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Column: Welcome to the Lowcountry's grandest celebration: October

October is the best time to be in the Lowcountry.

File: The view of a finger creek that runs past the end of the marsh boardwalk at Hunting Island State Park, photographed in October 2013.

Photo: Latest view from the Flyover

A flock of ibises forage in the marsh off Fording Island Road Extension as construction continues on the Bluffton Parkway Flyover project Sept. 30, ...

A flock of ibises forage in the marsh off Fording Island Road Extension as construction continues on the Bluffton Parkway Flyover project Sept. 30, 2014. The $36 million project includes construction of a 4,200-foot-long bridge segment over the marsh and 4,500 feet of road improvements. It is expected to be completed late next year.

Autopsy results pending in suspicious death of Hilton Head woman

Investigators have no new details to release and await results of toxicology screening of a Hilton Head Island woman who died in her St. Andrew's...

This composite image shows Rebecca Sue Melton's Jeep Wrangler, left, and her roommate, Nick Russell Evangelista. Beaufort County Sheriff's investigators are looking for both the vehicle and the man for clues about what happened to Melton, who was found dead in her Palmetto Dunes condo Sept. 4, 2014.

Prosecutors say jailhouse call proves Bowers shot someone at the Midnight Soul Patrol

In jail phone call, Joseph David Bowers, charged with murder and attempted murder in the Midnight Soul Patrol nightclub shooting on St. Helena Island...

14th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Hunter Swanson and defense attorney Trasi Campbell present their opening statements in the Joseph David Bowers murder trial the morning of Sept. 30, 2014, at the Beaufort County Courthouse in Beaufort.

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas – a sign of the...

Zachary S. Thompson, Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, answer questions from reporters about an Ebola infected patient after addressing the Dallas County Commissioners in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.
Business

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.

FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps walks away from the starting block after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

LINKS Magazine names Hilton Head No. 7 golf island

LINKS Magazine has named Hilton Head Island the No. 7 golf island in the world, according to a news release.

Hilton Head Island's only national magazine recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Construction on USCB campus on Hilton Head could start in 2016

Demolition of buildings to make way for a proposed University of South Carolina Beaufort campus on Hilton Head Island could begin next fall, according...

US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months

U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, developer Michael Capponi, left, talks with real estate broker Massimo Nicastro, right, of South Beach Estates, at a waterfront property he renovated, during a viewing for brokers, in Miami Beach, Fla. Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for July on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Business Notebook

First Community Bank on Monday said it had completed its purchase of Spartanburg-based First South Bank, which had $40 million in deposits and $8.7 million in loans. First South’s Columbia accounts have been transferred to First Community&#...

Features

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.

FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps walks away from the starting block after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Eating shrimp is all about enjoying the process

When we were on Fiji, we sampled a variety of the island's cuisine one evening. One of the items on the buffet was the prawn, a larger variety of ...

How lucky we are to be able to enjoy local shrimp.

The Cottage cookbook brings spirit of Bluffton restaurant into homes

Leslie Rohland has decided the best way to satisfy calls for her recipes is to publish a cookbook.

The Cottage Cafe, Bakery and Tea Room is located in Old Town Bluffton.
Opinion

More tree protection good move in Beaufort

Beaufort has been distinguished by its trees from the beginning of recorded history.

Live oak trees as seen Sept. 22, 2014, on the lot where the Starbucks is expected to be built in Beaufort just past the intersection of Ribaut Road and Boundary Street.

Hilton Head Island's trees, birds should be our priority

I feel compelled to finally join in on the discussion concerning the request to add an additional floor to the proposed apartment buildings behind the Kroger grocery store.

Annexation debate comes back to mind

When Beaufort City Council candidate Bill Rauch was mayor, he led the fight to annex Clarendon Farms, land that is located seven miles from downtown Beaufort, connected by a bike path.

Fence-jumper should get to stay

We should be fair because that is the American way. That fellow who made it over the fence at the White House should be able to stay there with his family. Furthermore, President Obama should use part...

Column: Welcome to the Lowcountry's grandest celebration: October

October is the best time to be in the Lowcountry.

File: The view of a finger creek that runs past the end of the marsh boardwalk at Hunting Island State Park, photographed in October 2013.
South Carolina

In photos: The art of canning

Scenes from a canning class held at the State Farmer's Market on Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014.

Corene Freeman of Columbia, left, Pat Parren and Gretha Davis admire their finished products at the end of a canning class at the State Farmer's Market. 9/30/14

Clemson student dies after falling from cruise ship mast

A Clemson University student died in an apparent accidental fall from the mast of a cruise ship, according to an incident report filed with the Miami...

Kendall Wernet

Fall Canning Class

Clemson Extension teaches a class on the basics of pressure canning at the State Farmer's Market.

One person is dead, another injured after being struck by truck on Greenlawn Drive

One person is dead, another injured after they were hit from behind by a pick-up truck as they walked north along Greenlawn Drive Tuesday night, between...

SLED: Richland Co. man sold 350 bogus concealed weapons permits

More than 350 people in 27 S.C. counties bought from a Richland County man worthless concealed weapons permits that granted them the right to carry...

Bill allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns into bars and restaurants founders.
Nation/World

Government confirms first case of Ebola in US

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed Tuesday in a patient who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas – a sign of the...

Zachary S. Thompson, Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, answer questions from reporters about an Ebola infected patient after addressing the Dallas County Commissioners in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Olympian Michael Phelps apologizes for DUI arrest

Michael Phelps' comeback has been sidetracked by more trouble away from the pool.

FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps walks away from the starting block after winning the men's 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds

One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar...

Falko, left, a wire-haired vizsla, and Luna, a coton de tulear, sit on stage with their owners, Anton Sagh, of Montreal, Quebec, and Adrianne Dering, of Morgantown, W.Va., during a news conference, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in New York. The Westminster Kennel Club announced that the two breeds will be eligible to compete for the first time in the New York show next February.

US home prices rise at slowest pace in 20 months

U.S. home prices in July increased at the slowest pace in 20 months, reflecting sluggish sales and a greater supply of houses for sale.

In this Sept. 24, 2014 photo, developer Michael Capponi, left, talks with real estate broker Massimo Nicastro, right, of South Beach Estates, at a waterfront property he renovated, during a viewing for brokers, in Miami Beach, Fla. Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for July on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the...

Sports

Royals beat A's 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

Rain had started to fall at Kauffman Stadium as the echoing roars finally faded into the night. Eric Hosmer popped out of the dugout one last time, ...

Kansas City Royals' Christian Colon scores the game-winning run past Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris during the 12th inning of the AL wild-card playoff baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 9-8.

Pair of seeded tennis players knocked out at Shipyard Cup

It didn't take long to lose a couple of seeded players The Shipyard Cup, the Women's ITF Pro Circuit $10,000 event at Van Der Meer Shipyard Tennis ...

Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, returns a volley to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Champion Alan Cooke leads runner-up Sand Sharks to 2nd-place finish at Thomas Fall Invitational

Sophomore Alan Cooke earned his second collegiate victory and led the USC Beaufort men's golf team to a second-place finish Tuesday at the Thomas Fall...

Clemson offensive line a work in progress

A shootout erupted when N.C. State visited two years ago – a 62-48 Clemson win in which the teams combined for 1,351 yards – and the...

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against North Carolina in Clemson, S.C., Saturday Sept. 27, 2014. Clemson won 50-35. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Hilton Head Island High School earns votes in SC Prep Media Football Poll

Days after beating Class 4-A Bluffton in the annual Bridge Bowl, Hilton Head Island High moved up among other teams receiving votes, but remains unranked...

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