrier is back on the “4- to 5-year plan.”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier thanks fans as he heads out after beating South Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC, Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Morris: Focus on teammates molds South Carolina into a team

Dawn Staley first sought an assist in team building from a Charlotte-based firm several years ago. Around tournament time each season, South Carolina...

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Charlotte, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Columbia, S.C.

7 Beaufort area weightlifters travel to Colorado for training

Seven area weightlifters from Team Beaufort, including 14-year-old phenom C.J. Cummings, are part of a group of 18 from the larger Team Savannah that...

Beaufort&#039;s C.J. Cummings sits for a portrait at the Beaufort Middle School weight room on December 10, 2014.  Cummings will travel to compete in the American Open. The 14-year-old this year set an American record for his 62-kg weight class. He now competes at 69 kg.

Prep roundup, Dec 17: Battery Creek wrestling sweeps home quad meet

The Dolphins downed Academic Magnet 64-18, Baptist Hill 64-12 and Burke 72-3.

Battery Creek High School

Local golf notes: Colleton River Plantation's La Pour earns 'Master status'

LA POUR EARNS MASTER STATUS

Jason Day watches his tee shot on the 14th hole in his match against Louis Oosthuizen, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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