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Ice Bucket Challenge has special meaning for Hilton Head resident

The Ice Bucket Challenge has special significance for Hilton Head resident Missy Santorum, who lost her father to ALS 27 years ago.

Missy Santorum and her father, James "Doc" Simpson, at her wedding in May of 1986.

Man drowned after trip to Harbor Island sandbar to see pelicans

A Swannanoa, N.C., man drowned Tuesday after walking out to a sandbar off Harbor Island to see pelicans with his wife and two sons.

Beaufort County ACT scores decline slightly

Beaufort County students' scores on the 2014 ACT college entrance exam dipped slightly, after the number of students taking the exam grew by more than...

St. Helena Elementary School third-grade teacher Bethany McNeil, first-year teaching, sharpens pencils before students arrive to take the PASS test.  All grades take the English, Writing and Math sections while select grades take the science or the social studies. This is the state-developed test to measure if students are meeting the state's standards.

Town to consider bike paths from Fresh Market to Shelter Cove

The Town of Hilton Head Island wants to construct more than one mile of bike paths to connect Shelter Cove Towne Centre with Fresh Market Shoppes.

Bicyclists pedal down a crowded bike path in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island in this file photo.

Two charged with cocaine on Hilton Head

Two people were charged with drug possession following a traffic stop on Hilton Head Island early Wednesday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff...

Darnell Williams Jr.
Business

Town to consider bike paths from Fresh Market to Shelter Cove

The Town of Hilton Head Island wants to construct more than one mile of bike paths to connect Shelter Cove Towne Centre with Fresh Market Shoppes.

Bicyclists pedal down a crowded bike path in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island in this file photo.

Environmentalists concerned about ambitious RiverPort project in Hardeeville

Some environmentalists are concerned RiverPort -- which borders the Savannah Wildlife Refuge -- could irreversibly harm sensitive coastal land in ...

RiverPort is highlighted in yellow over a map created by Stratford Land Co. locating the planned location for RiverPort and other notable commerce sites in the region.

Trade magazine names Hilton Head top SC town

Hilton Head Island was recently named South Carolina's "Southern Hospitality City" by ConventionSouth magazine, a meeting-professionals trade publication...

A parasail carrying two riders drifts past the Harbour Town Lighthouse in this file photograph.

$300,000 in materials stolen from Bluffton company

About $300,000 worth of electrical equipment was stolen from a Bluffton storage yard overnight Friday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Hilton Head bank robbed by man with bandage over eye

A man with medical bandages covering his eye and hand robbed a Hilton Head Island bank Tuesday afternoon, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff...

This surveillance still shows the man deputies suspect in an Aug. 19, 2014 bank robbery on Hilton Head Island.
Features

Ice Bucket Challenge has special meaning for Hilton Head resident

The Ice Bucket Challenge has special significance for Hilton Head resident Missy Santorum, who lost her father to ALS 27 years ago.

Missy Santorum and her father, James "Doc" Simpson, at her wedding in May of 1986.

Hargray requires basic-cable subscribers to go digital

For some Hargray subscribers in Bluffton and Beaufort, popular channels such as ESPN and Fox News have been replaced by a white screen with this message...

Fan of boiled peanuts? Go nuts at festival in Bluffton on Saturday + video

At 3 a.m. Aug. 23, Jared Jester and Robbie Cahill will start boiling peanuts for the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival. They have to start early to ...

The Island Packet's arts and culture reporter Erin Shaw asks shoppers at the Bluffton Farmers Market how they feel about boiled peanuts. The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival is Aug. 23.

Return to school brings memories of teaching, comradery

Beaufort County schools are back in session, which has me reminiscing about my years as a teacher.

Chef Greg Tucker of WiseGuys: 'A good sharp knife is always a plus'

Greg Tucker, executive chef at WiseGuys on Hilton Head Island, talks about the crazy things he eats bacon with.

Executive chef Greg Tucker of WiseGuys on Hilton Head Island.
Opinion

The obit desk: Life is not so deadly serious after all

Marge Holcombe's personally written, humorous obituary gets national attention.

Marge Aitken Holcombe in 2007.

Beaufort County failing to meet needs of people

I have read with disdain Beaufort County's decision to alter the hours of the county recycling centers. I agree with previous letter writers who suggest changing operating hours to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Entitlements encourage life without production

I agree with the Rev. Al Sharpton's comments regarding the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Town ultimatum must be obeyed

Town of Hilton Head Island leadership is moving forward again with a set of reasonable demands to deal with the Metropolitan Hotel annex, a derelict building that has continued to undermine the future of not just Oceanwalk but a number of surrounding...

Beaufort cannot afford to give F-35B a chance

A recent letter urged the public to give the new F-35B a chance.

South Carolina

West Columbia mayor's traffic stop of motorcyclist

West Columbia mayor's traffic stop of motorcyclist

Miss Teen USA at Chapin High

K. Lee Graham returned to her high school to wish her classmates well and to be recognized by state and local dignitaries.

In photos: Local cops armed with military gear

Just how much military equipment and arms has been provided to Midlands area law enforcement? And what do they do with it?

The inside of the MRAP, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, seats several officers and necessary equipment when needed. The CPD got the MRAP from Fort Bragg two years ago.  "It is the only piece of armored equipment that the City of Columbia has ever had," says Capt. Earle Marsh.   Columbia Police Department is now equip with tactical vehicles due, in part,  to the 1033 Program used by the Department of Defense to distribute excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies. 8/19/14

3 in Upstate sentenced in oxycodone conspiracy

Three members of an Upstate conspiracy to distribute the narcotic painkiller oxycodone were sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

Lance C. Tew

Lexington County deputy coroner resigns following DUI arrest

A deputy coroner with Lexington County Coroner’s Office has resigned following an afternoon DUI arrest this week.

Barry White
Nation/World

While vowing justice for killers, US reveals a failed rescue mission

President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed justice for the Islamist killers of American journalist James Foley, as officials revealed that U.S. forces...

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is “appalled” by Foley’s killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley’s family and offered condolences.

Data on police shootings is hard to find

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., has exposed what the Justice Department doesn’t know about police use of force.

Police handcuff a protester after rushing the crowd to arrest him on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as clout disappears nationally

Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin, center, talks with Ermalee and Wally Hickel at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006.

Colleges find teachers need teaching, too – on how to teach

Then he sobered them up with advice about how they could do their own jobs better, how to handle such recurring classroom challenges as apathy and...

There is growing effort to address the reality that most college professors never expressly learn how to teach.

Destroying Syria’s chemical weapons still leaves questions unresolved

Looking back a year, to the early hours of Aug. 21, 2013, when a series of missiles with poison gas payloads landed in suburban Damascus, experts...

The reputation of Syrian president Bashar Assad has improved in some circles.
Sports

2014 High School Football Preview: Hilton Head Island looking to build on last season's success

B.J. Payne is, if nothing else, refreshingly honest.

From left, Tyler Hamilton, Aaron Frazier and Aiden Hegarty stand for a portrait outside of the field house at Hilton Head Island High School on Tuesday night on Hilton Head Island.

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings makes appearance in Sports Illustrated

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings has gone national.

Spurrier takes plunge for a good cause (gallery and video)

When Dylan Thompson heard Steve Spurrier announce that quarterbacks Connor Mitch and Perry Orth would douse quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus with ice...

USC coach Steve Spurrier, along with his assistant coaches, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after practice Tuesday night. Quarterback Dylan Thompson and defensive end Gerald Davis had the honor of pouring the buckets. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been done by many teams all over the country and is part of a fund raising initiative to raise money to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Darlington race date reportedly moving back to Labor Day

NASCAR might be on the verge of giving fans in the Pee Dee what they’ve wanted for the past decade: a race on Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway.

McKissick, Varner, Babb highlight SC Football Coaches' 1st Hall of Fame Class

The South Carolina Football Coaches Association announced its first Hall of Fame class on Tuesday, highlighted by John McKissick, Willie Varner and...

Summerville head football coach John McKissick walks the sidelines against Beaufort High in 2012 at Beaufort High School.
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