Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

S.C. Youth Leadership Conference introduces yesterday’s executives to tomorrow’s potential leaders

Bill Moss was listening to the radio in 2014 when he heard about a program that he thought would be a perfect fit for the Hilton Head Island area.

The interview had nothing to do with retirees, golf or the beach. It was a discussion about a youth leadership program at the University of Southern Maine.

One morning, as I slowly began my day by doing minor chores and letting my mind glide over the televised news, a commercial for Target stopped me in my tracks.

In the commercial, I saw a black female plus-sized model wearing underwear. Although the image lasted for just a few seconds, in my mind, the commercial was delivering a powerful visual message that challenged some prevailing ideas about gender, American standards of beauty, and race.

When Bill Palmer shook hands with Jim McGlothlin after a Las Vegas golf outing dinner in February 1988, it set in motion an almost 30-year journey for Palmer — and soon may also set a new course for the future of the greater Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area.

That late-night handshake closed the deal to start Scratch Golf Company as a new subsidiary of McGlothlin's Virginia-based United Company. The immediate goal was to purchase a quality piece of land in Bluffton and build the first true public course in the area. Today, three decades later, that handshake may result in the re-shaping of southern Beaufort County as the first major development to emerge from the recently established Beaufort County Community Development Code.

Wesley Bryan earned the first PGA Tour victory of his career with a win at the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Bryan edged out Luke Donald by one shot to finish atop the leaderboard April 16. Patrick Cantlay, Ollie Schniederjans and William McGirt rounded out the top five. Bryan earned $1.17 million for the win.

Melvin Abel and Patrick Conley weren’t alone in their love for golf during April’s RBC Heritage Tournament, but their paths to get there certainly stand out.

The organization’s impact can’t be measured in dollars and cents alone.

Every year, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing rolls into town, and every year, the numbers get bigger. Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for this, hundreds of thousands raised for that.

It’s a testament to the fantastic work this organization does that we somehow find ourselves getting numb to the numbers. We applaud when we hear the total and congratulate everyone on another year of fundraising.

IT’S HARD OUT THERE FOR A MOM. MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER BY SHOWING HER AN AWESOME MOTHER’S DAY.

Mother’s Day ain’t what it used to be.

There was a time when you could get away with simply letting Mom know you loved her via your finest macaroni-based artwork, but those days are over. And let’s be honest, last year’s macaroni masterpiece was not only clearly phoned in, but you’re a grown adult now and it’s getting a little weird.

AN ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS FIGHT TO SAVE ENDANGERED MARINE REPTILES

At first glance, the rehab center for marine turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium on the Charleston Harbor appears to be a collection of large kiddie pools littering a basement storage room.

Look more closely, though, and one can see that inside each of the 12 or so blue fiberglass tanks is a sea turtle in different stages of rehabilitation. Most are wandering around the tank, going this way or that, and coming up for air every so often.

Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Ginny Lovelace knew her dad loved history and his extensive coin collection, but she didn’t share those interests.

“He would be reading a book about the Civil War or what we called ‘playing’ with his coins, but I didn’t spend much time with my dad. I was concerned about my next date or something like that. We didn’t have a lot in common when I was growing up,” Lovelace said.

BOYS, ARNOLD & COMPANY CELEBRATING 40th ANNIVERSARY

Boys, Arnold & Company, a local private wealth management firm, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Founded in Asheville, North Carolina, by G. Waring Boys in 1977, a second office was established on Hilton Head Island in 1996 and is now located at 4 Dunmore Court. Boys, Arnold & Company provides highly personalized financial planning, portfolio management and fiduciary services to individuals and families, nonprofit institutions and private retirement plans. The firm services clients in over 30 states and several foreign countries and manages more than $1 billion in assets. The firm's Hilton Head team of employee/owners includes Tommy Arnold, Dudley Brickhouse, Eric Magnin, Monique McGlynn and Ann Miller.

PART-TIME HILTON HEAD RESIDENT TRADED IN STRESSFUL TV CAREER FOR HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE

Photographer, TV producer and documentarian Don Moore laid eyes on his first TV in high school in the mid-1950s, and he knew then he wanted to be a part of whatever was happening on that tiny 4-inch screen.

“I said ‘I want to do that,’” says Moore, who turns 80 this month.

CHAIRMAN OF ALL SAINTS GARDEN TOUR HAS ‘A PASSION FOR WHATEVER SHE DOES’

Carole Galli attributes her many years of volunteering to her mouth.

“I think out loud,” she says, “and the next thing you know, I’m in charge.”

On March 15, the Federal Open Market Committee, or the FOMC, raised its benchmark rate for the second time in the past three months. This move might not normally get your attention, but since this was only the third increase in the past nine years it is truly notable. The “Fed Funds” target rate now stands at a low range of between .75 percent and 1 percent, still at a level considered anything other than a stimulant to our domestic economy.

Ten years ago, you could have counted on one hand the number of women in construction or “nontraditional” jobs — occupations in which women make up 25 percent or less of the total workforce, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Today, however, that’s changing — which is not only great for women, but great for businesses throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.

DEMONSTRATES FLEXIBILITY OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND'S REVISED LMO

Blues, food, drinks and laughter now fill a former warehouse in a blighted section of Hilton Head Island widely known for its deteriorating vacant buildings.

Ruby Lee’s South, a restaurant locally owned by former Hilton Head Island High School football coach Tim Singleton, is now firmly ensconced in the former warehouse at 19 Dunnagans Alley, thanks to a major renovation of the structure that likely would have been impossible several years ago.

ENGEL & VÖLKERS Hilton Head— Bluffton recently announced that home buyers and sellers served in the Hilton Head and Bluffton markets will now have access to a new way to view properties in the palm of their hand. This is part of Engel & Völkers North America’s recently launched network-wide initiative to introduce industry-leading technology that will enhance home buyers and sellers’ experiences. “Our company and Real Estate Advisors are committed to providing the best customer experience that matches the on-demand economy that consumers expect,” said Rick Turner, President Engel & Völkers Hilton Head – Bluffton.

THE INTEGRATION OF MANMADE HARDSCAPES AND NATURE’S NATURAL LANDSCAPING HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING LOWCOUNTRY OUTDOOR LIVING FOR MANY YEARS.

We have been moving our indoor comforts and amenities outdoors in rising numbers while watching the value of our homes increase, thanks to outdoor upgrades.

CUSTOM-BUILT HOME TAKES ADVANTAGE OF IDEAL FRESHWATER LOCATION

When the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association hosts an event, it’s always a good one. The 30th annual Parade of Homes in late March showcased 25 exceptional residences on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton and the extended local area. The builders crafted unique houses, and the public toured the homes inside and out for ideas and inspiration.

Sprouts get a raw deal. There are many types and uses for them other than being incorporated or tossed into a salad. Sprouted breads have become extremely popular and are healthful as well. The term “sprouting” refers to the short-term process of germinating seeds, nuts, whole grains and legumes (including alfalfa, bean, chickpea, sunflower, and lentils) to be eaten raw or cooked. It is an easy 3-4 day project to do in the kitchen with a few simple tools: cheese cloth, a one-quart Mason jar, fresh water and sunlight. The easy way to test the waters of sprouting might be to pick up a Chia Pet. We can make all the jokes we want about the humorous figurines made with sprouting chia seeds, but the sprouts can be harvested right off the figurine – it sounds cannibalistic, but it’s not.”

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR PUMPING NEW LIFE INTO ONCE POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT.

Nick Bergelt remembers the fun he had in Park Plaza while growing up on Hilton Head over a decade ago. Establishments like Monkey Business and Electric Piano made the spot the island’s de facto entertainment district. But over the years, the plaza faded from its popular days. Buildings went dark; tenants came and went. One thing that didn’t change, however, was Bergelt’s love of the plaza and the vision he had to return Park Plaza to it’s former glory.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S HOME FOR AMERICAN BAR FOOD GETS HEALTHY.

On a Venn diagram showing American food and health food, you wouldn’t expect to find a lot of overlap. This is, after all the nation where the Burger King reigns beneath golden arches. The country whose finest scientific minds came together to finally figure out how to deep-fry Coca-Cola. The country that loves fried chicken so much, we created a sandwich that uses it as bread.

International Junior Golf Academy students had a special treat recently when former world No. 1 Sir Nick Faldo visited the academy and gave students a private golf clinic. The three-time Masters champion (1989, 1990 and 1996) and three-time Open champion (1987, 1990 and 1992) also won the Sea Pines Heritage (now the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing) during his career. In total, he has won six major championships and three other PGA Tour events.

Bluffton High School filled its head football coaching vacancy with a familiar face, promoting longtime assistant coach and defensive coordinator John Houpt to the head position. He replaces outgoing coach Ken Cribb, who accepted a position at Wayne County High School in Georgia. “When you have success, you don’t need to change much,” Houpt told The Island Packet recently. “There’s no reason to do that. We’re going to keep doing a lot of what (Cribb has) done. I’m going to instill a little bit of my philosophy — not to change it, just modify it a tad.” 

“WITH WINDSURFING OR KITING, YOU ARE ACTUALLY PART OF THE RIGGING AND COMPLETELY CONNECTED TO WIND AND WATER. IT’S PRETTY EXHILARATING.”

Hilton Head Island has been shaped by interesting people with equally interesting stories. Mike Overton, owner of Outside Hilton Head, is one of those people. His fierce love for the outdoors has and will continue to influence the way people experience and enjoy all that the Lowcountry has to offer. He’s already had an impact on the more than 10,000 people he has taught to windsurf.