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Photo: Heading out of the summer at Coligny

Lucia Valladares, 8, of Bluffton, left, is up to her neck in sand Sunday at Coligny Beach Park on Hilton Head Island with her parents, Mario and Paty...

Lucia Valladares, 8, of Bluffton, left, is up to her neck in sand Sunday at Coligny Beach Park on Hilton Head Island with her parents, Mario and Paty, and her sister Yoselin, 3.

School district's handling of Ebola concerns divides board members

Three weeks after Beaufort County School District teachers traveled to West Africa, several school board members and parents question the way the district...

This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. The World Health Organization on Aug. 8, 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

Decision to decline to neuter dogs costs Beaufort woman

A Beaufort woman questions a $550 fee to get her two Labrador retrievers back from Beaufort County Animal Control because she didn't want them to be...

Pictured are Jasper, left and Boomer owned by Beaufort resident Georgia Vido. The dogs, who escaped from their fenced yard after a trespasser opened the gate, were picked up by Beaufort County Animal Control. An ordinance passed in 2010 allows the agency to charge steep fines if the dogs are not neutered.

St. Gregory the Great to expand parking lot next month

The years-long legal debate over a frontage road between Berkeley Hall and the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church campus will not interupt the church's plan to build a new access to U.S. 278.

Special-needs department to expand residential services to Bluffton

Beaufort County is expanding its residential program for people with developmental disabilities to two houses in Bluffton.


Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy &#...

Former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma walks out of a car in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A so-called contact group meets for talks in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, to reach agreement on a cease-fire. The group, which last met in late July, includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving

Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving...

CORRECTS AGE TO 54 This photo provided by the Southampton Town Police Department on Long Island shows celebrity chef Todd English, 54, after his arrest early Sunday morning, Aug 31, 2014 in Southampton, N.Y., where he was charged with driving while intoxicated. English has opened a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs, and Fish Club. He's also been a regular on television programs including "Iron Chef USA." Authorities say he posted $1,500 bail at Southampton Town Justice Court.

David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'

Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees...

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer, left, signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," with new anchor, David Muir, right, looking on in New York. Among the stories Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor in early September, is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.

Atlantic City's Revel starts closing after 2 years

The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel...

Hotel guests leave the lobby after checking out of Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. on Monday Sept. 1, 2014 shortly before it shut down its hotel. The $2.4 billion resort failed after just over two years of operation. It is one of three Atlantic City casinos shutting down over the next two weeks.

Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White...

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

What's her secret?: 'You can never say, "I love you" too many times'

Mandy Scott is a mom of five in Bluffton.

Mandy Scott of Bluffton stands for a portrait with her children, from left, Lucy, 1, Laney, 8, Austin, 12, Brady, 10, and Dane, 6, on Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the grounds of The Church of the Cross in Old Town Bluffton.

Recommendation from 9-year-old Eric Shotwell of Bluffton: 'American Chillers: Iron Insects Invade Indiana'

Eric Shotwell of Bluffton recommends "American Chillers: Iron Insects Invade Indiana."

Eric Shotwell, 9, is a fifth-grader and is home-schooled.

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside...

In this image made from an undated cartoon broadcast on state-run al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, a cartoon character, shown with an Arabic word meaning member or supporter of the Islamic State group, and "ISIS" the outdated acronym of the group, appears before a cartoon show. Television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claim of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting their battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of the Islamic group and chips away at the fear some have that they are unstoppable.

'Guardians' tops Labor Day, summer box office

The intergalactic misfits of "Guardians of the Galaxy" are the summer's box-office superheroes.

This image released by Disney - Marvel shows Chris Pratt in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy tie the knot

Donnie Wahlberg's "Favorite Girl" Jenny McCarthy is now his wife.

FILE - In this April 16, 2014, file photo released by ABC shows co-host Jenny McCarthy with her fiance Donnie Wahlberg after she announced her engagement on the daytime series "The View," in New York. Wahlberg's "Favorite Girl" McCarthy is now his wife. The couple tied the knot Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in a ceremony outside Chicago, McCarthy's publicist, Brad Cafarelli, confirmed.

Let teen students sleep; they'll do better in class

Parents and teachers can attest to teenagers' need for adequate sleep, which often conflicts with their seemingly innate desire to stay up late. Without enough Zs, teen heads fall on desks during class, tardiness is more prevalent, academic performance...

The town's problem of paving dirt roads

Danger lurks in GOP tactics

Federal government trampling states' rights

Breaking the law puts one in harm’s way

  When someone decides to break the law, he or she automatically is placed in harm’s way. When apprehended, if they resist arrest, and in the process are either injured or killed, this is...

South Carolina

Lancaster inmate posts photo to Facebook after escape

An attempted murder suspect who broke out of custody Friday posted to Facebook shortly after the incident, The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV, confirmed...

Deqwon Mykel Blackmon

Florence County Sheriff’s deputies searching for man last seen Thursday

Florence County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who was last seen on Thursday.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Julius Lavarn Gamble, 23, who was last seen Thursday in the Johnsonville area.

Most wanted – Rickey Lee Perkins

DATE OF BIRTH: April 13, 1963

Rickey Lee Perkins

Richland Sheriff’s Department investigating reported Saturday assault

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is looking for an individual in connection with a reported Saturday night assault off of Broad River Road.

Horry County looks at first aid stands at beach

Horry County officials want to add three first aid stations to some popular beaches near North Myrtle Beach.


Displaced Iraqis fill classroom shelters, imperiling school year

On a recent evening, 10 families from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul moved into their new home, a one-story building with tile floors and a sunny...

A child covers his mouth as he laughs inside a camp for internally displaced persons in Irbil, 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, August 30, 2014. An estimated 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State group's rapid advance began in June.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

WASHINGTON — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime...

Obama touting economic gains as elections near

Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession and ...

President Barack Obama

As Ukraine talks resume, Putin and Poroshenko trade barbs

MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and Ukraine traded indirect barbs Monday about the possibility of a peace settlement in the contested southeastern...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting on development of the Russian Far East issues in Yakutsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and – watched...

In this photo combo, from left to right, Mathew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae, who are all Americans being detained in North Korea, speak to The Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to the three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and, watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Band Perry to perform before Bank of America 500 at speedway

Everyone in the speedway will be able to watch the concert. Fans will have to purchase a pre-race pit pass or driver introduction pass to get into...

The Band Perry will headline a pre-race concert Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR: Fans welcome Tony Stewart back to track

Tony Stewart, making his first appearance in a NASCAR race since Aug. 3 at Pocono Raceway, received a thunderous standing ovation from fans during...

Tony Stewart looks on prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 in Hampton, Ga.

Idaho, Florida still working on suspended game

Idaho and Florida still have a lot to work out regarding what happens with their postponed season opener.

Rain pours down on the field at Ben Hill Griffin stadium as a weather delay continues to hold up the start of an NCAA college football game between Florida and Idaho in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home...

San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was arrested early Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says McDonald was taken into custody after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood.

No. 1 Florida State down a pass rusher; WR returns

Florida State's Chris Casher remains listed as the starting outside linebacker, but coach Jimbo Fisher says his status remains unknown.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher watches an extra point by his team against Oklahoma State in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.