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A new era for USCB: Lowest-in-state graduation rate among new chancellor's main challenges

Only one in 10 full-time students who start at the University of South Carolina Beaufort graduate from its campus in four years, according to The Chronicle...

Pictured here is the 2011 graduation at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. At 9.8 percent, the school has the lowest graduation rate for four-year students attending South Carolina public universities.

Q&A: Incoming USCB Chancellor Al Panu sees size, stature growth in future

In this Q&A, new chancellor Al Panu discusses his vision for USCB.

Incoming chancellor Al Panu, shown with his wife Judith in a submitted photo, mentions retention, forming a strategic plan, and finding money for scholarships among his priorities.

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.

Lauderdale: Coligny Beach Park still reserved for the best of days

Popular Hilton Head Island beach access gives no hint that it was the site of a teenage shooting two weeks ago.

Tourists walk along one of the walkways heading toward the main boardwalk at Coligny Beach Park on Wednesday night in the vicinity of the spot where Dominique Williams was shot and killed on July 19 on Hilton Head Island.

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.

Business

First solar panels rise in Bluffton's Rose Hill community

Solar panels now grace a home in Bluffton's Rose Hill community, following the installation of one of the largest home solar systems in Beaufort County...

Greg Courtney, co-owner of Wind Turbines of South Carolina, LLC., explains about how much energy the new solar panel system that one Bluffton resident is having installed will produce in a 12 month period.

With Parker Hannifin leaving, what does the future hold for Beaufort Commerce Park?

The news that one of northern Beaufort County's larger employers is shuttering comes during a period of transition for local government's economic...

Parker Hannifin's Racor Division, as seen on July 29, 2015, will be closing their Beaufort location by the end of 2015.

Deputies to increase presence at Tanger after robbery, sheriff spokesman says

Shoppers at the Tanger Outlet Centers in greater Bluffton should see more deputies on patrol in response to an armed robbery at a store there earlier...

Josh Mitelman reports from outside the Under Armour store at Tanger Outlets 1 in Bluffton, where two employees were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday around 8:00 a.m., as they were entering the back of the store.

Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant coming to Hilton Head

Local Pie is a Neapolitan-style pizza parlor opening in the former Bistro Mezzaluna location in Fountain Center at 55 New Orleans Road, No. 106, on...

<span>The exterior of Local Pie on Hilton Head Island is pictured.</span>

Yves Delorme Outlet heads to Tanger Outlets

A hint of Paris is headed to Bluffton.

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Features

Bloom: Sometimes, we must help God protect us

Security for a house of worship can become one of the major expenses in church or temple annual budgets. Cameras, motion detectors, and panic buttons are a small part of the technology options congregations can choose from to protect parishioners.

Farrell: This is what happens when you put kids in charge of the kitchen

Chef Aiden McCarthy, 11, and Chef Kate McCarthy, 9, teach a series of cooking classes for young people at their parents' restaurant, Downtown Deli...

Fun and Italian food are both on the menu during a Tuesday night Kids' Cooking Class taught by junior chefs Aiden and Kate McCarthy.

Miss Hilton Head Island Teen wins preliminary awards at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition

Sarah Hamrick is still, hashtag, winning. After Miss Hilton Head Island Teen walked away with the sash and crown of Miss South Carolina Teen on June...

Miss SC Teen Sarah Hamrick earned her state title competing as Miss Hilton Head Island Teen.
Opinion

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.

Letter: Nuclear deal with Iran opens a path to peace

Kudos to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the six nations that have negotiated a path to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb any time soon.

Letter: Islanders' Beach Park not what it used to be

Sadly, there is no longer room for Hilton Head Island's taxpaying property owners to enjoy a day at the beach, even if we pay $30 for a permit to park at Islanders' Beach Park. There is no parking, especially on holidays, and the beach is extremely...

Editorial: Domestic violence law aided by Lowcountry

Beaufort County is helping lead South Carolina away from its shameful record on domestic violence.

Lauderdale: Coligny Beach Park still reserved for the best of days

Popular Hilton Head Island beach access gives no hint that it was the site of a teenage shooting two weeks ago.

Tourists walk along one of the walkways heading toward the main boardwalk at Coligny Beach Park on Wednesday night in the vicinity of the spot where Dominique Williams was shot and killed on July 19 on Hilton Head Island.
South Carolina

Miss Hilton Head Island Teen wins preliminary awards at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition

Sarah Hamrick is still, hashtag, winning. After Miss Hilton Head Island Teen walked away with the sash and crown of Miss South Carolina Teen on June...

Miss SC Teen Sarah Hamrick earned her state title competing as Miss Hilton Head Island Teen.

911 caller in Chester Co. crash: 'There’s people on fire, burning in front of me'

Emergency recordings are shedding new light on an interstate traffic collision that sent two motorcycle riders to the hospital with serious burns.

A helicopter lands on Interstate 77 in Chester County on July 11, 2015. Two helicopters were needed to fly Joey Huckeba and Teresa Miller to a burn center after they were severely injured when their motorcycle was struck by a car near mile marker 65.

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen...

Pictures of Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, right, are on display at fundraiser at Jumby Bay Island Grill, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla., during a fundraiser to pay for private search efforts for Nick Cohen and Austin Stephanos who have been missing since they took their boat out of the Jupiter Inlet Friday. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

The latest: Coast Guard suspends search for missing teens

The latest on the search for the two teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast:

Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Camarda, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Matthews scour the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Savannah , Ga., Tuesday, July 28, 2015, looking for two missing teenage boaters. Camarda and Matthews are crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Fla. Looking for two missing teen boaters off the coast of Florida is a long and tedious mission for the eight-person crew of the Coast Guard C-130 Hercules based out of Clearwater.

GOP legislators seek audit of money to Planned Parenthood

South Carolina House Republicans are seeking an audit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the state as Congress considers cutting off federal funding to the abortion provider.

Nation/World

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when...

This picture released on July 13, 2015 by the Rased News Network, a Facebook page affiliated with Islamic State militants, shows Islamic State militants fire weapons during a battle against Syrian government forces, in Deir el-Zour province, Syria. After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.

Video: Police release video of Confederate flags being placed at Ebenezer Baptist Church (1:00)

Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't clear whether they had committed a crime.

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion could face jaws of justice

A 115-year-old U.S. law that’s grown like kudzu now hangs over the head of the Minnesota dentist who shot Cecil the lion.

In this image takem from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a Cecil.

Pentagon signals move to arm more troops at recruiting stations

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has given his top commanders the green light to allow more troops to carry weapons at U.S. bases, with a focus on recruiting...

Poll: Trump could send Clinton to White House, just like ’92

Donald Trump could do to the 2016 general election exactly what Ross Perot did a generation ago – with a Clinton pulling away from a Bush and...

Sports

Golf notes: Defending champ Simmons looks to get back into swing of things at Beaufort City Championship

Rob Simmons will defend his title this weekend in the 18th Beaufort City Championship at Fripp Island's Ocean Point Course and Sanctuary Golf Club.

Rob Simmons is the defending champion in the Beaufort City Championship.

Bluffton woman wins gold at Special Olympics World Games; Bluffton man places 4th

Two Bluffton athletes competing at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles had a successful start in the weeklong competition.

Bluffton's Robert Seigniou has been selected as one of 10 people to compete on the U.S. equestrian team in the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. He took his last practice on Thursday at the Heroes on Horseback facility in Bluffton. He'll be leaving next week for the games, which run from July 25 to Aug. 2.

High school football teams strap on pads, helmets for first practices

The area's public high schools will hit the football practice fields for the first time on Friday.

Clemson 12th in preseason in coaches poll; Ohio State on top

Two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champion Missouri is projected to be in another title chase.

The Latest: Hamels, Cespedes top names dealt at deadline

Here are the latest developments as Major League Baseball hits a deadline Friday for trades where players do not first have to pass through waivers...

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos speaks to the media regarding his recent trades before the Jays play against the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, July 31, 2015. (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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