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Bluffton sues Willow Run developer for removal of over 6,000 trees

The town of Bluffton filed suit Monday against a developer for cutting down more than 6,000 trees on property along U.S. 278.

A few stumps are all that remain after 108 acres of the Willow Run tract on US 278 across from Indian Hill Baptist Church were clearcut.

Beaufort County Council tie vote denies funding for economic-development group

Some council members have cold feet about current arrangement with the Lowcountry Economic Alliance

Small meeting space leads to some turned away at Jasper school board meeting

About 25 people were turned away from Jasper County's school board meeting Monday because the meeting space at the school district office was too small.

US, ‘partner nations’ target Islamic State, Nusra Front in Syria

The U.S. military and unidentified “partner nations” early Tuesday launched a bombing campaign against Islamist positions inside Syria...

In this Sept. 2 photo, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Monday night, says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region. Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.

Islamic State calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks in West

The chief spokesman for the Islamic State has called on the group’s supporters throughout the world to act on their own initiative to attack...

In this photo taken June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle down a main road in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said that his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition, in an audio recording released late Sunday. Al-Adnani called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight against them.
Business

US existing home sales fall in August

Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 photo, prospective buyer Mary Tuttle, right, checks out antique lighting fixtures while looking at a home with real estate broker Nancy Dowson, left, with Keller Williams Realty, in Miami Shores, Fla. The National Association of Realtors reports, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, on sales of existing homes in August.

Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, file photo, a flock of geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan. Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses to pollute.

Savannah River Site officials meet with Beaufort residents about water quality, safety

Some came seeking job opportunities. Some came to learn more about measures meant to keep nuclear waste from polluting the environment.

Kim Cauthen, right, environmental engineer with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, leads a session -- or "Information Pod" -- on environmental monitoring and restoration the evening of Sept. 22, 2014, at Bluffton High School. Cauthen's presentation was one of four free public information sessions covering projects and missions at the Savannah River Site. Other topics included nuclear materials management, waste management and the Savannah River National Laboratory. The event was co-sponsored by the Beaufort Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Beaufort County Council tie vote denies funding for economic-development group

Some council members have cold feet about current arrangement with the Lowcountry Economic Alliance

Beaufort considering more detailed tree ordinance

Officials in Beaufort are considering rules that would better protect and replenish trees native to the Lowcountry.

Live oak trees as seen Sept. 22, 2014, on the lot where the Starbucks is expected to be built in Beaufort just past the intersection of Ribaut Road and Boundary Street.
Features

Pediatrician Bill Sears to talk health tips for all ages in Bluffton

Well-known pediatrician Bill Sears will return to the Lowcountry on Oct. 2 to discuss health tips for all ages.

Dr. Bill Sears, known for his attachment parenting philosophy, will give a talk on health tips on Oct. 2 in Bluffton.

Professional Opinion: Should I exercise even on days when getting an hour more of sleep feels more needed?

Dr. Larry Isaacs of Hilton Head Hospital discusses strategies to make morning workouts happen when you'd rather hit the snooze button.

Dr. Larry Isaacs is with Hilton Head Hospital's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation department.

A Little Advice: What should you do if you have a crush on someone?

Lowcountry children share tips on what to do if you like someone.

Lowcountry kids share their advice on what to do if you like someone.
Opinion

Community preservation vital for Beaufort County

Annexation to increase development density along the May River in Bluffton is a bad idea.

Don't blame guns; it's people who kill

The Sept. 18 front page headline about the Khalil Singleton murder trial read, "Rival's Pistol Wasn't Culprit."

American dream quickly disappearing

What does America mean to all those living within its borders? Have we changed from the "land of the free" to the "land of freebies"?

Arts center failing to bring tourists here

Can someone explain why the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina doesn't use every chance to fill its seats throughout the year?

Leave trees; stop construction

When the Town of Hilton Head Island started purchasing land parcels, we were told it would help prevent development. Nobody at Town Hall said anything about a skateboard board park, affordable housing and the many other ideas/uses now being considered...

South Carolina

Belle of the Ball

WWII's flying fortress, a B-17 bomber name "The Movie" Memphis Belle, will make public flights over Columbia on September 28th at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens...

WWII's flying fortress, a B-17 bomber name "The Movie" Memphis Belle, will make public flights over Columbia on September 28th at Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport. The Boeing B-17 is the most famous bomber of World War II. Monday, it took journalists on a preview flight. In 1934 the Boeing Aircraft Company of Seattle Washington began construction of a four engine heavy bomber. Known as the Model -299, first flight was achieved on July 28th 1935.

Lexington County deputy shoots suspect in home burglary; 34th officer-involved shooting in SC in 2014

A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputy responding to a possible home burglary shot one of the suspects; two teens are facing charges.

Coroner identifies Little River fatal crash victim

Authorities have identified a 29-year-old man who was killed early Monday in a collision behind the post office on Horseshoe Road in the Little River...

Myrtle Beach police are seeking a suspect in a shooting around 2:30 a.m. on South Kings Highway that left a man with a wound to the leg.

Jury selected, testimony begins in retrial of man in Myrtle Beach police officer killing

Myrtle Beach police officer Joe McGarry’s last recorded words were the name and date of birth of the man accused of shooting him in the face...

Luzenski Cottrell is led into a courtroom in the Horry County Courthouse in Conway for his retrial in the murder of Myrtle Beach Police officer Joe McGarry Jr.

Motion for speedy trial filed in Heather Elvis case

The Myrtle Beach attorneys for a woman charged with murder and kidnapping in 20-year-old Heather Elvis’ disappearance have requested she be...

Sidney Moorer (left) and Tammy Moorer
Nation/World

US, ‘partner nations’ target Islamic State, Nusra Front in Syria

The U.S. military and unidentified “partner nations” early Tuesday launched a bombing campaign against Islamist positions inside Syria...

In this Sept. 2 photo, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Monday night, says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region. Kirby says that because the military operation is ongoing, no details can be provided yet. He says the decision to strike was made early Monday by the military.

Islamic State calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks in West

The chief spokesman for the Islamic State has called on the group’s supporters throughout the world to act on their own initiative to attack...

In this photo taken June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle down a main road in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. The spokesman of the Islamic State militant group Abu Mohammed al-Adnani said that his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition, in an audio recording released late Sunday. Al-Adnani called on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians of nations that join the fight against them.

White House fence jumper had machete, hatchets, 800 rounds of ammo, prosecutor says

Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in the car of the man accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside the building...

A member of the US Secret Service and his service dog patrol the sidewalk in front of the White House, September 22, 2014 in Washington, DC. The US Secret Service has launched an investigation to find out how man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House on Friday night after jumping the fence on the north lawn. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

Dry-roasting process may trigger peanut allergy

Peanuts are one of the most common foods that trigger allergies in people, but a new study suggests that it’s not peanuts that are the problem...

 Peanut allergies have been growing faster than anyone in the health care sector imagined.

US existing home sales fall in August

Fewer Americans bought homes in August, as investors retreated from real estate and first-time buyers remained scarce.

In this Thursday, May 29, 2014 photo, prospective buyer Mary Tuttle, right, checks out antique lighting fixtures while looking at a home with real estate broker Nancy Dowson, left, with Keller Williams Realty, in Miami Shores, Fla. The National Association of Realtors reports, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, on sales of existing homes in August.
Sports

IPBG High School Football Podcast Episode 11, 'All By Myself, A Week 4 Recap'

Vote for the IPBG High School Football Player of the Week for Week 4

Area high school football fans have the opportunity to cast their vote for The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette High School Football Player of the Week for Week 4.

Bridge Bowl football game tickets on sale

The annual Bridge Bowl is just four days away and tickets are on sale.

East Carolina golfers on top at Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational at Haig Point

Behind the play of Al Dickens and Wesley Conover, East Carolina holds a two-stroke lead over Kennesaw State after two rounds of the Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational at Haig Point's Jones Signature Course.

Hilton Head Island High receives Safe Sports School Award from athletic trainers

Hilton Head Island High School has been honored with a National Athletic Trainers Association Safe Sports School Award, which recognizes secondary schools across the nation that provide safe environments for student athletes.

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