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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.

Lauderdale: How Charles Fraser, a bookish hacker, got into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame

The sweet spot in the life of the Sea Pines and Heritage golf tournament founder was ideas.

Mary Stone Fraser, stands for a portrait on March 27, 2015 in the newly renovated Harbour Town Club House hallway after participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the morning in Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island. To watch a video, go to: http://bit.ly/1gf1c6W

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.
Business

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 ...

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.

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.

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.
Features

Rabbi Bloom: Passover a time for reflection, looking ahead

In the Haggadah, the story of Passover, we read a passage while we cover the matzah and raise a wine cup:

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:

Opinion

Letter: Face harsh reality on climate, pay gap

A recent writer quoted an atmospheric scientist who is a climate change skeptic. Ninety-seven percent of all climatologists agree that climate change is real and human beings are the major contributing factor.

Letter: Obama's foreign policy marked by his hypocrisy

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the U.S. earlier this month to make a speech, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't meet with him because he didn't want to interfere with a foreign election.

Letter: New USCB campus bad for Hilton Head

In the beginning, there was a building on Hilton Head Island in need of rehab and a college that might rent space.

Rabbi Bloom: Passover a time for reflection, looking ahead

In the Haggadah, the story of Passover, we read a passage while we cover the matzah and raise a wine cup:

Lauderdale: How Charles Fraser, a bookish hacker, got into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame

The sweet spot in the life of the Sea Pines and Heritage golf tournament founder was ideas.

Mary Stone Fraser, stands for a portrait on March 27, 2015 in the newly renovated Harbour Town Club House hallway after participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in the morning in Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island. To watch a video, go to: http://bit.ly/1gf1c6W
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.

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

Police: car pulled out of waterway was stolen

Horry County Fire Rescue crews were called to the landing at the base of the Highway 544 bridge in Socastee Thursday night about 11:45 p.m. for a report of a car in the water.

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

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.
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.

Astronauts board space station for 1-year mission

Two Russians and an American float into the International Space Station, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. The trip ...

Seen through part of the rocket transporter, the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz TMA-16M space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday, March 28, 2015. The Russian rocket carries U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, and Mikhail Korniyenko.

Duckling rescue in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo firefighters and police officers rescued three ducklings from a sewer pipe Thursday, March 26, 2015. Read more about the rescue: http...

San Luis Obispo firefighters and police officers rescued three ducklings from a sewer pipe Thursday, March 26, 2015. Read more about the rescue: http://bit.ly/1BtKuM1 | Video courtesy of the city of San Luis Obispo

For years, Pentagon paid professor despite revoked visa, accusations of torture

The Pentagon promises changes to its vetting process for foreign nationals working throughout its National Defense University, with an emphasis on...

Jaime Garcia Covarrubias was a popular professor at the Pentagon’s Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies from 2001 to 2014. He remained on the job despite being linked by the Chilean military in 2008 to the repressive Chilean spy agency DINA.

Amanda Knox ‘relieved and grateful’ after court saga ends

Amanda Knox says she’s “tremendously relieved and grateful” that Italy’s highest court overturned her murder conviction...

Supporters of Amanda Knox leave the home of Knox's mother Friday, March 27, 2015, in Seattle. Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sports

South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAs

North Carolina just couldn't protect its late lead.

North Carolina's Allisha Gray, left, and South Carolina's Alaina Coates chase a loose ball during the first half of a women's college basketball regional semifinal game in the NCAA Tournament Greensboro, N.C., Friday, March 27, 2015.

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.

Team Beaufort sees 10 weightlifters qualify for Youth Nationals

CrossFit Beaufort hosted Friday Night Lights, and 10 weightlifters from Team Beaufort qualified Friday for the USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals to be held June 25 to 28 in Minneapolis.

Whale Branch to host Marwin Kline Invitational this weekend

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

Tennessee fires men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall

The NCAA investigation at his former school lingered over Donnie Tyndall before he ever coached a game for Tennessee, and now his unethical actions...

University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart speaks to reporters about the firing of head basketball coach Donnie Tyndall on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.
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