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Thanksgiving food drive to help more than 1,100 families in Beaufort County

The Giving, a 16-church effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to northern Beaufort County families in need, will feed more than 1,100 families this ...

From left, volunteers Marquise Frazier, Gabrielle Huggins and Jennifer Bell sort donated food on Sunday evening at the Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal. The food had been donated as part of The Giving, a community-wide, multi-church effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Now in its sixth year, the food drop-off and worship service were held on Sunday. On Monday, after the food has been sorted and assembled into meal packages, it will be distributed to those experiencing hard times.

'I'm a New York City marathoner': 2-time cancer survivor walks despite odds

Two-time cancer survivor Gena Wilson, who grew up in Beaufort, walked the New York City Marathon and refused to give up on her goal despite mounting...

Gena Wilson, who has survived cancer twice and grew up in Beaufort, walked the New York City Marathon recently.

Tests challenge dogs who comfort the needy

When Emily Bridges was hospitalized after an accident with her horse six years ago, she experienced firsthand the joy and comfort her dog Gracie built...

Both of Emily Bridges' Welsh springer spaniels, Gracie, left, and Brynne, passed Saturday's test in Beaufort to become certified therapy dogs.

Noise from F-35B comparable to F/A-18s, new study says

The new F-35B fighters flying over Beaufort might not sound like their older counterparts, but they are no louder, according to data released last ...

Maintainers with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 501 move in to secure the wheels of an F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter variant at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Hagel, under pressure, resigns as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first Cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Barack Obama’...

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel embrace Monday after announcing Hagel’s resignation.
Business

Hilton Head thrift shop named 'angel' for charitable giving

A Hilton Head Island thrift shop has been recognized for its charitable giving by South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond.

<span>Secretary of State Mark Hammond and Sandi Clark, president of The Bargain Box.</span>

TD Bank, Regus moving into Fountain Park Place office building

TD Bank and Regus, which leases office space, are moving in the Fountain Park Place office building at the corner of Elizabeth Lane and Main Street.

TD Bank of Rock Hill is moving across Elizabeth Lane to a corner location in the new Fountain Place Park office building. The bank is expected to change locations in January.

What you need to know about Black Friday shopping

Either way you play it, from Grey Thursday and Black Friday to Cyber Monday, deals abound. A few things to know this year:

money drawer

Taylor apologizes, won't appeal NBA suspension

An apologetic Jeffery Taylor said he will not appeal the NBA's 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges.

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor addresses the media on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. An apologetic Jeffery Taylor says he will not appeal the NBA's 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges. Taylor said he takes "full responsibility" for his actions and deemed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's punishment "appropriate." (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner) MAGS OUT; TV OUT

US Steel to build new headquarters in Pittsburgh

United States Steel Corp. announced Monday it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the former...

Features

What happens if you put 6-year-olds in charge of Thanksgiving?

Hilton Head Island first-graders tell us how to cook a turkey.

Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts teacher Stephanie Creger poses with her first-grade class. She asked her students to explain how to cook a turkey for a recent writing prompt.

What's her secret?: 'A hug, a kiss and an "I'm sorry" go a long way'

Allison Cobb, a mom of two on Hilton Head Island, talks about things she learned from her mother and her favorite moments as a parent.

Allison Cobb of Hilton Head Island is pictured with her husband, David Hussey, and children, George and Charlotte.

'I'm a New York City marathoner': 2-time cancer survivor walks despite odds

Two-time cancer survivor Gena Wilson, who grew up in Beaufort, walked the New York City Marathon and refused to give up on her goal despite mounting...

Gena Wilson, who has survived cancer twice and grew up in Beaufort, walked the New York City Marathon recently.
Opinion

Find a good home for Bluffton dog park

We give credit to the backers of a proposed dog park in Bluffton. Despite setback after setback, the dog-loving group, Friends of Bluffton Dog Park, has stayed the course, raising money, working with local government and overcoming scandal to build...

SC should be thankful for all of its retirees

I'm a little bit irked. The newspaper is supporting the argument that veterans' military retirement pay should be exempt from the state income tax.

Sea Pines traffic circle can't handle any more

Recently the Town of Hilton Head Island created a new zoning district surrounding the Sea Pines Circle and raised the unit density from four units per acre to 12 units per acre, a 200 percent increase in an area that already has traffic issues. The...

No smarts needed to be US politician

Many of us had to pass myriad exams to get where we are today. Some of us even have to sit for annual continuing education exams to ensure that we know what we are doing.

Slow down in Big Apple

An alert for those who will be driving in New York City's five boroughs anytime in the future -- unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all city streets has been reduced to 25 mph.

South Carolina

Rock Hill woman accused of kicking deputy, assaulting landlord

Dona Tiffany Simpson, 35, has been charged with two counts of assault and battery third degree for her actions against her landlord and a York County...

Dona Tiffany Simpson

Police: 15 car break-ins in Rock Hill over the weekend

The vehicles that were broken into were all unlocked at their respective owners’ residence, according to the reports. Over $2,000 in property was reportedly stolen from the vehicles.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputies investigating homicide

Authorities from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man who is believed to have died as the result of...

Police: Thigpen found asleep at Wendy’s drive-thru, arrested on DUI charges

Police say they found former a Coastal Carolina University quarterback asleep at a fast-food drive-thru early Sunday morning, leading to his arrest...

Tyler Thigpen

Judge refuses to order release of Elvis search warrants

Judge Steven H. John of the 15th Circuit Court has refused an appeal to force authorities to release search warrants issued early this year seeking...

Circuit Court Judge Steven John (left) listens to solicitor Donna Elder listing the reasons to deny bond to Tammy Moorer in the Horry County Courthouse on Friday, May 23, 2014.John has refused to force police to release search warrants issued that led to the arrest of Moorer and her husband, Sidney Moorer.
Nation/World

Ferguson grand jury decision due within hours

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was heading to St. Louis amid mounting anticipation about a possible grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police...

Television news trucks gather outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a grand jury is convening to consider possible charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Clayton, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown

Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown marries

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., setting off weeks of ongoing protests, has gotten married.

US judge sentences Mexican drug lord to 22 years

A U.S. judge sentenced a reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo' Guzman to 22 years in prison Monday for his role...

This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico&#x2019;s Sinaloa Cartel, being escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. On Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at federal court in Chicago, a U.S. judge sentenced Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, a reputed lieutenant of Guzman, to 22 years in prison for his role in a $1 billion trafficking conspiracy, saying the stiff sentence should send a message to traffickers everywhere. The case is regarded as one of the U.S. government's most important against Mexican cartels. Guzman remains jailed in Mexico and Mexican authorities haven't said if they might extradite him to Chicago.

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

Still facing significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the deadline Monday...

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

President Barack Obama said this year’s recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom made the world stronger, wiser, more beautiful and...

Sports

Girls Lowcountry 5: Hilton Head Island's Americal Jenkins

Hilton Head Island High Schools Americal Jenkins is the crown jewel in a strong returning class of area girls basketball players.

Lowcountry Five girls basketball player Americal Jenkins talks about her expectations for the coming season.

Boys Lowcountry 5: Battery Creek's Eric Freeman

Battery Creek's Eric Freeman, a member of the inaugural Lowcountry 11 for football, is the only returning member of last season's IP/BG All-Area first...

Lowcountry Five boys basketball player Eric Freeman talks about his expectations for the coming season.

No. 23 Clemson dogged by 5 straight rivalry losses

Clemson's unprecedented five-game losing streak to its most-hated rival is impossible for the No. 23 Tigers to ignore.

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt (18) throws against Georgia State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 28-0.

Cowboys rally behind Romo, beat Giants 31-28

For awesomeness, Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch couldn't be topped.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a sack by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.

FSU's Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles still deserve more respect

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second year in a row, Jimbo Fisher finds himself defending FSU's perfect record as the regular season winds down.

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