Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

Teens for Healthy Youth of Bluffton High School are joining forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.”  During this week-long national health observance, beginning January 23rd, students will organize to “Shatter the Myths” on drugs and alcohol.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island

Through January 11th a total of 1,659,007 CY's of vegetative disaster debris has been collected; and 42,402 Hangers and 5,246 Leaners removed.

  • To date 530,032 CY's of mulch has been hauled out to various locations to include a paper mill, local farm, Savannah to be shipped over-seas, Oakwood Landfill, Fire wood supply company, Lumber supply company, a hardwood sawmill and to the Port of Savannah for logs to be exported to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The contractor and town staff continue to work on identifying additional sources to accept the material.

Highlights for the Town of Hilton Head Island

by Town Manager, Steve Riley

  • The Crowder Gulf debris clean-up crews returned to work following their holiday break on January 3rd. Operations will now continue seven days per week until all debris is removed.
  • The chart below indicates where the debris has been collected from so far. As of January 4, 2017, 1,521,481 CYs of debris have been collected and transported to the debris management locations.

Schools are not just places where children go to learn. They play a tremendous role in the quality of the community and the quality of its population. They are also a reflection of the community itself, its growth, its values and its future. For Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry, schools have played huge roles in the history and very fabric of the region.

Gia the Greyhound is ready to chase glory at Westminster.

This past Thanksgiving, with the scent of roasting turkey just starting to fill homes in the Lowcountry, many were watching the Lions beat the Vikings. Some were waiting in line for Black Friday deals.

But others in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island were tuning into the National Dog Show to cheer on a bright-eyed greyhound by the name of Gia, who trotted her way to her 44th Best in Show win and glory on the national stage.

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” — Herbert Hoover

The phrase “life-changing” is probably over used — as well as underappreciated. Typically, when we hear this phrase, we expect to hear stories about life and death and survival and courage, and people overcoming life-threatening challenges. However, it is no exaggeration to say that all of these elements are woven into the little-known story of the Hilton Head Fishing Co-Operative, which had an enormous impact on the economy of Hilton Head Island, as well as the quality of life for many native islanders during the 1960s and ’70s.

In a record-setting sweep of awards, a total of 35 Court Atkins Group home designs received recognition at the 17th annual LightHouse Awards ceremony, conducted by the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association. The awards were presented to the architectural firm’s homebuilder partners, whose submissions competed in both custom and remodel categories.



To be honest, in general, I don’t expect to like bands. As a former music executive, I have heard enough bands to know what a good one sounds like, and unfortunately (sometimes painfully), I know what a bad one sounds like. So, when I happened to be at Ruby Lee Restaurant one night as Stee and the Ear Candy Band were setting up, internally, I defaulted to my “grin and bear it” mode, quietly calculating how quickly I could finish eating and leave. To my surprise, this young band of three family members— Stee Colvin, lead vocalist; Malcolm Horne, producer and lead guitar; and Brooke Horne, vocalist, songwriter and booking agent — quickly changed my mind.

As we write this in the final days of 2016, investors are asking themselves how a year that started so grimly ended up … well, not all that badly. The year began with the worst 10 trading days ever to start a year. Even after a month-end rally, the Dow lost 5.5 percent in January 2016, driven by fears of a slowdown in China and plunging oil prices, and the NASDAQ fell nearly 8 percent. Then in June, the experts got the Brexit vote wrong, and markets once again reacted violently; U.S. stocks fell more than 3 percent following the vote, with the Dow losing 610 points — its eight largest point loss ever — erasing the year-to-date gains in an instant. Finally, on the evening of the election, stock market futures crashed more than 750 points before recovering and beginning a powerful “Trump rally” in November and December. Now it’s time to look ahead. Here are a few items of interest to us as we plan for 2017 and beyond.

The 2016 election cycle sent both Democrats and Republicans into disarray. The political landscape in the U.S. has been thrown into a new configuration, and as goes politics, so goes our economy. As I have said before, “Economics may be the dismal science, but it all comes down to the study of human behavior.”    

Many are unaware that today's United Way of the Lowcountry, the nonprofit organization that has been doing significant work on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, as well as the rest of Beaufort and Jasper counties, boasts a heritage that dates to the late 1800s.

Its 130-year legacy includes many years known as Community Chest. Under that name, the organization provided some of the most successful community service initiatives of that era — helping the homeless and feeding food-deprived families during the Great Depression of the late 1920s and ’30s.

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties is happy to announce that Realtor Toni LaRose-Gerken has returned to its Sun City/Okatie office. LaRose-Gerken has been a long-standing top producer in Bluffton and Sun City since 2003 and has garnered many prestigious awards in her real estate career.

When Rich and Ann Rinaldi moved in across the street from longtime Hilton Head residents David and Sally Warren, neither couple could have guessed that they'd soon combine their talents to launch a line of custom artisan tables designed to capture the unique spirit of the Lowcountry.

Archie and Nina Sellew didn’t evacuate from the island when Hurricane Matthew blew through the Lowcountry with 105 miles per hour winds on Oct. 7/8. They didn’t want to and believed they didn’t have to. They felt safe.

After all, it was their island, they owned it, and they had built what they believed to be was a hurricane-proof home in 2000. Matthew was the first real test of its structural strength in the face of nature’s fury.

There are many celebrated chefs across the Lowcountry. One of the most acclaimed is Lee Lucier. The Hilton Head Island chef, consultant, television producer and food stylist is nationally known for his numerous appearances at prestigious food festivals and on TV shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends” and “Restaurant Impossible.” Locally, he’s best known for his work at the South Carolina Yacht Club and Local Pie, a trendy Neapolitan-style pizza joint.

Like the alligators, oats were here first. Well, not exactly “here” as in the Lowcountry, but they were found in China and Greece as early as 7,000 B.C. This simple understated yet powerful grain is one of the top “go-to” recommended foods for heart health and other benefits. Among oatmeal aficionados, steel-cut oats and whole oat groats are the true status oats, and those who eat them with a cult-like following will look down on your bowl of microwaved quick-cooking, pre-flavored oatmeal.


The 10th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is gearing up for another fun-filled event. This year’s festival begins Monday, Feb. 20, with events running through Sunday, Feb. 26. The main event is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Locals and visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a number of culinary events throughout the week, many featuring live music. From boat rides to a quintessential Lowcountry oyster roast, the events are designed to showcase the bounty of local waters and give guests an opportunity to enjoy several picturesque island settings.

Lowcountry tennis guru Bob Brockman shares all the local tennis news and league information in this weekly tennis blog.

Resuming the Tennis Update now that tennis is starting up again. We hope everyone is well and looking forward to a less eventful future.

Hilton Head Island was awarded the first International Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The award recognizes high performance and commitment across three core areas of sustainability: nature, resources and people.

The Road Runners Club of America has selected the Hilton Head Island Marathon as the RRCA South Carolina State Marathon Championship. The RRCA Championship event series is the largest grass-roots organized running series in the U.S., attracting more than 320,000 runners each year.