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Police, troopers increase traffic enforcement on US 278

Bluffton police and the S.C. Highway Patrol have increased traffic enforcement along U.S. 278 following a rise in serious crashes.

A Bluffton Township firefighter signals in front of a LifeStar helicopter landed on US 278 near Rose Hill Plantation to airlift a person injured in a three-car wreck the afternoon of July 17, 2014. Five people were injured in the wreck.

DHEC lifts swimming advisory on Hilton Head beach

A swimming advisory issued Tuesday for a small section of beach on Hilton Head Island was lifted Thursday after bacteria levels in the water returned...

TCL offering new courses in solar technology, avionics

The Technical College of the Lowcountry has added three new programs to help people find jobs in two growing fields -- solar energy and avionics.

Column: Gadget that costs $59.95 reforms health care, one step at a time

The Fitbit is driving a successful new wellness program at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island.

Edvina Washington

Woman gets 10-year sentence in drug-deal shooting

A woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting in Beaufort in 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney Bill...

Business

TCL offering new courses in solar technology, avionics

The Technical College of the Lowcountry has added three new programs to help people find jobs in two growing fields -- solar energy and avionics.

Houston company recalls some ready-to-eat items

Federal regulators say Great American Marketing of Houston has recalled about 475 pounds of ready-to-eat products due to possible listeria contamination.

Japan inflation eases in June under tax hike blow

Japan's inflation rate eased slightly in June as a sales tax hike stunted demand, the government reported Friday.

China pork giant WH Group makes 2nd IPO attempt

Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering after abandoning its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand.

Towering worry: Small holes cause big jitters

For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential...

In this July 8, 2014, the Lotte World Tower under construction is seen in Seoul, South Korea. Plans for the super-high tower first surfaced in 1995 and it took another 15 years to get a green light after the Air Force objected to it as a risk to a nearby military airport used for VIP flights. Now it faces new doubts as South Korea reels from the Sewol ferry sinking in April that killed hundreds of teenagers. The disaster provoked a scathing reassessment of an ethos of economic progress first, safety last that was largely unquestioned over several decades as the country rapidly industrialized.
Features

For country star Eric Paslay, it's all about 'writing a great song'

Country singer Eric Paslay is easily recognizable by his scruffy red beard, towering height and ever-present baseball cap. With his hit single "Friday...

Country music artist Eric Paslay will perform at 8 p.m. July 25 at the Beaufort Water Festival.

Cranford Hollow asks fans to fund third album + video

Lowcountry Southern rock band Cranford Hollow is asking fans to contribute to its Internet crowdfunding campaign to cover production costs for its ...

Cranford Hollow's fundraising video for its Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The band is raising money for touring and to finish its new record, "Spanish Moss & Smoke."

Column: Gadget that costs $59.95 reforms health care, one step at a time

The Fitbit is driving a successful new wellness program at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island.

Edvina Washington
Opinion

Good news blows in about wind coverage

Signs point to the emergence of a promising new trend -- less-expensive wind coverage for coastal property owners.

Trolley service better than a parking garage

As Coligny parking is addressed, providing free trolley service during the summer between the new USCB campus and the Coligny area should be considered as an alternative to a parking garage. A parking garage would see little use except during the ...

County Council right to nix sales tax proposal

Kudos to the Island Packet editorial board, Beaufort County Council member Rick Caporale and his fellow council members who opposed putting the 1 percent sales tax increase before voters.

Another month passes, another Obama scandal

Crime and corruption have been a staple of Central American life for decades. During most of the last decade, an average of 4,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S. illegally across our southern border. But after Obama announced in 2012 that...

Column: Gadget that costs $59.95 reforms health care, one step at a time

The Fitbit is driving a successful new wellness program at the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic on Hilton Head Island.

Edvina Washington
South Carolina

Minor league GM gets public prostate exam

There was as much attention on the press box as on the field at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball game as team's general manager had a public prostate exam.

Milovich Receives Prostate Exam While Singing the 7th Inning Stretch

On Thursday, June 24, Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in front of a standing-room only sell-out crowd of 6,599 at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on Prostate Cancer Awareness...

Extra patrols mounted on road onto Hilton Head

Beware if you are driving onto Hilton Head Island.

Trial in SC Episcopal break winding up

The trial stemming from the Episcopal division in eastern South Carolina is ending after three weeks of testimony.

Moncks Corner man gets 30 years in shooting death

A Moncks Corner man has been convicted of killing his son and wounding his son's fiancee during a fight two years ago.

Nation/World

Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business...

In this March 14, 2014 photo, an assembly line worker works on a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for June on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4.

Minor league GM gets public prostate exam

There was as much attention on the press box as on the field at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball game as team's general manager had a public prostate exam.

New EU sanctions to target Russian businesses

European Union ambassadors reached a preliminary deal Friday on stepped-up sanctions against Russia, targeting its access to European capital markets and trade in the defense sector, dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.

Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

President Barack Obama says the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine "may stiffen the spine of our European partners" as they consider additional sanctions against Russia.

Sports

All-Area Boys Golf: Seahawks' Orischak, Eagles' Langhals earn top honors

Andrew Orischak's most notable tournament during Hilton Head Island High School's golf season might have been the one he missed.

Hilton Head Island High School golfer Andrew Orischak, photographed on Wednesday at the Long Cove Club driving range, is The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year.

Hilton Head Dixie Boys advance to World Series

The Hilton Head Dixie Boys have gone back-to-back, and this time, they did it in dramatic fashion.

The Hilton Head Dixie Boys 14-under team won the state championship with a 9-8 comeback win over Mullins on Thursday in North Augusta.

2014 All-Area Boys Track and Field: Beaufort's Michael Dickson named top athlete; Whale Branch's Brad Taracuk coach of year

It might not be wise to discount Michael Dickson's plans for a successful senior year.

Beaufort High School's Michael Dickson is The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

New coach Sirball expects young Hilton Head Prep volleyball team this season

New Hilton Head Prep volleyball coach Laura Sirball, whose hiring was confirmed Tuesday by athletics director Rich Basirico, said she is looking forward...

Nimmer's run ends at US Junior Amateur; Valdes advances in girls' event

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer fell to Australian Zach Murray on Wednesday in the U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods.

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