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Palmetto Electric Co-op CEO steps up to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in support of a friend

Palmetto Electric Cooperative CEO Berl Davis takes pouring a bucket of ice on his head to a new level. As his contribution to the Ice Bucket Challenge...

Palmetto Electric Cooperative CEO Berl Davis takes pouring a bucket of ice on his head to a new level. As his contribution to the Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the country in support of the ALS Association, Davis used the bucket on one of the company's trucks to dump more than 30 gallons of ice water over his head. The association works to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease and assist its victims.

Fan of boiled peanuts? Go nuts at festival in Bluffton on Saturday + video

At 3 a.m. Aug. 23, Jared Jester and Robbie Cahill will start boiling peanuts for the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival. They have to start early to have...

The Island Packet's arts and culture reporter Erin Shaw asks shoppers at the Bluffton Farmers Market how they feel about boiled peanuts. The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival is Aug. 23.

First day at SGG: The running of the halls

Students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School get a free pass to run the hall in celebration of the first day of school on Tuesday.

Students at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School get a free pass to run the hall in celebration of the first day of school on Tuesday.

Trade magazine names Hilton Head top SC town

Hilton Head Island was recently named South Carolina's "Southern Hospitality City" by ConventionSouth magazine, a meeting-professionals trade publication...

A parasail carrying two riders drifts past the Harbour Town Lighthouse in this file photograph.

The obit desk: Life is not so deadly serious after all

Marge Holcombe's personally written, humorous obituary gets national attention.

Marge Aitken Holcombe in 2007.
Business

Environmentalists concerned about ambitious RiverPort project in Hardeeville

Some environmentalists are concerned RiverPort -- which borders the Savannah Wildlife Refuge -- could irreversibly harm sensitive coastal land in ...

RiverPort is highlighted in yellow over a map created by Stratford Land Co. locating the planned location for RiverPort and other notable commerce sites in the region.

Beaufort fire department to take over codes enforcement with joint fire marshal position

Beaufort codes will soon again be enforced by the city's fire department. City Council decided Tuesday to allow staff to create a joint codes-enforcement and fire marshal position.

Trade magazine names Hilton Head top SC town

Hilton Head Island was recently named South Carolina's "Southern Hospitality City" by ConventionSouth magazine, a meeting-professionals trade publication...

A parasail carrying two riders drifts past the Harbour Town Lighthouse in this file photograph.

$300,000 in materials stolen from Bluffton company

About $300,000 worth of electrical equipment was stolen from a Bluffton storage yard overnight Friday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Hilton Head bank robbed by man with bandage over eye

A man with medical bandages covering his eye and hand robbed a Hilton Head Island bank Tuesday afternoon, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff...

This surveillance still shows the man deputies suspect in an Aug. 19, 2014 bank robbery on Hilton Head Island.
Features

Fan of boiled peanuts? Go nuts at festival in Bluffton on Saturday + video

At 3 a.m. Aug. 23, Jared Jester and Robbie Cahill will start boiling peanuts for the Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival. They have to start early to have...

The Island Packet's arts and culture reporter Erin Shaw asks shoppers at the Bluffton Farmers Market how they feel about boiled peanuts. The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival is Aug. 23.

Chef Greg Tucker of WiseGuys: 'A good sharp knife is always a plus'

Greg Tucker, executive chef at WiseGuys on Hilton Head Island, talks about the crazy things he eats bacon with.

Executive chef Greg Tucker of WiseGuys on Hilton Head Island.

Return to school brings memories of teaching, comradery

Beaufort County schools are back in session, which has me reminiscing about my years as a teacher.

Opinion

Too much delay costs voters shot at change

It is a shame that voters in the city of Beaufort will not get a chance this November to decide on a major change to its municipal governance.

Christian persecution needs to be addressed

According to some estimates, more than 150,000 Christians around the world are murdered every year for their faith .

Book helps explain dangers of Ebola virus

Anyone who wants to know more about the nature of the deadly Ebola virus that we are hearing about in Nigeria and neighboring countries might like to read a book called "The Hot Zone."

Where's the outrage for children living in SC?

The Aug. 11 letter, "Save unborn children here in the US," seems to place concern for the unborn above the deaths of children already born. Whether life begins at conception is hotly debated. But there can be no legitimate debate over the need to ...

Test the teachers for possible exposure

Is there something wrong with testing those who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in order to put concerned parents and their children at ease?

South Carolina

In photos: Local cops armed with military gear

Just how much military equipment and arms has been provided to Midlands area law enforcement? And what do they do with it?

The inside of the MRAP, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, seats several officers and necessary equipment when needed. The CPD got the MRAP from Fort Bragg two years ago.  "It is the only piece of armored equipment that the City of Columbia has ever had," says Capt. Earle Marsh.   Columbia Police Department is now equip with tactical vehicles due, in part,  to the 1033 Program used by the Department of Defense to distribute excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies. 8/19/14

US Marshal’s arrest third person in connection with Memorial Day weekend shooting at Fountainbleau Inn

Police in Greensboro, N.C. arrested a man wanted in connection with one of eight confirmed shootings that happened during Memorial Day weekend.

Midlands law agencies enthusiastically defend getting surplus military equipment

In the Midlands, law enforcement agencies have obtained several million dollars’ worth of surplus gear, including Humvees, multi-ton mine-resistant...

The inside of the MRAP, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, seats several officers and necessary equipment when needed. The CPD got the MRAP from Fort Bragg two years ago.  "It is the only piece of armored equipment that the City of Columbia has ever had," says Capt. Earle Marsh.   Columbia Police Department is now equip with tactical vehicles due, in part,  to the 1033 Program used by the Department of Defense to distribute excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies. 8/19/14

32-year-old Sumter man surrenders, sought after shots fired into Sumter apartment

32-year-old Terrance Deangelo Haynesworth of Sumter turned himself in to Sumter Police Tuesday night. He was sought by authorities after gun shots...

Terrance D. Haynesworth

Do you recognize these men?

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department released surveillance photos from a Piney Grove Road convenience store July 31st that show two men...

Surveillance photos of suspects in break-in on Shadowbrook Drive
Nation/World

Islamic State posts video of beheading journalist as warning to Obama

In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State on Wednesday posted a video showing the beheading of an ...

In this May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston.

Feds’ investigation of Ferguson will be deep, complicated

Several options await the Justice Department inquiry that Attorney General Eric Holder will see firsthand Wednesday in embattled Ferguson, Mo., where...

This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows Attorney Gen. Eric Holder speaking to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Iraqi drive on Tikrit falters

Iraqi forces pushed north Tuesday in an attempt to recapture the central Iraq town of Tikrit from the Islamic militants who have been occupying it...

An internally displaced Iraqi woman holds her sister during a sandstorm at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

No-fly list rules get changes

The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air...

Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming’s US Senate GOP primary

What had been shaping up as one of this year’s most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U...

Sports

2014 High School Football Preview: Hilton Head Island looking to build on last season's success

B.J. Payne is, if nothing else, refreshingly honest.

From left, Tyler Hamilton, Aaron Frazier and Aiden Hegarty stand for a portrait outside of the field house at Hilton Head Island High School on Tuesday night on Hilton Head Island.

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings makes appearance in Sports Illustrated

Beaufort's C.J. Cummings has gone national.

Spurrier takes plunge for a good cause (gallery and video)

When Dylan Thompson heard Steve Spurrier announce that quarterbacks Connor Mitch and Perry Orth would douse quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus with ice...

USC coach Steve Spurrier, along with his assistant coaches, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after practice Tuesday night. Quarterback Dylan Thompson and defensive end Gerald Davis had the honor of pouring the buckets. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been done by many teams all over the country and is part of a fund raising initiative to raise money to help in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Darlington race date reportedly moving back to Labor Day

NASCAR might be on the verge of giving fans in the Pee Dee what they’ve wanted for the past decade: a race on Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway.

McKissick, Varner, Babb highlight SC Football Coaches' 1st Hall of Fame Class

The South Carolina Football Coaches Association announced its first Hall of Fame class on Tuesday, highlighted by John McKissick, Willie Varner and...

Summerville head football coach John McKissick walks the sidelines against Beaufort High in 2012 at Beaufort High School.
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