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Report warns of rising sea levels, floods on Beaufort County coast + interactive map

A national climate-policy group warned Monday that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure would be at risk in extreme floods as sea levels...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photograph a development along the Intracoastal Waterway in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is seen. On Monday, July 25, 2014, the nonprofit group Climate Central released a new report that sea level rise is expected to contribute to extreme floods along the South Carolina coast in the next four decades. The report concluded that $24 billion in property and 54,000 homes are at risk.

State judge denies Coral Resorts' request to suppress sealed transcript

A state judge has denied Coral Resorts' request to stop The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette from continuing to publish a sealed transcript of...

The Coral Sands Resort property at 66 Pope Avenue on June 11, 2014.

Photos: Ducklings rescued from storm drain by Bluffton firefighter

A Bluffton firefighter rescued a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain earlier this month, according to a news release.

A Bluffton firefighter rescued a family of ducklings trapped in a storm drain earlier this month, according to a news release.

Sailboat sinks near Hilton Head after catching fire; boater rescued

The only person aboard a sailboat that caught fire in Port Royal Sound over the weekend jumped overboard to await rescuers, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Bluffton Dog Park rebounding, but park's construction far off

Curiosity brought Cheryl Raugh to her first Friends of Bluffton Dog Park meeting a year ago, a time when the group was trying to recover from a recent...

Business

Bluffton to meet about new sidewalks

New sidewalks for the Goethe Road area will be the subject of a town of Bluffton public meeting from 6 to 8 tonight at the Oscar Frazier Park Rotary...

Beaufort Council to tackle topics from Boundary Street to horse carriages

The Beaufort City Council will discuss and vote on issues tonight ranging from the Boundary Street redevelopment project to horse carriage operations...

Merlin, a carriage tour horse with Sea Island Carriage Co., is shown June 7, 2014, near the water trough in the Beaufort Downtown Marina parking lot near Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Reports of unexpected falls by the horse have city officials worried about Merlin's safety and that of people nearby.

State judge denies Coral Resorts' request to suppress sealed transcript

A state judge has denied Coral Resorts' request to stop The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette from continuing to publish a sealed transcript ...

The Coral Sands Resort property at 66 Pope Avenue on June 11, 2014.

After-school program applications open

Registration for after-school programs for the 2014-15 school year offered by Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services will open Wednesday.

Bluffton Dog Park rebounding, but park's construction far off

Curiosity brought Cheryl Raugh to her first Friends of Bluffton Dog Park meeting a year ago, a time when the group was trying to recover from a recent...

Features

Professional Opinion: Is it OK to sleep with your contacts in?

Douglas Black, an optometrist at Darling Eye Center in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island, discusses the dangers of keeping your contacts in overnight...

Douglas Black, an optometrist at Darling Eye Center in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

What's her secret?: 'Prioritize and don't feel guilty about it'

Amand DuBose, a Bluffton mom of two, shares her birthday-party tips and her hidden talent.

Amanda DuBose and her husband, Jason, sit with their two children Delia, 6, and Dalton, 2, in the living room at their home on Tuesday, July 15 in Bluffton.

Hilton Head Island man and his son develop historic walking tour app of Charleston

Jeff Wilson and his wife, Gerri, stood on a street corner in Old Town Montreal in 2012, trying to figure out what the beautiful building was at the...

Jeff Wilson, right, and his son, Jay, have developed an app that allows people to take historic walking tours of Charleston at their own leisure.

In Good Faith: 'We've seen prayers answered'

Joy Kircher, the founder of Plant the Seed Ministry in Beaufort, talks about what inspired her to reach out to people in need.

Joy Kircher, the founder of Plant the Seed Ministry, stands in the garden behind The Atlantic Inn in Beaufort.

'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.

This photo provided by Oculus Rift/Fox shows a scene from “X-Men: Days of Future Past” virtual reality experience. Comic-Con attendees will have an opportunity to enter the mind of Professor X. Fox has created an "X-Men" virtual reality experience especially for the pop-culture extravaganza, which kicks off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego.
Opinion

Town must work now on Coligny parking fix

Despite the apparent need for additional parking, Hilton Head Island Town Council has nixed improvements to the dirt lot next to the Coligny Beach parking lot on Pope Avenue.

Veterans' medical care excellent in Lowcountry

In a letter published July 10, it was suggested that the Veterans Administration be done away with completely because of its health care problems.

Israel often wrongly portrayed as victim

It seems crazy that the Palestinians would risk the disproportionate Israeli response to their ineffective rockets once again.

It's disgraceful to waste food

Thousands, thousands, thousands of our world's people are desperate for food and water. Thousands die of starvation.

GOP trying to fool us about war on women

Republicans tell us that there is no GOP "War on Women" and insist they have only the best interest of women at heart.

South Carolina

Historically black colleges face uncertain future

For generations, historically black colleges and universities have played a key role in educating young African-Americans.

Sheheen's plan for SC roads doesn't raise gas tax

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is releasing his plan to improve South Carolina roads without raising the gas tax.

Coast Guard rescues sailors off SC coast

A Coast Guard cutter has reached a couple in distress on a sailboat about 130 miles off the South Carolina coast.

Fairfield County Sheriff Young steps down

Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young says he is stepping down after more than 20 years in office because of health reasons.

Ex-SC State trustee asks judge to drop convictions

A former South Carolina State University trustee has asked a federal judge to drop his convictions on more than two dozen charges, including racketeering.

Nation/World

Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire...

The body of a man believed to be the fugitive owner of the sunken ferry Sewol is carried into an ambulance at a funeral hall in Suncheon, South Korea, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. South Korean police said Tuesday that they have found the body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.(AP Photo/Yonhap, Park Chul-hong)  KOREA OUT

Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.

Police probing Brooklyn Bridge flag switch

Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge — one of New York City's most heavily secured landmarks — were replaced sometime during...

A New York City Police officer carries a bag with a white flag that was removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced sometime during the night with white banners. Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said.

Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country...

Supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo cut their hair to celebrate in Surabaya, East Java,  Indonesia, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday.

Saudi stock market to allow foreign investment

The Saudi government has approved a measure that will open the region's largest stock market to direct foreign investment next year, news that sent the exchange surging Tuesday to its highest level in nearly seven years.

Sports

2014 All-Area Girls Track and Field: Beaufort High pole vaulter Jackie Barnes, BC coach Tyrone Pierce lead way

Jackie Barnes will tell you, with no pun intended, that the bar is set high.

Beaufort High pole vaulter Jackie Barnes is the Athlete of the Year on the all-area girls track team.

Nets sign Bogdanovic

The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Bojan Bogdanovic to a multi-year contract, general manager Billy King announced on Tuesday.

Oakland's Reddick activated

The Oakland Athletics activated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

MLS Preview from The Sports Network (ET)

The San Jose Earthquakes will be aiming to halt a five-match winless run on Wednesday when the club welcomes the Chicago Fire to Buck Shaw Stadium.

Simon ousted in Gstaad

Former top-10 star Gilles Simon came up a first-round loser Tuesday at the Swiss Open tennis event.

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