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Beaufort County schools maintain 'B' grade on federal report card

More Beaufort County public schools met rising federal standards last school year, but two schools failed to make the grade.

Hilton Head Island Middle School student Eleanor Rosenberry, center, works during a practice PASS test in the class of English teacher Kathleen Clark on March 6, 2014. All grades take the English, Writing and Math sections while select grades take the science or the social studies. This is the state-developed test to measure if students are meeting the state's standards.

Graves House mover faces concerns by residents, committee

A new site for a proposed move of the historic Graves House in Bluffton is meeting opposition from residents and concerns by a town committee.

Bluffton's historic Graves House

Sen. Tim Scott wants an Ebola travel ban

U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R, talks about immigration and Ebola travel ban at Packet, Gazette office on Oct. 21, 2014.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R, interviewed in Bluffton, S.C. on Oct.21, 2014 talks about border protection and creating an Ebola travel ban.

Boat anchored near Colleton River Plantation declared abandoned by DHEC

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has ordered the removal of an anchored boat in a creek near Colleton River Plantation that ...

Mark Hyner, of Bluffton, talks about an abandoned boat while cruising in Gilbert Creek near the Chechessee River and Port Royal Sound on October 17, 2014.

Daufuskie artist wins nationwide Martha Stewart competition

The "Iron Fish Guy" from Daufuskie Island is the top-voted artist in Martha Stewart's "American Made" online competition.

Chase Allen with one of his metal pieces at the Iron Fish Gallery on Daufuskie Island.
Business

Town Council to hear from public today on proposed taller apartments at Shelter Cove

Hilton Head Island Town Council will discuss a proposal to allow taller apartments at Shelter Cove, taking comments from the public at 5:30 p.m. today...

A rendering inserted into an aerial photograph shows a proposed apartment complex, on the far left, next to the Kroger supermarket at Shelter Cove Towne Centre.

Noise ordinance waiver, Boundary Street design code changes to be discussed by Beaufort Council

Beaufort City Council meets at 5 p.m. today for an agenda light on topics but heavy on details.

Local chambers of commerce seek funding boost from Beaufort County

Two local chambers of commerce are proposing a substantial increase in funding from Beaufort County beginning in 2015.

Graves House mover faces concerns by residents, committee

A new site for a proposed move of the historic Graves House in Bluffton is meeting opposition from residents and concerns by a town committee.

Bluffton's historic Graves House

BJWSA honored for fiscal conservatism

The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority has received the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies' Sustainability Award.

Features

Professional Opinion: Will reading in the dark really ruin my eyes?

This week, Dr. Mark Siegel, an opthalmoligst at Sea Island Ophthalmology in Beaufort, discusses the common fear that reading in dim light will ruin...

<div>Dr. Mark Siegel, an opthalmoligst at Sea Island Ophthalmology</div>

A Little Advice: Should you share Halloween candy?

Lowcountry youth discuss whether to share their Halloween candy -- and what to keep for themselves.

Lowcountry youth tell if they'll share their Halloween spoils and if they do, what candy will they keep for themselves.

Against all odds, unathletic klutz's son actually hits a baseball

Some terrible day in the reasonably near future, my son will discover that his cellular structure will seem to exist for the sole purpose of making...

Kids playing Fall Ball may spend a lot of time drawing circles with their cleats in the infield dirt or juggling their caps, but every now and then, they get a hit.
Opinion

Rescue help at sea takes hit from Uncle Sam

U.S. Coast Guard budget cuts are bad news for Beaufort County. Soon, fewer helicopters will be available for search-and-rescue missions.

Redevelopment is good, but spare beautiful trees

Controversy over the Shelter Cove project abounds. Few would dispute that something had to be done about the mall, as something needs to be done about other derelict buildings, such as those on Office Park Road.

Let your voice be heard by casting a vote Nov. 4

A writer wrote a very good letter on Oct. 15, and I agree with him whole-heartedly. We have got to take back our country before we lose it altogether. We're not far from that happening, and I can only hope it is not too late.

Blame executive branch for many US problems

I have tried desperately to comprehend Washington's inability to take strong decisive stands with appropriate actions based on strategies to ensure our well being. We as a nation have, during our existence, withstood many external assaults on our "...

Darryl E. Owens: Saving lives can mean facing death for health-care pros

With a cough, everything changed.

South Carolina

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Debate

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles...

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and Jamie Self, reporter for The State Media Co. questioned the candidates. 10/20/14

ELECTIONS 2014: Common Core debate cools between candidates to head schools

Common Core isn’t the hot-button issue it was during South Carolina’s primary season for candidates vying to be superintendent of education...

Republican Molly Spearman and Democrat Tom Thompson debated on ETV, Monday. They are candidates for South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina and Jamie Self, reporter for The State Media Co. questioned the candidates. 10/20/14

Report: Gunmen in Fort Mill home invasion steal $600

Three people were watching TV in their Fort Mill home when two masked men with guns entered and robbed them.

Sheriff: Woman stabs boyfriend, writes check for her bond

A South Carolina woman has been arrested after deputies say she stabbed her boyfriend and then wrote a check for her bond.

Saundra Gary

Police: Rock Hill man burglarized friend’s home to steal DVD player

A Rock Hill man was accused of burglarizing a friend’s home Sunday afternoon, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Marc Coyer
Nation/World

Plane crashes have claimed many famous lives

Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA whose silver handlebar earned him the nickname “Big Mustache,” died late Monday...

In this Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 photo, flowers adorn a memorial at the spot where the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. &#x201C;The Big Bopper&#x201D; Richardson crashed killing all aboard on Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa. The three young singers were in a single-engine aircraft flying in a light snowstorm in 1959 when the pilot apparently lost control. Holly decided to fly because his tour bus was having heating problems.

US sets new Ebola screening for West Africa travelers

The government announced Tuesday that everyone traveling to the United States from Ebola-afflicted African nations will have to be screened at one...

U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko, right, conduct prescreening measures on a passenger who has arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago on Oct. 16, 2014.

CVS turns up the heat on its anti-tobacco push

First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves. Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores...

In this Sept. 3, 2014, photo, an inflatable cigarette and ashtray are displayed in New York to announce the CVS Health's decision to stop selling cigarettes at its stores. CVS Health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is developing a new tobacco-free pharmacy network for clients of its Caremark pharmacy benefits management business.

Turnout will be crucial in tightening N.C. Senate battle

Most people, if they’re home, are willing to open up, he’s found.

Pistorius gets 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence. He could be released after 10 months in ...

Sports

Vote for the IPBG High School Football Player of the Week for Week 8

Area high school football fans have the opportunity to cast their vote for The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette High School Football Player of the Week...

World Series: How the Giants and Royals match up

A position-by-position look at the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals going into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium...

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner talks to the media before baseball practice Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas City Royals will host the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 21.

Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius gestures as he leaves the high court, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Clemson Football: Offense juggles mix of injuries

As injuries mounted, Clemson coaches employed additional creativity to prepare the offense.

SC high school coach fired over game celebrations

The football coach at Charleston County's Academic Magnet High School has been fired because of postgame victory celebrations a school board member says involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.

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