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Conroy, Cremins lend support to Catholic school's athletics center fundraiser

Even a Catholic school education, and its memories of heavy-handed nuns armed with weighty rosaries, didn't fully prepare popular Lowcountry author...

Retired college basketball coach Bobby Cremins and author Pat Conroy comment on how much having an athletic facility will benefit students at John Paul II Catholic School while guest speakers for a fundraiser for the facility on Jan. 25, 2015 at Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bluffton.

Would north-south railroad have staved off the Civil War?

A century and a half after the Civil War, a Clemson University historian wonders whether a railroad linking Ohio and South Carolina — a railroad...

A book authored by Clemson University historian H. Roger Grant about a railroad that would have linked Ohio and South Carolina in the first half of the 19th Century is seen in this Jan. 22, 2015, photograph taken in Charleston, S.C. Grant, in the book, wonders if the railroad had been built whether it might have bound North and South more tightly together economically and made it more difficult for the South to leave the Union before the Civil War.

SC legislature not expected to find education fix this year

Legislators are unlikely to respond this year to the state Supreme Court's order to fix the education system that the justices say fails South Carolina...

Gov. Nikki Haley

PHOTOS: Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War re-enactment

Images from before, during and after the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Re-enactment on Jan. 25, 2015 at Frampton Plantation in Yemassee.

Images from before, during and after the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment on Jan. 25, 2015 at Frampton Plantation in Yemassee.

Northeast braces for ‘potentially historic’ snowstorm

A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: A storm the National Weather Service called “potentially...

People walk through the snow on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Chicago. A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.
Business

Yo-ho-ho and some bottles of rum: New Daufuskie distillery open for business

A new Daufuskie rum distillery opens for business.

One of two American rum distilleries on an island is right here in the Lowcountry. The Daufuskie Island Rum Company started selling its products Dec. 23, 2014 and began giving tours of its micro-distillery - which sits on 12 acres off Haig Point Road - the day after Christmas. Josh Mitelman takes us inside, and introduces us to the former pharmacist who never set out to start a rum company.

Beaufort County aiming to open public shooting range

Officials envision the likely multi-million-dollar range would include space for rifle, pistol, skeet and archery.

York County’s economic developer named to Top 50 list

Connect, a consulting agency, named David Swenson of York County to its list of top economic developers.

Visit Charlotte has named the Carowinds amusement park as its attraction of the year. This spring Carowinds will unveil Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.

Lancaster: Is it a place of promise or misery?

It has been six years since Forbes magazine called Lancaster the “most vulnerable place” in America. Recent job announcements suggest...

Keer American plant under construction

Fourth generation taking the reins at Columbia’s W.B. Guimarin & Company

The more than 100-year-old firm will transition as Carroll Heyward Sr. retires after leading the company for more than three decades.

Sidney Heyward Rex and her brother, Carroll Heyward, Jr. are the fourth generation to run W.B. Guimarin Co. Their father, Carroll Heyward, Sr. retired recently. The company's first project in Columbia was in the Brennan building in Columbia's downtown in the 1900's.
Features

Become a character in Lee Child's next Jack Reacher novel

Fancy appearing in Lee Child's next Jack Reacher novel? Well, you can. For a price.

Author Lee Child, creator of the Jack Reacher series of books, is offering the chance to become a character in his next book as part of an auction at the Hilton Head Heart Ball, which benefits those affected by cardiovascular disease.

A chat with Julian Carnes, author of 'Blue Iris'

Julian Carnes of Chestnut Mountain, Ga., is the author of "Blue Iris."

Julian Carnes of Chestnut Mountain, Ga., is the author of "Blue Iris."

More books, more DVDs, more everything: SCLENDS widens catalog for library patrons

Did you know the Beaufort County Library is part of a state lending program that gives Beaufort County citizens access to more than 2.75 million materials throughout the state?

Opinion

Students will soon get more choices in learning

Get ready for a more customized education in the Beaufort County School District.

Think of the future when casting ballots

There was a recent letter to the editor that initially made me laugh and then I realized the author was serious when he urged people to vote in their own best interests.

School gun bill should be shelved

Wow! Some S.C. lawmakers are promoting legislation to teach the Second Amendment, gun safety and marksmanship in the public schools. This should further propel us to front rank in educational excellence.

Beaufort County school board makes wrong call to leave ACE

The Hilton Head Bluffton Branch of the NAACP opposes the Beaufort County school board's decision to rescind its agreement with the Jasper County school board to jointly fund and oversee the operations of the Beaufort Jasper Academy for Career Excellence...

Murder is murder regardless of religion

The newspaper story of the Vatican and four imams calling for tolerance of religion was a positive amidst dire news from Paris. It seems obvious to condemn extremist violence, but what is not obvious is to just omit religion from this rhetoric...

South Carolina

Wrestling a Dream

Javier Moreno has suffered his share of adversity, including family chaos, a stint of homelessness due to a turbulent family environment and poor grades. But he found strength and purpose on the wrestling mat and now, as a senior at Richland Northeast...

Still Dancing at 92

Betty Patterson dances every day with John Glandon at Capital Ballroom. The active 92-year-old says it helps her stay young.

Deputies respond to stabbing, shooting incidents in Richland County

Richland County sheriff's deputies responded to two separate incidents Sunday in which a victim was stabbed multiple times early Sunday morning and...

Most wanted – Christopher S. Bright

DATE OF BIRTH: April 22, 1973

Christopher S. Bright

Challenges abound for new Lexington County sheriff

The first new Lexington County sheriff in two generations will learn quickly that the role requires juggling increasingly complex demands beyond being...

Nation/World

It’s the corner, and statue, that made Winslow, Ariz., famous

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. And I’m not alone. With me are a cute couple from Southern California, who are shivering in the winter chill; three giggling women on break from a holiday...

Obama proposes making Alaska refuge off limits to drilling

The White House is proposing to designate the oil-rich coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area permanently off limits...

Caribou graze in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in this undated photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In photos: Javier Moreno

NE high school senior, Javier Moreno, has found strength and purpose on the wrestling mat and now has his sights set on college.

Javier Moreno and his brother Angel Crespo laugh with Irene "Grandma Carmen" White and James "Grandpa James" White. The couple opened their home to the brothers, providing them a safe and stable environment.

Japan working to gain IS hostage’s release, analyzing video

Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.

Greek’s radical left Syriza party wins election

The anti-bailout Syriza party has won a decisive victory in Greece’s national elections, according to projections by state-run TV’s ...

Sports

Whale Branch boys ride second-half surge to key region win over Battery Creek

The Warriors' huge second half spurred an 86-76 victory and kept Whale Branch in sight of the region leaders.

Smooth golf writer helps lift Lowcountry out of the sand trap

Charles Price is inducted into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.

Bob Collar, executive director and founder of Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame, announces the seven personalities that are being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Prep Roundup, Jan. 24: Beaufort wrestlers win region title

The Beaufort High School wrestling team wrapped up its first Region 8-AAA title Saturday at Stall.

Buzby: Breach of game etiquette serves as teaching moment for dad, son

My 8-year-old son is a member of one of the most laid-back basketball leagues around.

Stokes: Lean times in the outdoors hopefully mean better days are ahead

Hunting, fishing and nature, dominate a great portion of my life. It defines who I am, not just what I do.

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