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Haley confident in re-election bid at Hilton Head Island stop

Gov. Nikki Haley's statewide bus tour made two stops Friday in Beaufort County, part of a final push to rally voters before Tuesday's election...

Gov. Nikki Haley stopped by the Hilton Head Island Republican Club's headquarters offices Friday morning as part of a statewide campaign bus tour she's taking in the days leading up to next week's general election.

Pet dies in Bluffton house fire

A Bluffton family's dog died in a fire that destroyed their home Friday afternoon, according to the Bluffton Township Fire District.

<span>Maiden Lane structure fire on Oct. 31, 2014.</span>

Closure of Charleston Coast Guard air station delayed

A plan to close one of the Coast Guard stations that provides helicopter search-and-rescue services in Beaufort County and surrounding areas has been...

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Ariola, a helicopter rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, hones his skills in Charleston Harbor, S.C., during a training mission in this file photograph from Oct. 26, 2007.

PHOTO: Strong currents make local boater's day an adventure

Kurt Fineis of Beaufort pulls his Bonito sailboat toward the Pigeon Point dock Sunday as his pet Lab, Maizy, makes a dive for shore after a local ...

Theophil Syslo, Staff photo
Kurt Fineis of Beaufort pulls his Bonito sailboat toward the Pigeon Point dock Sunday as his pet Lab, Maizy, makes a dive for shore after a local boater towed them from the Beaufort River area. &#x93;The current was just crazy,&#x94; Fineis said. At about 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service in Charleston issued a high-risk advisory for Beaufort County for rip currents. The advisory is in effect through Monday evening.

PHOTO: Back-to-school party on Hilton Head

Ruthie Schrader, 17, of Hilton Head Island, laughs as her friend Megan Rader, 17, also of Hilton Head, tries to make a clean jump from a zorb ball...

Theophil Syslo, Staff photo
Ruthie Schrader, 17, of Hilton Head Island, laughs as her friend Megan Rader, 17, also of Hilton Head, tries to make a clean jump from a zorb ball during a friendly race Sunday at a &#x93;Waterworks Back to School Party&#x94; at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. The zorb balls were provided by KidzPlay Party Rentals of Bluffton.
Business

Hilton Head restaurant manager shucks convention, grows own oysters

Andrew Carmines, general manager of Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks, is joining a trend by growing single-select oysters with his new business...

<span>Andrew Carmines, owner of the Shell Ring Oyster Company, checks the oysters in his bags at the location where he is farming local single select oysters in the Port Royal Sound off of Hilton Head Island.</span>

Hilton Head candidate accused of lying on questionnaire, DuBois denies claim

An attorney for timeshare company Coral Resorts says Hilton Head Island mayoral candidate Joe DuBois lied to The Island Packet when asked about his...

Joe DuBois

Developers team up to develop vacant Whitehall Plantation

Two Beaufort developers say they intend to develop the vacant Whitehall Plantation property on Lady's Island, near the foot of the Richard V. Woods...

Conceptual illustration of the Whitehall area from the Beaufort Civic Master Plan.

SC State Fair moves forward with projects in long-term renovations plan

The S.C. State Fair is moving forward with parts of its long-term renovations plan by seeking site-plan approval for a new exhibition building and...

With the State House in the background, the South Carolina State Fair, 2014.

Irmo’s A3 Communications nationally recognized for growth

In 1990, when Joseph Thomas launched his technology company in a room over the garage of his Irmo home, cellphones were only beginning to emerge, ...

Joe Thomas
Features

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.

Tony Award-winning performer Ben Vereen to share stories, songs on Hilton Head

The actor, singer and dancer discusses his Broadway days, overcoming obstacles and his new caberet-style show.

Ben Vereen, known for his roles as the Leading Player in Pippin and Chicken George in "Roots," will perform a caberet-style show at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Nov. 1.

My First Car: It changed its own oil every 100 miles simply by spraying oil out of exhaust

Thanks to Geoff Wheatley of Hilton Head Island for sharing the story of his first car, a 1932 Morris Ten rag top with several "unique" features.

Opinion

Update constitution with two 'yes' votes

Just as important as writing effective new laws is eliminating outdated ones. By voting yes to two amendments Tuesday, voters can clean up parts of the state constitution and end two practices that aren't just outdated, but downright backward.

In Beaufort: Murray and Cromer

Beaufort City Council needs the new voices and perspectives offered by Stephen D. Murray III and Philip E. Cromer.

In Beaufort: Murray and Cromer

Beaufort City Council needs the new voices and perspectives offered by Stephen D. Murray III and Philip E. Cromer.

Update constitution with two 'yes' votes

Just as important as writing effective new laws is eliminating outdated ones. By voting yes to two amendments Tuesday, voters can clean up parts of the state constitution and end two practices that aren't just outdated, but downright backward.

Slate of candidates would serve SC well

From overhauling antiquated ethics laws to aiding failing schools to implementing governmental efficiencies, South Carolina has much work to do in the next four years. The following candidates for statewide office possess the right vision and experience...

South Carolina

Haley confident in re-election bid at Hilton Head Island stop

Gov. Nikki Haley’s statewide bus tour made two stops Friday in Beaufort County, part of a final push to rally voters before Tuesday’...

Gov. Nikki Haley, with her husband, Michael, second from left, talks on Friday morning at the Hilton Head Island Republican Club office in Port Royal Plaza on Hilton Head Island.

In photos: Jesse Smarr

Jesse Smarr runs regularly in this neighborhood to train for the half marathon in the Governor's Cup Road Race.

Jesse Smarr runs regularly in this neighborhood to train for the half marathon in the Governor's Cup Road Race.  Smarr has been running the race since 1989. 10/29/14

In photos: Regional remote-controlled car competition

Lower Richland High School was the scene Friday, October 31, 2014, of the regional remote-control car competition. Students, working in teams, competed...

Devonte Hinton, left, and Isaiah Murphy test their time in the pit-crew race during the regional remote-controlled race car competition at Lower Richland High School. Students maintain the cars and work as a team to compete in timed races, pit-crew, marketing and presentation. 10/31/14

Learning through Remote-Controlled Cars

Students from 7 schools compete in the regional RC-car race competition at Lower Richland High School.

Catawba man charged in sexual assault of Winthrop University student

A female Winthrop student was held against her will and sexually assaulted Friday morning outside her dormitory, but her screams during the attack...

Nation/World

Hospital: Girl, 14, dies after school shooting

One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting died Friday, raising to four the number of fatalities after a student opened...

In this photo taken on Oct. 28, 2014, pumpkins with the names of the victims and shooter of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting carved into them sit along the south fence of the school in Marysville, Wash., which has become a growing memorial. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died Friday.

Mexico judge orders immediate release of Marine

A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief in Pa.

For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat...

Suspected killer Eric Frein is led into a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle after his preliminary arraignment on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford, Pa.

Has the key to Amelia Earhart’s disappearance been found in Kansas?

Last month, aviation detective Ric Gillespie, who has led many expeditions to the Pacific looking for Amelia Earhart’s lost plane, traveled...

Virgin Galactic spacecraft for tourists explodes during test flight

A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave ...

Sports

Hilton Head Prep ends 6-year drought in 32-10 rout of Hilton Head Christian

The drought had been a long one for Hilton Head Prep in the rivalry against Hilton Head Christian Academy. Sometimes, when it finally rains, it pours.

Hilton Head Christian at Hilton Head Prep on October 31, 2014.

Warriors earn 6th straight with victory over Battery Creek

The machine is rolling into the playoffs.

Battery Creek at Whale Branch on October 31, 2014.

Beaufort High tops Orangeburg-Wilkinson 23-13 to claim 3rd place in Region 8-AAA

The biggest play in Beaufort High School’s 23-13 win Friday night at Orangeburg-Wilkinson may have come because Jawan Mack had to tie his shoe.

Jaguars earn share of Region 5-AA title with lopsided win over Edisto

It only took 10 games for Jahmaal Nelson to show that he could get the job done as a head coach.

Beaufort Academy tops James Island Christian, keeps slim playoff hopes alive

Beaufort Academy won its regular-season finale, 43-30 at James Island Christian, and kept its slim playoff hopes alive.

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