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Need a ride? Uber ridesharing service begins in southern Beaufort County

There's a new way to get around Beaufort County.

John Vinci, Uber driver, sits for a portrait in the Island Packet parking lot after an interview with staff reporter Rebecca Lurye on March 27, 2015.  Today, starting at 2pm, uberX hit the streets in Hilton Head. Now residents and visitors can request the safest ride on the road at the touch of a button.  To watch a video, go to:Êhttp://bit.ly/1gf1c6W

Property Administrators closure: Where's the money?

A deeper look at property management on Hilton Head Island in the wake of the unexpected closure of a longtime management company that has thrown nearly...

After Property Administrators abrupt closure in late February, property management company IMC Resort Services was appointed by a Beaufort County judge to oversee Property Administrators clients' records and finances. Since then IMC Resort Services staff have archived those paper records, such as these boxes of papers for Spindle Lane in Windmill Harbour, while federal agents examine Property Administrators' computer records.

Harbour Town Clubhouse grand opening: First look

Media and onlookers gathered Friday morning to watch and photograph the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Harbour Town Clubhouse at Sea Pines.

Media and onlookers gather to watch and photograph the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday for the new Harbour Town Clubhouse at Sea Pines.

Updated: Hilton Head Brewing opens new brewery, canning facility on north end

Hilton Head Brewing Company is foaming over into a new, expanded brewing and canning facility on the north end of the island, with a grand opening...

Co-owner and brewer John Rybicki works in the brewing room at Hilton Head Brewing Company's new production facility at 1 Cardinal Court on Friday. When it opens on Saturday, the company will offer six styles of beer for tasting at the brewery, in addition to its original location on Greenwood Drive. Also, the company will soon begin canning its product -- up to 1,200 cases a month -- for retail sale. "We're one hundred percent Hilton Head," he said, "and we're going to be able to send a Hilton Head Island product to other places." The company is hosting a grand opening on Saturday starting at noon.

Bob Masteller's son goes online to dispel rumors of dad's illness

The son of a Hilton Head Island jazz club owner took to Facebook this week to dispel rumors in the community that Bob Masteller was sick with cancer...

FILE: Lois and Bob Masteller on the stage of the Jazz Corner in March 2014, its 15th anniversary.
Business

Marsh tacky race canceled for 2015, seeks return to Hilton Head in 2016

Beaufort County residents and visitors will not get to see their beloved marsh tackies in action this year.

A marsh tacky horse and rider compete in the May 2013 races on Daufuskie Island.

Need a ride? Uber ridesharing service begins in southern Beaufort County

There's a new way to get around Beaufort County.

John Vinci, Uber driver, sits for a portrait in the Island Packet parking lot after an interview with staff reporter Rebecca Lurye on March 27, 2015.  Today, starting at 2pm, uberX hit the streets in Hilton Head. Now residents and visitors can request the safest ride on the road at the touch of a button.  To watch a video, go to:Êhttp://bit.ly/1gf1c6W

Updated: Hilton Head Brewing opens new brewery, canning facility on north end

Hilton Head Brewing Company is foaming over into a new, expanded brewing and canning facility on the north end of the island, with a grand opening...

Co-owner and brewer John Rybicki works in the brewing room at Hilton Head Brewing Company's new production facility at 1 Cardinal Court on Friday. When it opens on Saturday, the company will offer six styles of beer for tasting at the brewery, in addition to its original location on Greenwood Drive. Also, the company will soon begin canning its product -- up to 1,200 cases a month -- for retail sale. "We're one hundred percent Hilton Head," he said, "and we're going to be able to send a Hilton Head Island product to other places." The company is hosting a grand opening on Saturday starting at noon.

Lack of regulation makes condo regimes easy targets for fraud

Lack of state oversight and absentee owners make Hilton Head Island's condo regimes easy picking for fraudsters.

Owners of Property Administrators Inc.-managed properties on Hilton Head Island express frustration about the abrupt closure of the company and the apparent loss of money they thought they had in accounts. Visit http://bit.ly/pai-closure for our special project on this case.

Property Administrators closure: Where's the money?

At least $1.2 million is missing from three former clients of Hilton Head Island's now-shuttered Property Administrators Inc. That figure is up from...

A note announcing the office is closed is taped across the mail slot at the Property Administrators Inc. office in Shelter Cove on March 27, 2015. The regime management company shut down without warning earlier in the week.
Features

Updated: Johnny Depp lookalike stirs Beaufort rumor mill

Rumors that Johnny Depp had been spotted in Beaufort recently came as no surprise to at least one person.

Actor Santiago Sosa

Beaufort County retirees can't pay to keep health insurance plans

While some current and former Beaufort County employees may want to shell out more money to stay on their health insurance plans, they won't be allowed...

All Saints Episcopal schedules Holy Week services

All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island will begin its Holy Week church services on Sunday, with the observance of Palm Sunday.

Holy Week and Easter at Parish Church

Services for Holy Week at The Parish Church of St. Helena are as follows:

Community Passover Seder planned at area synagogue

The annual Community Passover Seder at Congregation Beth Yam will be April 4 at 5 p.m. at the synagogue on Hilton Head Island.

Opinion

Editorial: Time to pull the plug on Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence

Continual dysfunction at the Academy for Career Excellence cannot be tolerated.

Letter: Insist that politicians are open, transparent

South Carolina voters should pay attention to who is violating the Freedom of Information Act.

Letter: Climate change denier has the political agenda

A recent letter warns readers to "beware of climate scientists with a political agenda" and cites a Wall Street Journal article by retired MIT professor Richard S. Lindzen, who now works for the Cato Institute, a conservative think-tank founded ...

Letter: Kindness to visitor will always resonate

My daughter and I were recent visitors to your beautiful town of Beaufort. While taking photos of a local church, I did not realize my billfold had fallen out of my jacket pocket. Later, when I started to pay for a purchase, I discovered my loss...

Mary Sanchez: Coming to grips with the chaos we created in the Middle East

Sometimes it is the aggregate of the news, more than a particular story, that ushers in a shock, a realization that things are perhaps worse than they seem.

South Carolina

South Carolina unemployment again holds at 6.6 percent

South Carolina's unemployment rate held steady last month at 6.6. percent, state officials said Friday.

Police arrest 4 in connection to meth lab in Georgetown

The 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit arrested four people Friday after a search warrant led officers to a methamphetamine lab off Garrison Road.

Billy Newman Perritt

Horry County coroner ruled drowning as cause of death in Conway missing man case

An autopsy showed Friday that a Conway man, who was reported missing last week, drowned, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said.

Investigators look around a ditch where Robert Christopher Hudgins' body was found off Juniper Bay Road near Dunn Shortcut Road in Conway on Thursday, March. 26, 2015. Hudgins was was reported missing to Horry County Police Department on Sunday, March 22. The cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday at Grand Strand Medical Center. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Discussion on laws pertaining to animal rights and care planned for Saturday in Myrtle Beach

Recent area citations against Conway residents after animals seized from homes has residents concerned about laws surrounding the proper care of dogs...

Misty Alessi with Horry County Environmental Services gives some love to one of the dogs seized in Conway March 5, 2015.

Myrtle Beach man arrested in connection with assault in cinnamon-bun attempted murder case

The boyfriend of a woman, who was charged Wednesday in connection with an assault following an argument about a cinnamon bun in Myrtle Beach, has ...

Latavius Stephens
Nation/World

Monkey that bit Charlotte security guard is captured at hospital

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they’ve captured a fugitive monkey that bit a hospital security guard while trying to escape on Wednesday.

Carter, a Capuchin monkey that bit a security guard at Carolinas Medical Center-University on Wednesday while trying to escape, was captured on Thursday.

‘Finished!’ – Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Italy’s highest court overturns the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday, bringing to a definitive end the high...

In this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox gestures at a news conference in Seattle, after returning home from Italy. On Friday, March 27, 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned her murder conviction, closing the long legal saga.

Judge orders gender-bias jury to resume deliberations

After a jury announces a verdict that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee, the judge orders...

In this photo taken Feb. 24, 2015, Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break from the trial of her lawsuit in San Francisco. Pao says the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. On Friday, March 27, 2015, the jury disagreed.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia position warships, consider ground forces in Yemen

Airstrikes in Yemen intensify as Egypt and Saudi Arabia consider an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the Yemeni president a secure foothold...

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, left, walks with Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman as he arrives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, have taken over Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Saudi airstrikes on Yemen continued for a second day Friday.

Militants attack hotel in Somali capital, take hostages; at least 9 dead

Al-Shabab militants blast their way into a Mogadishu hotel and take positions inside, exchanging fire with security forces. At least four gunmen have...

 Somali soldiers take position after a bomb that was detonated at the gate of one of Mogadishu’s most popular hotel. Friday, March, 27, 2015, A Somali police official says a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of a hotel popular with government officials in Mogadishu.
Sports

5 top-20 golfers commit to RBC Heritage

Five young PGA Tour pros who are in the top 20 on the FedExCup points list have officially committed Friday to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

Charley Hoffman blasts from the bunker on No. 12 during Sunday's final round of the 45th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Lauderdale: Harbour Town Clubhouse brings new life to the dream of Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held today for $23 million clubhouse that defines a old movement and new era on Hilton Head Island.

A newly constructed staircase seen in the Harbour Town club house on March 24, 2015.

Prep roundup, March 26: Battery Creek's Hill no-hits Whale Branch in softball

USC Salkehatchie signee Tori Hill tossed a no-hitter to lead the Dolphins past the Warriors on Thursday.

Whale Branch to host Marwin Kline Invitaitonal this weekend

The third annual Marwin Kline Inviational will be held Saturday at Whale Branch Early College High School.

Clemson adds second 5-star to 2016 class in LB Rahshaun Smith

Making its march towards another top-10 class, Clemson added five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith to its 2016 group Thursday night.

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