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Massive tree splits Beaufort house leaving owner homeless

Drifting off to sleep at 1 a.m. Friday, Raymond Paige heard what he thought to be the familiar crackling of thunder and lightning during a late-night...

Raymond Paige, a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, is facing homelessness after a gigantic oak tree crashed through his Beaufort home early in the morning on July 3. The tree caused major damage to Paige's home of 27 years, and the 60 year old does not have homeowner's insurance.

Confederate flag heading for hurdles in SC House; how did your senator vote?

As senators celebrated their decisive vote Monday to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, some state House members were forming...

Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, right, speaks with Jennifer Pinckney, widow of Sen. Clementa Pinckney, soon after senators gave final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the SC State House grounds. Sen. Pinckney was one of nine Charleston churchgoers killed in a June 17 mass murder. Also pictured is The Rev. Kylon Middleton, left.

Local businesses unaffected by shark bites, some owners say

Shark bites off the coast of the Carolinas this summer haven't stopped local businesses from churning up profits.

Coligny beachgoers arrive to find plenty of sunshine and a refreshing breeze off the ocean in this file photo.

'Giving Marketplace' designed to help you help local charities

A new tool is now available for Lowcountry residents feeling generous and looking to help local charities.

NTSB: 2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/07/3826868/officials-f-16-small-plane-collide.html#storylink=cpy

An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide swath of marshes and rice fields.

Business

Shark Tooth Fairy prepares for another hunt in Port Royal

Mike Harris smiles when he enters Publix and hears a child call out to him.

FILE: Mike Harris, also known as The Shark Tooth Fairy, pulls out several buckets of fossils Oct. 9, 2014, on the docks at Coosaw Island. The fossils, nearly a half a ton of them, were used for a children's fossil hunt on Oct. 11, 2014.

THAT'S MY JOB: Restorer brings light to damaged homes' dark places

In the damp, dark crawl space of a flooded condo, Alberto Carreno is wearing a full-body, protective suit and a mask to keep the mold from his lungs...

Alberto Carreno, of Rainbow International Restoration, works on June 24 to remove the remaining scraps of wet insulation from the crawl space of a Hilton Head Island condominium that suffered severe water damage from a burst pipe.

Local businesses unaffected by shark bites, some owners say

Shark bites off the coast of the Carolinas this summer haven't stopped local businesses from churning up profits.

Coligny beachgoers arrive to find plenty of sunshine and a refreshing breeze off the ocean in this file photo.

'Giving Marketplace' designed to help you help local charities

A new tool is now available for Lowcountry residents feeling generous and looking to help local charities.

Flood insurance workshop planned for July 16

A flood insurance workshop for Hilton Head Island residents will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 16 in council chambers at Town Hall at 1 Town Center Court.

Features

'Basement Bob' director testing pre-sales as way to pay for filming comedy in Beaufort

Filmmakers planning to shoot a comedy in Beaufort are asking you to fund the project.

<span>Beaufort International Film Festival alum V.W.  Scheich, who will co-direct the film "Basement Bob," and his wife, Uyen K.  Le, laugh while discussing the latest news on the film "Basement Bob"  during a Beaufort Film Society Meet &amp; Greet at The Old Bull Tavern,  2015 West St., Beaufort, on May 7, 2015. 
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Screenings of Gullah documentary scheduled

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour will sponsor two summer screenings of the locally produced documentary "Hilton Head Island Back in the Day: Through the Eyes of the Gullah Elders."

Hilton Head Hospital presents free seminar on prediabetes

Hilton Head Hospital is offering a free seminar July 22 for people with prediabetes or those at high risk of developing diabetes.

Opinion

Opinion: Lack of enforcement puts SC's valuable natural resources at risk

Coastal South Carolina is renowned for its natural beauty and wealth of natural resources, including tidal creeks and marshes, non-tidal wetlands, ...

Editorial: Beaufort County Council turning into freak show

Elected representatives owe the public decorum, along with a sense of direction.

Farrell: Caitlyn Jenner looks like an old boot? You don't say ...

Insulting others has become a sport with a clear winner and loser with each exchange.

Letter: Representative always responsive, well-informed

A recent letter writer, dissatisfied with her attempts to contact state Rep. Bill Herbkersman, asked acerbically if Rep. Herbkersman exists, if others had contacted him and if they had received replies.

Letter: Health care plan still missing for GOP

Hallelujah! The Supreme Court ensured that millions of Americans will continue to have access to affordable health care.

South Carolina

NTSB: 2 killed when F-16, small plane crash; jet pilot safe Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2015/07/07/3826868/officials-f-16-small-plane-collide.html#storylink=cpy

An F-16 fighter jet smashed into a small plane Tuesday over South Carolina, killing two people and raining down plane parts and debris over a wide...

Confederate flag heading for hurdles in SC House; how did your senator vote?

As senators celebrated their decisive vote Monday to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds, some state House members were forming...

Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, right, speaks with Jennifer Pinckney, widow of Sen. Clementa Pinckney, soon after senators gave final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the SC State House grounds. Sen. Pinckney was one of nine Charleston churchgoers killed in a June 17 mass murder. Also pictured is The Rev. Kylon Middleton, left.

Outside State House, flag’s friends and foes talk of heritage, hate and hope

A unity and justice rally topped off a busy, but less intense, day on the State House lawn Monday than many would have thought.

William Taylor, 8, of Greenwood, came with his father Jeremy to witness what he thought would be a historic day in Columbia on July 6, 2015.

S.C. Senate pushes forward with removing Confederate flag

The S.C. Senate moved forward with plans Monday to lower the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds and retire it to the Confederate...

During debate July 6, 2015, on a bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Confederate Monument on the SC State House grounds, SC Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, took the opportunity to include a small speech about his loathing for same-sex marriage as he spoke against removing the flag, and in defense of his failed amendments to delay removal or at least return it on Confederate Memorial Day each May.

Confederate flag supporters, protesters at State House

As the SC Senate debated a Confederate flag removal bill July 6, 2015, inside the State House, supporters and detractors of the flag gathered to make...

William Taylor, 8, of Greenwood, came with his father Jeremy to witness what he thought would be a historic day in Columbia on July 6, 2015.
Nation/World

Battle over Confederate flag moves to SC House

The South Carolina Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would force the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House...

Thomas Wiggins of Columbia, SC, waves an American Flag while showing support to take the Confederate flag off the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, SC, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse cleared another hurdle Tuesday.

After 12 years of Iran negotiations, U.S. isn’t about to give up now

Twelve years of negotiations on how to allow Iran to produce nuclear power while ensuring it can’t produce a nuclear weapon appear to have...

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday. Negotiators agreed to yet another extension of the deadline for completion of the talks. The new deadline is Friday.

Story of Chinese ‘princeling’ shows limits of corruption campaign

When Guo Li sued the developer of her apartment complex for real estate fraud in 2010, she said she had no idea he was a “princeling”...

Guo Li cries while looking at a photo of her dog "Lifu" in her apartment on June 18, 2015 in Tianjin, China. After Guo sued the developer of her apartment for real estate fraud, she had numerous scuffles with police who, she says, were doing the bidding of developer Zhao Jin. In one of those scuffles, police took away Lifu by force, and after Guo resisted, she was arrested and ultimately sent to a detention center for a year. She hasn't seen her dog since.

Eurozone leaders left wondering: Where’s Greece’s plan?

Greece’s newly installed finance minister arrived here at a crucial meeting of his eurozone peers Tuesday without the new bailout proposal...

Video: Canadian man arrested after helium-balloon-powered lawn chair flight

The man attached more than 110 helium balloons to a lawn chair for a flying stunt to gain attention for a cleaning business. He intended to parachute...

The man attached more than 110 helium balloons to a lawn chair for a flying stunt to gain attention for a cleaning business. He intended to parachute down to a famed Calgary rodeo, but missed his target and landed in a field. Police were waiting for him.
Sports

Mistaken identity: Former Battery Creek wrestler gets some unwanted attention

A case of mistaken identity led to some unwanted notoriety for former Battery Creek wrestler DeAndre Johnson on Monday.

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A screen shot of a post on the Sporting News' Facebook page tagging the page of former Battery Creek wrestler DeAndre Johnson.</span>

The Latest: Bryan brothers eliminated at Wimbledon

The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

Serena Williams of the United States gestures as she plays Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015.

Dataw Island hosting S.C. Junior Match Play championship

Ninety of the state's best junior golfers -- 73 boys and 17 girls -- will compete this week at Dataw Island's Cotton Dike course in the 38th Carolinas Golf Association South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship.

Salter: World Cup win by U.S. should make you buy into soccer

If the United States doesn't care about soccer, 24.5 million people must have missed the memo.

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly...

Brad Keselowski, right, crashes into Austin Dillon, left, after a multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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