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WWII veterans remember their service during national tour's stop on Hilton Head

Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, four local veterans vividly remember where they were when they heard the fighting was over.

Auston O'Neill, his wife Bonnie with their dog Barker are touring the states in a motor home as part of the "Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" tour to raise public awareness about next year's 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. O'Neill, a bugler, plays taps at each stop to honor those, including his father, who served in the armed forces. Also featured ar The Recyclers, a barbershop quartet singing a musical standard for the era. The event was held at the private community of The Cypress of Hilton Head Island the morning of July 30, 2014.

Photo: Welcome to Whole Foods Market

The Whole Foods Market opened July 30, 2014 on Hilton Head Island. The market is in the former Piggly Wiggly building at Shelter Cove.

From left, Marge Chavis of Lumberton, N.C., and Belinda Listoe and her son Christian, both of Fayetteville, N.C., select cupcakes July 30, 2014, at the Whole Foods Market's bakery counter during the store's grand opening on Hilton Head Island. The market is in the former Piggly Wiggly building at Shelter Cove. The parking lot was still packed at 6 p.m., with law enforcement on the street to direct traffic.

Authorities investigating death in Hilton Head Plantation home

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death inside a Hilton Head Island gated community.

Beaufort County Sheriff Office deputies block Reflection Cove Court at Crooked Pond with vehicles and police tape July 30, 2014, in Hilton Head Plantation on Hilton Head Island while investigating a death.

Video, photo: Summer camp is for the birds (of prey)

The Center for Birds of Prey did a program for Eco Camp on July 30, 2014, at Port Royal Elementary School in Port Royal.

The Center for Birds of Prey did a program for Eco Camp on July 30, 2014, at Port Royal Elementary School in Port Royal.

Driver charged with DUI in fatal Lady's Island wreck

The driver in Saturday's fatal, one-vehicle accident on Lady's Island has been released from the hospital and charged with felony DUI, according to...

Joseph Leroy Smalls
Business

2 houses donated to Habitat for Humanity in single week

Two homes in greater Bluffton were donated to the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity this week. They will be fixed up and sold to fund the ...

A sample exterior for a home in The Glen, a planned Habitat for Humanity community to be developed on donated land between Leg O' Mutton Road and Matthews Drive. A first phase of 16 homes is to break ground March 4, 2014. A second phase would include 20 to 25 homes.

Photo: Welcome to Whole Foods Market

The Whole Foods Market opened July 30, 2014 on Hilton Head Island. The market is in the former Piggly Wiggly building at Shelter Cove.

From left, Marge Chavis of Lumberton, N.C., and Belinda Listoe and her son Christian, both of Fayetteville, N.C., select cupcakes July 30, 2014, at the Whole Foods Market's bakery counter during the store's grand opening on Hilton Head Island. The market is in the former Piggly Wiggly building at Shelter Cove. The parking lot was still packed at 6 p.m., with law enforcement on the street to direct traffic.

Head of RBC Heritage volunteers will retire after 29 years

Ray Angell, general volunteer chairman of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, will retire after next year's golf tournament on Hilton Head Island.

Angell

Beaufort drive-in theater named among best in America

A Beaufort drive-in theater has been named among the best in the country by TripAdvisor, the travel website announced today.

Highway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort

EXCLUSIVE: North Main Street project could push development boom north of downtown Columbia core

Columbia’s multi-unit residential development boom could begin spilling north of the downtown core with a project featuring 100 or more living...

The five-story Main Street Flats development planned for North Main Street at Confederate Avenue could feature up to 123 apartment or condominium units.
Features

Second City actor Rachel LaForce gives inside look at what makes improv so great

The Second City, the famous Chicago-based improvisational comedy club, is bringing its touring company to Hilton Head Island next week.

Rachel LaForce is among The Second City actors who will perform Aug. 5-7 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede

Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at...

Family members await news of loved ones after a stampede took place the night before during a rap concert in the city of Conakry , Guinea, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday.  The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the capital were still dressed in bathing suits and swim trunks.

Musicians insulted by Sioux Falls center's offer

Some Sioux Falls musicians say it's insulting to be urged to play for free at the Denny Sanford Premier Center's soft-opening event.

Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams.

FILE - This May 5, 2014 file photo shows Allison Williams at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," in New York. NBC announced Wednesday, July 30,  that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4.

Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

This publicity image released by CBS shows, from left,  Kunal Nayyar, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg in a scene from "The Big Bang Theory." Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy for CBS, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus has been postponed. The series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.
Opinion

South Carolina needs real control on waters

South Carolina needs to better regulate the harvest of blue crabs.

Make your voice heard for a Trader Joe's locally

I recently visited Asheville, N.C., with friends. While there, we shopped at a Trader Joe's, a store that we all miss since moving here 12 years ago. I asked a store employee about the best way to get a Trader Joe's store in our area. ...

Recent primary hit a new low

It is thoroughly amazing to me how harshly our Republican candidates acted toward one another leading up to the recent primary. That includes the U.S. Senate race in Georgia that David Perdue won. They are meaner to their own than they are...

Use military troops to secure our borders

We all know that we have one major problem, and that is Mr. Barack Obama. I call him mister as I do not respect him as a president, and the only reason I call him mister is because he is over 20.

Things everyone can do to support wildlife

When an animal such as the alligator Big Al is destroyed, it always brings in letters from those who, I believe, have genuine and heartfelt but somewhat misguided notions about wildlife conservation.

South Carolina

Greenville couple wants to get married but will have to wait

Lindsey Crumbley and Halley Page want to get married in the mountains and they are hopeful that by the time their wedding date comes around — ...

Ivey Hill and Misha Gibson, one of six lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples applying for a license to marry at Greenville County Probate Court at County Square, are consoled by friend Emily McSherry after being denied their license on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

RCSD press conference on deputy involved in crash set for Wednesday

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference Wednesday regarding the charges set against a sheriff’s deputy...

Have a question for Rock Hill Police? Ask it over a cup of coffee

Sit down, enjoy a cup of Joe and ask a cop anything you want.

UPDATE: Phone lines to Newberry County Sheriff’s Department working now.

Newberry County Sheriff's Department phones lines are back up, the sheriff's department has announced.

Little River man indicted on murder, attempted murder charges in 2013 shooting

An Horry County grand jury indicted a Little River man on murder and other charges related to an attempted armed robbery last year, according to court...

Michael Devonte Bellamy
Nation/World

Appeals court rejects lawsuit by alleged military sexual assault victims

A top civilian appeals court on Friday bluntly rejected efforts by alleged military sexual assault victims to sue former officials.

Sony surprises with first quarter profit

Sony Corp. reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit Thursday as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by ...

A customer checks the Sony's high-definition LCD televisions "BRAVIA" out at an electronics retail store in Tokyo Thursday, July 31, 2014. Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.

Stern sees Sterling saga ending well, lauds Silver

Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will "end well" for the league.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern answers questions from reporters at a news conference prior to the start of the pre-season game between the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA’s handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will “end well” for the league, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

UCLA's Pauley Pavilion drenched in hoops history

The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.

A worker begins the task of cleaning up at least an inch of water covering the playing floor at Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard caused flooding that inundated several areas of the UCLA campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.

People dine at a McDonald's restaurant as a display board, top right, shows Filet-O-Fish burger available in Beijing, China Thursday, July 31, 2014. Global fast food chains are rushing to expand in China but even experienced operators face costly pitfalls in a fast-changing food supply industry plagued by repeated safety scandals.
Sports

Spurrier and Swinney have a laugh or two as they help raise money for charities

No planetary discussions this time. Just good-natured hobnobbing to aid a great cause.

From left, Wofford football coach Mike Ayers, Furman's Bruce Fowler, The Citadel's Mike Houston, South Carolina State's Buddy Pough, USC's Steve Spurrier, and Clemson's Dabo Swinney at Fisher DeBerry's Coaches for Charity event Wednesday night at the downtown Marriott. 7/30/14

15 area golfers tee off Thursday in SC Amateur Championship

Fifteen area golfers, including top juniors Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island and Josh Fickes of Beaufort, will tee off Thursday...

Beaufort High's Josh Fickes hits a tee shot at the Golden Bear High School Invitational in February on Hilton Head Island.

Beaufort Academy welcomes new football coach, athletics director

When conversations began about Scott Richards joining the Beaufort Academy football staff, he didn't realize where they were headed.

Golf notebook, July 31: Hilton Head Island lands eGolf Tour Championship

The eGolf Tour is returning to Hilton Head Island before the end of the year, bringing a huge purse with a substantial winner's share.

Clemson, Auburn to meet twice in football

Clemson and Auburn quickly agreed to renew their 115-year old football rivalry for the 2016 and 2017 seasons once the ACC and SEC settled on eight-...

Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich
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