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Bluffton bar owners oppose midnight alcohol-sale ban

Bluffton bar managers wouldn't oppose a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m., but anger would ferment at the town's late-night watering holes if it was...

The former Encore Lounge is shown off Persimmon Street in Bluffton. The nightclub closed in January after several incidents during its six-month run.

Construction phase begins on Savannah Harbor expansion

As plans to deepen the Savannah Harbor enter the first phase of construction this week, environmentalists are looking ahead to conserving wetlands ...

In this photo provided by the Georgia Port Authority, divers wait for a container ship to pass the wreck site of the CSS Georgia near the channel of the Savannah River, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The recovery of the Confederate ironclad ship marks the beginning of the construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. (AP Photo/Georgia Port Authority, Stephen Morton)

5 things to know about Beaufort's noise debate

A packed Beaufort City Council meeting last week and vigorous social-media threads show a renewed concern about the city's noise ordinance, particularly...

Patrons gather on the covered patio at Panini's<span><strong> </strong>last March</span> on Bay Street in downtown Beaufort.

Longtime accountant honored at Hilton Head-Bluffton chamber's annual ball

A local accountant was recognized Saturday night for leadership that extended far beyond his counseling of area residents and businesses, earning him the highest honor at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce's annual ball.

Mitchelville events mark start of island Gullah celebration

Freedom Day events at the site of Mitchelville, a former freedman's village on Hilton Head Island, are kicking off the island's annual Gullah Celebration.

Business

Construction phase begins on Savannah Harbor expansion

As plans to deepen the Savannah Harbor enter the first phase of construction this week, environmentalists are looking ahead to conserving wetlands...

In this photo provided by the Georgia Port Authority, divers wait for a container ship to pass the wreck site of the CSS Georgia near the channel of the Savannah River, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The recovery of the Confederate ironclad ship marks the beginning of the construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. (AP Photo/Georgia Port Authority, Stephen Morton)

Bluffton chamber to discuss new development

The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will have its February Morning Coffee Networking at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fort Mill Strawberry Festival honored

The South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill recently won two honors at the South Carolina Festival and Event Association meeting.

I-77 Alliance, member counties take on joint planning

The I-77 Alliance and its member counties – Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York – have begun a common planning process with two simple...

The project cited for potentially having the biggest regional impact by economic development officials is the Giti tire plant coming to Chester County. Giti announced last June it would build a plant near I-77 and S.C. 9.

Agape eldercare, hospice centers hit with lawsuits alleging unnecessary billings

Agape, one of South Carolina’s largest elder care businesses, is vigorously contesting an ongoing federal civil lawsuit filed by two former...

Features

Savannah lawyer Jamie Casino back with another 'epic' Super Bowl commercial

It's hard to forget Jamie Casino's crazy Super Bowl XLVIII ad. This year, he's given us the gift of a second ad. Sledgehammer included.

Savannah lawyer Jamie Casino will air another commercial during Sunday's Super Bowl.

Let's give warm welcome to newest Lowcountry garden club, the Southern Gardeners

If the weather in January had you confused, think about what it was doing to our winter blooming plants. Camellias in flower were stunned by temperatures...

These amaryllises were supposed to bloom in time for the Christmas holidays. They missed that deadline by three weeks.

Lowcountry bridge club results for Feb. 1

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Become active part of your community by simply going to the library

When was the last time you visited your public library? If it's been a while, you might be surprised at all the new things that are offered. February is Library Lovers Month. So why should you love your local library? Here are some reasons:

Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub

ATLANTA (AP) – The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital...

Opinion

Obama snubs Netanyahu but fawns over GloZell

It is truly embarrassing that President Barack Obama is "too busy" to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, but finds time to meet with Youtube star GloZell. Perhaps he never learned how to prioritize.

Obamacare, deficit statements misleading

A recent writer criticized an earlier contributor's facts on the passage of Obamacare, executive immigration orders, employment and national debt.

Statements disturbing about 'waterfront rape'

The manner in which the Beaufort Police Department has reported -- via Facebook -- on the "waterfront rape" alleged to have occurred Jan. 14 has been careless, irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent.

Loss of natural habitat a disturbing new trend

It's more important than ever to preserve natural habitat. As a visitor and resident for 50 years and a landscape painter, I have noticed a disturbing trend -- the removal of plants along bike paths and fences, in public areas and in front of...

Column: Gaither family never ashamed of 'Friendship 9' conviction

Retired Beaufort County school superintendent Herman Gaither's brother exonerated 54 years after his civil rights arrest.

Six members of the "Friendship 9" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson
South Carolina

Game of Tones: After Dawn

Lexington High School students Brett Fenstermake and Nathan Duell tells us the background of their band, After Dawn, and then perform in the "Game of Tones" competition at Trustus Theatre in Columbia on Jan. 31, 2015.

Game of Tones: Walk with Porpoise

Hammond and A.C. Flora HIgh School students Richard Wells, Kenny Bryan, Henry Long and Crawford Phillips perform their band, Walk with Porpoise, at the Game of Tones competition at Trustus Theatre on Jan. 31, 2015.

Rock Hill police looking for man who cashed $1,850 bad check

Rock Hill police detectives are investigating a York County man accused of cashing a $1,850 counterfeit check at a local tobacco and beverage store last week.

Mark Plowden, SC lieutenant governor’s chief of staff, charged with DUI

Mark Plowden, chief of staff for S.C. Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster, has been charged with driving under the influence, court records show.

Mark Plowden booking photo on January 31, 2015

Richland County man hospitalized, another jailed after Saturday morning fight

A verbal argument of an undisclosed nature turned violent Saturday morning at the Mallard Pointe Apartments on Hallbrook Drive off Garners Ferry ...

Nation/World

Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

After a year of relative peace in Washington’s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles...

After a year of relative peace in Washington&#x2019;s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

CIA, Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in 2008 car bombing

Until now, the United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Hezbollah’s international operations chief Imad Mughniyah...

A Hezbollah supporter holds up a portrait of late Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, right, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, during a ceremony marking the death of six Hezbollah fighters, including the son of Mughniyeh, and an Iranian general who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria&#x2019;s Golan Heights last week, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Nasrallah said his group will no longer abide by any rules of engagements suggesting he has the right to retaliate to any future Israeli attack at the place and time Hezbollah choses.

Video purportedly shows IS beheading Japanese journalist

A short video apparently depicting the decapitation of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by an Islamic State group militant was released late Saturday...

This image made from a video released by Islamic State militants on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, purports to show a militant standing next to Japanese journalist Kenji Goto before his beheading by the militant group. Goto was captured in October 2014, after he traveled to Syria to try to win the release of Haruna Yukawa.

Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub

The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta...

Singer Whitney Houston, left, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2011. The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, unresponsive in a bathtub by her husband and a friend and taken to an Atlanta-area hospital.

Super Bowl ticket prices ‘unprecedented’

In previous years, the scenario for getting Super Bowl tickets at a reasonable price was simply waiting until the last possible minute to buy.

Ryan Namoff, from Chicago, wears a hat seeking tickets for Super Bowl XLIX Friday Jan. 30, 2015, in Phoenix. The Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday.
Sports

The 'O' word doesn't intimidate brothers CJ, Omar Cummings

A man and two boys walked out of the nondescript building on Hamar Street and into the sunlight, the man narrating what they had just seen.

14-year-old weightlifter C.J. Cummings of Beaufort comments on participating in the Palmetto Classic on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at CrossFit Beaufort.

USC Beaufort sweeps Northwestern Ohio in season-opening doubleheader

The USC Beaufort baseball team continued its winning opening day tradition.

USCB&#039;s Johnny Cole smacks a single during the second game of the Sand Sharks&#039; home opening double header with the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday.

Roper leads Clemson to 64-49 win over Boston College

Clemson guard Jordan Roper admits, the past week or so has been kind of fun.

Clemson's Landry Nnoko, right, wrestles for a loose ball with Boston College's Garland Owens during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) THE GREENVILLE NEWS OUT, SENECA NEWS OUT

Chatkevicius' 12 points leads South Carolina to 67-50 win

South Carolina showed the courage to finish that coach Frank Martin had been seeking since Southeastern Conference play began.

Late rally lifts No. 4 Duke past No. 2 Virginia, 69-63

Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones and No. 4 Duke got their biggest shots to start falling just in time.

Virginia guard Justin Anderson goes after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.
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