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Bluffton resident, veteran Navy SEAL focus of new car restoration show

Carlos Moleda, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and Bluffton resident, and his Buick are the focus of the pilot episode of a TV show that helps veterans such...

Carlos Moleda, right, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran who was wounded in a firefight and is now the subject of a TV show filming on Hilton Head Island, is shown with the show's host, Dean Cain.

Beaufort County judge's decision to toss out conviction of executed teen gains national attention

Friends and colleagues of a Beaufort County judge say her landmark decision to exonerate a teenager in a 1944 double homicide this week was in line with her ethics and integrity.

Former district teacher's legacy lives on in donated children's books

Colleen Skibo, who died in 2013, lives on in the pages of her more than 1,500-book collection -- not one of them the same and all of them in pristine...

Rick Callahan, a mover with GCA, packs some of the 2,000 children's books that were owned by Colleen Skivo, a Beaufort County School District teacher who passed away a year ago, on Friday morning at the home of Tyra Wahl, Skivo's friend, in Bluffton.  Skivo asked for her books to be donated to an organization where children would be able to enjoy them and Wahl, who cared for her during the last five years of her life, chose to donate them to the Beaufort County School District to honor the 32 years that Skivo working for them.

District considers changing school calendar to improve opportunities for students

Starting next school year, students and teachers might be out for the summer in May -- but at the expense of losing several days off in the fall.

The year in local news: Our (and your) top picks for 2014 in news, photos and video

The Island Packet staff reviewed its work in 2014 and came up with these top local news stories, overall and in a few subcategories. We also rank the...

Business

Editor's picks: Top Local Business Stories for 2014

Our editors' picks for the top local business stories:

Planning for your lifelong financial journey

This will be my last article after two years as a guest columnist for The State newspaper. I hope you have learned a lot about various areas of financial planning.

Sunday business calendar, Dec. 21

Upcoming events planned by Midlands area associations and clubs.

Midlands people and achievements, Dec 21

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank was announced as the winner of an Award of Excellence in Business Process Management and Workflow in honor of the AgVUE platform created by AgFirst.

Tim Arnold taking over as head of Colonial Life

Colonial Life will welcome a new leader at the first of the year, but Tim Arnold is no stranger to employees at the longstanding Columbia business...

Tim Arnold is the new CEO of Colonial Life Insurance Company.
Features

Bluffton resident, veteran Navy SEAL focus of new car restoration show

Carlos Moleda, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and Bluffton resident, and his Buick are the focus of the pilot episode of a TV show that helps veterans such...

Carlos Moleda, right, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran who was wounded in a firefight and is now the subject of a TV show filming on Hilton Head Island, is shown with the show's host, Dean Cain.

Pastor who rocks the boat marks 50 years in ministry

John M. Miller reflects on half a century of religion and 28 years of making people think on Hilton Head Island.

John M. Miller

Double-lung transplant gives Beaufort woman new chance for life

Jessica Mattson, 36, of Beaufort, is enjoying a new lease on life after having successfully gone through a double-lung transplant as part of her ongoing battle with cystic fibrosis

Opinion

Allow veterans groups to use national cemetery

The snubbing of members of a local veterans organization must be addressed to avoid a repeat.

Concepcion Leon of Worrell Contracting Co. of LaGrange, N.C., makes sure one of the headstones is level Wednesday morning at Beaufort National Cemetery. Calvin Chaplain, site supervisor, said they are aligning the stones, which lean to one side or another over time.

Deep Well inspires with its amazing work

Being a transplanted Yankee, I was befuddled when I first started hearing about Deep Well.

Shame on Congress for shady spending bill

I was incensed by the Republicans as well as some hypocritical Democrats for what emerged on Capitol Hill regarding the spending bill.

Be very careful with Graves plan

Recent proposals to spend county taxpayer money on the Graves tract worry me. Specifically:

Find better spot for Bluffton dog park

I am a member of the Bluffton Park Community Association board. It has come to my attention that a dog park is proposed for the corner of Eighth Avenue and Pin Oak Street in Oscar Frazier Park. As far as I am aware, it is being considered without...

South Carolina

Most wanted – Theodore Edwards James Brailsford Jr.

DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 2, 1988

Theodore Edwards James Brailsford Jr.

63-year-old Rock Hill man killed in Sunday morning wreck

The driver was killed after his car went off South Anderson Road and struck a tree

Man robbed, shot at car wash; deputies searching for suspects

Richland County sheriff's deputies are looking for two suspects involved in a shooting Sunday afternoon that left one wounded.

The scene of a shooting on Parkland Road near Two Notch Road.

Traffic stop in York leads to two pounds of marijuana, plus crack cocaine

A man running from a traffic stop with a backpack was reportedly found to be carrying a large amount of drugs

Police: Kuechly jersey stolen from under senior citizen’s York County Christmas tree

The stolen jersey was worth $150.

Nation/World

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali ...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned "King of Boxing" while accompanied by his wife, Lonnie, right, and Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez during the 50th convention of the World Boxing Council in Cancun, Mexico. Spokesman Bob Gunnell said Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, that the 72-year-old boxing great has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia and is in stable condition.

NYC gunman bragged about plans to shoot officers

The man who shot and killed two police officers in New York City on Saturday, targeting them solely because of the uniforms they wore, boasted to...

Authorities say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, seen here after a 2009 arrest, ambushed two New York City police officers in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station.

FAA drone approvals bedeviled by warnings, conflict

The Federal Aviation Administration proclaimed a new era in aviation in September when it granted permission to six Hollywood filmmakers to fly drones...

The Sensurion Aerospace Magpie commercial drone is seen on the ground after it crashed during launch Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, near Boulder City, Nev. The attempted flight was at an event to announce the FAA’s first issuance of an unmanned aerial systems test site special airworthiness certificate.

Opponents formulate strategy to derail new Cuba policy

Opponents of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’...

In a strategic valley, a glimpse of Afghan troops’ future after most U.S. forces leave

Clutching M-16 rifles, the Afghan soldiers nervously stood watch on a sand-colored ridge next to a mud house blown apart by gunfire. A week earlier...

Sports

Bluffton's Kasidy Beckel wins 2014 Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette's All-Area Girls Golfer of the Year award

Beckel was named the Bobcats' most valuable player after finishing as medalist 10 times as a senior. She was also a North-South selection.

Bluffton High School senior Kasidy Beckel putts for a portrait Wednesday at the Berkeley Hall Golf Club Learning Center. After finishing 10 times medalist this past season and helping Bluffton to a state team title, Beckel committed to play golf at Radford.

Prep roundup, Dec. 20: Hilton Head boys basketball wins at Holiday Classic

Patrick Riley's 10 points boosted the Seahawks in their victory over Oliver Springs, Tenn.

Rookie nightmare for Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney’s freakish body created an athletic wonder. A 6-foot-5, 266-pound defender who could sprint 40 yards in 4.53 seconds, vertically...

Houston Texans linebacker and former USC star Jadeveon Clowney had a difficult rookie season

South Carolina defense takes down Tarheels in 78th Shrine Bowl

SPARTANBURG — The 78th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was no Mona Lisa.

Ex-USC golfer Silvers earns Web.com Tour card

Six rounds in six days with a year’s opportunities at stake. Play well and play on. Play poorly and ... well, the competitors do not like to think in those terms. The PGA Tour calls that exercise “qualifying school.” The players have...

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