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Crime on the decline in Hilton Head's Coligny area

The number of public safety calls from the Coligny area of Hilton Head has declined every year since 2008, according to an Island Packet analysis of more than 5,500 incidents reported in that area for the past 10 years.

Farrell: Speedcubing competition on Hilton Head Island a fascinating, fun event to watch

The 2015 Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals competition continues Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort. It's worth dropping...

The banquet hall at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort was buzzing on Friday for day one of the Rubik's Cube U.S. Nationals. America's top speed cubers will dazzle you with their ability to "solve" a variety of cubes, and pyramids, with mind-blowing speed.

As F-35B readies for deployment, training continues at MCAS Beaufort

Friday's announcement that the first F-35B squadron was ready for international deployment marked another major milestone for the Joint Strike Fighter...

The F-35B on display in a hangar.

Beaufort doctor bikes across SC in father's honor

With his adrenaline pumping and sweat pouring down his face, all Dr. Dan Ripley could think about was his father while he pedaled 252 miles across ...

Dr. Dan Ripley pulled a small black-and-white photo of his father from his jersey when he crossed the finish line at the end of the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston.

Former Beaufort County EMS training officer dies after battle with cancer

A former Beaufort County EMS training officer well-known for her devotion to educating others in the Lowcountry died Friday after a three-year battle...

Julie Williams
Business

Bush, other GOP hopefuls address Koch brothers gathering

Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend...

FILE - In this July 23, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks in Marshalltown, Iowa. Fiorina and fellow candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are to speak at gathering hosted by the conservative political donors Charles and David Koch.

Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power ...

President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, from Camp David, Md.

Ducey to ask feds to OK co-pays, other Medicaid changes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to ask the federal government to approve major changes to the state's Medicaid insurance plan that are designed to encourage recipients to work, better utilize services and possibly cut state costs.

PawSox spokeswoman: Lucchino role not expected to change

Larry Lucchino is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, but a Pawtucket Red Sox spokeswoman says his role as principal owner of the Triple A team isn't expected to change.

Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines...

Workers for an association responsible for maintaining paths to Jamaica beach from being overgrown by shrubs, search the area for possible additional airplane debris near the shore where an airplane wing part was washed up, in the early morning near to Saint-Denis  on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on the remote Indian Ocean island earlier could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished more than a year ago with 293 people aboard.
Features

Oakland cop turned crime novelist makes new home in Bluffton

Brian Thiem remembers the uneasiness that swept over him as he walked up to the naked woman.

Brian Thiem, a former cop with the Oakland Police Department, at Roll Call in 2004 - his final year with the department.

Jukofsky: End of July brings garden surprises

This garden writer was having a blast.

Cranston, Solberg

Emily Hope Cranston of HIlton Head Island and Devin Todd Solberg of Sumter were married on May 24, 2015, in Greenville. Dr. Jeff Cranston officiated...

Emily and Devin Solberg
Opinion

Lauderdale: Is Stan Smith a shoe? Does Stan Smith exist?

Classic tennis shoe bearing Hilton Head Islander's name is making a hip, worldwide comeback.

Stan Smith of Pasadena sits with his friend Margie Gengler of Long Island, N.Y., with the winner's cup between them after he won the men's singles tennis title by beating Ilie Nastase of Romania, July 10, 1972.  (AP Photo)

Editorial: USCB graduation rate needs to be new focus

State, university and community must combine forces to change the pattern for tomorrow\'s students.

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Letter: Confederate flag gone because it needed to be

The recent letter -- "Political correctness is hurting our country" -- couldn't be more off the mark.

Letter: Right of free speech must be open to all

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defines the concept of freedom of speech, but not many citizens understand the amendment. Too many Americans are willing to accept the idea as long as their sensitivities are not insulted.

Letter: US gun ownership is indeed a privilege

A recent letter claimed that gun ownership is a right not a privilege. That simply isn't correct.

South Carolina

Columbia police officer shoots armed robbery suspect

A man was shot and wounded by a Columbia Police officer Friday night after fleeing the scene of an armed robbery and firing shots at the officer, ...

Ibin Kenta Patterson

SC body camera law spurred by Ferguson, state's own shooting

Prompted by the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, South Carolina legislators pre-filed bills in late 2014 regarding the use of body cameras, initially requiring all the state's law officers to wear the devices and...

Marchers cross Alabama on Day 2 of 'Journey for Justice'

Protest marchers in Alabama on Sunday embarked on the second day of their planned 860-mile trek to Washington, D.C., as part of "America's Journey...

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president, holds the hand of Rachel Quarterman, 7, while leading the "America's Journey for Justice March" organized by the NAACP on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Selma, Ala. The 860 mile relay march is planned to go from Selma to Washington D.C. over the course of 40 days.

SC body camera law spurred by Ferguson, state's own shooting

Prompted by the shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, South Carolina legislators pre-filed bills in late 2014 regarding the use of body cameras, initially requiring all the state's law officers to wear the devices and...

Coastal SC road plans lack barriers to keep bears at bay

A four-lane road is being planned for South Carolina's Lowcountry without barriers to keep the area's black bears from lumbering into the path of motorists.

Nation/World

Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge

Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son...

FILE- In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion at the Advanced Manufacturing Center at Community College of Denver. Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year.

Video: Skydivers break world record with flower formation

164 skydivers speed to the ground in record-breaking vertical formation.

Memphis police: Person of interest in custody in officer’s killing

A person of “interest” has been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop in...

A Memphis police officer looks out from an apartment balcony on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, after a standoff near the area where Officer Sean Bolton was fatally shot Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

Israeli girl, stabbed at gay pride parade, dies

A 16-year-old high-school student died of her wounds Sunday, three days after being critically injured in an attack on a gay pride parade, Hadassah...

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt in April

Another American illegally hunted and killed a lion in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the ...

Sports

Defending champ Simmons leads familiar leaderboard at Beaufort City Championship

It's a familiar group of names at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the 18th Beaufort City Championship.

JD Hoft, of Bluffton, chips his ball onto the green at No. 18 during the first round of the Beaufort City Championship golf tournament on Saturday afternoon at Ocean Point Golf Links on Fripp Island.

Cast & Blast: The ocean can take you in a heartbeat

Following the news about those two 14-year old Florida boys that are lost at sea, it makes me think a whole bunch about my time growing up here.

Recreation briefs, Aug. 2: Riptide repeat as World Series champs

The Beaufort Riptide 12-under AAA baseballt team won the USSSA Global World Series for the second year in a row. The tournament was held July 10 through 14 in Myrtle Beach.

Matt Kenseth stretches his fuel and steals a win at Pocono

Matt Kenseth stretched his fuel and zipped past the fading leaders in the final thrilling laps Sunday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono ...

Matt Kenseth crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Pocono 400 auto race, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Long Pond, Pa.

Overseas Elite wins $1 million in The Basketball Tournament

Former St. John's player D.J. Kennedy scored 24 points and Overseas Elite won The Basketball Tournament and its $1 million prize by beating Team 23, 67-65 on Sunday.

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