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Construction worker killed in SC 170 hit-and-run, arrest made

A construction worker was killed in a hit-and-run accident on S.C. 170 in Beaufort County early Thursday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol...

Video: Hilton Head and Bluffton as media stars

See Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Lowcountry featured in the media in this video provided as a year-in-TV roundup by the Hilton Head Island-...

See Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Lowcountry featured in the media in this video provided as a year-in-TV roundup by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Photo: Belly landing at Hilton Head Island Airport

A private plane at the Hilton Head Island Airport experienced a landing-gear malfunction Oct. 22, 2014, just before 4 p.m., according to airport director...

A private plane at the Hilton Head Island Airport experienced a landing-gear malfunction Oct. 22, 2014, just before 4 p.m., according to airport director Jon Rembold. The plane managed to land and no one was injured in the incident, he said. Additional information was not available.

From powerful official to government informant: SC House Speaker Harrell pleads guilty to misconduct in office

Bobby Harrell, speaker of the S.C. House since 2005, pleaded guilty to six counts of use of campaign funds for personal expenses on Thursday morning and has agreed to resign immediately from his House seat.

Hilton Head man suffocated girlfriend with bubble wrap, solicitor says

A Hilton Head Island man, accused of suffocating his girlfriend with bubble wrap in their Palmetto Dunes condo in August will remain behind bars...

Nick Evangelista, 53, was denied bond Oct. 22, 2014, by Beaufort County Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen, who said she believed the defendant, charged in the murder of his girlfriend, Rebecca Melton, might be a flight risk and a danger to the community. Melton was suffocated with bubble wrap on Aug. 26, 2014.

Bluffton considering ordinance to restrict late-night outdoor seating

As Bluffton considers restricting late-night outdoor seating at Old Town restaurants, some residents and members of the town's Planning Commission want any ordinance to apply to both new and exisiting eateries.

Ethics board clears Laughlin for Coral Resorts testimony

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin that was brought by a political challenger and...

Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin

SC Supreme Court: SCE&G has right to raise rates

The S.C. Supreme Court endorsed SCE&G’s rights under state law Wednesday to raise customers’ utility rates in order to pay for ongoing...

In this 2013 photo, work continues at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville.

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Federal regulators have found no violations at a Savannah River Site project where old nuclear weapons materials are planned to be turned into reactor fuel. The contractor building the mixed-oxide fuel facility said in a news release Wednesday that...

Report ranks Columbia’s competitiveness

The Midlands needs to put more resources and effort behind high tech education, research, talent retention and job creation, according to a new report...

FILE PHOTO (Feb. 2012) Teachers attending a Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathematics (STEAM) Professional Development Institute conference at Irmo High School

Jewelry designer Roberto Coin, known for his ruby signature, to visit Hilton Head shop

Roberto Coin has bling for the uber-wealthy as well as pieces for the more practical woman.

Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin will visit Hilton Head Island's Forsythe Jewelers from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23.

Life, music of Lowcountry native son Johnny Mercer takes the stage in Beaufort

Beaufort County performers shed light on the man behind "Moon River" and "Skylark" at ARTWorks show.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood comes to Charleston for 3 nights of shows

Many know Chris Robinson's principle collaborator in his primary gig, the Black Crowes, by and large because it's his brother, Rich. And if you've ...

Downtown Beaufort businesses stockpile sweets for tonight's annual trick-or-treat

Beaufort's annual Trick-or-Treat Downtown event for children and families will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Bay Street and side roads. More than ...

Crowds of ghouls, goblins and Yoda's made their way to Bay Street for the annual Trick-or-Treat in downtown Beaufort the evening of Oct. 24, 2013.

Chef Eric Seaglund of Chart House: Tapas will be the next big thing

Seaglund discusses the most surprising thing in his fridge and who he'd most like to cook for.

Chef Eric Seaglund of Chart House on Hilton Head Island

Tennis court sale should be examined

Town of Hilton Head Island taxpayers only stand to benefit from a decision to rethink the sale of the Cordillo Parkway tennis courts.

Natural beauty sets island apart

We have been coming to Hilton Head Island for more than 25 years and have always admired and loved the way in which the natural beauty of the island has been preserved.

Haley responsible for mess at state agency

This month, the Legislative Audit Council reported that failures of leadership and management at the S.C. Department of Social Services placed South Carolina's most vulnerable children at risk. The major deficiencies reported are:

Many being swayed by fear, hatemongering

The Federal Communications Commission used to have the Fairness Doctrine. Its purpose was to ensure that TV viewers were exposed to different points of view on matters of public importance. In 1987 this doctrine was struck down and finally finished...

If you can't vote Nov. 4, you can vote absentee

Qualified S.C. voters may cast an absentee ballot prior to the upcoming Nov. 4 Election Day. This opportunity is afforded through each county registration office to make voting easier and more accessible.

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ELECTIONS 2014: Charleston police investigating assault charges against Senate candidate Ravenel

U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel says allegations he assaulted his girlfriend’s stylist are “without merit.”

U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel speaks to the crowd at the SC Pride celebration in Columbia on Sept. 20, 2014.

In photos: Reader's homemade Halloween treats

Browse through reader photos of homemade Halloween treats to inspire you to make some scary dishes for upcoming parties and trick-and-treats. Send ...

This is PumpkinStein, by Kellie Sims

In Our Schools: Week of Oct. 20

From homecoming queens to academic competitions and a visit by a New York fashion designer, check out our photo gallery of recent happenings, sent ...

RICHLAND 1: A.C. Flora High School is the only high school in South Carolina selected to perform at the 2015 Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival, among the largest and most prestigious arts festivals in the world. During their 14-day experience, 12 Flora acting students will perform five times, serve as ambassadors for the Fringe Festival and see some of the world’s most innovative theatre. Flora theatre students will perform as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), which provides an international forum where outstanding high school performers can showcase their talent. AHSTF runs in conjunction with the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015. The Fringe Festival includes more than 3,000 different performances. The A.C. Flora High School Theatre Department was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors to represent the Midlands and the United States as part of its 2015 program. Of the 2,500 high schools in North America nominated for this honor, 200 schools applied but only 43 were chosen. The top high schools were evaluated based on their most recent bodies of work,philosophies and recommendations. Shown here: Flora students in a recent production of "Taming of the Shrew."

Man on Lexington County’s most wanted list arrested

A man on the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s most wanted list has been arrested, officials say.

Lancaster man charged with arson after store fire

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office on Thursday arrested a suspect linked to a suspicious fire that burned down a grocery store.

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Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when...

Police continue to patrol a downtown street near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. A gunman shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday before being shot dead in Parliament Hill's Center Block.

Black disappointment with Obama threatens Democrats

Black voters’ disappointment with President Barack Obama, who they so eagerly embraced for so many years, could be costly on Election Day ...

Akua Scott and Aaron McKinney, left and center, community organizers in South Florida, speak with customers at Jackson’s Soul Food restaurant, a popular gathering place for many living in District 24, about voter turnout, in Overtown, Fla. “We had this idea once we got the first black president all our problems will be solved,” said McKinney on Oct. 9, 2014.

In Canada, and across West, struggling with a borderless threat

In January 2013, strewn amid the rubble and debris left after a terrorist attack on a gas plant in the Algerian desert were the remains of two men...

Bullet holes are shown in a window of the rotunda of the House of Commons in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Ebola: A crash course in fear

Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear, pushing every fear button in our instincts and making us react more emotionally than rationally.

Hospital personnel attend a rally to buoy spirits at the Emergency Department entrance at the back of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Agency missteps leave motorists in dark on air-bag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal air-bag defect, directing 8...

This combination made from file photos shows U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Ed Markey, D-Mass. In a letter delivered Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, Blumenthal and Markey are calling on regulators to issue a nationwide recall of cars with faulty air bags made by Takata Corp., questioning why automakers have been allowed to limit recalls to only certain locations with high humidity.

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series

Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from...

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez rounds first after hitting a two-run scoring double during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

Bluffton blanks Stratford in 4-A girls tennis playoff opener

Bluffton won its Class 4-A tennis playoff opener 7-0 over Stratford on Wednesday at Bluffton High School.

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Bluffton High School senior Justine Wilson returns the ball to Stratford senior Chrisia Class, not pictured, during the 4-A girls tennis playoffs at Bluffton High School on October 22, 2014.

Prep roundup, Oct. 22: Hilton Head High sweeps Region 8-AAA championships

The Hilton Head Island High School cross country teams swept the Region 8-AAA championships on Wednesday at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston.

Coach fired over watermelon celebration is rehired

A South Carolina high school football coach has been reinstated after he was fired over postgame celebrations that officials said had racial overtones, with players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.

Local golf notebook: Secession's Rogers returns to health

David Rogers had played golf at a high level for a long time. So when he wasn't able to due to an injured shoulder, he finally addressed...

Lee Westwood, of England, watches his tee shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)