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VIDEO: 59th Beaufort Water Festival comes to a close

The 59th Annual Beaufort Water Festival culminated Sunday on the Beaufort River with the traditional Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats.

Moments from the Blessing of the Fleet and Parade of Boats sponsored by the Past Commodores of the Water Festival during the 59th Annual Beaufort Water Festival at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on July 27, 2014.

From the Brink: One Beaufort woman's rise from poverty to homeownership

With stubborn determination and the courage to ask for help, Nancy Brink has made the most of several local assistance programs to work her way out...

From left, Nancy Brink joins hands with her daughters, Katlyn, 18, and Candace, 16, as a prayer is said during an open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday for the family's new home on Lady's Island. The new home is the culmination of her years long climb out of poverty with the help of the Beaufort County housing program, the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s rural development program and her story highlights how these types of programs are helping low-income families in the Lowcountry.

Beaufort County suspends accommodations-tax grants

Beaufort County has suspended applications for accommodations-tax grants because of a steep, unexpected decrease in state funding, according to county officials.

New Back River Bridge nearly halfway done

Construction crews are about halfway finished building a new Back River Bridge, linking Jasper County and Hutchinson Island on U.S. 17 near Savannah.

The new Back River Bridge connecting Jasper County and Hutchinson Island on U.S. 17 near Savannah is about half completed. The bridge will replace a 60-year-old span and could be open to traffic next summer, said Jill Nagel, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Federal grant to help map SC coastal battlegrounds

Within a few miles of Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, there are dozens of little-known fortifications built by soldiers wearing blue, gray or red. And now, with the help of a grant from the National Park Service, those sites will the documented...

Business

Beaufort County suspends accommodations-tax grants

Beaufort County has suspended applications for accommodations-tax grants because of a steep, unexpected decrease in state funding, according to county officials.

From the Brink: One Beaufort woman's rise from poverty to homeownership

With stubborn determination and the courage to ask for help, Nancy Brink has made the most of several local assistance programs to work her way out...

From left, Nancy Brink joins hands with her daughters, Katlyn, 18, and Candace, 16, as a prayer is said during an open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday for the family's new home on Lady's Island. The new home is the culmination of her years long climb out of poverty with the help of the Beaufort County housing program, the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s rural development program and her story highlights how these types of programs are helping low-income families in the Lowcountry.

County Council to discuss Cherokee Farms development agreement

Four years after it last stalled, the Cherokee Farms development in Burton is scheduled go to County Council for approval Monday afternoon.

Habersham unified development plan

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the ...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts.

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, ...

CORRECTS TO SAY POLICY WAS PUBLISHED ONLINE, MONDAY, JULY 28 NOT JULY 21 - This photo shows a full-page ad by MedImmune that was published Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the New York Times. MedImmune, a division of AstraZeneca, ran full-page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers in recent weeks protesting pediatricians’ new recommended limits on Synagis, a drug for preventing serious lung problems in premature infants caused by a common but usually mild virus. A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics says the costly drug has limited benefits and recommends scaling back its use. The policy was published online Monday, July 21, 2014, in Pediatrics.
Features

What's her secret?: 'Enjoy them every day'

Megan Yeomans, mom of two from Hilton Head Island, shares her favorite parenting moments.

Megan Yeomans is photographed on July 15 with her children Tyler, 15, at left and Madison, 13.

Trio of kid movers run circles around dawdling, fish-killing adults

If anyone out there ever needs moving help, if you find yourself in need of serious box-toting muscle and seemingly boundless energy, may I humbly ...

Movers going too slowly for you? Maybe hire some 9-year-olds.

Recommendation from 7-year-old Erik James of Port Royal: 'Freckle Juice'

Erik James, 7, of Riverview Charter School shares his thoughts on "Freckle Juice," by Judy Blume.

Erik James of Riverview Charter School
Opinion

Student vaccinations still a health necessity

O nly half of Beaufort County School District’s rising seventh graders have submitted proof that they’ve been vaccinated against tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough. Less than a month remains for ...

I don't understand the Reagan criticism

Recently, two readers have written letters criticizing Ronald Reagan. I have defended him here in the past so I won't belabor that issue. We all know the truth. My question is, why are these readers concerning themselves with a man who has not been...

SC politics are shameful

First we had Mark Sanford and now Thomas Ravenel. Have the voters of South Carolina no shame?

Speeding isn't the cause of U.S. 278 accidents

I feel compelled to comment on two recent letters regarding U.S. 278. One wrote that it is the "most frightening stretch of road" he has ever driven. U.S. 278 is not a dangerous highway unless you are used to two-lane roads. The road is straight...

Rep. Mark Sanford not looking out for us

Rep. Mark Sanford, our current and former congressman, is certainly reverting to his old habit of ignoring his constituents and the desires of the country. Here are some of the current reasons why:

South Carolina

Heat advisory posted for Jasper, Beaufort counties; severe storms expected

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of eastern South Carolina.

Nightclub owner accused of killing patron

A retired New York corrections officer is accused of killing a man at the Orangeburg nightclub he owned.

SC State President optimistic after turbulence

A year ago when Thomas Elzey became president of South Carolina State University he knew he had taken on a challenge at the state's only public, historically...

Flags fly at the entrance to South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., in this July 22, 2014 photograph. University President Thomas Elzey, says the school has had to deal with what he called "a perfect storm" of  problems including troubled finances and declining enrollment but said he feels things are leveling off and the university is getting back on track.

SC State President optimistic after turbulence

Thomas Elzey knew he was facing a challenge when he became president of South Carolina State University a year ago. He didn't realize how big a challenge...

Statues of bulldogs, the mascot of South Carolina State University, line a sidewalk on the campus of the university in Orangeburg, S.C., in this July 22, 2014 photograph. University President Thomas Elzey told the AP in an interview that the school has had to deal with what he called "a perfect storm" of  problems including troubled finances and declining enrollment but said he feels things are leveling off and the university is getting back on track.

14-year-old boy drowns at Lake Wateree

A 14-year-old boy drowned at Lake Wateree State Park while swimming with his family.

Nation/World

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

In this undated photo provided by Prifysgol Aberystwyth University researchers David Whitworth, left, and Sara Mela, pose for photo in the lab at Prifysgol Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales. According to results published online Monday, July 28, 2014, in the American Journal of Infection Control the researchers found that the knocking of knuckles, fist bump, spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the...

2014 Tour de France cycling race winner Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium in Paris, France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Left is Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the ...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts.

Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, ...

CORRECTS TO SAY POLICY WAS PUBLISHED ONLINE, MONDAY, JULY 28 NOT JULY 21 - This photo shows a full-page ad by MedImmune that was published Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the New York Times. MedImmune, a division of AstraZeneca, ran full-page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers in recent weeks protesting pediatricians’ new recommended limits on Synagis, a drug for preventing serious lung problems in premature infants caused by a common but usually mild virus. A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics says the costly drug has limited benefits and recommends scaling back its use. The policy was published online Monday, July 21, 2014, in Pediatrics.

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for...

Sports

The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.

Wade Mears and his daughter Julia of San Diego sit in their chairs hours before the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time

With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years ...

Jeff Gordon, left, high fives his son Leo after winning the NASCAR Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the...

2014 Tour de France cycling race winner Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium in Paris, France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. Left is Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

FILE - In this April 17, 2013, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott watches an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday, July 27, 2014, that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland.

A fan of NBA star LeBron James holds a picture of James during a promotional event at a shopping district in Hong Kong as part of his China tour Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Earlier this month, James left the Miami Heat after four seasons and four trips to the NBA Finals and re-signed with the Cavaliers, where his career began.
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