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Coroner: Construction worker killed in SC 170 hit-and-run

A construction worker was killed in a hit-and-run accident on S.C. 170 in Beaufort County early Thursday morning, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol...

Okatie Highway and Pearlstine Road wreck.

Suspended Speaker Harrell expected to plead guilty, resign

Suspended S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell arrives at the Richland County courthouse Thursday morning. Harrell will resign his House seat and plead...

House Speaker Bobby Harrell arrives at the Richland County courthouse Thursday morning.

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-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

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.
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

SC Supreme Court: SCE&G has right to raise rates

The S.C. Supreme Court endorsed SCE&G’s rights under state law Wednesday to raise customers’ utility rates in order to pay for ongoing...

In this 2013 photo, work continues at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville.

Business Notebook

Federal regulators have found no violations at a Savannah River Site project where old nuclear weapons materials are planned to be turned into reactor fuel. The contractor building the mixed-oxide fuel facility said in a news release Wednesday that...

Report ranks Columbia’s competitiveness

The Midlands needs to put more resources and effort behind high tech education, research, talent retention and job creation, according to a new report...

FILE PHOTO (Feb. 2012) Teachers attending a Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathematics (STEAM) Professional Development Institute conference at Irmo High School
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

Tennis court sale should be examined

Town of Hilton Head Island taxpayers only stand to benefit from a decision to rethink the sale of the Cordillo Parkway tennis courts.

Natural beauty sets island apart

We have been coming to Hilton Head Island for more than 25 years and have always admired and loved the way in which the natural beauty of the island has been preserved.

Haley responsible for mess at state agency

This month, the Legislative Audit Council reported that failures of leadership and management at the S.C. Department of Social Services placed South Carolina's most vulnerable children at risk. The major deficiencies reported are:

Many being swayed by fear, hatemongering

The Federal Communications Commission used to have the Fairness Doctrine. Its purpose was to ensure that TV viewers were exposed to different points of view on matters of public importance. In 1987 this doctrine was struck down and finally finished...

If you can't vote Nov. 4, you can vote absentee

Qualified S.C. voters may cast an absentee ballot prior to the upcoming Nov. 4 Election Day. This opportunity is afforded through each county registration office to make voting easier and more accessible.

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

Suspects restrain, assault man in his apartment before stealing his vehicle

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects wanted in connection with a home invasion and motor vehicle theft Wednesday night...

Suspect strangles, kills girlfriend with his hands after dispute

A Walhalla man has been charged Tuesday with murder after allegedly strangling his girlfriend at his home on Sunday evening, according to the Oconee...

Caleb Nathanael Linert
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.

In Canada, and across West, struggling with a borderless threat

In January 2013, strewn amid the rubble and debris left after a terrorist attack on a gas plant in the Algerian desert were the remains of two men...

Soldiers watch as a man places flowers 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.

For teens with passports, the trip to Syria can be seamless

The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports...

No smoking: The unintuitive new rule at cigarette giant Reynolds

Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

Sports

Royals clobber Giants 7-2 to even World Series

Salvador Perez shouted at Hunter Strickland, who shouted right back. The Kansas City Royals streamed from their dugout, the San Francisco Giants from...

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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