In this video provided by the International Weightlifting Federation, 16 year-old Beaufort resident CJ Cummings set a new Youth World Record with a 185kg clean & jerk at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, April 7, 2017.
It was not a standard Monday morning at River Ridge Academy in Bluffton. At least not for a group of about 20 runners at the school, who were visited bright and early by Nicolas Cuestas. Who's that? One of the top long-distance runners in the world. Cuestas ran the marathon at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last summer, and plans on doing the same for his native Uruguay in Tokyo in 2020. On Feb. 13, 2017, Cuestas was a guest of River Ridge track and field coach, Enrique Baez.
Some of the top paracyclists in Europe, set to compete in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro this month, spent a couple weeks in Bluffton before heading to South America. The athletes' coach, Ralf Lindschulten, has connections in the Bluffton-Hilton Head area, and thought the Lowcountry would be a good locale for acclimating to the climate in Rio. One of the paracyclists, Rickard Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden, who has cerebral palsy, showed us how his custom tricycle works.
Brazilian authorities allege that Ryan Lochte and three other Team USA swimmers vandalized a bathroom and got into a fight with a gas station employee the night they say they were robbed at gunpoint. Brazilian authorities say they tried to cover up the fight with the robbery story.
Hilton Head Island LPGA golfer Stephanie Meadow is set to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this month. The 24-year-old, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, plays out of Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton. That's where we caught up with her days before she was to head to South America. Should Meadow bring a medal back to South Carolina, "that would definitely be the highlight of my career so far."
Though there is no single profile for school shooters, people at risk for hurting themselves or others often exhibit warning signs before committing acts of violence. Knowing the signs can help prevent crimes and get people the help they need.
A South Carolina company has created the "The Vault for Active Shooters and Tornadoes" or "VAST6," a collapsible vault that's made to withstand the force of an F-5 tornado and stop bullets from guns like the AR-15. The vault was on display Friday at the annual South Carolina School Boards Association on Hilton Head — just two days after the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people.