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Photos and video: Special Olympians bowl in annual tournament in Bluffton

Special Olympians from Beaufort and Jasper counties participated in the Area 8 Special Olympics Annual Regional Bowling Tournament the morning of Dec...

Fisher Baroni, a 6-year-old from Hilton Head Elementary, watches his ball roll down the lane as his father, Marty, supports him while bowling Dec. 19, 2014, during the Area 8 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Station 300 in Bluffton.

Savannah man dies as result of Bluffton wreck

A driver who caused a head-on collision while trying to pass other cars on S.C. 46 on Thursday has died as a result of his injuries...

Bluffton Township firefighters responded to a severe collision on May River Road the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2014, in which two people were hospitalized, one of whom was airlifted.

Lowcountry Economic Alliance votes to dissolve

Beaufort County's embattled economic development partner, the Lowcountry Economic Alliance, will dissolve this spring.

BMW stolen from Bluffton dealership

A man stole a new BWM from a Bluffton dealership Wednesday, prompting a salesman to jump in his own car and give chase, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Gun-wielding Burton resident scares off prowler

A Burton woman used her gun to defend herself against a prowler Wednesday evening, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Business

Lowcountry Economic Alliance votes to dissolve

Beaufort County's embattled economic development partner, the Lowcountry Economic Alliance, will dissolve this spring.

Roy's Aquarium building for sale, but the business will go on, owner says

Roy's Aquarium is up for sale, but owner Roy Rivers says that doesn't mean he's closing shop.

Roy's Aquarium in Beaufort is up for sale and the owner says he intends to move. This view of the building was photographed Dec. 19, 2014.

Should you be worried about your airbag?

Use our lookup tool for Beaufort County registered vehicles to see if you should be in touch with someone about fixing your recalled airbag.

South Carolina sets employment records in November

The state’s jobless rate was unchanged last month. But the labor force rose for the fifth straight month.

Jobless numbers show leisure and hospitality jobs growing. Experts say lower gas prices are helping restaurants, hotels and tourism. Jenny McCullough recently landed a job at Lizards Thicket on Beltline Boulevard.

Verizon, AT&T tap cheap tablets to grow as phone sales lag

Verizon Communications and AT&T are practically giving away tablets this holiday season to eke out customer growth as the market for mobile phones...

Customers check out tablet computer devices
Features

Lowcountry bridge club results for Dec. 21

Beaufort Duplicate Bridge Club

In Good Faith: 'I finally thought, "Enough." ... I didn't want to be just sitting around'

Al Couper of Bluffton, a volunteer and church leader, talks about why playing golf seven days a week wasn't how he wanted to spend his retirement.

Al Couper of Bluffton is the Stephen Ministry leader at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church and a volunteer at Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.

Asking hard questions and challenging our own beliefs a healthy practice

This time of the year calls out to us for spiritual renewal. Hanukkah tells the story of the Jewish people's resistance in 165 B.C. to the occupation of the Greeks and the restoration of Jewish sovereignty. Christmas tells the story of the birth ...

Opinion

Ban domestic abusers from possessing guns

For generations, domestic abuse was a shameful secret kept by families.

Best is yet to come for telecommunications

On Dec. 16, in a ceremony at Town Hall, Hilton Head Island was recognized as one of four "Connected Cities" in South Carolina. The award was made by the ConnectSC organization, which is an effort sponsored by Gov. Nikki Haley to improve access...

Playing field now even for whites and blacks

The Dec. 13 newspaper had an article about the wealth gap between whites and blacks in America. The reporter wrote that it stemmed from a "legacy of discrimination."

Postal Service still important

The U.S. Postal Service has been downsized and diminished by legislation passed in Congress. Their next step will likely be to do away with first-class mail.

Group responds wrongly to Supreme Court ruling

The recent opinion piece by Scott Price, director of the S.C. School Board Association, was disappointing. The SCSBA -- along with the S.C. Association of School Administrators and the S.C. Association of School Business Officials -- see the recent...

South Carolina

Metts’ name slated to disappear from Lexington County sheriff’s complex

The name of ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts will be erased soon from the law enforcement complex he once supervised, key County Council members...

James Metts Law Enforcement Complex in Lexington.

Police: Armed robbery at Rock Hill Family Dollar store

Detectives with the Rock Hill Police Department are investigating a Friday night armed robbery of a clerk at the Family Dollar store at 781 Albright Road, police said.

Child rescued, Colorado man arrested after 4-hour standoff in Newberry county

Local and state law enforcement authorities rescued a 4-year-old girl and arrested her father after a standoff Friday night at a residence on Kempson...

Prosecutors seek to compel testimony from department attorney under then-Lex. Co. Sheriff Metts

Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking to force a reluctant witness, John Tate, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department attorney under Metts...

Former Lexington County Sheriff James Metts arrives at the Matthew J. Perry federal courthouse, Wednesday morning.

Man charged with breaking into a Lexington house under contruction

Eric Anderson Nickels, 30, of Secret Cove Drive, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant that detectives obtained for on a charge of second-degree...

Eric Anderson Nickels
Nation/World

Cuban president praises pact with US, but predicts ‘difficult struggle’

Cuban President Raul Castro says Cuba would not renounce its core socialist ideals as part of a deal he struck this week with President Barack Obama...

Cuba’s President Raul Castro points to the press during the closing of the legislative session at the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Burying Pakistan’s children brings tears of agony

Tuesday’s school massacre – the worst terrorist attack in years – continues to horrify Pakistanis across the country.

Pakistani women leave the Rahman Baba graveyard after offering prayers at the graves of victims in Tuesday’s school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view...

An exterior view of the Sony Pictures Studios building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually.

Sales for holiday shopping season come down to the wire

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday...

Sports

College football bowl season offers plenty to see, think about

Welcome to the college football postseason:

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, cornerback Doran Grant (12) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) celebrate after a 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Ohio State will play in the first College Football Playoff.

Notice's 19 leads South Carolina to 68-45 Clemson win

South Carolina has beaten two major conference teams in a row by at least 23 points. That the latest win was over bitter rival Clemson just makes it...

2014 Seahawk Holiday Basketball Classic tips off Saturday morning at Hilton Head High

The Seahawk Holiday Classic returns to Hilton Head Island High School on Saturday, as 16 basketball teams -- eight boys and eight girls teams -- will...

Clemson should be strong at RB for years to come

When looking forward to assess his running backs, Dabo Swinney can’t help but look back.

Oct 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) scores a touchdown against the Boston College Eagles during the first half at Alumni Stadium.

Photos and video: Special Olympians bowl in annual tournament in Bluffton

Special Olympians from Beaufort and Jasper counties participated in the Area 8 Special Olympics Annual Regional Bowling Tournament the morning of Dec...

Fisher Baroni, a 6-year-old from Hilton Head Elementary, watches his ball roll down the lane as his father, Marty, supports him while bowling Dec. 19, 2014, during the Area 8 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Station 300 in Bluffton.
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