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Rough roads in paradise: Unpaved streets persist on Hilton Head Island

Despite native islanders' long-standing pleas for their dirt roads to be paved, the Town of Hilton Head Island has made little progress in accomplishing...

Aiken Place, a dirt lane off Marshland Road, is full of large pools of standing water after recent April rains.

The long path to paving Jonesville Road

After years of enduring terrible road conditions on muddy and unpaved Jonesville Road, residents banded together and got the town's attention for a...

Vanessa Miller was thrilled when Jonesville Road, background, was paved. Now she would like to see the lane she lives on, Benjamin Road, also be paved.

Twenty years later, sewer, roads 'obligations' unmet

When a team of elite architects descended on Hilton Head Island in the fall of 1995, they encountered a racially divided community steeped in distrust...

In 1995, the Town of Hilton Head Island had called the American Institute of Architects Regional Urban Design Assistance Teams to Hilton Head to study the Ward 1 community and suggest strategies to create economic growth and equity. The resulting RUDAT study determined there had been a “chronic failure” by the town to provide paved roads and a sewer and water system to all, and called for an immediate commitment to change. 10 Years ago, Charles Jarrett wrote a paper to see what changes have been made and was disappointed that everything had nearly stayed the same.

Town council members' preferred options to get roads paved

They're unlikely to raise your taxes, but they might jack up fees. Here's a look at what each member of Hilton Head Island Town Council is willing to do to get dirt roads paved and provide access to sewer service to all town residents.

Unpaved roads aside, residents also live with unsightly and unhealthy septic overflows

Slowness in paving the remaining dirt roads on Hilton Head Island isn't the only frustration for some residents. While the Town of Hilton Head Island...

Rochelle Williams is one of many north-end Hilton Head residents tired of being held hostage by lack of a sewer system. As Josh Mitelman reports, a terrible stench after rain, backups in their homes, and public safety concerns are some of the reasons residents are begging the city to replace their septic tanks with sewer systems.
Business

Proposed safety fee back up for consideration in Beaufort, could apply to nonprofits

A public safety fee being considered by the city of Beaufort is a "wolf in sheep's clothing," said Parish Church of St. Helena chancellor Alan Runyan...

Earth-friendly resolutions to keep year-round

Just like New Year’s, Earth Day is a good time to look at my to-do list and plan some earth-friendly projects that will continue throughout...

Almost anything can become a flower pot, just don’t forget to poke holes for drainage. Consider using milk crates to make a vertical container for greens and herbs.

Savannah Quarters to hold open house today

The Savannah Quarters master-planned community in Pooler, Ga., will host a spring open house from noon to 5 p.m. today to showcase the first new Danbury...

Savannah Quarters in Pooler will host a spring open house from noon to 5 p.m. today to showcase the new Danbury Park townhomes.

Real Estate News & Notes for April 26

Fisher joins agency as associate broker

Avalanche sweeps Everest base camp, killing 17, injuring 61

An avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing at least 17, injuring...

File-This July 31, 2013, file photo shows Sophia Bush, left, and Dan Fredinburg arriving at the Do Something Awards at the Avalon in Los Angeles. Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Features

Beach dog walk brings out humans, pups to raise funds for shelter

Wagging tails and grinning muzzles abounded at the Hilton Head Humane Association's Dog Walk on the Beach on Saturday morning, where dog owners and...

The Hilton Head Humane Association's 18th Annual Dog Walk on the Beach was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Coligny Beach.

Lauderdale: Top 5 flavor shortcuts for the Lowcountry kitchen

Kathleen Purvis, food maven of The Charlotte Observer, just listed her top five flavor shortcuts in the kitchen.

Jukofsky: How to move indoor plants safely to the great outdoors

It's spring, and plants are out of the house and into the garden.

Doughtie: Spring serves as nature's resurrection

If someone were to ask me which is my favorite season, it would have to be spring.

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society to host open house, lecture

The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society will commemorate the burning of Bluffton with an open house June 4 at the Heyward House Historic Center.

Opinion

Editorial: Hilton Head obligated to get dirt roads paved

For 20 years, the issue that plagues native islanders has been laid at the town's feet with very little to show for it.

Lauderdale: Top 5 flavor shortcuts for the Lowcountry kitchen

Kathleen Purvis, food maven of The Charlotte Observer, just listed her top five flavor shortcuts in the kitchen.

Only In Beaufort: Heaven -- and nostalgia -- served on a bun

There's a rule in product marketing that says if you can't be first, be best.

The Shrimp Shack on St. Helena Island.

Letter: Smoking ordinance needs another look

I write concerning the present smoking ordinance in the Town of Hilton Head.

Letter: SCDOT structure needs to be changed

Raising the state's gas tax to help fund road improvements is only one of the political hurdles ahead. The problem is that new revenue doesn't mean it will be spent well, or even for roads.

South Carolina

SC legislators face looming deadline for bills' passage

South Carolina's House and Senate will be busy this week trying to meet a legislative deadline. Bills that haven't advanced from one chamber to the other by Friday have little chance of becoming law this year.

Charleston holding an event for Stand Against Racism

South Carolina U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is attending a Stand Against Racism event in Charleston.

Murder charges dismissed against Horry County man

Murder charges have been dismissed against an Horry County man once given a life sentence in the slaying of a married couple.

SC group home resident found dead after hospital release

The owners of a North Charleston assisted living facility say they weren't notified a mentally ill resident had been released from a hospital days before he was found dead earlier this month, according to local media reports.

Appalachian nonprofit links small farmers with big grocers

In a warehouse in Virginia's southwestern tip, a forklift stacks crates of cabbages and preserves onto a truck bound for a big-name grocer.

Becky Robbins, general manager of the Appalachian Harvest facility, shows a washer farmers use to wash their produce during a tour Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Duffield, Va. Appalachian Harvest has grown to a $1.5 million business that derives only a sliver of its budget from grants while delivering vegetables to grocers including Whole Foods, Ingles and Food City. The 15-year-old nonprofit is a standout success in a distressed region where economic development efforts come and go.
Nation/World

Nepal quake death toll climbs to 1,910

A Nepal police official says at least 1,910 people have been killed, including at least 721 in Kathmandu, in the immense weekend earthquake centered...

Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake

They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn’t know when what they feared would strike.

Volunteers work to remove debris at the historic Dharahara tower, a city landmark, after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said.

Winding up, Obama tosses zingers at press, political foes

The correspondents’ association dinner is the night the president does stand-up comedy to raise money for scholarships for young journalists...

President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during last year’s White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington on May 3, 2014.

Russian hackers read Obama’s unclassified emails, officials say

Some of President Barack Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified...

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015. Some of Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to officials briefed on the investigation.

With Clinton absent, likely foes plant seeds in South Carolina

Response to surrogate, opponents at party convention shows that although Clinton is as dominant a front-runner for the nomination as any non-incumbent...

Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to applause from the crowd before speaking during the sixth annual Women in the World Summit, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in New York.
Sports

Doughtie: Spring serves as nature's resurrection

If someone were to ask me which is my favorite season, it would have to be spring.

Recreation briefs, April 24

BEAUFORT SWIM TEAM WINS 16 MEDALS

OCA secretary says Bach visit is boost for Indian sports

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach's visit to India will boost the profile of Olympic sports in the country regardless of whether...

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, April 20, 2015.

Wu wins Volvo China Open for 1st European Tour title

With two Chinese golfers tied for the lead going into the final round of the Volvo China Open, there was a good chance one of them would become the...

David Howell of England tees off on the 7th hole during the final round of the Volvo China Open in Shanghai, China, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Kipchoge edges Kipsang at London Marathon, Tufa wins women's title

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya edged countryman Wilson Kipsang at the wire to win the men's title at the London Marathon on Sunday.

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