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Robinson sentenced to life for 8-year-old Hilton Head boy's murder

Tyrone Robinson was found guilty of murder in the 2012 slaying of 8-year-old Khalil Singleton and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility...

Kareem and Katrina Singleton, Khalil Singleton's mother and father, react after Tyrone Robinson is convicted of murder Sept. 19, 2014, in the 2012 shooting death of their son on Allen Road on Hilton Head Island. Robinson received life in prison without parole.

Whale Branch Middle music instructor named teacher of year

When Amy Simmons began teaching music at Whale Branch Middle School in 2010, the school's band was a little flat -- in tone and energy. Not anymore.

Jeff Moss, superintendent of the Beaufort County School District, announces Amy Simmons as the Teacher of the Year at the Callawassie Clubhouse on Sept. 19, 2014.

Man charged with drug offenses, found hiding between mattress, box spring

A Port Royal man was discovered hiding between a box spring and mattress, and in possession of marijuana and prescription pills, when he was served a bench warrant Thursday, according to the Port Royal Police Department.

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.
Business

Hilton Head food pantry forced to move, director says

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry must leave its location on Hilton Head Island by the end of the month, director Nannette Pierson said.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry clients receive handmade quilts, blankets and teddy bears made by the Palmetto Quilters Guild and the Needlework Group of Seabrook for the holidays in this submitted file photo from January 2013.

Historic African-American school honored with marker

Beaufort County's 50th historical marker was dedicated in Burton to mark the location of the Port Royal Agricultural School.

Beaufort County's 50th historical marker was dedicated in Burton to mark the location of the Port Royal Agricultural School.

Stolen golf carts taken for joyride on Hilton Head

Four golf carts stolen from a cart barn on Hilton Head Island overnight Tuesday were used for joyrides around the course, damaging the fairway and green on one hole, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

Scores line up at Midlands stores for new iPhones

A steady drizzle and occasional thunder weren't enough to dampen the enthusiasm Friday morning as the new iphones officially went on sale.

A long line of customers line up at the Verizon store on Two Notch Road as they wait for the doors to open Friday morning.

Columbia insurer to sponsor ‘Shark Tank’ this fall

A Columbia insurance company will swim with the sharks this fall.

SHARK TANK - "Episode 602" - Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O'Leary renew their vows of "Shark Love" when two men from Las Vegas, NV pitch an innovative way to tie the knot with their mobile wedding service.
Features

Bluffton resident battling Parkinson's appears on NBC's 'Today' show

Bluffton resident Janie Kelley Anderson has battled Parkinson's disease for the past decade, with her husband at her side every step of the way.

Bill Anderson and Janie Kelley-Anderson on the set of "Kathie Lee and Hoda" on Sept. 18, 2014.

Beaufort County's creative class collaborate on iTours project

For the past six months, writers, actors, scientists and artists have been creating iTours about Penn Center, Fort Fremont and Hunting Island. Burton...

The beach on Hunting Island.

Get on a first-name basis with folk singer Ellis at Bluffton concert

Singer-songwriter Ellis will perform Sept. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregration of the Lowcountry in Bluffton.

Contemporary folk singer Ellis will perform Sept. 19 in Bluffton.

Lowcountry bridge club results for Sept. 21

Beaufort Duplicate Bridge Club

In Good Faith: 'I truly believe in what I'm doing'

Mary Cunningham talks about her involvement in the Catholic church.

Mary Cunningham of Lady's Island is a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Opinion

Appraisal details should not be secret

The S.C. State Ports Authority's prolonged refusal to release public information about its effort to sell the Port of Port Royal is as wearisome as it is indefensible.

Enough already with the Sanfords

I think it is time for the media to get out of the lives of Mark and Jenny Sanford. And I think it's time for Jenny Sanford to move on. Her scenario is not any different than millions of women across this nation. Her husband had an affair. ...

Unhappy with growth on Hilton Head Island

If you like the way the new Shelter Cove development and its parking area look, you should vote for Mayor Drew Laughlin and the council that let it happen. If not, pick new Town Council candidates who think like you do.

Time for new blood on Jasper school board

The newspaper editorial on Sept. 13 gave an accurate and thorough summation of the dismal situation the residents of Jasper County find themselves in with an irascible board of education bent on protecting its authority rather than solving serious...

Let's be clear about faith groups

A recent letter advanced the contention that various faith-based organizations that receive federal resources for the care and welfare of immigrant children who have crossed our southern border have thereby sacrificed their status as charitable...

South Carolina

In photos: Tunnel to Tower 5K Run & Walk

Scenes in Columbia along the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City Firefighter who dies on 9/11.

Army soldiers run in formation across the Gervais Street Bridge during the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City Firefighter. Stiller drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed. So he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers where he gave up his life while saving others.

In photos: Clark Ellefson

Pioneering Columbia artist Clark Ellefson used industrial materials to build his new studio and home along Columbia's riverfront.

Clark Ellefson, left, talking to the Rodgers family, used industrial materials to build his new studio and home along Columbia's riverfront. One Thursday each month, Ellefson invites people over to his studio. He always has a theme. This month, it's "robots and beer in cans," which tells visitors what kind of art they can expect to see and what type of refreshments he'll be offering.  9/18/14

In photos: Greek Festival

Columbia's Greek Festival opened Thursday and runs through Sunday.

John Metropol makes some gyros during opening day of the annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Thursday, September 18, 2014.

Second-graders at Rock Hill school create pinwheel project to promote peace

Rosewood Elementary School second graders wrote and drew about their feelings on peace and love. The project was spearheaded at Rosewood by art teacher...

Rosewood Elementary School second grade students created a pinwheel of peace — pinwheels with images they drew to represent peace — to recognize the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

UPDATE: Three charged with Thursday night armed robbery near USC

Three teenagers have been charged in connection to the armed robbery Thursday night of three women walking on Greene Street near Five Points and ...

Columbia Police released a surveillance photo of the three Greene Street armed robbery suspects.  Police said at least two of the men allegedly brandished a gun at the victims and demanded their belongings. The men are accused of stealing a wallet, cash, iPhone, credit cards and keys.
The three female victims were not harmed during the incident. Call Crimestoppers 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Nation/World

‘No’ vote wins in Scotland by comfortable margin, ending push for independence

The United Kingdom survived the threat of being ripped apart through a Scottish independence referendum, with voters rejecting breaking a 307-year...

Supporters of the No campaign for the Scottish independence referendum celebrate after the final result was announced at a No campaign event at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Security experts warned Home Depot of hacking risk

The risks were clear to computer experts inside Home Depot: The home-improvement chain, they warned for years, might be easy prey for hackers.

Employee John Abou Nasr pushes shopping carts in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Methuen, Mass., in October 2009. Home Depot’s data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

France launches airstrikes in northern Iraq as U.S. targets south

French jets struck an ammunition dump controlled by the Islamic State in northeastern Iraq on Friday, the first airstrike by an American ally since...

This image provided Friday, Sept.19, 2014 by the French Army’s video and photo department ECPAD shows the destruction of a munitions and fuel depot overrun by the militants in Iraq. Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

NFL’s Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated’

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York.

Federal war on citrus greening heats up

The federal government is ramping up its spending to combat citrus greening, a growing scourge in farm regions in Florida and elsewhere, even as ...

Healthy orange fruit, left, pictured next to fruit damaged by “greening.”
Sports

NFL’s Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated’

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses as he speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York.

Late scores push Bluffton to 34-20 win at Whale Branch

Ken Cribb was right about one thing: Whale Branch certainly was a tough crowd.

Bluffton ballcarrier Alex Davis (4) is brought down by Whale Branch's Elijah Green (50) during Thursday's game.

Beaufort High, Battery Creek in need of victories

If slow and steady wins the race, Beaufort High could be in for a photo finish by season's end.

Beaufort ballcarrier Jeffrey Tookes (32) finds the going getting rough as Bluffton's Gerby Smalls (33) wraps him up during Friday's cross-county tilt in Bluffton.

IPBG High School Football Podcast Episode 10, 'Week 4 Preview (We Miss You, Fast!)'

OK, so maybe you haven't tuned into the entire podcast before. Perhaps you just browse through your school, and that's perfectly fine! But this week...

High School Football Preview: Week 4 Capsules

High school football preview capsules for Week 4:

Prep's Tyler Fox (25) gains some hard yardage as a herd of Northwood Academy Chargers surrounds him during Friday's game.
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