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As Carolinas shark bites spike, Hunting Island's 4 lifeguards covering half-mile of shore

The recent addition of lifeguards to Hunting Island State Park did not prevent a swimmer there from experiencing the sixth shark bite in the Carolinas...

<span>A lifeguard informs beach-goers about the shark attack in the waters near Hunting Island on Friday morning and explains the signifigance of the "Dangerous Marine Life" flag on Friday afternoon on the South Beach at Hunting Island State Park. People were told that they could stay in the water but to be cautious and look out for fins.</span>

Homes sought for 40 cats seized from hoarding situation

The Palmetto Animal League Community Clinic in Ridgeland took in 40 cats that were removed from a hoarding situation in Bluffton on Wednesday...

Palmetto Animal League President Amy Campanini describes how the league came to take in 40 cats and invites anyone interested in fostering the cats to contact the agency.

An extra $7.55 million headed to Beaufort County to fix local roads

The massive influx, however, is causing local representatives to rethink how that money gets spent.

FILE: Workmen pave a section of SC 802 on Lady's Island in 2010.

Victim, witnesses largely silent on Hilton Head shooting

While the investigation into the shooting of a 19-year-old man on Hilton Head Island on Saturday is ongoing, authorities have received little...

Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges dies at 63

A former Ridgeland mayor best known for his vocal support of a speed camera system the town deployed on Interstate 95 has died.

Former Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges speaks to Gov. Nikki Haley at Ridgeland Veterans Park on July 14, 2011. Hodges died after a battle with cancer on June 27, 2015.
Business

Charitable giving up locally, nationally from pre-recession levels

As charitable giving nationwide reaches levels not seen since before the Great Recession, many local nonprofits are enjoying an influx of cash.

Volunteer Lauren Schuler, 12, of Hilton Head bags and dates bread donated by Panera Bread on Tuesday at the Deep Well Project headquarters. Deep Well executive director Betsy Doughtie said donations of food and other items to the charity have been fairly steady in the last several years.

Happy 8th birthday iPhone: Then and now

Some visuals to help tell the story of how the iPhone has changed over its short, 8-year lifespan:

New Mexico reports 'all-time high' tourism numbers for 2014

Pointing to New Mexico's slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people...

This Saturday, June 6, 2015 photo shows a couple taking a break on the rocks at Blue Hole State Park in Santa Rosa, N.M. Blue Hole is part of the New Mexico Tourism Department's "New Mexico True" campaign, an effort aimed at drawing more tourists to the state. Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday, June 29, 2015, announced statewide visitor numbers for 2014 marked another record-breaking year.

Airline ops manager working on 9/11 is charged in sex sting

An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting.

NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump casts a shadow against papers he used while speaking to members of the City Club of Chicago, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Chicago.
Features

St. Helena native's song stresses young stroke awareness and prevention

A song not only can tell a story, but send a moving message to the masses.

Ron Daise

Top video picks: Paddling with sharks, an 8-carat diamond find, rocket explodes, Kanye concert crashed

Here in one place are a few of the top video clips making the rounds today:

Trump to consider suing after NBC ends business dealings

Donald Trump says he'll consider suing after NBC announced it's ending its business relationship with the Republican presidential candidate over comments he made about immigrants during his campaign kickoff.

Opinion

Michael Gibson

Michael Anthony Gibson, 70, of Seabrook, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at his residence.

Letter: Insurance companies to blame, not Obamacare

It puzzles me that some letter writers do not seem to understand that the Affordable Care Act enables people without health insurance to buy it in the private sector. This is not government insurance. Working people without health insurance may get...

Letter: Responsibility to Iraq bungled by US leaders

We can have the discussion about going to war in Iraq; about whether we should have retaken Kuwait in the 1990s; about whether it mattered that we thought Saddam had WMDs.

Letter: Share our roads with the bicyclists

What an honor that Hilton Head Island has been elevated to "Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community" status in the U.S. -- the only city in the Southeast.

Clean air gets scrubbed

The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, June 30:

South Carolina

As Carolinas shark bites spike, Hunting Island's 4 lifeguards covering half-mile of shore

The recent addition of lifeguards to Hunting Island State Park did not prevent a swimmer there from experiencing the sixth shark bite in the Carolinas...

<span>A lifeguard informs beach-goers about the shark attack in the waters near Hunting Island on Friday morning and explains the signifigance of the "Dangerous Marine Life" flag on Friday afternoon on the South Beach at Hunting Island State Park. People were told that they could stay in the water but to be cautious and look out for fins.</span>

KKK plans South Carolina State House rally

The Ku Klux Klan will hold a rally at the South Carolina State House next month, state officials confirmed Monday.

Who is the activist who took down the Confederate flag?

Bree Newsome’s Saturday morning climb up a Columbia flagpole turned the 30-year-old North Carolina activist into a national celebrity in a ...

Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., climbs a flagpole to remove the Confederate battle flag at a Confederate monument in front of the State House in Columbia, SC, on June, 27, 2015. She was arrested when she came down. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later.

How Nikki Haley went from tea party star to representative of the New South

Public life in this tiny town — all two main roads of it — centers on the Hardee's, the strip mall with the town's grocery store and Family...

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks during a news conference in the South Carolina State House, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Haley said that the Confederate flag should come down from the grounds of the state capitol, reversing her position on the divisive symbol amid growing calls for it to be removed. Also pictured are U.S. Congressman James Clyburn, left, and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, right.

Miss South Carolina Pageant 2015 finals

Miss Greater Greenville, Deja Dial, was crowned Miss South Carolina. Miss Greater Greer, Anna Brown, was First Runner-Up. Miss 2014 Miss South Carolina...

Miss Greater Greenville, Deja Dial, was crowned Miss South Carolina. Miss Greater Greer, Anna Brown, was First Runner-Up. Miss 2014 Miss South Carolina, Laney Hudson, crowned Deja Dial. The 2015 Miss South Carolina Pageant was held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.
Nation/World

US stocks plummet as Greece crisis reverberates

The S&P index dropped 2.1 percent; the Dow dropped 2 percent, and the Nasdaq fell or 2.4 percent. The losses wiped out all the gains for the Dow and...

Trader Tommy Kalikas works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 29, 2015.

Water begins to fill massive Panama Canal expansion locks

The flooding of the locks means Panama is pulling into the final stages of a multibillion-dollar expansion of the canal. The new section is expected...

Water rush into the lower chamber of new 11-story locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal expansion.

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

The court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Interns run with a new decision across the plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday June 29, 2015. The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.

Supreme Court upholds use of death penalty drug

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, rejects Oklahoma death-row inmates’ challenge to the sedative midazolam.

Supreme Court OKs independent redistricting panels

A divided Supreme Court ruled in a politically important decision that independent redistricting commissions are acceptable under the Constitution.

Sports

Team Beaufort weightlifters dominate at National Youth Championships

It would be impossible to call Team Beaufort's trip to the USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships this weekend in Bloomington, Minn., anything...

Omar Cummings, 16, left and his brother C.J. Cummings, 14, smile for the cameras early Monday afternoon before the two left for a trip to Lima, Peru where they will compete in the Youth World Olympics.

Hilton Head Island's Ryan Kelly called up by Atlanta Braves

Though Ryan Kelly had labored in the minor leagues for more than eight years, there was no question in his father's mind that the Hilton Head Island High School product would get that call.

AP Source: LeBron James bypasses option, becomes free agent

For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent.

FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, is guarded by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that James will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract, making him a free agent on July 1.

Doughtie: The fishing for mackerel and tarpon is as hot as the weather

Hot enough out there for you?

Hilton Head's Quinlan, Ceron and Whale Branch's Wallace end prep careers at Clash

It wasn't how Hilton Head Island head boys soccer coach Wayne Quinlan had hoped to go out.

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Hilton Head Island's Miguel Ceron, left, and Whale Branch's Ben Wallace, right, pose with longtime Seahawks head boys soccer coach Wayne Quinlan.</span>
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