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Suspended Speaker Harrell expected to plead guilty, resign

Suspended S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell will resign his House seat and plead guilty Thursday to charges of using campaign funds for personal gain...

House Speaker Bobby Harrell

Video: Hilton Head and Bluffton as media stars

See Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Lowcountry featured in the media in this video provided as a year-in-TV roundup by the Hilton Head Island ...

See Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the Lowcountry featured in the media in this video provided as a year-in-TV roundup by the Hilton Head Island CVB.

Hilton Head man suffocated girlfriend with bubble wrap, solicitor says

A Hilton Head Island man, accused of suffocating his girlfriend with bubble wrap in their Palmetto Dunes condo in August will remain behind bars...

Nick Evangelista, 53, was denied bond Oct. 22, 2014, by Beaufort County Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen, who said she believed the defendant, charged in the murder of his girlfriend, Rebecca Melton, might be a flight risk and a danger to the community. Melton was suffocated with bubble wrap on Aug. 26, 2014.

Sen. Graham aims to repair highways, dismisses presidential rumors

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham warned that the influx of cash and tourists in Beaufort County might come to a grinding halt if federal and state highways...

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during the Chamber's State of the Region Luncheon on Hilton Head Island at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. on October, 2014.

Ethics board clears Laughlin for Coral Resorts testimony

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin that was brought by a political challenger and...

Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin
Business

Bluffton considering ordinance to restrict late-night outdoor seating

As Bluffton considers restricting late-night outdoor seating at Old Town restaurants, some residents and members of the town's Planning Commission want any ordinance to apply to both new and exisiting eateries.

Ethics board clears Laughlin for Coral Resorts testimony

The State Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin that was brought by a political challenger and...

Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin

Bluffton architecture firm hires designer

Pearce Scott Architects has hired architectural designer Sarah Kepple.

Beaufort hospice taps new director

The board of Friends of Caroline Hospice has named Lindsay Roberg executive director. She starts Jan. 1.

Bluffton student selling books for charity

Bluffton native and Charleston Southern University master's degree student Jasmine Milledge is selling e-books to benefit charity, according to a news release.

Features

Jewelry designer Roberto Coin, known for his ruby signature, to visit Hilton Head shop

Roberto Coin has bling for the uber-wealthy as well as pieces for the more practical woman.

Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin will visit Hilton Head Island's Forsythe Jewelers from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23.

Life, music of Lowcountry native son Johnny Mercer takes the stage in Beaufort

Beaufort County performers shed light on the man behind "Moon River" and "Skylark" at ARTWorks show.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood comes to Charleston for 3 nights of shows

Many know Chris Robinson's principle collaborator in his primary gig, the Black Crowes, by and large because it's his brother, Rich. And if you've...

Opinion

Don't look to Hilton Head to further fund arts groups

A group of residents are hoping the Town of Hilton Head Island will help create an office of cultural affairs to market art groups' events, share information about grants and provide networking opportunities.

Martin Schram: Will voters finally say 'no' to gridlock?

As this midterm election campaign drags into its final two weeks of distortion, deception and irrelevancy, this much seems certain:

Reg Henry: The fear factor is one frightening trend

Ebola is no laughing matter, because it kills people in frightful ways. So today let us laugh at our fears, so that the Grim Reaper will be nonplussed.

Jay Ambrose: A chance to make the Senate better?

Mark Udall is a pleasant man whose future has a lot to do with the future of the country, and it's therefore appropriate to note some other things about him. This Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado has been devoted to the ruinous druthers of President...

Rekha Basu: Elizabeth Warren is right: America's middle class needs a boost

Her father was a janitor in Oklahoma City and her mother stayed home and cared for the four kids. Whenthe youngest and the only girl, came along unplanned in 1949, some belt tightening was needed. It would be needed again, when her father had a heart...

South Carolina

ELECTIONS 2014: Charleston police investigating assault charges against Senate candidate Ravanel

U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel says allegations he assaulted his girlfriend’s stylist are “without merit.”

U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel speaks to the crowd at the SC Pride celebration in Columbia on Sept. 20, 2014.

In Our Schools: Week of Oct. 20

From homecoming queens to academic competitions and a visit by a New York fashion designer, check out our photo gallery of recent happenings, sent ...

RICHLAND 1: A.C. Flora High School is the only high school in South Carolina selected to perform at the 2015 Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival, among the largest and most prestigious arts festivals in the world. During their 14-day experience, 12 Flora acting students will perform five times, serve as ambassadors for the Fringe Festival and see some of the world’s most innovative theatre. Flora theatre students will perform as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), which provides an international forum where outstanding high school performers can showcase their talent. AHSTF runs in conjunction with the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2015. The Fringe Festival includes more than 3,000 different performances. The A.C. Flora High School Theatre Department was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors to represent the Midlands and the United States as part of its 2015 program. Of the 2,500 high schools in North America nominated for this honor, 200 schools applied but only 43 were chosen. The top high schools were evaluated based on their most recent bodies of work,philosophies and recommendations. Shown here: Flora students in a recent production of "Taming of the Shrew."

In photos: Reader's homemade Halloween treats

Browse through reader photos of homemade Halloween treats to inspire you to make some scary dishes for upcoming parties and trick-and-treats. Send ...

Severed Finger Dessert for Zombies by Mildred Hinson

Out-of-state money has powered Haley’s re-election bid

Gov. Nikki Haley has won her fundraising battle with her Democratic rival, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, largely with the help of out-of-state donors...

FILE -  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

Haley, Sheheen come out shooting at last debate

The final S.C. gubernatorial debate was supposed to center on education and health care, but it was an exchange over guns that led to a sparring match...

Nation/World

Canada's PM says shooting rampage was terrorism

A masked gunman killed a soldier standing guard at Canada's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that was stopped cold when...

Police continue to patrol a downtown street near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. A gunman shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday before being shot dead in Parliament Hill's Center Block.

To avoid court, man fakes coma ... for two years

He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.

In this image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight,of Swansea south Wales, right, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve in western England in June 2014. Alan Knight a fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets. Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer's disease, prosecutors said.

Deadly rampage in heart of capital stuns Canada

The heart of the Canadian capital was thrown into panic and placed in lockdown on Wednesday after a gunman armed with a rifle or shotgun fatally wounded...

A man wipes his eyes at a memorial outside the gates of the John Weir Foote Armory, the home of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton, Ontario, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in memory of Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo. Witnesses say Cirillo, posted at the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa, was gunned down at point-blank range Wednesday morning by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, his face half-covered.

Dallas nurse being treated in Atlanta is Ebola-free, family says

Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was Ebola-free Wednesday, according to family members in Atlanta, where she is being treated for the virus.

Protesters burn city hall in Mexico town where 43 students vanished

Masked assailants Wednesday set fire to the city hall in Iguala in a rampage triggered by the failure of Mexican authorities to resolve the case ...

Sports

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series

Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants' brilliant bullpen and even the World...

Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez rounds first after hitting a two-run scoring double during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.

Bluffton blanks Stratford in 4-A girls tennis playoff opener

Bluffton won its Class 4-A tennis playoff opener 7-0 over Stratford on Wednesday at Bluffton High School.

Theophil Syslo, Staff photo
Bluffton High School senior Justine Wilson returns the ball to Stratford senior Chrisia Class, not pictured, during the 4-A girls tennis playoffs at Bluffton High School on October 22, 2014.

Clemson’s Swinney: ‘It’s not who we play, but how we play'

With the pain of Georgia and Florida State fading in the wake of a four-game winning streak and grind-it-out victories against two of the ACC’...

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a word with Clemson defensive end Tavaris Barnes on the sideline during the first quarter of their NCAA college football game against Boston College at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College Campus Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Boston.

Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'

A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1...

Kenneth Wainstein, left, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and investigative team member Joseph Jay prepare to release results following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

Storin: A look into the near future for the college football playoff

Sunday the College Football Playoff committee will convene under one roof for the first time and next Tuesday will release its initial rankings.

Footballs lie on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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