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Beaufort Water Festival washed out

For the first time in recent history, Beaufort Water Festival organizers cancelled a night-time concert Friday.

Kylie Gratton, 22, of Beaufort, center, on a hospital bed with team CrossFit Beaufort, reacts as bystanders drench the team with water guns and buckets of water as her teammates Johanna Strickland, from left, and Chelsea Gratton make their way down Bay Street the afternoon of July 25, 2014, during the 59th Beaufort Water Festival’s Bed Race. "It was super fun until it started pouring," said Kylie Gratton.

Beaufort County foreclosures drop to 6-year low

Foreclosure filings in the first half of 2014 are down 36 percent from a year ago, as the housing market continues to rebound from the Great Recession...

Fishing boat catches fire off Fripp Island

Two people were rescued Thursday afternoon after their fishing boat caught fire off Fripp Island, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Property damage from BB guns rises

Property damage caused by BB and pellet guns has increased on Hilton Head Island in recent weeks, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office...

Bluffton Planning Commission changes mobile-home replacement recommendation

A plan to make it easier and faster for Old Town Bluffton residents to replace mobile homes will return to Town Council next month with some changes.

Business

GM proposing expansion of Lansing area plant

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in...

CORRECTS TO SAY SECOND NATIONAL CONVENTION INSTEAD OF FIRST - FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, protesters gather outside of the McDonald's Corporation headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., during the annual shareholders meeting demonstrating for higher wages and the right to unionize. On Friday, July 25, 2014, in Chicago, organizers are holding the second national convention of fast-food workers. They’ll be discussing how to move forward with the protests and other actions calling for higher wages that have been taking place in cities around the country since late 2012. 

Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business...

In this March 14, 2014 photo, an assembly line worker works on a 2015 Chrysler 200 automobile at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for June on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. ...

This photo provided Friday July 25, 2014 by the French army shows a helicopter at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday's disaster, nearly half of whom were French.

New Mexico to continue using federal exchange

New Mexico decided Friday to stick with a federal online system for another year to enroll individuals in health insurance plans.

Features

In Good Faith: 'It feels right to do something for other people'

Janit Maguire and her husband, Tom, run the GED program at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church.

Janit Maguire is a member of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church.

Sometimes the answer to your prayers might be Brussels sprouts

A couple weekends ago I found myself on a bus with 40 teenagers returning from a retreat. Buzzed on a steady diet of Mountain Dew and Twizzlers, they...

Your parents -- like God -- know what you need isn't always what you want.

Photo: Training to save lives

Beverly Gaddy, left, of Hilton Head Island and Debby Miller, right, of Sun City Hilton Head, join classmates July 25, 2014, in performing chest compressions...

Beverly Gaddy, left, of Hilton Head Island and Debby Miller, right, of Sun City Hilton Head, join classmates July 25, 2014, in performing chest compressions on practice dummies during the monthly Friends and Family Community CPR Class at Hilton Head Hospital. The class is taught by Martha Bridges, a registered nurse in the hospital's cardiac rehabilitation department, and Cinda Seamon, fire and life safety educator with the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division.
Opinion

Bluffton's new cameras a sad part of modern life

    Bluffton’s plan to install 21 security cameras in Old Town is something we reluctantly endorse — with caveautswith a caveat. By October, town officials hope...

Felon for Senate a new low for SC

A recent edition of the newspaper provided the icing on the cake.

Israel has the right to defend its people

Recently, international voices, and our own president and secretary of state, called for a cease fire in Gaza due to the unfortunate number of civilian casualties. However, there is either a deliberate attempt at misunderstanding what is happening...

Palestine in the wrong in the ongoing crisis

A recent writer asserted that the people of Gaza are showing "dignity through resistance" when they launch hundreds of rockets into Israel on a daily basis. Their elected leaders, Hamas, choose to do this from school yards, mosques, day care centers...

Good news blows in about wind coverage

Signs point to the emergence of a promising new trend -- less-expensive wind coverage for coastal property owners.

South Carolina

Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and...

In this Friday, June 13, 2014 photo, a worker positions a lift in front of a new cooling tower under construction at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Ga. The cooling tower is part of two new nuclear reactors being built on the site.

SC hospital to expand water filtration system

Greenville Health System says it will expand a new water filtration system to all of its campuses to prevent the type of outbreak that infected 15 patients and may have led to four deaths.

Haley to see SC beach town officials on bikers

Gov, Nikki Haley is planning to meet with leaders of Atlantic Beach, two months after she said the beach town's biker rally had to end following a Memorial Day shooting rampage in which three people were killed.

2 women accused in death of South Carolina man

The sheriff's office in Williamsburg County says two women are charged in the death of a man whose body was found in his home earlier this month.

Federal grant to help map SC coastal battlegrounds

Within a few miles of Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, there are dozens of little-known fortifications built by soldiers wearing blue, gray or red. And now, with the help of a grant from the National Park Service, those sites will the documented...

Nation/World

After CIA gets secret whistleblower email, Congress worries about more spying

The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the ...

The Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia,

Tatiana Maslany addresses Emmy snub at Comic-Con

If Tatiana Maslany is upset she wasn't nominated for an Emmy for portraying multiple clones on TV's "Orphan Black," she didn't show it at Comic-Con.

Tatiana Maslany, from left, Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce attend the "Orphan Black" panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 25, 2014, in San Diego.

New 'Game of Thrones' actors revealed at Comic-Con

They traveled a long way from the continent of Westeros to get there, but cast members of HBO's "Game of Thrones" at Friday's Comic-Con panel remained...

George R.R. Martin and from left, Natalie Dormer, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and John Bradley attend the "Game of Thrones" panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 25, 2014, in San Diego.

Clear rules sought for musical items on planes

The government should clarify federal rules about bringing musical instruments on to commercial flights as carry-on luggage, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said, after a report of problems encountered by a band flying to Rhode Island for the Newport Folk Festival...

Outpouring of support for boy with brain tumor

A Foxborough boy with an inoperable brain tumor is celebrating his sixth birthday in style after an outpouring of support, much of it coming from strangers around the world.

Sports

2014 All-Area Boys Tennis: Seahawks' Steinour, Weitekamper lead way

How strange a year was it for Hilton Head Island High School boys tennis?

Hilton Head Island's Tate Steinour swings to hit the ball during their match against Wilson High School in the 3-A Lower State Championship on Wednesday night at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Hilton Head Dixie Boys hosting World Series fundraiser

The Hilton Head Dixie Boys defeated Mullins 9-8 on Thursday to advance to the Dixie Boys World Series held Aug. 2 through 6 in Bossier City, La.

All-Area Boys Golf: Seahawks' Orischak, Eagles' Langhals earn top honors

Andrew Orischak's most notable tournament during Hilton Head Island High School's golf season might have been the one he missed.

Hilton Head Island High School golfer Andrew Orischak, photographed on Wednesday at the Long Cove Club driving range, is The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year.

Indians recall McAllister to start against Royals

The Cleveland Indians recalled right-hander Zack McAllister from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday and started him against the Kansas City Royals.

Panthers' Stewart not worried about latest injury

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart isn't concerned about his latest injury limiting his effectiveness this season.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, right, talks with offensive coordinator Mike Shula, left, during an NFL football practice at the team's Fan Fest in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, July 25, 2014.
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